European governments are eyeing unpopular Covid curbs, with the Netherlands opting for Western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter as EU experts said 10 countries in the bloc were causing “very high concern”. Dutch premier Mark Rutte announced at least three weeks of lockdown measures targeting restaurants, shops and sporting events to curb a record spike in Read More
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European governments are eyeing unpopular Covid curbs, with the Netherlands opting for Western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter as EU experts said 10 countries in the bloc were causing “very high concern”. Dutch premier Mark Rutte announced at least three weeks of lockdown measures targeting restaurants, shops and sporting events to curb a record spike in coronavirus infections. According to a report in the Guardian by professor of molecular medicine Eric Topol suggests that among the reasons causing a resurgence of the virus in the continent, apart from the hyper-contagious Delta strain, might the waning immunity of some vaccines. Despite the fact that much of Europe began vaccination later, a recent study found that with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the decline in anti-spike antibody occurred quite early, and there was a clear relationship between antibody levels and breakthrough infections. AstraZeneca’s vaccine reached the anti-spike antibody threshold of 500 U/ml after 96 days, while Pfizer’s took 257 days. The impact of waning, as well as the opportunity to restore very high (95 percent) efficacy of mRNA vaccines (specifically Pfizer/BioNtech) with booster (third) shots, has been unequivocally demonstrated by Israeli data, the report mentions.
Russia on Saturday reported a new record one-day death toll of 1,241 from COVID-19 as well as 39,256 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.
More than 123 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been provided to the states and Union territories through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and under the direct state procurement category, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. More than 18.53 crore (18,53,90,836) balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states, it added.
In the morning session today the target of giving the first dose to 92 lakh 36 thousand 500 citizens under the Covid-19 virus vaccination campaign in Mumbai metropolis has been achieved. This includes performance at all government, municipal and private vaccination centers in Mumbai. The first and second volumes in the Mumbai metropolitan area were given a total of 1.5 crore volumes on November 10, 2021. Following that, the BMC administration has reached another milestone in the covid vaccination campaign by reaching the first dose target.
In a unique demonstration of technological prowess with a human touch, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) air delivered Covid-19 vaccines through their drone called ‘Octacopter’ at a primary health centre here on the city outskirts on Saturday. The Octacopter successfully delivered 50 vials of Covid-19 vaccines along with syringes in a special container from Chandapura PHC to Haragadde PHC, NAL said in a statement. READ MORE
A 15-year-old girl was among the two more patients who died of COVID-19 in Odisha, taking its toll to 8,375, while 247 fresh infections cases pushed the tally to 10,45,209, a health department official said on Saturday. The coastal state has reported 6,490 COVID-19 deaths during the second wave as against 1,876 in the first. The single-day fresh infections did not cross the 300-mark for the third consecutive day on Saturday. Thirty-seven of the 247 new patients are children in the age group of 0-18 years. The rate of infection among children and adolescents now stands at 14.97 per cent. At least 144 new cases were recorded in quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing.
The daily COVID-19 count in Mizoram maintained an upward trend for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday as the state reported 669 fresh cases, 38 more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 1,28,217, a bulletin said. The northeastern state recorded 525 new infections on Wednesday and 531 on Thursday. The death toll rose to 458 as two more persons from Aizawl district succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, the bulletin issued by the state information and public relations department said. At least 151 children are among the new patients, it said. The single-day positivity rate was at 14 per cent as the fresh cases were detected from 4,757 samples tests. All the patients were found to have contracted the disease locally, the bulletin said. Aizawl district registered the highest number of fresh cases at 307, followed by Lunglei at 102 and Champhai at 80. Mizoram now has 5,654 active cases, while 851 people were cured of the disease on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,22,105. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients currently stands at 95.23 per cent.
Those people who have not received even one shot of anti-COVID 19 vaccines will not be allowed to travel in the buses operated by the Thane Municipal Corporation, city Mayor Naresh Mhaske said on Saturday. This announcement comes days after the Thane civic body said its employees who have not taken even one dose of the vaccine will not be paid salaries. “In a bid to meet the target of a cent per cent vaccination by November-end, adopting various measures has become absolutely necessary,” a release quoted Mhaske as saying. It said the TMC had launched a door-to-door survey of vaccinated citizens.
Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people, infections are again sweeping across parts of Europe, particularly the western regions with relatively high vaccination rates and good health care systems but where lockdown measures are largely a thing of the past. Russia, Germany and Britain are among six countries spanning Europe with whom India has ‘air bubble’ or ‘transport bubble’ understanding. Air bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries to restart commercial travel even as regular international flights remain grounded due to the pandemic. READ MORE
Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday reported four new COVID-19 cases, two less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 55,212, a health department official said. The death toll remained at 280 as no fresh fatality due to the infection was registered in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Four more people recuperated from the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries to 54,888. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stood at 99.41 per cent. Arunachal Pradesh now has 44 active cases, the SSO said. West Kameng district has the highest number of active cases at nine, followed by Tawang at eight and the Capital Complex Region at seven. The state has so far conducted over 11.92 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 717 on Friday, Jampa said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 0.55 per cent.
