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NTAGI May Advise Govt to Do Serosurvey of Children Aged 5-12 Years before Starting Their Covid Vaccination

The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent | April 29, 2022, 22:23 IST
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India logged 3,377 new COVID-19 cases taking the country’s total tally of cases to 4,30,72,176, while the active cases rose to 17,801, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 5,23,753 with 60 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent, the Read More

Apr 29, 2022 20:34 IST

NTAGI May Advise Govt to Do Serosurvey of Children Aged 5-12 Years before Starting Their Covid Vaccination

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) may recommend conducting a serosurvey among children to check the antibody levels before taking the final decision to start vaccinating those aged 5-12 years for Covid, has learnt. READ MORE 

Apr 29, 2022 18:37 IST

Malaysia Further Eases Curbs on Covid-19 Test for Travellers, Kids Below 12: Tourism Official

Malaysia has announced COVID-19 standard operating procedure relaxation in which vaccinated travellers and children below 12 years are exempted from COVID tests ahead of departure and arrival, a Tourism Malaysia official said on Friday. According to Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia), India remains one of the top markets for Malaysia and has contributed 7,35,309 arrivals in 2019.

Apr 29, 2022 17:30 IST

NTAGI meet update

No decision taken on the NTAGI meeting today on guildlines on kids vaccines.

Apr 29, 2022 17:19 IST

63% Parents Say Schools Should Offer Online Classes if District Covid TPR Crosses 5pc: Survey

At least 63 per cent parents say schools should make online classes available if district COVID-19 positivity rate crosses 5 per cent so that learning is not disrupted for impacted students, according to a new survey. Twenty-seven per cent of surveyed parents said once the Covid test positivity rate (TPR) in a district crosses 2 per cent, online classes should be started. While 63 per cent parents said if district TPR crosses 5 per cent, schools should make online classes also available so that learning is not disrupted for impacted students, it said. The survey was conducted by online platform Local Circles and it received 23,500 responses from citizens across 314 districts of India.

Apr 29, 2022 15:50 IST

Puducherry Adds Three New Covid-19 Cases

The union territory of Puducherry reported three fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the overall caseload to 1,65,788 while no fresh fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, a senior Department of Health official said on Friday. The three fresh infections were detected after the examination of 263 samples, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. The cumulative caseload went up to 1,65,788 with the addition of the three cases while the total recoveries remained at 1,63,815.

Apr 29, 2022 15:37 IST

Govt to Expedite Process of Recognition of Biological E Corbevax by Other Countries

The government plans to expedite the process of recognition of COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax by other countries while its manufacturer Biological E pursues WHO’s emergency use listing for the jab being administered in India among the 12-14 years age group. According to an internal document circulated to the members of the Empowered Group-5 on COVID-19 Vaccination, which will be meeting soon, some authorities abroad such as in Hong Kong have begun demanding vaccination certificates for children and only accept m-RNA based vaccines for them.

Apr 29, 2022 15:09 IST

China, North Korea Halt Border Rail Crossing Over COVID Fears

China has suspended cross-border freight train services with North Korea following consultations after COVID-19 infections in its border city of Dandong, the foreign ministry said on Friday. The suspension came within four months after North Korea eased border lockdowns enforced early in 2020 against the coronavirus, measures global aid groups have blamed for its worsening economic woes and risks to food supplies for millions. “Due to the COVID situation in Dandong, after friendly consultation between both sides, China has decided to suspend freight services from Dandong to Sinuiju,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing in Beijing.

Apr 29, 2022 13:46 IST

40 Students of Tamil Nadu College Isolated Over Covid Symptoms After Conference

A private college in Coimbatore has put 40 students in isolation after they showed symptoms of fever and cold. The students were subjected to RT-PCR tests on Thursday and the results are awaited on Friday. The college, which teaches physiotherapy, conducted a national conference from April 22 to 24, and students from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka participated in it.

Apr 29, 2022 13:00 IST

South Africa May Be Entering Fifth Covid Wave: Health Minister

South Africa may be entering a fifth COVID-19 infection wave earlier than expected, after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday. “What remains stable … is hospital admissions including ICUs (intensive care units), not a very dramatic change,” Phaahla told a news conference. “There was also a rise in deaths, not very dramatic from a low base.” He said at this stage health authorities had not been alerted to any new variant, other than changes to the dominant one circulating, Omicron.

Apr 29, 2022 12:20 IST

READ | No Need to Panic Over Fresh Covid Surge; Indian Vaccines Helped Dodge West-Like Fifth Wave: Top ICMR Scientist

India has fared better in the fight against Covid-19 and witnessed controlled waves unlike other countries like Hong Kong and Canada that have or are witnessing fifth and sixth waves, Dr Nivedita Gupta, Head of Virology at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has told READ MORE

Apr 29, 2022 11:53 IST

Mizoram Logs 99 Fresh Covid-19 Cases

Mizoram on Friday reported 99 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more than the previous day, taking the state’s tally to 2,27,336, a health official said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 696 as no new fatality was reported since Thursday, the official said. The single-day positivity rate increased to 10 per cent from 7.49 per cent the previous day, as the fresh cases were detected from 990 samples tested, he said. Mizoram currently has 744 active COVID-19 cases, while 2,25,896 people have recovered from the infection so far, including 85 people on Thursday, he said. The COVID-19 recovery rate now is 99.36 per cent and the death rate is 0.30 per cent.

