Coronavirus in India April 29 Highlights: Delhi records 395 Covid deaths in all-time high, positivity rate shoots up to 32.8%

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Coronavirus Daily Cases and Deaths in India, Covid-19 India Lockdown, CoWIN Covid-19 Vaccination Registration April 29 Highlights: Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, continues with the upward trend. The number of active cases in the state have crossed the 3 lakh-mark today.

Coronavirus in India Live NewsHealth workers wearing PPE suits, sit on a bench during a break from cremation of COVID-19 victims in Noida. (PTI photo)

Coronavirus India News Live, Covid-19 Cases in India State-Wise April 29 Highlights: With an aim to cover the maximum number of people under the ongoing vaccination drive, one of the largest in the world, against Coronavirus, India on Wednesday opened registration for a larger and younger population group — all citizens above 18 years of age. As many as 1.33 crore people have signed up for the third phase of the vaccination drive.

In the 18-44 age group, India has 59.46 crore people. Covering them all in a single phase is a herculean task. Many states are already complaining of vaccine shortages just ahead of the beginning of the third phase of vaccination on May 1. Reports suggested those above 18 years were struggled to get a slot for vaccination. Most hospitals in states including Gujarat, Chandigarh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Assam displayed unavailability of slots for those under 45 years of age. According to reports, the 18 plus age group in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra will have to wait till May-end for a vaccine. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “Schedule after procurement plan is drawn up.” In Delhi, the phase 3 vaccination drive is unlikely to start in a big way, while the affair is likely to be a ceremonial one in Uttar Pradesh. Chhattisgarh, one of the worst affected states, has vaccine supply till July-end. Telangana is facing a shortage of vaccine supply. States like Odisha, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, and Andhra may not begin the drive on May 1.

Also read: Vaccine registration opens for all adults at 4 PM on Co-Win app: What to expect from May 1?

Revised guidelines for home isolation of mild COVID-19 cases

The health ministry on Thursday issued the “Revised guidelines for home isolation of mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases”, in which it advised against attempting to procure or administer Remdesivir injections at home, underlining that it should be administered only in a hospital setting. The guidelines stated that systemic oral steroids are not indicated in mild cases and if the symptoms (persistent fever, worsening cough etc.) persist beyond seven days, the treating doctor should be consulted for treatment with low-dose oral steroids.

Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung or liver or kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease etc. shall only be allowed home isolation after a proper evaluation by the treating medical officer, it added. In case of falling oxygen saturation levels or shortness of breath, the person should require hospital admission and seek immediate consultation with the treating physician or surveillance team. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung or liver or kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease etc. shall only be allowed home isolation after a proper evaluation by the treating medical officer. According to the revised guidelines, the patients may perform warm-water gargles or take steam inhalation twice a day. “If fever is not controlled with a maximum dose of tab. Paracetamol 650 mg four times a day, consult the treating doctor, who may consider advising other drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (ex: tab. Naproxen 250 mg twice a day). “Tab. Ivermectin (200 mcg/kg once a day, to be taken on empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days should be considered,” the guidelines stated.

Inhalational Budesonide (given via inhalers with spacer at a dose of 800 mcg twice daily for five to seven days) to be given if the symptoms (fever and/or cough) persist beyond five days, they added. The decision to administer Remdesivir or any other investigational therapy must be taken by a medical professional and it should be administered only in a hospital setting, the ministry said. “Do not attempt to procure or administer Remdesivir at home. Systemic oral steroids are not indicated in mild disease. If symptoms persist beyond seven days (persistent fever, worsening cough etc.), consult the treating doctor for treatment with low-dose oral steroids,” the guidelines said. The revised guidelines stated that the asymptomatic cases are laboratory-confirmed cases that are not experiencing any symptoms and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 94 per cent, while the mild cases are patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms (and/or fever) without shortness of breath and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 94 per cent.

Those patients eligible for home isolation should be clinically assigned as mild or asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer and they should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and quarantining the family contacts. The caregiver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis in accordance with the protocol and as prescribed. The patients must isolate themselves from the other family members, stay in the identified room and away from others, especially elderly people and those with co-morbid conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, renal disease etc. The patients should be kept in well-ventilated rooms with cross-ventilation, the windows should be kept open to allow fresh air to come in and should at all times use a triple-layer medical mask, the guidelines read. “The mask should be discarded after eight hours of use or earlier if they become wet or visibly soiled. In the event of the caregiver entering the room, both the caregiver and the patient may consider using the N95 mask. “The masks should be discarded only after disinfecting it with one per cent sodium hypochlorite,” the guidelines stated.

