All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday, introduced that it’s going to begin screening volunteers for phase-1 testing of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, on wholesome individuals aged 18-55, with out co-morbidities.
AIIMS, Delhi is amongst 12 websites listed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) cleared to conduct human trials of Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech.
Here are the most recent updates:
5.00 pm | New Delhi
NCDC Director shares sero-surveillance findings performed in Delhi
The current sero-survey is a follow-up of a sero-surveillance survey undertaken by ICMR in South-East Delhi containment zone.
Overall adjusted prevalence is 22.86%, with the utmost being in Central Delhi (27.86%), adopted by North-East Delhi (27.7%) and Shahdara (27.61%). Eight districts have greater than 20% sero-prevalence. Nearly six months intro the epidemic, solely 22.86% of the individuals are affected, this may be attributed to the efforts taken up for stopping unfold of an infection via lockdown and containment measures.
However, the remaining 77% are nonetheless susceptible and the containment measures have to proceed with the identical rigour.
Member Niti Aayog, Dr. V.Okay. Paul: The an infection has unfold amongst about 23% of the inhabitants in Delhi, anti-bodies have been created in them. The survey for the research was carried out from June 27 to July 10, the info assortment was until July 5. So, the outcomes painting what the state of affairs was round June 18-19.
The survey concerned greater than 20,00Zero individuals, so the info is powerful.
Even after six months, in a metropolis with very excessive inhabitants density, the an infection is estimated to have reached solely 22-23% individuals. This exhibits the efforts made by the individuals of Delhi and the federal government has restricted the unfold of an infection.
The containment technique carried out in coordination with the State authorities ensured that the virus didn’t unfold additional. The outcomes additionally present the impression of lockdown measures.
Dr. Paul says AIIMS in coordination with Health Ministry and Niti Aayog will begin National Clinical Grand Rounds on COVID-19 programme from Wednesday for medical doctors throughout the nation.
OSD to Health Ministry says, “We are partially satisfied with the situation in Delhi, we need to see the numbers stabilise over a period of time. In the first week of June, an average of 9,000 to 9,500 tests were being conducted per day, the positivity rate was about 37%. There was an apprehension that the health infrastructure in Delhi would collapse. Then the Central government brought together experts from different domains of knowledge for working in coordination with the Delhi government by devising a science-based strategy. In July first week, the average testing was 25,000 per day; the positivity rate reduced to 9%; from 3,900 positive cases reported in one day in June, yesterday Delhi reported 950 cases only.”
“The government has started developing a plan for the distribution of vaccine, as and when any vaccine gets approval, among the needy,” says a Niti Aayog member.
Health Ministry spokesperson Lav Agarwal, on a go to for assessment of the well being infrastructure says, “The Bihar government diligently managed the situation when the migrants were returning to their homes and it helped to check spread of infection. As a pro-active measure, in view of the increasing cases, the State has extended the lockdown till July end.”
“We have requested the State government to increase testing infrastructure. Containment zones should be monitored as per Central government’s guidelines. During the lockdown phase, hospital infrastructure should be further upgraded. Capacity upgrade of hospital staff should also be done. Patient experience is an important aspect and therefore, a system should be developed for providing proper treatment to patients as per protocol.”
Regulatory facilitation shall be achieved and funds shall be offered to reach at an reasonably priced vaccine choice: Niti Aayog member.
On the most recent guideline advising towards use of N-95 masks with respiratory valve, OSD to Health Ministry stated current scientific research acknowledged that the propensity of affecting others was extra if an contaminated individuals used masks with valves.
He says: “If it is impossible to trace the transmission chain, then it is community transmission. This means that if it is impossible to tell who gave infection to whom, such a situation is of community transmission.”
In Delhi, throughout the sero-survey, we discovered that in some districts there was solely 13% prevalence. Then there have been different districts with 27% prevalence. So, in India, there are nonetheless clusters of circumstances and there are pockets of localised transmission.
We will steadily attain the potential of conducting 1 million exams per day, says Niti Aayog member.
We are planning to hold out sero-survey in a number of cities, says NCDC Director. No circumstances of re-infection has been reported up to now in Covid-19, he says.
The length of safety offered by anti-bodies developed in these uncovered to the an infection continues to be underneath scientific examination.
– experiences Devesh Okay. Pandey.
4.10 pm | New Delhi
Recoveries are 1.Eight occasions the variety of energetic circumstances: Health Ministry
Cases per million in India is 837, which could be very low in comparison with the figures for different nations. Deaths per million inhabitants is 20.4, in comparison with 77 in the remainder of the world. 19 States and Union territories are performing greater than 140 exams per day per million, as per the WHO guideline.
