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No ICMR panel or GoM meetings, no briefings -- Modi govt ‘retreats’ even as Covid cases surge -Abantika Ghosh The ICMR task force on Covid-19 hasn’t met in over two weeks, while the daily official statement now mentions only good news, not new cases or deaths. New Delhi: The last meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19, headed by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, was held on 9 June. The last health ministry briefing on the coronavirus crisis took place two days later, on 11 June. The...

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SARS-CoV-2 has infected less than 1% of sample population: ICMR survey -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line Less than one per cent of the population surveyed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 83 districts, is believed to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19. As very few persons have been exposed to the virus, the Centre warned on Thursday that a large proportion of the population is still vulnerable to get infected. As a result, the Centre has also stated...

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Covid test should track viral load too, says new ICMR study -Karishma Mehrotra

-The Indian Express Viral load refers to the quantity of a virus in an organism and is a reflection of how quickly the virus is replicating. Only seven per cent of coronavirus samples have a “high viral load” — meaning these people would, on average, transmit the infection to 6.25 other people. The vast majority (84%) have a low infectiousness, transmitting to only 0.8 persons on average. Nine per cent have a...

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How public health boosts an economy -K Srinath Reddy

-The Hindu A stronger health system in a country can lead to better outcomes on the economic growth front When public health sneezes, the economy catches cold. Dire predictions for the post-COVID-19 global economy have come from the International Monetary Fund, which called the present crisis the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Grim forebodings for the Indian economy have been sounded by many distinguished economists and the Governor of the Reserve...

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Flawed Covid-19 Database Source Of Decisions To Ease Lockdown -Mridula Chari & Nitin Sethi The Centre’s ‘single source of truth’ in easing lockdowns is a database of Covid-19 cases ridden with unverified data, duplicate names and other flaws. States, some protesting at the confusion, use another database and only in five states do the two databases tally. Mumbai: Two of four parameters that the Centre currently uses to decide severity of the Covid-19 pandemic and ease lockdown restrictions are based on an inaccurate database maintained...

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