COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will re-open its schools in a phased manner from Monday after keeping them closed for 115 days due to the lockdown imposed in the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Education said on Sunday. The schools were shut mid-March when Sri Lanka detected its first Covid-19 infection. Ranjith Chandrasekera, the additional secretary to the ministry, said students from Grades 5, 11 and 13 will resume schooling on Monday. There will be extended hours for Grade 13 students with school closing time extended until 3.30 PM from usual 1.30 PM closure. In the next phase, students of Grades 12 and 10 will return on July 20. The students of Grades 3,4,6,7,8 and 9
Warning of increasing negligence in social and personal behaviour with unlocking proceeding, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for strict compliance of norms to control the spread of Covid-19. Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Modi said that the law for use of masks and norms of social distancing must apply equally to a gram pradhan or the PM, as he emphasised the need to take precautions as the unlock phase unfolds. “We have also seen that since Unlock-1, there is increasing negligence in personal and social behaviour. Earlier, we were very careful with respect to wearing masks, social distancing and washing of hands for 20 seconds. But today, when we need to be more careful, increasing negligence is a
MUMBAI: Cough, cold or fever are no longer the only warning signs of Covid. Severe backache, abdominal pain, rashes or aching calves could also be the calling card of the virus. Doctors treating Covid cases in the city say diarrhoea may be more common than previously thought. Patients with no history of diabetes brought to hospital with sugar levels of 400-plus dl/gm is also a red flag. “Doctors are seeing patients with uncommon symptoms such as bodyache; some have no complaint apart from pain round the knees and below,” said Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the state government task force on Covid-19. Senior doctor Jalil Parkar who treated over 200 Covid patients before testing positive for the virus, said
BEIJING: The new coronavirus outbreak that has infected 256 people in Beijing since early June is "under control", officials in the Chinese capital said Wednesday, but fears still remain over the risk of community transmission. Authorities have raced to contain the outbreak linked to the largest wholesale food market in Beijing after the first case was announced on June 11, leading to a partial lockdown of the city. "The Beijing epidemic directly linked to Xinfadi (market) is basically under control, but at the same time we have discovered household and workplace cluster infections and cases of community transmission," said Beijing municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian at a briefing. "The prevention and control situation remains complicated, we cannot lower our guard
RAIPUR: Fearing that a woman Maoist suffering from cold and fever might be infected with Covid-19, dreaded rebel commander Hidma removed her from the outfit and sent her on forced leave to her village in Bijapur district, from where she was arrested on Wednesday. The woman cadre, identified as 32-year-old Sumitra Chapa, was in the Maoist military wing. Active for at least 10 years, she was in ‘platoon 3 of company number 1’ in the banned outfit. She is now at a quarantine centre in Bijapur. The Maoists panicked when she developed severe cough and fever, say police. “As Sumitra has a history of tuberculosis, the senior commanders felt it was not safe for others if she continued to have
NEW DELHI: The loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste (ageusia) were on Saturday added to the list of Covid-19 symptoms by the Union ministry of health. The decision was taken after the issue was discussed at a meeting of the National Task Force on Covid-19 held last Sunday. Other common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia, sore throat and diarrhea. According to an expert, even though the symptom is not specific to Covid-19 as one may suffer from loss of smell and taste when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment. The US'
NYT: For parents, one of the most reassuring aspects of the coronavirus has been that it largely spares children, only causing mild symptoms. But recent reports of a new life-threatening pediatric inflammatory syndrome are worrying many families. Children in Europe, Britain and now the United States are being hospitalized for this mysterious illness, which can harm kids’ hearts and other organs, often requiring intensive care. According to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as of May 12, New York was investigating 102 cases of this syndrome and three deaths, and cases have been reported in 14 other states so far as well. Thankfully, this new syndrome is still quite rare and it is treatable, and most kids who develop it fully recover.
NEW DELHI: Covid-19 cases which are either pre-symptomatic or are with mild or moderate symptoms and do not have fever before discharge from hospital cannot spread the infection, the health ministry said, clarifying that there is evidence to support it. The comment came in the wake of concerns over the latest revision in the discharge policy by the government. The health ministry recently said mild and moderate cases of Covid-19 do not need to be tested prior to discharge from hospital. “Mild/very mild/pre-symptomatic cases admitted will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring. The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and if there is no fever for 3 days. There will be no need for testing