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Covid testing in Lucknow on 25 April 2021 | Representational image | Photo: Nand Kumar | PTI

Rapid antigen — why the less preferred Covid test has now become ICMR’s go-to option

Experts say revised strategy that calls for rapid tests in hospitals & public places, among others, is a tacit admission of community transmission & limitations of RT-PCR capacity.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing in New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Every 4th Covid sample tested in Delhi found positive, city adds 24,375 new cases in a day

National capital also registers 167 deaths, taking overall toll to 11,960. Total number of cases since beginning of Covid pandemic stands at 8,27,998.
The Mukand Lal Civil Hospital in Yamunanagar is the premier Covid facility and houses the district's main lab | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

This Haryana district has 1 govt Covid lab, & people doubt its ‘credibility’, complain of delays

Relatives & suspected Covid patients themselves queue up at Civil Hospital to get test results after many days, but chief medical officer says govt lab is functioning well.
A Covid testing lab | Representational Image | T Narayan | Bloomberg

‘Samples have tripled’: Labs struggle to give Covid test result on time as cases rise in Delhi

National Institute for Cancer Prevention & Research in Noida, which tests samples from Delhi govt hospitals, refused to conduct tests on Monday & Tuesday after 'running out' of required items.
File image of beds set up by the BMC for Covid-19 care in Mumbai | Photo: ANI

BMC gears up to fight Mumbai Covid surge with more tests & more beds, says worst yet to come

Mumbai has been reporting 5,000-6,000 cases a day for the last 6 days and BMC is preparing with the assumption that numbers could touch 10,000 a day.
A drone operates to capture high-definition pictures of crops. | Bloomberg

Covid, floods, locusts — India’s nascent drone industry helps govt fight many challenges

Drones have aided the implementation of the Covid lockdown and other pandemic awareness measures, while also helping with search efforts in Uttarakhand floods last month.

India records 13,193 new Covid cases, 97 deaths in last 24 hours

There are 1,39,542 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.27% of the total caseload, according to the health ministry.

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.
Representational image | A woman traveller outside the gates of the IGI airport in Delhi | Suraj Bisht | ThePrint

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.

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Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Four issues that will dominate news for rest of 2021

Covid will dominate the headlines, but here are four stories, none of which is currently prominent in the news, to watch for the rest of 2021.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.


A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.