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Coronavirus India Highlights: 2 vaccine doses prevented 95% deaths during second wave, says Covid task force head

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Highlights: A player of the Indian cricket team in England has tested positive for Covid -19 and is staying in home isolation at the moment

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: July 17, 2021 8:42:17 am
UT Health Department using CTU buses as mobile vaccination units at Dadumajra in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Coronavirus India Highlights: Niti Aayog Member-Health Dr VK Paul on Friday said one dose of vaccine was able to reduce the mortality rate by 82% while two doses were successful in preventing 95% of deaths the second wave of Covid-19.

Addressing the media, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal also said only 73 districts recorded more than 100 Covid-19 cases daily in week ending on July 14 while only 47 districts had positivity rate over 10%.

Earlier in the day, during a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to take proactive members to rule out any chance of a third wave.

Meanwhile, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that states must not permit Kanwar Yatra to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, in view of the Covid-19 situation. However, considering religious sentiments, state governments must develop a system to make ‘Ganga Jal’ available via tankers for Kanwariyas at designated locations, the Centre said.

The Supreme Court today asked the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision to allow Kanwar yatra amid the Coronavirus pandemic saying health of people and right to life is paramount.

India reported 38,949 new coronavirus cases and 542 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s total caseload rose to 3.1 crore, while the death toll increased to 4.12 lakh. Active cases presently stand at 4,30,422.

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India reported 38,949 new coronavirus cases and 542 deaths in the last 24 hours; Centre opposes Kanwar Yatra in Supreme Court; Manipur announced 10-day total curfew from July 18. Follow this space for latest Covid-19 updates:  

19:45 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Upward Covid trend in Kerala and Maharashtra cause of grave worry: PM Modi

In a video interaction with Chief Ministers of six states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pointed out that the increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Kerala and Maharashtra are a cause of grave worry.

Urging the CMs to take proactive measures to prevent a third wave, the Prime Minister emphasised on moving forward with the strategy of test, track, treat, and ‘tika (vaccine)’. He also asked them to focus on micro-containment zones.

During his interaction with CMs of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, and Maharashtra – where the number of Covid cases are on the rise— PM Modi said that 80 percent of the new infections in the country last week were reported from these states. Read more

17:15 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Delhi reports 66 new Covid cases, one death

Delhi reports 66 new Covid cases, one death

16:50 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Media briefing by Health Ministry on Covid-19

Media briefing by Health Ministry on Covid-19.

16:45 (IST)16 Jul 2021
2 vaccine doses were successful in preventing 95% deaths during second Covid wave: Niti Aayog

"One dose of vaccine was able to reduce the mortality rate by 82%. Two doses of vaccine were successful in preventing 95% of deaths due to COVID-19 during the second wave," Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

16:34 (IST)16 Jul 2021
47 districts reported over 10% positivity rate in week ending July 15: Health Ministry

Forty-seven districts across 12 states and UTs reported over 10 per cent Covid-19 positivity rate for week ending July 15, said Health Ministry

16:31 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Maharashtra: 328 children lost one or both parents to Covid-19 in Raigad district

At least 328 children have lost one or both parents to COVID-19 infection in Maharashtra's Raigad district so far, a senior official said on Friday. District Collector Nidhi Choudhary said a task force was established in the district to trace children who have lost one or both parents to the disease. As per the information collected by the district authorities, at least 14 children have been orphaned, while 314 have lost a parent to COVID-19 infection. As many as 33 children have lost their mothers, while 281 have lost their fathers to the disease, it was stated. The state government will provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh per child, which will be released once the boys attain the age of 21 and the girls turn 18, the collector said, adding that a monthly allowance of Rs 1,100 each will be put in the bank accounts of the parent or guardian. Meanwhile, a proposal has been submitted to the government to provide pension to 165 widows under the national family pension scheme, she said. --PTI

16:29 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Only 73 districts recorded over 100 Covid cases daily in week ending on July 14: Health Ministry

Only 73 districts recorded more than 100 Covid-19 cases daily in week ending on July 14, said Health Ministry.

