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In a letter Wednesday, govt says efforts should be made to set up camps, using mobile vans, in high incidence areas to collect samples of symptomatic patients and their contacts.
The study by the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India also found the positivity rate to be slightly higher among subjects who took HCQ.
A paediatrician by training, Dr Gangakhedkar's seminal work is on how Indian women are vulnerable to AIDS because of risky behaviour of husbands.
The number of active cases stands at 1,97, 387 recoveries are at 2,95,880 while the death toll climbed to 15,685.
The ICMR task force on Covid-19 hasn’t met in over two weeks, while the daily official statement now mentions only good news, not new cases or deaths.
ICMR has also allowed accredited private hospitals and laboratories to conduct rapid antigen tests that give results in less than half an hour.
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, who is out of the ICU, received the plasma treatment as part of a trial to see the efficacy of the therapy in Covid patients.
ICMR study on preventive effect of HCQ has broken the government’s silence so far on the prevalence of Covid-19 among healthcare workers.
The Cabinet Secretariat had sought ICMR's intervention to arrange sample chest X-rays from various states on a priority basis early last month.
The anti-malarial drug HCQ was left out of the WHO Solidarity trial and the USFDA emergency use list this week. Doctors in India say they don’t see any major side-effects from its use.