The time period ‘mutation’ usually refers back to the tendency of a virus to endure modifications when it multiplies, inflicting the virus to develop some new strains. This might hinder the event of an efficient vaccine
The tally of energetic COVID-19 instances in India fell beneath eight lakhs for the primary time in a single and a half months on Saturday. The determine of energetic instances account for “merely” 10.70 % of the full caseload within the nation, the Union well being ministry mentioned.
The energetic caseload was beneath the eight lakh-mark (7,85,996) final on 1 September, the ministry added. Currently, the variety of energetic instances is 7,95,087.
The whole variety of instances within the nation rose to 74,32,680 with 62,212 new infections reported within the final 24 hours.
Meanwhile, countrywide recoveries have risen to 65,24,595 with 70,816 COVID-19 sufferers being discharged on Saturday. The nationwide restoration price rose to 87.78 %. The recoveries exceed energetic infections by 57,29,508, the ministry mentioned.
“With a high number of COVID-19 patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues,” the ministry added.
“India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally. The case fatality rate as on date stands at 1.52 percent. These have in tandem resulted in consistent slide in the active cases,” the ministry highlighted.
It mentioned that 78 % of the brand new recovered instances are noticed to be concentrated in 10 states and UTs — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Seventy-nine % of the 62,212 new instances of COVID-19 recorded in a span of 24 hours are additionally from the 10 states and UTs — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the ministry mentioned.
The Ministry of Health has deputed high-level central groups to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal as these states have been reporting a surge within the variety of new COVID-19 instances within the latest days, PTI reported.
The groups will support the state authorities in strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, an infection prevention and management measures, and environment friendly medical administration of constructive instances.
PMO says COVID-19 genome research counsel virus is genetically steady
As efforts to develop an efficient COVID-19 vaccine proceed, the Centre on Saturday mentioned that two nationwide research on the genome of the virus in India counsel it’s genetically steady and has proven no main mutation.
There had been issues in some quarters that any main mutation detected within the novel coronavirus might hinder the event of an efficient vaccine. However, some latest international research have mentioned the vaccines at the moment being developed for COVID-19 shouldn’t be affected by latest mutations.
The time period ‘mutation’ usually refers back to the tendency of a virus to endure modifications when it multiplies, inflicting the virus to develop some new strains after it replicates. In some instances, the brand new strains are typically much less efficient and due to this fact die out quickly, whereas it is usually possible that extra highly effective strains might result in quicker unfold of the virus.
After a evaluate assembly chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the COVID-19 pandemic scenario and preparedness of vaccine supply, distribution and administration, the Prime Minister’s Office issued an announcement saying that three vaccines are in superior levels of improvement in India, out of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III.
The PMO additional mentioned, “Two pan-India studies on the Genome of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) in India conducted by ICMR and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) suggest that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.”
Last month, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had mentioned no vital or drastic mutations have been present in strains of SARS-CoV-2 in India until now.
He had additionally mentioned the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) was conducting large-scale sequencing of nationally consultant strains collected over a couple of months and detailed outcomes on mutations of the virus shall be out there in early October.
Replying to a question on mutations of SARS-COV2, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava had mentioned at a press briefing earlier this week that minor modifications referred to as “drifts” might occur on occasion, however main genetic mutations of viruses or “shifts” might occur in a couple of decade or two.
In this context, the effectiveness of a vaccine won’t be decided by minor “drifts”, he had mentioned.
A research by a bunch of researchers final month discovered that the coronavirus genomes in India have 5.39 % mutation similarity with 72 nations.
Mutations in an organism’s genetic materials are pure ‘errors’ within the cell replication course of which will give the virus new ‘powers’ of survival, infectivity, and virulence. It can have an effect on the power of vaccines and medicines to bind the virus or to create a selected immune response in opposition to it.
Delhi govt says determination to order beds in personal hospitals taken to mitigate unfold
Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain mentioned that the transfer to order beds for COVID-19 sufferers in a number of personal hospitals was to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19”, and people levelling allegations on the federal government have been making an attempt to “jeopardise efforts” being made for individuals’s welfare.
A plea within the Delhi High Court has challenged the 13 September order of the federal government, during which it directed 33 personal hospitals to order a minimum of 80 % of their whole ICU beds for COVID-19 sufferers.
“The decision to reserve beds for COVID-19 patients stems out of sheer concern to mitigate spread of virus. Those putting allegations against the Delhi government are trying to jeopardise the efforts made by us for the welfare of our citizens,” he mentioned.
Jain made the assertion in a Facebook submit and in addition shared a information article associated to the problem.
The Delhi authorities has considerably ramped up testing up to now few days, with the depend on a number of occasions crossing the 60,000-mark.
The authorities on Friday advised the Delhi High Court that the coverage determination concerning personal hospitals was taken as a stop-gap and momentary measure.
In an affidavit filed earlier than Justice Navin Chawla, the AAP authorities vehemently denied that the choice, which was stayed by the excessive courtroom on 22 September, was in violation of any elementary proper of the residents of Delhi and termed the petition by ‘Association of Healthcare Providers’ as wholly misplaced and baseless.
The excessive courtroom granted one week time to the petitioner affiliation to file a rejoinder to the federal government’s affidavit and listed the matter for additional listening to on 18 November.
Bangladesh to renew flights to India below ‘air bubble’ association
Bangladesh is all set to renew flights to India from 28 October below the ‘air bubble’ association, after practically eight months. Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airways of each the international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions, PTI reported.
Since July, India has established such bubbles with a number of international locations, together with the US, the UK, France and Germany.
Three Bangladeshi carriers — Biman Bangladeshi Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novo Air — will initially function 28 flights per week, whereas 5 Indian airways — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir — will function 28 flights per week between the 2 international locations, The Daily Star reported, quoting civil aviation and tourism ministry Senior Secretary Md Mohibul Haque.
Of the three Bangladeshi carriers, Biman is scheduled to function flights on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes, US-Bangla Airlines on Dhaka-Chennai and Novo Air on Dhaka-Kolkata route, the report mentioned.
The 5 Indian airways are anticipated to function flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.
The 837 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday embody 306 from Maharashtra, 73 from Karnataka, 61 from West Bengal, 57 from Tamil Nadu, 46 from Uttar Pradesh and 40 from Chhattisgarh.
The whole 1,12,998 deaths reported up to now within the nation embody 41,502 from Maharashtra, adopted by 10,529 from Tamil Nadu, 10,356 from Karnataka, 6,589 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,382 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,946 from Delhi, 5,931 from West Bengal, 3,980 from Punjab and three,617 from Gujarat.
With inputs from businesses