India sees 67.5k new Covid cases, 1,332 deaths
Despite a marginal rise since Tuesday, it seems that the second wave is on a waning cycle. Although, Wednesday’s case count of 67,549 was slightly higher than the fresh cases reported a day earlier; it is much lower than over 90,000 cases reported on last Wednesday. Wednesday also saw 1,332 deaths which are lower than Tuesday’s tally of 1459 deaths.
Covid-19: Decision to extend gap between doses was unanimous, says govt
The decision to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine from 4-6 weeks to 12-16 weeks was “unanimous” and based on studies that showed that a longer interval resulted in higher efficacy, the government’s top advisory group on immunisation said on Wednesday.
Covid-19: Experts say one vaccine dose enough for five people
Given the acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, one way to ramp up the vaccination programme is by providing a smaller quantity of the vaccine in an intradermal (ID) way, said experts. This means injecting 0.1ml into the skin, which is a fifth of the volume of the current dose of 0.5ml given intramuscularly in the shoulder. In short, a 0.5ml dose now given to one recipient will be able to vaccinate five persons by the intradermal route.
5 states recorded over 1 lakh Covid-19 cases in first 2 weeks of June
Even as the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic wanes in India, five states still reported more than one lakh cases over the last 14 days (June 1-14) with Tamil Nadu on top with 2.43 lakh cases, followed by Kerala with 1.8 lakh cases during the period.
Cases among pregnant women, new moms doubled in 2nd wave: Study
Symptomatic cases of Covid-19 were significantly higher at 28.7% among pregnant and post-partum women during the second wave, compared with the first wave when the proportion was 14.2%, a comparative analysis of data during the two waves by ICMR showed.
Firm in dock for fake Kumbh tests has tin shed ‘office’, gave wrong addresses
A private agency, which was awarded the contract for Covid testing in key areas of the Kumbh mela in Haridwar and is now under scanner for conducting 1 lakh fake tests, had submitted dubious office addresses to the Uttarakhand health department and listed phone numbers that are not in service, a TOI investigation has found.
Rahul accuses govt of saving PM's image amid vaccine shortage; Harsh Vardhan hits back
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged the government was busy saving the prime minister's image while Covid-19 took its toll on the people of the country, drawing a sharp retort from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan who accused him of making "mythical claims" and politicising the issue.
Sonia took both doses of Covid vaccine, Rahul's inoculation delayed due to positive result: Congress
The Congress on Wednesday said party chief Sonia Gandhi has taken both doses of Covid-19 vaccine while Rahul Gandhi could not take the jabs yet as he had contracted the virus in May.
SAI looks for Tokyo-bound skeet shooters’ vaccination in Italy using diplomatic channels
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has pushed for Tokyo Olympics-bound skeet shooters, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmed Khan’s vaccination against Covid-19 using diplomatic channels in Italy, with little over a month left for the scheduled start of the Summer Games in the Japanese capital on July 23.
New Jersey offering extra year of school to special education students because of COVID-19 pandemic
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Wednesday that will give an extra year of special education services to students with disabilities who have experienced learning loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.