Average is 180 exams per day per million, the yardstick of 140 exams per day per million ought to be seen within the context of positivity. The final purpose is to convey positivity down to five% ultimately, and even decrease than that. 30 States/UTs have positivity decrease than the India common. India common is 8.07%. Rajasthan has 2.46%, MP 3.90%, Assam 4.03%, UP 4.06%, AP 4.16%, Haryana 6.47%, WB 6.94% and Karnataka 7.29%.
Total energetic circumstances are 4,02,529 and recovered circumstances are 7,24,577. Therefore, the recoveries are 1.Eight occasions the variety of energetic circumstances.
Effective medical administration is resulting in lower in case fatality price. It was 3.36% on June 17, 2.97% on July 1 after which 2.43% on July 21, that is on account of devoted efforts of frontline well being care professionals. Despite restricted assets, if the fatalities have been contained to such a degree, it’s on account of the efforts of the well being care professionals.
22 States/UTs have decrease case fatality price than the nationwide common. They embrace Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, J&Okay, Rajasthan, Karnataka and UP the place greater than 1,00Zero circumstances have been reported.
– experiences Devesh Okay. Pandey.
4.05 pm | Itanagar
Medical staff traverses muddy roads, crosses flooded river to house quarantine lady in distant Arunachal hamlet
A medical staff traversed landslide-prone muddy roads and crossed a flooded river to house quarantine a girl and her contacts in a distant hamlet in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district, officers stated on Tuesday.
The lady had just lately sneaked into neighbouring Assam’s Sonitpur district to satisfy her family members with out informing authorities of both state and returned to her Karbi Colony hamlet on July 18, sparking fears amongst her neighbours that she may need been contaminated with coronavirus, they stated.
After being alerted by the residents of Karbi Colony, a medical staff led by Dr Simanto Borah of Tarasso major well being centre undertook a 30-km journey to succeed in the hamlet on July 19 and residential quarantined the girl and her native contacts, Papum Pare District Reproductive and Child Health Officer (DRCHO) Dr Worar Taku stated.
The well being personnel accomplished a portion of the journey on motorbikes and lined the remaining distance on foot, crossing the Tarasso river which is in spate as a result of floods, Dr Taku stated.
“Ten people, including the woman, her family members and other local contacts, have been home quarantined. Antigen testing kits are not available in the PHC at the moment. The quarantined persons’ samples will soon be collected for COVID-19 tests,” Dr Simanto Borah instructed PTI.
A video of the medical staff crossing the flooded river has gone viral on social media, grabbing the eye of Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Lauding the well being personnel for his or her dedication to work, Mr. Khandu tweeted: “Immense respect to our healthcare workers & policemen who are on #COVID19 duty even in such extreme weather conditions and in inaccessible areas. Let us stand solidly behind our #CoronaWarriors.” – PTI
4.00 pm | Mumbai
Amitabh Bachchan pens reflective weblog
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who’s present process remedy for coronavirus at a hospital in Mumbai, says his COVID-19 analysis has led him to have a look at each second of life in all its glory.
The 77-year-old actor and his 44-year-old son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, on July 11 had been admitted to the isolation ward of Nanavati Hospital after they had been recognized with the virus.
Amitabh’s daughter-in-law, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and his granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan had been shifted to Nanavati final Friday, nearly per week after they examined optimistic for COVID-19.
On his weblog, Amitabh on Monday talked about coping with lack of firm and a “wandering mind” in isolation.
”.. it’s the silence and the uncertainty of the following it’s a surprise of the character of life .. of all that it brings to us every second , every residing respiration day..
“in the activity driven past days of normalcy, never was there inclination to assess or sit back and think of what thoughts invade us now .. but they do now with a regularity that fills those idle hours, sitting, thinking, looking out into no where,” he wrote. – PTI
3.50 pm | Mangaluru
Puttige mutt chief exams optimistic
Swami Sugunendra Teertha, head of the Puttige mutt, one of many Ashta Mutts of Udupi in Karnataka, has examined optimistic for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday, hospital sources stated.
The seer had voluntarily gone for a check as he was having a fever and after the end result returned optimistic, he was admitted to the KMC Hospital at Manipal close to Udupi.
His well being situation was steady, hospital sources stated. – PTI
3.40 pm | Udupi
Udupi district courtroom closed until Wednesday
The Principal District and Sessions Judge Udupi has ordered closure of all courts in Udupi District Court advanced on Tuesday and Wednesday for sanitisatoin.
In a notification, the District Judge stated as the entire district courtroom advanced was being sanitized and all appointments granted to advocates for bodily listening to, submitting, assortment of licensed copies and different works for the 2 days stand cancelled. The capabilities of all courts stand suspended until Wednesday.
