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Kerala Health Minister warns of spike in cases within three weeks

The minister said the health department will ensure that COVID-19 protocols are being followed by the political parties, including ruling CPI(M). Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Saturday said the COVID clusters in the state were increasing and warned that there are chances of a rapid spread of coronavirus within the next three weeks. George, …

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India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 156 crore

More than 42,69,993 ‘precaution’ doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccination have been administered so far. India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 156 crore with more than 57 lakh vaccine doses administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the …

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Disabled, pregnant women employees of Delhi govt to work from home: DDMA

Earlier, the DDMA had directed all Delhi government employees associated with non-essential services to work from home. Amid a Covid surge in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has exempted persons with disabilities and pregnant women employees of the city government’s departments and agencies from attending office. Such employees will work from home, …

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WHO recommends 2 new Covid-19 drugs; check their use, availability, efficacy

Covid-19 drugs Baricitinib, which is currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, has now been strongly recommended for Coronavirus patients who are suffering from extremely severe Coronavirus. The drug is to be administered along with corticosteroids. The drug is found to be effective in suppressing the overstimulation of the immune system which has been reported as …

Is saliva-based Covid test more accurate to trace Omicron? Here’s what scientists say

Health experts have pointed out that the saliva-based testing can prove to be particularly beneficial in detecting the virus caused by the Omicron variant which is known to replicate very quickly in the upper respiratory tract. Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the most reliable way to diagnose coronavirus infection has been the swab …

Mistakes of 2021 being repeated, unnecessary medication should be avoided: Doctors write to govt

“Most prescriptions we have reviewed in the past two weeks include several COVID-19 “kits” and cocktails. The prescribing of vitamin combinations, azithromycin, doxycycline, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and ivermectin for treating COVID-19 is irrational practice,” said the doctors. As many as 32 prominent doctors from India and abroad have written a letter to the Union as well …

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Mumbai records highest COVID-19 deaths in five months

The city had reported 13,702 COVID-19 cases and six fatalities on Thursday. Mumbai on Friday reported nine fresh deaths linked to COVID-19, the highest single-day fatalities since August 11, 2021, and 11,317 new cases, down 17.60 per cent from the previous day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With these additions, the financial capital’s coronavirus …

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COVID-19: Delhi records 24,383 cases, 34 deaths

On Thursday, Delhi had reported 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, and 31 deaths, while the positivity rate stood at 29.21 per cent. Delhi on Friday reported 24,383 COVID-19 cases and 34 fatalities while the positivity rate surged to 30.64 per cent, according to health department data.Though the …

Joe Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron

Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the country to help overwhelmed medical facilities ease staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free …

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