Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:25 July,2020

‘Positivity rate hovering between 10.6% and 13%’

New Delhi: Even as India recorded yet another day of highest Covid-19 infections with 49,310 fresh cases recorded in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate hovered between 10.66% to 13% over last fortnight with top officials saying that the rise in cases was due to increased testing.
Government officials said the rise in fresh cases is a result of higher testing and the trend is likely to plateau in the coming days. But some states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are seeing a faster spread raising concerns about wider transmissions and the failure of containment strategies. ,The infection is also showing a “moving trend” which means different stages of the disease in different places . ....read more

Kerala's battle against COVID-19

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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev
1003: Pfizer will get $1.95 billion from the U.S. government to produce 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate. (Reuters)
1004: More data suggest that humoral immunity faded rapidly in people with mild COVID-19 illness. (New England Journal of Medicine) ,1005: A small study points to rapid decay of anti–SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in individuals with mild COVID-19 ,DG Alert: A study has suggested that humoral immunity against SARS-CoV-2 may not last long among persons with mild illness. Investigators at University of California assessed 34 individuals, of whom, 30 had infection confirmed by PCR, while the other 4 had CLI. Most of them had mild illness. ....read more

World COVID Meter 24th July: India Number 3, 213 Countries Affected

Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29th, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13, 14M July 17
Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity
Doubling time India 21 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days, France 49 days, Turkey 37 days ,Coronavirus Cases: 15,651,605,Deaths: 636,464,Recovered: 9,535,213,ACTIVE CASES: 5,479,928....read more

Think differently in mythology

Lord Ganesha’s elephant head depicts that one should use his/her wisdom before taking any decision.
Vishnu’s first incarnation, fish, symbolizes the need to learn to swim in the opposite direction.
Brahma’s five heads mean to use all five senses before taking any decision.
Shiva’s third eye means to think differently in difficulties. ....read more

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Jenburkt Pharma launches COVID-19 drug at Rs 39 per tablet
Outlook India

New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Drug firm Jenburkt Pharmaceuticals on Friday said it has launched antiviral drug Favipiravir under the brand name ''Favivent'' for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms at a price of Rs 39 per tablet.
The tablet will be available in 200 mg strength in the form of a strip of 10 tablets, it added.
The drug will be manufactured at a pharmaceutical plant in Telangana with the highest safety and manufacturing protocols in place, Jenburkt Pharmaceuticals said in a statement.
On Thursday, pharma company Brinton Pharmaceuticals had said it will be selling Favipiravir under the brand name ''Faviton''Â at a maximum retail price of Rs 59 per tablet. ....read more

Punjab Police busts ‘Agra gang’ supplying pharma opioids worth lakhs to 11 states

Chandigarh: In a major crackdown on supply of pharmaceutical opioids across the country, the Punjab Police has busted an inter-state drug cartel allegedly operating in more than 50 districts across 11 states.
The police have arrested 20 people, allegedly with a huge cache of drugs, drug proceeds and five vehicles, in an operation that spanned over eight weeks.
According to police press statement Friday said the cartel, which they termed the ‘Agra gang’, as a majority of the pharmacies are allegedly in that city, was using the hawala route to channel proceeds of the crime. ,The statement added that the ‘Agra gang’ was pushing pharmaceutical opioids into markets across India by diverting drugs from manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retail chemists. The gang was allegedly dealing with 10-12 crore tablets, capsules, injections and syrups a month.

India has one of world’s lowest Covid-19 infection, death rate: Harsh Vardhan

At 864 cases and less than 21 deaths per million population, India has one of the world’s lowest Covid-19 infection and death rate, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said underlining that the recovery rate among coronavirus-infected patients in the country is 63.45 per cent and the mortality is 2.3 per cent. ,These remarks were made by Vardhan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Health Ministers’ Digital Meet held digitally, the health ministry said. ,According to the ministry’s statement, Vardhan emphasised on how the Indian traditional system of medicine has also contributed substantially in boosting the immunity of general population during Covid-19.

How a team of doctors in Kochi saved a 5-year-old with rare ‘P null’ blood group

At the end of April this year, Dr Veena Shenoy and her team at the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, handled the case of a five-year-old patient from Gujarat who had suffered a serious fall and was in need of surgery. Dr Veena looked at the child’s reports and saw something which she had until then only seen in medical textbooks and journals: P null phenotype.
“The hospital in Surat got the child’s sample tested from the New York Blood Centre and she was then brought to Kerala for further treatment,” Dr Veena tells TNM.
Report in hand, the associate professor and head of the Transfusion Medicine department thought about the challenge ahead. “But we had to do it,” she says on a phone interview from Kochi.