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Bangladesh ranked 8th in global weekly increase in corona cases: WHO

Bangladesh doctors have recorded a high mortality rate in the country at 2.99 per cent even though more than 2,000 doctors have since recovered and returned to duty.

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Dhaka, July 4 : Bangladesh ranks 8th in weekly increase in new coronavirus cases across the globe with 26,598 new cases during the period, the World Health Organisation (WHO) data says.

As per the WHO website, Bangladesh is 9th on the list vis-à-vis daily new infections among different countries.

The COVID-19 death toll in Bangladesh reached 1,997 on Saturday as 29 more patients succumbed within 24 hours.

Bangladesh doctors have recorded a high mortality rate in the country at 2.99 per cent even though more than 2,000 doctors have since recovered and returned to duty.

So far, 73 doctors in Bangladesh have died of the novel coronavirus and the infections among these frontline fighters keeps increasing with each passing day.

However, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) denies high corona prevalence among doctors.

When asked why Bangladesh doctors had a high mortality rate, Professor Sultana, an Additional Director General (Administration) in DGHS, said it was yet not known if the corona warriors among the doctors caught infections at the hospital or outside.

She told IANS that many of the doctors who were dying of Covid-19 are older. “Not sure if the virus transmission was caught at the workplace. At Square Hospital and Impulse Hospital, they have worked with a lot of protection. It is difficult to understand if they were infected on the roads or in the markets.”

She pointed out that those with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension were at risk. “We have to see the type of infection. A doctor relative of mine died. He went to the market and became infected. So, don”t look at the profession of the COVID-19 patient — it”s my personal observation,” Professor Sultana remarked.

She said she would advise not only doctors, but all other professionals to wear face masks in public gatherings, follow hygiene rules properly, and not to ignore the threat of the virus.

She said that the health authorities had detected 3,288 new corona cases in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, raising the total confirmed cases to 159,679.

She said 14,727 more samples were tested in the country during the same period. Bangladesh had reported its first cases on March 8.

“As we have said earlier also, 80 per cent of the coronavirus patients have mild infections. The symptoms are mild. Only 3 to 5 per cent of the people are much more serious. In that case, they need life support in a hospital,” Prof Sultana said.

She said that one more guideline had been added to the existing 23 to deal with coronavirus pandemic — how to treat the elderly and those with high blood pressure and diabetes, These guidelines are available on www.dghs.gov.bd and www.corona.gov.bd.

Meanwhile, 40 judges, 136 staff of subordinate courts and 45 officials of the Supreme Court were infected while working on virtual courts, as of Friday.

Of these, 17 judges have recovered till Friday, said Md Saifur Rahman, special officer at the Bangladesh Supreme Court.

He said Judge Firdous Ahmed died of Covid-19 on June 24 whereas one judge is undergoing treatment at a hospital and 21 others at home.

Though court operations have remained suspended since March 26, trial proceedings through videoconference began on May 11 during general holidays to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes Jammu and Kashmir

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

At 10:01 pm, the earthquake struck at a latitude of 33.03 degrees north and a longitude of 75.93 degrees east — 93 kms east of Katra, they added.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kms, the officials said.

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Covaxin consent form says vax administered without ph-3 trial

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Amid the vaccinaton drive against Covid-19, it has emerged that there is a separate consent form for those who are administered the ‘Covaxin‘ vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

The form says that “In phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trial ‘Covaxin’ has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against Covid-19, however the clinical efficacy of Covaxin is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase-3 clinical trial, hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that the other precautions related to Covid-19 should not be followed.”

The form says that in case of any adverse and serious condition, the receiver will be provided utmost care at the health centre and in case of casuality the compensation will be provided by Bharat Biotech.

“The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor BBIL if the SAE is proven to be casually related to the vaccine,” it said.

Serious concerns were raised in certain quarters including by opposition parties and Congress leader Manish Tewari has questioned the efficacy of ‘Covaxin’ while the Prime Minister has warned people not to believe in “rumours”.

The world’s biggest vaccination drive come almost a year after the first coronavirus case was detected in India, and since then the deadly virus has claimed over 1.5 lakh lives and infected one crore people. The first case came to the fore on January 30, 2020 in Kerala.

Two vaccines — the Oxford vaccine ‘Covishield’ manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and indigenously developed ‘Covaxin’ by Bharat Biotech — will be administered to priority groups. So far, the central government has procured 1.1 crore Covishield and 55 lakh Covaxin vaccines at a cost of Rs 200 and Rs 206 per dose, respectively.

In Delhi, which has 81 vaccination sites, ‘Covaxin’ has been allotted to six Centre-run hospitals while 75 Delhi government and private hospitals will receive ‘Covishield’.

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Russia-Mongolia Border Region

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers

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AN earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the Russia-Mongolia Border Region on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, it added.

The epicenter of the earthquake was registered 277 kilometers southwest of the city of Angarsk, in the Russian Irkutsk region, and 30 kilometers from the Mongolian city of Turt, Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik reported. https://bit.ly/2XtgrJs

There were no immediate reports of damage or victims, the report said.

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