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Coronavirus News Updates: Delhi's tally of patients with new COVID-19 strain rises to 9; no UK variant in Mizoram, says health minister

Coronavirus News Updates: Mizoram health minister Dr R Lalthangliana said seven state residents have so far returned from the United Kingdom and all of them tested negative for the mutant coronavirus as well as COVID-19

FP Staff January 07, 2021 00:10:11 IST
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Coronavirus News Updates: Delhi's tally of patients with new COVID-19 strain rises to 9; no UK variant in Mizoram, says health minister

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Jan 06, 2021 - 23:52 (IST)

No UK strain of COVID-19 in Mizoram: Health Minister

 
Mizoram has not reported any UKstrain of SARS-CoV-2, Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana said on Wednesday. He said that seven state residents have so far
returned from the United Kingdom and all of them tested negative for the mutant coronavirus as well as COVID-19.He said the seven returnees will be under observation for some more time. Meanwhile, 13 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Mizoram on Wednesday, taking the state's tally to 4,247.
 
PTI

Jan 06, 2021 - 23:48 (IST)

Efforts on to deliver 2 cr doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 41 places by Jan 8: AAICLAS official

A senior official of AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Co Ltd (AAICLAS) on Wednesday said the work to deliver two crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 41 destinations across the country from Pune by 8 January is underway. On the sidelines of a programme in Indore, AAICLAS Chief Operating Officer K Selvakumar told reporters , "In the first phase, two crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine are to be delivered from Pune to 41 destinations across the country with the help of more than 100 flights." This delivery is planned from 6 January to 8 January.
 
PTI

Jan 06, 2021 - 23:25 (IST)

Two more Delhi residents test positive for new variant

Two more Delhi residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain as a result of door-to-door medical check up of people who have recently arrived from the United Kingdom and those who came in their contact in the city, an official said on Wednesday. With this, nine residents of the national capital have so far been found infected with the new coronavirus variant that has emerged in the UK. So far, 66 people, including those who recently returned from UK and their contacts, have tested positive for coronavirus. Most of them have been been kept in separate isolation facility at LNJP Hospital, sources said.
 
PTI

Jan 06, 2021 - 23:21 (IST)

EU commission greenlights Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union’s executive commission gave the green light Wednesday to Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine, providing the 27-nation bloc with a second vaccine to use in the desperate battle to tame the virus rampaging across the continent. The European Commission granted conditional marketing authorization for the vaccine. The decision came against a backdrop of high infection rates in many EU countries and strong criticism of the slow pace of vaccinations across the region of some 450 million people. “We are providing more COVID-19 vaccines for Europeans. With the Moderna vaccine, the second one now authorized in the EU, we will have a further 160 million doses. And more vaccines will come," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.

AP

Jan 06, 2021 - 21:20 (IST)

Telangana guv hails COVID-19 vaccine development, pitches for keeping aside controversies

 Raising doubts over clearance for COVID-19 vaccines have the potential to create 'unfounded' panic and keeping aside controversies, people should be made partners in the world's biggest vaccination programme in the country, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Wednesday  Observing that the country was poised to emerge as a global supplier of COVID-19 vaccine, she said its role in the massive production and supply of the vaccine was crucial for public health at the global level, especially in the context of underdeveloped and developing countries, she said "Keeping aside all the controversies, we must prepare and make the people partner in the worlds biggest vaccination programme in our country as stated by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Soundararajan, a medical doctor, said.

PTI

Jan 06, 2021 - 20:45 (IST)

Emergency approval in India to help supply COVID-19 vaccine across the globe: AstraZeneca

Terming approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in India as an important milestone, drug major AstraZeneca on Wednesday said the development would also help in supplying the medication to countries around the world.   The company has partnered with the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, for the supply of the vaccine to the Indian government and also to a large number of low and middle-income countries. 
 