Apr 29, 2022 11:30 IST

READ | Moderna Seeks US Authorization for Covid Vaccine in Children Under 6

US biotech firm Moderna said Thursday it had submitted a request for an emergency use authorization in the United States for its Covid vaccine for children aged six months to under six years. Very young children are the only group that are yet to be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and in most countries, a source of concern for many parents. READ MORE

Apr 29, 2022 10:58 IST

US Covid News: Racial Split on Covid-19 Endures as Restrictions Ease in US

Black and Hispanic Americans remain far more cautious in their approach to COVID-19 than white Americans, recent polls show, reflecting diverging preferences on how to deal with the pandemic as federal, state and local restrictions fall by the wayside. Despite majority favorability among U.S. adults overall for measures like mask mandates, public health experts said divided opinions among racial groups reflect not only the unequal impact of the pandemic on people of color but also apathy among some white Americans. Black Americans (63%) and Hispanic Americans (68%) continue to be more likely than white Americans (45%) to say they are at least somewhat worried about themselves or a family member being infected with COVID-19, according to an April poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Apr 29, 2022 10:37 IST

China Covid News: Beijing Closes Gyms, Malls to Contain Covid as Anger Grows in Shanghai

China’s capital Beijing closed more businesses and apartment blocks on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, while resentment at the draconian month-long lockdown in Shanghai continued to grow. In the finance hub, fenced-in people have been protesting against the lockdown and difficulties in obtaining provisions by banging on pots and pans in the evenings, according to a Reuters witness and residents. A video shared on social media, whose authenticity could not be immediately verified, showed a woman warning people via a loud-hailer not to do so, saying such gestures were being encouraged by “outsiders.”

Apr 29, 2022 10:15 IST

IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva Tests Positive for Covid-19

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has tested positive for Covid-19, the IMF said. “She is experiencing mild symptoms and is working remotely while isolating at home. She is fully vaccinated and boosted,” Gerry Rice, IMF spokesperson, said in a statement on Thursday.

Apr 29, 2022 10:01 IST

Covid-19: Maharashtra's Thane District Reports 21 New Cases

With the addition of 21 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 7,09,023, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said.

Apr 29, 2022 09:50 IST

South Korea's Outdoor Mask Mandate to End on May 2

South Korea will lift the outdoor mask mandate on May 2, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday, though people will still need to wear a mask when they attend gatherings of 50 or more people or use multi-use facilities. The decision comes after the country last week scrapped most Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, including gathering limits and business hour curfews, as part of its effort to return to pre-pandemic normalcy amid a downward trend in cases, reports Yonhap News Agency. “Although there were concerns, we decided not to overlook the people’s discomfort and frustration since they were not allowed take off their masks even when taking a walk alone and while on a family trip,” Kim said during a Covid-19 response meeting in Seoul.

Apr 29, 2022 09:27 IST

China Covid News: Shanghai Says 12.38 Million Residents Now in Lower-risk Covid Zones

As many as 12.38 million Shanghai residents, nearly half the total population, are now in lower-risk areas, meaning they can leave their homes, the government said on Friday. Shanghai classifies each housing unit according to three levels of risk, designating those that have not seen a COVID-19 positive case for 14 days as “prevention zones”, allowing residents to go out for “appropriate” activities.

Apr 29, 2022 09:18 IST

India Sees 3,377 New Covid-19 Cases, 60 Deaths

Apr 29, 2022 09:03 IST

Global Covid Caseload Tops 512.2 Million; India Accounts for 2nd Highest Caseload

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 512.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.23 million and vaccinations to over 11.33 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and the death toll stood at 512,225,941 and 6,230,957, respectively, while the total number of vaccine doses administered increased to 11,334,817,928. The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 81,249,259 and 993,156, respectively, according to the CSSE. India accounts for the second highest caseload at 43,068,799.

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A decision on vaccinating children aged 5-12 years will be taken on the basis of the recommendation by an expert committee, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday. According to sources, the issue may be discussed in a meeting of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) scheduled on Friday.

After recording more than 100 coronavirus cases for two straight days, Mumbai reported 90 new infections on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 10,59,635, but no fresh death linked to the disease was registered, the city civic body said. The city has reported less than 100 daily COVID-19 cases after a gap of two days. A day ago, the financial capital had recorded 112 cases, the highest daily count since February 25, while 102 coronavirus patients were detected on Tuesday.

With no coronavirus-linked fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll remained unchanged at 19,562, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation bulletin.

Noting that next three to four weeks are crucial for Odisha, the state government on Thursday cautioned districts and asked them to keep all health infrastructure ready to tackle any possible rise in COVID-19 infections, a senior health department official said.

Though the state used to report a maximum of up to 20 fresh cases daily this month, one should not consider that COVID-19 has completely gone from Odisha. The COVID infections are likely to rise in the state in the coming days for which all measures need to be in place to tackle the impending situation, Health Director Bijay Mohapatra told reporters here.

On the global front, South Africa is seeing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases driven by yet another version of the coronavirus, health experts say. Cases had been dropping in the country since February. But a new omicron subvariant that scientists call BA.4 began pushing up cases last week and they have risen rapidly since, said Salim Abdool Karim, who previously advised the government on its COVID-19 response.

So far, there has been only a slight rise in hospitalisations and no increase in deaths, said Abdool Karim, who is a public health expert at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa is recording just over 6,000 COVID-19 cases a day, up from a few hundred just a few weeks ago. The proportion of positive tests jumped from 4% in mid-April to 19% Thursday, according to official figures. Wastewater surveillance has also shown increases in coronavirus spread.

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