Further, the District Judge stated, the Principal Civil Judge and JMFC, Udupi, will maintain the cost of the Court of Additional Civil Judge and JMFC until August 9. He shall attend pressing issues in respect of the stated courtroom throughout the interval. The circumstances listed for bodily listening to throughout the interval shall be adjourned and additional dates shall be intimated to the involved advocates via e-courts portal/app, the notification acknowledged. – experiences Raghava M.
3.30 pm | Kochi
18 nuns check COVID-19 optimistic
Ernakulam well being authorities are more likely to convey extra areas underneath restrictions as COVID-19 clusters within the district after 18 Catholic nuns in a convent in Chunangamveli, close to Aluva, have been confirmed as COVID-19 optimistic.
The nuns belong to the St. Mary’s province of a Catholic non secular order. They are confirmed to have come into contact with a 71-year-old Catholic nun in Kuzhippally, who died on July 11, after contracting the an infection. – experiences Okay. Martin.
3.20 pm | New Delhi
Air India says some staff died of COVID-19, their kin to be compensated
Some staff of Air India have succumbed to COVID-19 , an official round of the airline has stated, because it introduced a set compensation quantity for the following of kin.
However, Air India spokesperson didn’t reply to PTI queries on what number of staff have been contaminated and have died as a result of coronavirus.
The inside round dated July 20 famous that “many employees of the company are getting COVID positive and some of the employees have also succumbed to the pandemic.”
“To safeguard the interests of the families, it has been decided to make an ad-hoc payment to the family or legal heir of employees, who die during the period of COVID-19,” the round, a duplicate of which has been accessed by PTI, acknowledged.
Families or authorized heirs of everlasting staff who die of COVID-19 will get ₹10 lakh, the quantity is ₹5 lakh for fastened time period contract staff and ₹90,00Zero for informal staff who labored repeatedly for one yr, the round stated. – PTI
3.15 pm | Bihar
1,109 extra COVID-19 optimistic circumstances in Bihar take the overall quantity within the state to 28,564.
– experiences Amarnath Tewary.
2.30 pm | Andhra Pradesh
TTD briefly suspends issuance of free darshan tokens
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has briefly suspended the issuance of time slot ‘sarva darshan’ tokens from Tuesday.
The choice comes within the wake of the district administration adopting a critical view to the sharp improve within the COVID-19 optimistic circumstances at Tirupati and declaring the complete city as a containment zone in addition to asserting a complete lockdown for 14 days. – experiences G.P. Shukla.
2.15 pm | Tripura
Tripura’s COVID-19 tally crosses 3,000-mark
Over 200 extra individuals, together with 19 BSF personnel, have examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Tripura, taking the overall variety of circumstances within the state to three,094, officers stated on Tuesday.
The state additionally reported two contemporary deaths as a result of illness within the final 24 hours, they stated.
Two girls, aged 80 and 62 years, died on the Agartala Government Medical College on Monday. They each had been affected by coronary heart illnesses, the officers stated.
The state had registered its first COVID-19 demise on June 9. All the coronavirus sufferers who’ve died until date within the state had co-morbidities, the officers stated.
“Alert! 202 people found COVID-19 positive out of 4,747 samples tested. Among the total 202 COVID-19 positive, 19 are BSF personnel. 2 COVID-19 positive patients died today,” Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted on Monday night time. – PTI
1.45 pm | New Delhi
23.48% individuals affected in Delhi: research
The outcomes of Delhi’s sero-prevalence research, launched on Tuesday, present that on a median the prevalence of IgG antibodies throughout the Capital is 23.48%. The research signifies that numerous contaminated individuals stay asymptomatic.
Releasing the outcomes of the survey, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday stated in an announcement that the sero-survey is completed to find out the publicity of the novel coronavirus among the many inhabitants.
The research additional signifies that whereas a major proportion of the inhabitants continues to be susceptible within the Capital, solely 23.48% of the individuals are affected almost six months into the epidemic. These circumstances are largely in Delhi’s densely populated pockets.
“The Capital will need to continue with its containment measures with the same rigour and non-pharmacological interventions such as physical distancing, use of face mask/cover, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and avoidance of crowded places etc.,” says the research.
– experiences Bindu Shajan Perappadan.
1.00 pm | Odisha
Financial incentives for medical doctors in Odisha
In order to spice up the morale of medical doctors and paramedic workers working in COVID-19 hospitals, the Odisha authorities on Monday introduced monetary incentives for them.
“Doctors, paramedics and other assistants working in COVID-19 hospitals and COVID-19 health centres will get incentives of ₹1,000, ₹500 and ₹200 respectively per day for the number of days they will serve positive patients,” stated Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
12.30 pm | Tamil Nadu
No spike in circumstances in Chennai after curbs had been eased, says Chief Secretary
The leisure of lockdown restrictions has not resulted in any spike within the variety of contemporary circumstances of COVID-19 being reported in Chennai, Chief Secretary Okay. Shanmugam stated on Monday.
