WHO ‘strongly recommends’ Pfizer’s Covid-19 pill for at-risk patients
The World Health Organization said Friday it “strongly recommended” Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for patients with milder forms of the disease who were still at a high risk of hospitalisation. However the UN agency warned it was “extremely concerned” that the inequality in access seen with Covid vaccines would again leave low- and middle-income countries “pushed to the end of the queue”.
Delhi reports 965 fresh Covid-19 cases, 635 recoveries, and 1 death in the last 24 hours; positivity rate 4.71%
Maha reports 179 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death; active tally rises to 762
Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 179 fresh coronavirus cases, 17 more than the day before, and one fatality linked to the infection, the health department said. With this, the state’s overall Covid-19 tally rose to 78,76,382, while the toll increased to 1,47,831, the department said in a bulletin.
Almost 93% of people in Telangana developed anti-bodies, says health official
A senior health official in Telangana on Thursday urged citizens to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour in view of a rise in cases in some States, even as he discounted the possibility of a fourth wave in the State where about 93 per cent of the people have developed anti-bodies.
Mumbai sees 91 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; active tally at 450
Mumbai on Thursday registered 91 new Covid-19 cases that raised the tally of infections to 10,59,073, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. As many as 56 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 10,39,061, while the toll stood at 19,562 as no fresh casualties were reported, the official said.
MP reports 15 new cases; active count at 58
The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,41,281 on Thursday with the detection of 15 new cases, while no fresh fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, a health official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,734.
A total of 12 Covid positive cases have been reported in IIT Madras so far. The state government has formed a special team to break the cluster and take precautionary steps: J Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary
Precautionary dose to be available for free to all eligible beneficiaries of 18 to 59 years age group in all government Covid-19 vaccination Centres: Delhi govt
No one safe until all vaccinated for Covid, track hospitalisations: Johns Hopkins scientist
Vaccine inequity remains an issue both within India, where less than 2 per cent of the population has received a Covid booster, and the globe with 56 countries unable to inoculate even 10 percent of their people, says Johns Hopkins scientist Amita Gupta.
Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12 found in majority of Delhi samples, could be behind surge: Sources
Omicron sublineage BA.2.12 has been detected in a majority of the samples sequenced from Delhi in the first fortnight of April and it could be behind the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, sources said Thursday. However, an Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) source has claimed that Omicron variant derivative BA.2.12.1 has also been found in a few samples in Delhi which is said to be contributing to the recent rise in cases in the US.
SEC recommends Corbevax for 5-12 year old kids
Biological E’s recombinant protein-subunit Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax is all set to emerge as the first vaccine to get emergency use authorisation (EUA) for use in children in the 5-12 years age bracket with the subject expert committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) learnt to have recommended EUA for this age group to the drug regulator.
Shanghai’s cautious awakening from Covid lockdown
When Rui ventured out of her Shanghai apartment complex this week for the first time in 20 days, she found a city much altered since Covid-19 brought it to a standstill. Barricaded storefronts and a makeshift hair salon in an empty swimming pool greeted her on a surreal foray into a Chinese commercial capital yawning back to life after lockdown.
DCGI’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meeting begins to discuss recommendations on restricted emergency use of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Biological E’s Corbevax vaccines among children aged 5-12: Sources
Sri Lanka once again makes it compulsory to wear mask outdoors
Sri Lanka on Thursday once again made it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors, just two days after the government announced that face masks are not required in public places other than indoor gatherings.
Women with ‘Long Covid’ have more symptoms than men: Study
Women with Long Covid, a set of symptoms that persist for months beyond the initial phase of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, exhibit more symptoms than males with the syndrome, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women were statistically significantly more likely to experience difficulty swallowing, fatigue, chest pain, and palpitations at long-term follow-up compared to men.
9 new Covid cases in Odisha
Odisha recorded nine fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, while there was no fatality, the health department said. There are 104 active Covid-19 cases now and 15 more patients have recuperated, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,78,687, a bulletin stated.
Hong Kong Disney opens as Covid eases; Shanghai deaths rise
Hong Kong relaxed pandemic restrictions on Thursday, with Disneyland and museums reopening and nighttime restaurant dining resuming as the city’s worst Covid-19 outbreak appears to be fading. Enthusiastic visitors ran into Disneyland the moment the gates opened after a three-month closure.
No need to panic on rising Covid cases in UP, maintain caution: Official
Even though Covid-19 cases are on the rise, there is no need to panic and the risk for those who have taken the vaccines is very low, an Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson said here on Thursday. According to health experts, it is possible that in the coming days, there may be an increase in new cases of the disease, but the current variant of the virus is a “normal” one, the official said.
Malaysia reports 6,968 new Covid-19 infections, 16 more deaths
There’s a possibility that new variants of Omicron are emerging. Many samples were sequenced at ILBS. I think there’re 8 variants of Omicron, which one is the dominating variant,we’ll know soon: Dr SK Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver&Biliary Sciences,on Delhi Covid cases surge