Quarantine amenities for COVID-19 patients
The Ministry of Defence has recognized seven more quarantine amenities for COVID-19 patients, specially for Indian citizens bringing back from coronavirus-hit countries.
About 120 Indians, being evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Iran in an Air India flight, will reach Jaisalmer in Rajasthan today and maybe quarantined at a military facility, a defence spokesperson said on Thursday. “They are receiving to be quarantined at an Indian Army facility formed under the aegis of Southern Command. The patients are getting to be transferred from the airport post their initial screening to the quarantine facility under the escort of civil administration,” defense spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh said. He said that another batch of roughly 250 people, to be airlifted from Iran on March 15, also are going to be quarantined at the military facility in Jaisalmer. The Ministry of Defence has acknowledged seven more quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients, especially for Indian citizens being brought back from coronavirus-hit countries. The facilities are acknowledged at Jaisalmer, Suratgadh, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Deolali, Kolkata and Chennai.
Rahul Gandhi blamed the govt
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blamed the govt. for insufficient efforts towards coronavirus. The coronavirus could also be an enormous problem. Ignoring the matter could also be a non-solution. The Indian economy is getting to be destroyed if strong action isn’t taken. the govt. is during a stupor
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the govt. over its managing of the economy and in tackling coronavirus, and supposed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “sleeping at the wheel”.
On the state of the economy, he said it’s just the beginning of a “tsunami” and things would be worse going forward.
We can see what’s happening to stock market. The economy has been destroyed by the Modi government,” Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.
“What we have seen is simply the beginning of a tsunami, things are getting to be worse,” he said.
The prime minister isn’t speaking a word on the economy and minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman doesn’t understand the economy, the previous Congress chief alleged.
He also said that coronavirus is seriously affecting the economy and it’s already too late, but the govt. should take measures to attenuate damage.
On the other hand, a 76-year-old man who died in north Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district on Tuesday has tested positive for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, Health Minister B Sriramulu said late Thursday night. The victim had returned to India on bissextile day after a month-long stay in Saudi Arabia and had been screened on arrival at Hyderabad airport. He had displayed no symptoms at that time.
CRPF cancels anniversary celebrations because of coronavirus
The CRPF on Friday postponed its raising day celebrations planned to be held next week in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The 3.25 lakh central force was imagined to hold the foremost ceremonial parade and display of martial skills with the involvement of thousands of troops at its officers’ academy campus in Gurgaon on Saint Joseph to mark its 81st raising day. “Conforming to precautionary advisory to interrupt the spread of COVID-19, all CRPF programs in regard to CRPF raising day and spending out parade of 51st batch DAGOs (directly appointed gazetted officers) are postponed,” the force said during a press release. “CRPF has joined the national response against COVID-19 by gearing up its medical facilities,” it said.
Health ministry officials said on Thursday the selection to administer a mix of anti-HIV drugs — lopinavir and ritonavir — on a coronavirus-infected elderly Italian couple at a Jaipur hospital was “initially taken locally”.
The hospital has been asked to inform the health ministry and thus the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) before administering the drug combination on COVID-19 patients within the longer term, officials said.
It was the first time that a mix of the two drugs was used to treat Covid-19 patients amid mounting coronavirus cases in India. The Italian couple is currently undergoing treatment at SMS Hospital in Jaipur.
“The decision to administer lopinavir and ritonavir combination initially was taken locally as they thought it had been a severe disease and commenced the drugs. But we should always not draw more conclusions from the same because single patient experiments don’t reveal the truth more often. we’d wish to possess a structured study,” Raman R Gangakhedkar, the highest of the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases-I at ICMR, said.
“Until we’ve large data that come from such experiments we can’t be able to infer more. But since the drug was administered we’ve pressed into a study mode where the samples are being regularly collected so on ascertain if the drug was efficacious,” he said.
Dr. S Meena, the medical superintendent of SMS Hospital, said the selection to administer the mixture of lopinavir and ritonavir was taken after the Italian man and his wife had developed severe respiratory problems.
The Italian man, who himself could also be a doctor, is in ICU and on oxygen support, Meena said, adding his condition is stable.
“His wife who also had tested positive for coronavirus has recovered and has been shifted to a special hospital,” Dr. Meena said.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had approved the ‘restricted’ use of the mixture of medicines, lopinavir, and ritonavir, which are second-line HIV drugs before they were administered to the elderly couple. The DCGI had given the approval after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had sought an emergency approval for using the drugs for treating COVID- 19.
The number of coronavirus patients within the country has risen to 74. The figure includes 17 foreigners — 16 Italian tourists and a Canadian. It also includes three patients from Kerala who were discharged last month following