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UK arrivals in Delhi to undergo RT-PCR test, to be isolated at govt facility if positive

Travellers testing negative for Covid will be taken to a quarantine facility for seven days, followed by seven days of home quarantine, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

UK passengers to be tested for Covid on arrival between 8 to 30 Jan, says Health ministry

According to SOPs issued by Health Ministry on Saturday, passengers arriving from UK will also have to bring a Covid negative report from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
A health worker collects swab sample from people for RT-PCR Covid test at Najafgarh in New Delhi on 20 November 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Increased testing makes more economic sense than lockdowns to tackle Covid, says study

Researchers from AIIMS, IISER cite examples of South Korea and Taiwan to establish the importance of increased testing over lockdowns that cripple the economy.
A health worker conducts Covid-19 rapid antigen test at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. | PTI

‘Results of 18 Nov RT-PCR tests awaited’ — Covid surge sees delays, Delhi officials blame labs

Officials say there is a 3-4 day pendency in RT-PCR test results from government labs, while labs complain per day samples have increased in the latest surge and is stretching their capacity.
A staff nurse uses a thermal screening device on an employee at a hospital | PTI

Thermal scanners are everywhere in fight against Covid, but doctors can’t ‘swear by’ them

The effectiveness of thermal scanners are also under question, considering that at least 80 per cent of coronavirus patients in India are asymptomatic. 
A health worker conducts Covid-19 rapid antigen test at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. | PTI

It isn’t just Delhi. Kerala, Bihar & UP also conduct more than 50% rapid antigen tests

Analysis by ThePrint reveals that 88% of tests conducted in Bihar are rapid antigen, while this figure is 63% for Kerala and 60% for Uttar Pradesh.
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC asks Central govt, 3 states to file status reports on Covid situation within 2 days

The SC bench said to 'prepare for the worst' in December as it noted that Covid situation has worsened in Delhi and gone out of control in Gujarat.
A man undergoes a Covid-19 test in New Delhi | PTI

No, soaring Covid cases are not due to more testing

Serious Covid-19 illness is on the rise in the US and cases are still being undercounted.
At the Covid testing check-point in Ashok Nagar near Delhi-Noida border | Aneesha Bedi | ThePrint

‘What if I test positive?’ — Fear at borders as Noida picks commuters for random Covid test

In Delhi, the govt is conducting random rapid antigen tests in crowded markets. The decision was taken after residents were seen stepping out in large numbers before Diwali.
File image of a containment zone in Pune | Vasant Prabhu | ThePrint

Covid tests in Pune drop nearly 70% in last 2 months, govt says numbers low due to fewer cases

The number of Covid tests in Pune steadily dropped from 41,996 in the 11-17 September week to just 13,536 in the 6-12 November week, just ahead of Diwali.

On Camera

RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Prospects of a strong rupee face headwinds from RBI desire to hoard dollars

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said emerging markets need to build reserves as buffers against external shocks even at the risk of being added to US' watchlist for currency manipulation.

Defence

File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.