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Coronavirus News: Daily Cases in India 8% Lower Than Yesterday; Kolkata Bus Owners to Launch 'Mask Campaign'

Coronavirus News: The death toll in India climbed to 5,24,974 with 20 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated

News18 | June 25, 2022, 15:08 IST

Coronavirus News: India’s tally of Covid infections rose by 15,940 in a day to reach 4,33,78,234 while the active caseload increased to 91,779, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 5,24,974 with 20 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

According to a report by the Times of India, the day’s tally was eight per cent lower than Friday’s. Read More

Jun 25, 2022 15:01 IST

Daily Number of Covid Case Reduced by 8%, India's National Covid-19 Recovery Rate at 98.58%

India’s tally of Covid infections rose by 15,940 in a day to reach 4,33,78,234 while the active caseload increased to 91,779, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 5,24,974 with 20 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. According to a report by the Times of India, the day’s tally was eight per cent lower than Friday’s. Active cases rose by 3,495 in a day and now comprise 0.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.58 per cent, the health ministry said.

Jun 25, 2022 14:48 IST

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Jun 25, 2022 14:44 IST

City Bus Owners to Launch Campaign for Using Masks in Kolkata

With the spike in daily COVID-19 cases in West Bengal, the association of bus owners Saturday said it will launch a campaign among bus workers and passengers for using masks while travelling in passenger vehicles. The secretary of Joint Council of Bus Syndicate, Tapan Banerjee said in a statement that the association will distribute masks among bus employees near the Esplanade bus depot on June 26 and ask them not to take off the mask.

“Bus workers, more specifically conductors, come in close proximity to passengers increasing the scope of contamination. With a sudden spike in daily COVID-19 cases for the past fortnight we have to be alert so that the situation does not spin out of control. On the part of the bus syndicate, we have to live up to the situation,” he said. The syndicate had framed guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak on March 10, 2020 days, which included wearing masks and cleansing hands with sanitisers. This apart, the bus operators had followed certain state-imposed restrictions in passenger load and occupancy for several months during the unlock phase.

”As of now we will be implementing the March 10, 2020 protocols. We will also urge passengers to wear masks while boarding. Messages to the effect should be put up in vehicles,” he said. Banerjee said 42,000 private buses used to ply in the city and its neighbourhood two years ago but only 30 per cent of them are currently on the road due to mounting financial losses caused by hike in fuel prices and the pandemic.

Arunima Mitra, an employee in an IT firm in Sector V who commutes by public buses, told .

Jun 25, 2022 13:16 IST

Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid

Jun 25, 2022 13:04 IST

Health Workers Administering Covid Vaccines to Eligible Beneficiaries Under Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 in Rural Madhya Pradesh.

Jun 25, 2022 12:58 IST

Covid Linked To Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Risk

Covid-19 positive outpatients are at an increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders compared with individuals who tested negative for the virus, finds a new study. The study, presented at the 8th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress, found that those who had tested positive for Covid-19 were at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ischaemic stroke. Out of the 919,731 individuals who tested for Covid-19 within the study, researchers found that the 43,375 people who tested positive had a 3.5 times increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They also found 2.6 times increased risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, 2.7 times with ischaemic stroke and 4.8 times increased with intracerebral haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain). While neuroinflammation may contribute to the accelerated development of neurodegenerative disorders, the authors also highlighted the implications of the scientific focus on long-term sequelae after Covid-19. The study analysed in-and outpatients between February 2020 and November 2021, as well as influenza patients from the corresponding pre-pandemic period. The team used statistical techniques to calculate relative risk, and results were stratified for hospitalisation status, age, sex, and co-morbidities.

Jun 25, 2022 12:39 IST

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Jun 25, 2022 12:34 IST

DCGI Panel Approves Covovax EUA for 7-11 Age Group

Drugs Controller General of (DCGI) India on Friday recommended Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for Serum Institute of India’s Covovax vaccine for children aged 7-11, official sources said on Friday. “The Subject Expert Committee of Drugs Controller General Of India has recommended Serum Institute of India’s (SII) vaccine Covovax for children in the age group of 7-11 years,” said the source. The expert panel recommendation has been sent to the DCGI for final approval. However, DGCI will review the recommendation before nodding for final approval. The expert panel in its last meeting in April had sought more information from Serum Institute over the application, as per the source. India’s drug regulator had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28, 2021, and in the 12-17 age group with certain conditions on March 9. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 12:28 IST

Assam Logs 43 New COVID-19 Cases, Tally Rises to 7,24,508

Assam registered 43 fresh Covid-19 cases, raising the tally to 7,24,508, a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission (NHM) said. After a lull of more than three months, there has been a surge in the number of Covid cases in the last few days, officials said. The northeastern state now has 217 active cases, while 7,16,303 patients have recovered from the disease thus far, the bulletin said. Kamrup (Metro) reported the highest of 32 Covid cases followed by eight in Kamrup (Rural), two in Kokrajhar and one in Hojai.

Jun 25, 2022 12:23 IST

Europe Is Seeing A Resurgence Of Covid-19 Cases Driven By Omicron Subvariants

Jun 25, 2022 12:10 IST

Shanghai Reports Zero Covid Cases For First Time Since Outbreak

China reported zero new Covid-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March on Saturday, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of virus-spurred lockdowns and restrictions. China is the last major economy still committed to a zero-Covid strategy, stamping out new cases with a combination of targeted lockdowns, mass testing and lengthy quarantines. The economic hub of Shanghai was forced into a months-long lockdown during a Covid surge this spring driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, while the capital Beijing shuttered schools and offices for weeks over a separate outbreak. Infections narrowed to a trickle in recent days, with Shanghai on Saturday reporting zero locally-transmitted cases for the first time since the start of the outbreak in early March. Millions of people in the city were temporarily locked down again two weeks ago after the government ordered a new mass testing campaign.

