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COVID-19: One In Two Coronavirus Patients In India Have Now Recovered

While 1.7 lakh people have recovered, there are over 1.5 lakh active infections in the country.



NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in its routine media briefing in New Delhi today informed that with the curing of 7,419 people in the last 24 hours, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has reached 51.07 per cent in the country. A total of 1,69,798 people have been cured in the country.

At the same time, however, with over 11,500 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 infections in India on Monday rose to 3.32 lakh. The death toll also crossed the 9,500-mak to stand at 9520 deaths.

This is the tenth consecutive day that India has reported more than 9,000 COVID-19 cases with a record number of new patients each day.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

Last week, cases in India surpassed those in the UK to become the fourth worst-hit country in the world behind the US, Brazil and Russia, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicentre of the outbreak in India, with the state’s death toll at 3,950 while the total number of patients has skyrocketed to 107,958, including 53,030 active cases.

Delhi’s COVID-19 count is now over 40,000, with 10,000 more cases in the last six days alone and 2,224 infections confirmed in the last 24 hours. The state’s death toll has reached 1,327, while the total number of patients has increased to 41,182, of which 24,032 are active cases.

The government said the virus infection has not entered the community transmission stage as the lockdown and containment measures have prevented a rapid spread.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of 1,15,519 tests of coronavirus were conducted by various laboratories in the country during the last 24 hours. So far, 57,74,133 tests have been conducted.

ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories.

As of now, a total of 901 laboratories across India have been given the approval to conduct tests for Covid-19 including 653 government laboratories and 248 private laboratory chains.

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COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Out of Control’, Says UN Chief

The UN chief told journalists yesterday that “the grimmest of milestones” is upon us.



NEW YORK (United States): The U.N. Secretary-General warned Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic is “out of control,” and he called for global solidarity in making a future vaccine affordable and available to all.

“The virus is the No. 1 global security threat in our world today,” Antonio Guterres told reporters.

Guterres spoke ahead of Tuesday’s start of the U.N. General Assembly annual debate, which typically draws more than a hundred presidents, prime ministers and other senior officials to New York each year. But due to the pandemic, leaders will send pre-recorded video messages, and side meetings will be held virtually.

Recognizing that many pin their hopes on a vaccine, he said, “let’s be clear: there is no panacea in a pandemic”.

“A vaccine alone cannot solve this crisis, certainly not in the near term”, stressed the world’s top diplomat. “We need to massively expand new and existing tools that can respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months”.

He emphasized that because the virus “respects no borders”, a vaccine must be seen as “a global public good”, affordable and available to all, but it requires “a quantum leap in funding”.

Moreover, people must be willing to be vaccinated, but a proliferation of misinformation on vaccines is fueling vaccine-hesitancy, and igniting wild conspiracy theories, noted the UN chief.

He spoke of “alarming reports” that large populations in various countries are reluctant, or outright refusing, to take a new coronavirus vaccine.

“In the face of this lethal disease, we must do our utmost to halt deadly misinformation”, affirmed the Secretary-General.

I’m very worried. The pandemic has shown us the enormous fragility of the world. Not only in relation to COVID-19 but also in relation to climate change, to the lawlessness in cyberspace, the risks of nuclear proliferation, to the impacts of inequality in the cohesion of societies.

A microscopic virus has put us on our knees. This should lead to a lot of humility in world leaders, and to unity and solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. But we know that there has been no unity. Each country has adopted its own strategy, and we see the results: the virus has progressed everywhere. 

In developing countries, people are suffering so much from this lack of solidarity. This is negative for everybody because if we are not able to properly address COVID-19 in these countries, the virus goes back and forth and we will all pay a heavy price, even in the richest countries in the world,” he added.

There have been nearly 30 million confirmed cases worldwide of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and more than 936,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks global data on the virus.

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COVID-19: Govt Includes AYUSH Practices Into Management Protocol For Recovered Patients

Patients recovered from acute COVID-19 illness have reported a variety of symptoms like fatigue, cough etc.



NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued a protocol on Post COVID Management on September 13, 2020. The protocol provides an integrated holistic approach for patients of COVID to care at home and is not meant to be used as preventive/curative therapy.

It also states that the recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from a more severe form of the disease and those with pre-existing illness.

