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India reports 70,421 new coronavirus infections, 3,921 deaths in 24 hours

India reports 70,421 new coronavirus infections, 3,921 deaths in 24 hours

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
India on Monday reported 70,421 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 31, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. This is the seventh consecutive day when India has reported less than 100,000 COVID cases. On June 13, India recorded 80,834 cases. Civic authority marshals fine a motorcyclist for not wearing a face mask in public at Dharavi in Mumbai. AFP The South Asian country's total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.51 million, while total fatalities are at 374,305, the data showed. India added 3,921 deaths overnight, according to Reuters. India's overall tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 29,510,410. The active cases have come down below 10 lakh. The country has 973,158 active cases presently and h...
This Indian village refused COVID vaccines, fearing a god’s wrath

This Indian village refused COVID vaccines, fearing a god’s wrath

COVID-19, CRISIS, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
In Malana, a village in the Himalayas, the local deity ‘told’ residents not to take the COVID vaccine – until a health worker persuaded them otherwise. On May 22, a team of health workers trekked for about 5km (3.1 miles) on foot to set up a coronavirus vaccination camp in Malana, a remote Himalayan village in northern India’s Himachal Pradesh state. Only 36 people turned up to take the shot in the village with more than 2,200 residents. But even this meagre turnout was a huge victory. Residents of Malana were reluctant to take the vaccine for months because the village council, a religious authority, had stonewalled the inoculation drive claiming the local deity, known as Jagadamani Rishi, had not agreed to it. According to the villagers, it took about five months of ritu...
World’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll recorded in India after eastern state revises numbers upwards

World’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll recorded in India after eastern state revises numbers upwards

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
India has recorded the world’s highest single-day death toll from Covid-19, registering more than 6,000 deaths on Thursday after Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its total fatalities since the start of the pandemic. Thursday’s deaths were the biggest number recorded anywhere in the world since the pandemic began, with the government reporting 6,148 fatalities from the virus. However, the data is heavily distorted by the revised figures from Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. The state’s health department amended its total death toll during the pandemic to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.  The previous highest daily death toll was in the US on February 12, when America’s healthcare authorities recorded 5,444 Covid-19 fatalities amid a deadly second wave. ...

‘Pind California’: US doctor camps with India’s agitating farmers

Asia, DIPLOMACY, FARMIMG, HEALTH, INDIA, PEOPLE, World Health Organization
Cardiologist puts lucrative practice on hold to aid thousands of farmers protesting against new farm laws outside New Delhi. New Delhi, India – When Dr Swaiman Singh, a cardiologist based in the United States, flew to India for a five-day visit last December, little did he know that his short sojourn would turn into a prolonged mission to save hundreds of lives. The 34-year-old doctor, who has been living in New Jersey for the past 24 years, put his lucrative practice on hold to visit his homeland after getting distress calls from relatives in his native village, Pakhoke, in the western state of Punjab. The villagers told him that a close family friend had died after a massive heart attack at Tikri outside New Delhi, one of three main sites where thousands of Indian farmers h...

Marginalised girls in India fighting child marriage

Asia, CHILDREN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INDIA, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, WORLD
More than 1,000 girls in Rajasthan start a movement against child marriages, which saw a spike during the COVID pandemic. Rajasthan, India – “I want to study at least up to 12th standard (grade)” was Saira Bano’s heartfelt cry when her parents started looking for a groom for her in October 2020. It had been a tough year for her parents in their remote northwestern Indian village. Since a nationwide lockdown to check coronavirus was imposed in March 2020, Saira’s father has not been able to find much work. He earned about 1,200 rupees ($17) a week as a labourer in pre-COVID times, which barely kept the family afloat. And when that stopped too, he thought it was better to marry Saira off instead of spending the family’s limited resources on her education. Saira is 17. “We are...
World top vaccine maker stumbled in COVID dose drive

World top vaccine maker stumbled in COVID dose drive

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
Serum Institute of India was named a top supplier of COVID-19 shots but has been plagued by problems and has failed to deliver. Around the world, from Bangladesh to Nepal to Rwanda, vulnerable hotspots have been grappling with stalled Covid-19 vaccination programs as they run out of doses. Many of those shortages can be traced back to a single company: The Serum Institute of India. The world’s largest vaccine maker, Serum was last year named a top supplier of Covid shots to Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative aimed at securing an equitable global rollout. But the Indian company has been dogged by setbacks, from a ban on exports to a factory fire, that have hampered its ability to fill orders. Covax has pledged to send shots to some 92 countries, but has so far ...
‘Black fungus’ and COVID-19: Myths and facts

‘Black fungus’ and COVID-19: Myths and facts

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
In India, COVID-19 has led to a surge in cases of a potentially fatal fungal infection called mucormycosis, popularly known as “black fungus.” The infection is every bit as dangerous as the media have portrayed it, but several myths are circulating on social media about potential sources of the infection and its treatment. The human body is not the usual habitat for fungi that belong to the order Mucorales, which includes species typically found in soil, dust, decomposing vegetation, and animal dung. Our immune system is usually more than a match for the fungi, but an “unholy trinity” of diabetes, COVID-19, and steroid treatment can weaken a person’s immunity to such an extent that these microorganisms can gain a foothold. Diabetes not only increases a person’s risk of severe...
US President Joe Biden announces international COVID-19 vaccine-sharing plan

US President Joe Biden announces international COVID-19 vaccine-sharing plan

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, USA, World Health Organization
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and three other world leaders, and informs them that the US will start sharing the first 25 million doses of COVID vaccines with their respective countries. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that the US will allocate 75 percent - nearly 1.9 crore of the first tranche of 2.5 crore doses - of unused COVID-19 vaccines from its stockpile through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa as part of his administration's framework for sharing 80 million (8 crore) vaccines globally by the end of June. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and three other world leaders, and informed them that the US will start shari...

India To Begin Lifting Lockdown Restrictions Gradually In Dheli

COVID-19, DELHI, HEALTH, INDIA, LOCK DOWN, World Health Organization
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal added that the government will take steps in line with the 'unlock' process based on experts' as well as public opinion New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Delhi has New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Delhi has gained control over the second wave of COVID-19 and the government will start the process of lifting the lockdown gradually, with the resumption of construction activities and reopening of factories for one week from Monday. of COVID-19 and the government will start the process of lifting the lockdown gradually, with the resumption of construction activities and reopening of factories for one week from Monday. This doesn't mean the fight against the deadly disease has ended, he stres...