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Hospital staff arrested for stealing Covid victim’s iPhone | Rajkot News

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Rajkot: A 23-year-old attendant of Rajkot Civil Hospital was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly stealing an iPhone from a patient who had succumbed to Covid-19.
Police have arrested Abhilash Chavda, a resident of Damji Mepa plot in the city, after CCTV camera footage caught him stealing the iPhone while he was preparing the body of the patient to be sent to crematorium on May 2.
Police said that Chavda was appointed as an attendant at the Civil Hospital just ten days ago. A complaint was lodged by Naitik Parekh, a relative of the deceased, against Chavda at the Pradyumannagar police station.
Dr Chetna Mehta, 71, had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 17 and she was put under home quarantine. A few days later, her oxygen levels started decreasing and she was admitted to the Civil Hospital where she breathed her last on May 2. Hospital authorities handed over Dr Mehta’s belongings to Parekh on the same evening but her iPhone was missing.
Parekh immediately informed the hospital authority and later informed police about the incident. Police launched a probe and analysed CCTV camera footage which showed Chavda stealing the iPhone from her body while packing it.

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omicron: ‘Omicron variant alert’: Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections

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NEW DELHI: The world has been put on alert, as countries scramble to contain the spread of the new potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in South Africa.
Many nations have imposed curbs on various southern African countries over the past couple of days – including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States.
Here’s a look at other important developments in the story so far.
Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections
The Covid Omicron strain has been detected in two passengers in Sydney who flew in from South Africa.
The health authority of New South Wales said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the strain was present in both the passengers.

Bangladesh suspends entry of South Africa arrivals

Bangladesh has suspended entry of travellers from South Africa amid the spread of the Covid variant.
“We’ve decided to suspend travel from South Africa with immediate effect,” the country’s health minister, Zahid Maleque said.
The Bangladeshi government is also strengthening screening procedures at all ports.
Israel bans travellers from 50 African nations
The Israeli government decided on Sunday to ban the entry of foreign nationals into the country in an attempt to stop the spread of a new variant of Covid-19.
A list of 50 African nations have been labeled as “red,” forbidding Israelis from travelling to them.
The ban will last for 14 days. In addition, phone-tracking technology will be put to use again in order to trace people who are obligated to quarantine.
Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries
Indonesia will not allow people who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini or Nigeria in the past 14 days.
The restriction will come into effect on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies)

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Will The Knight Before Christmas 2 be released on Netflix?

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The Knight Before Christmas is one of Netflix’s festive films starring Vanessa Hudgens – the star of Netflix’s popular Christmas franchise, The Princess Switch. The romantic festive comedy made its debut on the streaming site back in 2019, and fans of the movie have wondered ever since if a sequel is in the works.

The movie followed the story of a medieval knight (Josh Whitehouse) who after being be transported to the present modern-day through a mysterious occurrence, falls for a high school science teacher (Vanessa Hudgens) who’s lost her belief in love. The wholesome storyline had many hooked and rooting for the pair, so it’s no surprise many expected to see Sir Cole and Brooke once more on their screens.

So, is The Knight Before Christmas 2 happening on Netflix?

Read on to find out!

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The Knight Before Christmas – Josh Whitehouse, Vanessa Hudgens – Photo Credit: Netflix / Brooke Palmer

The Knight Before Christmas 2: Will there be a sequel?

While many were hoping for another installment of The Knight Before Christmas, as of this moment it appears that Netflix hasn’t made any official plans to add a sequel to the festive flick. However, the director of the first movie, Monika Mitchell previously spoke out on the possibility of a sequel and confirmed that it wasn’t completely out of the question. Which, we suppose, gives us some hope for a second film.

When asked about the possibility of the sequel she told Glamour magazine in 2019, “Of course I can see a sequel,” however, in the same interview she also made it clear that if they were to revisit the story it wouldn’t be focused on Sir Cole and Brooke, but “could offer an update on where they are”.

It should also be noted, that Monika’s comments on the sequel were from 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced a lot of movies (and TV Shows) to be delayed or canceled completely, so the status of a sequel could very well be up in the air.

We’ll be sure to let you know the second we get an update on The Knight Before Christmas 2. In the meantime, make sure to check out The Knight Before Christmas and the other festive films streaming on Netflix.

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Chandigarh government hospitals gear up to tackle Covid spike

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With the daily Covid-19 cases beginning to show an upward trend in the tricity, government hospitals in Chandigarh are gearing up to tackle the situation. Besides reserving isolation wards and intensive care units for Covid-19 patients, hospitals have decided to scale up testing by screening all people visiting the out-patient departments (OPDs) of the hospitals.

Looking at the Covid-19 surge, the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) Sector 16, has already converted a 40-bed ward into an isolation centre for Covid patients.

“At present, we have only reserved one ward for Covid-19 patients as the patient load has not yet increased. Besides, we have already reserved a few ventilator beds and oxygenated beds for the severe patients,” said Dr Suman Singh, director, health services (DHS), Chandigarh.

The DHS has also ordered all heads of departments of GMSH-16 and allied dispensaries to ensure that all OPD patients are screened for Covid-19 even if they are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated. “Residents of Chandigarh should be screened through RT-PCR while those from other states should undergo rapid antigen tests. Also, asymptomatic patients from other states should be tested for both RT-PCR and rapid tests,” the order read.

Meanwhile, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has also ramped up facilities for Covid-19 patients. “Though the hospital admissions have not yet increased, we have already started reserving beds for patients after studying the figures. At present, we have reserved 51 beds, including ICU beds with ventilators, for Covid-19 patients at the hospital. Also, 121 beds are available at GMCH’s South Campus at Sector 48,” said Dr Sudhir Garg, medical superintendent of the hospital.

He further added that a 14-bed paediatric ICU has already been established at GMCH-32, keeping in view of the possibility of an increase in pediatric cases.

‘Patients with lung infection getting +ve, situation worrisome’

Meanwhile, Dr GD Puri, dean (academics) and head of the Covid management panel, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), said, “Over the last few weeks, the number of daily Covid cases have been fluctuating but in the last few days, an upward trend in cases has been seen. Earlier, patients with kidney, liver or heart problems were getting infected with Covid-19 but this time, patients with primary lung symptoms are getting admitted in the hospital. This is a worrisome situation.”

“Also, the numbers of people, who are vaccinated against the disease and are getting infected, are increasing too. We are hoping that the severity of infection remains low in those people but for the last few days, severe patients are coming to PGIMER. At present, 22 out of 23 beds are occupied but we can accommodate 35-to 40 patients. Many more mild patients can also be accommodated. We have enough standby beds and ventilators and facilities will be scaled up as per the situation as more Covid reserved beds mean cutting on non-Covid facilities,” Dr Puri added.

10 new infections in tricity, active cases rise to 133

On Sunday, 10 more people tested positive for Covid-19, taking the daily tally in double digits again. Five cases each were reported from Chandigarh and Mohali while no new infection surfaced in Panchkula.

Last Friday, the daily infection tally had risen to 26 in the tricity and on Saturday, only eight cases were reported.

Meanwhile, no Covid-related fatality was reported in the tricity on Sunday. So far in November, Mohali has reported three fatalities while no death has been reported in Chandigarh and Panchkula. Tricity’s active cases tally rose to 133 on Sunday, with 54 patients still being infected in Chandigarh, 49 in Mohali, and 30 in Panchkula.

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