16:23 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Should incorporate use of masks in our lives as a new normal: Health Ministry

"Analysis shows a projected decline in the use of face masks as we resume activities. We should incorporate the use of face masks in our lives as a new normal," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, during a media briefing on Covid-19.

15:57 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Five or more symptoms in first week of infection linked to long Covid: Study

People who exhibit over five symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first week are more likely to develop long Covid, irrespective of their age or gender, according to a review of studies. In long Covid, patients experience prolonged symptoms extending sometimes for months. The review, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) on Thursday, summarised current research on symptom prevalence, complications and management of long Covid. --PTI

15:55 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Odisha reports 2,070 new COVID-19 cases, 64 more deaths

Odisha on Friday reported 2,070 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 9,49,929, while 64 more fatalities pushed the toll to 4,925, a senior health department official said. Of the 2,070 new cases, 1,195 were reported from quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said. Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is part, recorded the maximum number of new cases and fatalities at 446 and 22 respectively. --PTI

14:54 (IST)16 Jul 2021
PM's 'certificate' cannot hide Yogi govt's cruelty, negligence during Covid 2nd wave: Priyanka

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for praising the Uttar Pradesh government for its handling of the Covid crisis, saying his "certificate" cannot hide the truth of the Yogi Adityanath dispensation's "cruelty, negligence and mismanagement" during the second wave of the coronavirus.  Modi, during his visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Thursday, praised the Uttar Pradesh government for its handling of the Covid crisis and said the way it had controlled the second wave was "unprecedented"."Modi ji's certificate cannot hide the truth of Yogi government's aggressive cruelty, negligence and mismanagement during the second wave of coronavirus spread in Uttar Pradesh," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. (PTI)

13:14 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Take proactive measures to rule out any chance of third wave, PM tells CMs

During a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to take proactive members to rule out any chance of a third wave.

"We are at a point where there are talks about a possible 3rd wave of COVID. In last few days, around 80% of new cases have come from these 6 states," PM Modi said.

13:04 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Take proactive measures to rule out any chance of third wave, PM tells CMs

During a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to take proactive members to rule out any chance of a third wave.

"We are at a point where there are talks about a possible 3rd wave of COVID. In last few days, around 80% of new cases have come from these 6 states," the Prime Minister said. 

 
12:22 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Supreme Court asks Uttar Pradesh govt to reconsider its decision to allow Kanwar Yatra

The Supreme Court Friday asked the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision to allow Kanwar yatra amid the Coronavirus pandemic saying health of people and right to life is paramount.

“It is of prima facie view that it concerns all of us and is at the heart of the fundamental right to life. The health of citizens of India and right to life is paramount, all other sentiments whether being religious is subservient to this basic fundamental right,” the apex court bench said.

The court asks the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise the court about its decision on Monday, otherwise, it will pass an order. Read the full report here. 

12:12 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Centre opposes Kanwar Yatra in Supreme Court

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that states must not permit Kanwar Yatra to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, in view of the Covid-19 situation. However, considering religious sentiments, state governments must develop a system to make 'Ganga Jal' available via tankers for Kanwariyas at designated locations. 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked Uttar Pradesh to reconsider its decision to hold the Kanwar Yatra amidst the pandemic. 

11:08 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Abu Dhabi announces sudden overnight lockdown

The capital of the United Arab Emirates has announced a sudden overnight lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, even as the rest of the country remains open for tourism. The state-run WAM news agency announced late Thursday the lockdown would begin Monday and last each day from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. It comes just ahead of the long Eid al-Adha holidays in the UAE, which begins Monday as well. (AP)

11:08 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Maha gives RT-PCR test report exemption to travellers having 15-day gap from 2nd COVID-19 dose

The Maharashtra government has exempted those people who have got both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from carrying a negative RT-PCR test report for entering the state, although there has to be a gap of at least 15 days between the second dose and the date of arrival. An order to this effect was issued late night on Thursday by state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte. "A person entering the state should be vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 15 days should be lapsed since the administration of the second dose. That person should be in possession of the final vaccination certificate issued through the COWIN portal," the order said. (PTI)

11:06 (IST)16 Jul 2021
'Conducting more than 70,000 Covid tests everyday, recovery rate in the state is 98.8%,' says Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra

More than 70,000 Covid tests are being conducted everyday in Madhya Pradesh, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said. "Around 21 new cases have been reported in the state today. The recovery rate in the state is 98.8 per cent," Mishra told ANI. 