A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24×7 basis. A communication link between the caregiver and the hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation. Patients suffering from an immune compromised status (HIV positive, transplant recipients, cancer therapy etc.) are not recommended for home isolation and shall only be allowed home isolation after a proper evaluation, the guidelines read. It advised the patients to take rest and drink lot of fluids to maintain adequate hydration, follow respiratory etiquettes at all times, not share personal items with others. “Ensure cleaning of surfaces in the room that are touched often (tabletops, doorknobs, handles etc.) with a one-per cent hypochlorite solution. Self-monitoring of blood oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter is strongly advised,” the guidelines stated. According to the guidelines, the patients must be in communication with a treating physician and promptly report to the latter in case of any deterioration. They should continue the medications for other comorbidities after consulting the treating physician. Patients under home isolation will stand discharged after at least 10 days have passed from the onset of the symptoms (or from the date of sampling for asymptomatic cases) and no fever for three days. There is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over, the document stated.

Also read: COVID-19 vaccination India phase 3 for everyone above 18 years from May 1: Where, when and how to register

According to the Union Health Ministry data on Thursday, India saw a record single-day surge of 3,79,257 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,83,76,524, while active cases crossed the 30-lakh mark. The death toll increased to 2,04,832 with a record 3,645 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

In the meanwhile, Goa will go under four-day strict lockdown from today as Covid-19 cases spike in the state. The Madhya Pradesh government has also extended the ‘Corona curfew’ till May 7. Curfew and weekend lockdown has been imposed in Mohali.

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    22:13 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Delhi reports 24,235 new cases

    National Capital Delhi reports 24,235 new Covid cases, 395 corona deaths in the last 24 hours. 32.8% positivity rate  worsens Covid catastrophe. 

    22:03 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Punjab reports 6,812 new cases

    Punjab reports 6,812 new cases, 138 deaths and 5,059 recoveries; active cases 54,954. - ANI

    22:00 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Assam records 3,079 fresh cases

    Assam records 3,079 fresh cases, 26 deaths and 1,797 discharges; active cases 23,104 - ANI

    21:43 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Now, no May 1 vaccination programme in MP

    We had placed orders for purchase Covishield & Covaxin vaccines. But manufacturers of both vaccines have said that they won't be able to deliver vaccine doses by May 1. Therefore, it won't be possible to start vaccination drive for those above 18 yrs on May 1: Madhya Pradesh CM

    21:36 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News:Covid curbs imposed in whole Greater Imphal for next 7 days

    COVID19 restrictions imposed in whole Greater Imphal for the next 7 days; grocery and milk shops to open only from 6am to 10am

    21:35 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Latest RT-PCR rates in Kerala

    Price of RT-PCR test at private labs in the state reduced to Rs 500 from Rs 1700: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja

    21:02 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: What's latest home ministry order? Check here

    • National Directives for COVID-19 management to continue to be strictly followed throughout the country. The MHA order to be effective till 31st May, says the Ministry of Home Affairs
    • States have been told to declare new containment zones based on a: positivity rate; b: bed occupancy data.
    • If the positivity rate is above 10% or bed occupancy is above 60%, the local authorities have been told to declare the area as containment zones

    20:00 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Uttar Pradesh reports 35,156 fresh COVID-19 cases, active cases cross 3 lakh-mark

    Uttar Pradesh reports 35,156 fresh COVID-19 cases, 25,613 discharges, and 298 deaths in last 24 hours Active cases: 3,09,237 Total discharges: 8,96,477 Death toll: 12,238. CM Yogi Adityanath says 'we conducted more than 2,25,000 tests for COVID19 today. Active cases in the state are around 3,09,000. We are adding 35,000 new beds in the state. I suggest there should be one team of AYUSH in every district to make people aware on how to boost their immunity'. - ANI 

    19:46 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Gujarat reports 14,327 new cases

    Gujarat reported 14,327 new cases, 180 deaths and 9,544 discharges in the last 24 hours

    Total cases: 5,53,172Total discharges: 4,08,368Active cases: 1,37,794Total deaths: 7,010Total vaccinations: 1,19,22,841 - ANI

    19:19 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Maharashtra government extends current COVID19 restrictions till May 15

    Maharashtra government extends current COVID19 restrictions till May 15
     

    19:10 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: It's the duty of the Centre to supply vaccines, says Kerala Health Minister