Nearly two years into a global health crisis that has killed more than 5 million people, infections are again sweeping across parts of Western Europe, a region with relatively high vaccination rates and good health care systems but where lockdown measures are largely a thing of the past. The World Health Organization said coronavirus deaths rose by 10% in Europe in the past week, and an agency official declared last week that the continent was “back at the epicenter of the pandemic.” Much of that is being driven by spiraling outbreaks in Russia and Eastern Europe — where vaccination rates tend to be low — but countries in the west such as Germany and Britain recorded some of the highest new case tolls in the world. READ MORE
The Kerala government has written to the Centre and requested it to vaccinate children against coronavirus, provide Covid-19 booster shots to those with co-morbid issues, and reduce the gap between the Covishield doses. The Covishield vaccine, which has been developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, is manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII). READ MORE
As the stock of unused Covid-19 vaccines with the states increases, the clock is ticking for the government to meet the deadline of inoculating all adults by next month. Even after 300 days since the beginning of its mega vaccination drive, India managed to give the first dose to nearly 80 per cent of its population, while not even 40 per cent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated. READ MORE
A total of 11,850 new coronavirus infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to 3,44, 26,036, while the active cases declined to 1,36,308, the lowest in 274 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll has climbed to 4,63,245 with 555 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 36 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 139 consecutive days now. The active cases have declined to 1,36,308, comprising 0.40 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.26 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the health ministry said. A decrease of 1,108 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
11,850 new Covid-19 cases, and 555 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours.
With the addition of 130 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,67,409, an official said on Saturday. These new cases were reported on Friday, he said. As the virus claimed the life of two more patients, the death toll in the district rose to 11,551. The mortality rate is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighboring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,280 while the death toll is 3,289, an official said.
California is among three US states now allowing coronavirus booster shots for all adults even though federal health officials recommend limiting doses to those considered most at risk. The nation’s most populous state, along with Colorado and New Mexico, instituted their policies to try to head off a feared surge around the end-of-year holidays when more people are gathering inside, the Associated Press reports. Colorado and New Mexico have among the nation’s highest rates of new infections, while California — lowest in the nation earlier this fall — now joins them in the “high” tier for transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Eight big cats in a zoo in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, just days after a pet dog in the United Kingdom tested positive. According to The Hill, the infected cats include two African lions, two snow leopards, an Amur tiger, a puma, and two jaguars. Although some of these animals had a cough and nasal discharge, their symptoms were mild. Aside from them, none of the St. Louis Zoo’s 12,000 animals have tested positive, according to the local newspaper. The source of the infection among the cats has not been identified by staff.
At least 25 per cent of newly reported diabetes cases have a confirmed history of COVID-19, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital authorities said here on Friday citing its OPD data of close to two years . They said that in people with a confirmed history of moderate to severe coronavirus infection, various recurring and new health ailments have been reported. READ MORE
The “annoying and far-reaching” measures came as the EU’s diseases agency said 10 countries in the 27-member bloc faced a Covid situation of “very high concern”, warning the pandemic was worsening across the continent. In its weekly risk assessment, the European Centre for Disease Control listed Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia in its highest category of concern.
According to a report in the Guardian by professor of molecular medicine Eric Topol suggests that among the reasons causing a resurgence of the virus in the continent, apart from the hyper-contagious Delta strain, might the waning immunity of some vaccines. Despite the fact that much of Europe began vaccination later, a recent study found that with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the decline in anti-spike antibody occurred quite early, and there was a clear relationship between antibody levels and breakthrough infections. AstraZeneca’s vaccine reached the anti-spike antibody threshold of 500 U/ml after 96 days, while Pfizer’s took 257 days. The impact of waning, as well as the opportunity to restore very high (95 percent) efficacy of mRNA vaccines (specifically Pfizer/BioNtech) with booster (third) shots, has been unequivocally demonstrated by Israeli data, the report mentions.
The report also states how ‘America might be next’; as the United States has usually witnessed a Covid spike after its European neighbours.
Since it emerged in China in December 2019, the coronavirus has killed over five million people and caused economic devastation around the world. Europe is facing a sharp deterioration in the epidemic situation, especially in Germany and central and eastern Europe. Non-vaccinated people are the most affected.
Announcing his country’s partial lockdown, Rutte told the nation the crisis required a “hard blow of a few weeks because the virus is everywhere, throughout the country, in all sectors and all ages”. Cases have soared since the Dutch government lifted most Covid measures less than two months ago on September 25, reaching a record level of more than 16,000 on Thursday and Friday.
“Fortunately, the vast majority have been vaccinated, otherwise the misery in the hospitals would be incalculable at the moment,” Rutte said.