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COVID-19: Gujarat cases climb to 650; death toll 28

Two more positive patients succumbed to the virus on Tuesday, as a male (50) with comorbid condition like diabetes, admitted in the Sir T hospital, Bhavnagar and another male (58) admitted in the Sterling hospital Vadodara died.

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Gandhinagar, April 14 : With Ahmedabad nearing the 400-mark for coronavirus positive cases, Gujarat has now registered a total of 650 cases and 28 deaths. The number of cases found on Tuesday were 78 and 2 deaths.

On Tuesday morning a total of 45 positive cases were found and in the evening another 33 positive cases and two deaths were registered. Out of the total 33 cases found on Tuesday evening, Ahmedabad has 22, Vadodara 6, Bhavnagar and Chotta Udepur two each, Anand one.

Ahmedabad continued to lead as far more positive cases found in the state, which now has total of 650 positive cases. Nearing the 400 mark, Ahmedabad has the maximum positive cases 373, followed by Vadodara 113, Surat 42, Bhavnagar 26, Rajkot 18, Gandhinagar 16, Patan 14, Bharuch 11, Anand 10, Chotta Udepur 5, Kutch and k Mehsana 4 each, Porbandar 3, Panchmahals, Banaskantha, Dahod and Gir-Somnath 2 each and Jamnagar, Morbi and Sabarkantha 1 each.

Two more positive patients succumbed to the virus on Tuesday, as a male (50) with comorbid condition like diabetes, admitted in the Sir T hospital, Bhavnagar and another male (58) admitted in the Sterling hospital Vadodara died.

While 4 positive patients after treatment were discharged. One male (65) and a female (29) were discharged from the Sir T hospital Bhavnagar, while a female (28) was discharged from SVP hospital Ahmedabad. Another male (28) was discharged from hospital in Surat. Total 59 positive patients after treatment have been discharged so far.

“Out of the total 563 active cases, the condition of 555 is stable while 8 are on ventilator, their condition being critical,” said Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat.

In the last 24 hours, the health authorities have taken 1,733 samples for the testing, where 78 have been found positive and 1,655 negative. The total number of test carried out by the health department till now is 15,984 out of which 650 are positive with 15,334 negative.

The total number of quarantined in the state is 13,751, where 12,208 are home quarantined, 1,374 in government facilities and 169 in private facilities.

Looking at a situation, where the lockdown provisions were being violated freely and with the intentions to stop the further outbreak, the Gujarat government on Tuesday decided to impose a week-long curfew in the walled city of Ahmedabad and the area of Danilimda, starting from Wednesday morning.

The maximum number of positive cases in Ahmedabad have been found from the clusters in the walled city areas and Danilimda.

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What happened to our officer in Mumbai is not right: Bihar CM

Kumar, however, did not talk about the CBI probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Patna, Aug 3 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed his displeasure over the way Bihar Police IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who is in Mumbai to probe Sushant Singh death case, was treated by the Mumbai Police. Tiwari was forcibly quarantined upon arrival in Mumbai by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials. The Chief Minister said whatever happened with Tiwari in Mumbai is not right.

Talking to media persons in Patna, Kumar said, “What happened to the IPS officer who went to Mumbai to investigate the Sushant case was not right. He was carrying out his duty.”

Kumar further said that the Director General of Bihar Police will talk to the officials of Maharashtra about the alleged mistreatment of Tiwari.

Kumar, however, did not talk about the CBI probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14, in what the Maharashtra Police said was a case of suicide.

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Your last minute Raksha Bandhan gifts guide

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New Delhi, Aug 3 : Nothing should stop you from making siblings feel loved this Raksha Bandhan. If you are still searching for the perfect Raksha Bandhan gift for your sibling, here is a list of last minute gifting options you can grab from your nearest shopping mall.

Whisky

You can gift the The Glenlivet 12 YO to your brother which is one of the classiest, most sophisticated malts. This whisky has been called a lot of things in its time: smooth, fruity, complex, sophisticated, entertaining, classic. Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, this classic malt is first matured in traditional oak, before spending time in American oak casks which impart notes of vanilla and gives the whisky it’s distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavours during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character.

Price: Starts at Rs 3,500

Wine

If your sister is a wine lover, gift her Jacob’s Creek wine which is rooted in 175 years of wine-making tradition. It is one of Australia’s leading global wine brands, offering quality with great varietal expression. A bottle of Jacob’s Creek is more than a wine, it is a warm, generous, life-loving attitude as it is created with consumers and their evolving tastes in mind.

Price: Starts at Rs 1,100

Hair Straightener

Philips SenseIQ Hair Straightener is for those who love styling their hair. This intelligent hair straightener’s sensors measure hair temperature more than 20,000 times per styling session to quickly adapt temperature to lock in up to 70 percent of the hair’s natural moisture. It helps in maintaining the hair’s essential strength providing vibrant shine on the outside and healthy strong hair on the inside.

Price: On request

Hair Dryer

To provide the most effective yet protective hair drying, Philips SenseIQ Hair Dryer’s sensors measure hair temperature more than 4,000 times per styling session to quickly adapt temperature to lock in up to 90 percent of hair’s natural moisture. This results in hair which is dry yet retains natural moisture.

Price: On request

Philips Facial Pen Trimmer

DIY facial hair removal is often a concern for women, especially now when salon visits are being given a miss. However, the Philips Facial Pen Trimmer will be the perfect solution for hair removal from eyebrows, upper lips, and forehead. Featuring a compact and portable design and providing a pain-free experience, the trimmer comes with a click on comb and cleaning brush.

Price: On request

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‘Students will need Covid tests every 2-3 days to keep campus safe’

The analytic modelling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4,990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were conducted.

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New York, Aug 3 : To fight against novel coronavirus, researchers have revealed that college students would need to be tested for Covid-19 infection in every two to three days for safely reopen of campuses this fall.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, defines the screening performance standards for SARS-CoV-2 tests that would permit the safe return of students to the US residential college campuses this fall.

“In the absence of an effective vaccine, the best hope for reopening campuses in the fall is likely to be a robust strategy of behaviour-based prevention combined with regular monitoring to rapidly detect, isolate, and contain Covid-19 infections when they occur,” said the study authors from the Yale University in the US.

For the study, the research team used epidemic modelling to test different monitoring programmes that would minimise Covid-19 cases and also maintain a college’s ability to isolate and quarantine infected students.

The analytic modelling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4,990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were conducted.

The findings suggested that frequent screening (every two days) of all students with a low-sensitivity, the high-specificity test might be required to control outbreaks with manageable isolation dormitory utilisation at a justifiable cost.

The research team found that every infection prevention strategy on the table will be crucial to preventing campus outbreaks — including frequent hand-washing, wearing masks, social distancing in classrooms and dorms.

In this modelling study, symptom-based screening alone was not sufficient to contain an outbreak, and the safe reopening of campuses in fall 2020 may require screening every two days, uncompromising vigilance, and continuous attention to good prevention practices, the researchers said.

“The safe return of students to residential colleges demands an effective SARS-CoV-2 monitoring strategy,” the study authors wrote.

“Results suggest that a highly specific screening test that can easily be administered to each student every one to seven days,” they added.

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