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India’s first Covid patient tests positive again for coronavirus

The student was found to have been reinfected after she was retested as she planned to travel to Delhi. Her family said she is showing no visible symptoms and that she has also been administered the first Covid-19 vaccine dose

A student from Kerala’s Thrissur enrolled at a medical college in China, who was the first Indian to test positive for Covid-19 in January 2020 after returning to India following the outbreak of the pandemic, has been infected again, a health official said on Tuesday. She is, however, asymptomatic, the official added.

“She has been tested positive and under quarantine at her home. None of the family members have tested positive so far,” said Thrissur district medical officer K J Reena. She said re-infection is nothing new, and some of the health workers have been infected twice.

The student was found to have been reinfected after she was retested as she planned to travel to Delhi. Her family said she is showing no visible symptoms and that she has also been administered the first Covid-19 vaccine dose.

The student, who has been unable to return to China as Beijing is yet to allow Indian students back into the country because of the pandemic, spent almost a month in hospital while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 in 2020. Two of her friends, who travelled with her from Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic in China, were also later tested positive.

The student last year told HT she never thought she will be infected but once she was diagnosed with the infection, her main concern was her family members and others who she met after returning home. She spent 24 days at an isolation ward from January 27 to February 20, wearing personal protective equipment. She said her medical background helped her overcome the trauma.

An Indian Council of Medical Research study from January to October last year estimated 4.5% re-infection cases. Researchers at New Delhi’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) found over 10% of the people were likely exposed to the virus again during the April wave of infections in Delhi. The findings were based on the sequential analysis of samples from 1,000 people across 10 locations. The study found that the antibodies in them were mostly declining before they shot up again. It found that 80% of the participants with antibodies against Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, in June, after the fourth wave of infections (and the second nationwide) in Delhi.

TOP Ten countries kept out Covid-19

Coronavirus has been labelled a pandemic but a handful of countries have not yet reported any cases.

Territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19

Scientists, health officials and governments across the world have encouraged citizens to practise physical distancing and to avoid going out unless for necessary purposes.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 23.7 million people have been infected, and the global death toll is at least 814,000. More than 15 million patients have recovered.

Here are a few countries that have not reported any cases of the coronavirus so far:

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Micronesia

Nauru

North Korea

Palau

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

 

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

Food Safety and Precaution: How to wash vegetables to prevent COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there are over 7M million confirmed cases and over 400K deaths reported globally. Coronavirus has created a panic but also generated awareness among masses about good hygiene. During this crucial time, the governments of nations are trying their best to ensure adequate supply of essential commodities to the public with appropriate food safety and handling measures.

Recently, some myths are spreading related to COVID-19 transmission and to show a clearer picture, health researchers with years of experience working at AMRI Hospitals, suggest certain measures to wash fruits and vegetables properly in order to safeguard them from the virus.

Here are a few tips to wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption

  1. Wash hands, before washing vegetables or fruits

Washing hands is imperative to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is suggested to wash your hands before you rinse vegetables. Wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before cleaning the produce. Washing your hands afterwards is also recommended.

  1. Rinse vegetables and fruits in running water

All the fruits and vegetables must be rinsed under running water and thoroughly rubbed with hands. Rinsing the produce before you peel it helps in avoiding the transmission of dirt and bacteria.

  1. Don’t use soap or any detergent

Health experts at AMRI Hospitals suggest not to use any soap or detergent to clean the produce. Thoroughly wasing vegetables and fruits under running water is sufficient.

  1. Brush or sponge can be used

To deep clean root vegetables like potatoes and carrots, a vegetable brush or sponge can be used.

  1. Pay extra attention to certain vegetables and fruits

Fruits like berries and leafy vegetables require extra care and gentleness while cleaning. You can place them in a colander and rinse them thoroughly under running water to eliminate germs. Additionally, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables can also help in removing bacteria.

From washing vegetables properly to preparing meals with all hygiene and safety precautions, everyday measures can certainly help you in safeguarding your loved ones against COVID-19.

Developing symptoms of mental illness due to lockdown? These tips are sure to help you!

Staying at home for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic is necessary, but, is it affecting your mental health? Anxiety of battling isolation is worrisome and can impact your mental health. Understanding mental distress in these uncertain times can help you from future adverse impact.

Along with various healthcare organizations, AMRI Hospitals is also doing its bit to safeguard people from the pandemic. Recently, health experts of AMRI laid emphasis on the important of mental health, explaining ways to boost it and the psychosocial aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is stressful for people. Fear and anxiety can disturb the mindset of both children and adults.

Please find below some symptoms and tips recommended by healthcare professionals from AMRI Hospitals to cope with issues related to mental health.

