Category Archives: Coronavirus

Himachal likely to consider imposing curfew in 4 districts, 5-day office for govt employees

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain.

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain. Moreover, the chief minister also said that the state government would also consider imposing a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in the four districts – Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, and Kangra.

This decision by the Jai Ram Thakur government comes amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. He had earlier told that the administration is taking all the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus. The decision was taken by CM Thakur during a review meeting over COVID-19 with the district officials.

Earlier, the state government had announced to close all the schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in the state till December 31.

At Himachal weddings, mask norm given a miss

Palampur November 29

With marriage functions proving to be one of the biggest spreaders of Covid cases in Himachal Pradesh, the Palampur, Baijnath and Jaisinghpur administrations have begun conducting checks at these events.

The authorities are visiting marriage functions to check if the cap of 50 on the guest count is being adhered to and the attendees are wearing masks and sticking to social distancing norms.

“In most cases, we found that people were not wearing masks at weddings,” said Pawan Sharma, SDM, Jaisinghpur, who inspected four wedding functions. Officials in Baijnath and Palampur are also conducting similar checks. Their teams visited Makkar, Harsi, Kachayal, Jagya and Lambagaon villages in the last two days. “Families have to obtain prior permission for the weddings. Though they’re briefed about the norms, we are carrying out the checks to doubly ensure the rules are being followed,” said Sharma.

The SDM said the cap on the number of invitees was being followed at most gatherings but the ‘mandatory mask’ directive was hardly being obeyed. The violators had been let off with a mere warning but in future, penalties would be slapped on them, he warned.

Coronavirus Update: India tally crosses 900,000 mark; 540 deaths in one day

Coronavirus latest news: Total number of cases in India has now crossed the 900,000 mark. Maharashtra has 260,924 cases, Delhi 113,740, and Tamil Nadu 142,000. 

Coronavirus India Update:

India has recorded over 28,000 new cases in a day to take its total number of Covid-19 cases to 907,645. This is the third consecutive day when India has recorded over 28,000 new cases. The country’s death toll stands at 23,727. Maharashtra has seen a spike of 6,497 cases in the past 24 hours, while Delhi has added 1,246 cases to its tally.

Coronavirus World Update:
As many as 13,236,252 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 around the world so far. While more than 7,691,451 have recovered, 575,540 have died, according to Worldometer. 
Country-wise, the United States remains the most affected. It has recorded over 65,000 cases in a day and now has 3,479,483 coronavirus cases and 138,247 deaths. Brazil has 1,887,959 cases, and 72,921 deaths, while India is the third-worst-hit with 907,645 cases and 23,727 deaths.

World’s first Covid-19 vaccine? Russia successfully completes clinical trials

After over six months of novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 12 million people and killed over 500,000 all over the world, the clinical trials of the purportedly world’s first coronavirus vaccine have been successfully completed.

The clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, according to Russian news agency Sputnik, adding that the first group of volunteers would be discharged on 15 July and the second on 20 July.

The university began clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.

“Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus,” Tarasov said.

According to Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, the objective of this stage of the study was to show the vaccine’s safety for human health, which was successfully done.

“The safety of the vaccine is confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market,” Lukashev told Sputnik.

The further vaccine development plan is already being determined by the developer’s strategy, including the complexity of the epidemiological situation with the virus and the possibility of scaling up production, Lukashev added.

“Sechenov University in a pandemic situation acted not only as an educational institution but also as a scientific and technological research center that is able to participate in the creation of such important and complex products as drugs … We worked with this vaccine, starting with preclinical studies and protocol development, and clinical trials are currently underway,” Tarasov noted.

While over 7 million virus-infected people have recovered so far, scientists and other healthcare systems worldwide are trying to upgrade production and development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Gilead Sciences, Oxford University’s researchers and American biotech company Moderna are at the forefront of developing a Covid-19 vaccine. However, Gilead Sciences Inc said earlier that an analysis showed its antiviral remdesivir helped reduce the risk of death in severely ill COVID-19 patients, but cautioned that rigorous clinical trials were needed to confirm the benefit.

