Sunday, November 28, 2021

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Indonesia reports 314 new Covid-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Indonesia on Sunday confirmed 314 new Covid-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 4,253,412, according to the country's Health Ministry. The death toll from the virus in the country rose by 11 to 143,739, while 331 more people recovered during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,101,547.Indonesia started

Delhi logs 32 new Covid cases, no death in five days

The national capital Delhi on Saturday reported 32 fresh cases of Covid-19, pushing the tally to 14,40,637, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. However, no Covid death has been reported in the last five days in Delhi. The city's death toll stands at 25,095. The death rate stands at 1.74 per cent in the city. The Covid infection rate in the national capital stands at 0.06 per cent. The active case in the city stands at 325 as per the latest health bulletin. With 32 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries rose to 14,15,217 so far, the health bulletin said.

187 new cases, 2 deaths as Covid surges in J&K

More new cases came to light on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir as the Covid spread continued to surge, especially in the Kashmir Valley. Officials said 187 positive cases, 24 from Jammu division and 163 from Kashmir division came to light on Saturday. Two Covid related deaths occurred on Saturday as the total number of people killed by coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 4,461.

Germany's daily Covid-19 infections reach record high of 65,000

The number of daily Covid-19 infections in Germany continued to rise strongly, exceeding 65,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has announced Daily infections increased by around 15,000 within one week as the country's seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate climbed to 336.9

Prioritise booster dose to healthcare workers: Maha to Centre

Facing the prospects of a probable Third Covid-19 wave, Maharashtra on Tuesday urged the Centre to prioritise a booster jab of Covid vaccine to all healthcare workers. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope made the suggestion to Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya at their meeting in the capital. Besides the booster jabs to the healthcare workers, Tope urged the Central government to roll out the vaccination programme for children below 18 year of age as early as possible.

Prioritise booster dose to healthcare workers: Maha to Centre

Facing the prospects of a probable Third Covid-19 wave, Maharashtra on Tuesday urged the Centre to prioritise a booster jab of Covid vaccine to all healthcare workers. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope made the suggestion to Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya at their meeting in the capital. Besides the booster jabs to the healthcare workers, Tope urged the Central government to roll out the vaccination programme for children below 18 year of age as early as possible.

Delhi reports one Covid death, 36 new cases

The national capital reported 36 fresh cases of Covid on Sunday, sending its tally up to 14,40,424, and one new death, taking the toll to 25,094, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department. With the latest cases and fatality, the Covid infection rate in the national capital stands at 0.07 per cent, and the death rate at 1.74 per cent.

Bahrain approves Covaxin for emergency use

The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) of Bahrain on Friday approved Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19, for emergency use. Covaxin, manufactured by the Hyderabad-based pharma major Bharat Biotech, will be available in Bahrain for people aged 18 years and above after the approval. People travelling from India to Bahrain with vaccine certificate issued in India approved by the WHO will be exempted from the 10-day mandatory quarantine and a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report.

4 lions in Singapore's night safari test positive for Covid-19

Four Asiatic lions at Singapore's Night Safari have tested positive for Covid-19, the Straits Times reported on Tuesday evening, quoting the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS). The AVS, which is under the National Parks Board, said that the four lions, as well as an African lion at the Singapore Zoo, had exhibited mild signs of sickness including coughing, sneezing and lethargy on Saturday and Monday respectively.

Singapore to end free Covid treatment of unvaccinated people

Covid-19 patients who are "unvaccinated by choice" will be responsible for their medical bills as the government will no longer bear their costs, Singapore's Health Ministry said. The government has, so far, been covering the cost of Covid-19 care for all Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders, excluding those who tested positive after returning from overseas travel. This was done to "avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when Covid-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease", the ministry said in 

First public challenge by WHO to Turkmenistan's claim of zero Covid cases

A senior World Health Organization official has cast doubt on Turkmenistan's claim that it has zero Covid cases, the BBC reported. "[It] has been spreading worldwide as a pandemic for almost two years now," said Catherine Smallwood, a senior WHO emergencies officer, adding: "From the scientific point of view, it's unlikely that the virus is not circulating in Turkmenistan."

