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A late-stage research of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused whereas the corporate investigates whether or not a research participant’s unexplained sickness is said to the shot.

The pause is at the very least the second such maintain to happen amongst a number of vaccines which have reached large-scale remaining checks within the United States. Final-stage testing of a vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University stays on maintain within the US as officers study whether or not an sickness in its trial poses a security threat.

You can monitor coronavirus circumstances, deaths and testing charges on the nationwide and State ranges right here. An inventory of State Helpline numbers is offered as nicely.

Here are the newest updates:

New Delhi

‘Festivals may turn out to be super spreader occasions’

Member (Health), Niti Aayog, Dr. V.Okay. Paul:  “While the conditions appear to be stabilising, there is a worry that during winter, the pandemic may spread further and the situation may go out of control. Winter is conducive to the spread of respiratory viruses and therefore, more precautions need to be taken. In Europe and US, it is clear that with the onset of winter, the number of cases have gone up, though there may be several other factors.”

“In view of these facts, we cannot be lax and we need to be well prepared. This is also the festival season, during which we come together and it may lead to the spread of virus. The festivals may turn out to be super spreader events.”

“The change in behaviour, which includes wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, will make the real difference. The public awareness movement should be unprecedented, as is the disease in our lifetime.”

New Delhi

Unite2FightCorona marketing campaign

“We need to take precautions as the economy is opening up, educational institutions and cinema halls are opening, winter season and festival seasons are approaching. We need to take precautions,” stated I&B Secretary Amit Khare in the course of the weekly briefing on COVID-19.

Banners and posters are to be put up at public locations until the block stage. Front-line staff, together with lecturers, anganwadi staff, ASHAs, Panchayat sevaks, will be concerned. Beneficiaries of presidency schemes like NGNREGA, PM Awas, PM-Kishan, Ujjawala Yojana, and so forth, will be focused by way of the information marketing campaign on security measures to be taken to stop the unfold of Covid-19.

In the run-up to the marketing campaign, assembly chaired by Union Home Minister was held on Sept 28. The Prime Minister, by way of a tweet underneath the hashtag “Unite2FightCorona”, launched the marketing campaign on October 8. It garnered 2.33 billion impressions amongst 25.1k customers with 61.3k mentions and trended at numerous positions all through the day on Twitter, together with at quantity 2 in the course of the afternoon.

Covid-19 pledge has been administered in virtually 500 Central govt. workplaces throughout India

30 Union Ministers, together with Home Minister, Defence Minister; 15 Governors and Chief Ministers, round 500 different influencers, together with movie stars, sports activities individuals and enterprise icons, concerned within the marketing campaign

At all of the ports and railways, outreach initiatives are being undertaken. State governments have come ahead to begin the marketing campaign from October 2, Gandhi Jayanthi. Public enterprises, the Education Ministry, Railways, post-offices, banks, para-military forces and State police have additionally collaborated.

Devesh Pandey

New Delhi

‘India has highest COVID-19 recoveries on the earth’

In the weekly COVID-19 briefing, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated India has registered highest recoveries on the earth. “Cumulative positivity rate is 8.07%, weekly positivity rate is 5.16%, Active cases are below nine lakh for the fifth consecutive day and it is declining,” he famous.

With the rise in testing, there’s a decline in positivity fee. On a median 11.36 lakh checks are  being carried out per day, the capability is 15 lakh per day, he stated.

New Delhi

Health Minister stresses on COVID-19-appropriate behaviour throughout pageant season, winter months

India has the very best COVID-19 restoration fee of 86.78 per cent globally with 62,27,295 recovered circumstances and the bottom fatality fee at 1.53 per cent, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated on Tuesday.

Dr. Vardhan, who chaired the 21th assembly of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 through video-conference right here, appealed to everybody concerning observance of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour in the course of the forthcoming pageant season and the winter months, “when the likelihood of an increase in the disease is high”, the Health Ministry stated in an announcement. – Devesh Pandey


Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner checks constructive for COVID-19

Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner Okay V Rajendra, his spouse and baby have examined constructive for coronavirus. He will be in dwelling quarantine for the following two weeks as he’s asymptomatic, sources on the DC’s workplace stated.