The protocol is also notable for the induction of various AYUSH practices of healthcare to facilitate faster recuperation of health of recovered COVID-19 patients.

COVID 19 is a new disease and new information is being recorded on a daily basis about the natural history of it, especially in terms of post-recovery events.

In terms of post-recovery, active research is being pursued in order to unearth all the information related to the disease.

As of now, patients who have recovered from acute COVID-19 illness have continued to report a variety of symptom like fatigue, cough, core throat etc.

The Post- COVID follow up protocol, on an individual level, advises continued appropriate use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing etc.

Adequate consumption of hot water and immunity promoting AYUSH medicine is advised after prescribed by a qualified practitioner of AYUSH. Mild/moderate exercises like Yogasana, Pranayama, Meditation is to be practised daily as prescribed while daily morning or evening walk at a comfortable pace as tolerated.

Apart from this, the protocol advises consuming a balanced nutritious diet that is easy to digest and is freshly prepared.

On the community level, a person can take the support of community-based self-help groups, qualified professionals, etc for the recovery and rehabilitation process. The doctor also mentions visiting the nearest health facility if the patient who had undergone home isolation complains of persisting symptoms.

At the individual level, immunity promoting AYUSH medicine as per the advisories already released by the AYUSH Ministry is recommended, subject to consultation with a qualified practitioner.

These include common or easy preparations like the Ayush Kwath, the Samshamanivati, Giloy powder with lukewarm water, Ashwagandha and Chyawanprash. Other recommendations include Amla fruit, Mulethi powder and Haldi milk.

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COVID-19: Schools To Reopen From September 21 For Classes 9 To 12; Read SOPs

The govt said that students of these classes can come to school on a “voluntary basis”.



NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has allowed schools to reopen for resuming the face-to-face method of learning from September 21. The ministry has issued a set of guidelines for holding these classes. It is meant to serve as a guide to schools on the safety measures they need to take during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) follow the centre’s Unlock-4 guidelines to allow schools to reopen in areas outside containment zones.

Disallowing of sharing of notebooks, pens or pencils, water bottles among students, a prohibition of assemblies and sports, encouraging online learning, entry of asymptomatic persons are some of the important points of the guidelines.

It said, however, written consent of the student’s parents or guardians will be required and such visits for teacher-student interactions must be organized in a staggered manner.

The seating arrangement has to be made to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs, desks etc and the teaching faculty will ensure that they themselves and students wear masks throughout the conduct of the teaching or guidance activities.

If there is cafeteria or mess facility within the premises, it shall remain closed.

For ensuring queue management inside and outside the premises, specific markings on the floor with a gap of 6 feet may be made.

Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in staff rooms, office areas including the reception area, and other places.

Weather permitting, outdoor spaces may be utilized for conducting teacher-student interactions, keeping in view the safety and security of students and physical distancing protocols.

The concerned teaching and non-teaching employees up to 50 per cent of the strength may be called to schools for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work.

The installation and use of the Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.

The appropriate back-up stock of personal protection items like face covers or masks, hand sanitizers etc shall be made available by management to the teachers and employees.

An adequate supply of thermal guns, alcohol wipes or 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solutions and disposable paper towels, soap, IEC materials on COVID-19 should be provided.

A pulse oximeter to check oxygen saturation levels of any symptomatic person must be arranged.

The guidelines also call for ensuring regular counselling for students and teachers reporting mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

The SOPs said that it is advisable that teachers, school counsellors and school health workers should work in unison to ensure the emotional safety of the student.

The entrance should have mandatory hand hygiene sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions.

For the conduct of skill-based training in workshops and laboratories, a floor area of 4 square metres per person should be made available for working on equipment or work stations.

Cleaning and regular disinfection using 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite of frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, chairs, benches, washroom fixtures, will be made mandatory in all classrooms, laboratories, lockers, parking areas, other common areas, before the beginning of classes and at the end of the day.

All employees who are at higher risk like older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the students.

If the transportation facility is being managed by the school, proper physical distancing, sanitization of buses or other transport vehicles with 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite shall be ensured.

Prior to resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching or demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.

Schools that were used as quarantine centres should be properly sanitized and deep cleaned before partial functioning is resumed.

In case a student or teacher or employee develops symptoms, the ill person should be in a room or area where they are isolated from others and the nearest medical facility should be informed.

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