Tanzania targets daily Covid-19 vaccinations of up to 100,000 people

Tanzanian authorities has said that between 80,000 and 100,000 people will be vaccinated daily against Covid-19 during the second phase of the inoculation campaign. A statement by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children on Saturday said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Abel Makubi, revealed the acceleration of the vaccination in a meeting with Regional Medical officers

Young people in Japan diagnosed with anorexia up 60%

The number of young people diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia in Japan has increased around 60 per cent in fiscal 2020 compared with a year earlier, likely due to growing anxiety and pressure amid the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. A survey released last month by the National Centre for Child Health and Development found that 28 boys and 230 girls under 20 years old were newly diagnosed with the eating disorder in fiscal 2020 through March this year, both up over 60 per cent from the previous year. Nine boys and 132 girls were newly hospitalized for anorexia, increased from six and 93 respectively compared with the previous year. The survey also found some hospitals lacked available beds for those in severe conditions despite the uptick in patients, as their beds were used to treat Covid-19 patients. The centre conducted the survey in two months

Odisha to start 'Har Ghar Dastak' vax campaign from Nov 2

In an aim to ensure second dose of Covid-19 vaccine due to the beneficiaries, the Odisha government will launch the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign from November 2, an official said on Monday. During the 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination drive, frontline healthcare workers including Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers and ANMs, with the help of self help groups, NGOs and PRI members, will visit every household, said State health and family welfare director Bijay Panigrahi.

Sri Lanka to provide free tea plants to boost growth

The Sri Lankan government said that it will provide free tea plants to any grower who wishes to engage in tea plantation from next year aimed at boosting growth of the sector. Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana told a media briefing that it takes nearly four years for the tea bushes to produce yield, therefore the growers often become discouraged in engaging with the tea industry. "The growers have come forward to cultivate tea adopting the new system. By adopting this plantation method, it will be possible to make a revolutionary change in the tea industry within the next three years," the Minister said.

Covid killed more people in US than HIV/AIDS did in 40 yrs

Covid-19 has become the deadliest pandemic in the US history, claiming more lives than HIV/AIDS claimed in 40 years, according to a news website. The US government's initial approach to both HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 was "denial and indifference". When AIDS rampaged through communities in parts of the US in the early 1980s, the federal government looked the other way and even slashed spending on public health agencies

Kerala sees 8,909 new Covid cases, 65 deaths

Kerala on Saturday registered 8,909 new Covid cases was registered after 86,111 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 10.34 per cent, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement. He also said that 8,780 turned negative while there were 80,555 active cases in the state, of which 9.8 per cent were in hospitals.

Indonesia reports 633 new Covid cases; 43 deaths

The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 633 within a day to 4,237,834, with the death toll adding by 43 to 143,120, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday. According to the ministry, 1,372 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from Covid-19 to 4,079,120.

China pledges an additional 2 mn Covid vaccines to Nepal

China on Tuesday announced that it is providing an additional grant of two million Covid-19 vaccines to Nepal. During a telephone conversation with his Nepali counterpart Dr Narayan Khadka on Tuesday, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the announcement to provide the Vero Cell vaccines manufactured in China. China, so far, is the largest provider of vaccines to Nepal - both as grants and commercial deals. As of now, Nepal has administered 8.3 million China-made Vero Cell Covid vaccines manufactured by Sinopharm. Out of this, half were gifted by the Chinese government. According to the Ministry 

Air pollutants increase risk of stillbirth, premature deaths: Expert

Rising air pollutants are causing stillbirth and premature death of newborn among women living in polluted ambience, said Jugal Kishore, Director, Professor and Head of Department, Community Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital. He said that exposure to high levels of PM2.5 causes premature death among newborns even 1 to 2 weeks after birth, and sometimes causes premature birth too. "The air pollutants go to the placenta through blood and block the vessel that causes stillbirth and premature deaths to newborn," added Kishore. Kishore said these are

Delhi logs 15 fresh Covid cases, infection rate drops to 0.03%

The national capital on Monday reported 15 fresh Covid cases, taking its tally to 14,39,405, as per the Delhi Health Department bulletin. However, no fatality has been reported in the city in the last eight days. The city's death toll stands at 25,089, and the death rate continues at 1.74 per cent. Delhi has recorded two deaths due to the infection in October so far. The Covid infection rate has declined to 0.03 per cent and the recovery rate stands at 98.23 per cent. The active cases tally in the city