Stress in today’s scenario mostly includes:

  • Anxiety about your own health and the health of your family members
  • Sleep or eating disorders
  • Concentration issues
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increase in consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Although everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, here are a few effective ways to beat stress, as per medical practitioners at AMRI Hospitals:

  • Find Things to Do: Activities, like household cleaning, that distract you from the current events can be helpful
  • Take a break from watching, reading, or listening to news, including social media; continuous exposure to news on the pandemic can be depressing
  • Take good care of your body
  • Practice meditation, deep breathing, and physical exercise
  • Ensure a balanced diet
  • Keep yourself hydrated and ensure good amount of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Try to indulge in activities you love
  • Reach out to people you trust to talk about your concerns and feelings

Why sports will never be the same after coronavirus?

As the sporting world grapples with the COVID-19 shutdown, we take a look at a number of ways in which our favourite sports might be affected after resumption.

First, there were denials. Secondly, sports administrators over the world started taking notice. Soon postponements followed with a promise to resume live-action soon. But as one after another, countries across the globe went into lockdown, hopes of seeing our favourite athletes on the field started diminishing further. Perhaps the most telling blow came when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to the following year with no fixed date in sight. Coronavirus’ domination over the wide world of sports was complete. With no clarity as to when this crisis will be over, one thing is for certain: sports (including day-to-day life) will never be the same if and when the pandemic subsides.

With close to 4 million people being affected to date, the world stands at a crossroads, faced with the decision of jumpstarting the economy, while living under the fear of the novel Covid-19. Sports administrators are also increasingly grappling with questions regarding the future of various events and leagues across the world. There has been some good news recently in the form of the German Bundesliga declaring a May 16 restart while the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) planning to host West Indies for a full tour starting in July.

But even the most optimistic of sports fans would understand that unless and until a vaccine for the coronavirus is invented and is available for the masses, when and how sports will return to their pre-Covid-19 status is anybody’s guess. In this piece, we try to present a few key areas regarding popular sports which are set to undergo massive changes as they try to get back on track.

Stadium experience

Playing in front of empty stadiums is an idea that has been mooted by many since the onset of the pandemic and it seems the only logical way to restart play while ‘living with the virus’. With the risk of a contagion set to rule daily lives in the near future, most die-hard fans will also be a bit apprehensive about filling the stadiums. While it will certainly be a weird experience for the players and also for those watching on TV, there doesn’t seem to be a way out of this unless governments are able to strictly impose social distancing norms in big stadiums. A curious example, in this case, has arisen out of Taiwan a couple of days ago.

Recently, sports officials in Taiwan started to adjust to the new age by filling the stands with fake spectators instead of real ones, stocking locker rooms with bottles of sanitizer, and urging players and coaches to keep a distance.

Even if a handful of spectators are allowed inside the stadiums, it might lead to a reduction in prices of tickets, online subscription fees, and other services on offer as the sporting bodies would certainly want to win back their fans whichever way they can. Entry/exit protocols in and out of the stadiums might also see a drastic change in the form of biometrics as people would prefer a fast and seamless experience rather than security guards checking each ticket in person.

Fan engagement

With the lack of any live-action at the moment, there is no doubt that fans are currently hungry for more. But if the period under lockdown is anything to go by, players and teams all over the world have started finding new ways to keep their fans engaged. The sudden spike in Instagram Live sessions with athletes across sports is already a signal that more such ways of personalized fan-engagement are set to become the norm. While earlier fans had to be mostly dependent on news outlets to get a sneak-peek into their sports stars’ lives, the lockdown has ensured that almost every day some or the other player is coming closer to his followers by interacting with them directly – either via a Q&A session, online challenges, etc.

Innovations and rule changes

Necessity is the mother of invention and in the case of cricket, the fear of Covid-19 has already started a debate regarding whether it’s still appropriate to continue using saliva on the ball. For a game already grappling with fall in attendance figures, cricket could also see more innovations on the lines of T10 leagues or The Hundred. Similarly in other sports, multiple rule changes to avoid contact between players and keeping the fans sitting at home glued to their screens, are sure to bring much more innovation at a faster pace. Sevens Rugby is another example of such an innovation and more investors would come in and try to create more futuristic sports leagues to attract the public.

Player training

With athletes being consigned to their homes due to the lockdown, there is an increasing concern regarding whether they will be fit to perform when asked to. In this scenario, we might see a shift in the training approaches as they will have to be remotely monitored. Thus, training might become much more personalized and player-centric.

In the same vein, teams and sporting bodies would do well to remember the mental toll a pandemic could take on a player. Physios and mental conditioning coaches might have to be on their toes, more actively than before and design regimens that cater to the needs of each player.