The vaccine has shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the second dose, it added.  The drug firm further stated that it is working with its global partners to continue building manufacturing capacity of up to three billion doses of the vaccine globally in 2021 on a rolling basis, pending regulatory approvals.   "These emergency use authorisations will soon bring the vaccine to many millions of people and are proof of our long-held commitment to broad and equitable access around the world," AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said.  The company expects that this effective, well-tolerated and simple-to-administer vaccine will now begin to have a real impact on the deadly virus, he added.  "We would like to thank the regulators for their swift and decisive actions and our partner, Serum Institute of India, for its substantial contribution to this global effort," Soriot said. 
 
PTI

Jan 06, 2021 - 20:37 (IST)

Harsh Vardhan to hold meeting with state health ministers on 7 January

The government's press release further added that a meeting Dr Harsh Vardhan will hold a meeting with state/UT health ministers on 7 January to guide states/UTs on the conduct of dry run. "The entire planning of the vaccination drive including beneficiary registration, microplanning and vaccination at the planned session site, will be tested under the leadership of District Collector/District Magistrate. The dry run will also familiarize the state, district, block and hospital level officers on all aspects of COVID-19 (vaccine) roll out," the release said.

Jan 06, 2021 - 20:27 (IST)

Nationwide vaccination dry run on 8 January

As a simulation of actual execution of the coronavirus vaccination drive, another round of dry run/mock drill in all 700+ districts of all States/UTs (except Uttar Pardesh and Haryana who have already conducted/ will be conducting the dry run in all districts on 5 January and 7 January respectively) is planned on 8 January, said the Union Health Ministry in a press release. The exercise is being carried out to ensure efficient planning and management for vaccine delivery in each district of all States/UTs, the statement said, adding that each district will identify three types of session sites, similar to the previous dry run, including a public health facility (District Hospital/Medical College), private health facility and rural or urban outreach sites.

Jan 06, 2021 - 20:17 (IST)

Maharashtra logs 4,382 new cases, 66 deaths

Maharashtra reports 4,382 new COVID-19 cases and 66 deaths, pushing tally to 19,54,553 and toll to 49,825, reports PTI quoting a health  official. 

Jan 06, 2021 - 19:59 (IST)

Health ministry cautions people against fake Co-WIN app

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday cautioned people against downloading and sharing personal information on some apps named Co-WIN, "created by unscrupulous elements", that sound similar to the upcoming official platform ofthe government for carrying out the COVID-19 vaccination process.  "Some apps named 'Co-WIN' apparently created by unscrupulous elements to sound similar to upcoming official platform of Government, are on Appstores. DO NOT download or share personal information on these. MoHFW Official platform will be adequately publicised on its launch," the Union Health ministry tweeted. The Co-WIN (COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network) app,a digital platform created for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery and distribution by the Centre, is almost in its final stages of implementation and hasn't gone live on Google play store or any other app store.
 
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Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: Two more Delhi residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain as a result of door-to-door medical check up of people who have recently arrived from the United Kingdom and those who came in their contact in the city, an official said. With this, nine residents of the national capital have so far been found infected with the new coronavirus variant that has emerged in the UK.

Meanwhile, Mizoram health minister Dr R Lalthangliana said seven state residents have so far returned from the United Kingdom and all of them tested negative for the mutant coronavirus as well as COVID-19 .

As a simulation of actual execution of the coronavirus vaccination drive, another round of dry run/mock drill in all 700+ districts of all States/UTs (except Uttar Pardesh and Haryana who have already conducted/ will be conducting the dry run in all districts on 5 January and 7 January respectively) is planned on 8 January, said  the health ministry in a release.

The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to begin in the 'near future' and this necessitates the testing of all planned mechanisms in the country, the ministry said.

The Centre has asked the Tamil Nadu government to comply with MHA's COVID-19 guidelines, pointing out that its decision to allow full occupancy in cinema halls amounts to diluting guidelines, which stipulate that cinema theatres, multiplexes outside containment zones have been allowed to open with 50 percent capacity, said reports.

The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday that it had given the green light for US firm Moderna's coronavirus vaccine, the second jab for the disease to be cleared for use in the EU.

"EMA has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 in people from 18 years of age," the Amsterdam-based regulator said in a statement.

