The Union Health Ministry mentioned on Tuesday that it was anticipating COVID-19 vaccine provides to be out there from early subsequent yr. Meanwhile, an professional panel on the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has requested Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to submit a revised protocol for conducting each phase-2 and three human scientific trials in India for the Russian vaccine, sources mentioned. Read extra
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Rising restoration fee, falling energetic circumstances show success of Centre-led COVID-19 containment technique: Harsh Vardhan
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday mentioned India’s repeatedly rising restoration fee and progressively falling energetic circumstances have confirmed the success of the Centre-led COVID-19 containment technique.
Mr. Vardhan, talking on the digital inauguration of a Super Specialty Block (SSB) in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa, famous that the testing capability has been efficiently ramped up and the nation has crossed the eight crore milestone in phrases of complete assessments.
“Since the last nine months, India has been relentlessly fighting the infectious disease. India’s continuously rising recovery rate and progressively falling active cases have proven the success of the Centre-led COVID-19 containment strategy. We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has crossed more than 8 crore milestone in terms of total tests,” he was quoted as saying in a press release.
“I have confidence in the scientific developments taking place in the field of treatment and vaccines for COVID-19 and soon India will achieve more success in our fight against COVID-19,” he added.
India’s COVID-19 tally of circumstances climbed to 67.57 lakh on Wednesday with 72,049 new circumstances in a day, whereas 57,44,693 folks have recuperated up to now, pushing the nationwide restoration fee to 85.02%. There are 9,07,883 energetic circumstances of coronavirus an infection within the nation, in accordance to the Union Health Ministry information. Mr. Vardhan additionally urged the folks to observe COVID-19 acceptable behaviour. – PTI
’Yakshagana’ excursions to be allowed from November
The Karnataka authorities is probably going to enable conventional ‘Yakshagana’ (dance-drama) performances to begin by November-end, Dakshina Kannada district-in-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary has mentioned.
Addressing a gathering on the deputy commissioners workplace on Tuesday, the Minister sought preparations for the annual ’Thirugata’ or Yakshagana excursions, which might be allowed to be performed from subsequent month, by adhering to the COVID-19 pointers.
Yakshagana ‘Bhagawata’ Patla Satish Shetty and different artistes, together with Ujire Ashok Bhat and Seetharam Kumar, apprised the Minister of the plight of artistes due to the suspension of reveals this yr. Kateel temple managing trustee Hari Asranna additionally attended the assembly.
Around 20 skilled Yakshagana Melas are performed in Dakshina Kannada district yearly. More than a thousand artistes take part within the melas that additionally make use of a number of associates as staff. Mr. Poojary requested the artistes to make advance preparations for the melas in time. The State authorities would prolong help to all of the artistes who’re dealing with difficulties, he mentioned. Yakshagana, dance-drama of the South, is related most strongly with the State of Karnataka. Traditionally, Yakshagana was carried out within the open air by all-male troupes sponsored by varied Hindu temples. – PTI
Maharashtra declares pointers for timings of eating places, bars
Restaurants and bars in Maharashtra have been allowed to stay open from eight a.m. to 10 p.m. or as directed by the municipal commissioners or district collectors, the State authorities mentioned on Wednesday. The authorities has conveyed this in a letter despatched to the our bodies representing resorts and eating places.
Hotels, meals courts, eating places and bars within the State have been allowed to resume their operations from October 5 with capability not exceeding 50% or as prescribed by native authorities.
“It is hereby informed that the restaurants and bars will remain open from 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. sharp, or as directed by the respective municipal commissioners or district collectors (depending on the prevalent situation of COVID-19 pandemic),” Dr. Dhananjay Savalkar, joint director (tourism), mentioned within the letter issued on Wednesday. He additionally mentioned that every one the stakeholder eating places and bars from the State want to observe the timings mandatorily. – PTI
Minister Jitendra Singh lauds NE states for higher administration of COVID-19
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday lauded the northeastern (NE) States for higher administration of the coronavirus pandemic and mentioned 5 out of eight States of the area had remained COVID-19-free through the lockdown interval.
