Over 500 fatalities, 44,489 more Covid-19 cases reported in last 24 hours in India
India recorded a jump of 44,489 daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while 524 people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, according to latest figures released by the ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday morning.
Though the country’s infection tally has reached 9,266,705, the steady rise in the number of people recovering from the disease continues to bind hope. As many as 8,679,138 have recovered pushing the recovery rate to 93.66%. However, the virus has so far claimed 135,223 lives.
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As the cases continue to soar, the Union ministry of home affairs on Wednesday introduced a fresh set of Covid-19 guidelines and empowered states to put in place stricter measures in order to contain the spread of the viral disease. States and Union territories (UTs) may impose local restrictions such as night curfews but need to consult the central government before imposing a lockdown outside containment zones, the MHA said in a statement.
The guidelines focussed on “Surveillance, Containment and Caution”, were aimed at consolidating “the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of Covid-19”.
In cities where the weekly case positivity rate — proportion of samples found positive for the Covid-19 — is more than 10%, the Centre advised states and UTs to consider staggering office timings and implementing other suitable measures to reduce the number of employees in the premises at the same time.
Meanwhile, the states have been asked to start preparing with vaccine-related side-effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery among masses. The health ministry told states, “…steps need to be taken to strengthen Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) surveillance following Covid-19 vaccinations to maintain confidence in safety of vaccines. MoHF has identified initiatives which are essential to further strengthen the existing AEFI Surveillance System of India so that timely and complete AEFI reporting for Covid-19 vaccination is possible…”
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- Choudhury's comments came after the TMC had on Wednesday said the Congress and the Left should support Banerjee in her fight against the BJP, a suggestion rejected by the two parties.
- In view of high active caseload the state had sought more vials in the first stage but it was told that in the second stage more vials will be given. Once lauded for its Covid-19 management, now Kerala is the virus hotspot of the country.
- The two countries will also work together in the field of telecom security, submarine optical fibre cable system to islands of India.
- Nepal is looking to India to provide vaccines as grant assistance for the first phase of its vaccination programme, which requires 12 million doses to cover 20% of its population. Nepal also plans to buy millions of doses from foreign suppliers, including SII and Bharat Biotech.
- Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami will participate in the vaccination drive tomorrow in Madurai where a sanitary worker of a hospital is expected to receive the first shot.
- The Bihar chief minister reassured that the state’s law and order situation is stable and promised a speedy trial.
- Tomar also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her party’s stand on the laws. He said that both leaders should clarify if they were lying about these reforms in their election manifesto.