The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for “surveillance, containment and caution” in view of the surge in COVID-19 instances because of the ongoing pageant season and onset of winter. mentioned that States and Union Territories (UTs), primarily based on their evaluation of the state of affairs, might “impose local restrictions” reminiscent of “night curfew” with a view to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.
Here are the updates:
Decision on night time curfew could also be taken in 3-Four days, Delhi govt. tells HC
The AAP authorities informed the Delhi High Court on Thursday that it could resolve in three to 4 days whether or not to impose night time curfew within the nationwide capital to comprise the unfold of COVID-19, as has been accomplished in another states, however no resolution has been taken as of now.
The submission was made earlier than a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad by senior advocate Sandeept Sethi who was showing for the Delhi authorities together with extra standing counsel Satyakam.
COVID-19: Entire Delhi could be vaccinated in a month, says State Immunization Officer
Delhi is equipped for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and town’s total inhabitants could be lined in a month if hospital employees and nurses are concerned, State Immunization Officer Suresh Seth mentioned Thursday.
“We have 600 cold storage points and around 1,800 outreach sites for the universal immunization programme for children. We have sufficient equipment for vaccines that can be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and those that need minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius. The central government is further strengthening the infrastructure and providing more equipment,” Seth informed PTI.
U.P. CM warns towards harassment in identify of COVID protocols
Harassment within the identify of COVID-19 protocols is not going to be tolerated, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath informed officers on Thursday as he requested them to create consciousness and encourage individuals to comply with the rules to stop the unfold of coronavirus.
The chief minister warned of stern motion if complaints of harassment had been obtained, an official spokesperson mentioned right here.
Adityanath additionally clarified that there is no such thing as a requirement for police or administrative permission for organising weddings, the official mentioned.
Phase-Three trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin commences in AIIMS
The phase-three human medical trial of indigenously developed anti-coronavirus vaccine candidate Covaxin started on the AIIMS right here on Thursday with Dr M.V. Padma Srivastava, the chief of Neurosciences Centre on the premier institute, and three different volunteers receiving the primary dose.
‘Covaxin’ is being developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Dr Srivastava was the primary one to obtain the shot, which might be given to round 15,000 volunteers on the AIIMS over the subsequent few days, sources mentioned.
Delhi HC says COVID-19 state of affairs in nationwide capital ‘alarming’
The Delhi High Court Thursday termed the variety of COVID-19 instances within the nationwide capital as alarming whereas listening to a plea difficult AAP authorities’s resolution to order 80% of ICU beds for coronavirus sufferers in 33 non-public hospitals right here.
The numbers, we all know, are presently in an alarming state, mentioned Justice Navin Chawla whereas itemizing the subsequent listening to on December 9 for additional consideration of the matter.
According to the federal government knowledge, Delhi recorded 99 extra deaths and 5,246 COVID-19 instances on Wednesday, taking the an infection tally to five.45 lakh.
Schools gained’t be reopened until govt satisfied about pupil security: Delhi Health Minister
Schools within the nationwide capital is not going to reopen until the federal government is satisfied about college students’ security, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain mentioned on Thursday.
Universities and faculties throughout the nation had been closed on March 16, when the Centre introduced a national classroom shutdown as a part of measures to comprise the unfold of COVID-19. A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.
“There is no plan to reopen schools (in Delhi) as of now. We are hopeful that a vaccine will be available soon. Schools will not be reopened till the time we are convinced that students will be safe,” Mr. Jain informed reporters
Closing retailers on Sundays shouldn’t be confused with weekend lockdown: Uttarakhand Govt.
The Uttarakhand authorities on Thursday clarified that there shall be no weekend lockdown within the state capital however solely closure of market locations, barring retailers promoting necessities, on Sundays for sanitisation functions within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dehradun district administration has issued an order for strict closure of market locations on Sundays within the state capital for sanitisation functions, an official on the Chief Minister’s Office mentioned making it clear that the phrase closure shouldn’t be confused with lockdown which is technically completely different.
Delhi Environment Minister admitted to Max hospital
Senior AAP chief and Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, who had examined optimistic for COVID-19, has been admitted to Max Hospital, Saket, in keeping with the Minister’s workplace.
India sees highest drop in work, social, family travels attributable to pandemic: Survey
Amid the worldwide wave of COVID-19 previously 9 months, India noticed the very best drop in work, social and family travels amongst 9 nations, together with China and the US, reflecting the disruptive modifications caused by the pandemic within the patterns of mobility internationally, in keeping with survey consultancy agency EY.
The altering mobility sample has additional raised pertinent questions concerning the nature and form of cities and transport networks.
