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Coronavirus Latest News Updates: COVID spreading to villages, sensitise ground workers on containment, Centre tells states

Coronavirus Latest News Updates: The states were also urged to train the ground-level staff on rapid antigen test (RAT), which is the preferred test for screening of the infected cases to enable timely isolation and prompt treatment, said the health ministry

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Coronavirus Latest News Updates: COVID spreading to villages, sensitise ground workers on containment, Centre tells states

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22:52 (ist)

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Senior virologist quits as Chief Advisor to Centre's Covid genome surveillance project

According to New Indian Express, senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the chair of the scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by the union government in December last year. The consortium had been set up for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains of the COVID in India.

"I am not obliged to give a reason," he said in a text message to Reuters, adding that he quit on Friday.

18:22 (ist)

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No new virus strain behind spate of Covid-19 deaths in AMU: Official

 Genome sequencing of Covid-19 samples has not found any new coronavirus strain behind the infection around the AMU campus, university authorities said Sunday as another member of their fraternity died.

Professor Abu Qamar, 75, the former dean of the Faculty of Medicine in the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital died here on Sunday of Covid-19 after battling it for nearly three weeks, JNMC Principal Shahid Ali Siddiqui said.

Prof Qamar died two days after AMU's former proctor, Prof Nasim Beg, 76, died in a New Delhi hospital where he was shifted to and admitted after his condition worsened here, his family members said.

At least 38 AMU teachers, including 21 serving ones, have died of Covid or Covid-like symptoms in the last one month, triggering doubts if any new deadly strain of the virus has been in circulation on the AMU campus.

These doubts also prompted the varsity's JNMC authorities to send Covid-19 samples from the AMU campus and its neighbouring Civil Lines area for genome sequencing to the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi.

-PTI

17:26 (ist)

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Punjab extends COVID curbs in state till 31 May

As per reports, as the state continuing to report high COVID-29 positivity and CFR, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday ordered extension of all the existing restrictions up to 31 May, with directions for strict enforcement of all the curbs.

"DCs will continue to determine the opening of shops in a staggered manner," he says.

13:15 (ist)

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Over 20 crore vaccines provided to states and UTs so far, says Centre

The Government of India has so far provided more than 20 crore vaccine doses (20,28,09,250) to states and UTs, free of cost, said the health ministry in a statement. Of this, the total consumption, calculated based on average up to 14 May 2021 including wastages is 18,43,67,772 doses (as per data available at 7 pm on Saturday), the ministry said. 

More than 1.84 crore COVID Vaccine doses (1,84,41,478) are still available with the states and Union Territories to be administered, it said."States with negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to Armed Forces," the statement said. The ministry added that nearly 51 lakh (50,95,640) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and UTs within the next three days.

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May 16, 2021 - 23:22 (IST)

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Tamil Nadu sees over 33,000 new COVID-19 cases for 2nd day in a row

Tamil Nadu reported over 33,000 new COVID-19 cases and over 300 deaths for the second consecutive day on Sunday, the Health Department said. The total number of fresh cases stands at 33,181 and deaths at 311, the department said.

The new cases include nine returnees from various destinations, pushing the caseload to 15,98,216 while the deaths today took the toll to 17,670 to date, it said. According to a medical bulletin, 21,317 people were discharged today, taking the tally to 13,61,204 leaving 2,19,342 active infections.

-PTI

May 16, 2021 - 23:12 (IST)

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COVID spreading to villages, sensitise ground workers on containment: Centre to states

With gradual ingress of COVID-19 infection in rural and peri-urban areas, the Centre on Sunday urged states to ensure community-based and primary health centre services to manage the situation while stressing on sensitisation of ground workers on containment, surveillance and use of RAT for screening, and tele-consultation.

The states were also urged to train the ground-level staff on rapid antigen test (RAT), which is the preferred test for screening of the infected cases to enable timely isolation and prompt treatment, the Union Health Ministry said.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan along with Member (Health) of NITI Aayog V K Paul chaired a high-level video conference meeting with all the states and union territories.

The focus of the meet was on COVID-19 containment and management in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas along with the effective clinical management of COVID-19, including the black Mucormycosis fungi which is being recorded in a growing number of states, the ministry said.

-PTI

May 16, 2021 - 23:08 (IST)

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India to have 200 crore vaccine doses by December: Scindia

BJP's Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday said vaccination was the only way to tackle coronavirus, and 200 crore vaccine doses, enough for all, would be made available in India by December.

He said that even if the current situation was very challenging, the virus could be eliminated if everyone came together to give a united fight against it.