Latvian president tests positive for Covid-19

Latvian President Egils Levits has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said on Thursday. On returning from a visit to Sweden on Wednesday evening, the president took a rapid Covid-19 test, which came positive. Levits will now take a RT-PCR test to verify the diagnosis. Levits was scheduled to welcome Estonia's new president Alar Karis who arrived in Latvia for a visit on Thursday. The Latvian president personally contacted his Estonian counterpart

Russia reports record daily Covid-19 deaths

Russia has confirmed 973 Covid-related fatalities over the past 24 hours, the highest daily count reported in the country since the start of the pandemic, bringing the national death toll to 218,345, the official coronavirus monitoring and response centre said on Tuesday. A total of 28,190 new infections were registered, taking the nationwide tally to 7,832,964. The number of recoveries increased by 20,706 to 6,894,285. Meanwhile, Moscow reported 4,699 new cases, taking the city's total to 1,688,376. The Russian capital has launched 20 free rapid coronavirus test spots and each facility can test about 200 people a day. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said last Friday that

Knee replacement surgeries fell 40% in India due to Covid: Experts

There has been a 40 per cent decline in knee replacement surgeries in India due to Covid, said experts here on Monday, ahead of the World Arthritis Day on October 12. The elderly have seen an increased vulnerability for Covid infection with poor outcomes for survival, with a higher risk associated among those with pre-existing medical conditions. Besides diabetes and other comorbidities, elderly with pre-existing arthritis and osteoporosis also experienced debilitating painful symptomatology during Covid.In elderly, osteoarthritis is most common form of knee arthritis. It is a bone degeneration disorder which leads to joint pain and stiffness in old age. Another common reason of knee pain among the elderly is osteoporosis -- the most common locomotor disability.

Delhi records 23 fresh Covid cases, infection rate at 0.05%

The national capital on Monday reported 23 fresh Covid cases, taking the total tally to 14,39,218, as per the Delhi Health Department bulletin. However, no fatality has been reported in the city in the same time span. The city's death toll stands at 25,089, and the death rate at 1.74 per cent. Delhi has recorded two deaths due to the infection in October so far. The Covid infection rate in the national capital has declined to 0.05 per cent. The active cases tally in the city has also registerd a decline and stands at 369. With a 98.23 per cent Covid recovery rate, the active Covid cases rate stands at 0.025 per cent.

NZ mandates Covid vaccination for teachers, health workers

New Zealand has mandated Covid-19 vaccination for teachers and health workers, the two workforces that are critical to preventing the spread of the virus, a Minister said here on Monday. High-risk workers in the health and disability sector are required to be fully vaccinated by December 1, and to receive their first dose by October 30, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement.

Confirmation of a new 'Drug-resistant' variant of malaria in Africa

Scientists have confirmed the presence of malaria parasites in Africa that can weaken the anti-malarial drug's ability to quickly treat people with the disease.Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance to derivatives of artemisinin -- the main component of first-line treatments for malaria, revealed the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.The resistance in Africa arose independently of the resistant parasite strains seen in southeast Asia. This means the strains now in Africa can become a 'super resistant' parasite."The independent emergence and local spread of clinically artemisinin-resistant P. falciparum has been identified in Africa. The two kelch13 mutations may be markers for detection of these resistant parasites," the scientists wrote in the paper.The study, conducted in Uganda from 2017 to 2019, focussed on 240 people with malaria who were given intravenous artesunate -- a potent derivative of artemisinin -- three times over the course of a day, followed by a standard three-day course of ACT pills. Typically artemisinins are administered without partner drugs to people only when they have severe malaria.

Mandatory masks to be relaxed from Oct 1 in Belgium

Belgium's Consultation Committee made up of the federal government and the governments of the federated entities have decided to relax the mandate to wear facemasks, including dining venues and shops, from October 1.The decision was taken in light of the recent Covid-19 vaccination figures published by the Sciensano public health institute, which showed that 71.94 per cent of the population, or over 8.2 million people, have already been fully inoculated against the virus.However, wearing a mask remains compulsory in healthcare centres, airports and in major events attended by more than 500 people,.

J&K records 155 new cases as Covid surges

The upward surge in Covid spread continued in J&K on Friday, with 155 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours with the Srinagar district reporting around two-thirds of these. Officials said that 22 cases were reported from the Jammu division and 133 cases and one death from the Kashmir division while 135 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery.

