Ensure identification of primary,secondary contacts: Collector

Review meeting held on COVID-19 situation

Review meeting held on COVID-19 situation

District Collector and Incident Commander I. Samuel Ananda Kumar has said that the primary and secondary contacts of those who have tested positive should be identified immediately. Mr. Ananda Kumar was speaking at a review meeting on COVID-19 at SR Sankaran Hall on Monday.Stating that the nodal officers were found wanting in identification of primary and secondary contacts of COVID-19 patients, the Collector said that this laxity could prove costly as there was a steep increase in the number of positive cases from July 10. “More number of cases are being recorded in Guntur Municipal Corporation area,” he said, adding that surveillance teams should be pressed to identify all positive cases and their primary and secondary contacts.High risk category“Identify all the high risk category patients, above 45 years, and those with comorbid conditions. The teams of ANMs, asha workers and surveillance teams should set tasks to identify at least 10 primary contacts and 15 secondary contacts. Ensure that those in home isolation should have thermal screening devices, pulse oximeters and any one who reports fever of more than 100 degree Celsius, dry cough and cold should report immediately,” Mr.Samuel said. Joint Collector A.S. Dinesh Kumar, Municipal Commissioner C. Anuradha, DRO N.V.V. Satyanarayana were present.The Municipal Commissioner said that people could get themselves voluntarily tested by registering at http://covid19.ap.gov.in/Covid19 Admin/RequestForTest.html and enter the details of the address, mobile number and age. Tests, rapid antigen, and RT-PCR would be conducted.


Ontario reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in more than a week – CTV Toronto

Ontario is reporting an uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases, recording more than 100 new infections for the first time in a week.

Health officials reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed infections to date to 40,161.

There were no new deaths reported in the previous 24-hour period. The total number of resolved cases increased by 102.

“While a slight uptick and an end to our streak, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that thanks to your efforts the trend in the province remains downward,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet Monday. 

There are currently 49 patients infected with the disease in Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 25 are being treated in the intensive care unit and 14 of those are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

The majority of total deaths to date have been reported in people over the age of 70.

One person, under the age of 19, who had COVID-19 died in Ontario, but it is not clear if the death was caused by the disease or other health issues.

Eleven patients who died were between the ages of 20 and 39, while 120 were between the ages of 40 and 59 and 746 were between the ages of 60 and 79.

Indeed, locally 28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are still reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reporting no new cases. Yesterday, the province processed 22,275 #COVID19 tests as we continue to lead the country in daily testing.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) August 10, 2020

More than 60 per cent of Monday’s new cases are in people under the age of 40.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 28 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Monday, with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all.

On Monday, Peel Region reported 19 new cases, York Region reported seven new cases, Ottawa reported 20 new cases, Toronto reported 16 new cases, and Windsor-Essex reported 12 new cases.

Windsor-Essex, a region struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, was given the green light to join the rest of the province in Stage 3.

The province made the announcement Monday stating that based on “positive local trends of key public health indicators,” the region would be able to move into the next stage of Ontario’s reopening plan as of Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. 

Stage 3 includes the reopening of gyms, indoor dining at bars and restaurants and many facial services. 

Testing for COVID-19 in Ontario

More than 2.4 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Ontario since the virus reached Ontario in late January.

In the last 24 hours, a little more than 22,000 tests were conducted.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, 10,685 test samples are still under investigation.


Ontario doctor subject of complaints after COVID-19 tweets – Yahoo News Canada

View photosOntario doctor subject of complaints after COVID-19 tweetsOntario doctor Kulvinder Kaur Gill has been criticized by fellow physicians and others after a series of tweets that they say spread misinformation about COVID-19.CBC has reviewed two email complaints about Gill’s tweets, including one by a family doctor to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which sets regulatory standards for doctors in the province.Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and it has been touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential fix for COVID-19. However, the drug has been shown to be ineffective in combating the virus, according to a major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.Medical bodies like the Canadian Pediatric Society say hydroxychloroquine has no significant benefit in fighting COVID-19. Health Canada has not authorized any drugs to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 and has warned Canadians about products making false and misleading claims. It says hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects.’This is a threat to me in my practice’Alex Nataros, one of the people who filed a complaint with the CPSO, is a family doctor in Comox, B.C. He disagrees with Gill’s opinions.WATCH | Hydroxychloroquine trials halted, researchers focus on other COVID-19 treatments:Gill says she is being ‘defamed’In an email to CBC News, the CPSO said it doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations.

COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta – August 6 2020 – Net Newsledger

EDMONTON – In total, 9,984 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. There are 76 people in the hospital, 19 of whom are in intensive care.

Latest updates
56 additional cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,107.
Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
Calgary zone: 392 active cases and 6,149 recovered
South zone: 92 active cases and 1,569 recovered
Edmonton zone: 325 active cases and 1,459 recovered
North zone: 107 active cases and 491 recovered
Central zone: 186 active cases and 295 recovered
Five active cases and 21 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
Additional information, including case totals, is online.

To date, 1,759 cases have unknown exposure.
There were 7,987 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
Alberta labs have performed 735,322 tests on 607,363 Albertans.
There are two new deaths to report in the last 24 hours.
The total number of deaths is 205: 114 in the Calgary zone; 51 in the Edmonton zone; 18 in the North zone; 17 in the South Zone; and five in the Central zone.

There are 58 active cases and 874 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 147 facility residents have died.
Homelessness supports
The Alberta government is providing an additional $48 million to continue providing supports for people struggling with homelessness during the pandemic.
The funding will help shelter operators respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can continue providing safe, healthy places to stay for vulnerable Albertans.
School health measures
When school returns for the 2020-21 year, mask use will be mandatory for Grade 4 to 12 students and all school staff in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
More than 1.6 million reusable masks will be distributed, two each to 740,000 students and 90,000 staff in public, separate, Francophone, charter, and independent schools. Schools will have single-use masks if required.
A re-entry tool kit can help prepare parents and students.
Health officials will monitor and update the guidance for schools based on the best evidence.
Expanded asymptomatic testing in pharmacies
People with no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact a participating pharmacy to arrange for testing.
Risk assessment tool
A new online risk assessment tool helps people identify if they are at high risk of having a severe outcome. The tool also provides information on how to mitigate that risk.
Misericordia Hospital
Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.
Access to justice
The Court of Queen’s Bench announced new email filing procedures and will no longer accept filings by fax.
The Court of Queen’s Bench is resuming jury selection and jury trials. Beginning this week, summonses are being sent for trials starting in September. For safety, jury selection and some jury trials will be off-site. Potential jurors should refer to their summons for location information. Additional Information is available at https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements.
Traffic court
Do not attend a courthouse in person for any traffic trial scheduled up to and including Sept. 4.
Instead, visit the Provincial Court of Alberta website for details on rescheduling.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan
Alberta’s recovery plan will create jobs, economic diversification and a strong economic future.
Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch
The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Check for new and updated guidance documents.
Businesses may complete an online template to plan how to protect employees and patrons.
Albertans downloading tracer app
The ABTraceTogether app helps with manual contact tracing and capacity, and early detection. Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
Use of the app is voluntary. The app currently has 234,462 registered users.
Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.
Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.
Addiction and mental health supports
Confidential supports are available. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
Family violence prevention
A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. In-person applications are temporarily suspended.
Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.
Quick facts
Good hygiene is one’s best protection: wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into an elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness during this difficult time at #AlbertaCares.
Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is open Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The 17 best tweets of the week, including beans, Trump memes, and Speed Racer

By Tim Marcin2020-08-07 09:30:00 UTC
Another quarantine week down! Only an indeterminate, indefinite, perhaps infinite amount left to go.
I’m here to deliver some good tweets from this week to you. We’ve been because we’re all stuck inside and sometimes it’s good to laugh at tweets. Sure, Twitter is often (frequently) bad, but sometimes it’s good. So, you know, here they are… 17 good tweets.  
1. Love to live in 2020

2. Speed does NOT care

Speed Racer found out his opponent needed to win so he can use the money to help his little sister, who is sick, and SPED UP 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/LTIuZkweom
— Bing Cramardi (@imBINGnotGOOGLE) August 4, 2020

3. I miss this guy. A simpler internet. 

a guy you rarely see on twitter anymore is the “But is it a sandwich?” guy. from 2011-2016, if you tweeted about food, you were bound to attract this guy in multitudes. thanks to low engagement, this guy is scarcely seen today. always a little bittersweet to lose a type of guy
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) August 3, 2020

