Coronavirus Latest News Updates: Stop RTPCR tests for healthy travellers to reduce stress on labs, says ICMR

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Coronavirus Latest News LIVE Updates: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic. According to the advisory, RTPCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RTPCR.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday announced that doctors and para-medical staff working at COVID hospitals would receive financial incentive till June this year. The fourth and fifth year MBBS students, contractual doctors and junior/senior residents would be provided an incentive of Rs 3,000 per month while nursing students, General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) third year students and contractual lab staff would be provided an incentive of Rs 1,500 per month, he said.

The Jharkhand HC said that it had asked the authorities way back in 2017 to make all 500 beds in Ranchi's Sadar Hospital operational but the govt failed to comply with the order on 'one excuse or another'

The Delhi High Court directed the Centre to show cause asking why contempt action should not be taken against it for not complying with its order on 1 May as well as Supreme Court order on supply of required liquid medical oxygen to Delhi government.

According to a bulletin shared AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, 41 hospitals, with 7,142 people on oxygen support, sent SOS calls to the Delhi government on 3 May. According to the bulletin, the National Capital was supplie just 44 percent of its oxygen demand on 3 May while the supply against demand figure for the last seven days was 40 percent.

The Kerala High Court directed the state government to inform it of the measures taken to rationalise charges of room rents, doctors and nurses charges, PPE kits and machinery like oxygen concentrators and ventilators, reports LiveLaw.

The Kerala HC noted that reason behind crowding is because citizens feel there aren't enough vaccines. If uncontrolled crowding is allowed, the situation will boomerang and the inoculation drive will be a super spreader, noted the court.

While the families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the COVID-19 facility in Chamarajnagar, the state government claimed that only three of the deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen.

Appearing for Muni Mayaram Jain Hospital in Delhi, advocate Sanju Mishra told Delhi High Court that of total 30 beds, 25 of them have COVID-19 patients. 'As we are a small hospital even one person dying is a big deal,' he told the HC.

The BCCI vice-president made the announcement Tuesday after Sunrisers Hyderabad's Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

It doesn't mean that lockdown in Delhi will continue for two months. It is just being done to help the poor going through financial issues, said the Delhi chief minister.

The chief minister also said that the crisis management group has been ordered to release the guidelines related to lockdown in the state by Tuesday evening.

The total COVID-19 caseload had surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December after which it took 107 days to reach 1.25 crore on 5 April. However, it only took 15 days for the cases to cross the 1.50 mark.

Johnson's Downing Street office said the GBP 240 million project would include a sales office, 'clinical trials, research and development and possibly manufacturing of vaccines'.

The Congress leader on Tuesday took a potshot at Narendra Modi-led government over handling of second wave of COVID-19 in India and subsequent shortage of medical oxygen supply in several hospitals across the country.

India registered 3,57,229 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count over 2 crore, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday.

With the death of 3,449 patients in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 toll in the country increased to 2,22,408 on Tuesday. This takes the national fatality rate to 1.1 percent.

According to the BMC's updated data, with the addition of 2,662 infections, the COVID-19 caseload in the metropolis rose to 6,58,866, while the toll jumped to 13,408.

In the last 24 hours, only 23,542 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Mumbai, taking the number of samples examined so far to 55,13,783, the data showed.

West Bengal's overall COVID-19 count went up to 8,80,894 on Monday after 17,501 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while Kolkata reported its highest one-day spike of 3,990 cases, the health department said in a bulletin.

It said that 98 fresh fatalities took the toll in the state to 11,637.

In the past 24 hours, 15,937 COVID-19 recoveries have been registered in Bengal, taking the total number of cured patients to 7,49,296. The number of active cases now is 1,19,961, the bulletin said.

Of the new deaths, 23 were reported from North 24 Parganas district and 21 from Kolkata. The remaining casualties were registered in several other districts of the state.

Out of the 98 deaths, 36 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.

The fresh positive cases included 3,965 from North 24 Parganas and 962 from South 24 Parganas district, besides 3,990 from the city.

Since Sunday, at least 55,287 samples were tested for COVID-19, taking the total number of such tests to 1,06,00,346, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, 1,74,559 people were inoculated and two minor AEFI (adverse event following immunisation) cases were reported on Monday, an official of the health department said.

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