Khattar to set up panel to probe hospitals' negligence in treating Covid patients
Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar on Monday told the state assembly that his government will set up a panel to probe possible negligence by hospitals in treating Covid patients. The chief minister made the announcement while seeking to assure the House that no death due to oxygen shortage had been recorded in the state.
MP HC issues notice to EC on plea seeking holding of bypolls after COVID-19 third wave
The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday issued notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a petition seeking direction on holding bypolls to one Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats after a possible third wave of COVID19 was over. Division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice VK Shukla was hearing a petition filed by a social outfit called Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch, through its members Dr PG Najpandey and Rajat Bhargava, the petitioner's counsel, Dinesh Upadhyay, said.
Researchers from BRICS nations to study impact of severe Covid on TB patients
BRICS countries are working on a programme to study the impact of severe COVID19 conditions on tuberculosis (TB) patients, the Department of Biotechnology said on Monday. The SARSCoV2 NGS (Next Generation Sequencing)BRICS consortium is an interdisciplinary collaboration to advance COVID19 healthrelevant knowledge and to contribute to improvements in health outcomes, it said.
UK cracks down on over-charging COVID travel test firms
More than 80 private COVID19 travel testing companies are being issued a twostrike warning from Monday that they could be removed from the official governmentapproved list for misleading prices if they fail to rectify discrepancies. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a rapid review of the pricing and service standards offered by approved testing companies of the mandatory day two and day eight test, required by all international passengers entering Britain including from India.
Indonesia eases COVID-19 curbs as cases drop from peak
Indonesia will start reopening restaurants, malls and places of worship in some areas including the capital Jakarta, President Joko Widodo said on Monday, as new coronavirus cases have fallen sharply from their peak and vaccinations rise. Starting Tuesday, restaurants and places of worship in parts of the world's fourth most populous country will be able to operate at 25% capacity and shopping malls at 50%, Widodo told a virtual press conference. "Since July 15, cases have f
No new COVID case found in Dharavi for eighth time in August
For the eighth time this month, the Dharavi slum colony in Mumbai didn't report any new COVID-19 case in a day on Monday, a civic official said. The last time Dharavi didn't record any new case in a day was on August 20. Currently, Dharavi has only 11 active cases. Of the 7,005 infections recorded, 6,596 patients have already recovered and been discharged, the official said. The first coronavirus case in Dharavi was reported on April 1, 2020, nearly 20 days after the first patient was found in Mumbai on March 11. Dharavi became a hotspot of coronavirus infection again in early April this year. The slum colony said to be Asia's largest, reported the highest 99 COVID-19 cases on April 8.
No RT-PCR test report not required for fully vaccinated air travellers arriving in Chhattisgarh
The Chhattisgarh government on Monday exempted fully vaccinated air passengers arriving in the state from carrying a negative RTPCR coronavirus test report, officials said. Earlier this month, the state government had issued guidelines in connection with mandatory COVID19 test report for air passengers. Under the rules, it had stated that travellers inoculated with both the doses of antiCOVID19 vaccines will also have to produce at airports a negative RTPCR report of test conducted within 96 hours of boarding the flight from outside Chhattisgarh.
Karnataka reports 1,151 COVID cases, 10 deaths
Karnataka on Monday logged 1,151 fresh COVID19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.38 lakh, while 10 deaths pushed the toll to 37,155. The day also saw 1,442 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,82,331. Active cases stood at 20,255, a health department bulletin said. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 270 cases, but reported nil fatalities after a gap of many weeks, it said.
USFDA grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, says report
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and up, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States, according to NYT report. The decision will set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges, corporations and other organizations, the report said. United Airlines recently announced that its employees will be required to show proof of vaccination within five weeks of regulatory approval. Oregon has adopted a similar requirement for all state workers, as have a host of universities in states from Louisiana to Minnesota. The Pentagon has said it would mandate the shots for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty troops once the Pfizer approval came through, according to the report.