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Guidelines issued For Private Labs To Test COVID-19, Price Fixed At Rs. 4,500

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has released guidelines for private laboratories to starting conducting tests for novel coronavirus. Also, the central government has fixed the maximum price for the test.

ICMR guidelines for COVID-19 testing by private labs

 

Labs notified by the Union Health Ministry and with NABL accreditation for real-time PCR SA for RNA virus would be allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests said ICMR in its guidelines.

The private labs were asked to ensure appropriate biosafety and biosecurity precautions while collecting respiratory samples of suspected patients. ICMR suggested home collection of samples that will prevent suspected persons from travelling and infecting others.

Commercial kits for real-tome PCR-based diagnosis of coronavirus are also allowed to use but they should be either US FDA approved or European CE certified or both. These kits could be used for in-vitro diagnosis of COVID-19 in emergent conditions. But it is necessary to intimate the Drug Controller General of India before using these kits.

Laboratory test of a suspect should be performed only when a qualified physical prescribes the test. And the lab staff should be trained in … Read the rest

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World Water Day 2020 Observed On March 22 Under The Scare Of Deadly Novel Coronavirus

March 22 is World Water Day. The day is observed to spread awareness on sustainable management of freshwater resources. Every year, a theme is given to highlight the cause. The theme for World Water Day 2020 is “Water and Climate Change”.

World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2020

The WWDR published a report “Water and Climate Change” in which it stressed the to help the water community manage the challenges of climate change. It also highlights the opportunities that the climate change community has to improve water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

World Water Day 2020 events postponed

All events planned for observing the World Water Day on March 22 were postponed amid the scare of coronavirus. The global launch of the report “Water and Climate Change” organized in Geneva was also put on hold. But the alternative way of access the report through official website of the World Water Day Organization is available. People can access the report and meet and get-together on the website.

Highlights of World Water Day 2020 campaign

• Water should be at the heart of every action plan. The world can’t … Read the rest

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Trump Feels COVID-19 Be Treated With Hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump has gut feeling that a malaria drug could work to treat people with COVID-19. But his advisor Dr Anthony Fauci is politely denying Trump’s claim. Fauci is top infectious disease expert of the government.

Trump’s claim about a malaria drug

Donald Trump, during a television interview, claimed that he had gut feeling that that malaria drug hydroxychloroquine could be an answer to coronavirus that had been shutting countries down across the globe. But his advisor Fauci countered his claim by saying that the drug Trump was referring to was anecdotal.

Dr Anthony Fauci denies Trump

As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, Fauci has 30-year experience in dealing with diseases including HIV, SARS, MERS, Ebola and the novel coronavirus. Fauci said that there was no medicine available to treat COVID-19.

Fauci said that Food and Drug Administration was looking for a way to use the said drug for emergency use but in a controlled manner to get data about its safety and efficacy. He said that for any drug to be qualified for a specific … Read the rest

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FIR Lodged Against Singer Kanika Kapoor For Being COVID-19 Positive

The Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow accused singer Kanika Kapoor of negligence in his First Information Report (FIR) to the police. The singer has been tested positive for COVID-19.

Accusation against Kanika Kapoor

She attended a dinner in Lucknow where there were several senior politicians including state minsters and parliamentarians. The FIR reads that the singer was advised to go on home quarantine after she was detected positive for coronavirus. But she disregarded the advice.

Kanika Kapoor’s answer to FIR

The 41-year old singer said in a social media post that she developed coronavirus symptoms a short time before and was isolated. She claimed that she came to Lucknow on March 11 after landing at Mumbai airport on March 9. She came from London that has high number of COVID-19 cases.

She further said that she was screened at both the airports but no virus was detected and she was unaware that she was carrying coronavirus. The singer is presently admitted to a hospital in Lucknow.

Politicians susceptible to be COVD-19 patients

Vasundhara Raje was swift to respond to the Kanika Kapoor’s post. The … Read the rest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Nation on coronavirus situation

Narendra Modi Appreciated Bhutanese And Nepalese Contribution Towards COVID-19 Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to thank Bhutan and Nepal for their contribution to the COVID-19 emergency fund to help SAARC countries in battling coronavirus outbreak.

PM Modi proposed emergency funds

On March 15, Prime Minister Modi proposed setting of an emergency fund for SAARC members. Also, he donated USD 10 million for the purpose. He suggested setting of COVID-19 fund while addressing the SAARC leaders and representatives via video conferencing.

He said that it was wonderful to see SAARC leaders taking initiatives that were adding strength to the collective fight against coronavirus. He further said that it shows their commitment to the collective fight against the pandemic.

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Chaitra Navratri 2020 Calendar

Devoted to Adi Shakti Maa Durga, Navratri comes in twice a year. The first is Vasantik Navratri that is also called Chaitra Navratri and the second is Sharadiya Navratri. This year Chaitra Navratri starts on March 25.

Chaitra Navratri begins on the first day of the Hindu New Year that starts on the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month every year. This year, Chaitra Shukla Pratipada or Vikram Navamsatwar 2077 falls on March 25. The Chaitra Navratri will start on the same day.

Starting from March 25, the Navratri festival will continue till April 2. NavmiTithi is on April 2 and Dashami on April 3.

Here’s the information about Ghat or Kalash establishment for Navratri festival

March 25, Wednesday

First day of Navratri starts with the worship of goddess Shailputri. It is also an auspicious day for Kalash establishment.

March 26, Thursday

Worship Maa Brahmacharinion the second day

March 27, Friday

Worship Gauri incarnation of Maa Durga on the third day

March 28, Saturday

Worship Kushmanda incarnation of Maa Durga on the fourth day

March 29, Sunday

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