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The demand has been made in an open letter by a group of over 230 public health professionals, epidemiologists and activists, including Gautam Menon, Giridhar R. Babu, and T. Jacob John.
In May, central Ahmedabad had witnessed a spike in cases. But now, the outbreak has spread to the western parts, which have the maximum number of containment zones.
As on 27 July, only 152 of India’s 739 districts — about 20% — didn’t have Covid-19 testing labs, thanks to a decade-old ICMR scheme.
Amid Delhi’s declining daily Covid-19 numbers, HC pointed out that only about 6,000 RT-PCR tests are being conducted per day, as against a capacity of 11,000.
Maharashtra govt ramped up testing to nearly 20 lakh in less than a month by giving district officials targets and democratising the regime under a single department.
The three laboratories are in three ICMR institutes at Mumbai, Kolkata and Noida. India has ordered 8 high throughput Covid testing machines from a Swiss company.
Data released by the health ministry shows India's positivity rate at 11.61%. A consistent 5% over two weeks is required to ease public health measures.
Some of Kolkata’s biggest hospitals have been handing out dates as far as three weeks after the onset of symptoms. Govt helplines seem to be of no help either.
Gujarat has registered over 50,000 Covid-19 cases, and despite a dip in the mortality rate since June, the infection seems to be peaking again.
Both peer-reviewed studies published in Nature tested HCQ as pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis or prevention and treatment of Covid-19 infection.