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RTPCR tests in use in India do not miss UK, Brazil, South Africa and double mutant variants: health min

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 COVID-19INSACOGRTPCRSARS COV-2 variants of concern RTPCR tests in use in India do not miss UK, Brazil, South Africa and double mutant variants: health min Share Comments (0) Related Posts Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on April 17, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” RTPCR tests in use target more than two genes sensitivity and specificity remains the same as earlierAs on April 15, 13,614 Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) samples have been processed at the 10 designated labs which are part of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.Of these, 1,189 samples have tested positive for variants of concern for SARS COV-2 in India. This includes 1109 samples with UK variants; 79 samples with South African variant and 1 sample with the Brazil variant, as per health ministry data.The release mentions that the COVID-19 virus has been mutating and various mutations have been found in many countries as well as in India, these include UK (17 mutations), Brazil (17 mutations), and South Africa (12 mutations) variants. These variants have higher transmissibility. The UK Variant has been found extensively in UK, all across Europe and has spread to Asia and America.The double mutation (two mutations) is another variant and has been found in several countries like Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Namibia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, US. Higher transmissibility of this variant is not established as yet.The release clarified that the RT PCR tests being used in India do not miss these mutations as the RTPCR tests being used in the country target more than two genes. Sensitivity and specificity of the RTPCR tests remains the same as earlier.The detection of these mutations does not change the strategy of management which remains to test, track, trace and treat. The use of masks remains as the most important shield to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read Article COVID-19 Updates Lab Diagnostics News Add Commentlast_img read more


Main Street leader was focused on food and friends

first_imgHomeFeaturedMain Street leader was focused on food and friends Jun. 19, 2019 at 6:45 amFeaturedFoodNewsObituaryMain Street leader was focused on food and friendsMadeleine Pauker2 years agoDonald PaonessaEsquire JauchemLe Secret SupperLeslie PaonessaRon Shelton’s Bull DurhamSan Fernando ValleySUPPER: Paonessa was beloved for many things, including her supper club. A longtime resident of Santa Monica known for her longtime supper club died last month at age 73 following a two-year bout with ovarian cancer.Leslie Paonessa grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where she attended Birmingham High School and California State University, Northridge. She moved to Santa Monica in 1985 and worked as a script consultant and later a private chef. Paonessa evaluated hundreds of scripts over the course of her career, most notably Ron Shelton’s Bull Durham.In the last seven years of her life, she hosted “Le Secret Supper,” which she founded with close friend Esquire Jauchem. She invited about 20 people to Jauchem’s historic Venice home once a month and cooked them a six-course meal. Paonessa created a unique menu for each dinner of “creative comfort cuisine with global influences,” as she told the Daily Press in 2014. She went to the Santa Monica Farmers Market every Wednesday and knew each vendor by name, Jauchem said.Jauchem said she got the inspiration for “Le Secret Supper” from supper clubs in San Francisco and he believes she organized the only such club on the Westside. While the club started with their friends and then friends of friends, the circle widened over the years, he said. “It was a very eclectic group,” he said. “There were always new faces and even visitors from out of the country. People would meet and become friends.”Jauchem said the supper club gave Paonessa a sense of satisfaction that she couldn’t get as a private chef.“She cooked food for people and never saw them eat it,” he said. “While she might hear from them the next day that they really liked the meal, she never saw them enjoy the food. It was a special treat for her to watch people react to her cooking.”Paonessa’s niece Sharon Heller attended Paonessa’s last dinner party with her closest friends, including her ex-husband 19. Heller said her aunt planned the dinner as carefully as she always did.“It was so important to her that we did it just right,” Heller said. “We went to five different stores for ingredients. Every detail was so important to her.”Her passion for food was an extension of her love of art and culture, Heller said. Paonessa gave her niece the first two records she ever owned: one by the B-52s and another by Blondie.“Leslie was always the hip, cool aunt,” Heller said.Paonessa was most enthusiastic about film, however. She went to the movies at least once a week, Heller said, and avidly kept up with the latest developments in filmmaking.“We would have these fun conversations, where she would say “have you seen this movie that came out last month?” and my answer was always no,” Heller said. “To her, it was like I was almost from another planet because I didn’t live and breathe movies like she did.”Paonessa also headed the Main Street Merchants Association in its early years, where she was instrumental in getting the street decorated for the holidays, Jauchem said. Her efforts ultimately resulted in the permanent lighting strands that now illuminate Main Street.Jauchem said Paonessa loved Santa Monica, especially its restaurant scene. She told him she felt a real sense of community in the city for the first time in her life.“When I look at those lights on Main Street, I remember her,” he said.Along with her friends in Santa Monica, Paonessa is survived by her sister Susan Bloch, her nieces Kate and Sharon and her nephew Mitchell. Friends who wish to be informed about plans for a memorial may email [email protected] or [email protected]@smdp.comTags :Donald PaonessaEsquire JauchemLe Secret SupperLeslie PaonessaRon Shelton’s Bull DurhamSan Fernando Valleyshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSummer Soulstice takes over a mile of Main Street for music, food and moreLA mayor targeted by recall effort over homeless crisisYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more


