Next 15-20 days very critical, people must restrict their movement: Experts

Experts on Wednesday said that the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 is yet to come in Jammu and Kashmir and it is expected to hit the region in coming two to three weeks. Former director SKIMS, Chairman Covid Advisory Committee and renowned Gastroenterologist Dr Mohammed Sultan Khuroo while talking exclusively with news agency, said that peak of second wave of Covid-19 is expected in next three weeks, till then cases of Covid-19 will surge further. He said that the fight against COVID needs to be intensified and it…

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South India’s N440K COVID variant 15 times more lethal, getting replaced by double mutant, UK variants: Data

South India's N440K COVID variant 15 times more lethal, getting replaced by double mutant, UK variants - Data

Several variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging across the globe, continuing to threaten efforts to stem the world’s worst virus outbreak. The variants with N440K spike substitution have been detected in several parts of India, which has been hit by the second wave of the pandemic. Scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have found that lineages with N440K are not the dominant ones in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India. It was CCMB that had discovered the new coronavirus variant N440K. Experts have…

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India’s top doctor association termed Narender Modi “Super-Spreader” of the Covid-19 pandemic

India’s medical fraternity has had it with Narendra Modi. Dr Navjot Dahiya, vice-president of the Indian Medical Association, a voluntary organisation of medical professionals, has called the Indian prime minister a “super-spreader” of the Covid-19 pandemic. He told The Tribune newspaper that the blame for this devastating second wave lies squarely at the feet of Modi’s government. “While the medical fraternity is trying hard to make people understand mandatory Covid norms, prime minister Modi did not hesitate to address big political rallies tossing all Covid norms in the air,” Dahiya…

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In absence of lockdown and Virus being more communicable, infecti is spreading fast within families: Kashmir experts

In the second wave, coronavirus is spreading fast within families as compared to the previous year, health experts in Kashmir say. More and more families, with all or most of the members, are getting infected as people living in close spaces, particularly in Srinagar, are more prone to contracting Covid. “The virus during this wave is more communicable. That is the reason that the number of cases is rising immediately and virus is spreading fast within families. This year, a Covid patient’s chances of infecting others are more than last…

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Neck and Net

During the last one year of lockdown and introduction of online classes there has been an epidemic of neck pain among the students. God has given us a neck which connects the head with the body. It supports the head and acts as a conduit for transmission of many vital structures from head to body and vice versa. Neck has a column of seven bones supported by discs, ligaments and muscles. Neck also contains food-pipe(esophagus), wind-pipe(trachea) and many vital blood vessels. The cervical spine has a normal C shaped curve…

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Kashmir Poultry sector still untouched by the Avian Infection

Six of the 266 bird samples tested from Kashmir have been found positive for avian influenza, none among them from poultry.  The authorities maintained that Kashmir’s poultry sector is still untouched by the virus. Samples from dead crows taken from two locations in Srinagar were found positive for avian influenza in January, Deputy Director Poultry Kashmir Division, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Shah said. He said samples taken from wild birds in Anantnag, Kulgam and Baramulla districts have also been found positive in the past weeks, the total locations six now. “We…

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What is avian influenza or bird flu? Which Indian states have been affected?

After at least five states in India reported bird deaths due to bird flu in the past one week, the Centre has issued an advisory to all states asking them to test the droppings of migratory and poultry birds to prevent the spread. Close to 24,500 birds have died and thousands others are infected. Here’s an explainer on how serious is the 2021 bird flu threat. What is avian influenza or bird flu?Bird flu is a highly contagious viral disease caused by Influenza type A viruses which generally affects poultry…

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39% Kashmiri residents have developed COVID antibodies: Survey

A sero survey conducted in the Kashmir valley has found that two out of five persons in the Valley have developed antibodies against the coronavirus. The survey carried out in October found the highest prevalence of antibodies in Pulwama at 43.1 per cent and the lowest in Kulgam at 28.5 per cent. “We conducted a sero survey in all 10 districts of Kashmir, which has revealed that nearly 39 per cent of the 6,200 persons tested negative but had developed antibodies,” said Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the community…

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We’re heading toward herd immunity: Docs after seroprevalence survey results

Doctors in Kashmir Thursday said that the Valley was heading toward herd immunity following revelation of a seroprevalence study on COVID-19 infection conducted by GMC Srinagar in Srinagar district. The second round of seroprevalence study on COVID-19 infection conducted by GMC Srinagar in district Srinagar has revealed that 40.6 percent of the sampled population had developed antibodies. President of one of the factions of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Dr Suhail Naik said it seems that the Valley would attain herd immunity before a suitable vaccine is discovered. “The survey looked…

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Process to enroll entire J&K for health insurance as govt committed to covering each family

J&K Government has started registration process for the mega health insurance scheme meant to cover the ‘entire population of the UT’. In 10 days, 3.61 lakh people have enrolled themselves. The J&K Health Insurance Scheme announced earlier this year by the UT Government will be rolled out in November, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Atal Dulloo said. He said that registration for availing the scheme which envisages Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover to every family in J&K had already started at Common Service Centers. “The response is…

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