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Former SP leader Amar Singh hospitalised



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Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi after he complained of uneasiness.

Singh, 59, was rushed to Fortis hospital after he felt uneasy. “He complained of pain. Doctors are ascertaining the reasons behind his health condition,” an aide said. The former Rajya Sabha MP had been facing health related issues for the past seven years and had undergone a kidney transplant.

There has been talk of Amar Singh’s return to the Samajwadi Party which had expelled him in 2010 following differences with the leadership.

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When fear of losing to hunger defeated fear of coronavirus




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New Delhi, March 29 : Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a nationwide lockdown in a battle against deadly coronavirus, a sea of migrant workers reached Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal hoping to reach back to their hometowns.

Many of these workers had travelled on foot for several kilometeres after the transportation throughout the capital city was discontinued owing to the lockdown.

On being asked if the workers feared about the spread of COVID-19 and if being in crowd could make them vulnerable to the virus, most of them claimed corona was the least they feared.

“What corona? My children are hungry, they have walked from Gurugram with me do you think corona is what I fear?,” Yogesh Gangwar who is salesman in a cloth showroom said as he wiped his tears.

Many others regret for not leaving the city early on.

“God knows when we will reach our hometown. My family was telling me to leave work early in March and get back, but I avoided suggestions and now I am stranded here,” Babu Ram who hails from Rampur and works at a plastic recycling factory here in Mundka told IANS.

Migrant labourers were forced to walk as the public transport were closed and borders were sealed due to the lockdwon.

“There is no food to eat, I cannot pay rent of room without my daily wages so I decided to walk with my family from Narela to here. I just hope I get a bus soon,” Revati, who works as construction labour said as she fed her three-year-old with pieces of bread that one of the policemen at Anand Vihar gave her.

However, when Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh decided to deploy around 1,000 buses to help these workers reach their respective hometowns, thousands of them reached Anand Vihar ISBT with a hope to catch one of these buses.

The Delhi government also announced that 100 buses have been deployed to help those trying to reach to their homes in other states on foot.

In order to avoid the spread of the virus, the police asked the people to stand in three queues and also asked the people to de-board the overcrowded buses.

Earlier, budget passenger carrier SpiceJet had offered its aircraft to operate few flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Patna to take migrant labourers, particularly from Bihar, who have got stuck in various parts of the country due to COVID-19 related lockdown.

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Faculty of Johns Hopkins University authored COVID-19 report on India




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New Delhi, March 29 : A story by IANS on the impact of coronavirus in India earlier this week was based on a study done by a faculty of Johns Hopkins University, the institution has said in a tweet.

There were some reports about Johns Hopkins disassociating itself from CDDEP’s Covid-19 study.

Johns Hopkins University tweeted on Saturday late night clarifying that the study was done by a faculty of JHU and states that the use of strong scientific modeling based on available data and clear assumptions to help inform the COVID-19 response in India.

“New report co-authored by faculty w/ appointments at @JohnsHopkinsSPH uses strong scientific modelling based on available data & clear assumptions to help inform the #Covid19 response in India. Note: Its findings do not reflect the views of @JohnsHopkins,” said the tweet by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health- focusing on global health research, education, policy and practice.

The research was done by faculty of Johns Hopkins University, it clarified, although the study does not reflect the views of the University.

The study titled Covid 19 for India updates was authored by Eili Klein, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Gary Lin, Post Doctoral Fellow of the same department, Ramanan Laxminarayan, CDDEP, Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University and authors from CDDEP.

Following an earlier clarification from JHU, TV channel group, NDTV deleted the IANS report. Similarly, Alt News had also pointed out this clarification.

Furthermore, Laxminarayan has written an op-ed piece for the New York Times on what India should do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Senior research scholar at @PrincetonPEI Ramanan Laxminarayan writes an op-ed for @nytimes about what India should do to fight #COVID19,” said a tweet from Princeton University on Saturday.

To put the facts straight, aside from some standards on studies not representing the views of an institution, the IANS report was based on a credible report in the public domain which had faculty from Johns Hopkins University, the pre-eminent research institution as authors and one author who is associated both with Johns Hopkins and Princeton, another premier institution.

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Six more test corona positive in Gujarat, total 53




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New Delhi, The health authorities announced on Saturday that six more coronavirus positive cases have been detected in Gujarat, taking the number of positive cases to 53.

Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat said, “On Saturday, six more positive cases were found. Among the affected are persons from Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Ahmedabad who got infected through local transmission.”

This takes the total corona positive cases in the state to 53. Three deaths have also been reported from the state. The highest number of cases detected is in Ahmedabad: 18, followed by Vadodara: 9, Rajkot: 8, Gandhinagar: 8, Surat: 7 and one each in Bhavnagar, Mahesana and Kutch.

“We have covered a significant population of the state, that is 4,46,60,856 people have been covered under the survey so far in the state, carried out by ten thousand health workers in the state. The survey found travel history of total 60,708 where 50,169 had interstate travelling and 10,539 had travelled abroad,” added Ravi.

“We are carrying out the sample testing as per the ICMR protocols. So far we have sent 993 samples for testing, out of which 938 were found negative, while confirmatory tests are being carried out for two,” said Ravi.

“The cases of home quarantine have come down from 20,103 to 19,340 whereas the number of forced quarantine in government facilities is 657,” she said.

“All the four dedicated hospitals in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara are ready with isolation wards. The state has total 2,399 ventilators in which 660 are in government and 1,739 are in private healthcare facilities. Everyday we are receiving 30,000 N95 masks and 300,000 three-layered masks which are being distributed.

The total number of N95 masks are more than 45,000 and three-layered mask are more than 6 lakhs and the total number of PPE kits is 29,500, said Ravi.

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