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Maharashtra to roll out rapid COVID-19 testing on mass scale

Mumbai: The Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid, mass-scale COVID-19 testing by using blood samples to expedite the detection of coronavirus cases, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The state government will use blood samples instead of swabs in rapid tests through which it can be ascertained “in five minutes” whether the person has developed anti-bodies for the …

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Lockdown proves to be a blessing for Ganga

New Delhi: The health of Ganga river  has seen significant improvement since enforcement of the nationwide lockdown that has led to reduction in dumping of industrial waste into it, experts have said. India has been placed under a three-week lockdown since March 24 with its 1.3 billion people instructed to stay home in view of the coronavirus outbreak, which has …

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Bengal devotees celebrate Ram Navami at temples

Kolkata: Amid chant of ‘Jai Sri Ram’, thousands of devotees assembled in temples in various parts of West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami on Thursday, giving a thumbs-down to social distancing norms prescribed by the government during the ongoing nationwide lockdown period. Long queues of devotees were seen outside temples across the state, while the annual Ram Navami …

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CMs should ask religious leaders to avoid large gatherings: Uddhav

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s suggestion that religious leaders should be asked to refrain from holding large gatherings. Thackeray made the suggestion during a video conference with Modi, the Chief Minister’s Office said. Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers in the morning to discuss ways to check the spread …

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Exodus of migrant workers a serious lapse in COVID-19 fight, says survey

New Delhi: The exodus of migrant workers, lack of public awareness, hospital preparedness and infrastructure are some of the serious gaps identified by IAS officers working across the country in a survey conducted by the Centre to combat COVID-19. The COVID-19 national preparedness survey 2020 was conducted in 410 districts of the country from March 25-30 to attain a bird’s …

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Karnataka CM donates annual salary of Rs 24.10 lakh to fight COVID-19

PTI Bengaluru Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced he has donated his annual salary of Rs 24.10 lakh to the ‘Chief Minister’s Relief Fund COVID-19.’ He appealed to Ministers, legislators, Members of Parliament, officials and citizens to also do their bit and contribute in whatever capacity possible to help the state in fighting the coronavirus outbreak. “It …

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Nothing like social distancing for Shimla’s porters

PTI Shimla For Kashmiri labourers who work as porters here and call a local mosque home, social distancing is a near impossibility. “At least 300 Kashmiri labourers are staying at the masjid. It is not possible for us to maintain the required distance due to lack of space,” Bilal, who is one of them, told PTI. The labourers have been …

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2 resident doctors of Delhi Hospital test positive

PTI New Delhi Two resident doctors of the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus infection, official sources said on Wednesday. One of them, who is part of the team treating COVID-19 patients at the hospital, is believed to have contracted the disease during the course of duty, they said. According to sources, the female resident doctor, …

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Best practices, technology India looks at China, South Korea, Germany to contain coronavirus

PTI New Delhi India is looking at South Korea, Germany and China for procurement of cutting-edge technology and adopting best practices being followed by them in successfully containing the spread of coronavirus amid looming risk of the country entering the community infection stage of the pandemic. Indian missions in these three countries have been tasked to immediately identifying possible areas …

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