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Coronavirus: Study suggests masks, social distancing will prevent 2 lakh COVID-19 deaths in India by December - Asianet News Newsable
The study revealed that the disease will continue to pose a major public health threat in the country
Talking about the urban areas, including Delhi, they explained that containment measures which include intensive contact tracing, widespread testing, mask-wearing, and social distancing mandates have helped reduce the spread of the virus.
Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt love story: Here is what 'didi' Kareena Kapoor thinks about cousin's lover - Asianet News Newsable
Kareena Kapoor recently spoke highly of her cousin Ranbir Kapoor's girlfriend Alia Bhatt
Kareena said, "There have been many such films in which my mother-in-law (Sharmila Tagore) has acted, including Apur Sansar, Amar Prem, etc. Most recently, it would be Raazi. Alia Bhatt's character was well-written. She was fantastic in it. She's superlative anyway."
Coronavirus: WHO lauds India’s efforts in COVID-19 battle, says focusing on data very important - Asianet News English
Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan praised India's efforts of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic but said that more attention is required on data processing in compliance with WHO guidelines
New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded India's efforts in tackling COVID-19 but said that the country should also focus on data management originating from the pandemic. According to WHO, India's big challenges are its "population", the geographic diversity, heterogeneity and the fact that it has multiple epidemics going on in every state. The WHO appreciated the Indian government's strong political leadership to focus on important things like developing and scaling up diagnostics and unlocking the country in an organised manner. In an exclusive interview with news agency, WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said, "The Government of India took extremely serious steps from the beginning and put in place certain measures in January itself based on the WHO recommendations. Today, India is doing more than 2 lakh tests a day. Now, India is developing testing kits. It is a big achievement for India that in the last couple of months it has become self-sufficient." "However, I would like to say that there should be focus on data. By that, I mean that we need to have a systematic approach to looking at the data," she said. She said that it we start focusing on the total number of cases and deaths, we will only get part of the story. "There needs to be some kind of national guidelines on how you report data. Otherwise, you cannot compare. Everybody is reporting things in different ways," she said, citing an example that WHO has recommended certain criteria that the government can use to assess where the pandemic is. She said that the first thing one must know is the epidemiology of the disease, that is where and what is the number of cases per million population and it all depends upon the tests. "If we do not test, we are not going to find the case. Reporting of the case alone is not sufficient. We need to know how many tests have been done. Most importantly, we need to know the test positivity rate. This should be under 5%. We also need to know the percentage of positivity of disease surveillance. SARI and ILI surveillance should be under 5%. Then, we need to keep track of the doubling time," Dr Swaminathan stated. "So, instead of focusing only on numbers, all we need to know things like - how the epidemiology is going. Is it going up or down or is it on a plateau. That is what we need to know," said the WHO chief scientist. Highlighting the importance of public health capacities in India, Dr Swaminathan said that it is very important to know how many contacts are traced for every case and how many of them are quarantined and within what period of time. Dr Swaminathan explained, "If you can do it within 48 to 72 hours, then only it is helpful. There is no point tracing contact after 10 days. It is too late. As soon as cases are detected, we have to trace the contacts and the higher the number of contacts you trace, the higher number you can put in quarantine. This shows how well our public health system is doing." "Another set of criteria in our clinical care is to know what is the bed capacity for mild/severe cases, what is the ICU occupancy and then, of course, the death rate. The death has to be calculated properly because deaths follow after two or three weeks of the occupancy. You take as a numerator the number of deaths and denominators should be the number of cases you have two weeks ago, not today. That actually reflects your mortality rate/case fatality rate," she said. Epidemiological parameters to detect the prevalence of antibodies in the community are essential to know the trend. "Like the ICMR did serosurvey - something you need to do periodically to see how much of the population has been exposed," Dr Swaminathan said. She added, "We need to have a dashboard of criteria which every state should have and it helps every state to monitor how they are doing. This also helps to compare data across the states and the government can give more resources to those states which need more strengthening, like in terms of bed shortage, ICU." Besides, states can also help each other. Narrating an example of how it was done in Europe. Dr Swaminathan explained, "When there was an acute shortage of beds in France, the government actually moved patients from France to Germany for ICU care. States could also help each other out." "So, there is a need to develop this kind of mechanism because COVID-19 is going to stay for a long time," she said. She added that the healthcare system should also provide other services. "We cannot just focus on COVID-19 alone because we have other health problems in the country. Otherwise, those health problems such as TB, vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, institutional deliveries, elective surgeries and rehabilitation may get worse than COVID-19. So those things have to be brought back to normal and capacity of the healthcare system has to be increased," she said.