4. Obligatory dril tweet

go to www. info .men to learn how to recite the Men’s Prayer and help put a gun in covid19’s mouth
— wint (@dril) August 4, 2020

5. I feel this deep in my bones.

*sees text*“I’ll hit em back later when I have the energy to respond”[6 days later]Dammit
— Aaron West (@oeste) August 3, 2020

6. Plant the beans. Just do it and be legends.

I love wild-ass places like Arkansas for getting a bunch of weird Chinese seeds in the mail and instantly going i’ m g o n n a p l a n t t h e m s u m b i t c h e s a n d g o d c a i n ‘ t s t o p m e
— BUM CHILLUPS, NPR CLASS PUNDIT (@edsbs) August 4, 2020

7. It is.

8. I think this is exactly how I looked in the theater. 

9. Who could possibly devote three to five minutes to a new song?

Me: I love my friends. Their interests? Incredible. Their tastes? Impeccable. I would die for them. If there’s a single thing they asked of me I literally could not possibly hesitateFriend: Hey check out this cool songMe: Haha cool maybe
— Ron Iver (@ronnui_) August 5, 2020

10. Someday…

11. Just an octopus going off. Nothing else.

12. This sounds delightful.

i know i did a good job of shutting off my brain last week because the only thing i wrote in my IDEAS file was “iced tea best drink”
— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) August 3, 2020

13. D.A.N.N.Y. M.A.R.I.N.A.R.A.

i just think everyone should see this photo of my brother’s youth soccer coach whose name was, i kid you not, danny marinara pic.twitter.com/n7Dg7xyvnE
— Victoria Edel (@victoriaedel) July 31, 2020

14. This is me. I am this meme. 

15. Just boys talking about stuff, being dudes, living like guys.

16. He missed it. 

17. And finally,

small tangerines all my homies 🤝 cuties
— chris (@chrisfolse) August 6, 2020


Divorced couples are having a difficult time navigating the back to school discussion — and the courts aren’t helping

Back to school decisions are difficult for any family but are complicated much more by divorceThe Texas Family Code says that each parent has the right to make decisions regarding their child’s education.Courts in Texas are bracing for an onslaught of issues with divorced couples disputing schooling decisions.The Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court told the Houston Chronicle, “this problem is going to bombard the courts.”Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As schools begin to open up for the new school year amid a global pandemic, law experts are worried about how divorced parents will mutually make education decisions for their children.In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear that local school boards, not local governments, will be in charge of reopening.  According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, school boards can choose from fully in-person classes, remote teaching, or some blend of the two. Once the decision has been made by the school board, parents must decide how best to send their child back to school.Divorce, though, throws an extra wrench in the decision-making process. Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni told the Houston Chronicle that there was no legal guidance in this situation, and the Texas Supreme Court was unable to provide her with a clear answer. Texas Family Code dictates that the power is ultimately granted to both parents unless the court has otherwise granted those rights exclusively to one parent.  

Given the stakes involved with deciding whether to send children to school or have them participate in online learning, it’s no surprise that divorced parents, legal experts anticipate divorced parents may seek out the court system for answers. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht told the Chronicle he anticipates this quandary may very easily clog up court rooms.”All the issues that are likely to come up will have to be addressed by a trial judge and who will decide on a case-by-case basis what is in the best interest of the child,” Hecht told the Chronicle. “Gina is correct — this problem is going to bombard the courts.”

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, a teacher helps elementary school students before classes began for the day in Godley, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Three rural school districts in Johnson County were among the first in Texas to head back to school for in person classes for students.

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Calanni was equally concerned about the court’s ability to take on these cases and the effects it will have on students’ learning environments. Hecht noted that there may be some recourse for parents once the first batch of these cases are decided. He said that once parents notice patterns in the rulings, they may simply decide to not file their case and save their money.

Read more:An emergency medicine physician projects that if schools open in the fall, they’ll close by the end of October with COVID-19 outbreaksMounting research paints a bleak picture for schools trying to reopen. Most large schools can expect coronavirus cases within 1 week.We sent our kids to summer camp. It shut down with a COVID-19 outbreak after just a few days. This is what school will look like.Dr. Birx: Before schools can reopen, coronavirus outbreaks must get under control

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Alyssa Milano shares COVID-19 battle: ‘I thought I was dying’ – EW.com

The Charmed actress took two COVID-19 tests and a finger-prick antibody test. All came back negative. Then she had blood work.

