Beijing Slams ‘Preemptive Prejudice’ After ICMR Tells States to Stop Using Chinese Covid-19 Test Kits

New Delhi: China on Tuesday expressed concern over Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) advisory to states asking them to stop using Covid-19 rapid antibody test kits procured from two Chinese companies. “China attaches great importance to the quality of exported medical products. Recently, Chinese Embassy in India has maintained close contact with ICMR and the two Chinese companies to find out the real situation,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement on Tuesday. The statement comes after ICMR sent an advisory to chief secretaries of all states…

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China Urges India to Step Up Communication With Chinese Firms to Resolve Issue With Covid-19 Test Kits

Beijing: China on Tuesday urged India to step up communication to “properly resolve” the issue with the two Chinese firms which supplied the COVID-19 antibody rapid test kits, subsequently found faulty by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The ICMR on Monday asked states and union territories to stop using the test kits procured from the Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics due to the “wide variations” in their performance. India procured around five lakh rapid antibody test kits from the two Chinese firms. Asked whether China would…

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India Will be Self-reliant in Producing RT-PCR, Anti-body Testing Kits by May-end: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said the country will be self-reliant in producing RT-PCR and antibody testing kits by May-end that will enable it to conduct one lakh tests a day. Vardhan also reviewed through video conferencing various initiatives undertaken by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Out of at least half a dozen candidates (companies) supported for vaccines, four are in an advanced stage and regulatory platform at one place has been constituted for speedy clearances, he was quoted as saying in a…

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No Coronavirus Case in 80 Districts in Last 7 Days, Govt Focusing on Hotspots: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said 80 districts in the country have not reported any new COVID-19 case in the last seven days, while 47 districts have not registered any fresh case in the last 14 days. During a review meeting held with the directors and heads of Department of Bio-Technology and its 18 autonomous bodies and PSUs through video conference, Vardhan said over 300 districts have not reported any infection so far, while 129 districts with significant COVID-19 cases have been declared as hotspots. “The government is…

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Maharashtra Covid-19 Tally Climbs to 9,318 With 729 New Cases, 31 Deaths

The state’s coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 9,318, new cases 729, deaths 400, discharged 1,388, active cases 7,530 and people tested so far 1,29,931. PTI Updated:April 29, 2020, 12:03 AM IST File photo of medical staff at Naidu Hospital, in Pune. (Image: PTI) With 729 new patients, the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra climbed to 9,318 on Tuesday, while the death toll reached 400 with 31 people succumbing to the pandemic during the day, a health official said. The state’s coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases…

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11 traders at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi test positive for coronavirus COVID-19, many shops sealed | India News

At least 11 traders of Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, Asia’s largest wholesale market for fruits and vegetables, tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 on Tuesday (April 28). District Magistrate (North) Deepak Shinde said that the health officials are now tracing the contacts of the cases. He added that these traders are not directly connected to the mandi. “11 traders associated with Delhi’s Azadpur Sabzi Mandi have tested positive for #Coronavirus. We are tracing the contacts of the cases. They are not directly connected to the mandi,” DM (North) Deepak Shinde told ANI.…

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11 traders at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi test positive for coronavirus COVID-19, many shops sealed | India News

At least 11 traders of Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, Asia’s largest wholesale market for fruits and vegetables, tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 on Tuesday (April 28). District Magistrate (North) Deepak Shinde said that the health officials are now tracing the contacts of the cases. He added that these traders are not directly connected to the mandi. “11 traders associated with Delhi’s Azadpur Sabzi Mandi have tested positive for #Coronavirus. We are tracing the contacts of the cases. They are not directly connected to the mandi,” DM (North) Deepak Shinde told ANI.…

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Portals of Kedarnath Temple reopen amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown; no ‘darshan’ for devotees | Uttarakhand News

Dehradun: The portals of the Kedarnath temple, which is visited by lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad, were reopened at 6:10 AM on Wednesday. However, no ‘darshan’ for the devotees is allowed at the temple as of now due to the nationwide lockdown enforced to limit the fast-spreading novel coronavirus. The gates of decked up Kedarnath Temple were opened in the presence of only16 people including the chief priest of the temple.   The chief priest of Kedarnath Temple along with some followers…

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Portals of Kedarnath Temple reopen amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown; no ‘darshan’ for devotees | Uttarakhand News

Dehradun: The portals of the Kedarnath temple, which is visited by lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad, were reopened at 6:10 AM on Wednesday. However, no ‘darshan’ for the devotees is allowed at the temple as of now due to the nationwide lockdown enforced to limit the fast-spreading novel coronavirus. The gates of decked up Kedarnath Temple were opened in the presence of only16 people including the chief priest of the temple.   The chief priest of Kedarnath Temple along with some followers…

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Mamata Banerjee to decide on extending coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown in West Bengal today | West Bengal News

KOLKATA: The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government will on Wednesday decide on extending the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown in West Bengal beyond May 3. According to Zee Media sources, the decision to this effect will be taken during a cabinet meeting which will be held around 3 PM.  The Chief Minister had on Tuesday said that the restrictions enforced in West Bengal to fight Covid-19 will continue till May 21 with curbs on normal life varying in intensity based on the extent of spread of the viral infection in a particular…

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Portals of Kedarnath Temple reopen amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown; no ‘darshan’ for devotees | Uttarakhand News

Dehradun: The portals of the Kedarnath temple, which is visited by lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad, were reopened at 6:10 AM on Wednesday. However, no ‘darshan’ for the devotees is allowed at the temple as of now due to the nationwide lockdown enforced to limit the fast-spreading novel coronavirus. The gates of decked up Kedarnath Temple were opened in the presence of only16 people including the chief priest of the temple. The chief priest of Kedarnath Temple along with some followers had…

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Two terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian | India News

Jammu and Kashmir At least two terrorists have been killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists at Melhura in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night (April 28). The encounter continued through the night and security forces have recovered two bodies so far. The search for third terrorist is still on. A joint team of Army 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Shopian Police and CRPF is on the spot. Source link

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