Canadian dentist dies after attending dental conference during COVID-19 outbreak

A dentist who attended a Vancouver dental conference at the centre of a novel coronavirus outbreak in the city recently died of suspected COVID-19 complications.

Dr. Denis Vincent of North Vancouver attended the Pacific Dental Conference, which took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 5-7.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was asked about COVID-19 cases related to the conference.

She confirmed about 20 people who attended the conference from the area have since tested positive for the virus, as well as a dozen others who are from outside the province. All those who attended were asked self isolate.

Japan to let dentists collect samples for coronavirus tests

The health ministry has decided to allow dentists to collect samples from people suspected of being infected with coronavirus in an effort to strengthen the country’s ability to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for detecting infection, according to informed sources.

The panel judged it imperative to allow dentists, who have expertise in working inside the mouth, to collect samples to cope with an anticipated surge in demand for testing amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

IIT-Delhi develops COVID-19 test kit, gets ICMR's approval

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has developed a COVID-19 test kit, which has got the approval of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

"We started working on it by the end of January and got it ready in three months. We wanted to contribute to affordable low-cost diagnostics that could be used in large numbers, said V Perumal, Professor at IIT-Delhi.

Perumal said that it is a swab testing kit.

"Testing will be cheaper than all existing devices," he said, adding that the device is affordable for commercial production.

Indian company plans to ready vaccine shots for launch by Sept-Oct

Vaccine major Serum Institute of India on Sunday said it planned to start production of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University in the next two to three weeks and hoped to bring it to the market by October if the human clinical trials were successful.

The Pune-based company has partnered with Oxford University as one of the seven global institutions manufacturing the vaccine.

“Our team has been working closely with Dr Hill from Oxford University, and we are expecting to initiate production of the vaccine in 2-3 weeks and produce 5 million doses per month for the first 6 months, following which, we hope to scale up production to 10 million doses per month,” Serum Institute India chief executive Adar Poonawalla said.


Dental clinics in Denmark were permitted to reopen recently, and Norwegian dentists have started to provide non-emergency treatment after the countries’ governments began easing some of their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Strict infection control measures remain in place.

Transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2 have fallen in Denmark, and dentists have been included in a list of professions that the Danish government has said can now return to work, provided that their business premises and activities meet health guidelines and observe social distancing measures.