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.
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.
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.
Two new SARS-CoV-2 mutants, BA.2.10 and BA.2.12, related to the Omicron sub-variant BA.2, have been found in #Bengaluru, by INSACOG attached labs. However, sources, requesting anonymity, claimed that the data is too meagre to know the transmissibility features of these sublineages of BA.2.
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.
Gujarat reported its first case of XE, a sub-variant of Omicron, after a man from Mumbai tested positive for COVID-19 during his visit to Vadodara, an official said on Saturday. The man had tested positive for the infection last month and later returned to Mumbai. But the report about detection of the XE sub-variant in him was received on Friday, he said, adding that the man's current status is not known to the authorities in Vadodara.
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.
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.
South Korea continues to see an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases amid a wave of Omicron infections.Hitting yet another milestone on March 17, South Korea recorded over 6,00,000 new cases. This is the highest daily spike the country has witnessed so far. Deaths also reached a record for a single day with 429 people confirmed to have lost their lives.
Lata Mangeshkar, one of India's most loved singers, passed away on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92 in Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital. The doctor who treated her said she died of multi-organ failure. Mangeshkar had an extraordinary career spanning almost seven decades, singing more than 30,000 songs across 36 languages.
In the wake of a consistent dip in infection rate, the state government has decided to restart schools and colleges in 10 days. Offline classes for 10,11, 12, and colleges will restart from this Monday, February 7. Creches, Kindergarten, classes 1 to 9 will restart from next Monday, February 14.
A subvariant of the highly contagious #Omicron coronavirus strain- BA.2 has been detected in 57 countries. According to the #WHO, some studies indicate that the sub-variant could be even more infectious than the original version.
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.
Bringing relief to many city residents, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday lifted the weekend curfew and the odd-even rule for markets and malls, considering the declining trend in Covid cases and positivity rate in the past one week.
"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.