Cautioning that shop-owners, staff and guests residing in containment zones shall not be allowed entry into marketplaces the Union Health Ministry, on Monday, launched its SOP on “preventive measures in markets to contain spread of COVID-19”.
These embrace levying of fines/penalties on defaulters for not carrying masks/face cowl, or for not following bodily distancing norms, exploring possibility of permitting markets/retailers to open on alternate days and potential incentive/ reductions for many who store throughout non-peak hours.
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‘Adverse occasions associated to Serum Institute is not going to have an effect on vaccine roll-out timeline’
On antagonistic occasions associated to Serum Institute’s trial, the Health Secretary mentioned it is not going to have an effect on the timeline of vaccine roll-out.
“There is a court case and therefore, we would not want to comment on the specifics of the case which is being considered by the court. However, we believe that most of the discourse on adverse events in the media suffer from adequate information and fact. Whenever a clinical trial starts, the subjects are expected a sign a prior informed consent form, it is a global practice. It is a form that tells the subject that these are possible adverse events that may happen in case you decide to participate in a clinical trial…without the signature of the subject, a subject cannot participate in a clinical trial.
“The second essential truth is that these trials are multi-site, multi-centric, vaccinations occur beneath medical care and monitoring. At each website, there are institutional ethics committee impartial of presidency and vaccine producer.
“Information about adverse events has to be reported to the drug controller within 30 days. Then there is data safety and monitoring board, which is a global practice and is followed in all clinical trials. It is independent of government and vaccine manufacturer, consists of domain knowledge experts, their mandate is to monitor trials and keep a watch and report on any adverse event,” Mr. Bhushan mentioned.
– Devesh Okay. Pandey
Maharashtra, Karnataka, A.P., Bengal exhibiting decline in day by day new COVID-19 cases: Health Secretary
COVID-19 positivity charge has lowered from 7.15% on November 11 to six.69% on December 1, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned. There is a steady decline in day by day new cases, he added.
“Top States showing decline (month-on-month from November to December): Maharashtra (from 1,24,142 to 91,623); Karnataka (from 55,036 to 23,298); Andhra Pradesh (from 24,575 to 7,840) and West Bengal (36,886 to 24,298).
“Top 5 States exhibiting an increase: Punjab (4,257 to 7,842), Himachal Pradesh (2,880 to eight,289); Haryana (12,191 to 18,362) and Rajasthan (15,102 to 28, 653),” Mr. Bhushan informed.
– Devesh K. Pandey
COVID-19 cases per million population in India lowest in the world: Health Secretary
In November, on average, 10,55,386 daily tests were conducted, said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. He said there were 43,152 average daily new cases; 47,159 average daily recoveries, and reduction in active cases was by over 1.23 lakh in the month.
“Over 14.13 crore exams have been performed to this point. Cumulative positivity charge is 6.69%; common day by day positivity charge throughout final week was 3.72%.
“The cases per million population is the lowest in the world: it is 6,857 compared to 7,989 cases in the world. The new cases per million population reported in the last seven days are 211 in India, compared to 496 in the world. The maximum of 3,354 is in the U.S. 100 deaths per million population in India, the lowest in the world, compared to 186 in the world. New deaths per million population reported in the last seven days is 2 in India compared to average of 9 in the world. The maximum of 84 is in Italy,” he mentioned.
– Devesh Okay. Pandey
Odisha medical faculties set to reopen
The Odisha authorities has allowed re-opening of medical faculties throughout the State from December 1, even because it authorised the School & Mass Education and Higher Education departments to resolve on resumption of classroom teachings.
COVID-19 security protocols must be adopted in the medical institutes.
“All medical colleges of the state shall reopen with effect from 1st December, 2020. Medical college authorities shall follow all the SOPs/guidelines with respect to social distancing and prevention of spread of epidemic issued by the central/state government, scrupulously,” a authorities order mentioned on Monday (November 30).
The authorities requested the School and Mass Education Department to seek the advice of all stakeholders and resolve on the date of re-opening of faculties for lessons from 9 to 12 in a graded method.
PM’s meet on COVID-19: events with lower than 10 MPs is not going to be allowed to talk
During the all-party assembly referred to as by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4 on the topic of COVID-19 and distribution of vaccines, solely events with greater than 10 members in Parliament might be allowed to talk; the smaller events need to be silent individuals, the social gathering leaders have been knowledgeable.
The assembly has been referred to as after Mr. Modi’s Saturday go to to a few vaccine manufacturing services — Zydus in Ahmedabad, Serum Institute in Pune and Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad.
During the earlier a number of videoconference conferences with Chief Ministers too, the Prime Minister’s Office had drafted the schedule in such a approach that totally different States received to talk on totally different dates, as an alternative of choosing an open dialogue on the topic. With the 10-MP standards, many regional events is not going to get a chance to air their opinion, together with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and the two Left events, the CPI (M) and the CPI.
Scott Atlas resigns as particular adviser to Trump on coronavirus
Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as particular adviser to President Donald Trump, a White House official mentioned on December 30, after a controversial 4 months throughout which he clashed repeatedly with different members of the coronavirus job pressure.
Voters’ unhappiness with Trump’s response to the international pandemic that has killed a whole bunch of hundreds helped propel his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, to victory in the November Three election.
“I am writing to resign from my position as special adviser to the president of the United States,” Mr. Atlas mentioned in a letter to Mr. Trump dated December 1 that he posted on Twitter.
Govt. cuts value of RT-PCR check to ₹800; metropolis sees 3,726 cases
The Delhi authorities has lowered the most charge that may be charged for RT- PCR exams for COVID-19 in personal services, in response to an official order.
The most charge for one RT-PCR has been fastened at ₹800, when the pattern is collected at a facility and ₹1,200 when it’s collected from an individual’s residence.
The charge earlier than Mondays order was ₹2,400 per check, which was larger than many different States. “I have directed that the rates of RT-PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt. establishments, this will help those who get their tests done in private labs,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal mentioned in a tweet.
BRICS media wrestle with disinformation problem in COVID-19 struggle
Representatives of media organisations from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) on Monday referred to as for the 5 nations to work collectively to collectively fight the “virus of disinformation” in the pandemic period.
At the fifth BRICS Media Forum, held nearly to coincide with the lately concluded BRICS summit, media organisations mentioned methods in which journalists from the grouping may collaborate extra carefully to inform tales, with the nations dealing with many comparable challenges, from financial points to public well being, as they grapple with COVID-19.
N. Ram, Director of The Hindu Publishing Group and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu Group of Publications, famous that India, Brazil and Russia have been amongst the 5 in the world with the highest variety of confirmed cases. “The news media around the world, especially daily newspapers, and also other forms of the media, have taken a big hit during the pandemic,” he mentioned.
WHO says ‘will do everything’ to find origin of COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) insisted on Monday it might do all the pieces potential to seek out the animal origins of Covid-19, insisting that information was very important to stopping future outbreaks.
“We want to know the origin and we will do everything to know the origin,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised reporters.
He insisted the UN well being company was intent on attending to the backside of the thriller, and urged critics who’ve accused it of handing the reins of the probe to China to cease “politicising” the subject.
“WHO’s position is very, very clear. We need to know the origin of this virus, because it can help us prevent future outbreaks,” Mr. Tedros mentioned.