00Coronavirus News Updates: The Delhi government, in a circular on Thursday, announced that precautionary doses will now be available for free to all eligible beneficiaries in the 18 to 59 years of age group at government Covid-19 vaccination centres. The national capital has been witnessing a surge in Covid cases, with the city registering over 1,000 infections on Wednesday — a 60% increase in daily spike from Read More
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Delhi on Thursday reported 965 fresh Coronavirus cases and one death, while the positivity rate was recorded at 4.71 per cent respectively according to data released by the state health department.
Maharashtra reported 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, 17 more than the day before, and one death, taking the state tally to to 78,76,382, while the toll increased to 1,47,831.
The Delhi government on Thursday announced precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be available for free to all eligible beneficiaries of 18 to 59 years age group in all government Covid-19 vaccination centres.
Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12 was detected in a majority of samples sequenced from Delhi in April, sources told CNN-News18. Eight new variants have been found of which one of them is dominant, they said, adding that it could be the likely cause behind rising cases in the national capital.
The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has called Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine for evaluation for children aged above two years, sources told CNN-News18.
As India battles a fresh surge in coronavirus cases, the Subject Expect Committee (SEC) of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on Thursday recommended emergency use of Biological E.’s Corbevax in children in the age group of 5-12 years. The recommendations have been sent to the drug controller general of India by the SEC. A nod by the drug controller would be awaited before the Health Ministry goes ahead with guidelines for younger children. The vaccine is, at present, being used for children in the age group of 12-14 years. READ MORE
Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson said there is no need to panic amid rising Covid-19 cases and the risk for those who have taken the vaccines is very low. According to health experts, it is possible that in the coming days, there may be an increase in new cases of the disease, but the current variant of the virus is a “normal” one, the official told PTI.
Even though COVID-19 cases are on the rise, there is no need to panic and the risk for those who have taken the vaccines is very low, an Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson said here on Thursday. According to health experts, it is possible that in the coming days, there may be an increase in new cases of the disease, but the current variant of the virus is a “normal” one, the official said.
India has started stockpiling its first mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 manufactured by Pune-based Gennova Biopharmaceuticals, News18.com has learnt. Though the company had in March submitted the interim data for the approval of India’s first indigenously developed mRNA Covid vaccine to the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the review process is still going on and the regulatory agency has sought some more information. READ MORE
The World Health Organization says that the number of reported new COVID-19 cases worldwide decreased by nearly a quarter last week, continuing a decline since the end of March.
The Geneva-based U.N. health agency said in a weekly report that nearly 5.59 million cases were reported between April 11 and 17, 24% fewer than in the previous week. The number of newly reported deaths dropped 21% to 18,215. WHO said new cases declined in every region, though only by 2% in the Americas. The report was dated late Wednesday and sent to journalists on Thursday.
Thailand on Thursday received 200,000 doses of India-made Covovax vaccines as part of a flagship initiative of the Quad grouping to help countries combat the coronavirus pandemic. The vaccine doses were handed over to Thai Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul in Bangkok by India’s Ambassador to Thailand Suchitra Durai, Australian envoy Allan McKinnon, Japan’s Nashida Kazuya and US Charge d’Affaires James Wayman, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
Females with long Covid-19 syndrome tend to be more symptomatic than males, finds a study. Long Covid syndrome is defined as persistent symptoms extending beyond 12 weeks after the initial symptoms of acute infection. During the acute phase of Covid, women were found to have a lower mortality rate than men. But this study indicates that women have a greater likelihood of experiencing long Covid syndrome.
The global coronavirus caseload has topped 507 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.20 million and vaccinations to over 11.20 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and the death toll stood at 507,015,168 and 6,207,545, respectively, while the total number of vaccine doses administered increased to 11,202,915,650.