    It's the duty of the Centre to supply vaccines. We are placing the order but the vaccine companies are saying that they will supply the vaccine only in May end or early June. This one month delay will be dangerous. We need vaccine urgently to save lives: Kerala Health Minister (ANI)

    19:07 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: All eligible people must come forward to get the jab, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Vaccination centres will be set up on large scale, all eligible people must come forward to get the jab: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)

    19:03 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Gujarat to get 2 crore doses of Covishield vaccine & 50 lakh doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, says CM Vijay Rupani

    Gujarat government will receive 2 crore doses of Covishield vaccine from Serum Institute of India & 50 lakh doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. I request people above 18 years of age to take vaccines whenever we get the stock in the next 15 days: CM Vijay Rupani (ANI)  

    18:59 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: COVID-19 health insurance claim approvals to be communicated within 60 minutes, says IRDAI

    The settlement of COVID-19 health insurance claims is expected to be quicker than before. The IRDAI has issued norms to the insurance companies on settlement of COVID-19 health insurance claims. All the general and health insurance companies are asked to communicate their cashless approvals to the concerned hospitals and establishments within a maximum time period of 60 minutes. The High Court of New Delhi in its 28.4.2021 Order had directed IRDAI to advise Insurers to communicate their cashless approvals to the concerned hospitals and establishments within a maximum time period of 30 to 60 minutes so that there shall not be any delay in discharge of patients and hospital beds do not remain unoccupied. | Read More

    18:54 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Kerala's COVID-19 tally surges to 15,33,984 with biggest daily rise of 38,607 cases

    Kerala's COVID-19 tally surges to 15,33,984 with biggest daily rise of 38,607 cases, death toll climbs to 5,259 as 48 more people succumb to the disease: State government (PTI)

    18:51 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: AYUSH-64 drug useful in treating mild to moderate COVID-19 cases, says AYUSH ministry

    AYUSH-64, a drug developed for curing malaria in 1980, can be useful for the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection cases, the Ministry of AYUSH said on Thursday. Addressing a virtual press conference, Arvind Chopra, director, Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Pune, said the trial of the drug in this direction was conducted at three centres. The trial at King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow; Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS), Wardha; and BMC COVID Centre, Mumbai involved 70 participants in each arm. | Read More

    18:46 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Prepared a plan to vaccinate all above 18 years in the next 3 months, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    "Had a meeting with the officials on the vaccination drive in Delhi. Prepared a plan to vaccinate all above 18 years in the next 3 months. We will set up vaccination centres on a large scale. All eligible people must come forward to get vaccinated," says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)

    18:38 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Uttar Pradesh government releases COVID-19 helpline numbers of different districts

    Uttar Pradesh government releases #COVID19 helpline numbers of different districts

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    18:36 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Uttar Pradesh reports 35,156 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Uttar Pradesh reports 35,156 fresh COVID-19 cases, 25,613 discharges, and 298 deaths in last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 3,09,237Total discharges: 8,96,477Death toll: 12,238 (ANI)

    18:32 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: In this COVID19 wave, the peak occurred early, we did not get time to act to delay the peak, says Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja

    In this COVID19 wave, the peak occurred early, we did not get time to act to delay the peak. There are many reasons for this including the Assembly elections. We had anticipated a spike in daily cases and doubled our ICU beds, ventilators etc.: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja (ANI)

    18:28 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Karnataka records 35,024 new COVID cases

    Karnataka records 35,024 fresh COVID cases (19,637 in Bengaluru), 14,142 recoveries, and 270 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 3,49,496Total recoveries: 11,10,025Death toll: 15,306 (ANI)

    18:17 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Critical COVID-19 aid begins to arrive in India – See Photos

    As India battles a devastating second wave of coronavirus pandemic, countries around the world have announced sending medical supplies to help it tide over the situation. The leading countries that have announced assistance to India include the US, Russia, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Luxembourg, Singapore, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, Kuwait and Mauritius. Around 40 nations across the world announced medical supplies like oxygen concentrators and related parts and assistance to help India deal with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated many parts of the country. | VIEW GALLERY 

    18:09 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Covaxin to be available to state govts at a price of Rs 400 per dose, says Bharat Biotech

    Covaxin to be available to state govts at a price of Rs 400 per dose, says Bharat Biotech. | Read More

    17:59 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Russian planes land with critical COVID aid for India

