Coronavirus LIVE updates: India reports 44,000 new cases; active cases fall below 5 lakh

Coronavirus LIVE updates: India reports 44,000 new cases; active cases fall below 5 lakh
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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India detected about 44,000 new cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. So far, 86.36 lakh people have been infected. Active cases have fallen below 5 lakh, to a level last seen in towards the end of July. Also, with over 7,800 cases, Delhi remains the topmost contributor for the third consecutive day.

India has conducted the second-highest number of tests for detection of COVID-19 cases in the world at 11.96 crore with rapid antigen tests comprising 49 per cent and RT-PCR 46 per cent of the total tests done till Tuesday morning, the Union health ministry said. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference that though such high number of tests are conducted in India, the positivity rate is reducing and it has come down to 7.18 per cent while, the daily positivity rate in the last week was?4.2 per cent, he said.

Meanwhile, while Pfizer and BioNTech expect enough safety data by late November to seek an emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccine in the US, two obvious limiting factors make a quick scale up and rollout difficult — the task of ensuring each recipient gets two jabs exactly three weeks apart, and arranging the cryogenic logistical distribution network.

The Maharashtra government is waiting for a mobile app, Covin, from the Centre to initiate the process of registering names of healthcare workers for Covid vaccination. Officials said the app will be ready by late next week following which districts will be asked to start uploading data on healthcare workers, from both public and private hospitals, in their jurisdictions.

Each healthcare worker will be tracked for vaccine dose, repeat dose and vaccine schedule through the app.

The Maharashtra government is waiting for a mobile app, Covin, from the Centre to initiate the process of registering names of healthcare workers for Covid vaccination.

Officials said the app will be ready by late next week following which districts will be asked to start uploading data on healthcare workers, from both public and private hospitals, in their jurisdictions. Each healthcare worker will be tracked for vaccine dose, repeat dose and vaccine schedule through the app. “We have already begun the process of creating a list of healthcare workers in excel sheet.

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE are the first drugmakers to show successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine.

While Pfizer and BioNTech expect enough safety databy late November to seek an emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccine in the US, two obvious limiting factors make a quick scale up and rollout difficult — the task of ensuring each recipient gets two jabs exactly three weeks apart, and arranging the cryogenic logistical distribution network.

Besides this, four other potential limiting factors emerge from the early information released yesterday from their phase 3 human trials of the vaccine: does it prevent infectiousness–analysts point to the possibility that it could stop someone from getting Covid-19 symptoms, but not from spreading it to others — and does it work well in high-risk groups like the elderly?

Most importantly — how long does the immunity it provides last? While more clarity on the vaccine would emerge as the late-stage trial progresses, this question could potentially take months–even years–to answer.

Good morning and welcome to our coronavirus LIVE blog.

About 44,000 new cases of coronavirus infections detected on Tuesday. So far, 86.36 lakh people have been infected. Active cases fall below 5 lakh, to a level last seen in towards the end of July. With over 7,800 cases, Delhi remains the topmost contributor for the third consecutive day.

In an effort to reduce Covid-19 mortalities, the Delhi government has asked all Covid testing centres to mandatorily check oxygen saturation levels of everyone who gets tested. Those having an oxygen saturation level below 94% will have to be mandatorily examined by a doctor. On Tuesday, 83 fatalities were recorded — the highest in over five months — taking the death toll to 7,143. For over four days now, Delhi has been recording over 70 fatalities a day — a total of 310 deaths were reported in these days alone.

The order, issued by Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Udit Prakash Rai, directs all centres to implement the guidelines with immediate effect. The directives were issued after several patients visiting hospitals were found to have progressed to either moderate or severe categories of Covid-19.

The state government on Tuesday announced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the restart of local train services from Wednesday. In it, the government divided responsibilities between its officials and the railways.

According to the SOP, released by the Home and Hill Affairs Department, the railways will make an adequate number of trains available as per the requirement, and sanitise coaches daily, and as and when deemed desirable.

Wearing a face mask or cover will be mandatory for passengers. Entry and exit points will be earmarked to facilitate passengers’ movement. Some existing entry and exit points may need to be blocked, according to the government.

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