09:29 (IST)16 Jul 2021
India reports 38,949 new Covid cases, 542 deaths in last 24 hours

India reported 38,949 new coronavirus cases and 542 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s total caseload rose to 3.1 crore, while the death toll increased to 4.12 lakh. Active cases presently stand at 4,30,422.

09:12 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Uttarakhand to watch roads, borders as UP says won’t stop kanwar yatra

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neighbouring Uttar Pradesh among others saying it will not stop the kanwar yatra, a cautious Uttarakhand is drafting a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to handle pilgrims who might enter the state despite the government suspending the procession within its boundaries.

DGP Ashok Kumar, who held a meeting with police officers on the issue Thursday, said forces will be deployed on Uttarakhand borders, for which assessment of the number of police personnel required had been done, and kanwar enforcement teams constituted in every district. The yatra begins around the last week of July. Read the full report here. 

People queue up outside a vaccination centre in Mumbai. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

In other news, despite two members of the Indian Cricket Team testing positive for Covid-19, the BCCI is not sending any additional player to England, The Indian Express has learnt. The Indian squad is off to Durham after a three-week break and the assembled party doesn’t have a wicketkeeper, with Rishabh Pant quarantining after testing positive on July 8 and Wriddhiman Saha in self-isolation in London as training assistant Dayanand Garani’s close contact.

Yesterday, India recorded 41,806 new Covid-19 cases, a slight increase from Tuesday's 38,792. The country also witnessed 581 Covid-related deaths on Wednesday. There are currently 4,32,041 active cases across India. Kerala continues to be the top contributor, reporting 15,637 new cases — the highest in more than a month.

Uttarakhand to watch roads, borders as UP says won’t stop kanwar yatra

WITH neighbouring Uttar Pradesh among others saying it will not stop the kanwar yatra, a cautious Uttarakhand is drafting a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to handle pilgrims who might enter the state despite the government suspending the procession within its boundaries.

DGP Ashok Kumar, who held a meeting with police officers on the issue Thursday, said forces will be deployed on Uttarakhand borders, for which assessment of the number of police personnel required had been done, and kanwar enforcement teams constituted in every district. The yatra begins around the last week of July.

No reinforcements to be sent despite Covid cases: BCCI

The Covid scare notwithstanding, the BCCI is not sending any additional player to England, The Indian Express has learnt.

The Indian squad is off to Durham after a three-week break and the assembled party doesn’t have a wicketkeeper, with Rishabh Pant quarantining after testing positive on July 8 and Wriddhiman Saha in self-isolation in London as training assistant Dayanand Garani’s close contact. The latter tested positive for Covid on Wednesday and has been isolating at the team hotel in London.

The BCCI, however, believes that with Pant being asymptomatic and nearing the completion of his quarantine period, at least as of now there’s no need to add players to an already bloated squad. “No,” said a top BCCI official when asked if any additional player would be sent to England.

Explained: How pandemic disrupted DTP, measles vaccination of kids

Global and regional estimates of Covid-19’s impact on routine childhood immunisation indicates unparalleled disruptions in delivery of vaccines against measles (MCV1) and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) (DTP3) — with 2020’s coverage likely falling in some regions to levels not seen in over a decade , according to a new modelling study published in The Lancet.

An estimated 8.5 million third doses of DTP vaccine and 8.9 million first doses of measles vaccine were missed by children worldwide in 2020 — a relative decline of more than 7% over expected coverage levels had no pandemic occurred (83% expected global coverage vs 77% estimated due to pandemic disruption for third dose of DTP; 86% vs 79% for first dose measles vaccine).

Estimates suggest twice as many children may have missed doses of each vaccine than expected due to pandemic disruptions in high-income countries in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and North Africa and the Middle East.

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