After Samantha Akkineni, it's time to revisit Deepika Padukone's school report card - Asianet News English
Deepika Padukone once took to Instagram to post pictures of her school report card The post will give you a small glimpse of how the actress fared when she was in school.
A second report card image says Deepika must learn to follow instructions. Ranveer commented, Yes , teacher . I agree. A third read, Deepika tends to daydream. Ranveer wrote, Head in the clouds, with several cloud and hearts emojis.
Ranbir Kapoor trolled for not staying with mom Neetu Kapoor after Rishi Kapoor’s demise - Asianet News English
Netizens started slamming Ranbir Kapoor for not staying with his mom, Neetu Kapoor, at her house
Last evening, it was Rishi Kapoor's 13th day prayer meet at his house and many celebrities including Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Karisma Kapoor, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and her daughter Navya Naveli Nanda, Randhir Kapoor and his wife Babita Kapoor, Armaan Jain and his wife Anissa Malhotra, and Rima Jain and her son Aadar Jain arrived at Neetu Kapoor's house.
Did Deepika Padukone buy alcohol from medical store during lockdown? Here's the truth - Asianet News English
The video of a Bollywood actress has been doing the rounds where it was assumed she was buying alcohol from a medical store during lockdown, read on What was @Rakulpreet buying during the #lockdown? She was buying alchohol? pic.twitter.com/XmBVYVL8Gn — KRKB…
Later Rakul started receiving comments like, "What was @Rakulpreet buying during the #lockdown? She was buying alchohol? read a tweet by @KRKBoxOffice. The video showed Rakul in a T-shirt, dark pants and orange sneakers. She also has a mask on her mouth and is seen carrying a few items in her hands, rushing to her car. Rakul replied, Oh wow ! I wasnt aware that medical stores were selling alcohol.
Jaya Bachchan yells at media for not calling Aishwarya Rai 'ma'am' - Asianet News English
At an event, Jaya Bachchan had scolded journalists and photographers for calling Aishwarya Rai by her name, read on
First Published 8, May 2020, 1:01 PM At an event, Jaya Bachchan had scolded journalists and photographers for calling Aishwarya Rai by her name, read on Jaya Bachchan is infamous for losing her cool, especially with the photographers. Also, with her eager fans wanting to take pictures with her. She was many times seen schooling media persons when things didn't go as expected. One such instance was when Jaya Bachchan and her 'bahu' Aishwarya Rai were attending Subhash Ghai's party. Jaya had scolded journalists for calling Aishwarya by her name. She had said, "Kya Aishwarya, Aishwarya bula rahe ho, tumhare class me padhti thi kya?" In an interview with Hindustan Times, Abhishek Bachchan came to his mom's defence saying, "Nobody calls her Ash. Her name is Aishwarya. And that's what my mother said." But the point is, it wasn't 'Aish' that Jaya had a problem with. She despised people calling her daughter-in-law 'Aishwarya' and not 'ma'am'. Aishwarya will next be seen in Mani Ratnams Ponniyin Selvan (son of Kaveri), a film based on Tamil classic novel of the same name. The film has a massive cast, including Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Keerthy Suresh and Amala Paul.
When Prabhas accuses Karan Johar of spreading rumours about him and Anushka Shetty - Asianet News English
Telugu superstar Prabhas finally broke his silence on his equation with co-star and rumoured girlfriend Anushka Shetty
First Published 22, Apr 2020, 1:22 PM Telugu superstar Prabhas finally broke his silence on his equation with co-star and rumoured girlfriend Anushka Shetty