Alyssa Milano is trying to spread the word about the coronavirus testing system in the United States after her own experience with COVID-19.
The Charmed and Melrose Place star, 47, shared how she contracted the novel coronavirus back in April, but she didn’t realize what her symptoms really meant until she finally obtained the results of her antibody blood work.

“I had never been this kind of sick,” Milano shared in a written message on Instagram. “Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom.”

Milano wrote that she took two COVID-19 tests by the end of March and both tested negative. She then took a finger-prick antibody test. Also negative.
“After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab,” she recalled. “I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19.”

“I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers,” the actress continued. “I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt.”

Cases of COVID-19 in America have reached 4.75 million with more than 156,000 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. Many celebrities who contracted the respiratory illness have spoken out to shed light on the reality of the crisis as President Donald Trump continues to downplay the severity and reach of the virus.

For the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick, please visit coronavirus.gov.
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Short video apps Roposo, Chingari, Trell focus on monetisation as competition heats up

Roposo is also working on creator-led hashtag challenges, a TikTok innovation, where users are encouraged to jump in and make their own viral-worthy content. SynopsisWith the advertising market rebounding after the Covid19-led lockdown, the approach of the festival season and a cash-guzzling business to run, platforms have signed up top brands.New short video apps, including Roposo, Chingari, Trell and Bolo Indya, have started monetising their platforms with advertisements, hashtag brand campaigns and social commerce as they race to fill the gap left by TikTok, the banned Chinese app.With the advertising market rebounding after the Covid19-led lockdown, the approach of the festival season and a cash-guzzling business to run, platforms have signed up top brands, including e-commerceBYET Bureau Aug 6, 2020, 06:06 PM ISTGIFT ARTICLEFONT SIZEAbcSmallAbcMediumAbcLargeSAVECOMMENTTo Read the Full Story, Become an ET Prime MemberSign in to read the full articleYou’ve got this Prime Story as a Free GiftAccess the exclusive Economic Times stories, Editorial and Expert opinionAlready a Member? Sign In nowWhy ?Sharp Insight-rich, Indepth stories across 20+ sectorsAccess the exclusive Economic Times stories, Editorial and Expert opinionClean experience withMinimal AdsComment & Engage with ET Prime communityExclusive invites to Virtual Events with Industry LeadersA trusted team of Journalists & Analysts who can best filter signal from noise

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Alyssa Milano tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies after 3 negatives: ‘Everything hurt’


Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano will star in a “Who’s the Boss?” TV sequel. It could join a list of other successful 80’s reboots.

USA TODAYAlyssa Milano revealed that she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.The “Charmed” actress, 47, shared her test results on Instagram Wednesday. Milano said her positive antibody results came after she previously received three false negatives, despite experiencing “basically every Covid symptom” in late March. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks,” Milano captioned a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask. “I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible.”Alyssa Milano set to star in planned ‘Who’s the Boss’ sequel Milano said her symptoms prompted her to take two COVID-19 swab tests at the end of March and “both were negative.” She also took a “covid antibody test (the finger prick test)” that yielded the same result: “NEGATIVE.”Despite her negative results, Milano said she suffered from lingering symptoms over the next four months, including “vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise,” which led her to get tested again.”I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab,” she added. “I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19.”Antibody tests check antibodies in your blood to see if you were previously exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency says “a positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2,” the virus that causes COVID-19.The actress continued: “I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers.”More:Madonna plans to ‘breathe in the COVID-19 air’ after testing positive for antibodiesMilano said she’s donating plasma to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and to possibly “save a life.” The activist also encouraged her followers to take the virus seriously. “This illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying,” she wrote. “Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)”‘Plasmatic!’ Tom Hanks shares picture of himself donating plasma to combat COVID-19More: Bryan Cranston says he’s now donating ‘liquid gold’ plasma after COVID-19 battleMore: Andy Cohen says can’t donate ‘robust’ COVID-19 antibodies because he’s gayAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/08/05/alyssa-milano-tests-positive-covid-19-antibodies-please-take-care/3305928001/

Ontario sees two days of fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases after weekend spike – CTV Toronto

Ontario logged fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday following a spike in daily case counts earlier this long weekend.