“Amid this health crisis, the consumer is heavily conflicted over mobility; not having to commute to work has given many a new sense of autonomy as well as a few hours of their time back every day,” EY mentioned in an announcement.
Increase COVID-19 testing in rural areas of Rajasthan: CM to officers
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday careworn on the necessity to enhance COVID-19 testing in rural areas of the state and directed officers to accentuate consciousness programmes on the coronavirus. The chief minister issued the instructions throughout a gathering to evaluation the COVID-19 state of affairs of the state.
He requested officers to additional intensify public consciousness campaigns on COVID-19, particularly in rural areas. Testing for the coronavirus must also be elevated in villages, the chief minister mentioned.
The Centre’s tips on COVID-19 had been additionally mentioned within the assembly.
The chief Minister reviewed the implementation of the measures reminiscent of night time curfews put in place to test the unfold of the coronavirus.
Delhi data over 2,300 COVID deaths in lower than a month: Official knowledge
The nationwide capital has witnessed 2,364 deaths attributable to coronavirus since October 28, when the every day rise in infections breached the mark of 5,000 instances for the primary time, in keeping with official knowledge.
Amid a surge in COVID-19 instances and deaths, 99 extra fatalities on Wednesday pushed town’s complete demise toll because of the illness to eight,720. It was after 5 days that Delhi recorded single-day deaths beneath 100.
The metropolis reported 98 deaths on November 19, 118 on November 20, 111 on November 21, 121 every on November 22 and 23, and 109 fatalities on November 24, in keeping with official knowledge.
No holy dip in Ganga on Kartik Purnima attributable to COVID-19
People is not going to be allowed to take a holy dip within the Ganga river right here on the event of Kartik Purnima on November 30 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district administration mentioned on Thursday.
Lakhs of devotees from completely different elements of the nation together with Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh converge on the banks of the Ganga right here for a ritual bathtub within the river on the event yearly.
However, in compliance with the Centre’s tips in view of COVID-19, it has been determined to cease individuals from taking a shower within the river on Kartik Purnima this 12 months as it would result in crowding on the ghats which can trigger unfold of the virus, Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar mentioned.
6 states/UTs contributed to 60.72% of 44,489 recent COVID-19 instances: Health Ministry
The Union well being ministry on Thursday mentioned 60.72 per cent of the 44,489 recent COVID-19 instances registered in a span of 24 hours have been contributed by six states and UTs, with Kerala main the tally adopted by Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It mentioned 60.50 per cent of the 524 newest fatalities are concentrated in six states and Union territories– Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Kerala leads the tally with 6,491 new COVID-19 instances registered in a span of 24 hours, whereas Maharashtra has reported 6,159 new instances adopted by Delhi with 5,246 new instances.
Delhi with 99 deaths reported the utmost new fatalities. Maharashtra noticed a fatality depend of 65 adopted by West Bengal with 51 deaths, the ministry mentioned.
India’s current lively COVID-19 caseload at 4,52,344 is 4.88 per cent of the full coronavirus instances, and has been sustained beneath the 5 per cent mark.
Avoid money fines for COVID-19 norms violation, HC tells AAP govt, police
The Delhi High Court Thursday mentioned the police and the authorities involved ought to keep away from accumulating fines in money for violation of COVID-19 norms and the AAP authorities ought to create a portal for it.
On the Delhi authorities’s resolution to carry down the variety of attendees at weddings to 50, the excessive court docket requested as to how the rule was being enforced and whether or not there have been any protocols in place to implement it as a number of weddings are held throughout this time of the 12 months.
A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad mentioned that within the current day and time, “cash transactions need to be avoided” and there ought to be a provision for paying the fines electronically.
Doorstep survey throws up 1,178 COVID-19 instances in Delhi’s containment zones
A door-to-door survey performed underneath the instruction of the Centre to determine and isolate COVID-19 contaminated individuals in Delhi’s containment zones and densely populated pockets threw up 1,178 optimistic instances with a positivity charge of 6.Four per cent, officers mentioned.
The five-day survey lined over 57 lakh individuals within the metropolis’s containment zones and thickly populated areas, and recognized 13,560 symptomatic individuals, out of which, 11,790 had been examined. Also 8,413 contacts of those symptomatic individuals had been traced, out of which, 6,546 individuals had been examined, they mentioned.
The RT-PCR take a look at studies of a complete of 18,336 symptomatic instances and their contacts gave up 1,178 optimistic outcomes, a Delhi authorities official mentioned.
