Covid-19 update India
India reported 21,822 new infections in the last 24 hours, 6 percent higher than yesterday, amid global concerns over the new mutant strains of coronavirus found in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
India’s count has risen to 1,02,66,674; so far, 1.48 lakh deaths associated with the disease have been reported. A consortium of 10 government laboratories has begun genome sequencing of the latest version of Sars-CoV-2, which is considerably more contagious.
Emergency usage approval applications for coronavirus vaccines submitted by the Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Pfizer were taken up for consideration by a panel of experts appointed by the government on Wednesday.
Serum Institute, which manufactures the ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech, which was partnered before the panel by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for its’ Covaxin.’ Pfizer looked for more time to present their facts.
The applications will be forwarded to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval once the vaccines have been approved by the expert panel. The government wants to begin handling the shots beginning next month.
News on night curfew and restrictions
Once the vaccines have been authorised by the expert panel, the applications will be forwarded to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval. Beginning next month, the government needs to begin managing the shots.
Arunachal’s count is 16,7111 in two new COVID-19 events.
Two new COVID-19 instances were registered by Arunachal Pradesh, which increased the tally in the state to 16,711, a health department official said on Thursday.
Via rapid antigen tests, two new cases from Tawang and East Siang were identified, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
On Wednesday, at least eleven people were cured of the disease, bringing the total number of cures in the state to 16,549.
The recovery rate currently stands at 99.03 percent for coronavirus patients, he said.
He said Arunachal Pradesh now has 106 active cases, while so far 56 individuals have succumbed to the infection.
What’s happening in China
The world has learned a lot about Covid-19 in the year after seafood hawkers began appearing at Wuhan hospitals sickened with a strange and crippling pneumonia, from the way it spreads to how to inoculate against the infection. Despite these developments, in our perception of the virus that killed almost 2 million people and whipsawed the world economy, a chasm remains: we still don’t know how it started.
China gives its first approval of Coronavirus Vaccine to Sinopharm
On Thursday, China approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for general public use, a shot developed by the state-supported pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm affiliate, as it prepares for higher transmission risks over the winter.
No comprehensive vaccine efficacy data were publicly released, but its manufacturer, Beijing Biological Products Institute, a unit of the China National Biotec Group (CNBG) subsidiary of Sinopharm, said its vaccine was 79.34 percent effective on Wednesday to prevent people from developing the disease on the basis of interim data.
The approval, declared by the Administration of National Medical Products, comes after the United Arab Emirates became the first country to carry out the vaccine to the public this month.
INDIA UNDER NEW STRAIN OF COVID-19, Covid-19 update India
With India reporting at least 20 cases of the new UK strain of Covid-19, Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said on Wednesday that it is probable that the new mutation may have been present in the country even in November, as the mutant strain was identified in September in the United Kingdom and people may have been infected.
Tonight and tomorrow, between 11 PM and 6 AM, no public gatherings will be permitted in Delhi as the state government has declared a night curfew to limit New Year celebrations. After 20 cases of new mutant coronavirus strain – thought to be significantly more contagious – were identified across the country, the centre had asked the states to consider a set of restrictions and scale down the New Year celebrations.
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