Restart yes! But when?

As of May 5, more than 150 sports events have been either postponed/cancelled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. While there was no choice for the sports federations to do so, one of the biggest questions facing them is that of when these events will be held eventually. A number of World Championships and global events like Olympics have been postponed till further notice but there is bound to be a clash between the dates of most of these proposed events.

Scheduling is going to be under focus also as the qualifying rounds for the above events are also set to be compromised with there being no sunset date in sight as far as the Covid-19 is concerned. How sports administrators are going to deal with these issues is a factor that is going to define the future course of sports all over the world.

This is not an exclusive list of the upcoming changes as there is a lot of information that needs to be processed over the next few months before some of these tweaks see the daylight. Until then, we can go back to our Zoom calls and Insta Lives trying to make sense of a situation that doesn’t seem to be making any sense at all.

Coronavirus Update: At Delhi airport, repatriated Indians to be screened, split into groups

The Delhi government on Wednesday passed an order defining the setting standard operating procedures for the movement of such repatriated passengers at the Delhi airport.

Stranded Indians who are to be evacuated from other countries and flown to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will be screened and primarily be divided in three categories — those with Covid-like symptoms, those who have been in touch Covid patients and asymptomatic people.

People with symptoms of the infectious disease will be straightaway sent to hospitals, while those who have been in touch with Covid-19 patients will be sent to quarantine facilities. The rest will be asked to fill out a declaration form and to quarantine themselves at home.

The Delhi government on Wednesday passed an order defining the setting standard operating procedures for the movement of such repatriated passengers at the Delhi airport. The passports of those sent to home quarantine will only be returned at the airport, the order said.

The order said the passengers will be escorted out of the plane by airline staff using dedicated aerobridges and will arrive at the APHO health counters for initial thermal screening. Here, symptomatic passengers will be isolated and moved to designated hospitals. The staff present inside the aircraft and those on the ground will ensure that arriving passengers have filled their self-reporting forms (SRF) properly.

“After screening, the asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to move to dedicated immigration counters with their passports and a copy of their filled up SRFs. After clearance, their passports shall be retained by the immigration officials and the passengers will be handed over to a five member escort team (headed by CISF and comprising representative from DIAL, the respective airlines and Delhi Police) in batches of 30. The passports of these passengers will be handed over by the immigration staff to the CISF officer leading the escort team,” the order said

It mentioned that the passports shall not be handed over to passengers in any case.

Passengers will then be taken to the conveyor belts. “If there is any delayed or missing luggage, the respective passenger shall stay behind along with a team member while the rest shall proceed to the customs area and move to the triage area manned by Delhi government officials,” said the order.

At the designated triage area, there would be five screening counters manned by medical officers and paramedical staff deputed by Delhi government.

“At the assigned counter, the passports of the entire batch will be handed over by the CISF team leader to the medical officer in-charge of the counter. Passengers will be screened and those without any risk factors will be sent for home quarantine after providing them their passports. A declaration will be collected from them stating that they will remain strictly under home quarantine, or face penal action, as per rules,” the order said.

It said, these passengers will be linked to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) and that the government will depute a Delhi State IDSP team for this purpose.

“The remaining high-risk passengers will be sent to various quarantine facilities. They too will be first asked to fill up a declaration where they will be asked to choose between a paid or government quarantine facility (based on availability). The escort team will then move these passengers to the transport provided by the state government to be taken to their designated quarantine facilities,” it said.

Reference: HT

Coronavirus Update: India cases at 49,436

Coronavirus Updates: With 2,958 new cases in 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 49,436. And with 126 more people having lost their lives to the infection, the country’s death toll at present is 1,695, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
India is set to bring back around 250,000 citizens from across the world.

Maharashtra, the most affected state in India, now has 15,525 corona cases, with an addition of 986 on May 5.

Tamil Nadu, which recently witnessed a sudden surge in the number of cases, now has 4,058 cases. It again saw more than 500 cases in a single day on Tuesday. Telangana decided to extend its lockdown till May 27 and the Karnataka government asked Indian Railways to cancel all trains that were to ferry migrant workers to their home towns.
The global tally of coronavirus infections currently stands at 3,727,993, and 258,354 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

Coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases in India rise to 42,836, death toll at 1,389. State-wise numbers

With 2,573 fresh novel coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total Covid-19 count surged to 42,836, according to the latest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll also increased to 1,389 after 83 positive patients succumbed to the highly contagious disease.

 

The number of active Covid-19 patients now stands at 29,685, while 11,761 patients have been discharged or cured from the highly contagious disease. One patient has migrated from the country. Apart from that, the total number of confirmed cases also include 111 foreign nationals.