    In an effort to help India deal with the second wave of COVID-19, in the early hours of April 29, two special flights of the Russian EMERCOM have successfully delivered humanitarian aid from Russia. These special flights carried around 22 tonnes of medical supplies which included 20 oxygen production units, 75 ventilators, and 200,000 packs of medicines. | Read More

    17:56 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: India will need 5 lakh ICU beds, 3.5 lakh medical staff in next few weeks, says leading surgeon

    Forecasting that the COVID-19 pandemic is only going to get worse, noted surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty has said India will need an extra 5 lakh ICU beds, 2 lakh nurses and 1.5 lakh doctors in the next few weeks, and also suggested radical solutions to meet the mountainous challenge. At present, India has only 75,000 to 90,000 ICU beds and almost all are already occupied - when the second wave of the pandemic hasn't even reached its peak yet, he said. India is reporting about 3.5 lakh cases a day, and some experts say the number could go up to 5 lakh cases daily at its peak. (PTI)

    17:44 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Congress indulging in spit-and-run politics over COVID situation, says Union minister Kataria

    The Congress is indulging in "spit-and-run" politics instead of giving constructive suggestions and extending support to the government in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Union Minister Rattan Lal Kataria has said. The opposition party has been critical of the Centre's response to the second COVID-19 wave that has put huge pressure on the public health system, with hospitals in several states reeling under a shortage of oxygen, beds, medicines and equipment. The Centre is doing its best to deal with the situation caused by sharp surge in coronavirus cases, the Union minister of state for jal shakti and social justice and empowerment told reporters on Wednesday. (PTI)

    17:40 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: The central govt has increased our oxygen quota & that will come from Odisha, says Haryana CM

    The central govt has increased our oxygen quota & that will come from Odisha. A train containing 5 tankers departed for Odisha yesterday. Today morning, we've sent 2 tankers by air. One container that departed earlier has already arrived today: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar (ANI)

    17:32 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: In UP all teachers, shikshamitra, instructors of Basic Shiksha Parishad and teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya to work from home till May 20

    Keeping in view COVID-19 situation, all teachers, shikshamitra, instructors of Basic Shiksha Parishad and teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya will be allowed to work from home till May 20: Primary Education Minister Satish Chandra Dwivedi (ANI)

    17:26 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Delhi Lt. Governor seeks report from the Delhi Chief Secretary on the preparedness for the roll-out of the vaccination program for people above 18 yrs of age

    Lt. Governor has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Secretary on the preparedness for the roll-out of the vaccination program for people above 18 yrs of age: Lieutenant Governor Secretariat, Delhi (ANI)

    17:21 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    22 states seek oxygen! Demand for life-saving gas increases to 67%

    In nine days, the demand for medical oxygen has increased 67% to April 24, as per information collated from oxygen allocation orders that were issued by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry. It further shows the demand for life-saving gas has spread from 12 states on April 15 to as many as 22 states on April 24. According to an IE report, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had written to the Principal Secretaries/Additional Secretaries/Secretaries (Health) of 12 states on April 15 informing them about the allocation of oxygen against their demand for the week starting April 20. These 12 states are Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. | Read More

    17:13 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Himachal Pradesh Govt has decided to impose a complete ban on community feasts

    COVID-19 - Himachal Pradesh Govt has decided to impose a complete ban on community feast (dham) during marriages & other celebrations in the state. All educational institutions & temples would remain closed till May 10: State Govt (ANI)

    17:07 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: West Bengal Health Secretary writes to DGP Kolkata over maintenance of law and order at COVID19 vaccination Centres

    West Bengal Health Secretary writes to Director General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Kolkata over the maintenance of law and order at COVID19 vaccination Centres (ANI)

    17:01 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Coca Cola pledges Rs 50 crore towards facilitating COVID vaccination, providing safety kits in India

    Beverage maker Coca Cola India on Thursday committed Rs 50 crore funds towards facilitating COVID-19 vaccination, providing safety kits among others, that will benefit 10 lakh people. "As efforts accelerate nationwide to provide relief from the devastation of the second wave of the coronavirus, Coca-Cola in India has committed Rs 50 crore to augment the nation's effort in combating the crisis and containing the spread of the pandemic," the company said in a statement. The initial contribution of Rs 50 crore is towards facilitating COVID vaccination, providing safety kits, creating awareness, and distributing beverages to the country's front line, to positively impact over 10 lakh Indians, it said. To stand in support of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has created a special "Stop the Spread" fund worldwide. This fund will be channelised towards facilitating vaccine distribution, COVID safety kits (PPE - masks, gloves, sanitizer) and creating awareness around vaccination and sanitary practices to contain the spread of pandemic, it added. (PTI)

