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Representational image | A medic collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing at a medical camp in New Delhi 29 June, 2020. | PTI

No need for govt doctor prescription for Covid test, contact-tracing must: Modi govt to states

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.
India is a leading global player in the manufacturing of HCQ with Ipca laboratories, Zydus Cadila and Wallace Pharmaceuticals as top pharma companies

HCQ shows no use as Covid protective drug for health workers, finds Indian study

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.

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR in Covid communication, retires today

A paediatrician by training, Dr Gangakhedkar's seminal work is on how Indian women are vulnerable to AIDS because of risky behaviour of husbands.
Healthcare workers in PPE suits escort Covid patients in Royapuram, Chennai | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India records over 18,000 new Covid cases, takes total to over 5 lakh

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 last meeting of the Group of Ministers on Covid-19, led by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on 9 June | Photo: ANI

No ICMR panel or GoM meetings, no briefings — Modi govt ‘retreats’ even as Covid cases surge

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.
Representational image | Covid-19 testing in Bengaluru | ANI

Test police personnel, drivers, shopkeepers for Covid antibodies: New ICMR guidelines

ICMR has also allowed accredited private hospitals and laboratories to conduct rapid antigen tests that give results in less than half an hour.
Plasma, the yellowish liquid part of the blood, could help in the recovery of critically ill Covid-19 patients | Representation image | Pexels

Plasma therapy: The experimental Covid therapy Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain received

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.
Healthcare workers in Sikkim (representational image) | Photo: ANI

First official figures on Covid among healthcare workers in India — 1,073 cases until 23 May

ICMR study on preventive effect of HCQ has broken the government’s silence so far on the prevalence of Covid-19 among healthcare workers.
Medical workers collecting samples for Covid-19 in New Delhi | Representational Image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

NIC awaits ‘diverse enough pool’ of chest X-rays to develop its AI-based Covid detection model

The Cabinet Secretariat had sought ICMR's intervention to arrange sample chest X-rays from various states on a priority basis early last month.

Not sure if HCQ works but adverse effects don’t seem to be a problem, say Indian doctors

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.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

IAF jets

Defence ministry approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

The defence ministry cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore for the armed forces.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.