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Corona Update: 3,900 new cases, 195 deaths in last 24 hrs; total cases 46,433: Health Ministry

1,020 patients cured in last 24 hrs; recovery rate 27.41%: Health Ministry



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New Delhi, May 5 : The number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 46,433 on Tuesday morning with 32,138 active cases, despite a 40-days and above lockdown period completed in a bid to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

A total of 12,726 people have been cured and discharged from hospital so far, while 1,568 have lost there life since the first case was reported in January-end.

According to statistics based on Union Health Ministry report, despite the first 21-day lockdown, over 40 districts reported new cases between April 17 and 26.

However, there has also been a steady number of discharge from hospitals. As of Tuesday as some of the country’s 1.3 billion people started enjoying some slack, 32 of the 33 people in Andaman Nicobar island who had so far tested positive for the coronavirus, were discharged from hospital after treatment.

In Andhra Pradesh though the number of cases reached 1,650, out of which 524 have been discharged and 36 have been reported dead.

In the Northeast where some states like Arunachal Pradesh remained a corona-free so far, the number of corona positive people in Assam rose to 43, of whom 32 have been discharged and one death.

The number of corona-affected people has reached 528 in Bihar with 130 discharged from the hospital and four deaths. According to the Health Ministry report, 102 people were reported suffering from the coronavirus in Chandigarh till Tuesday morning while 21 were discharged and one died.

The number of corona victims in Chhattisgarh rose to 58 by morning and 36 have been discharged here.

Delhi is witnessing a steady increase in the cases of COVID-19. According to the data, 4,898 people have been found suffering from the virus so far, out of which 1,431 people have been discharged and 64 died.

Goa remains a coronavirus free state till Tuesday morning. In Gujarat, the figure has gone up to 5,804, out of which 1,195 people have been discharged and 319 have died. Haryana has reported 517 cases with 254 were discharged and six have died.

So far 41 people have been reported to be suffering from this virus in Himachal while 34 of which have been discharged from the hospital with one death. In Jammu and Kashmir this figure has reached 726 and 303 people have been discharged here while eight have died.

There has been a slight increase in Jharkhand. Here 115 people are said to be suffering from this virus with 27 were discharged and three deaths. There were 651 cases in Karnataka, out of which 321 were discharged and 27 have died here.

The number of corona victims in Kerala has reached 500 with 462 have been discharged and four died here. The figure has reached 41 in Ladakh with 17 deaths.

Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh, the figure rose to 2,942 and 798 have been discharged, while 103 have died. In Maharashtra, the number of victims reached to 14,541 with 2,465 discharged from the hospital and 583 died.

Manipur still remains a corona-free state. There have been 12 cases in Meghalaya, one in Mizoram and 169 cases in Odisha with 60 were discharged from the hospital and one has died here.

There have been eight cases reported in Puducherry with five were discharged. In Punjab, 1,233 cases have been reported so far, out of which 121 have been discharged and 23 have died. In Rajasthan, this figure has reached 3,061. Here 1,394 people have been discharged from the hospital, while 77 have died.

The number of corona victims in Tamil Nadu rose to 3,530 and 1,409 were discharged with 31 deaths.

Telangana has reported 1,085 cases and 585 have been discharged and 29 have died so far. Meanwhile, 29 cases were reported in Tripura and two were discharged from the hospital.

On the other hand, 60 cases have been reported in Uttarakhand so far, out of which 40 have been discharged. The figure has increased to 2,766 in Uttar Pradesh and 802 people were discharged. There have been 50 deaths in UP alone. The number of victims from Corona in West Bengal has been 1,259, out of which 218 have discharged and 133 have died.


It takes 18 months to develop good vaccine: Ex-ICMR chief





New Delhi, July 4 : A good vaccine usually takes at least 18 months, before it could be rolled out for production after fast-tracking all the mandatory regulatory approvals, said N.K. Ganguly, former director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

It is expected that India”s first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin may be released on August 15 under a fast-track mechanism. According to the government”s top medical research body, a dozen institutes have been selected for clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine). Ganguly said the strain of the virus was given to BBIL in May end, and in July, human trials have been scheduled.

