Not taken to hospital for screening, 45-year-old woman dies at CCC | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: A 45-year-old asymptomatic Covid positive woman was found lying dead on her bed at VNIT Covid care centre around 10.30am on Wednesday.
NMC’s Nehru Nagar zone officials had belatedly shifted her into the CCC on Tuesday though she had tested positive around eight days back. As per doctors, the woman should have been first taken to a dedicated Covid health centre (DCHC) or hospital (DCH) for screening if officials felt the need to shift her so late during home isolation.
CCC officials said the woman’s blood oxygen saturation level was above the required 95 at 10.30pm when the staff last checked her on Tuesday. She had told them that she was asthmatic and suffered hypothyroidism though her case papers didn’t mention these issues.
This is the second death at the VNIT CCC and third in any CCC in Nagpur city. The CCCs don’t have oxygen facility.
The CCC staff
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Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents take Covid-19 test on first day of mass screening scheme despite calls for boycott from opposition activists, China News

About 126,000 people took Covid-19 tests on Tuesday as the Hong Kong government launched its universal community testing programme, describing progress as “smooth” and promising to increase the daily quota despite calls from opposition politicians and activists for a boycott.

As of 8pm, some 674,000 out of a population of 7.5 million had signed up for the one-off, free and voluntary exercise. The testing programme at 141 centres across the city is set to run for a week but can be extended for seven more days if there is enough demand.

While small queues formed at some testing centres before they opened at 8am, it appeared to be relatively quieter at others, but a steady stream of people took the tests throughout the day, many of them middle-aged or senior citizens.

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, the official in charge of the programme, said the daily testing

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Report: Immigration detention centre should release inmates

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An outside expert who inspected an immigration detention centre in Virginia that experienced a massive coronavirus outbreak is recommending that some high-risk inmates be released after finding flaws in the centre’s screening procedures.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered the inspection last month after several detainees filed a lawsuit with the help of legal activist groups. Brinkema faulted the detention complex in Farmville for an outbreak that affected more than 90% of the centre’s nearly 300 detainees, including a 72-year-old detainee who died. Government officials fought unsuccessfully to block the inspection.

The expert, Homer Venters, inspected the site last month and filed a report made public Friday that says the centre does a poor job of screening inmates for COVID-19 symptoms. He recommended that detainees at high risk for the disease be released.

The report cites “multiple and systematic deficiencies” in the complex’s health services and concludes

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Covid-19: Health Ministry revises guidelines for conducting exams

Among the guidelines, staff or examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted in exam centre.

Staff or examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted. Such examinees shall be given an opportunity to undertake the examination through other means or the Universities and Educational Institution or Agency may consider appropriate measures in this regard.

These centres may plan out the examination schedule in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding at any examination centre on any day.

Only asymptomatic staff and students shall be allowed inside the examination hall as per the guidelines and face cover/mask has to be worn at all times inside the examination centre by all.

Apart from social and physical distancing in the institutions, appropriate arrangements for personal protection gears like face covers, masks, and other logistic like hand sanitizers, soap, sodium hypochlorite solution etc. shall be made available at the examination venue.


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Centre launches KIRAN helpline service for mental health rehabilitation

The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot on August 27, 2020, launched ‘Kiran’, a toll- free helpline number for mental health rehabilitation. The launch of helpline number took place virtually amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The helpline number (1800-599-0019) has been developed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment along with its partners. The government launched a helpline number that will offer mental health rehabilitation.

As per the Ministry, Kiran helpline service targets to resolve the mental health issues faced by the people across the country, especially in the present times of lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Objective of launching ‘Kiran’:

The central government launched the Kiran helpline number aims to provide first aid, support for the early screening, distress management, psychological support, preventing deviant behaviours, mental well-being, psychological crisis management, among others.

The purpose is to resolve the issues faced by the people

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Hong Kong records 13 new Covid-19 cases as health authorities set up more than 100 booths for mass testing

Hong Kong confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases on Friday as health authorities revealed the locations of more than 100 community Covid-19 screening centres and said they would soon launch the online registration process.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, reported that all but three of the new cases were locally transmitted, while three infections were without a known source.

The news came as the government began to relax some social-distancing measures, including the reopening of cinemas and beauty parlours, and resuming evening dining at restaurants until 9pm.

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Friday’s figures represent the city’s second-lowest daily total since July 3. Just nine cases were reported on Monday. Hong Kong’s coronavirus infection tally now stands at 4,768.

Among the newly infected was another resident of Hong Chi Lei

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Saliva ‘just as effective’ as nasal swab for COVID-19 testing, UAE research shows

The UAE research findings show that the saliva can be used for viral detection, proving to be just as effective as the nasal swab. Photo for illustrative purpose only.
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Dubai: Researchers from Dubai-based Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) have shown the effectiveness of saliva as an alternative to the nasal swab for COVID-19 screening.

The study, a first in the UAE and region, was a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors and academia. The research team from MBRU were joined by teams from Dubai Health Authority (DHA); Unilabs; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD); and the National Reference Laboratory.

What did the results show?

The team took saliva and nasal swabs from 401 adults present for COVID-19 screening at Al Khawaneej Health Centre, 50 per cent of whom were asymptomatic. The samples were tested for

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82,000 Hongkongers tested in first eight hours of Covid-19 screening scheme despite boycott calls

Mass Covid-19 testing was under way in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Mass Covid-19 testing was under way in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

About 82,000 Hong Kong residents were tested for the coronavirus eight hours after the universal testing programme launched on Tuesday, amid calls from activists and some health workers for a boycott.

The effort began at 8am sharp, with workers taking samples from residents at 141 collection centres across all 18 of the city’s districts. By 4pm, about 82,000 people had been tested, according to Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, the secretary for the civil service.

He also said that 650,000 people had registered for the programme, which was expected to run for a week but could be extended for another week. The number is still just a fraction of the city’s population of about 7.5 million.

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Laval adding 2 new COVID-19 testing centres to accommodate rise in demand – Montreal

The City of Laval will be adding two new coronavirus testing centres to accommodate the influx of people being screened in the area.

On Thursday, one of two additional testing sites opened its doors in the Chomedey district.

Located at 1200 Chomedey Blvd., the new appointment-only centre saw its first patients.

People lined up outside waiting to be tested for COVID-19 starting at 9 a.m.

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The second site, on Cartier Boulevard, will be operational as of 10 a.m. Friday.

The new sites were added to help with the increase in the volume of people at the North Shore screening centres.

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Laval regional public health says it has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people being tested.

“The numbers have doubled for the last three days,” CISSS de Laval representative

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COVID-19 testing in the UAE: A ready reckoner

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Dubai: The UAE is among the top five countries in the world when it comes to conducting COVID-19 tests. Approved facilities for screening are aplenty across all the emirates, with access to them being easy and convenient. Here’s a complete guide to where you can get tested for COVID-19 in any of the emirates: 

Private, government hospitals

All private and government hospitals in the UAE offer COVID-19 testing. If a patient comes to a hospital which is free from COVID-19 and requires admission, he or she has to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing. If found positive, the patient is then transferred to the designated COVID-19 facility in the emirate. So residents can walk into any health care facility and get a COVID-19 test. They need to carry some form of identification, Emirates ID for residents and passports for visitors.

UAE has also set up

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