    16:56 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Manmohan Singh discharged from AIIMS

    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was on Thursday discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here. He was admitted to the facility after testing positive for COVID-19. Sources close to the Congress leader said he was doing fine. Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on April 19 after he had fever and tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. (PTI)

    16:50 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Lucknow Haj House to be converted into COVID Care Center

    Lucknow Haj House to be converted into COVID Care Center. "We'll try to make this facility fully operational in next 7-10 days. Oxygen generation plant will be installed here and for back-up jumbo cylinders will also be arranged. We are increasing number of beds rapidly and treating patients according to COVID protocol. With the combined effort of state govt and HAL, we're creating 255 beds L2, L3 hospital including 25 ventilators, more than 100 HFNCs and with all other modern facilities": Lucknow DM (ANI)

    16:44 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Delhi Lt Governor seeks report from chief secretary on preparedness for COVID vaccination drive for people above 18 years of age

    Delhi Lt Governor seeks report from chief secretary on preparedness for COVID vaccination drive for people above 18 years of age: L-G office (PTI)

     
    16:33 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: IIT Bombay finds innovative way to generate oxygen

    Amid the shortage of medical oxygen for treating COVID-19 patients, the IIT Bombay has come up with an ingenious solution to help address the issue by converting a nitrogen unit into an oxygen generating unit, the institute said on Thursday. The pilot project, which has been tested successfully, relies on a simple technological intervention of converting a Pressure Swing Adsorption nitrogen unit into a PSA oxygen unit, according to an official statement. | Read More

    16:27 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Karnataka ministers to donate one year salary for COVID-19 relief work

    Ministers of Karnataka have unanimously decided to contribute their one year's salary for COVID relief work in the state. "We the ministers in Karnataka have decided to donate one year of our salary for COVID relief work," state Revenue Minister R Ashoka said here on Thursday. Ashoka was briefing reporters about Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's meeting with the district officials to review COVID management and enforcement of lockdown. The Minister said 230 acres of land across the state have been reserved for cremation purposes and accordingly, the Deputy Commissioners have handed over land to the Tehsildars. (PTI)

    16:21 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Health ministry releases revised guidelines for home isolation of mild COVID-19 cases

    The health ministry on Thursday issued the "Revised guidelines for home isolation of mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases", in which it advised against attempting to procure or administer Remdesivir injections at home, underlining that it should be administered only in a hospital setting. The guidelines stated that systemic oral steroids are not indicated in mild cases and if the symptoms (persistent fever, worsening cough etc.) persist beyond seven days, the treating doctor should be consulted for treatment with low-dose oral steroids.

    Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung or liver or kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease etc. shall only be allowed home isolation after a proper evaluation by the treating medical officer, it added. In case of falling oxygen saturation levels or shortness of breath, the person should require hospital admission and seek immediate consultation with the treating physician or surveillance team. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung or liver or kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease etc. shall only be allowed home isolation after a proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.

    According to the revised guidelines, the patients may perform warm-water gargles or take steam inhalation twice a day. "If fever is not controlled with a maximum dose of tab. Paracetamol 650 mg four times a day, consult the treating doctor, who may consider advising other drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (ex: tab. Naproxen 250 mg twice a day). "Tab. Ivermectin (200 mcg/kg once a day, to be taken on empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days should be considered," the guidelines stated. Inhalational Budesonide (given via inhalers with spacer at a dose of 800 mcg twice daily for five to seven days) to be given if the symptoms (fever and/or cough) persist beyond five days, they added. The decision to administer Remdesivir or any other investigational therapy must be taken by a medical professional and it should be administered only in a hospital setting, the ministry said.

    "Do not attempt to procure or administer Remdesivir at home. Systemic oral steroids are not indicated in mild disease. If symptoms persist beyond seven days (persistent fever, worsening cough etc.), consult the treating doctor for treatment with low-dose oral steroids," the guidelines said. (PTI)

    16:12 (IST)29 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Tamil Nadu govt extends night curfew and complete lockdown on Sundays until further orders

    Tamil Nadu government extended night curfew and complete lockdown on Sundays until further orders. All cinemas/multiplexes/theatres, gyms, recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, meeting halls, and other similar places shall remain closed until further orders: Tamil Nadu government (ANI)

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