Elaborating on the lengthy process involved in vaccine development, he insisted that after spending many months and infusing a lot of funds, the uncertainty continues to linger. “It may be difficult to say whether the vaccine is successful or not”, he added.

The ICMR in a letter said, “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by August 15, after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL (Bharat Biotech International Limited) is working expeditiously to meet the target, however the final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project.”

Before the vaccine is tested on humans, challenge studies are done on mice and monkey, then a toxicology report is prepared, to check if the developed vaccine produces harm to cells, and it takes at least three to four months to finalize this report, said Ganguly. After this phase, the vaccine is tested on two rodents and a large animal and after successful completion of this stage the vaccine is ready for human trials.

“In Phase 1, the age group profiling is done (wherein vaccine study is done on people in different age groups). In Phase 2, nearly 600 to 700 people are vaccinated, and if the vaccine performs successfully in this phase then it progresses into Phase 3, which is called the efficacy study (in this phase, thousands of people are enrolled). Even after fast tracking regulatory approvals, it will take at least 18 months to develop a good vaccine”, said Ganguly.

He insisted that the vaccine being developed by Moderna (RNA vaccine is set to begin Phase 3 trials later this month and targets a vaccine by 2021) and BioNTech-Pfizer (Phase 3 trial is expected to begin in July). Gennova biopharmaceutical is also working on a vaccine and it looks positive, Ganguly added.

(Sumit Saxena can be contacted at [email protected])

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Lightning kills 15 more in Bihar

The meteorological department has issued an alert for thunderstorms in more than a dozen districts, including Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Nalanda in the state.





Patna, July 4 : Fifteen more people lost their lives due to lightning amid heavy rain and thunderstorms in seven districts of Bihar in the last 24 hours.

According to the information received from the districts, 15 persons were killed by lightning during the past 24 hours in the state. Of these, six persons died in Vaishali, two in Lakhisarai, three in Samastipur and one each in Gaya, Banka, Nalanda and Jamui districts.

The meteorological department has issued an alert for thunderstorms in more than a dozen districts, including Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Nalanda in the state.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the people to be vigilant and follow the guidelines issued by the disaster management department for protection against lightning in the inclement weather. He suggested that people stay at home and be safe.

On Thursday, 26 persons died due to lightning striking different districts. These included six in Patna, four in east Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and west Champaran districts.

Last Tuesday, 11 persons died as lightning fell in various districts of Bihar while on June 26, 96 persons perished as lightning struck different parts of the state.

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Ex-French PM faces probe into COVID-19 response

Philippe’s future as Prime Minister had been in doubt for several weeks and he will now take up the post of mayor in Le Havre, after winning the local vote on Sunday.



Edouard Philippe

Paris, July 4 : A French court has launched an inquiry into the government”s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, focusing mainly on three senior figures, including former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, following complaints from unions and doctors.

On Friday, Philippe resigned amid a cabinet reshuffle, reports the BBC.

Hours after Philippe”s resignation, it was announced that the Law Court of the Republic, which deals with claims of ministerial misconduct, would open an inquiry into the way his government handled the pandemic.

Along with thilippe, those under investigation include Agnes Buzyn, who stepped down as health minister in February, and her successor Olivier Veran, senior public prosecutor Francois Molin said on Friday.

Philippe’s future as Prime Minister had been in doubt for several weeks and he will now take up the post of mayor in Le Havre, after winning the local vote on Sunday.

His successor, Jean Castex, 55, is little known in France, but he is a senior civil servant and has played a key role in the government”s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the BBC report.

On Friday evening, Castex warned in a speech that “the health crisis is, unfortunately, not over” and that “the economic and social crisis is already here”.

France has so far reported 202,673 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29,875 deaths.

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