He made the observations within the context of town having witnessed a decline within the variety of energetic circumstances throughout the interval between July Four and 18.
12.00 pm | Andhra Pradesh
Set up 5 extra State-level COVID hospitals: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has requested officers involved to strengthen COVID remedy amenities, notably for the critically sick sufferers by organising 5 extra COVID-19 designated hospitals within the State. Currently, there are 5 State COVID-19 remedy amenities.
At a assessment assembly with the officers of the Health Department, Mr. Jagan stated the stress on healthcare professionals ought to be lowered in an effort to enhance the standard of the care given to sufferers requiring crucial assist on the designated hospitals, in response to a launch.
DGHS cautions towards use of N-95 valved respirator masks
The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) has cautioned towards using N-95 valved respirator masks, stating that they don’t stop the virus from escaping out and, thus, could not support within the containment of COVID-19
In a communication to States, the DGHS stated, “It has come to our knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as they do not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks.”
11 BSF jawans, one Army personnel check optimistic in Mizoram
At least 13 extra individuals, together with 11 BSF jawans, have examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the overall tally within the state to 297, a senior official stated on Tuesday.
One of the 13 sufferers is an Army personnel, who just lately returned to the state from Kashmir, he stated.
An announcement issued by the knowledge and public relations division stated the brand new circumstances had been reported from Zoram Medical College.
10.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
Guidelines issued to be used of high-end medicine
Andhra Pradesh authorities issued a G.O. on Monday permitting the YSR Aarogyasri Health Care Trust to pay extra quantities over and above the per-day packages for sure high-end medicine used within the remedy of COVID-19 sufferers, relying on the severity of the an infection.
The funds shall be made on the premise of utilisation evidences and justification by the medical doctors submitted by the hospitals designated for COVID-19 in A and B classes.
Transport sector in doldrums even after lifting of lockdown
Lorry homeowners say that they’ve suffered losses of not lower than ₹2 lakh per car.
There appears to be no respite for the transport sector which continues to be in doldrums, regardless of leisure of the lockdown norms.
The transporters and lorry homeowners say that recurrent hikes in gasoline worth, excessive upkeep price and pending taxes have left them within the lurch. The transporters and lorry homeowners have suffered lack of not lower than ₹2 lakh per lorry, aside from pending EMIs, taxes and and so forth, they are saying.
9.00 am | Maharashtra
Eight-day lockdown from July 22 in Sangli district
In the wake of mounting COVID-19 circumstances, an eight-day lockdown from July 22 to 30 shall be enforced in Sangli district in western Maharashtra, stated senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and district Guardian Minister Jayant Patil on Monday.
“The lockdown will be in force from 10 p.m. onwards on July 22 and last till 10 p.m. on July 30 owing to a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases over the last few days. While we had not earlier planned to take such a measure, the recent rise in cases has compelled us to do so,” stated Mr. Patil, who can be the State Water Resources Minister.
8.30 am | Andhra Pradesh
Total lockdown imposed in Tirupati until August 5
DIG Kanthi Rana Tata (proper) inspecting a containment zone in Tirupati
With Tirupati metropolis accounting for near one-third of COVID-19 circumstances registered within the Chittoor district, the officers have introduced a complete lockdown for a fortnight.
With this, the complete metropolis has been declared as a containment zone. All shops shall be allowed to stay open solely until 11 a.m. However, pharmacies and dairy items will be saved open all through the day.
Serum Institute of India to start human trials of Oxford vaccine from subsequent month
The Serum Institute of India (SII), aiming to develop a COVID-19 vaccine by the tip of the yr, has stated that it will likely be beginning human trials of its Oxford vaccine within the nation from August.
“We are working on the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine which is in Phase III of its clinical trial stage. We also plan to start human trials in India next month. Depending on the current situation and updates on the clinical trials, we are hoping that the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine will be available by the year’s end,” stated Adar Poonawalla, SII CEO .
Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival unlikely this yr
The famed Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is unlikely to be held this yr within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official stated on Monday. The 10-day Hornbill Festival that often begins on December 1 celebrates the tradition and heritage of various tribes of the State. It is attended by lakhs of individuals from throughout India and overseas.
West Bengal to have two-day lockdown each week
A police officer (not in image) offers a masks to a bike owner as a part of an consciousness marketing campaign to manage the unfold of COVID-19 in Kolkata on Monday.
There shall be an entire lockdown for 2 days each week this month in West Bengal, State’s house secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay stated on Monday. The choice was taken at a high-powered assembly chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Meanwhile, the State on Monday recorded 2,282 new COVID-19 circumstances, taking the overall circumstances to 44,769. The energetic circumstances stand at 17,204.