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Video | Top News Of The Day: Warning Signal, India’s Active Cases Rise Again
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Video | Top News Of The Day: Warning Signal, India’s Active Cases Rise Again

India's Covid caseload has risen to over 3.09 crore with 41,806 new cases, 7.7% higher than yesterday. 581 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. An increase of 2,095 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, taking he cumulative figure to 4,32,041. The active cases comprise 1.39 per cent of the total infections. A staff member of the Indian Test team, currently in England for the five-match Test series, tested positive for COVID-19 hours after India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was reported to also have been infected, sources told NDTV. Uttar Pradesh's handling of the second wave of COVID-19 cases was "unparalleled", Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Thursday morning during a visit to his constituency of Varanas...
After MHA, Health Ministry flags ‘blatant’ Covid norm violations to states
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After MHA, Health Ministry flags ‘blatant’ Covid norm violations to states

A day after a similar missive by the Home Ministry, the Health Ministry Thursday flagged the “blatant violation” of Covid-19 norms at several places, especially hill stations, and reminded states and Union territories to ensure strict adherence to guidelines. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan Thursday wrote to Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and State Health Secretaries, saying the process of relaxing norms should be “carefully calibrated’’. Instead of this, he said, “blatant violations of Covid norms have been observed in several parts of the country, especially in public transport and at Hill Stations’’. Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had Wednesday written to all Chief Secretaries asking states to maintain Covid protocol, pointing to a June 29 Home Ministry...
‘Public discussion could have saved poor from suffering in pandemic. India needed more democracy than was allowed’: Amartya Sen
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‘Public discussion could have saved poor from suffering in pandemic. India needed more democracy than was allowed’: Amartya Sen

Sen talks about the “contrast” between Constitution’s idea of justice and what’s happening now, elaborates on the “tragic choice” between holding and not holding polls in the pandemic, and believes South Asian nations can still fight Covid together. The session was moderated by National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra. VANDITA MISHRA: How has the pandemic affected you and your teaching? It has had an impact… I prefer to teach face-to-face, but in the Covid period I have taught courses through Zoom. I don’t like it so much because I like to be able to see my students and interact more directly with them. I am looking forward very much to the next session beginning in September when I hope things will not be virtual… Virtual teaching was the biggest change. The other change has...
Centre alerts 8 tourist states: step up vigil
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Centre alerts 8 tourist states: step up vigil

With tourists thronging the hills throwing Covid caution to the wind, the Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday held a meeting with eight states — where these destinations are — reminding them that the second wave wasn’t over and they should “ensure strict adherence to the protocols prescribed in respect of wearing of masks, social distancing and other safe behaviour.” Union Home Secretary A K Bhalla and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan held a meeting with top officials of Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal. The meeting was also attended by Covid task force head V K Paul, Director General, Indian Council for Medical Research; and Chief Secretaries, Directors-General of Police and Principal Secretaries (Health) of...
Early warning: Declining R-number starts to inch up, dip in Covid cases slows down
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Early warning: Declining R-number starts to inch up, dip in Covid cases slows down

There is a reason why photographs of crowds, without masks and with little social distancing, at popular tourist destinations are being viewed with uneasiness — and concern. Even as the second wave abates, the reproductive number, or R, an indicator of how fast the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading, has increased for the first time since the middle of April. This could be an early signal of an impending potential surge in number of cases. The R-number, a mathematically calculated estimate which measures the number of people who are being infected by an already infected person, was declining until the last week of June. ExplainedLockdown eases, pressure buildsAs states ease the lockdown, opportunities for crowding and for potentially enhanced transmission will increase. R-va...
Video | Third Wave Fears: Can India Vaccinate In Time
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Video | Third Wave Fears: Can India Vaccinate In Time

"Disappointed that we don't still have the next Sero survey. The last Sero survey was in September last year. We should have known by now how many people got infected in the second wave," says Dr Shahid Jameel, Virologist And Director, Trivedi School Of Biosciences, Ashoka University. Source link
1 billion doses: Delta surge makes Quad rethink, rollout may be year early
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1 billion doses: Delta surge makes Quad rethink, rollout may be year early

