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China has made “humiliating” anal Covid swabs compulsory for ALL international travellers arriving in the country.

(Asian News Hub) – China make Covid anal swabs mandatory for all foreign arrivals after Japan and US blasted ‘humiliating’ procedure.

Beijing claims the procedure – which involves a 5cm long saline-soaked swab shoved up a patient’s bum – is more accurate that other on-the-spot virus tests.

Doctors in China have been using the anal test on quarantined patients to check if they are free of the coronavirus.

Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, told state media that Covid traces stay detectable for longer in poo samples than they do in the nose or throat.

However, the prospect of foreign visitors being swabbed up the bum has sparked controversy.

Japan is calling on China to stop using the “undignified” test as some passengers said it caused them “psychological distress”.

Beijing has denied the claims but Washington has slammed the tests as “undignified”.

In response, Lu Hongzhou, a Chinese doctor, told state media that travellers could provide a poo sample at the airport instead.

Swab tests at Chinese airports are part of the Communist Party’s sweeping “scientific adjustments” aimed at controlling the Covid pandemic.

The procedure involves inserting a cotton swab about three to five centimetres into the anus and gently rotating it.


And much like the nasal method, the swab is then removed before being placed inside a sample container.


The entire procedure is said to take about 10 seconds, according to China’s National Health Commission.


Last month, China was forced to tell worried citizens they won’t waddle like penguins after getting the anal swab test.


Beijing’s move comes after a fake vial video showed people walking stiff-legged like the flightless birds.

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COVID-19 affects youngsters badly, situation alarming: Dr Saleem Khan

(Asian News Hub) – Dr Saleem Khan, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 and HoD Social and Preventive Medicine, GMC Srinagar, Monday said the situation has turned alarming as the younger generation has been badly affected by COVID-19 in Kashmir.

Dr Khan said Jammu and Kashmir woud become Delhi in case people do not follow SOPs like wearing face masks, avoid social gatherings and maintain distance in letter and spirit.

He said viruses can never be stable as they keep on changing and might turn aggressive sometimes and sometimes become less effective.

DR Saleem said new strains of COVID-19 circulating in India are aggressive and virulent and increase its transmission manifold. He also claimed that the situation has turned alarming to the extent; COVID-19 has affected the young generation badly.

“It’s unfortunate that our young generation is worst hit by COVID-19. We seriously need to implement SOPs as the situation cannot be taken for granted. Its effect was very causal last year but the general population got badly affected this year,” Dr Saleem told the media.

He also warned people to be cautious and follow COVID-19 guidelines in letter and spirit so as to save themselves from falling prey to deadly virus.

He also advised people to get themselves vaccinated, COVID-19 cannot be taken lightly give its aggressive behavior since its outbreak in 2019.

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High time to take all precautions, we shouldn’t allow situation go out of control: Dr Naveed Nazir

Says over 100 beds available with oxygen facility at CD hospital almost full, have ventilators as backup, one more oxygen plant coming up this month; Covid vaccine prevents severity among patients

(Asian News Hub) – Kashmir’s top medico and the frontline Covid warrior Dr Naveed Nazir Monday said that it’s high time for the people to take all precautions to prevent the spread of Covid=19 pandemic and that the situation shouldn’t be allowed to go out of control.

Head of Department at Chest Diseases Hospital Dalgate, Srinagar, Dr Naveed said that the situation shouldn’t be allowed to go out of control and people should take all precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We had been stating that Covid is here and it has not gone away. One thing that needs to be hailed is that people have started following SoPs. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t wear a mask. This is a good sign,” he said, adding that “we must strictly follow SoPs and contain the situation.”

About the present position at CD hospital, one of the premier hospitals dealing with the Covid positive patients, Dr Naveed said that there are over 100 beds available for the virus affected patients and almost there is 90 per cent occupancy. “We are not admitting patients with mild symptoms and they are asked to go for home isolation. At present all our beds are almost full. We have oxygen facility at all the beds and have ventilators as a backup as well. We also have 50 more beds available as a backup at a nursing home,” the leading medico said. He said that all the cases admitted at CD hospital are severe cases who need oxygen and injectable.

Dr Naveed was speaking after attending a meeting convened by the SMC Mayor Junaid Matoo to take stock of the preparations to deal with the situation that has arisen after a huge spike in Covid positive cases in Kashmir. Over 1500 positive cases were reported in J&K UT on Sunday, highest in the past six months. He said that there is no shortage of oxygen in Srinagar and one more oxygen plant is coming up in the city this month.

Dr Naveed, who is a frontline Covid warrior, said that SMHS and other hospitals have also been designated as Covid hospitals “but people shouldn’t allow the situation to go out of control and stick to Covid protocols strictly.”

About the Covid vaccine, he said that there are some cases who have tested positive even after taking the Covid vaccine, but that is obvious as the vaccine takes at least three weeks to adjust in the body. “Its efficacy too isn’t 100 percent but it has surely helped to prevent the severity in the patients who test positive, which is significant. People must take Covid vaccines as it helps to prevent mortality,” he said.

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AstraZeneca could have COVID-19 vaccine against variant by end of 2021

(Asian News Hub) – A modified version of AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine tailored to combat a coronavirus variant first documented in South Africa could be ready by the end of 2021, an AstraZeneca official in Austria said in an interview published on Sunday.

Sarah Walters, AstraZeneca’s Austria country manager, told the Kurier newspaper that studies, so far, indicating the existing AstraZeneca vaccine was less effective against the more infectious variant first documented in South Africa were “too small to draw final conclusions”.

“In the meantime, AstraZeneca and Oxford University have started on modifications to the vaccine for the South African variant and we expect it will be ready by the end of the year, should it be needed,” Walters told the Kurier.

Walters blamed challenges – including delivery delays for the AstraZeneca shot in the European Union – on the “complex process” of producing a vaccine, coupled with the extremely high demand arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had to work without keeping a supply in reserve. As a result, we couldn’t make up for unexpected events,” she said. “We are confident that we will fulfill our commitment to deliver 300 million doses to the European Union this year.”

The Kurier interview did not directly address ongoing investigations into health concerns over the AstraZeneca shot. The EU has put a warning label on the vaccine over its possible linkage to extremely rare blood clots, Denmark has completely halted use of the vaccine and Britain has advised people under 30 to get another brand of vaccine.

Asked about “thousands” of people in Austria who are cancelling their appointments for AstraZeneca shots, Walters said the company’s plan was “to continue to transparently provide information about efficacy and safety to doctors, so that they can adequately inform people” of benefits and risks.

British and European Union medicine regulators have said that the overall benefits of using the vaccine outweigh any risks of rare clotting.

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