UN chief hails China-Africa ties, urges sustainable development

first_imgUN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at the China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing. [Courtesy: UN]While hailing the economic and development progress made in China and Africa, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the two sides to unite their combined potential for peaceful, sustainable and equitable progress to the benefit of all humankind.Guterres was speaking at the ongoing Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where he underscored that it is vital that current and future development cooperation contributes to peace, security and to building a “community of shared future for mankind.”“China and Africa have strengthened their relationship in recent years, enjoying growing mutual trust and exchanges at all levels,” he said.“I commend this engagement. Cooperation, based on the principles of the UN Charter, can benefit your peoples and can benefit the international community as a whole.”The UN chief also noted that the development cooperation between China and Africa is increasing based on the two mutually compatible roadmaps: the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063.He went ahead to highlight five areas, explaining that these will be crucial for the success of the partnership between China and Africa. These included reinforcing the foundations of Africa’s progress given that stronger cooperation can help achieve sustainable and resilient development in the continent that is inclusive, reaching first those people that are furthest behind.Guterres also called for ensuring national ownership and African-led sustainable development. He noted the frameworks agreed between the UN and the AU on peace and security, as well as supporting Agenda 2063.“These frameworks are based on our commitment to be a steadfast and trusted partner of Africa, with full respect for Africa’s stewardship of its own future,” Guterres said.Noting the importance of South-South cooperation as “fundamental for fair globalization,” the Secretary-General also highlighted the need to implement North-South commitments, including those assumed in the context of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development.Related China and Tanzania Sign Development Agreements TALK AFRICA: UN’s New Development Goalscenter_img China-Africa Development Fund opens office in Nairobilast_img read more


Arnold Schwarzenegger disses Trump; confirms Eddie Murphy’s on board for “Twins” sequel

first_imgJim Bennett/WireImage(AUSTIN, TX) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently involved in a new Terminator film, but the iconic action star has also dabbled in comedy. At this week’s South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, he gave an update on the cast for the upcoming sequel to his hit 1988 comedy Twins.In Twins, Arnold and Danny DeVito played twins who were the result of a secret genetic experiment in which the DNA of six fathers were combined in an attempt to produce the perfect child.  Separated at birth, they team up to track down their birth mother and their donor fathers.According to Deadline, Arnold confirmed at South by Southwest that Eddie Murphy is coming on board for the sequel, which will be called Triplets. The script is finished and is about, as Arnold explained, “a funny thing that happens in the mixing of the sperm.” Perhaps Murphy will be a previously unknown third brother?Also during his festival appearance, Deadline reports that Arnold spent a lot of time taking shots at President Donald Trump — the two have had an ongoing Twitter war since Arnold took over hosting Celebrity Apprentice.  During his speech in Pennsylvania a few days ago, Trump said, “Arnold Schwarzenegger failed when he did the show and he was a movie star.”Asked about that comment in Austin, Arnold said, “It’s very nice of him to call me a movie star. I never know really why the Russians make him say certain things.”Later, discussing the new Terminator film he’ll be shooting this summer, Arnold said, “The T800 travels back to 2019 to get Trump out of prison!”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more