Speaking to reporters, Scindia said, "Vaccination is the only way to deal with coronavirus. The country will have 200 crore vaccines by December, which will be sufficient for all. The Centre and states are constantly working in this direction."

Along with the urban areas, vaccination will also start in rural parts shortly, he added.

May 16, 2021 - 22:52 (IST)

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Senior virologist quits as Chief Advisor to Centre's Covid genome surveillance project

According to New Indian Express, senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the chair of the scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by the union government in December last year. The consortium had been set up for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains of the COVID in India.

"I am not obliged to give a reason," he said in a text message to Reuters, adding that he quit on Friday.

May 16, 2021 - 22:48 (IST)

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Telangana COVID-19 caseload surges past 5.28 lakh

The total count of coronavirus cases in Telangana crossed 5.28 lakh on Sunday as the state added 3,816 anew while the toll stood at 2955 with 27 more casualties.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 668, followed by Rangareddy 326 and Medchal Malkajgiri 293, a government bulletin said.

The COVID aggregate in the state stood at 5,28,823 while the total recoveries were 4,74,899 after 5892being cured. Cumulatively, over 1.40 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.77 lakh, it said.

May 16, 2021 - 22:32 (IST)

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Oral drug 2-DG, developed by DRDO, to be launched tomorrow in Delhi

Oral anti-coronavirus drug 2-DG, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, will be launched on Monday, with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh distributing nearly 10,000 doses to hospitals in Delhi, reports NDTV.

May 16, 2021 - 22:25 (IST)

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Tripura announces curfew in Agartala municipal areas from  17 to 26 May

The Tripura government on Sunday, announced a nine-day "corona curfew from May 17 within the jurisdiction of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) area in view of the COVID-19 surge, state Law minister Ratan Lal Nath said.

Nath, who is also the Cabinet spokesperson said, the decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Saturday.

"All the healthcare experts and ministers who had attended the meeting on Saturday unanimously resolved that strict COVID-19 protocol should be enforced to contain the surge," he said. West Tripura is the worst-hit district in the state, the minister said.

-PTI

May 16, 2021 - 22:15 (IST)

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133 inmates of district prison test COVID-19 positive in Maharashtra

A total of 133 prisoners have tested coronavirus positive in Osmanabad district jail of Maharashtra in two days, authorities said on Sunday. As per the data released by the district civil hospital, 35 inmates were found positive for the infection on Saturday, while 98 others were found infected on Sunday.

Nine of the infected inmates are women, the data revealed. The coronavirus case tally in Osmanabad district has gone up to 48,956 with the addition of 492 cases on Sunday, while 1,114 persons have died due to the infection till now. A total of 42,155 patients have recovered in the district so far.

May 16, 2021 - 22:02 (IST)

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Plea in HC for vaccine supply to Delhi on priority basis

A plea in the Delhi High Court has sought directions to the Centre to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech supply the jabs to the national capital on a priority basis, reports PTI.

The application by a lawyer claims that the vaccination drive in Delhi is in a "sorry state" due to shortage of jabs.

Nazia Parveen, in her plea, contends that the "biggest hurdle" to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic is delay in vaccination.

The application, filed through advocate Sanjeev Sagar, has been moved in her main petition which seeks a direction to the Centre to waive clinical trials of foreign vaccines so that they are available for use without any delay and to give priority in vaccination to those who have already taken the first dose.

May 16, 2021 - 21:49 (IST)

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Over 9,440 MT of liquid medical oxygen delivered on Oxygen Express trains

The railways have delivered more than 9,440 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in nearly 590 tankers to various states across the country since April 19, the national transporter said on Sunday. Around 150 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various states, it added.

Twelve Oxygen Express trains were on the run with more than 970 tonnes of LMO in 55 tankers, it said.

The southern states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu got a big boost in the supply of the life-saving gas with several Oxygen Express trains delivering their loads. Incidentally, the NCR region crossed the delivery of more than 5,000 tonnes of oxygen for further distribution.

Coronavirus Latest News Updates: With gradual ingress of COVID-19 infection in rural and peri urban areas, the Centre on Sunday urged states to ensure community-based and primary health centre services to manage the situation while stressing on sensitisation of ground workers on containment, surveillance and use of RAT for screening, and tele-consultation.

 

Oral anti- Coronavirus drug 2-DG, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, will be launched on Monday, with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh distributing nearly 10,000 doses to hospitals in Delhi,

The railways have delivered more than 9,440 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in nearly 590 tankers to various states across the country since April 19, the national transporter said on Sunday.