Jun 25, 2022 10:47 IST

Covid Updates: India Logs 15,940 New Cases in a Day

India reported 15,940 fresh coronavirus cases and 20 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to Union Health Ministry data. The active caseload is at 91,779 and the daily positivity rate is 4.39 per cent. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 10:32 IST

Delhi sees Decline in the Number of Covid Cases on Friday, One More Death

Delhi on Friday reported a significant decline in Covid cases in the last 24 hours, at 1,447 against 1,934 recorded on the previous day, while there was one new death, as per the government health bulletin.

Meanwhile, the Covid positivity rate also declined to 5.98 per cent, while the number of active cases stands at 5,507.

With 1,694 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has gone to 18,97,091. The number of patients being treated in home isolation has risen at 3,790.

With the new Covid cases, the total caseload of the city has jumped to 19,28,841 while the death toll is now 26,243.

The number of Covid containment zones stand at 322 in the city.

A total of 24,203 new tests — 18,594 RT-PCR and 5,609 Rapid Antigen – were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 3,89,67,360 while 29,577 vaccines were administered – 1,991 first doses, 5,815 second doses, and 21,771 precaution doses.

The total number of cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stands at 3,47,87,795, according to the health bulletin.

Jun 25, 2022 10:22 IST

Govt Panel Recommends Emergency Approval for SII's Covovax for 7-11 Year Olds

An expert panel of India’s central drug authority on Friday recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Serum Institute’s Covovax for children aged 7 to 11 years, official sources said. The recommendation has been sent to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval. The application for emergency use authorisation was submitted by Prakash Kumar Singh, director (government and regulatory affairs) at Serum Institute of India (SII) on March 16.

“The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the CDSCO deliberated on the EUA application of SII and recommended granting emergency use authorisation for Covovax for children aged 7 to 11 years,” an official source said. The expert panel in its last meeting in April had sought more data from the Pune-based firm over the application. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 09:46 IST

India Coronavirus Tally for Today: Over 15,000 Cases in 24 Hours

India Coronavirus Tally for Today: Over 15,000 Cases in 24 Hours

Jun 25, 2022 09:43 IST

India Sees 15,940 New Covid Cases, 20 Deaths in 24 Hours

Jun 25, 2022 09:42 IST

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 3 Test Positive in Sikkim

Sikkim’s Covid-19 tally rose to 39,203 on Friday as three more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The new cases were reported in East Sikkim. Sikkim now has 14 active cases, while 37,985 people have recovered from the disease, 453 patients have succumbed to the infection and 751 have migrated to other states so far. The Himalayan state has thus far tested over 3.41 lakh samples for Covid-19 thus far, including 140 in the last 24 hours.

Jun 25, 2022 09:40 IST

Bengal Sees 657 New Covid Cases

Bengal on Friday reported 657 fresh cases of the virus, taking the tally to 20,24,244. Of the 657 cases, 299 were recorded in Kolkata, 180 in North 24 Parganas and 45 in South 24 Parganas. Two more deaths were registered in the state, raising the toll to 21,214. “Four students of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital are among those who tested positive for the infection since Thursday. All of them are undergoing treatment at Beliaghata ID Hospital,” a health department official said.

Active cases rose by 3,495 in a day and now comprise 0.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.58 per cent, the health ministry said.

Meanwhile, on the global front, China reported zero new Covid-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March on Saturday, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of virus-spurred lockdowns and restrictions.

China is the last major economy still committed to a zero-Covid strategy, stamping out new cases with a combination of targeted lockdowns, mass testing and lengthy quarantines.

The economic hub of Shanghai was forced into a months-long lockdown during a Covid surge this spring driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, while the capital Beijing shuttered schools and offices for weeks over a separate outbreak.

Infections narrowed to a trickle in recent days, with Shanghai on Saturday reporting zero locally-transmitted cases for the first time since the start of the outbreak in early March.

“There were no new domestic Covid-19 confirmed cases and no new domestic asymptomatic infections in Shanghai on June 24, 2022,” the city said in a statement. The lockdown on Shanghai’s 25 million residents was virtually lifted in early June, but the metropolis has struggled to return to normal as individual neighborhoods have reimposed restrictions in response to new infections.

Millions of people in the city were temporarily locked down again two weeks ago after the government ordered a new mass testing campaign.

In Beijing, restrictions first imposed in May were eased as cases declined, but tightened again this month after a nightlife-linked infection cluster emerged.

After days of mass testing and localised lockdowns, the “Heaven Supermarket infection chain” — named for the popular bar visited by patients — has been effectively blocked, Beijing authorities said last week.

The city’s education bureau said Saturday that all elementary and middle school students could return to their classrooms for in-person schooling on Monday, after the bar cluster delayed school reopenings.

All school staff, students and parents must do a Covid PCR test before returning to school, and are urged to “limit going out and avoid gatherings,” the education bureau said in an official social media post. Beijing reported two new local infections on Saturday.

China insists the zero-Covid policy is necessary to prevent a healthcare calamity, with officials pointing to unevenly distributed medical resources and low vaccination rates among the elderly as major concerns.

But the strategy has hammered the world’s second-largest economy and heavy-handed enforcement also triggered rare protests, while the extreme isolation of foreign businesses and middle-class families has tipped them into making exit plans.

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