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Alarm bell ringing for Tripura on COVID-19 case as Mizoram has highest positivity rate



Agartala: The Government of India is set to send an expert team to Mizoram as well as financial and medical assistance as this North Eastern state has the highest positivity rate of COVID-19 cases. But this has set the alarm bell ringing for the neighbouring state Tripura in view of Durga Puja celebrations. Tripura shares its border with Mizoram so a proper care is required.

However, the Tripura Government under Biplab Kumar Deb has successfully taken every possible measure to contain COVID-19 cases in the state. On the contrary Mizoram has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in India at 18.44 per cent.

Data released by the Union Health Ministry on September 30, 2001 suggests that India’s weekly positivity rate is 1.74 per cent, down from 3 per cent in the previous 97 days and the daily positivity rate is 1.56 per cent, down from 3 per cent in the previous 31 days.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a Mizoram government delegation in New Delhi on September 29, 2021 that a team of experts would be deployed to the state as soon as it is possible.

He also informed the delegation from Mizoram that if the state government requests it, the Union government can arrange for the free supply of Monoclonal Antibodies Cocktail (MAC), which is however very expensive but equally effective COVID medication costing Rs 1,20,000 per set to Mizoram.

The Union Health Secretary stated in response to the state’s request for financial help that Mizoram received Rs 44.38 crore out of a total money allocation of Rs 14,744.99 crore under the Centre’s Emergency COVID Response Package for all states and UTs. The first instalment of Rs 19.94 crore has been issued and the remaining funds will be paid once the first instalment’s expenditure data is given.

According to health officials in Mizoram, over 1,500 people have tested positive for coronavirus every day for the previous two weeks. So far, 93,660 positive cases and 309 deaths have been reported in India’s second-smallest state. According to COVID-19 data analysis, the virus has infected roughly 7 per cent of the state’s population so far, with an 82.78 per cent recovery rate compared to a national recovery rate of 97.85 per cent.

There were 15,815 active cases as of September 30, with 77,536 persons having recovered so far. Aizawl, with 59,533 cases and 231 deaths, leads the state’s 11 districts, followed by Kolasib (6,952 cases, 24 deaths), and Lunglei (6,855 cases, 17 deaths). Although 596 persons have tested positive, Khawzawl is the only district where no deaths have been reported.

Currently, the state has 218 active cases and the positivity rate is 4.42 percent. In the last 24 hours, a total of 4,676 samples were tested out of which 22 samples tested positive for the virus. Four districts– North, South, Dhalai and Unakoti have reported single positive cases, while Sepahijal has reported four and West district has reported 14 cases. Khowai and Gomati have not reported any positive cases.

Tripura has reported a total of 19,02,973 samples out of which 84,127 have tested positive and 810 have died due to the virus and the mortality rate stands at 0.96 percent.

Meanwhile, Tripura has so far vaccinated 24,95,236 persons with the first dose which is 95.09 percent of the target population 26,24,000 and 13,87,764 people have been completely vaccinated which is 55.63 percent, till September 30, 2021.

The Tripura administration has also imposed section 144 across West Tripura district which will remain inforce till November 4 in a bid to curb the further spread of novel coronavirus cases in Tripura during the festival season.


COVID-19 containment may derail if protocol is not followed, says Mansukh Mandaviya



New Delhi: With the festive season approaching fast, COVID-19 containment can derail if they are not celebrated following protocols set by the Government.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has warned people on October 0, 2021 and exhorted 19 states to escalate their inoculation pace so that India can achieve administering 100 crore vaccine doses in the next few days. India has so far administered over 94 crore Covid vaccine doses.

Reviewing the progress of vaccination with principal secretaries and mission directors of the National Health Mission from all major states, the health minister underlined that administering 100 crore doses of COVID vaccine is the immediate milestone.

Mandaviya noted that if festivals, synonymous with auspiciousness, joy and large gatherings, are not observed as per COVID-19 guidelines, containment of COVID-19 can get derailed. “The two-pronged solution is to follow COVID-19 protocols very strictly and to speed up vaccination,” the minister said.

