Today Lockdown Report | may 8 |Stalin’s big decision after being sworn in as chief minister. Full lockdown in Tamil Nadu for two weeks from Monday.

Today Lockdown Report | may 8 |Stalin’s big decision after being sworn in as chief minister. Full lockdown in Tamil Nadu for two weeks from Monday.

Odishaportal: The Tamil Nadu government has declared a “complete lockdown” in the state for two weeks from May 10 due to the rapid rise in cases of Covida-18 infection. The government yesterday ordered a “lockdown” in the state a day after a record 26,000 new infections were detected.

In a statement, Chief Minister M.K. “The” lockdown “was issued for” inevitable reasons, “Stalin said. The “complete lockdown” will be in force in the state from 4 am on May 10 to 4 am on May 26. He added that he had a review meeting with the district commissioners on Friday. Such a decision is based on the information and opinions obtained from it. Medical experts also suggested this.

The “lockdown” announcement was made by MKK, who was sworn in as chief minister yesterday. The first important decision taken by Stalin.

Notably, the infectious cases are said to have escalated rapidly as all the major political parties in the state have been holding election rallies in defiance of the Kovidh cuts. The Madras High Court has strongly criticized the Election Commission.

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Coronavirus 2021 | MAY8 | India Can Achieve ‘Herd Immunity’ After October, But COVID19 Vaccination Needs A Boost: SBI Report |

Mumbai: India would be able to achieve “herd immunity” only after October, and the country needs to drastically scale up its vaccination drive, a SBI Ecowrap report said on Friday

India Can Achieve 'Herd immunity' After October, But COVID19 Vaccination Needs A Boost: SBI Report
India Can Achieve 'Herd immunity' After October, But COVID19 Vaccination Needs A Boost: SBI Report

he report said that till date, the country has given around 16.50 crore vaccine doses with around 13.10 crore having taken the first round and the remaining 3.15 crore have taken both the required doses.

Accordingly, the percentage of people who have availed both doses is around 19.5 per cent of the total vaccination jabs given so far, at the average rate of 17 lakh per day in May, compared with an average of 28

Given this trend, India can only be able to vaccinate 15 per cent of her population by October 2021 (which is required for herd immunity, given the other countries’ trends), but only if we are able to vaccinate around 55 lakh persons daily in Sep-Oct,” said the report, authored by Dr Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Advisor to SBI.

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He added that since vaccination is the only driver as of now to contain the Covid scourge, and the researchers analysed the estimated ideal share of each state in total vaccines based on distribution parameters including population in 18-plus age, total deaths, Covid cases and deaths and juxtaposed it with the vaccination distribution.

The results showed that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Chhattisgarh may have received lower vaccine doses than they require, whereas, states like Rajasthan, Kerala, West Bengal and Gujarat have received more doses.

For instance, it said if Maharashtra’s share should have been 17.8 per cent in the total vaccine allocation, as per current data, it is getting only 10.1 per cent and with more in the pipeline, this share would be only 10.2 per cent, making it well below the requirements.

Thus, these states with a lower share of vaccines would need to procure a large number of vaccines in future from the manufacturers to fill the gap.

“However, we also need to understand that there will be always a gap in ex-ante and ex-post vaccine distribution given the spread of Covid-19 has been almost difficult to predict,

World Update | may 8 | 2021 | Google Photos Storage Reduced, To Offer Only 15GB Free Space From June 1

Google Photos Storage Reduced, To Offer Only 15GB Free Space From June 1

Pixel users will continue to get unlimited free “high quality” photo backups on Google Photos

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However, this change doesn’t apply to those who own a Pixel 2 or later, XDA Developers reported.

Pixel users will continue to get unlimited free “high quality” photo backups on Google Photos. However, those who don’t own a Pixel phone will have to get a Google One subscription, which starts at $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year) for 100GB.

The company, last year in November, announced that it would no longer offer unlimited free storage for “high quality” photos on Google Photos starting June 1, 2020.

The company had revealed that it would limit free storage on Google Photos to 15GB and users would have to pay for a monthly Google One subscription for any additional storage.

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Since photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos before the deadline won’t count towards the new 15GB limit, users should probably upload all their precious memories right away and avoid paying for the Google One subscription, the report said.

