The expert panel would be headed by Dr K S Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India. The expert committee would assess the impact of Covid-19 on human rights of people, especially marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society, including migrant labourers.
After Delhi and Maharashtra, states of Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will deploy the rapid antigen testing kits in containment zones, according to sources.
The deadly disease and the containment measures have disrupted normal healthcare services, including pre-natal health check-ups, childbirth and inoculation. In many cases, expectant mothers are delivering babies alone to protect the new-born child from infection as hospitals follow a strict protocol of limited exposure.
Plasma donation would take 45 minutes to an hour after basic tests are run on the donor. After this a “Gaurav patra” would be given to the donor acknowledging his service.
Telangana had the highest test positivity rate in the country this month which ranged between 20% and 32% in the period June17-23.
An owner of a private diagnostic chain, who did not wish to be identified, said, “We have no clarity on the amount of money we can charge. There are numerous testing kits in the market and there is a Rs 200-400 price difference.”
“The biggest problem before our MPs in travelling for committee meetings are the quarantine rules. These are different for states. We have written to Rajya Sabha chairman asking MPs travelling to Delhi may be exempted to enable them to attend,” said Anand Sharma, deputy leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha.
The ministry, in a notice to Gandhi, said that since her security cover has been downgraded to Z plus it does not have any provision for a government bungalow. Gandhi was allotted a Type 6B bungalow in New Delhi's posh Lodi Estate.
The number of daily cases being reported in Delhi has fallen considerably despite the capital increasing its testing multifold. On June 23, about 3,950 new cases had been reported. This has fallen to an average of 2,000-2,200 cases.
Deploying the rapid antigen testing kit, Delhi government is now conducting improved surveillance and contact tracing.
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