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Health Secretary writes to state govts about alarming fall in COVID-19 testing rates

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Amid growing fresh wave of covid infections abroad, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written a letter to the state governments expressing concern over the alarming fall in testing rates for COVID-19, as it threatens to undermine the efforts to contain the pandemic.

The Union Health Secretary wrote to the state governments of Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Ladakh over the decline in weekly covid-19 testing rates.   

“In the absence of sustained levels of sufficient testing, it is very difficult to determine the true level of infection spread in a geography,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter sent to the northeastern state of Nagaland, which has reduced testing by more than a third in two months.

The letter highlighted that, “it is important that the state government maintains high testing given the increase in travelling, due to various events such as marriages, festive celebrations, vacations. A decrease in testing would undermine the actual infection spread within the community.” 

India reported on Wednesday 9,283 new COVID-19 cases, a day after recording 7,579 infections – the lowest in 543 days. But testing has hovered around 1 million per day for the past few weeks, less than half the capacity.

“With a majority of countries seeing multiple surges in COVID cases in recent times and a few developed countries facing even fourth and fifth waves despite high levels of COVID vaccination, there is a need for continued vigil given the unpredictable and contagious nature of the disease.”

The ministry delivered the same warning to other states, though each letter contained observations specific to the various states’ circumstances.

So far, there have been 34.5 million infections reported in the country, while the cases of deaths rose by 437 on Wednesday to 466,584.

Earlier in the week, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary of all states and Union Territories to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country under the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign.

To ensure that all eligible adult population is vaccinated at the earliest the letter read, “as you are aware, under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, till date, more than 114 crore doses of COVID vaccines have been administered across all States and UTS. To ensure that all eligible adult population is vaccinated at the earliest, ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign has been launched by the Prime Minister on November 3, 2021. This will continue till November 30, 2021. The Districts should identify all left-out beneficiaries and mobilize them to get vaccinated on a priority basis.” 

With ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, the Centre is targeting to complete maximum single dose and second dose adult COVID-19 vaccination in the country. It was launched on November 2 on the occasion of Dhanwantari Diwas.

 

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67% jump in daily Covid cases in 2 days | Ahmedabad News

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Ahmedabad: Gujarat on the second consecutive day recorded 40 or more Covid cases. From 27 on Monday, the state recorded 67% spike in cases in just two days as 45 new positive cases were recorded in past 24 hours.
Out of the total, only 62% cases were recorded from municipal corporation areas, indicating an increase in spread in non-urban areas of the state. In the past few days, over 70% daily cases were reported from urban areas.
The new positive cases include 11 from Ahmedabad city, 7 from Bharuch, 5 from Vadodara city, 4 each from Surat and Gandhinagar cities, 3 from Kutch, 2 each from Rajkot city, Navsari, Valsad, as well as 1 each from Bhavnagar and Jamnagar cities, Anand, Bhavnagar and Kheda. Anand district recorded the death of an active patient, taking the state’s Covid death toll to 10,093. Ahmedabad city recorded the second consecutive day of 10 or more cases. A total of 8.14 crore people have been vaccinated so far.

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‘Live PD’ reunion: Submit your questions for the cast

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“Dan Abrams Live” will be hosting a special live reunion of law enforcement officers featured in the series “Live PD” Thursday, December 2 at 8pm ET.

Fans of the series will get a chance to see Sean “Sticks” Larkin, Tom Morris, Garo Brown, Danny Brown, Addy Perez, Jill Marshall and Andrea Zendejas together again with Dan Abrams for the hour-long special, during which they’ll also answer viewer questions.

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Jojo Stone Ocean Episode 13 Release Date

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Episode 1-12 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean dropped today, and fans are already ready for more. However, figuring out when the release date of Stone Ocean episode 13 will be isn’t easy. Previous Jojo seasons got weekly releases, but we’re not even sure how long the part 6 will be with this one coming in batches. We’ll take a look at when to expect Jojo Stone Ocean episode 13’s release date below.

When will episode 13 of Jojo Stone Ocean be released?

Jojo Stone Ocean Episode 13 Release Date batch Source: Netflix/Warner Bros. Japan

The last few seasons of Jojo have released one episode per week (with one or two breaks per season). For example, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind aired from October 13, 2018, to July 28, 2019. However, it’s hard to predict when episode 13 of Stone Ocean will release since Netflix dropped the first 12 episodes in one big batch. Netflix hasn’t given any hints, and many fans are questioning the wisdom of moving away from weekly releases.

If we had to guess, we’ll see Jojo Stone Ocean episodes 13-24 in February-March 2022. Each episode is getting dubbed before its premiere, which takes time, and we’d guess there’ll be at least a week for each episode between batch releases. So, 12 weeks from now is February 23, which is a reasonable estimate for the release date for the next batch of Jojo Stone Ocean episodes.

However, Netflix could release new episodes much sooner or later than anticipated. Given its silence on the topic, the answer could mean we have to wait for more Jojo until even later in 2022. Hopefully, that’s not the case, but it is a possibility we need to prepare ourselves for.

As of episode 12, we’ve made our way through five and a half volumes out of 17 of the Stone Ocean manga. However, we should see things slow down as we move into the meat of the story with the next batch of episodes.

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