A 75% spike: How Covid spread faster among Delhi prison staff than inmates

In the national capital’s three prison complexes–Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini–175 of 240 confirmed COVID-19 cases (72.9%) by August 30 were among jail staff and the rest (65 or 27.1%) were among inmates. Cases among inmates increased by 22.6% while those among staff increased by 108.3% in 58 …

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Covid patients’ claims denied as insurers, hospitals battle over bills

Peter Prem and his wife were admitted to St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru in August 2020 after they tested positive for COVID-19. They both had mild symptoms and were discharged in six days. But Prem’s discharge report showed an unexpected diagnosis–it said that he had chronic kidney …

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Covid-19 peak is coming in Mumbai’s highrise societies: Shivkumar Utture

The number of cases in Mumbai is rising, but within that, the number of cases in highrises and building societies is rising much more than in slums or high-density population pockets. Of nearly 11,000 containment zones in Mumbai as of September 27, only 676 were in slums–this …

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New study of coronavirus cases in India offers some surprises to scientists

With 1.3 billion people jostling for space, India has always been a hospitable environment for infectious diseases of every kind. And the coronavirus has proved to be no exception: The country now has more than six million cases, second only to the United States. An …

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Covid-19 impact: Private hospitals running losses, despite ‘high’ prices

Max Healthcare tweeted a rate card in June indicating the minimum cost of various COVID-19 treatments at one of its Delhi hospitals. The cost for ICU with ventilator was set at Rs 72,500. Eight days later, the Delhi government said that private hospitals in the national capital …

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‘Covid patients from outside straining Mumbai hospitals, city is prepared’

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has now crossed the 5 million mark. In Mumbai, the number is now over 175,000 with over 8,200 deaths. The hospital beds in the city, particularly in intensive care units, seem to be under much greater pressure than they …

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Falling oil prices, raging pandemic have exposed weaknesses of the wealthy

During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. …

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At 90K a day, skyrocketing Covid-19 cases in India could eclipse US

The novel coronavirus seemed like a distant problem in Boisar, a small factory town about two hours from Mumbai, until Daniel Tribhuvan died. The 35-year-old tutor started feeling feverish in April, while bringing his father home from a chemotherapy appointment in the Indian financial capital. When …

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