NEW DELHI: India registered it’s highest single-day spike, recording 11,000 COVID-19 cases on the day, taking the total to 2,97,928. With 392 deaths were recorded on the day, the overall death toll is now 8,497. Active cases stand at 1,42,715, with 1,46,716 patients having recovered.
With the new, record surge India surpassed the UK to become the country with the fourth-highest incidence of COVID-19.
The 11,442 cases recorded on June 11 is less than the daily counts of the day of only Russia, the US and Brazil.
Worryingly, the current month is seeing a dangerous spike in the fatalities.
India recorded 205 deaths on June 1, then 221, 252, 270, 300, 298, 261, 342, 271, on subsequent days and finally 359 on June 10 — totalling 2,779 deaths out of a total of 8,107 (33% in 10 days) in India since the outbreak of the virus.
On the brighter side, the recovery rate reached 49.21 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from coronavirus reached 1,41,029.
The case fatality rate too is now at an encouraging 2.82 per cent.
During the last 24 hours, 5,823 people have been cured of this virus.
Further, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has achieved the remarkable feat yesterday by crossing the 1,50,000 tests per day mark.
A total of 1,51,808 tests of coronavirus were conducted by the various laboratories in the country.
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 837 laboratories across India have been given the approval to conduct the test for COVID-19 including 602 government laboratories and 235 private laboratories’ chains.
The national capital is fast heading towards becoming the “corona capital” of the country, observed the Delhi High Court while expressing concern over the spike in COVID-19 cases and directed that all private hospitals equipped with labs to test for coronavirus and having ICMR sanction be permitted to conduct the test.
A Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad observed that “corona capital” was “an epithet the city can well do without” and said it was need of the hour that all private hospitals equipped with labs to test for COVID-19 be permitted to do so without losing any more time.
According to the latest official figures, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is over 32,000 including 984 deaths. The number of active coronavirus patients in the city is over 19,000.
Maharashtra recorded a new single-day high in cases as well as fatalities on Thursday, reporting 3,607 new COVID-19 cases and 152 deaths as its total case tally soared to 97,648 while its total death toll rose to 3,590. However, only 47,968 cases of Maharashtra’s total case tally are active ones. As many as 1,561 patients were discharged today, taking the total number of discharged till date to 46,078.
With 1,418 new cases reported today, Mumbai’s total case tally has now reached 54,085 while its death toll has risen to 1,954. As many as 97 of the new deaths were reported from Mumbai city, nine from the Mira Bhayandar civic body area, seven from Kalyan Dombivali, and eight from Pune among other parts of the State.
With the number of cases increasing, Punjab has decided to bring back on weekends and holidays the restrictions that were imposed during the lockdown, treading on the same path as Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also ordered mandatory testing certification for people entering the state from Delhi.
Madhya Pradesh on Thursday recorded 192 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,241. The number of active cases stands at 2,768. Two patients died in Indore owing to the illness, while Burhanpur and Chhindwara reported one death each on the day. The State-wide death toll climbed to 431. As for recoveries, 150 patients were discharged from hospitals on the day. So far, 7,042 persons have been cured of the illness, says the State Directorate of Health Services.
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”.
“We need a vaccine for everybody, everywhere – in affordable conditions – because we will only be safe if everybody is safe.”
— United Nations (@UN) September 16, 2020
“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.
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.
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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