COVID-19 update | may 7 | 2021 | Third Wave May Not Happen If Strong Steps Taken: Scientific Advisor

Covid third wave may not happen if we take strong measures: Govt's top scientific  advisor

New Delhi: Two days after warning that the third wave of Covid is inevitable, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government, K. VijayRaghavan on Friday stepped back, saying that it may not happen if strong steps and measures are taken.

Addressing the Union Health Ministry press briefing, he said: “If we take strong steps and measures, the third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all.

“It all depends on how much the guidelines are effectively implemented at local level.”

Asked about reports of mucormycosis among Covid-19 patients, NITI Aayog’s Member, Health, Prof V.K. Paul said: “Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) is detected mostly in diabetic patients. We want to reassure that there is no major outbreak and we are doing proper surveillance of the situation.”

He pointed out that there are three factors triggering this fungal infection: uncontrolled diabetes, immunosuppression because of steroids or any other disease and exposure to a wet surface.

“Mucormycosis is absolutely preventable and if one’s diabetes is under control, there is no reason to worry,” Paul said.

Meanwhile, Additional Secretary, Health, Arti Ahuja said: “States and UTs, including Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, are showing early signs of plateauing or decrease in daily new Covid cases.”

About vaccine coverage, she said: “So far, a total 16.50 crore doses have been administered across all eligible categories. Over 12.66 crore people above 45 years have administered vaccines. 1,59 health care workers, 2.13 crore frontline workers and 11.81 lakh people aged between 18 to 44 years have been administered vaccines.”

As per government data, there are 24 states where the positivity rate is more than 15 per cent, nine states have a positivity rate between five to 15 per cent and three states have a positivity rate less than five per cent. The country is reporting daily new cases growth rate of one per cent in the last seven days.

Twelve states/UTs have more than one lakh active cases, seven states and UTs have 50,000 to one lakh active cases, and 17 have less than 50,000 active cases.

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Witness | Coronavirus |Bhubaneswar Witnesses Fresh 1048 Covid-19 Positive Cases In 24 Hours

Bhubaneswar: Steady rise in the number of daily Covid-19 positive cases in the capital city continued unabated with 1048 fresh cases detected from various parts of the city in the last 24 hours.

“Steady rise in the number of daily Covid-19 positive cases in the capital city continued unabated with 1048 fresh cases detected from various parts of the city in the last 24 hours”

With the new cases, the active caseload in the city has now climbed up to 10,060. Out of the new cases, 151 persons are in quarantine while the rest 897 are local contact cases.

The most, 45 cases have been reported from Patia area followed by Nayapalli (44). As many as 33 fresh cases have been detected from Laxmisagar area.

Similarly, Old Town registered 29 cases while Sundarapada and Unit-9 witnessed 27 cases each. Unit-3 registered 25 cases in the last 24 hours. Likewise, Sailashree Vihar witnessed 24 cases. VSS Nagar and Saheed Nagar registered 19 cases each.

Meanwhile, as many as 848 patients have also been declared free from the virus infection on Friday.

So far, 51,496 Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in the city out of which 41,136 have recovered, 279 have succumbed. As many as 10,060 Covid-19 patients are under treatment at present.

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Odisha Board of Secondary Education | Matric Exam 2021 Datesheet Announced; | 10th Board Exam Report | 2021 |

Bhubaneswar: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Monday released the complete datesheet for the upcoming matriculation examination scheduled to be held from May 3, 2021.

This year’s matriculation or the high school certificate (HSC) exam will begin on May 3 and will continue till May 15. Similarly, examination for Madhyama Sanskrit will be held from May 3 to 12.

As per an official notification, the students will appear the First language (MIL Odia) on May 3, 2021.

Similarly, the examination for second language (English) will be held on May 5, Third Language (Hindi) on May 7, Third Language (Sanskrit) on May 8, Mathematics on May 10, Science on May 12 and Social Sciences on May 15.

Over 6 lakh students are likely to appear this year’s matriculation examination in Odisha. The examination will be held  from 8 am to 10 am. However, 15 minutes extra time will be provided for the Mathematics paper.

Here are key instructions for students:

-The question paper both part-1 (Objective) and part-2 (Subjective) will be distributed to students at 7: 45 am

-The examination for part-1 (Objective) will start from 8 am to 9 am and part-2 (Subjective) will be held between 9 am to 10 am.

