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2012-01-10 16.06.26

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The parliamentary standing committee on defense expressed a grave concern over Tawang. As per a government report, the condition of the roads in Tawang is very poor and it will take a day for the Indian army to reach there. The defense ministry was concerned as Tawang is a strategically important place for India when it comes to military establishment.

Parliament’s standing committee on defense, in a recently-tabled report, said, it was “dismayed to note that in Tawang, the situation is very critical insofar as connectivity is concerned.”

“While our neighboring country can reach the border within two or three hours, our Army takes more than a day to reach there. This is a matter of great concern with regard to our defense preparedness,” the report said. The committee has recommended the construction of “good quality roads in this area on priority basis.”

The committee said that connectivity between Himachal Pradesh and the Ladakh region is “very crucial” for the expeditious movement of troops and equipment, and it also recommended the construction of the Nyemo-Padum-Darcha Road to connect the two.

Recently, in the month of December 2014, Chinese troops had intruded into Ladakh and Tawang, and it was only after a diplomatic talk they left the place.

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The rapid spread of the infection may mean there are other cases of newborns with COVID-19 that they were not able to track down, the researchers said

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The rapid spread of the infection may mean there are other cases of newborns with COVID-19 that they were not able to track down, the researchers said. Pixabay

As coronavirus rapidly spreading in every corner of the globe, Chinese researchers have found that newborns infected with COVID-19 in China experienced mild symptoms, and the babies may be at risk of catching the virus from their mother during pregnancy.

For the findings, published in the European Respiratory Journal, researchers studied a total of four cases of newborn babies with COVID-19 infection in China. In all cases, the babies experienced only mild symptoms with none requiring intensive care or mechanical ventilation.

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“COVID-19 is highly contagious and our study suggests that intrauterine transmission cannot be ruled out, but that the prognosis is good for both pregnant women and newborn babies,” said study lead author Zhi-Jiang Zhang from Wuhan University in China.

The research team reported that all four babies were born to mothers with COVID-19 and all were delivered by caesarean section. Three were separated from their mothers at birth.

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As coronavirus rapidly spreading in every corner of the globe, Chinese researchers have found that newborns infected with COVID-19 in China experienced mild symptoms, and the babies may be at risk of catching the virus from their mother during pregnancy. Pixabay

The rapid spread of the infection may mean there are other cases of newborns with COVID-19 that they were not able to track down, the researchers said.

“It’s important to protect pregnant women and newborn babies against infection. It’s also important that any cases of COVID-19 in newborns are picked up, monitored and treated quickly and carefully,” said Professor Tobias Welte, is an infections expert from the European Respiratory Society and is a coordinator for the national German COVID-19 task force and was not involved in the study.

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“At this stage, we still do not know whether there are any longer-term consequences of infection,” he added. (IANS)