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Covid-19 positive cases cross 100-mark in Karnataka




Bengaluru, April 1 : Covid-19 positive cases crossed the 100-mark in Karnataka after 13 more tested positive in the last 24 hours, raising the state’s tally 101, an official said on Tuesday.

“Till date, 101 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes three deaths and eight discharges,” an official said.

Among the 90 people currently admitted to different hospitals across the state, the condition of 88 persons is stated to be stable while two are critical — case number 43 and 101.

The 43rd case was a 63-year-old man from Bengaluru who returned on March 19 after travelling to Brazil and Argentina while a 62-year-old woman from the city emerged as positive case number 101.

Karnataka’s 89th coronavirus positive case is a 52-year-old man from Hospet, Bellary. He has travel history to Bengaluru on March 16. A 48-year-old woman from the same place with similar travel history emerged as the 90th case.

Similarly, a 26-year-old woman from the same place and the same travel history tested positive as the 91st case.

A 40-year-old man from the city and a contact of the 59th case tested positive as the 92nd case.

The state’s 93rd case is a 19-year-old man from the city with travel history to New York. He returned on March 22.

A 40-year-old woman from Gowribidanur Taluk, Chikkaballapur is the 94th case.

A 35-year-old man from Mysuru is the 95th case. He is a contact of the 52nd case, a pharmaceutical company employee. Several of his colleagues have tested positive.

Likewise, the 96th case, a 41-year-old man from Mysuru, is also a contact of the 52nd case.

Next, a 34-year-old man from Dakshina Kannnda with travel history to Dubai is the 97th case. He returned to India on March 18.

Karnataka’s 98th case is a 26-year-old man from Batkal, Uttara Kannada, with travel history to Dubai. He returned to India on March 20.

A 60-year-old woman from Kalaburagi, a contact of the 9th case, has emerged as the 99th case.

A 40-year-old man from Bengaluru with travel history to Dubai has tested positive as the 100th case. He returned to India on March 20.

The final case is a 62-year-old woman from the city. All the 13 new cases have been admitted to designated hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has appealed to the Tablighi Jamaat pilgrims to contact the health department immediately.

“A kind appeal to Tablighi Jamaat brothers. Anyone who has attended Nizamuddin Tablighi Markaz in Delhi between March 8 and March 20 might be at risk of Covid-19 infection. You are requested to contact the health department immediately,” said a health department notification.

Karnataka Health Minister B. Sriramulu said that 54 people from the state attended the religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

“As many as 26 people who participated in the pilgrimage belonged to Bidar district and were quarantined. The work for detecting the rest is continuing,” tweeted Sriramulu.


SC asks pvt labs to conduct corona test for free




Supreme Court

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered all coronavirus infection patients to be tested free of cost.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Ravindra Bhat said, “The tests relating to COVID-19, whether in approved government laboratories or approved private laboratories, shall be free of cost. The respondents (Union of India) shall issue necessary direction in this regard immediately.”

The apex court order came on a petition filed by advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi challenging the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advisory to fix maximum Rs 4,500 for corona test by private entities.

The petition also sought direction that all such tests be conducted by accredited pathological laboratories, and to strike down the ICMR advisory for allegedly being violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

“Private hospitals, including laboratories, have an important role to play in containing the scale of the pandemic by extending philanthropic services in the hour of national crisis. We thus are satisfied that the petitioner has made out a case for issuing a direction to the respondents to issue necessary direction to accredited private labs to conduct free of cost COVID-19 test”, said the court in an interim order.

Suggesting free tests, the petitioner also claimed that capping test charges at private labs violates the ideals and values of the Constitution. The top court observed whether the private laboratories carrying free of cost COVID-19 tests are entitled for any reimbursement of expenses incurred, would be looked into later.

“We further are of the view that tests relating to COVID-19 must be carried out in NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories) accredited labs or any agencies approved by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)”, observed the top court.

The court observed that it finds prima facie substance in the submission of petitioner that at this time of national calamity, permitting private labs to charge Rs 4,500 for screening and confirmation test of COVID-19 may not be within the means of a large part of population of this country and no person can be deprived to undergo the COVID-19 test due to nonpayment of capped amount of Rs 4,500. The court noted that government laboratories are already conducting COVID-19 tests for free.

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No decision yet on extending curfew: Punjab CM




Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, April 8 (IANS) Hours after issuing an advisory that also talked on extending the statewide curfew to tackle the coronavirus pandemic till April 30, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday clarified that there was no decision to extend it.

Terming media reports as purely speculative and unfounded, he categorically stated that the state government was yet to take a decision in the matter.

A decision in this regard would be taken after the Cabinet meeting scheduled for April 10, he added.

The Chief Minister clarified that the speculation on curfew extension had been triggered by an advisory to employees from the General Administration Department on a series of matters relating to the current situation.

The said advisory had subsequently been withdrawn by the Chief Secretary on his directives, Amarinder Singh added.

The state government was continuously assessing and reviewing the evolving situation, which was changing day to day, and any decision would be taken in the context of the conditions prevailing around mid-April, keeping in mind the overall interest of the state and its people, he said.

Though the pandemic was currently in control in Punjab, nothing could be predicted at the moment, given the ever-changing dynamics of the situation, said the Chief Minister, adding all the factors would be taken into account before coming to a final decision on extending or lifting the curfew, either fully or partially.

“We are keeping a close arch on the situation, not just in Punjab but across the country. We are also taking into account the way the pandemic is behaving in other countries so that we can imbue their learning and act accordingly,” he said.

The early clampdown in India had helped and while the situation was somewhat better than the more advanced nations, one could not get complacent, and the next few days would be critical to any decision on the way forward, he added.

Amarinder Singh reiterated that saving lives was the top priority of his government at the moment and whatever decision is taken will be centred around that, seeing how the pandemic shapes up in the state in the coming days.

The Punjab government had imposed a statewide lockdown on March 23, even a day before the Prime Minister announced the 21-day national lockdown.

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India records 773 new corona cases, 32 deaths: Ministry





New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) India recorded 773 coronavirus positive cases and 32 deaths in the past twenty-four hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

India’s total count of corona positive cases stands at 5,194 with total deaths at 149. As many as 1.21 lakh tests have been conducted so far, the Ministry said, adding the country has sufficient stock of ‘hydroxychloroquine’ (a key salt said to be effective against coronavirus), said the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary Union Health Ministry, said that 773 coronavirus cases and 32 deaths have been recorded since Tuesday. As many as 402 people have recovered.

Agarwal said in the backdrop of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the response and preparedness of the government is intensifying.

He said the Ministry of Human Resources has launched a field-level orientation program — COVID management training module — to build capacity of the frontline workers involved in the fight against the coronavirus. This includes doctors, paramedics, nurses, ANMs, volunteers and Red Cross.

A Ministry of Home Affairs official said effective lockdown measures have been placed in areas identified as hotspots, and community leaders have been engaged to build awareness campaigns on the infection.

An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official said 121,271 cases have been tested so far and 13,345 tests are done in a day through 139 labs under ICMR and 65 private labs.

The Health ministry said even stadiums can be converted into facilities for treatment of the COVID-19 patients, especially for patients having mild and very mild symptoms.

He said that to break the chain of transmission, action plans have been made for each district in the country.

He cited door-to-door surveys conducted in Pune to identify people having symptoms, and people with hypertension and diabetes were also included in the survey.

In hospitals, focus is on infection prevention. Control measures are followed so that health workers don’t contract the infection, he said.

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