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

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,

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.


Coronavirus Update | may 7 |Odisha Reports Record 12238 Covid-19 Cases, 19 Deaths In Last 24 Hours |

Bhubaneswar: The daily COVID-19 cases in Odisha saw a massive jump on Thursday with as many as 12,238 persons testing positive for the infections. This the biggest single-day spike in the State ever since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

Similarly, 19 coronavirus patients undergoing treatment succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours, data shared by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department said.

Today’s surge pushed the State’s Coronavirus positive tally to 5,12,4000. The active cases in the State stood at 86,950 while 4, 23,257 patients have recovered so far.

State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department data said, of the fresh cases spread across 30 districts, 6,914 were detected among people in quarantine and 5,324 were local infections.

The death of 19 more persons in the last 24 hours due to the virus took the total death toll to 2140. Khordha and Sundergarh witnessed maximum four deaths followed by Ganjam and Puri which saw two casualties each.

Similarly, Anugul, Bolangir, Cuttack, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Kalahandi districts registered one death case each.

As per the data released by the, I & PR Department, Sundergarh recorded the maximum 2073 cases while Khordha with 1828 cases stood in second spot.

Six districts recorded above 400 cases – Cuttack (916), Kalahandi (580), Sambalpur (544), Angul (480), Balasore (437) and Bargarh (475).

Other districts which detected cases over 100 are Bhadrak (381), Balangir (260), Boudh (128), Dhenkanal (142), Ganjam (312), Jagatsinghpur (168), Jajpur (318), Jharsuguda (306), Kendrapada (192), Keonjhar (179), Koraput (130), Mayurbhanj (257), Nawarangpur (282), Nayagarh (194), Nuapada (290), Puri (369), Rayagada (201) and Sonepur (159).

The other districts which detected cases below 100 are Gajapati (91), Malkangiri (60) and Deogarh (60).

The State has so far tested a total 1,04,18,217 samples including 50,799 on Wednesday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 4.92 per cent.

Odisha Covid-19 Update | may 6 | Bhubaneswar Registers Fresh 1118 Covid-19 Positive Cases In 24 Hrs

Bhubaneswar: Steady rise in the number of daily Covid-19 positive cases in the State capital city continued unabated with 1118 fresh cases detected from various parts of the city in the last 24 hours on Thursday.

With the new cases, the active caseload in the city has now climbed up to 9,861. Out of the new cases, 185 persons are in quarantine while the rest 933 are local contact cases.

The most 48 cases have been reported from Nayapalli area followed by Baramunda (40). As many as 37 fresh cases have been detected from Chandrasekharpur.

Similarly, Khandagiri registered 35 cases while Dumduma witnessed 27 cases, Mancheswar registered 25 cases in the last 24 hours. Likewise, Laxmisagar, Baragada and Jharpada registered 24, 22 and 21 cases respectively.

Meanwhile, as many as 673 patients have also been declared free from the virus infection in the past one day.

So far, 50,448 Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in the city out of which 40,288 have recovered, 278 have succumbed. As many as 9,861 Covid-19 patients are under treatment at present.


Lockdown Update | may 6 | 2021 | Andhra Strain Scare: 13 Border Points Sealed In Rayagada | Local News |

Rayagada: With the detection of a more virulent strain of Covid-19 (N440k) in Andhra Pradesh, Rayagada district administration has sealed about 13 check post points bordering neighbouring Andhra and Telangana.

The vehicles passing through the check posts are being frisked strictly. Only emergency vehicles having valid documents are being allowed to enter the State, Rayagada Collector Saroj Kumar Mishra said

People coming from the two neighbouring states have to undergo RT-PCR test mandatorily or get vaccinated after completing 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The Collector also visited various check points on the border and discussed with the police and other officials on duty.

“The government has ordered the bordering districts to enforce surveillance at check points. We are not allowing anyone to cross the State border if he/she fails to fulfill the criteria laid down by the government,” Mishra said.

The strain that has been detected in Andhra is more infectious and deadly which pushes a patient to a critical stage in only 3-4 days, he added.

Odisha Government had imposed strident measures to check flow of travelers from the two neighbouring States. Those entering in any emergency manner would have to undergo 14-day institutional quarantine. If, he/she completed final doses of vaccines or tests negative for the virus in RT-PCR test, he/she will be allowed to remain under home isolation for seven days.

