Day: May 26, 2020

WHO temporarily suspends trial of HCQ for Covid-19

After a large scale study flagged that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) offers no benefit to patients affected by coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that it has “temporarily” suspended clinical trials of the anti-malarial drug for Covid-19. The study published in the journal The Lancet indicated that hydroxychloroquine could increase mortality risk of Covid-19 patients, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. While the “safety is reviewed”, WHO-backed trials for the drug had been “suspended”, Ghebreyesus said. Hydroxychloroquine earlier raised hopes of emerging as a potential treatment and prevention measure, leading US President Donald Trump...

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Temporary visa holders who have family, home or job in Australia must be allowed to return

Balkarn Singh Gosal rushed to Ludhiana, his home town in the northern Indian state of Punjab, as soon as he heard the news of his uncle’s deteriorating health earlier this year. While his wife and son stayed back in Brisbane, the 32-year-old touched down in India on January 25th, hoping to return to his job and loved ones, as soon as his uncle recovered. But life had other plans as he could neither return nor his uncle ever recovered. Highlights: Greens Senator Nick McKim says temporary visa holders with families in Australia must be allowed to return Senator McKim...

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Covid infection reaches Delhi Health Minister’s office

Spreading across the national capital, coronavirus has also touched the office of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s office, where a staffer has tested positive. According to official sources, the man was unwell from past few days and was not coming to the office. “He tested positive on Sunday. The office has been sanitised,” an official source told IANS. The coronavirus cases count in the national capital has gone up to 14,053 and the death tally has reached 276, the Delhi Health Department said on Monday. Out of the total cases, 7,006 were active, it said. Source:...

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Amid India-China tensions, man beats up Chinese woman in UP

At a time when the relationship between India and China is strained, a man in Greater Noida beat up a Chinese woman living in a condominium for allegedly fostering a stray dog which bit his canine. The incident occurred in Greater Noida on the day when China said that it will repatriate its citizens from India as the Covid-19 cases are spiralling. The relationship between the neighboring countries have become even more strained with rising skirmishes over the border. A notice on the website of the Chinese Embassy read: “The Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in India will assist...

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