Covid-19 Roundup: ICMR Will Conduct National Sero Survey, Multiple States Extend Sidewalks, and More | India News
India reported 91,702 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Friday, taking the country‘s Total count at 29,274,823.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases has dropped further to 1,121,671 and the recovery rate has risen to 94.93%. A total of 1,34,580 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the total recovery figures to 27,790,073.
Here are the latest COVID-19 Related developments across the country:
‘The Covid situation appears to be stabilizing in India’
The Union Health Ministry said on Friday that the Covid situation in the country appears to be stabilizing. However, people must continue to follow appropriate standards of behavior and social distancing, he added.
The ministry said a nearly 78 percent decline in daily new Covid-19 cases has been observed in India from the highest peak reported in daily cases on May 7.
The Center stressed that breaking the chain of transmission ensures less stress on the health infrastructure and a better quality of care.
ICMR will conduct a national sero survey in June to assess the spread of Covid-19
The Center said on Friday that the fourth round of ICMR nationwide serosurveys to assess the intensity of the spread of Covid-19 in India will begin this month, but all states / UTs should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected.
“The ICMR will begin work on the next serosurvey this month, which will help assess the intensity of the spread of Covid-19. But if we want to protect our geographies, we cannot rely on a national serosurvey alone and will have to encourage states “UTs should also do serum surveys at their levels,” Paul said.
The decrease in the number of active Covid cases should not lead to complacency: Vardhan
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday that a decrease in the number of Covid cases should never instill a sense of complacency among the public.
He underscored that the behavioral pattern of intermittently donning and doffing masks, inappropriate use of masks, and not following proper Covid behavior contributed to the second wave of the viral illness.
“ The fact that the United States denies the emergency go-ahead to Covaxin will have no impact on our vaccine Program’
Since the US FDA rejected the emergency use authorization for Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, the government said on Friday that it respects the decision, but stated that it will have no impact on India’s vaccination program.
Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech’s US partner Ocugen said it will seek an emergency use go-ahead for the first Covid-19 vaccine developed in India, Covaxin, from Canadian health authorities.
The company said it has already started discussions with Health Canada to seek regulatory approval.
Ocugen had recently acquired the rights to Covaxin for the Canadian market also from Bharat Biotech and last week said it had made a $ 15 million upfront payment to the Indian vaccine manufacturer for the Canadian rights to the vaccine.
Several states extend the curbs of Covid
Several states extended Covid restrictions on Friday along with some relaxations that were imposed to control the spread of the virus.
The Tamil nadu On Friday, the government extended the total lockdown for another week ending at 6 a.m. on June 21 and further modified the relaxations in 27 districts, including Chennai, where the number of cases is declining.
Corporation workers disinfect a road in a containment zone, during the Covid-induced closure in Coimbatore. (PTI photo)
The Kerala government has also announced a complete shutdown in the state on Saturday and Sunday.
While the Manipur government extended the ongoing Covid curfew in seven districts on Friday until June 30 amid a spike in Covid cases.
Himachal Pradesh also extended the Covid curfew with several more relaxations until new orders.
Buses within the state will operate at 50 percent occupancy and stores will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm starting June 14, he added.
The curfew will continue from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the state until further orders.
‘More than 24.93 doses of vaccine administered so far’
The cumulative number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in the country exceeded more than 24.93 million rupees, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
He said 19,49,902 beneficiaries in the 18 to 44 age group received the first dose, while 72,279 in the age group received the second dose of the vaccine on Friday.
In total, 3,79,67,237 people in the age group 18 to 44 have received the first dose and 5,58,862 have received the second dose since the start of the third phase of the nationwide vaccination campaign.
‘There is no need to panic at the need to change the Covishield dosing interval’
The government said on Friday that there is no need to panic over the need for an immediate change in the Covishield vaccine dosing interval, stressing that reducing the time gap requires proper scientific study in the Indian setting.
“There is no need to panic, suggesting the need for an immediate change or a change in the gap between doses. All of these decisions need to be made very carefully. We must remember that when we increased the gap, we had to consider the risk posed by the virus to those who have received a single dose. But the counterpoint was that more people will be able to receive the first dose, thus giving a reasonable degree of immunity to more people, “said Dr. VK Paul.
(With contributions from the agency)