As a precautionary measure, Mangaluru metropolis Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Commissioner Akshay Sridhar, has additionally gone into quarantine after the DC examined constructive for the virus.

New Delhi

India continues to be amongst international locations with lowest per million COVID-19 circumstances, deaths

With focussed methods and calibrated measures, India has sustained its world place of being the nation with one of many lowest COVID-19 circumstances per million and reported deaths per million, the Union Health Ministry stated.

From the final 5 weeks, there was a steady decline within the common day by day new circumstances.

“The weekly average of daily new cases fell from 92,830 cases in the second week of September to 70,114 cases in the 2nd week of October,” the ministry stated.


COVID-19 graph in Assam begins flattening: Himanta

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that the COVID-19 curve within the state has began flattening with fixed fall within the positivity fee of coronavirus circumstances.

“There had been a constant decline in the positivity rate last week and it reached a low of 1.8 per cent on Monday,” Mr. Sarma stated, including that absolutely the variety of new circumstances has additionally been falling, whereas the restoration ratio is at the moment at over 85 per cent.

“These were important developments during the last 15 days and we can claim that the flattening of the COVID graph has started. “We continue to remain vigilant and careful for a few more days. If this trend continues, we will be sure to win the fight against the virus,” he stated. – PTI


Meghalaya defers Garo Hills district council elections

The Meghalaya authorities has determined to postpone the elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for an indefinite interval within the wake of the COVID-19 disaster and can appoint a board of directors for the 30-member native physique for six months, Chief Minister Conrad Okay Sangma stated.

The present time period of the National People’s Party-led govt committee of the council will finish on October 18.

A board of directors headed by the governor will take over the council for six months, he stated after a cupboard assembly on Monday night.


Punjab faculties to reopen from Oct 15

The Punjab authorities stated {that a} determination had been taken to reopen faculties and training establishments from October 15 in a graded method.

Students of solely lessons 9-12 are permitted to attend faculties with parental consent and with out making attendance obligatory, in accordance to an announcement.

However, on-line lessons shall proceed to be the popular mode of instructing and be inspired.


Testing, tracing ought to go hand in hand, says Dr. G.V.S. Murthy

PHFI’s IIPH-Hyderabad Director Dr. G.V.S. Murthy reiterated testing and tracing for COVID-19 ought to go “hand in hand”. There was an preliminary thrust on contact-tracing protocols however the surge of constructive circumstances merely overwhelmed the well being methods — already strained due to scarcity of personnel, and the efficient tracing has subsequently faltered. “This could have been avoided if the governments concerned had called upon other staff and community leadership, trained them and equipped them for contact tracing. Unfortunately, this has not happened and only testing was ramped up and tracing given a short shrift,” he factors out.

Digital functions had been launched with numerous fanfare and had super potential for tracing, however this potential was hardly harnessed. A evaluation of 94 research confirmed the general estimate of individuals contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 and asymptomatic was 20%. It means majority of contaminated present some signs of COVID-19 which may stay unrecognised or are hidden due to stigma, he explains.

The extra such individuals are examined, the upper will be the check positivity. So there’ll be a direct relationship between testing and case positivity. To enhance the yield of circumstances by way of efficient tracing will scale back the transmission and that’s the reason testing and tracing ought to go hand-in-hand, he maintained.

Andhra Pradesh

Dasara: solely 10,000 devotees to be allowed per day for Durga darshan

District Collector A.Md. Imtiaz has stated that solely 10,000 devotees per day with pre-booked on-line tickets will be allowed to have a darshan of goddess Kanakadurga in the course of the nine-day Dasara festivities, a State pageant, atop Indrakeeladri ranging from October 17. However, on the ‘Moola Nakshatram’ day, which witnesses the very best footfall, 13,000 devotees will be allowed.