With India’s domestic shortage hitting its Covid vaccine supplies and disrupting global supply chains dependent on manufacturing here, moves are afoot to advance the Quad vaccine initiative towards the “end of 2021” — a year ahead of the earlier 2022 deadline, The Sunday Express has learnt. On March 12, at the first summit of the leaders of the Quadrilateral grouping, a Quad vaccine initiative was announced under which India would manufacture US vaccines with Japanese funding and Australian logistical support for countries in the Indo-Pacific. The original timeline provided for the supply of at least 1 billion vaccines by the end of 2022. Over the last month and half, though, as the second surge overwhelmed India’s healthcare system and adversely impacted the global vaccine...
Epidemic is crawling or in retreat: Active cases falling in 90% districts across India
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Epidemic is crawling or in retreat: Active cases falling in 90% districts across India

While more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus infections are still being detected across the country every day, almost 90 per cent of the over 650 districts for which data are available, are now in a phase of steady decline. In the week from June 12 to June 19, only 70 districts in the country saw an increase in the numbers of active cases. The increase in active cases was more than 100 in just 27 of these districts. In 18 districts, the rise was in single digits. However, 23 of these 70 districts are in West Bengal, the only major state where active cases have increased in the last one week. The state had been witnessing a steep fall in its active cases before that. Active cases had dropped from a high of 1.32 lakh to less than 15,000 in just 20 days. But there has been...
Rigorously implement public health, social measures along with more Covid-19 vaccinations: WHO
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Rigorously implement public health, social measures along with more Covid-19 vaccinations: WHO

THE WORLD Health Organization on Sunday called upon countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to scale up and rigorously implement public health and social measures, along with efforts to accelerate vaccination for Covid-19 to prevent another surge as more countries confirmed prevalence of highly transmissible variants of concerns. “We need to continuously strengthen our efforts to test, trace and isolate. Societal interventions such as physical distancing, hand hygiene and proper wearing of masks need to be stringently implemented. These measures should be in full force and for longer periods in areas reporting more transmissible variants of concerns,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia. Public health and social measures are a wide range ...
Production ramped up, 13.5 cr jabs will be available in July
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Production ramped up, 13.5 cr jabs will be available in July

Around 13.5 crore doses will be made available in July by the country’s vaccine manufacturers for the Covid-19 immunisation drive, even as Monday onwards the Centre will exclusively procure and distribute vaccines to the states free of cost to administer them to everyone above 18 years, The Sunday Express has learnt. Top government sources, part of the team monitoring the Covid-19 vaccination drive, said states will be informed that 75 percent of the 13.5 crore doses will be made available free of cost in July for advance planning. The increase in availability of doses comes just two months after the country’s two vaccine manufacturers had started augmenting capacity. Sources said that from 7.5 crore doses in May, 12 crore doses will be available by the end of June as the r...
Toll the second wave took: In all but four states, deaths doubled in last six weeks
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Toll the second wave took: In all but four states, deaths doubled in last six weeks

The Covid-19 death toll in every state barring four has at least doubled in the last six weeks. In a few states, the toll has increased by close to four times. The only states that have bucked this trend are West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Tripura, and the Union Territory of Ladakh. Nearly 2.1 lakh Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in the country since April 1, more than 55 per cent — over 1.18 lakh — of which have been reported by the five states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. This is not surprising considering these are also the states with the highest death counts. In each of these five states, close to 60 per cent of the total toll was recorded in these last six weeks. In other words, their death toll increased by 2 to 2.5 tim...
Two months after explosive surge, second wave of Covid-19 still visible but its worst over
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Two months after explosive surge, second wave of Covid-19 still visible but its worst over

April 4 was the first time India’s daily Covid case count crossed 1 lakh setting off the most explosive phase of the pandemic during which the daily count of new infections reached as high as 4.14 lakh on May 6. Two months since that milestone, the Covid curve, after claiming a devastating toll of at least 1.76 lakh lives, is finally falling into a zone where the disease, experts say, could be handled by existing health infrastructure. The number of active cases in the country is less than half that of the peak; the case count has begun to decline in almost every state; and, for the first time in more than two months, the weekly positivity rate has fallen below overall positivity. The biggest relief is that the daily count of deaths has begun to come down as well. Less than...