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ICMR ‘Tailored’ COVID Findings to Meet Modi’s ‘Optimistic’ Narrative: NYT

-TheWire.in Scientists described a 'culture of silence' at ICMR, with researchers worried that they would be passed over for opportunities if they questioned their superiors. New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s top leadership “tailored” the agency’s findings on the spread of COVID-19 and its possible trajectory to suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda and pressured scientists to downplay the threat posed by the pandemic, New York Times has reported. The...

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ICMR online calculator to help states detect fresh Covid-19 surges -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph The stimulator will use key epidemic-linked parameters to project the likelihood of a significant rise in daily new infections, allowing authorities time for preparatory steps India’s health research agency is set to release an online calculator to help states and districts project and prepare for fresh Covid-19 surges amid lingering uncertainty about the future course of the country’s epidemic. The calculator — or simulator — developed by the Indian Council of...

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Why Is Kerala Reporting So Many More COVID-19 Cases Than Other Indian States? -Rijo M John

-TheWire.in The eyes of many experts and non-experts alike are currently on Kerala, as its COVID-19 case load has been increasing in increments far greater than any other state in India. The average number of daily new cases reached a low of 11,000 around the last week of June, 2021, and it has since been rising, albeit slowly, over the past two weeks. At the same time, the number of cases...

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Two-thirds of Indians have antibodies, shows ICMR survey

-The Hindu 40 crore people still vulnerable to infection; over 50% of children surveyed found to be seropositive While two-thirds of the general population had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, a third does not have antibodies, making approximately 40 crore people still vulnerable to infections, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday. Presenting the results of the fourth national COVID serosurvey, Dr. Bhargava said States, districts and areas without antibodies...

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Explained: What We Know About COVID Transmission Through Faeces

-IndiaSpend.com Knowing whether Covid-19 can be transmitted through faeces or through virus-laden particles released via sewage is important for India where many still defecate in the open and most sewage is released untreated. Delhi: Faeces of Covid-19 patients contain the virus, sometimes even days after the person tests negative on a Covid-19 swab test. But researchers have been unable to confirm whether the virus could transmit through faeces. We look at the...

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