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Low Positivity Rate, Vaccination & Covid-Appropriate Behaviour: ICMR’s 3-Point Advisory For Unlocking
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Low Positivity Rate, Vaccination & Covid-Appropriate Behaviour: ICMR’s 3-Point Advisory For Unlocking

New Delhi: Noting that several states have started the process of unlocking in view of declining trend in Covid cases, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava shared  government's plan to gradually lift thee lockdown. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, Bhargava highlighted three important points which must be ensured in order to unlock cities carefully. The official noted that a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent for a week, 70 per cent vaccination rate for vulnerable population or people over 60 years and community-ownership of Covid-appropriate behaviour should be the basic criteria for opening up of lockdown rules. ALSO READ | 1 Crore Indians Lost Jobs During Second Wave Of Covid-19: Report"We will not wi...
Second wave rendered 1 crore Indians jobless; 97% households’ incomes declined in pandemic: CMIE
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Second wave rendered 1 crore Indians jobless; 97% households’ incomes declined in pandemic: CMIE

Over 10 million Indians have lost their jobs because of the second wave of COVID-19, and around 97 per cent of households’ incomes have declined since the beginning of the pandemic last year, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) chief executive Mahesh Vyas said on Monday. The unemployment rate measured by the think-tank is expected to come at 12 per cent at the end of May as against 8 per cent in April, Vyas told PTI, adding this signifies that about 10 million or 1 crore Indians have lost jobs in this period. Stating that the main reason for the job losses is “mainly the second wave” of COVID-19 infections, Vyas said, “As the economy opens up, part of the problem will be solved but not entirely.” He explained that people who lose jobs find it hard to get employment,...
Asked to rethink vaccine policy, Centre to SC: trust us, no need for court to interfere
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Asked to rethink vaccine policy, Centre to SC: trust us, no need for court to interfere

The Centre on Sunday told the Supreme Court that its vaccination policy had been framed to ensure equitable distribution, with the limited availability of vaccines, vulnerability, and the fact that vaccinating the entire country was not possible in one go due to the suddenness of the pandemic, “as the prime consideration”. The policy was “just, equitable, non-discriminatory and based upon an intelligible differentiating factor between the two age groups (45 plus and those below)”, it said. The “policy thus, conforms to mandate of Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution of India and is made after several rounds of consultation and discussion with experts, State Government and vaccine manufacturers…”, the Centre said in its affidavit filed before the top court. The poli...
Revisit vaccine policy, consider lockdown to curb virus: SC to Centre
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Revisit vaccine policy, consider lockdown to curb virus: SC to Centre

THE SUPREME COURT Sunday called upon the Centre to revisit its vaccine procurement policy stating it would “prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution”. It also urged the Centre and states “to consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare”. On lockdown, the Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, “We are cognisant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities… thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities.” Further, observing that no one shall be denied hospital...
‘Shutdown Temporarily To Put An End To The Cycle Of Transmission’: Dr. Anthony Fauci On India’s Covid Crisis
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‘Shutdown Temporarily To Put An End To The Cycle Of Transmission’: Dr. Anthony Fauci On India’s Covid Crisis

New Delhi: The White House's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his opinion on what India could do in order to curb the rapid spread of the virus. He emphasized on the need for a temporary shutdown in order to break the chain. Fauci also talked about how every country should chip in to help India which is battling a very violent second wave. On Saturday, India reported over 4 Lakh fresh cases in the last 24 hours which is the highest reported in any other country. ALSO READ: Australia Announces 5 Yr Jail Term Or Hefty Fine For Its Citizens Travelling From India Amid Covid Surge"You can shutdown temporarily to put an end to the cycle of transmission. So one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down," Fauci told The Indian Express in an inter...