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China Starts Clinical Trial For Remdesivir Medicine In Coronavirus Treatment

Gilead Sciences Inc which developed Remdisivir said that the drug is not yet licensed or approved anywhere globally.

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BEIJING (China): China has started a clinical trial for Remdesivir medicine in coronavirus treatment in Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital yesterday. A 68-year-old male patient with serious symptoms was the first to be given the drug.

However, Gilead Sciences Inc which developed Remdisivir said that the drug is not yet licensed or approved anywhere globally and it has not been demonstrated to be safe or effective for coronavirus infection treatment.

The company said it had filed patent applications for the drug’s use on coronaviruses in China and some other countries and regions in 2016, but it has not yet received approval in China.

It said, its focus is now on rapidly determining Remdesivir’s potential as a treatment for the 2019 novel coronavirus, rather than discussing compulsory licensing or any other kind of permissions for drug manufacturing.


The comments came after the Wuhan Institute of Virology said on Wednesday that it had filed a patent application to use Remdesivir to treat the novel coronavirus on January 21, which has sparked debate on China’s social media about intellectual property issues.

Meanwhile, Chinese Health authorities have confirmed new deaths caused by the novel coronavirus epidemic yesterday at 73. With this, the death toll rose to 638 globally including one in the Philippines.

According to data released this morning by China’s National Health Commission, newly confirmed cases rose by 3 thousand 143, a second consecutive daily drop, bringing the total to 31 thousand 2 hundred 11 cases in the country. Around 240 cases have been confirmed abroad.

Majority of the deaths came from Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, where 69 new fatalities from the epidemic were reported yesterday. Hubei’s health commission said the total death toll in Hubei rose to 618.


In recovered cases, the number stood at 387 yesterday, bringing the total cured patients so far to 1,542. Xiaogan, one of the closest cities to Wuhan, has become the second city in China with more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus – second only to the provincial capital of central China’s Hubei Province.

Japan has found 41 additional coronavirus cases on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess carrying over 3,700 people, bringing the total number of infected on the ship to 61. The new cases on the Diamond Princess bring Japan’s total number of confirmed cases to 86, the second-highest figure after China.

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Govt Sets Up Teams To Examine Villages Bordering Nepal For Covid-19 Infection

India has so far reported three confirmed cases of the virus, all in Kerala.

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NEW DELHI: Union Health Ministry has constituted central teams of experts for the examination of villages bordering Nepal for novel coronavirus infection.

According to the Ministry, villages bordering Nepal in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal will be inspected by central teams for community-level Information Education Communication activities for novel coronavirus.

Five separate teams of doctors from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital among others have been set up.


“The teams will visit the bordering districts of the states allotted to them. The regional director (Ministry of Health) will coordinate with the respective state health departments for the visit of the team to the bordering villages,” the order read.

India has so far reported three confirmed cases of the virus, all in Kerala.

One of the three medical students, who had tested positive for novel coronavirus infection and were treated at a hospital in Kerala, has been discharged after recovery, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Thursday.


About the other two, he said subsequent tests indicated a significant reduction in “viral load”.

The health ministry has asked people to refrain from travelling to China in view of the coronavirus outbreak and said travellers on return could be quarantined.

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All 406 People At ITBP Facility Found Negative For Coronavirus

There are also seven children including an infant in the group.

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NEW DELHI: The final test reports of all 406 people who are at Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Quarantine Facility in Chhawla, New Delhi found negative for new coronavirus. These people had travelled from Wuhan, China.

The dispersal of people from the ITBP centre will commence this afternoon based on the advisory of the Ministry of Health with due medical procedures and protocols.

The group includes seven persons from Maldives who were taken to the ITBP facility on 1st and 2nd of this month.


All 406 persons are going to be discharged in a phased manner from Monday onwards based on the advisory issued by the Ministry of Health with due medical procedures and protocols.

There are seven children including an infant in the group. A total of 650 people were brought back from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2 in two 747 Boeing Air India aircraft after the outbreak.

A total of 650 people were brought back from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2 in two 747 Boeing Air India aircraft after the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in China. While 406 of these are being looked after at the ITBP facility, rest are at an Army centre at Manesar in Haryana.


The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in China has climbed to 1,665 after 142 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei province, Chinese officials said on Sunday. There have been 68,500 cases so far in the neighbouring country.

India has so far reported three confirmed cases of the virus, all in Kerala.

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Alarming: 63,767 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Reported By China So Far

Death toll in China stands at 1,487 while 2 deaths have been reported abroad.

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BEIJING (China): China has reported 63,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 while 505 cases have been reported from 24 other countries. Deaths toll in China stands at 1,487 while 2 deaths have been reported abroad. Japan and the Philippines have 1 death cases each.

The main push behind surging numbers remains Central China’s Hubei Province, the epicentre of the escalating coronavirus outbreak, which reported 116 more deaths were reported in Hubei taking the total death toll in the province to 1,426.

The province and its capital Wuhan, where the infection now known as COVID-19 is thought to have originated in late December, also reported a further 4,823 new confirmed cases (including 3,095 clinically confirmed cases) on Thursday, bringing the total number in the province to 51,986 (including 15,384 clinically confirmed cases).


The number has seen a sharp surge since Thursday with the new calculation as authorities put clinically diagnosed cases in the category of the confirmed case.

These were suspected cases and were diagnosed with expanded testing methods including CT scans.  National Health Commission at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday that the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in China outside of Hubei Province has declined for nine consecutive days since February 3.

Meanwhile, 44 more coronavirus cases have been confirmed on Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess taking the total to 218.

The Japanese government has said it will earmark 140 million USD for emergency measures, including ones to bolster testing and medical treatment capacity, to double mask production to more than 600 million a month, and credits for small and medium-sized businesses hurt by the outbreak, according to the prime minister’s office.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s office said that it will also approve a measure calling for 1,800 beds to be readied for patients and for virus research results to be shared internationally.


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