Friday, September 25, 2020


Men at 62% increased risk of Covid associated deaths: Study

LONDON: New research has added to the growing body of evidence that men have a 62 per cent greater risk of Covid-19 associated death compared to women, possibly due to higher levels of inflammation.

Some corona patients show signs of heart damage months later: Study

WASHINGTON: Researchers in the US have found that Covid-19 can leave some patients with signs of heart inflammation and injury months after they get sick with the virus, even in non-severe cases.

4 UP private hospitals served notices after 48 Covid deaths

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow administration has served notices to four private hospitals for laxity in treating Covid patients after reports of 48 patients who were referred to these hospitals died.

Majority of Americans remain susceptible to Covid-19: CDC chief

WASHINGTON:  Robert Redfield, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said that a majority of Americans remain susceptible to the novel coronavirus.

Lower zinc levels in blood may up death risk in Covid patients

LONDON:In a major study, researchers have found that having a lower level of zinc in the blood is associated with a poorer outcome in patients with Covid-19.

Kapurthala district so far 7797 patients have availed cashless treatment facility

KAPURTHALA: Civil Surgeon Dr. Jasmeet Kaur Bawa said that under the Sarbatt Health Insurance Scheme, the target was to provide cashless treatment facility to 75% of the population of Punjab

Patiala wins the trust of residents by starting awareness drive to counter covid rumors

PATIALA:The special drive launched by the Patiala Police and the Civil Administration in collaboration with the Health Department to motivate the people to get tested themselves for Covid-19 has received overwhelming response.

International travelers to be tested by rapid antigen test on arrival for home isolation: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH:International traveler who do not submit a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival at Airport in India shall be tested by Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Kits. If Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) comes negative for COVID-19 she/he may opt for Home qurantine.

With 2,296 new cases, Telangana's Covid tally over 1.77L

HYDERABAD: Telangana continued to log over 2,000 daily Covid cases as the state's tally crossed the 1.77 lakh-mark on Wednesday.

Kerala Agriculture Minister tests Covid positive

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala State Agriculture Minister V. S Sunil Kumar on Wednesday became the third Minister to test positive for Covid-19.

Bharat Biotech inks deal with Washington varsity for intranasal Covid vax

 HYDERABAD: Leading vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Wednesday announced a licensing agreement with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for a novel chimp-adenovirus, single dose intranasal vaccine for Covid-19.

Global Covid-19 cases top 31.5mn: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON:  The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 31.5 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 969,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Punjab CM orders strict enforcement of covid protocols & strengthening of public awareness

CHANDIGARH:Even as he expressed satisfaction at increased testing in rural areas with many Panchayats passing formal resolutions in support of the Government efforts, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered strict enforcement of Covid safety protocols and strengthening of the public awareness campaigns across the state.

Punjab CM orders augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within & outside state

CHANDIGARH:As Covid cases in the state continue to surge, with peak projections suggesting further increase in the coming weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered ramping up of facilities in the 13 districts with the maximum CFR and augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within and outside the state to ensure that there is no shortfall of the same.

Punjab CM launches covid Fateh Kit for covid patients in hospital & home isolation

CHANDIGARH:Scaling up the state’s fight against Covid, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder on Tuesday launched the Corona Fateh Kits, which the state government will start distributing immediately to all Covid patients in isolation, whether at home or in hospitals.

Punjab's 3 GMCs to participate in phase 3 trials of covaxin from oct 15

CHANDIGARH:Punjab’s three Government Medical Colleges will participate in the Phase 3 trials of the COVAXIN being tested by Bharat Biotech Ltd in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) against the Covid pandemic.

Pakistan starts clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has started stage three clinical trials of a China-made Covid-19 vaccine, Executive Director of the country's National Institute of Health (NIH) Aamer Ikram said on Tuesday.

Nitin Patel: Partial Rajkot hospital video shared to tarnish health care image

GANDHINAGAR:Answering an 'urgent matter' question in the assembly about the video showing a Rajkot-based Corona victim being beaten up who later died, Health Minister Nitin Patel said certain elements were putting out fake videos and partial clippings on social media just to tarnish the health care services in the state.

Goa to revise home isolation protocol, fees for Covid treatment

PANAJI:Goa is in the process of updating its home isolation protocol, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said, adding that the state government is also in the process of further revising the capping of fees for treatment of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals.

COVID Spread Soon Be Under Control As Per the Current Trends: Balbir Singh Sidhu

PATIALA:Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said today that under the leadership of Chief Minister, Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab would soon be able to control the spread of COVID as per the prevailing trends. In the last few days, the recovery rate in the state is improving further, while the death rate has also come down, he added.