Speaking at the press briefing today, Lav Aggrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health said that till Monday morning, as many as 11,706 people have been cured, which also include 1,074 patients in he last 4 hour. This is the highest number in terms of cured patients noted till date. “Our recovery rate is now 27.52%,” he added.

With the lockdown restrictions easing during the lockdown 3.0 period strting today, Aggrawal warned that such pandemics such as the Covid-19, historically it has been noted that if social distancing is not respected when social mobility is allowed, chances of disease transmission increase rapidly once restrictions are eased.

Moreover, Niti Aayog CEO and chairman of Empowered Group 6 Amitabh Kant informed that there are about “610 cases of Covid-19 in 112 aspirational districts, which is considered fairly low at less than 2% of the national level of infections.” Kant also added, “Of these, six districts have reported first case after April 21.”

Gujarat is the second most affected state as it reported 5,428 cases so far, followed by Delhi with 4,549 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

Here’s the state-wise tally of the coronavirus cases in the country:

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 33

Andhra Pradesh – 1650

Arunachal Pradesh – 1

Assam – 43

Bihar – 517

Chandigarh – 94

Chhattisgarh – 57

Delhi – 4549

Goa – 7

Gujarat – 5428

Haryana – 442

Himachal Pradesh – 40

Jammu and Kashmir – 701

Jharkhand – 115

Karnataka – 642

Kerala – 500

Ladakh – 41

Madhya Pradesh – 2,942

Maharashtra – 12974

Manipur – 2

Meghalaya – 12

Mizoram – 1

Odisha – 163

Puducherry – 8

Punjab – 1102

Rajasthan – 2,886

Tamil Nadu – 3023

Telangana – 1,082

Tripura – 16

Uttarakhand – 60

Uttar Pradesh – 2,742

West Bengal – 963

Globally, the number of novel coronavirus cases has surpassed 3.5 million infections while the death toll has crossed 248,000-mark, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The United States now has more than 1.1 million cases in the country while the death toll has shot past 68,000. US is the hardest hit country amid the spread of the virus followed by Spain with over 247,000 cases and Italy with more than 210,000 cases.

44 In A Delhi Building Test Positive For Coronavirus

Apart from Delhi, all the other three major cities – Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai – have been classified as red zones in the list released by the Union Health Ministry.

Forty four people living in a building in Delhi’s Kapashera have tested positive for coronavirus. The residents had undergone tests nearly 10 days ago. The residents are believed to have contracted the virus from a COVID-19 patient who tested positive on April 18.

On the following day, authorites had sealed the area and collected samples of 175 people in the locality on April 20 and 21.

Of the total samples, the results of 67 people arrived today and 44 of them tested positive. The delay in results have raised concern of the possibility of new cases in the area as the patients may have transferred the virus to other people in the congested locality in South-West district, near Gurgaon.

Delhi is among the worst-hit states with 3,738 cases and 61 COVID-19-linked deaths.

All 11 districts in the national capital have been categorised as “Red Zone”, or area with more than 10 cases of COVID-19 in a district.

This morning, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that all these districts will be in the “red zone” till May 17.

“All 11 districts in Delhi will stay in the Red Zone till May 17. A red zone is defined where there are more than 10 cases of COVID-19 in a district. Relief measures given by Centre in red zones will be applicable here,” Mr Jain was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Apart from Delhi, all the other three major cities – Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai – have been classified as red zones in the list released by the Union Health Ministry. Overall, 130 districts have been categorised as “red zones” in the country.

India recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases today with 2,293 people testing positive in 24 hours, taking the total to 37,336. At least 1,218 people have died due to the virus.

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Coronavirus Updates: The tally of Covid cases in India has risen to 35,043. Worldwide, there are 3,308,548 cases.

Coronavirus Update: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 35,043, and 1,154 people have died from the disease so far, according to data compiled by Worldometer. The Union health ministry has designated all major metropolitan cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad—as red zones after the lockdown ends on May 3.

State-wise coronavirus cases: Maharashtra (10,498), Gujarat (4,395), Delhi (3,515), Madhya Pradesh (2,660), Rajasthan (2,584), Uttar Pradesh (2,203), Tamil Nadu (2,323) and Andhra Pradesh (1,403).

Coronavirus World Update: Globally, 3,308,548 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 234,112. Nations hit with most coronavirus cases at present are the US (1,095,019) Spain (239,639), Italy (205,463), UK (171,253), France (167,178) and Germany (163,009). Two countries – The Comoros and Tajikistan – reported their first Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total number of affected countries in the world to 187.