Children aged under 10 years and elders aged above 65 wouldn’t be allowed and preparations had been made in such a approach that just one,000 individuals might be accommodated in an hour. All preparations had been in place, stated the Collector.

Mr. Sominaidu stated that out of 1 lakh tickets made obtainable, 67,000 had been already purchased.


The ‘new normal’ in locations of worship

Amid a surge within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis, temples, church buildings, mosques, and different locations of worship have adopted numerous ‘new normal practices’, although devotees are nonetheless adjusting to them. Precautionary measures which can be in place to comprise the unfold of the virus have pushed locations of worships to briefly half from numerous acquainted spiritual practices.

Departing from the custom in the course of the Holy Communion, the consecrated bread or wafer is now being dropped into the palms of the communicants. “The Communion is received on the tongue. But due to these unprecedented circumstances, it is now received in the hands with safe distance maintained,” stated J.A. Kantharaj, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Kuldeep Singh, secretary, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, stated the karah prasad at gurudwaras that had been distributed by palms had been now being given by way of spoons. “Devotees are just getting used to it and some demand that it be distributed by hands,” he stated. Maqsood Imran, Imam of Jamia Masjid at Okay.R. Market, stated these attending prayers had been requested to convey their very own ‘janamaz’ (prayer mats). Govindraj V. of the traditional Someshwara temple in Halasuru, stated teertha and prasada weren’t being distributed on the temple.


A COVID-proof plan for Malleswaram

Come festive season, 1000’s throng the business areas in Malleswaram, particularly eighth Cross. However, this poses an enormous threat in unfold of COVID-19. To guarantee this doesn’t occur, Malleswaram Urban Living Lab (MULL), a collaborative effort between Malleswaram Social, a residents’ group, and Sensing Local, a do-tank with give attention to bettering the state of setting and public well being, has come out with a “Malleswaram 8th Cross Festival Plan”.

“We conducted surveys and spoke to vendors and shop owners/keepers about the challenges they faced and whether they were able to follow protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” a consultant stated, including that whereas there appeared to be a excessive stage of concern amongst store house owners, it was decrease, amongst avenue distributors. While social distancing regulating variety of individuals, displaying consciousness materials, temperature checks, and hand sanitation had been challenges confronted by store house owners, for avenue distributors, contactless fee took priority. However, the most important concern for house owners was clients not complying with security measures, particularly sporting masks. On the opposite hand, the most important concern for avenue distributors was monetary, provided that the variety of clients had dropped.

MULL labored out two choices – demarcating pedestrian-only zones, clearing pavements to enable free motion, shifting distributors to a location the place they’ll house out, and creating merchandising zones for the pageant. Under the primary possibility, aside from pedestrianising eighth Cross, smaller pedestrian zones might be created at East Park Road and West Park Road. Traffic might be restricted within the conservancies. This would assist accommodate current and extra distributors. Under the second possibility, distributors might be relocated to East and West Park Roads, and conservancies.

Tamil Nadu

‘ECMO support can help severely affected COVID-19 patients’

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) assist might help in treating sufferers whose lungs are utterly affected due to COVID-19, stated Mohamed Rela, chairman and managing director, Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre (RIMC) on Monday.

He was talking at a perform organised to signal a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between RIMC and KIMS Hospitals, situated in Telangana, to arrange a Comprehensive Centre of Excellence for Heart and Lung Transplant.

He stated if an individual’s lungs had been affected 100% due to COVID-19, placing the particular person on ventilator assist is not going to assist. “In such cases, ECMO support can be used as a bridge to either help lungs recover or until a transplant is possible,” he stated.

New Delhi

Vaccine shot ‘painless’, say Covishield trial volunteers

“It felt like a tetanus shot,” stated Joel Joy, 32, who works for a multinational agency in Mumbai, and was amongst those that’d volunteered for the experimental Covishield vaccine, being examined by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) at numerous hospitals in India, “I’ll be going to the gym later today,” he added.