Global Covid-19 cases top 31.2mn: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON:The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 31.2 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 963,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Canada witnesses increased spike in Covid-19 cases

OTTAWA:In recent days, Canada was witnessed an increased spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, taking the the overall caseload to 144,693, while the death toll stood at 9,223, according to health officials.

Agra doctors flag concerns over critical Covid-19 patients as cases surge

AGRA:Doctors in Agra feel that a holistic approach is required for additional care to critical patients with the coronavirus disease, particularly those in vulnerable section, as government medical infrastructure is under strain owing to unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases in the city.

To meet testing target, UP doctor gives his sample 15X

MATHURA(Uttar Pradesh):In a shocking incident, a video clip of a Mathura doctor giving more than 15 of his own samples for conducting Corona test for completing the sampling target, has gone viral on social media.

Across 55L, India's active cases dip, recoveries shoot up

NEW DELHI:In a major relief India showed a spike of 75,083 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, nearly 20,000 less than its daily surge reported last week. Even though it crossed the 55 lakh-mark of total cases, it continued to show highest recovery rate, Health Ministry data showed on Tuesday.

As Covid hits Tripura badly, Sarkar targets govt on lawlessness

AGARTALA:Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Monday slammed the BJP-led Tripura governemtn for a total lawlessness in the state amid spike in the Covid-19 cases.

Doctors in UP warn those wearing dubious 'Corona cards'

LUCKNOW: Doctors are now warning people against wearing 'Corona cards' available in the market that 'promise' safety against the Coronavirus infection if worn around the neck.

Punjab police organises webinar on traffic management & road safety under the covid-19 pandemic

CHANDIGARH:To bridge the gap between Police and the citizens of Punjab through the use of digital platforms, Punjab Police and Safety Alliance for Everyone (SAFE) Society organized a Webinar on the topic of “Traffic Management & Road Safety under the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

New Zealand relaxes Covid-19 restrictions

 WELLINGTON:  New Zealand's largest city Auckland will ease restrictions on gatherings at midnight Wednesday, moving down from Covid-19 Alert Level 2.5 to 2, with the rest of the country moving down from Alert Level 2 to Level 1 from Monday midnight.

New Zealand relaxes Covid-19 restrictions

 WELLINGTON:  New Zealand's largest city Auckland will ease restrictions on gatherings at midnight Wednesday, moving down from Covid-19 Alert Level 2.5 to 2, with the rest of the country moving down from Alert Level 2 to Level 1 from Monday midnight.

CPI MP demands free mask distribution to poor

NEW DELHI:Amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country, the CPI in the Rajya Sabha on Monday demanded the free distribution of masks to the deprived sections of the society.

'Irresponsible behaviour' behind Covid spike: Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI:Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday held "irresponsible behaviour" of people responsible for the surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, and appealed to Lok Sabha MPs to spread awareness regarding the pandemic.

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu launches three-day polio vaccination drive

CHANDIGARH: The Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched the three-day Sub-national immunization day (SNID) drive by administering drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to children below five years at nearby Jujhar Nagar village. The state level program was organized by the Health and family welfare Department, Punjab.   

Dr. Rajan Singla appointed as Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala

CHANDIGARH: To bring more transparency and further strengthen the work of Goverment Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, Professor of Anatomy Department Dr. Rajan Singla has been appointed as Principal of the college, While Professor of Medicine Department Raminder Pal Singh Sibia has been selected as vice principal and Dr. Harnaam Singh Rekhi has been designated as Medical Superintendent of GMC Patiala.

Trump expects Covid vaccine to be available for 'every American' by April

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for "every American" by April 2021.The president told a White House news conference on Friday that the country will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, or "likely much more than that", Xinhua reported.

Over 93K Covid cases take India tally across 53L

NEW DELHI:Continuing with its massive daily spike, India recorded 93,337 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its overall tally across the 53-lakh mark, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Saturday.

Karnataka's Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

BENGALURU:With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

No curbs should be placed on movement of medical oxygen: MHA

NEW DELHI:The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any disruption in its supplies may critically impact management of Covid-19 patients as it stressed that "no restriction" be imposed on its movement between the states.

TN reports 5,488 new Covid cases

CHENNAI:As many as 5,488 persons have tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, taking the tally to 530,908, health officials said on Friday.
The state recorded 67 more deaths, pushing the toll to 8,685.

Day after RS speech BJP MP tests Covid positive; TMC leader sounds alarm

NEW DELHI:Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has tested positive for COVID-19 after giving an elaborate speech on Maharashtra's handling of the pandemic on Wednesday, and TMC MP Derek O Brien has raised a red flag.