Provincial health officials confirmed 88 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday and 91 new cases on Tuesday.

On Sunday, health officials reported 116 new cases, while 124 were reported on Saturday and 134 were reported on Friday.

Before that, on Wednesday and Thursday, officials had been reporting fewer than 100 new cases. This had marked the first time since the end of March where the province saw a daily case count below 100.

The province reported zero new deaths related to the disease on Monday, but reported four new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the province’s death toll up to 2,782.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 39,628, including deaths and 35,601 recoveries.

The majority of Monday’s and Tuesday’s COVID-19 patients are between the ages of 20 and 59.

On Monday, 23 of the patients were under the age of 20 while eight were over the age of 60. On Tuesday, 26 of the patients were under the age of 20 while 12 are over the age of 60.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 29 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Tuesday, with 16 of them reporting no new cases at all.

Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 16 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, 22 were found in Toronto, and nine were found in Windsor-Essex, a region that has grappled with outbreaks among migrant workers.

On Monday, 10 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, 10 were found in Toronto, and nine were found in Windsor-Essex.

Other regions reporting more than nine novel coronavirus patients on Tuesday included Chatham-Kent (9). On Monday, Durham Region (9), Lambton Public Health (11) and Southwestern Public Health (11) reported cases numbers over nine.

Both Peel Region and Toronto moved to Stage 3 of the province’s economic reopening plan on Friday.

Windsor-Essex is the only region in Ontario that has remained in Stage 2.

There are 78 people currently being treated for COVID-19 in a hospital. Of those patients, 28 are in the intensive care unit and 15 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

Today, 29 of 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases. This morning, we announced that Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 as we continue to support local efforts to stop the spread of #COVID19. https://t.co/PE5VOrYzkB
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) August 4, 2020

COVID-19 testing in Ontario

More than 2.2 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Ontario since the virus reached Ontario in late January.

In the last 24 hours, a little more than 19,000 tests were conducted.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 9,285 test samples are still under investigation.


Tripura: 2 in Biplab Deb’s family test positive for coronavirus, CM’s report yet to come

Written by Debraj Deb
| Agartala |

Updated: August 4, 2020 12:57:04 am

Biplab Kumar Deb said other members of his family has tested negative. (File)Two members of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s family tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday.
The Chief Minister has also undergone a COVID-19 test, and his reports are yet to come.
In a Facebook post late Monday evening, Deb said two of his family members had tested positive for the virus while reports of other relatives had come negative.
“Two of my family members found COVID19 POSITIVE. Other family members found NEGATIVE. I have undergone COVID19 test, result is yet to come. I am following self-isolation at my residence & all precautionary measures have been taken. Praying for the speedy recovery of family members,” he wrote on social media.