Jammu Kashmir records 155 new covid cases

The upward surge in Covid spread continued in J&K on Friday, with 155 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours with the Srinagar district reporting around two-thirds of these.Officials said that 22 cases were reported from the Jammu division and 133 cases and one death from the Kashmir division while 135 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery.Officials said 96 new cases were reported in Srinagar district as the authorities brought another affected area into the micro-containment zone.

5 held in Tripura for assaulting BDO, govt officials

The police in Tripura on Thursday arrested five persons associated with the ruling BJP after a group of people severely assaulted a Block Development Officer (BDO) and nine other government employees in southern Tripura, the police said.J&K on Thursday saw a renewed Covid spurt with 170 new cases and 98 recoveries reported during the last 24 hours. Officials said 41 cases and 12 recoveries were reported from the Jammu division and 129 cases and 86 recoveries from the Kashmir division. Srinagar district reported 70 new

New Zealand launches vaccine buses

Three mobile vaccine buses launched in New Zealand's Auckland city on Thursday to help people fasten their Covid-19 vaccination. According to local media, 12 such buses in total converted from airport Park and Ride vehicles will be provided to suburbs where access to vaccinations is more difficult. The converted black and orange airport buses have vaccination signs posted on their sides. One reads "Roll up your sleeves, Auckland", and another "Vaccinate for Auckland". Auckland, the biggest and most populated city in New Zealand, is experiencing the fifth consecutive week of Level 4 lockdown, the longest period since Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Punjab sets up first genome sequencing facility

The Punjab government has commenced its first genome sequencing facility in Patiala town and 150 samples were tested with no new variant of coronavirus identified, state Health Minister Balbir Sidhu said on Thursday. He said now the report would be ready within five to six days. Earlier, the government used to send the samples to Delhi and it took at least a month to confirm if there was a new variant.

Importance of Nutrition in eyes during Covid

As Covid wreaked havoc throughout the world, working professionals and students moved to remote work and learning which resulted in increased dependence on various screens, leading to several eye problems. Proper nutrition for the eye is, thus, imperative, said health experts on Tuesday.The most common eye problems reported by children and working people during the pandemic include eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes, fuzzy vision, and nearsightedness. This is further exacerbated by low physical activity, irregular eating habits, frequent snacking, and poor food quality during the pandemic.

'Third wave' may be a tsunami of 60 lakh cases, warns Maha

With the possibility of India hurtling towards a Covid-19 "third wave", the Maharashtra government on Friday cautioned that the state could witness around 60 lakh cases in such a situation. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that while around 20 lakh were affected in the first wave followed by 40 lakh in the second, the dreaded next wave may lead to over 60 lakh cases. "Of these, nearly 12 per cent would require oxygen support during treatment... We are trying to achieve 100 percent vaccination as soon as possible," he said. Contending that the

Andhra Pradesh logs 1,539 more Covid cases, 12 deaths

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday recorded 1,539 new Covid cases, taking the state's overall tally beyond 20 lakh, even as its active caseload slightly rose to 14,448. As many as 1,140 more persons recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, increasing the state's total number of recoveries to over 19.7 lakh.

Covid vax 'disease-modifying'; masks must even after 2nd dose: ICMR

Balram Bhargava, Director, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said on Thursday that Covid vaccines are not 'disease-preventing' but 'disease-modifying', so it is important to continue wearing masks even after the second dose of vaccination. Bhargava was addressing a press conference of the Union Health Ministry on the Covid situation in the country. "Vaccines reduce disease severity, possibility of hospitalisation and also avert deaths to the tune of 98-99 per cent. Full vaccination offers protection against severe disease and death and should be a pre-requisite if attending a gathering," Bhargav said.Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that India is still under the grip of the second Covid wave. In the past 24 hours, India logged 46,000 fresh Covid cases.

Covid vaccine slot can be booked on WhatsApp now

The Union Health Minister announced on Tuesday that people can now book slots for Covid vaccination using the MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp. The messaging app has partnered with the Health Ministry to provide the users vaccination appointment through its platform. The app will also help the users locate the nearest vaccination centre.

B'desh records 4,804 new Covid cases; 139 deaths

Bangladesh on Sunday reported 4,804 new Covid-19 cases and 139 more deaths, taking the overall caseload to 1,461,998 and death toll to 25,282, respectively, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Iran registers daily high in Covid deaths

 Iran's daily Covid-19 death toll hit a new high on Sunday at 684 new fatalities, taking the country's overall toll to 102,038. The pandemic has so far infected 4,677,114 people in the country, after 36,419 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, according to Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

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