Moreover, BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is expected to be ready to seek regulatory approval by the end of 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing the German biotech firm’s chief executive officer. The experimental vaccine, which showed promise against the fast-spreading respiratory illness in early stage human testing, is expected to move into a large trial involving 30,000 healthy participants later this month, pending regulatory nod.

Reference: LiveMint

Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases in India cross 2.76 lakh; nearly 10,000 new cases in last 24 hours

India’s COVID-19 count surged past the grim milestone of 2.75-lakh cases today, according to the data released by ministry of health and family welfare. The states continued to register nearly 10,000 cases even on Tuesday. Maharashtra reported the highest number of fresh infections at 2,259 in last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu saw its biggest jump in COVID-19 count on Tuesday. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were the two states to confirm nearly 45% of total coronavirus cases in India. Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh also witnessed huge jump in coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

 

The number of deaths from coronavirus pandemic zoomed to 7,745. At least 274 people succumbed to death in last 24 hours. Maharashtra registered the highest number of fatalities in India. The death toll in Gujarat topped 1,300 on Tuesday.

The total number of active coroanvirus cases in India increased to 133,632. Nearly 48% of total coronavirus cases — nearly 1.35 lakh people — have recovered from the disease.

Maharashtra became the first state in India to report over 90,000 cases. Mumbai alone accounted for over 50,000 COVID-19 patients. The death toll in the state rose to 3,289.

Delhi was the third state to confirm 30,000 coronavirus cases after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. At least 1,366 people tested positive for the virus in last 24 hours.

Tamil Nadu saw an explosion of fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Over 1,600 people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, bringing tally to 34,914.

A top World Health Organization (WHO) official on Tuesday clarified her remarks that transmission of the new coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers was “very rare”, citing a “misunderstanding”.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, had said that on the basis of studies carried out in several countries, transmission of the virus by an asymptomatic person seemed “very rare”.

Here is state-wise status of coronavirus cases in India

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 33

Andhra Pradesh – 5,070

Arunchal Pradesh – 57

Assam – 2,937

Bihar – 5,459

Chandigarh – 323

Chhattisgarh – 1,240

Dadar Nagar Haveli – 22

Delhi – 31,309

Goa – 359

Gujarat – 21,014

Haryana – 5,209

Himachal Pradesh – 445

Jammu and Kashmir – 4,346

Jharkhand – 1,411

Karnataka – 5,921

Kerala – 2,096

Ladakh – 108

Madhya Pradesh – 9,849

Maharashtra – 90,787

Manipur – 304

Meghalaya – 43

Mizoram – 88

Nagaland – 127

Odisha – 3,140

Puducherry – 127

Punjab – 2,719

Rajasthan – 11,245

Sikkim – 13

Tamil Nadu – 34,914

Telangana – 3,920

Tripura – 864

Uttarakhand – 1,537

Uttar Pradesh – 11,335

West Bengal – 8,985

Globally coronavirus infected over 72 lakh people. The deadly virus took lives of more than 4.11 lakh people across the world. The United States was the worst affected by coronavirus pandemic. It registered nearly 20 lakh coronavirus cases since the outbreak. The causalities from coronavirus pandemic surged to 1.11 lakh in the US.

Air India Delhi-Moscow Flight Returns As Pilot Has COVID, Probe Ordered

Coronavirus: The Air India Delhi-Moscow plane returned midway after the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The aviation regulator DGCA will order a probe into a “lapse” after an empty Air India plane flying from Delhi to Moscow returned midway when the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The state-run carrier’s ground team realised the pilot was a COVID-19 patient only after the Airbus A320NEO had taken off.

Sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said “prima facie, this appears to be a lapse” as the pilot was not supposed to be on the plane if he was found positive.

Air India conducts at least 200 coronavirus tests a day in Delhi alone for all its crew ahead of all flights that they operate. The results of these tests are centrally processed by the airline.

The Air India plane took off from Delhi after 7 am today and returned to the national capital at 12:30 pm, sources said.

The crew has been quarantined. Another plane will be sent to Moscow to bring back Indians, officials said.

Pilots are tested for coronavirus before they are allowed to fly.

So far 45,000 Indians have been flown home from abroad under the centre’s “Vande Bharat Mission” that was launched on May 7 to repatriate stranded Indians amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. It said one lakh more will be flown home till June 13.

Reference: NDTV