He mentioned that optimistic circumstances started to seem in these States solely after the motion of folks was allowed. Mr. Singh additionally mentioned adequate provide of oxygen had been made out there effectively upfront to all peripheral territories, together with northeastern States and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“There was better COVID management in the northeastern States and the good work done by the State governments as well as the civil society was appreciated by all quarters,” he mentioned when Meghalaya Health Minister A. L. Hek known as on him to talk about varied points associated to the pandemic.
Mr. Singh, the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), mentioned the countrywide surveys performed by neutral businesses have additionally testified this. He appreciated Meghalaya and different State governments for having taken proactive steps from the start of the coronavirus pandemic to break the transmission chain and strengthen the prevailing well being programs to meet any surge in circumstances.
Mr. Singh famous that simply because the Northeast has emerged as a mannequin of growth within the final six years, it has emerged as a mannequin for efficient coronavirus administration within the final six months. He mentioned whereas the Ministry of DoNER has supplied an preliminary help of ₹25 crore to the States of the area as a preemptive transfer even earlier than the lockdown, the State governments had been additionally immediate in initiating early efficient measures. – PTI
People shouldn’t be below misunderstanding about enchancment in COVID-19 scenario: Tripura High Court
A division Bench of the Tripura High Court has mentioned folks of the State shouldn’t be below any misunderstanding that there’s “dramatic improvement” within the COVID-19 scenario and life can get again to regular.
The apex court docket’s remark got here following an ‘action taken report’ submitted by the State authorities on the suggestions of a Central professional crew, which had lately visited the State.
“The people of the State should not get a false idea that there is a dramatic improvement in the coronavirus spread and that life should go back to normal. This would be a serious mistake with serious consequences,” the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Subhashish Talapatra, mentioned.
It additionally mentioned the positivity fee in Tripura has been fairly excessive. The excessive court docket mentioned the Committee has flagged sure shortcomings with regard to well being amenities within the State and recommended remedial measures, which ought to be applied on the earliest. The subsequent date of listening to has been fastened for October 13. – PTI
Karnataka authorities slashes tremendous on not sporting face masks
Days after imposing hefty penalties, the Karnataka authorities on Wednesday lowered the tremendous on folks not sporting masks from ₹1,000 to ₹250 in city areas and from ₹500 to ₹100 in rural components of the state.
The authorities had come below sharp criticism from varied quarters not just for the exorbitant penalty quantity but in addition policemen reportedly occurring a tremendous assortment spree at public locations.
“In its recent order the government had fixed a fine of ₹1000 in the urban areas and ₹500 in the rural areas on those not wearing the masks,” Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa mentioned in a press launch.
“Against the background of the public outrage and experts’ opinion, it has been decided to reduce the fine from ₹1,000 to ₹250 in the urban areas and from ₹500 to ₹100 in the rural areas,” he added.
Govt to launch awareness campaign to check spread of coronavirus
The authorities would launch a campaign from Thursday to spread awareness on the measures folks want to observe to check the spread of coronavirus, Union minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned.
Addressing a press convention on the selections taken by the Union Cabinet, he mentioned until the time a vaccine is obtainable, folks want to put on masks, preserve distance and sanitise fingers as half of efforts to check the spread of the virus.
Posters, banners and stickers would come up at public locations and on metros, auto rickshaws and different public transports to spread the message. Social media would even be used as half of the campaign, he mentioned.
Fall in containment zones depend in Delhi after regular rise since Aug final week
After rising steadily for over 40 days, the quantity of containment zones within the nationwide capital fell to 2,697 on October 6, a marginal dip in contrast to the figures the day gone by, in accordance to official information.
Since final week of August, there was an upward development within the quantity of containment zones until October 5 when the depend stood at 2,707.
However, on Tuesday, it slipped to 2,697, the autumn being registered after a niche of greater than 40 days.
The nationwide capital recorded 39 COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, because the demise toll mounted to 5,581 whereas 2,676 recent circumstances took the tally to over 2.95 lakh, authorities mentioned.
