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Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.
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Scientists say that in many of the urban centres, like Delhi, Mumbai or Pune, the disease prevalence, or the proportion of population infected by the virus, has already reached a level from where there will be a significant slowdown in further spread
COVID-19 vaccine: Some independent scientists said that while data from the vaccine’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials is very encouraging, they questioned the process of approval when efficacy data from the vaccine’s Phase 3 trials, which began in November, hadn’t come in.
Once hailed for keeping the spread in check, Kerala now has the highest number of active cases in the country, more than even Maharashtra. As on Saturday, Kerala had 65,452 active cases, more than a fourth of the entire country.
India is currently reporting around 20,000 new infections every day. This number has been on a steady decline for more than three months now. The peak was reached on September 17 when 97,894 infections were detected in a single day.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought rare attention to science, particularly aspects related to healthcare, and India’s response has underlined its existing scientific capabilities. In 2021, the country can look forward to improvements in vaccine research, among other scientific achievements
A new batch of scientists is slated to travel to Antarctica next month, to relieve those who are currently there, as happens every year. The people who are currently manning the Indian stations had travelled in December last year, before the outbreak of the pandemic..
India is only the second country in the world, after United States, to have more than ten million confirmed infections, but the epidemic here now seems to be in a state of steady, possibly irreversible, decline.
India's coronavirus cases numbers: Of the nearly 10 million people infected with Covid-19 so far, just about 3.3 lakh are currently sick. The active cases were previously at this level in the first half of July.
Some of his students, outstanding scientists themselves, say Narasimha, one of the doyens of Indian science who passed away in Bengaluru on Monday at the age of 87, was as great a teacher and mentor as an accomplished scientist.
For over a month-and-a-half now, reported cases of the infection have dropped to below 50,000 a day. During this time, there have been festivals, elections, farmers’ protests, and relaxations in restrictions.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccine: Three vaccine developers have sought emergency use approval while their candidates are still in trials. India’s regulations provide for ‘accelerated approval’ in special situations. What are the rules?
Coronavirus (Covid-19) numbers explained: This has less to do with any big rise in the numbers being reported from the state and more with the fact that Delhi has shown a considerable decline during this period.
Coronavirus vaccines: Pfizer has applied for emergency use authorisation of its vaccine; Moderna and Serum Institute of India too plan to apply to the respective authorities. What is the process, and how is it different from full approval?
Accordingly, the Health Ministry has dispatched high-level teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. A few days ago, similar teams were sent to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Chhattisgarh as well.
India coronavirus numbers explained: In the last one week, Kerala has reported less than 7,000 cases every day. Though these numbers are still the second highest in the country, after Delhi, a declining trend seems to have been established.
India coronavirus numbers explained: Even with reduced numbers, Delhi remains the highest contributor of Covid-19 cases in the country. The only exception had been on Sunday, when Kerala had reported higher number of cases.