With two more persons testing positive for the new UK coronavirus strain, the total number of persons infected with the variant has gone up to 73, said the Union health ministry.

Giving a break-up f the cases, the ministry said the variant was detected in eight samples at NCDC, New Delhi, 20 in IGIB, Delhi, in one sample in NIBMG, Kalyani , 30 in NIV-Pune, three in CCMB, Hyderabad and 11 in NIMHANS Bengaluru

The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to reopen all schools from 7 January  for students of classes 5 to 12,  following persistent demand from parents, said state education minister Vijay Inder Singla.

In a statement, Singla said the timings of the schools will be from 10 am to 3 pm.

After a gap of over six months, Odisha on Wednesday did not report any fresh fatality due to COVID-19 , while 231 new cases pushed the state's caseload to 3,30,921, a health official said.

In Belagavi district alone, 18 teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 . The government had mandated that all teaching and non-teaching staff must undergo a COVID-19 test before educational institutions reopen.

According to the ICMR, 17,74,63,405 COVID-19 samples have been tested so far with 9,31,408 samples being tested on Tuesday alone.

India on Wednesday recorded 18,088 fresh cases of coronavirus in a span of 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1,03,74,932.

As many as 264 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection in a day, taking the toll in India to 1,50,114, said the Union health ministry on Wednesday. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 2,27,546.

Getting immunised against COVID-19 will be a voluntary exercise and it is important that both dozes of the vaccine be administered to an individual for developing better immune response against the disease, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria has said.

Protective levels of antibodies generally develop two weeks after receiving the second dose, he said.

The senior pulmonologist also stressed that the vaccine introduced in India will be as effective as any vaccine developed by other countries.

With the COVID-19 vaccine expected to be rolled out within a few days, Guleria answered some FAQs about the vaccination drive inavideo uploaded on the health ministry's website.

He responded to questions such as whether taking the coronavirus vaccine was mandatory, how long does it take for the antibodies to develop and if it was necessary for a COVID-recovered person to take the vaccine.

He said while getting inoculated against COVID-19 will be voluntary, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of the vaccine irrespective of past history of infection as this will help develop better immune response against the disease.

"Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of the vaccine for protecting oneself against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to close contacts including family members, friends, relatives and co-workers," Guleria said.

On whether a person with an active COVID-19 infection can be vaccinated, Guleria said a person with active and symptomatic coronavirus infection may increase the risk of spreading the virus to others at the vaccination site and thus, infected individuals should defer vaccination for at least 14 days after the symptoms are resolved.

He said individuals who have one or more co-morbid conditions should take the vaccine because they fall in the high-risk category and should protect themselves. He added that their medications will not interfere with vaccine efficacy.

Elaborating on the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, Guleria said as is true for other vaccines, there could be some degree of side effects in some individuals which could be in the form of mild fever, pain at the site of injection, body ache, etc. States have been asked to make arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine related side effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 28 days apart, need to be administered to an individual to complete the vaccination schedule, Guleria said.

He further said the government has selected priority groups who will be vaccinated.The first group includes healthcare and frontline workers, while the second group will comprise of people over 50 years of age as well as those below 50 years with co-morbid conditions.

The eligible beneficiaries will be informed through their registered mobile numbers regarding the healthcare facility where the vaccination will be provided and the scheduled time for the same. This will be done to avoid any inconvenience in registration and vaccination of beneficiaries, he said.

Guleria further clarified that registration of a beneficiary is mandatory for vaccination for COVID-19 . Only after registration on the official portal, the information on the session site to visit and time will be shared with the beneficiary.

Following online registration, the beneficiary will receive an SMS on their registered mobile number informing about the due date, place and time of vaccination.

A valid ID with photo such as driving license, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) job card, PAN card, passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office, passport, pension document, service identity card issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ Public Limited Companies and voter ID may be produced at the time of registration.

On the preventive measures and precautions that one needs to follow at the session site, Guleria said one should rest at the vaccination centre for at least half an hour after taking the COVID-19 vaccine and any symptoms or discomfort must be reported to the nearest medical professional such as ANM (auxiliary nursing midwife) or ASHA worker.

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