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Lucknow’s SGPGI Charges for Covid-19 Tests, PPE Kits – Director Clarifies

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Lucknow: In what may be termed as a controversial move by a government hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Sciences (SGPGI) Lucknow has started charging people for Covid-19 tests. Not just the tests, but if a patient requires to undergo an operation, then he will also have to shell out charges for a minimum of 15 PPE kits, N95 masks, and gloves among other essentials used for protection from coronavirus. However, the charges for virus tests at SGPGI have been capped at Rs 1,500 per person.

Money is being charged from people who are Covid-19 negative, while the test is free if the person is positive.

SGPGIMS Lucknow

SGPGIMS Lucknow

“Yes, we have decided to charge for the corona test as the government is paying only for the corona positive patients, so all these tests are not free. We cannot afford the cost of testing all patients anymore. Charges here at PGI are lowest in the city.,” SGPGI Director Dr. Radha Krishna Dheeman said.

Meanwhile, attacking the move by SGPGI, Congress Spokesperson Anshu Awasthi said, “This exposes the dual face of the BJP. On one hand, they claim that poor people are getting benefits under Ayushman Bharat Yojana and on the other hand a government hospital is charging money for COVID testing and PPE kits. This is shameful, they should understand that a person goes to a medical facility like PGI only when he is having serious health issues, and with people already facing an economic crisis due to lockdown, it will be a double blow for them. This should immediately be stopped, the government must ensure free Covid-19 testing at government hospitals or else tomorrow many more government-run facilities will start charging for coronavirus testing.”

Samajwadi Party MLC Sunil Singh Sajan alleged that it was a loot at every level and the government should specify where the funds are diverted if government hospitals have to charge money from patients. “It is open loot, everyone is looting poor people in whatever way they can. People are already facing bad times and now if a government hospital is charging money for Covid-19 testing then where are the funds going? The government must come clean on this issue and issue a clarification on why a government hospital like PGI has to charge for tests and PPE Kits from the patients. What is the difference left between private and government hospitals?” asked Sunil Singh Sajan.

Input: News18

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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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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for Coronavirus

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Mumbai: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday evening after he tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff underwent tests, results awaited. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !” the actor said in a post on social media platform Twitter.
The legendary actor was last seen in director Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, where he starred alongside Ayushmann Khurrana.

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Government Bans 59 Chinese Apps in India including TikTok

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Chinese Apps Ban including Tiktok

As tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China continues, the Government of India has decided to ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok.

The government will be announcing a ban on 59 such Chinese apps, including Tik Tok.

List of 59 Chinese Apps

List of 59 Chinese Apps

A government press release announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.

The press release further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps”.

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the press release mentioned.

Popular among youngsters, TikTok has the maximum number of users in India, followed by China and the US.

TikTok crossed the 2 billion mark soon after surpassing the 1.5 billion mark in the first quarter of 2020. Out of the 2 billion, India turned out to be the biggest driver with over 611 million downloads.

Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

According to the report by Sensor Tower, TikTok crossed the 2 billion mark soon after surpassing the 1.5 billion mark in the first quarter of 2020. Out of the 2 billion, India turned out to be the biggest driver with over 611 million downloads. The report revealed that TikTok’s surge in popularity was due to the coronavirus pandemic. People found TikTok to be most entertaining and engaging in quarantine.

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