Hong Kong reopened gyms, beauty parlours, theme parks, and cinemas for the first time in more than four months on Thursday, as authorities relax some of the world’s most stringent COVID restrictions that have weighed on residents and businesses. Also, restaurant dining has been extended until 10 p.m. (1400 GMT) from 6 p.m. and group gatherings have been expanded to four people, from two previously. Many schools have also resumed in-person learning after months of online classes. The easing comes as the number of daily COVID-19 infections in the global financial hub dropped below 1,000 for the past six days from a peak of more than 70,000 on March 3.
Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 27 new COVID-19 infections, including those of four returnees from Canada, and pushed the tally to 34,53,351 so far, the Health Department said. The overall death toll remained unchanged at 38,025 with zero fatalities getting recorded in the last 24 hours, a bulletin said.
Chhattisgarh on Wednesday reported five new coronavirus cases but no pandemic-related death, a health department official said. The state’s caseload rose to 11,52,225 while the death toll remained unchanged at 14,034. The positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, stood at 0.12 per cent.
Telangana on Wednesday recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases taking the state’s tally to 7,91,692. Of the fresh infections, Hyderabad reported the highest number of cases with 14.
The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of DCGI on Thursday will hold a meeting to evaluate Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin data for kids aged above two years, giving a clear indication of the government wanting to start vaccinating younger kids as Covid-19 cases see a surge in the country.
The Punjab government on Thursday advised people to wear face masks at crowded places amid a surge in coronavirus cases in some of the states. Punjab on Wednesday had reported 30 fresh cases, taking its coronavirus tally to 7,59,334. According to the advisory issued by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice, wearing of masks should be ensured in closed environments such as in buses, trains, aircrafts, cinema halls, shopping malls, departmental stores, offices and classrooms. Earlier, the Haryana government had made the wearing of a face mask mandatory in four districts falling in the National Capital region.
With 2,380 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,30,49,974, while the active cases increased to 13,433, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 5,22,062 with 56 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The active cases comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate remained at 98.76 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 1,093 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Haryana’s Gurugram district continued to witness an upswing in Covid cases, with 225 of the 310 infections which the state reported on Wednesday coming from the NCR district. The Haryana government had on Monday made the wearing of face masks mandatory in four districts falling in the National Capital region including Gurugram.
The state Health Department’s daily bulletin on Wednesday said while Gurugram reported 225 cases of the infection, 67 cases were reported from Faridabad, another NCR district. Of the remaining 20 districts in the state, 18 cases were reported from eight districts while twelve districts reported zero cases.
As on Wednesday, of the 1,252 active cases in the state, 941 were from Gurugram while 249 were from Faridabad district. Gurugram has been witnessing a surge in Covid cases for the past several days.
With some states registering a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Wednesday asked all the district authorities and other stakeholders to maintain a close watch on the situation and keep a contingency plan ready to deal with any possible exigency. Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra, however, asserted that the COVID situation in Odisha is very much under control and there is nothing to worry about.
“To prepare a strategy, we need to know if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases in any cluster or pocket in the state. Further, we need to collect evidence-based data on the outbreak,” Mishra said. The collectors were asked to keep a close vigil on people coming from high-burden countries and states, Mishra said, calling for strengthening the system of testing, tracking, treatment, vaccination and adherence to COVID norms.
Delhi logged 1,009 fresh Covid cases on Wednesday, a 60 per cent jump from a day ago, with the city government making the wearing of masks in public places mandatory again and announcing a Rs 500 fine on violators. This was the maximum number of cases recorded in Delhi since February 10 when 1,104 infections were reported.
Despite a spurt in Covid cases in Delhi, hospitalisation has so far been low accounting for less than three per cent of the total active cases, according to government data. On April 10, there were 608 active Covid-19 cases in Delhi which only 17 (2.80 per cent) required hospitalisation.
Active cases doubled to 1,262 on April 16 but the number of patients in hospitals was just 29 (2.3 per cent). Two days later, Delhi had 1,729 active cases of which 40 (2.31 per cent) were in hospitals. The number of patients in hospitals requiring oxygen support has increased in terms of numbers but decreased as a percentage.