The minister cited results of experiments that pegged the number of first dose recipients not developing severe COVID-19 to be 96 per cent and further pointed out that the number increases to nearly 98 per cent for people who have taken both doses of the vaccine. Officials of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal took part in the meeting.

Observing that over eight crore balance vaccine doses are physically available with states, Mandaviya enquired about specific hurdles, if any, faced by them in increasing their pace of vaccination and vaccine coverage among the target population.

Many states are nearing saturation of coverage in urban areas and are catering to the floating population in the city. Labour and time-intensive door-to-door vaccination is being undertaken in some geographically aloof pockets where first dose coverage is nearing saturation.

Uttar Pradesh state that comparatively limited supply of Covaxin and its shorter span between the doses as a rate inhibiting factor.

“In consultation with the states, the minister exhorted each state to increase their target so that the administration of the last six crore doses for reaching the mark of 100 crore is achieved in the next few days,” the health ministry stated.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged all the state health administrators to be strict with observance of COVID-appropriate behaviour during festivities to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak. He underlined the need to adhere to a detailed standard operating procedure issued through a ministry’s letter on September 21. It included no mass-gatherings in containment zones and in districts with over 5 per cent case positivity.

Gatherings with advance permissions and limited people to be allowed in districts with a positivity rate of 5 per cent and below. Relaxations and restrictions to be imposed based on weekly case positivity.

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WHO set to vaccinate 40% population of every nation by yr end



Geneva, Oct 8: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced an initiative to vaccinate 40 per cent of the population of every country against Covid-19 by the end of 2021 and 70 per cent by mid-2022, by prioritising vaccine delivery to low-income countries, particularly those in Africa.

“Today, the WHO is launching the Strategy to Achieve Global Covid-19 Vaccination by mid-2022,” Xinhua news agency quoted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying at a press briefing here on Thursday.

“The strategy outlines the road we must all take together to achieve our targets of vaccinating 40 per cent of the population of every country by the end of this year, and 70 percent by the middle of next year.”

According to Tedros, achieving these targets will require at least 11 billion vaccine doses, which is an allocation problem instead of a supply problem.

“With global vaccine production now at nearly 1.5 billion doses per month, there is enough supply to achieve our targets, provided they are distributed equitably,” he said.

According to the WHO’s records, more than 6.4 billion vaccine doses have now been administered globally, and almost one-third of the world’s population is fully vaccinated against the virus.

However, low-income countries have received less than half of one percent of the world’s vaccines.

In Africa, less than 5 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.

Earlier this year, the WHO had set a target for all countries to vaccinate 10 per cent of their populations by the end of September, but 56 countries didn’t make it.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who joined the WHO chief at the initiatve’s launch, said: “Vaccine inequality is the best ally of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But through dose sharing, swaps, technology transfers and other priority actions, it is possible to reduce deaths and minimize suffering, prevent health systems from being overwhelmed, resume social and economic activities, and reduce the risk of dangerous new variants.”

The UN chief also renewed his appeal to the G20 nations for help, adding that “their meeting later this month will be an opportunity to deliver”.

“I urge all global stakeholders to step up, mobilize their resources and turn this strategy into a reality,” he said.

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 236.7 mn



Washington, Oct 8: The global coronavirus caseload has topped 236.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.83 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.39 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 236,730,066, 4,833,592 and 6,394,485,945, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 44,158,348 and 710,173, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,894,312 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,532,558), the UK (8,084,275), Russia (7,575,825), Turkey (7,357,306), France (7,142,387), Iran (5,674,083), Argentina (5,264,305), Spain (4,971,310), Colombia (4,967,524), Italy (4,692,274), Germany (4,295,876), Indonesia (4,224,487) and Mexico (3,699,621), the CSSE figures showed.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Brazil (599,810), India (449,856), Mexico (280,610), Russia (209,752), Peru (199,581), Indonesia (142,494), the UK (137,818), Italy (131,198), Colombia (126,517), Iran (122,012), France (117,845) and Argentina (115,416).

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