Dasara competition probably to be confined to Mysuru Palace and Chamundi Hills
As half of checking the spread of COVID-19, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu mentioned on Wednesday there’s a basic view that the Dasara competition ought to be confined to the Mysuru Palace and Chamundi Hills this yr.
“We have discussed the safety measures that should be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection during the Dasara festival in Mysuru.
There is a general view in the meeting that the Dasara should be confined to the Mysuru Palace and the Chamundi Hills,” Sriramulu tweeted after a gathering with the Mysuru district authorities.
According to him, a panel of technical specialists will formulate the motion plan on behalf of the district administration for the ‘State festival’
The motion plan will probably be finalised after discussing with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, he mentioned.
World Bank praises efforts to arrest COVID-19 spread in Dharavi
The World Bank on Wednesday praised the efforts to include the spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, saying its success stemmed from a mix of customised options , neighborhood involvement and perseverance.
Dharavi’s success stemmed from a mix of customised options, neighborhood involvement and perseverance , it mentioned. – PTI
Another Himachal minister assessments optimistic for novel coronavirus
Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj examined optimistic for novel coronavirus on Wednesday, a well being official mentioned.
Mr. Bhardwaj is the third Himachal Pradesh minister and ninth MLA within the 68-member state Assembly to have contracted the virus. – PTI
COVID-19 recoveries exceeded energetic circumstances by over 48 lakh
The quantity of folks recovered from COVID-19 has exceeded these with energetic an infection by greater than 48 lakh because the restoration fee surpassed 85 per cent on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry mentioned.
Nearly 57.50 lakh folks have recovered up to now, which is 6.32 occasions the energetic circumstances, it mentioned, including the sustained excessive ranges of recoveries have widened the hole between energetic and recovered circumstances.
“The national recovery rate has jumped past 85 per cent today with the continuous streak of high number of recovered cases being reported in the past few weeks. The recovered cases have exceeded the new confirmed again during the past 24 hours,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Dabbawalas, consulates employees allowed to journey in native trains
Mumbai’s dabbawalas and employees of international consulates and excessive commissions have been allowed to journey in native trains that are at the moment being run just for important providers employees, officers mentioned on Wednesday.
Dabbawalas, the well-known lunch-box carriers in Mumbai, final month mentioned there was by no means a six-month break within the “130 -year-old history of the tiffin services”, and demanded entry to native trains to resume their providers in full capability.
Currently, in view of the COVID-19 restrictions, solely the dabbawalas who might attain the south Mumbai space on their cycles had been in a position to ship meals to office-goers.
They have now expressed happiness on being allowed to board native trains with impact from Tuesday.
Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of the Western Railway, mentioned based mostly on the unlock pointers issued by the Maharashtra authorities on September 30, they’ve allowed the dabbawalas to journey in native trains.
“The staff of foreign consulates and high commissions have also been permitted to travel in local trains, as per the directives received from the Ministry of Railways,” he mentioned.
Over 5,000 dabbawalas run the tiffin supply enterprise within the metropolis. — PTI
Santhur village goes into self-imposed 10-day lockdown
Santhur village in Kattagaram panchayat has come below self-imposed lockdown right here with the deaths of two individuals of a identical household from COVID-19.
Santhur village, recognized for its mango nurseries, have attracted and merchants from throughout the State together with inter-State merchants travelling inflicting the spread of the virus. The quantity of circumstances reported from the village had reportedly elevated at the same time as village clever numbers had been nonetheless unavailable.
On Monday, two individuals of the identical household died due to the virus in a personal hospital in Bengaluru. Following this, your entire village was being subjected to containment measures. In its wake, the native merchants’ affiliation has introduced a 10-day lengthy complete lockdown asserting the shuttering of all retailers.
Following the circumstances, the authorities have put up camps within the space. Hosur has reported highest quantity of circumstances, with a industrial clusters opening up to full manufacturing.
Positivity fee in Delhi falls beneath 5% after months
As many as 2,676 new COVID-19 circumstances had been reported in Delhi up to now 24 hours, taking the depend to 2,95,236, in accordance to a well being bulletin launched by the Delhi authorities on Tuesday. Also, 39 extra deaths have been reported, taking the demise toll to 5,581.