-The MTH (Objective) exam will be held from 8 am to 9: 15 am.

-The students will answer the Part-1 (Objective) questions in OMR Answer sheet and Part-2 questions in the question-cum-answer booklet.

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Coronavirus updated | 2021 | May 7 | ALERT For COVID19 Patients: Black Fungal Infections can Turn Dangerous If Left Untreated

Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, can turn dangerous if left untreated, doctors said on Friday amid reports of re-emergence of the rare deadly fungal infection among Covid-19 patients.


New Delhi: Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, can turn dangerous if left untreated, doctors said on Friday amid reports of re-emergence of the rare deadly fungal infection among Covid-19 patients across hospitals in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad.

The fungal infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.

The common symptoms associated with the disease include headache, facial pain, nasal congestion, loss of vision or pain in eyes, swelling in cheeks and eyes and black crusts in the nose. The US Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention estimates Mucormycosis with an overall all-cause mortality rate of 54 per cent.

“Mucormycosis can be very dangerous if left untreated can cause mutilating damage to face, nose, eyes with disfigurement and loss of vision and also cause invasive brain infection,” Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Consultant -Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, told IANS.

While “Aspergillus and Candida are more common fungal infections, but this infection is dangerous because it involves the sinus and brain and happens to those who are in an immunocompromised state and/or to patients on steroids,” added Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

According to health experts, Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis) has been a cause of disease and death in transplants, ICU and immunodeficient individuals since long. However, it is the rapid increase in numbers seen in unsuspected Covid patients which is a matter of grave concern. Patients who recover from the Covid infection are increasingly being pushed back into the ICUs. Last year, Mucormycisis had caused high mortality with many patients suffering from loss of eyesight, removal of nose and jawbone.

“Mucormycosis is affecting Covid patients more due to prolonged administration of steroids and subsequent immunocompromised state,” Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo hospital, New Delhi, told IANS.

“In Covid, patients get steroids and immunity goes down and they may get this infection,” Maurya said.

People with diabetes, those on steroids and humidified oxygen for a long time, and Covid patients with pre-existing comorbidities are the most at risk. Others include patients like those post chemotherapies, those on long-term immunosuppressive drugs.

The Drug Controller General of India, in March this year, gave approval to Mumbai-based bio-pharmaceutical firm Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited to use anti-fungal medication — Liposomal Amphotericin B or LAmB — as a medical intervention in patients of Mucormycosis.

The risk of this fungus can be avoided by avoiding prolonged use of steroids. The treatment also involves anti-fungal and surgery (if required) to remove the affected area, Chatterjee said.

Judicious use of steroids and immunosuppressive drugs especially in elderly, immunocompromised, cancer and diabetic patients with Covid, are needed during the course of treatment, Kumar advised.

Balesor | Odisha| may 7 | Tehsildar Comes Under Attack For Raiding Last Rites Event Violating Covid Norms

Balasore: A woman Tehsildar and her staff found themselves in the crosshairs after a group of people heckled and attacked them during a raid on a community feast at an…


Balasore: A woman Tehsildar and her staff found themselves in the crosshairs after a group of people heckled and attacked them during a raid on a community feast at an 11th day ritual being observed at Hinjili village in Odangi panchayat under Sadar police limits in the district on Thursday.

According to reports, a family at Hinjili village had arranged a feast for hundreds of people on 11th day rituals despite restrictions imposed against large gatherings at death and wedding related rituals in the wake of an upsurge in COVID cases.

Acting on a tip-off, Sadar Tehsildar Anamika Singh along with other staff rushed to the spot and raided the function directing the officials to seize the food items prepared for 500 people.

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Balasore: A woman Tehsildar and her staff found themselves in the crosshairs after a group of people heckled and attacked them during a raid on a community feast at an 11th day ritual being observed at Hinjili village in Odangi panchayat under Sadar police limits in the district on Thursday.

According to reports, a family at Hinjili village had arranged a feast for hundreds of people on 11th day rituals despite restrictions imposed against large gatherings at death and wedding related rituals in the wake of an upsurge in COVID cases.

Acting on a tip-off, Sadar Tehsildar Anamika Singh along with other staff rushed to the spot and raided the function directing the officials to seize the food items prepared for 500 people.

