Wednesday, 19 January, 2022
TopicCovid testing

Topic: covid testing

Doctors alarmed by ‘strange’ new ICMR rule that makes Covid test optional for hospital patients

New ICMR testing strategy, notified Monday, comes as Covid infections among doctors soar. In Delhi alone, 750 doctors at six major hospitals are reportedly infected with Covid.

Covid control rooms at district levels should be adequately staffed, Centre tells states

The health ministry outlined that control rooms must have real-time data on availability of testing centres, ambulances & should be able to guide a caller on availing these services.

Why Covid cases in India are decreasing, despite low double vaccination rate

WHO’s chief scientist said in late August that India seems to be ‘entering some stage of endemicity’.

ICMR can’t sit in ivory towers, must look into complaints against private labs, says Delhi HC

The high court was hearing a plea seeking contempt action against online health service aggregators which are operating illegally and collecting samples for Covid test.

India records 32,937 new Covid cases, 417 deaths in 24 hours

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.79%. It has remained below 3% for the last 21 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.01%, the health ministry said.

India logs 41,195 new Covid infections in last 24 hours, active cases at 3,87,987

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.94%. It has been less than 3% for the last 17 days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.23%.

India records 35,499 new Covid cases, recovery rate at 97.39%

As of Monday 8am, India's number of active cases declined to 4,02,188, its total Covid burden was 3,19,69,954 cases while death toll was 4,28,309, according to the health ministry.

Ex-Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat demands judicial enquiry into Kumbh Mela Covid testing scam

Current Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Rawat remarked Thursday that the Covid testing scam was from before he took charge as CM. He also said a probe was underway.

Govt employees to get 15 days of special casual leave if parents test positive for Covid

An order issued by the Personnel Ministry also said the government employee shall be granted commuted leave up to 20 days if he/she tests Covid positive or is in home isolation.

Maharashtra quadrupled testing, but rural-urban disparity means it’s still a laggard among states

Maharashtra has conducted 3.35 crore Covid tests — 2.7 lakh per million. While it's slightly higher than the national average, several states are performing better on this count.

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How England’s dying industrial towns became the West’s largest jihad factory

Malik Faisal Akram had no known affiliation with jihadist groups. Ideas that led him to take hostages in a Texas synagogue seeped into his mind almost by osmosis.

NTPC looks to coal imports to avoid new power crunch

India’s largest electricity producer is aiming to secure cargoes starting from April, when power consumption in India typically surges on summer cooling demand.


File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.