Tracking variants: Centre asks states to send all samples from Covid hotspots
TIGHTENING ITS genome sequencing measures to ensure early detection of new variants, including Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has asked states to send “100 per cent samples” from Covid hotspots, starting with two recent clusters in Karnataka’s Dharwad and Maharashtra’s Thane, The Indian Express has learnt.
On Tuesday, during a high-level review meeting chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the states were advised to send “all positive samples” for genome sequencing to designated INSACOG labs “in a prompt manner”. Earlier, only about five per cent of samples from positive cases detected by RT-PCR tests were sent for genome sequencing.
To begin with, top Government sources told The Indian Express, the Centre has told authorities to send all samples from the cluster of cases reported from a medical college in Dharwad and an old-age home at Bhiwandi in Thane.
“We have told the states that whenever you have emerging hotspots and clusters of new cases, you should get 100 per cent of the genome sequenced. It is being done in Dharwad, where they had more than 240 cases in one institution, and in Bhiwandi, where 60 cases were detected in an old age home. We have told the states that wherever you have such a number, there should be mandatory genome sequencing,” sources said.
On Tuesday, the Centre told states to ensure “physical visits” to the homes of passengers from “at-risk” countries to monitor home isolation. “The status of those who are negative after the retest on the eighth day” will also be “physically monitored by the state administration”, it said. The states have been told that international passengers from “at-risk” countries should be advised to wait at airports till the report comes and “not book connecting flights”.
During the meeting, ICMR D-G Dr Balram Bhargava said Omicron does not escape RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests. The Centre conveyed that the flagship “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign has been extended till December 31.
The Suicide Squad Star David Dastmalchian Cast in Boston Strangler Movie
Fan-favorite actor David Dastmalchian has officially found his latest project. On Tuesday, it was announced () that Dastmalchian would be joining the cast of Boston Strangler, a 20th Century Studios film based on the infamous string of murders of the same name. While it is unclear who Dastmalchian is playing in the film, it is being described as a “pivotal, undisclosed role.” Dastmalchian most recently appeared in Dune as Piter De Vries, and The Suicide Squad as Abner Krill / Polka-Dot Man. The cast of Boston Strangler will also include Kiera Knightley, Carrie Coon, Alessandro Nivola, and Chris Cooper.
Boston Strangler follows the gruesome killings that rocked Boston from 1962-64 and left at least 11 women dead. The film centers on Loretta McLaughlin (Knightley), the reporter who broke the story of the strangler. Along with reporter Jean Cole, McLaughlin challenged the sexism of the era, pursuing the story at personal risk and uncovering corruption that cast doubt on the identity of the strangler.
Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh and Michael Pruss are producing Boston Strangler with LuckyChap Entertainment’s Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara.
Dastmalchian’s filmography also includes The Dark Knight, the Ant-Man films, and a stint on The Flash. With The Suicide Squad, the actors talents were showcased in a new way — in a role that the film’s writer and director, James Gunn, apparently wrote just for him.
“The last four years, it’s become much more of a thing,” Dastmalchian said of getting characters written for him in an interview with Vulture earlier this year. “I don’t know if that’s because I’m such a specific type of individual. Although I like to think that I can disappear into any character, my face is a very specific look. My voice is particular. It’s such a miracle that people in the last several years have begun to think of me for something. I did a series a few years ago called Reprisal and the showrunner Josh Corbin, when he met me, was immediately like, ‘I had you in my book when I was developing this show.’ And Denis, when he was sculpting his vision of Piter, I don’t know if he necessarily envisioned me for it, but when he called me to tell me he wanted me to be in the film, he seemed to think I was the right person. It’s weird. I used to hear about actors who got these offers out of the blue and I thought, Oh man, that must be nice. And I’m getting to experience that. It’s like winning the lottery as an actor.”
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FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage Release Date
With the group stages coming to a close in the Champions, Europa, and Conference Leagues, many players have stood out for their squads in their respective competitions, and may be rewarded with a TOTGS item in FIFA 22 for their performances. The TOTGS will feature the best players of the knockout rounds getting upgrades items in FIFA Ultimate Team, and being available in packs, SBCs, and objectives.
Here is everything we know about when the FIFA 22 Team of the
The final matchday of the knockout stages for all three European competitions will take place between Dec. 7 and Dec. 9. Therefore, we may be getting the Team of the Group stage in FIFA 22 the Friday after those matchdays.
According to FIFA content creator NepentheZ, a new card design was added to the FIFA database. The card closely resembles the TOTK card design for the Conference League, however the wave design on the face of the card is a bit different.
This indicates more content from the Conference League coming soon to the game, as well as new UCL and UEL content. Some also expect that there will be Road to the Final cards once the group stage concludes. Perhaps EA Sports opts for a Road to the Final promotion instead of a TOTGS.
We can expect these to be reveal at the conclusion of next weeks match days, however with nothing known about the upcoming promo this Friday, we may get a tease of what’s to come of TOTGS.
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