Connect with us


Uttar Pradesh: Covid-19 test mandatory for passengers coming from these States



Uttar Pradesh is likely to take an important decision for people coming from the states with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 infections in the country. The UP Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Amit Mohan Prasad, said in a letter on Friday (February 26) that the state may make the COVID-19 test mandatory for visitors from Kerala and Maharashtra in its bid to tighten restrictions in the wake of increasing cases.

Prasad, in his letter, suggested that the symptomatic passengers should undergo an RT-PCR test and all passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra be tested for coronavirus through an antigen test. The letter was addressed to the state government and said that surveillance measures were going to increase for visitors from these states.

All passengers arriving in the state via rail routes shall follow the same protocol. The government will get information about passengers coming by rail route or via buses etc. from the concerned transport authority and will monitor and test the passengers as per the requirement,” said the letter.

The letter also mentioned that instructions were going to be made to put promotional material in all the districts of the state. It would also mention the contact number of the Chief Medical Officer of the district and the District Surveillance Unit.

It is in line with the decision of some other states that have made a COVID-19 test mandatory for passengers arriving from states that are seeing a surge in cases recently.

To keep the pandemic situation in check, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday 24 deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to such states to support them for adequate public health measures for coronavirus management.

The central ministry also suggested that all the states and union territories conduct a regular critical review of the coronavirus situation with district officials so that the progress made in terms of the COVID-19 response was not lost.


‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCory dies due to cancer



British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after a heroic battle with cancer”.McCrory was best known as a star of the hit BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children. She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage. McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.


In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles. An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.

Continue Reading