47.4 lakh deaths in India linked to COVID-19, says WHO; Union gov 'strongly objects'

The WHO on May 5th said that covid 19 could have killed as many as 47.4 lakh people in India in 2020 and 2021, either directly due to infection or through its indirect impact. On May 5th, the world health body said that 14.9 million people were killed across the world by Covid-19. WHO added that about 8.3 lakh deaths are estimated to have happened in 2020 itself.

published on : 6th May 2022

COVID-19: India's first case of Omicron XE variant confirmed by INSACOG

Amidst a spike in Covid cases, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has finally confirmed the presence of Omicron's sub-variant XE, which is 10 percent more transmissible, in India.The confirmation from INSACOG came after XE - a recombinant variant of BA.1 and BA.2 sub lineages of Omicron - was reported from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala. The Union health ministry has yet to comment on the variant.

published on : 3rd May 2022

India's Covid positivity rate past 1 per cent again after two months

India's Covid case positivity rate went past 1% again after over 2 months. India witnessed a single-day rise of 3,157 infections and 26 fatalities. Active cases rose by 408 in a 24-hour span to reach 19,500. The death toll has climbed to 5,23,869 with the 26 new fatalities being reported. India has been seeing fresh surge in Covid cases since last 2 weeks.

published on : 2nd May 2022

Covid-19: Delhi records 632 new cases; centre writes to 5 states over rising cases

COVID-19 cases in Delhi on April 20th rose 26% to 632 since April 19th. After a steady fall in Covid cases, Delhi has seen a surge in new cases over the last one week. According to the Delhi Health Department's data, the positivity rate registered a nearly three-fold rise between April 11 and 18. On April 11, the positivity rate stood at 2.70%, which jumped to 7.72% on April 18.

published on : 20th April 2022

Coordinated approach needed to tackle future zoonotic diseases: Epidemiologist Dr Giridhara Babu

R Giridhara R Babu, a renowned epidemiologist and Covid Technical Advisory Committee member, speaks to The New Sunday Express about the Covid-19 pandemic teaching us how the complex links between human, animal and environmental health require coordinated multidisciplinary and multipronged collaboration to address threats from zoonotic diseases. “The global public health community needs to act decisively now. ‘One Health’ is the need of the hour,” he said.

published on : 28th March 2022

After two years, Centre asks states to end all Covid curbs from March 31, but masks to stay

As Covid-19 cases show a steady decline in the country, the Centre asked states and Union territories to end all Covid containment measures from March 31. The decision to end all the Covid-related curbs came two years after the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005, was invoked following the pandemic outbreak.

published on : 23rd March 2022

Listen | India's first Covid patient shares her story as nation completes 2 pandemic years

Exactly two years back today, on January 30, 2020, a third-year medical student from Wuhan university tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the country's first COVID-19 patient, days after she had returned home following semester holidays. This is her story, in an exclusive interview with The New Indian Express.

published on : 30th January 2022

Omicron in community transmission stage in India, new sub-variant found

"Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially. BA.2 lineage is in a substantial fraction in India and S gene dropout based screening is thus likely to give high false negatives," the INSACOG bulletin said.

published on : 23rd January 2022

Two Omicron cases detected in Karnataka, says Health Ministry

Two people from Karnataka tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Union health ministry informed on December 2nd. Both the cases have been reported in Karnataka with the patients being two men aged 66 and 46The Health Ministry also added that all people who came in contact with the two patients have been traced and are being tested.

published on : 2nd December 2021

Covid-19 R value for big cities shows rising trend again as festive season kicks in

Amid concerns that Covid-19 situation in India may flare up again due to increased mixing of people, crowds and lack of Covid appropriate behaviour during the festive season, the R factor in some cities in India has already started showing an increasing trend.  R factor refers to the effective reproduction rate which denotes the number of people getting infected by one infected person. If the value of the R factor is above 1, it means that one infected person can spread the infection to more than one person which suggests that the infection is spreading.

published on : 7th October 2021

Covid-19: RT-PCR test compulsory for those arriving from 7 more nations

Amid fear of new COVID-19 strains, the RT-PCR test is compulsory for passengers arriving from seven more countries, including South Africa, Bangladesh and China, the Centre said on Thursday.

published on : 3rd September 2021
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