The two-dose vaccine candidate is furthest forward among the many COVID-19 vaccines being examined in India. The trial entails 1,600 volunteers in 17 cities throughout the nation possible to be inoculated within the coming months within the mixed phase-2/three trials. These trials test for whether or not the vaccine is secure and able to producing an immune response to disarm future infections by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to particulars of the trial obtainable on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) web site, the volunteers will be divided into two teams of 400 and 1,200 respectively with some in every group getting Covishield, some a placebo and but others getting the Oxford/ChAdOx1. Both ‘Covishield’ and the Oxford/ChAdOx1 have the identical virus protein however differ of their make-up — the precise nature of the distinction has not been publicly disclosed. The trial additionally seeks to quantify these variations if any.

Being a double-blinded trial, neither the medical doctors nor the volunteers know who’re those vaccinated and who’ve been given the placebo. The 4 volunteers who The Hindu spoke to, stated they might be going for a follow-up shot on the 29th day.


MLA says Pili Vesha may be allowed throughout Dasara

Mangaluru City South MLA D. Vedavyas Kamath stated on Monday that he’s hopeful of the Dakshina Kannada district administration permitting Pili Vesha (tiger dance) in the course of the Dasara celebrations this yr as per the traditions of temples.

In an announcement right here, he stated that leaders of various Sharadotsava Samitis and temples have appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to enable the standard tiger dance in view of the district administration deciding to ban it in the course of the Navaratri celebrations.

The MLA stated that he has taken up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner and different senior officers of the federal government.

He has urged them to enable a restricted variety of tiger dancers to carry out in the course of the Dasara celebrations because the tradition and traditions of the land mustn’t be compromised with.

West Bengal

CM to inaugurate Durga Pujas just about from October 15

Ahead of the Durga Puja pageant, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged individuals to train excessive warning for COVID-19 as she reiterated that group unfold of the an infection had begun within the State. She stated there have been situations of the an infection being airborne.

“Whether one accepts it or not the infections are also airborne,” Ms. Banerjee advised journalists. She stated Delhi has allowed just one puja at Chittaranjan Park and Uttar Pradesh has not allowed a single Durga Puja, in West Bengal her authorities had not stopped any Durga Puja.

This yr, the Chief Minister will inaugurate Durga Pujas just about from October 15 to 17. Clubs which need her to inaugurate their pujas may have to write to the Chief Minister’s Office. The State authorities has determined to give ₹50,000 to 37,000 golf equipment that organise group Durga Pujas within the State.


COVID-19 hospitals unaffected amid energy outage in Mumbai

Despite the unprecedented energy outage in Mumbai and its surrounding areas on Monday, COVID-19 hospitals continued to work uninterrupted, stated the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

“Even though the frequency of power cuts within BMC limits is less, all municipal hospitals are equipped with automatic diesel generators at all times. Today, after the power outage, the automatic diesel generators started immediately. The solid waste management department was directed to ensure diesel storage. As a result, all hospitals continued to function without interruption,” the BMC stated.

The civic physique stated its catastrophe administration division ensures that each one personal COVID-19 hospitals additionally has obligatory provides of diesel to run mills in case of emergency. “No health services were hampered due to the power outage in Mumbai,” the BMC stated.

Hong Kong

Anti-microbe drug can struggle coronavirus, say scientists

An reasonably priced anti-microbial drug used to deal with abdomen ulcers and bacterial infections has proven promise in combating the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong introduced Monday.

Researchers set out to discover whether or not metallodrugs — compounds containing steel which can be extra generally used towards micro organism — may also have anti-viral properties that would struggle the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Using Syrian hamsters as checks topics, they discovered that one of many medicine, ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC), was “a potent anti-SARS-CoV-2 agent”.

“RBC is able to lower the viral load in the lung of the infected hamster by tenfold,” Hong Kong University researcher Runming Wang advised reporters on Monday because the workforce offered their research.


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