Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:06 April,2020

‘Home test kit’ sold online, regulator says not approved

The Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) told TOI on Sunday that no home test kits for Covid-19 have been approved. The regulator also issued a public notice clarifying that it had not licensed a home test kit being sold online by Bione Ventures Pvt Ltd.
The notice followed a complaint by All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) about online marketing of Covid-19 rapid antibody test kits for home use and false marketing of products claiming to be Covid-19 related....read more


COVID-19 has raised several quarantine issues

Reproduced from: https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/covid-19-has-raised-several-quarantine-issues-93773, published March 28, 2020,
While stamping the hands of those quarantined may seem an obvious method to prevent them from straying outside, they too have a constitutional right to live with dignity and without stigmatisation
While quarantine during a pandemic is a must, it has its negative side. Delhi, like states such as Maharashtra, has begun stamping the hands of the people who have been advised home quarantine in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak....read more


More than 60% reduction in air pollution levels (PM10 and PM2.5 average values 24 hourly) in Delhi NCR after 11 days of lock down

During complete lock down, the values of PM10 and PM2.5 in Delhi-NCR are significantly below the standards. Air quality Index (AQI) is in the good/satisfactory range.
About a million people are affected worldwide due to COVID-19 pandemic. As a preventive measure, on the appeal of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Janta Curfew was imposed on 22-03-2020 and entire India has been locked down for 21 days starting from 25-03-2020....read more


The spiritual meaning of the word 'Artha'

Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha are the four fundamental principles of our very existence which means earning righteously with a desire to fulfil the inner happiness.
Righteous earning is called ‘Artha’ and mistakenly it has been linked to materialistic money. In mythology, Artha is synonymous with Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali where Lakshmi represents righteously earned materialistic wealth, Saraswati represents wealth of knowledge and Kali represents wealth of wisdom to fight the bad in you and in the society. ....read more


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Ensure pharma units work smoothly amid Covid-19 lockdown: Govt to districts
Business Standard- PTI

The government on Sunday directed all district officials to ensure pharma units making devices and medicines run seamlessly, a day after India imposed curbs on exports of most diagnostic kits, as the health ministry assured there was no evidence that coronavirus (Covid-19) was an airborne infection. Also on Sunday, eight Malaysian citizens, who attended a Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin here, were caught by immigration authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport while trying to flee the country on a special flight arranged for stranded travellers. They had emerged from hiding in the Delhi-National Capital Region and made their way to the airport to try and get on a special flight arranged by the Malaysian High Commission for their citizens stranded in India. The Union health ministry reported 11 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the toll to 79, and nationwide tally of confirmed cases to 3,374, with 472 new patients being recorded in the last 24 hours. Asserting there was no evidence that Covid-19 was airborne, the health ministry also said the rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases in India is 4.1 days currently, but if the cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation would not have happened, it would have been 7.4 days.

Coronavirus: Trump calls Modi for hydroxychloroquine, but Indian makers at China's mercy
Business Today- PB Jayakumar

US President Donald Trump on Saturday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supply of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to fight coronavirus infection in American patients. But the reality is that the majority of Indian formulation makers currently are dependent on China for the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) to make the drug. Over a hundred Indian companies are making or have the capability to produce finished drugs for malaria, but the APIs have to come from China, say sources. They said apart from Ipca Laboratories and Zydus Cadila which are the major manufacturers of APIs in India for this drug, other main manufacturers of anti-malarial drugs include companies like Intas Pharmaceuticals, McW Healthcare of Indore, Macleods Pharmaceuticals, Cipla and Lupin from Mumbai. Other API suppliers include Abbott India, Unichem Remedies, Laurus Labs, Vijayasri Organics etc. They said while Zydus and Ipca supplies a portion of their API production to these formulators besides for their own production of anti-malarial formulations, about 80-90 per cent of the requirement of hydroxychloroquine are imported from China. "If the API was available for Indian manufacturers at Rs 80,000 per kilogram before the crisis, now it is not available for even Rs 1,50,000 per kilogram and China has virtually stopped supplies," said a joint managing director of a leading Indian drug company, preferring not to be quoted in the story.

Highest single-day casualty of 27 takes India’s corona toll to 124
ET Healthworld- Durgesh Nandan Jha

India’s Covid-19 death toll crossed the 100-mark and reached 124 on Sunday night after registering 27 fresh deaths — the highest single-day casualty since the outbreak — in the last 24 hours. With 13 deaths, the toll in Maharashtra, the worst affected state, stood at 45 – which is 36% of the nation’s casualties. For the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, India registered an increase of 500-plus cases. With 553 news cases, the total number of cases has crossed the 4000-mark at 4218. Maharashtra tops the chart with 748 cases, 113 of which were reported on Sunday. Mumbai is the worst affected with 30 of the 45 deaths in Maharashtra coming from there. Mumbai also accounts for 60% or 458 cases in the state. It also recorded eight new deaths, majority of who were above the age of 55 years and had underlying health conditions. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu reported the highest number of positive cases, 86, taking the total to 571. Delhi continues to be the third worst affected state with 58 fresh cases on Sunday, taking the total to 503.

42% of coronavirus patients in 21-40 age bracket: Govt
ET Healthworld

As much as 42% patients of coronavirus in the country belong to 21-40 years age, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal said Saturday. “9% Covid-19 patients belong to 0-20 year age group, 42% patients belong to 21-40 years age group, 33% cases pertain to patients between 41 and 60 years, and 17% patients have crossed 60 years,” Aggrawal said at a press conference here. Underlining that about 30% of the coronavirus cases in the country were linked to “one particular place”, he said 1,023 Covid-19 positive cases found in 17 states have been traced to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held in Delhi last month. Aggarwal said in the daily media briefing that the rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases in India was lower than the rest of the world. He said 2,902 Covid-19 cases have been reported so far and cases have risen by 601 since Friday. At least 58 are in critical condition in Kerala, Delhi and MP. There have been 68 deaths, including 12 since Friday, have been reported and added that 183 people have recovered or have been discharged. At the time of going to press, India had 3,072 Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths, according to the ministry.