Medical faculties might open by December 1, says Health Ministry
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday directed the States and Union Territories to provoke needed steps for the reopening of medical colleges on or before December 1, whereas following COVID-19 reopening tips issued by the competent authorities within the respective Central/ State/ UT governments. The Health Ministry has obtained concurrence for this from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In its letter the Ministry mentioned: “The states/ UTs may take necessary steps to open the medical colleges on or before 1st December 2020. Needless to say, all the SOPs/ Guidelines with respect to social distancing and prevention of the spread of epidemic issues by central/state/ UT Governments will be formed scrupulously by all the colleges.” The communication comes following suggestions from the National Medical Commission.
Delhi door-to-door survey detects over 1,100 instances
The Delhi government on Wednesday completed a door-to-door survey of over 57 lakh individuals.
Till Tuesday night time, 13,516 individuals had been discovered symptomatic throughout the survey and 11,790 of them had been examined for COVID-19, as per official knowledge seen by The Hindu.
The authorities additionally examined 6,546 individuals, who had been contacts of the 11,790 symptomatic individuals.
A complete of 1,178 individuals had been discovered optimistic until Tuesday night time, as per the info.
The remaining knowledge of the survey was nonetheless being tabulated at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The authorities is but to formally launch any particulars or knowledge on the survey.
Revised tips for final rites of COVID-19 our bodies
The Health Department has once more revised the guidelines regarding the management of the bodies of those that died of COVID-19, according to the Union Health Ministry’s tips, in order that the shut family can see the deceased on the isolation ward, mortuary and the place of burial.
If the household so wishes, one member could be allowed contained in the room the place the well being employees are prepping the physique and to symbolically sprinkle ‘holy water’ or cowl the physique with a fabric. However, none shall be allowed to the touch, or hug the physique . After prepping the physique, shut family shall be allowed to see the deceased contained in the isolation room or within the mortuary.
At the burial grounds, the family shall be allowed to see simply the face of the deceased by opening the zip on the physique bag. At this level additionally, needed non secular rituals or prayers could also be carried out. A most of 20 individuals can take part within the funeral and bodily distance ought to be maintained. Those above 60 years, youngsters lower than 10 years or these with critical co-morbidities together with respiratory issues shouldn’t take part within the funeral.
Class X, XII lecturers to report for work in Kerala
Teachers dealing with Class X and Class XII (Plus Two) topics in Kerala faculties will report for work from December 17.
A press release from the workplace of the Minister for General Education mentioned 50% of the lecturers on a day ought to attend faculty from December 17. This is to enhance educational help being supplied to college students and equipment up for revision courses for them.
The resolution, taken after a gathering the Minister had with the General Education Secretary and the Director of General Education, comes shut on the heels of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s announcement on Tuesday that the federal government would take into account if it was possible to reopen instructional establishments for larger courses if COVID-19 instances continued to dip steadily.
Vibrancy returning to varsities: Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh
A bunch of scholars returning house after attending courses, in Vijayawada on Wednesday.
Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh on Wednesday mentioned vibrancy was returning to high school campuses with not lower than 50 % of scholars attending courses.
The Minister mentioned faculty campuses had been turning into vibrant zones with hassle-free educating amid the continued Nadu-Nedu works that goal at altering the face of the college buildings and the continued ‘Jagananna Vidya Kanuka Vaarotsavalu’.
He mentioned on Wednesday, of the full 6,74,733 tenth class college students, 2,95,199 attended courses (43.75 %). Similarly, of 6,84,722 Class 9 college students, 2,74,204 (40 %) and among the many 6,81,917 Class Eight college students, 3,47,979 (51 %) attended courses. After December 14, courses will begin for college kids of sixth and seventh courses, he mentioned.
He mentioned the COVID-19 tips had been being adopted by every body.
Cockpit, cabin crew exempted from RT-PCR checks
The Maharashtra authorities on Wednesday exempted on-duty cockpit and cabin crew members of all airways from RT-PCR checks throughout airports within the State.
The exemption, nonetheless, shall be rely on whether or not the respective airways adhere to all the required COVID-19 protocols. Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar mentioned.
The exemption was granted after the federal government obtained a request from Air India, the order said. In its revised normal working procedures on preventive measures to test the unfold of COVID-19, issued on November 23, the State authorities made it necessary for all individuals searching for to enter the State from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to hold RT-PCR damaging studies amid the rising variety of instances in these States.
