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Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek also tested positive for Coronavirus

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MUMBAI:  Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were on Saturday evening admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after they tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The veteran actor made the announcement on social media moments after news broke of his health situation. Abhishek accompanied the megastar to the hospital.

Amitabh Bachchan stays in his Jalsa bungalow with wife Jaya, Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and granddaughter Aaradhya. His daughter Shweta and her children Navya and Agastya are also in Mumbai currently.

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Africa Begins Continent-Wide Study of COVID-19 Antibodies

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Africa Begins Continent-Wide Study of COVID-19 Antibodies

An Africa-wide study of antibodies to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has begun, while evidence from a smaller study indicates that many more people have been infected than official numbers show, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Experts are eager to know the real number of COVID-19 cases in Africa, as confirmed cases and deaths have been relatively low on the continent of 1.3 billion people. Poor data collection, however, has complicated efforts.

But recent surveys in Mozambique found antibodies proteins the body makes when an infection occurs to the virus in 5% of households in the city of Nampula and 2.5% in the city of Pemba. That’s while Mozambique has just 2,481 confirmed virus cases. Further studies are underway in the capital, Maputo, and the city of Quelimane.

What is important is far fewer people are coming down with the disease, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong told reporters. How many people are infected and asymptomatic on our continent We don’t know that. Africa’s young population, with a median age of 19, has been called a possible factor.

The new continent-wide antibodies study will include all African countries, but the ones showing interest to start in the coming weeks are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Morocco, Nkengasong said.

The African continent reached the milestone of 1 million confirmed cases last week, while global health experts have told The Associated Press the true number is estimated to be several times that. More than 24,000 deaths have been confirmed, and the case fatality rate is 2.2%.

The Mozambique antibodies surveys detected the virus in all neighborhoods in Nampula and Pemba, National Institute of Health director Ilesh Jani told reporters.

The groups with the highest exposure to the virus were market vendors at 10%, followed by health professionals at between 5.5% and 7%, police at between 3.7% and 6%, and shop and other business employees at between 5% and 5.5%.

We don’t know why more are not being hospitalized, Jani said. In Nampula, we thought we would see more mortality but there has been no increase in deaths.

He wondered whether the low death rate will continue or whether the disease is going to become more aggressive. In a separate survey, researchers in Kenya who tested more than 3,000 blood donors have said one in 20 people there could have antibodies to the virus. The country has more than 28,000 confirmed cases.

But the Africa CDC director warned, The sampling was not a very systematic sampling and we should interpret that with care. Nkengasong also said the Africa CDC has not been in touch with Russia about its reported vaccine for COVID-19 announced this week. African health authorities want to make sure that any virus intervention they pursue is backed by good science, he said, adding that we are open to all partnerships.

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Amazon India To Now Sell Medicines Online

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Amazon India To Now Sell Medicines Online

Amazon has made a foray into India’s online pharmacy market. The service has been launched by the e-commerce major in Bengaluru, to begin with. The company plans to carry out pilots in other cities as well as going ahead. With this launch, Amazon India joins the league of healthcare start-ups such as Practo, NetMeds, 1mg, PharmEasy, Medlife, among others.

The development comes at a time when people are preferring to stay at home and order products online amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Amazon’s foray into the e-pharmacy sector comes months after the launch of its food delivery service in India.

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“As a part of our commitment to fulfilling the needs of customers, we are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bengaluru allowing customers to order prescription-based medication in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices, and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers. This is particularly relevant in present times as it will help customers meet their essential needs while staying safe at home,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, India needs a future-ready digital health system and it has become even more urgent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a white paper released by industry body FICCI said on Thursday. E-Pharmacy provides a building block for such a digital health ecosystem to ensure efficient and affordable universal health coverage, it added. “The need for a future-ready digital health system has become even more urgent with the COVID-19 pandemic. A strong health system must have a strong and resilient digital backbone,” the white paper said. Also read: PM Modi unveils faceless tax scrutiny; faceless appeals service to start from Sept 25

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Patanjali likely to bid for title sponsorship of IPL

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IPL 2020: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved may bid for the Indian Premier League (IPL) title sponsorship after it was announced that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will not hold the position this year.

“We are for this year since we want to give the Patanjali brand a global marketing platform,” Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala said as per a report.

Patanjali likely to bid for title sponsorship of IPL

Patanjali likely to bid for title sponsorship of IPL

Patanjali is considering making a proposal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Tijarawala added.

“Patanjali as a title sponsor for IPL will do more for Patanjali than for IPL. While the caste hierarchy among brands could play out, Patanjali owning the title sponsorship would be contextual from a nationalist perspective, since there is an enormous anti-China sentiment prevailing in the country,” said brand strategist Harish Bijoor said as per the report.

The BCCI had on August 6 confirmed that Vivo will not be the title sponsor for IPL 2020.

Vivo had agreed to pay Rs 440 crore a year under the five-year sponsorship deal signed in 2018. The company might return as the tournament’s main sponsor next year.

The BCCI has offered discounts of as much as 50 percent to potential title rights holders, The Economic Times reported.

The BBCI might earn a maximum of Rs 300 crore from a new sponsor, Moneycontrol reported on August 5.

This year’s IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

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