Maharashtra's toll rose to 81,486 while the number of fresh cases remained below 40,000 for the third consecutive day

The Centre directed Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Sunday to prevent dumping of dead bodies in the Ganga and its tributaries, and focus on their safe disposal and a dignified cremation after corpses were seen floating in these rivers following a spurt in the number of coronavirus cases.

Delhi metro services to remain suspended until further notice as the COVID-19 lockdown has been extended in the capital city, the DMRC said.

At least 38 AMU teachers, including 21 serving ones, had died of COVID or COVID-like symptoms in the last month, triggering doubts if any new deadly strain of the virus has been in circulation on the AMU campus.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh orders extension of all existing restrictions up to May 31, with directions for strict enforcement of all the curbs.

Bharat Biotech on Sunday said its COVID-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' has been found to be effective against coronavirus strains found in India and the UK.

Challenging the arrests of 25 persons by Delhi police for posters that surfaced across the city questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to donate vaccines to neighbouring countries, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi posted the poster on his Twitter account daring the police to arrest him.

More than 1.84 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs, while nearly 51 lakh doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Anti-viral drug Remdesivir would be made available directly to private hospitals to avoid overcrowding in places designated for its prescription based sale by state authorities to the kin of COVID-19 patients, the Tamil Nadu government said.

As rural areas see a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Centre on Sunday issued new guidelines for containment of the virus advising that peri-urban and rural areas plan a minimum 30-bedded COVID Care Centre for asymptomatic cases with comorbidities or mild cases where home isolation is not feasible.

Provision of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits should be made at all public health facilities including Sub-centres or Health and Wellness Centres and Primary Health Centres, the Union Health Ministry said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry on the COVID-19 situation in the states and the Union Territory, government sources told news agency PTI.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that lockdown in Delhi is  extended by another week and will continue till 5 am on 24 May.

Over 18.21 crore (18,21,99,668) vaccine doses have been administered till 8 pm on Saturday, said the Centre.

Active coronavirus cases in India declined by 55,344, the highest single-day drop, says reports. Active coronavirus cases now stand at 36,18,458 and comprise 14.66 percent of the total cases.

India recorded 3.11 lakh fresh cases of coronavirus in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 infections to 2,46,84,077, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. A total of 3,11,170 new cases were reported in a day, while the toll climbed to 2,70,284 with 4,077 daily fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The second batch of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V arrived in Hyderabad, said reports.

The Centre has asked states and union territories to refrain from approving additional categories as frontline workers for vaccination, and recommended doing so using only vaccines procured directly by them.

The missive from Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan came after states like Odisha included railway staff, forest guards, oxygen plant employees and other categories as front line workers (FLW).

"It has been learnt that some states/UTs are approving additional categories of persons as FLWs belonging to different departments (like govt departments of banking, railways, and transport etc).

"In this regard, states/UTS are advised to please note that the FLWs categories and their definition has been very clearly communicated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and no change in the categories of FLWS and their definition has been made by the Government of India."

"Thus, it is advised that states/UTs should adhere to these categories as defined by MoHFW based on the recommendations of the NEGVAC," the letter from Bhushan to chief secretaries of states and Union Territories, dated 15 May, said.

Bhushan said the COVID-19 vaccination drive has entered Phase-3 from 1 May this year in which all beneficiaries aged 18 years and above can be included for vaccination as per state's decision.

He said this phase of vaccination drive is being guided by liberalised pricing and accelerated national COVID-19 vaccination strategy which has been explained to the states and Union Territories during multiple meetings held in the last fortnight.

He said according to the new strategy, Health Care Workers (HCWS), FLWs and people above 45 years are being vaccinated using vaccine supplies made free of cost to states and Union Territories by the Government of India.

He said people aged above 18 years are to be vaccinated using vaccines procured directly by states, Union Territories and private hospitals.

"However, states may like to make provisions for other categories of FLWs beyond the categories communicated by MoHFW as FLWs from the vaccines directly procured by state governments. A suitable provision is also being made in Co-WIN for on-site registration and vaccination of such facilitated cohorts of beneficiaries that the states may identify to be benefitted exclusively out of the vaccine doses directly procured by the States," he said.

The railway unions have demanded that its staffers, who have been working through the coronavirus crisis, be treated as frontline workers and even Railway minister Piyush Goyal, sources said, had assured them of help.

"If state police, central police organisations, armed forces, Home Guards, prison staff are frontline workers, why aren't our stationmasters, guards, and running staff considered the same? It's not fair," an officer said.

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