As per the bulletin, 2,997 folks have recovered up to now 24 hours and in complete, 2,66,935 folks have recovered.
The quantity of energetic circumstances, which fell beneath the 25,000 mark after nearly 25 days on Sunday, additional decreased to 22,720 on Tuesday. Also, the quantity of folks admitted in hospitals decreased for the eighth consecutive day and people below residence quarantine got here down for the fifth straight day.
Actor Arjun Kapoor recovers
Actor Arjun Kapoor on Wednesday mentioned he has examined unfavourable for COVID-19, a month after contracting the virus. The 35-year-old actor was recognized with COVID-19 on September 6 and was in residence quarantine since.
In a press release, posted on Instagram, Kapoor mentioned he has made a “full recovery” and thanked those that despatched their greatest needs for him.
“I’m feeling better after making a full recovery and excited to return to work. Thank you everyone for your good wishes and positivity,” he wrote.
Kapoor had lately began taking pictures for his newest movie earlier than he was recognized with COVID-19.
Madras High Court
Why are tin sheets used to block entrances, asks Madras High Court
The Madras High Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure over the apply adopted by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) of utilizing tin sheets to block entries and exits to locations the place COVID-19 sufferers have been detected and subjected to residence quarantine.
A Division Bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and R. Hemalatha directed GCC Commissioner G. Prakash to seem earlier than them by way of video conferencing on November 10 and clarify the rationale behind blocking entrances to particular person homes utilizing tin sheets.
The judges needed to know if there was a scientific foundation behind such a course adopted by the Corporation and whether or not any of the rules issued by the Centre or the State authorities allow the use of tin sheets to block entrances.
Panel suggests limiting pilgrims throughout Sabarimala season
Allowing pilgrims solely by way of Pampa, limiting the quantity of pilgrims to 1,000 on weekdays and a couple of,000 on weekends, and making COVID-19-negative certificates necessary are among the many suggestions made by the high-level committee for the Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season on the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple that begins on November 16.
Vaccine trial begins in Vizag
King George Hospital (KGH), has launched into a historic journey on Monday with the start of the trial for coronavirus vaccine.
The vaccine Covishield, which was developed by the Oxford University, with Serum India Limited and the IndianCouncil of Medical analysis (ICMR) as companions, was administered to the primary volunteer by KGH Superintendent and principal of Andhra Medical College P.V. Sudhakar.
The vaccine was administered below strict pointers issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as per the protocols laid down by the Oxford University, Serum India Limited and the ICMR, Dr. Sudhakar advised The Hindu .
Doctors, fearing ‘tsunami’ of COVID-19 circumstances after Durga Puja
Doctors in West Bengal have written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to take strict measures to check crowding throughout Durga Puja as they feared a ‘tsunami’ of COVID-19 circumstances after the competition.
Durga Puja is barely two weeks away and other people have already began making purchases, with many iconic shops in Kolkata filled with customers. This at a time when the quantity of COVID-19 circumstances within the State and Kolkata is barely climbing. On Tuesday, 85-year-old Soumitra Chatterjee, one of Bengal’s most revered actors, was admitted to Bellevue Clinic after testing optimistic.
Bengaluru’s energetic circumstances shot up tenfold in 90 days
In 90 days – July 1 to September 30 – energetic circumstances in Bengaluru shot up by over ten occasions from 4,649 to 47,145. During the identical interval, Chennai lowered energetic circumstances from 22,781 to 11,323, Mumbai introduced down its energetic circumstances from 29,715 to 26,663.
The six mega cities in India – Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata – collectively had 89,695 energetic circumstances on July 1. While Bengaluru contributed 5.2% of this, Mumbai’s share was the biggest with 33.1% adopted by Delhi with 30.1% and Chennai 25.4%. Ahmedabad and Kolkata contributed 4% and a couple of.2% respectively. Cities which have a inhabitants of over a million are categorized as mega cities.