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Strict COVID-19 curbs in Kerala from Saturday: Nine-day lockdown announced as state sees record spike
India

Strict COVID-19 curbs in Kerala from Saturday: Nine-day lockdown announced as state sees record spike

The lockdown would come into force on 8 May morning and extend up to 16 May, according to official sources.

West Bengal COVID-19 curbs: Local trains suspended, cap on social and political gatherings, bank hours limited
India

West Bengal COVID-19 curbs: Local trains suspended, cap on social and political gatherings, bank hours limited

On Tuesday, Bengal reported both its highest single-day deaths of 107 COVID patients and its highest one-day spike of 17,639 cases

What CT value in COVID-19 RT-PCR test is; steps to calculate
India

What CT value in COVID-19 RT-PCR test is; steps to calculate

The CT value refers to the number of cycles needed to amplify the viral RNA to a detectable level

SAI orders stricter protocol and weekly testing after 24 athletes test COVID-19 positive at Bhopal centre
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SAI orders stricter protocol and weekly testing after 24 athletes test COVID-19 positive at Bhopal centre

The SAI said the precautions and norms will be implemented keeping Olympic probable athletes in mind, so that their training does not suffer.

Wearable activity trackers may help distinguish between COVID-19, flu symptoms early on
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Wearable activity trackers may help distinguish between COVID-19, flu symptoms early on

Health agencies and governments across the world have also devised methods to record these self-reported symptoms via smartphones to detect emerging hotspots for the infection and allocating adequate medical resources accordingly.

Second COVID-19 wave may hit Karnataka in early 2021; Covaxin phase 3 trials begin in Bengal, UK approves Pfizer jab
India

Second COVID-19 wave may hit Karnataka in early 2021; Covaxin phase 3 trials begin in Bengal, UK approves Pfizer jab

Meanwhile, world leaders, including the top leadership of the UN and vaccine developers, will address a two-day, special session of the UN General Assembly on COVID-19 this week

Arvind Kejriwal issues directives to reduce price of RT-PCR COVID-19 test in Delhi
India

Arvind Kejriwal issues directives to reduce price of RT-PCR COVID-19 test in Delhi

The chief minister said that the move will benefit people who get tests done in private labs, as in govt clinics, the tests are already free of cost

Molecular testing is a crucial tool for diagnosis, insights to lower antimicrobial resistance burden
science

Molecular testing is a crucial tool for diagnosis, insights to lower antimicrobial resistance burden

The utility of molecular testing has been released in the current COVID-19 pandemic, with RT-PCR becoming a household name.

Number of RT-PCR tests exceed rapid antigen tests for first time in Delhi, says MHA amid efforts to curb COVID-19 surge
India

Number of RT-PCR tests exceed rapid antigen tests for first time in Delhi, says MHA amid efforts to curb COVID-19 surge

The spurt in Delhi's COVID-19 cases began on 28 Oct, when the daily spike breached the 5,000-mark for the first time. On 11 Nov, it crossed the 8,000-mark

Third wave of COVID-19 has crossed its peak in Delhi, no plans to reimpose lockdown, says Satyendar Jain
India

Third wave of COVID-19 has crossed its peak in Delhi, no plans to reimpose lockdown, says Satyendar Jain

Jain's remarks come a day after the Centre announced a slew of steps, including making available 300 additional ICU beds and doubling the number of daily RT-PCR tests

COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab: Correct sampling technique is important to prevent injuries and complications
Health

COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab: Correct sampling technique is important to prevent injuries and complications

Right sampling technique is essential in yielding a good positivity rate and at the same time, one must be careful in not inducing trauma to the surrounding structures

Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir faces myriad stumbling blocks
India

Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir faces myriad stumbling blocks

Officials who have been testing the coronavirus samples of patients in different hospitals said in Kashmir that the staff was not fully trained to test the patients.

Important to conduct more Coronavirus tests even if it is just using standard rapid test
science

Important to conduct more Coronavirus tests even if it is just using standard rapid test

The CDC’s calculations suggest that it is extremely difficult to detect any live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.

Coronavirus testing: French scientists develop new breathalyser device to diagnose COVID-19
Health

Coronavirus testing: French scientists develop new breathalyser device to diagnose COVID-19

Currently, the gold standard test for COVID-19 in suspected patients is an RT-PCR test which is expensive and time-consuming

Number of COVID-19 tests in Delhi goes down in August; officials attribute it to improved situation
India

Number of COVID-19 tests in Delhi goes down in August; officials attribute it to improved situation

Authorities conducted over 2.58 lakh COVID-19 tests in Delhi between August 1 and 15, whereas the figure stood at over 3.13 lakh in the same period in July

Has Delhi flattened COVID-19 curve? Widespread testing, improved health infrastructure major boost in easing situation
India

Has Delhi flattened COVID-19 curve? Widespread testing, improved health infrastructure major boost in easing situation

The BJP and AAP called a truce as they joined hands to deal with the COVID-19 crisis in Delhi, and encouraging results are now being seen

Mandeep Singh latest hockey player to test positive for COVID-19 at national camp
Sports

Mandeep Singh latest hockey player to test positive for COVID-19 at national camp

Mandeep Singh is asymptomatic and is being treated along with the other five players by doctors in Bengaluru, where the national camp is due to start on 20 August at the SAI centre.

UP rapidly ramping up COVID-19 tests, from 72 in a day to 100,000, claims Yogi govt
India

UP rapidly ramping up COVID-19 tests, from 72 in a day to 100,000, claims Yogi govt

Adityanath said Uttar Pradesh accounted for 15 percent of national total of tests in July and his government aims to take that to 20 percent soon

Pooled testing for coronavirus could be fastest, cheapest way to increase screening nationwide
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Pooled testing for coronavirus could be fastest, cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Researchers have shown that pooled testing is about as accurate as individual testing in pools as large as eight people.

ICMR approves IIT-Delhi's low-cost COVID-19 test kit Corosure, will cost Rs 650 and delivers results in three hours
India

ICMR approves IIT-Delhi's low-cost COVID-19 test kit Corosure, will cost Rs 650 and delivers results in three hours

IIT Delhi has given non-exclusive open licence to 10 companies for commercialising the test with a price rider of R 500 for the assay needed for testing.