‘Jan Andolan’ marketing campaign launched for COVID applicable behaviour
A ‘Jan Andolan’ campaign was organised by the Waltair Division to unfold the message of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour. Campaigns are being performed in all stations, sub-divisional workplaces and loco sheds with posters and banners to unfold consciousness. The Division can be enjoying jingles and making public bulletins by means of the general public deal with system on the stations. Awareness leaflets are being distributed to passengers as a part of the marketing campaign. Social media can be getting used extensively to disseminate the message of COVID-19 well being protocol.
Walls of main stations are used to for consciousness messages. The railway personnel in numerous areas have taken a pledge to comply with and unfold consciousness concerning the pandemic in their very own locality.
With the introduction of extra particular trains, ‘Jan Andolan’ marketing campaign has been intensified. Passengers are being requested to keep up well being and hygiene protocol, keep away from overcrowding, keep bodily distancing, use masks and face shields, wash palms regularly and keep away from practice journey in the event that they really feel unwell.
Panchalinga Darshana to be restricted to 1,000 individuals a day
The famed Panchalinga Darshana to be held at Talkad in T. Narsipur taluk of Mysuru district shall be restricted to just one,000 individuals per day in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was said by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who participated in a gathering held to evaluation the continued preparations for the occasion slated to happen from December 10 to 19 and referred to as for maintaining the occasion easy.
The dates and years of the Panchalinga Darshana relies on astrological calculations as per the Hindu almanac and isn’t an annual occasion. The final Panchalinga Darshana was held in 2013 whereas typically there tends to be a spot of just about 12 years between the 2 editions. It entails darshan of the 5 temples devoted to Lord Shiva – Sri Vaidyanatheshwara, Sri Maruleshwara, Mudukothore Sri Malliakarjunaswamy, Sri Pathaleshwara, and Sri Arakeshwara – on the identical day.
Officials, who participated within the assembly, mentioned one other spherical of discussions could be held on Thursday to chalk out a plan on regulating the entry of the gang. “Whether we should have an online registration system or should the entry be on first come, first served basis will be decided soon,” the officers mentioned.
Delhi Environment Minister checks optimistic for COVID-19
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday examined optimistic for coronavirus. Mr. Rai is the third minister within the Arvind Kejriwal authorities to have contracted the virus.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain had been contaminated with coronavirus.
An official mentioned that Mr. Rai, who can be AAP’s Delhi convenor, had met get together employees round Diwali.
India thanks Bahrain for taking ‘special care’ of Indian diaspora throughout pandemic
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has thanked Bahrain for taking “special care” of the Indian diaspora on this Gulf kingdom throughout the coronavirus disaster. On a two-day visit to Bahrain from November 24 to 25, Mr. Jaishankar held talks on bilateral points in addition to regional and worldwide problems with mutual curiosity along with his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.
“Discussed our historical ties and cooperation in diverse sectors. Exchanged views on regional and international issues. Thanked Bahrain for taking special care of the Indian community during COVID times,” Mr. Jaishankar mentioned.
The novel coronavirus has contaminated over 85,800 individuals and claimed 339 lives within the oil-rich Gulf nation.
According to the web site of the Indian Embassy in Bahrain, the nation has round 3,50,000 Indian nationals, which comprise a 3rd of Bahrain’s complete inhabitants of 1.Four million.
Syringe corporations prepared to fulfill demand
The All India Syringe and Needle Manufacturers Association (AISNMA) has now written to the Central Government providing an extra capability of over 350 million syringes per 30 days in an effort to meet your entire demand for mass COVID-19 vaccination by means of home manufacturing. The Association mentioned that this extra capability has already been constructed up by its members, having noticed the crucial scarcity of masks and PPE (private safety tools) kits confronted by India and different nations world wide earlier this 12 months.
AISNMA is the only nodal affiliation for syringe producers in India and has 19 members situated throughout the nation.
Phase-Three of Covaxin vaccine trials commences in Guntur
The third phase of clinical trials of Covaxin began at the Infectious Disease (Fever Hospital) Hospital at Gorantla on Wednesday. District Collector I. Samuel Ananda Kumar launched the vaccine trials. The vaccine vials have come from the Indian Council for Medical Research, Pune.
The Collector mentioned that primarily based on the rules of ICMR, the phase-Three trials have begun on the ID Hospital. The phase-2 medical trials had been held at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad through which 717 sufferers had been lined.
The ICMR trials at ID Hospital would cowl 1,000 sufferers in a month and the detailed report could be despatched to ICMR.
AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine research outcomes
AstraZeneca and Oxford University have acknowledged a producing error that’s elevating questions on preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
A statement describing the error on Wednesday got here days after the corporate and the college described the photographs as “highly effective” and made no point out of why some research individuals didn’t obtain as a lot vaccine within the first of two photographs as anticipated.