Biocon founder and Executive Chairperson Kiram Mazumdar Shaw has been tested positive for COVID-19. The 67-year-old business tycoon, who is based in Bangalore, took to Twitter on Monday night to share the news.
“I have added to the Covid count by testing positive. Mild symptoms n I hope it stays that way.” (sic), she tweeted.
Many prominent personalities conveyed their best wishes for her to get well soon, on Twitter – including Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, former Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, and Intel India Country Head Nivruti Rai, among others.
Incidentally, Biocon – India’s largest pharmaceutical company, that Kiran Shaw founded in 1978 – had received nod from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) in July to use its plaque psoriasis drug - Itolizumab - for “restricted emergency use” for COVID-19 patients, who show moderate to severe acute respiratory issues. This ‘humanised monoclonal antibody’ is developed by Biocon in association with the Centre for Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Cuba, and was first approved by DCGI in 2013.
COVID-19 Rising in Bengaluru
According to media reports, the number of Coronavirus cases in Bangalore has been rising substantially over the past few weeks, although total number of cases in Karnataka was relatively lower till end of June. Altogether, the state has had more than two lakh COVID-19 positive cases. The Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, was among those who were infected; he has now recovered fully.
Times Now had reported that Karnataka witnessed its largest single-day spike on August 15, Saturday, with 8,818 positive cases. The very next day, 7040 positive cases were reported.
The State has so far had at least 4062 deaths due to the pandemic, with 115 being reported on Monday alone. In fact, Bangalore Mirror daily states that on Monday, August 17, 2053 new cases were found in Bangalore (Urban), although testing has reduced. The State capital has had more than 14,000 active containment zones so far.