Two of my family members found COVID19 POSITIVE.Other family members found NEGATIVE
I have undergone COVID19 test, result is yet to come
I am following self isolation at my residence & all precautionary measures have been taken
Praying for the speedy recovery of family members
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) August 3, 2020
Two legislators in Tripura, BJP MLA Rampada Jamatia and ruling ally IPFT MLA Dhananjoy Tripura, had earlier tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the latest reports, Tripura at present has 5,392 COVID-19 cases, out of which 3,675 people have recovered and have been discharged from hospital. Twenty eight people have so far died from the pandemic, while 4,144 others are still under surveillance, including home and institutional quarantine.
On Sunday, Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for the coronavirus. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and his daughter have also caught Covid-19.
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Overnight, COVID19 changed the leadership menu from survival to evolving in a crisis. Leading through a crisis can feel like a heavyweight boxing championship — fifteen rounds to decide who will emerge on the other side.Change disrupts people’s expectations of the future, reduces their sense of control and their ability to process information. In times of high stress, Daniel Goleman coined the term “amygdala hijack” to capture how you analyze and interpret behavior resulting in a fight, flight, or freeze response. Left unchecked, performance during a crisis can be compromised, placing safety, quality, and productivity at risk.The most impactful area that you can lead is your mindset. It is a multiplier. Gary Keller, author of The One Thing asks, “what is one thing you can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” With a leadership mindset, all other decisions become more explicit.Forward-thinking leaders reflect, think, and birth plans to ensure that the future workplace is better. They embrace a new leadership mindset. Here is how to get started.The power of presenceFuture-ready leaders are empathetic leaders and emerge when there seems there is no way out. Leaders engage with compassion during adversity, and they meet the moment with enthusiasm, transparency, and decisiveness. They hold space for themselves and their team to lead and grow despite the level of uncertainty or uncomfortableness.Rodney O. Martin Jr, CEO of Voya Financial described how striking a balance between being supportive and challenging leadership encouraged people to step up and lead in a new way amid the crisis. Conversations shifted from leaders driving the objectives and accountability to employees determining how to make a difference while in partnership with the leader to take the calibrated risk.Every action signals a loud messageForward-thinking leaders signal the leadership team’s values and priorities to every individual within the organization, to customers and stakeholders. The decisions that leaders make and how they communicate with employees reflect who they are and who they aspire to be. Leaders make decisions based on defined values and leadership principles to ensure that the organization is moving with the same compass and in the same direction.Future-ready leaders keep messages clear, concise and integrate visual aids and storytelling to improve processing as people can have difficulty hearing, understanding, recalling information. People’s attention spans shrink to just 12 minutes or less to retain three main ideas.People-first mindsetSafety and wellbeing of your people are paramount. When a person’s welfare has been compromised, their ability to focus on work responsibilities have been compromised. Future leaders provide access to internal and external resources, including services to provide additional family support and recognition of people who support team members. They communicate to raise awareness and build in flexibility for people to be able to help employees who have been affected directly or who are caring for household members.EY Global Leader, Mike Bertolino, says “Through the prism of people mattering most, companies should be asking first and foremost: How do l keep my employees safe? How do l keep my customers engaged? How can my company help society?” As leaders apply the lessons learned from the pandemic, a culture of care will generate long term value and influence future decision making.Be cautious of the pessimism biasUnder most circumstances, people operate with optimism bias in that we tend to view situations favorably and believe that it will not happen to us. On the flip side, when you are stressed the reverse can occur where you develop a pessimism bias and overestimate the likelihood of negative things and underestimate the possibility of positive thoughts, especially when in the middle of a crisis. Adopting techniques such as slowing down your reasoning process, reviewing your past successes and channeling your pessimism as a motivator will prepare leaders for the future.What can we learn from prisoners of war’s mindsets?Dr. Dennis Charney, a resilience expert, identified that strong social support is a vital ingredient to being resilient. To adopt a resilient mindset, Charney studied prisoners of wars to discover that they used “tap codes” to communicate, connect and bond with other prisoners. In today’s landscape, leaders need to be part of a group where psychological safety has been established to allow them to discuss shared experiences, share new ideas and assist in defining priorities and execution.A long-term viewBain and Company reported that of 130 CEOS surveyed in April 2020, 70% expressed that they are balancing communications while trying to keep employees safe and investing in how to adapt to a new reality. As part of the modern world, reintroducing yourself to your people’s and customers’ evolving needs is essential. By tossing old assumptions, leaders can conduct current market research accessing new insights.Reinventing organizationsReimagining a future workplace involves reintroducing yourself to your people, customers, and stakeholders. Rethinking how you communicate requires conversations on the safety of your people and their families as a priority. When future-focused leaders ask quality questions, they illuminate the path forward. Questions such as:When virtually engaging your team on the other side of the continent, what will you say to them?How will you lead conversations with your future leaders that there will be difficult decisions to make, yet reassuring them that we are in this together?How will you share your decision-making process that informs your actions as you move towards a new reality?How do you express the leadership principles that inform your decision?How will a future-ready organization emerge, and what will that all mean for employees, customers, and stakeholders?These conversations will redefine your leadership and your organization.Agile in a fast-changing worldIn ambiguous times, speed matters more than perfection. Future-focused leaders make the best decisions they can and adapt them as situations evolve. Leaders must start with an up-to-date view of the current situation, and develop scenarios exploring a range of outcomes. Implementing a traffic light model against existing initiatives with new events creates space to decide whether to stop, continue or accelerate new priorities. Organizations must revisit stages as situations change, check assumptions and biases to remain relevant and consistently engage people to prime the organization to learn and adapt as the situation evolves.