Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked all Indians to display a collective spirit in the fight against the disease by coming out on balconies and gates once again this Sunday.
What PM Modi said in his video message:
-Social distancing should not be breached under any circumstances. This is the only panacea to break the chain of coronavirus: Modi
Never cross the line of social distancing: Modi
-Let’s defeat corona together and make India win: PM Modi
-We have to move towards light from the darkness created by coronavirus: PM
-We are at home during lockdown, but we are not alone as collective strength of entire country is with each one of us: PM Modi.
-I want 9 minutes of yours on 5 April at 9 pm. Switch off all lights, stand at balcony or gate with a candle, torch or mobile phone’s flash light: PM
-This Sunday, April 5, we need to challenge the darkness of coronavirus.
-PM Modi said there was unprecedented discipline and sense of service by people during the lockdown.
-PM Modi thanks people for respecting the corona lockdown.
The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, which are being considered by some for treating COVID-19, may increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, US cardiologists have warned. The researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Indiana University recommend that clinicians treating COVID-19 patients with the malaria-antibiotic drug combination should consider monitoring those patients for ventricular arrhythmia. The condition leads to the lower heart chambers beating quickly and irregularly, and can lead to cardiac arrest, they said. In a paper published in the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiology Magazine, the researchers noted that there are hundreds of drugs that can increase the risk for cardiac arrest.
To ensure speedy detection of coronavirus cases, those residing in COVID-19 hotspots or areas which have reported large numbers of cases may have to undergo a rapid antibody blood test for the viral infection. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its interim advisory has recommended the use of the rapid antibody test in the country’s coronavirus hotspots. The decision for the recommendation was taken at an emergency meeting of the National Task Force, formed to deal with the health crisis, held on Thursday. “Population in hotspot areas may be tested using rapid antibody test. Antibody positives to be confirmed by RT-PCR (reverse transcription-PCR) using throat/nasal swab, and antibody negatives to be quarantined at home,” the ICMR said in its interim advisory. The Health Ministry has identified 20 existing and 22 potential COVID-19 hotpsots across the country. The results of the antibody tests, similar to other blood tests, are available in 15-30 minutes. Presently the government uses the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests to detect coronavirus from samples of throat or nasal swab of people with symptoms or high-risk individuals who might have come in contact with positive patients.