Coronavirus India Highlights: Anticipating a second COVID-19 wave in January-February, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to ensure there is no complacency in testing and said labs should efficiently function in all districts.
A circular from the government’s health services directorate dated November 11 said that a second wave of the pandemic is likely in January-February. The second wave is expected based on what is happening in Europe, it said. The circular said since October, the number of Covid- 19 cases in Maharashtra has shown signs of decline. The second wave of the virus has hit many countries, especially those in Europe, it said.
India recorded over 44,800 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country’s total tally currently stands at over 87.28 lakh cases. With 547 people succumbing to the virus Thursday the death toll stands at 1,28,688. Out of the total cases, 4.84 lakh cases are active while 81.15 lakh people have recovered after testing positive.
On the vaccine front, Serum Institute of India (SII) said that as many as 40 million doses of the Covishield vaccine have already been manufactured. The promising results of the trials so far give confidence that Covishield could be a realistic solution to the deadly pandemic, the institute’s statement read. The SII also announced completion of the enrolment of phase 3 clinical trials for the Covishield vaccine in the country.
Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday announced the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana to incentivise new job creation. Effective October 1, the scheme will provide incentives for EPFO-registered establishments taking a new employee or offering employment to those who lost their jobs between March 1 and September 30. The scheme is for those earning less than Rs 15,000 a month. It will be operational till June 30, 2021.