Following the crackdown, members and relatives of the host gheraoed the officer and staff and heckled them. They also allegedly exchanged heated arguments and attacked them with sticks. The clash continued for quite some time.

On being informed, Collector, Sub-collector Iswar Asis Patil, local police IIC Khyama Sagar Panda reached the spot. The irate people immediately fled the spot on the arrival of top officials and police.

The Tehsildar later lodged a complaint based on which police detained the accused but released them a day after.

On the other hand, the Tehsildar expressed displeasure over police inaction against law breakers and staged a dharna today.

However, she withdrew her strike following Balasore SP Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra’s assurance of strict action against the accused.

Denying soft peddling allegations by Singh, Mishra said, “Nobody was released by the police. It is a communication gap, which the Tehsildar took it otherwise. The fact is that one among the detainees developed some Covid symptoms. Arrangements have been made for his RT-PCR test. Another is still in the police custody.”

There is some special procedure to arrest women accused, which is being followed. Anyone who has been named in the complaint will not be spared, Mishra added.

A case has already been registered based on the complaint by the tehsildar,

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Covid-19 Situation | Odisha Govt Asks ULBs To Provide Food To Stray Animals During Lockdown 2021

Odisha government on Friday directed all the Urban Local Bodies to make necessary provision of food for the stray animals during the current lockdown period.


Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday directed all the Urban Local Bodies to make necessary provision of food for the stray animals during the current lockdown period.

The State Housing and Urban Development department has asked all the municipal commissioners of corporations, executive officers of municipalities & NACs to ensure implementation of the directive with immediate effect.

The authorities have been asked to meet the expenditure out of the funds available with them from various sources including own source .

Due to resurgence of Covid pandemic resulting in lockdown in the State w.e.f May 5 to May 19, thousands of stray animals will have a hard time for finding food leading to starvation and other consequential issues. Therefore it has been decided to make necessary provision of food for such animals during the lockdown period, the government letter pointed out in the directive.

According to the details of the admissibility of the expenditure, the government has fixed Rs 20000 as unit cost per day for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Rs 10000 for the four municipal corporations Rourkela, Sambalpur, Cuttack and Berhampur. Similarly, the government has allowed all the municipalities to spend Rs 5000 unit cost per day while NACs can spend Rs 2000 unit cost per day for the purpose.

The Housing Department has also released necessary modalities for implementing the order in a smooth manner.

ULBs may co-opt or partner with voluntary organizations for animal welfare

In case of non-availability of such organizations, ULBs can proceed with the welfare work with in-house resources or Mission Shakti Groups or Federations.

Authorities have been asked to involve local level officers of the Fisheries and Animal Resources department.

Priority must be ensured for partnering with such organizations or groups of volunteers with credentials.

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Odisha covid update | 2021 |Treatment Of COVID-19 Patients: Odisha Issues SOP For Requisition Of Tocilizumab |

Bhubaneswar: Amid the rising cases of Coronavirus, Odisha government has issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the requisition of Tocilizumab for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The Additional Chief Secretary (Health), PK Mohapatra has written to all the district collectors, municipal commissioners, CDM and PHOs regarding the SOP for the requisition of Tocilizumab and other drugs to treat Covid positives.

He said that Tocilizumab, as per the Union Health Ministry, may be considered in patients with moderate disease with progressively increasing oxygen requirements and in mechanically ventilated patients not improving despite the use of steroid.

He further said it was observed that the hospitals are submitting requisitions for provision of the Tocilizumab for COVID patients at different hours of the day without adequate information on the patient’s condition making it difficult on the part of the expert committee to recommend its use and supply.

“It has also come to the notice that after receiving the Tocilizumab through government supply, the hospitals have not used the drugs on some patients for whom requisitions were filed. So as a measure to rationalize the supply of Tocilizuniab or appropriate use by needy patients and to avoid the stockpiling of these limitedly available drugs after being issued, the hospital authority (Medical Superintendent/ CMO/ Authorized Medical officer) must submit their requisition for the patients…”

The chairman of the expert committee, on receipt of the copy of the requisition, will review and forward his recommendation/rejection for the issue of the drugs. The hospital with its authorised representative only will receive the drugs from the Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL) and it must return the unutilised drugs to the corporation, Mohapatra added.