The government has directed the Collectors of bordering districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur to erect check posts on borders in their respective jurisdiction and track the movement of the people.

Srikant Dhal, a health expert said the new strain is 10 times more infectious than the previous one. So, it may spread rapidly and trigger community transmission at a faster rate, he added.

The strain had been detected first in Kurnool of Andhra Pradesh. Now, it is found that 34 out of 100 have been infected with the new variant in Andhra.


Coronavirus Update | may 6 |Odisha’s Daily Covid-19 Tally Crosses 10,000-Mark Again, 17 Deaths In Last 24 Hrs | News | 2021 |Odishaportal |

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 daily cases once again have crossed the 10,000-mark in Odisha with detection of 10,521 new infections in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally to 5,001,62.

Similarly, 17 patients succumbed to the disease during the period. Of the 17 fatalities, Khordha reported maximum four deaths out of which three from Bhubaneswar city while Balasore and Malkangiri witnessed two casualties each.

Similarly, one patient succumbed to the deadly virus each at Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Kalahandi districts.

Of the new cases, as many as 5945 have been detected from quarantine centres while rests of the cases are local contacts.
As many as 6176 patients have recovered in last 24 hours pushing the total number of recoveries to 416403. Now, the State has 81,585 active cases.

With 1,477 fresh cases, Khordha continued to remain in the first position followed by Sundergarh which reported 1,186 cases. Cuttack with 963 new cases remained third in the row while Kalahandi stood next to it with 571 cases.

Similarly, Bargarh district witnessed a surge in the daily new cases at 543. Sambalpur, Nabarangpur which posted a figure below 500, reported 460 and 404 respectively. Districts which recorded below 400 daily infections are Angul (388), Jajpur (373), Puri (319). Bolangir and Jharsuguda saw 314 new cases each.

As many 304 new infections have been detected in Nuapada district in last 24 hours while the figure in Mayurbhanj and Boudh stood at 288 and 250 respectively.

Other districts registered below 300 marks are Nayagarh (224), Jagatsinghpur (217), Ganjam (196), Keonjhar (194), Koraput (182), Bhadrak (158), Rayagada (140) and Kendrapara (121).

As many as 113 new infections have been traced in Gajapati district while Sonepur added 112 new cases during the period.
Districts which remained in two digits in the number of daily cases are Balasore (97), Deogarh (88) and Dhenkanal (88), Malkangiri (83), Kandhamal (72).


Coronavirus News | 2021 |No Registration, No Vaccine In Bhubaneswar | may2| covid-19 2nd wave |

Bhubaneswar: A beneficiary under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) may be deprived of Covid-19 vaccine shot if he doesn’t register himself/herself on government portal (Co-Win App) during the third phase inoculation drive.

Addressing a media conference, BMC commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhury today said that the beneficiaries especially in the age group of 18-44 years should first register themselves on the government portal and get their slots in order to avoid unnecessary crowd at vaccination centre.

“Slot booking on Co-win portal will begin from this evening. I request all the beneficiaries to avoid visiting vaccination centre without registration. We can’t vaccinate anyone if he/she doesn’t register on the portal,” he added.

“We are trying to give maximum slots at government vaccination centre as we have no scarcity of vaccines in Bhubaneswar,” he pointed out.

Inoculation for the beneficiaries above 45 will also be held simultaneously, but, their slots and timing will be different, he added.

As per the government instruction, the civic body today rolled out the vaccination programme for all above 18 years today in a symbolic manner. Massive inoculation drive will be launched from Monday, Choudhury informed.

Bhubaneswar has as many as 7,588 active Covid-19 cases in the civic body area till today. The city also continues to witness around 1000 daily fresh cases.

“Over 3,500 beds are available in Bhubaneswar at different treatment facilities. Out of which 531 are ICU beds and 836 HDU beds. Around 90 % of ICU and 50% of HDU beds have been occupied till today”, the commissioner said.

As many as 2,186 general beds having oxygen facilities are available in Bhubaneswar, out of which 50 % have been used, he added.

Citizens of Bhubaneswar of 18-44 Age group can now register for slots in below-mentioned Govt. Hospitals. Visit either of the websites for registration & appointment for vaccination


Patients under home isolation are being provided with treatment and medical advice by the RRD via video link, Choudhury informed.
The BMC has issued a dedicated Helpline number (1929). “We are getting grievances from the people and providing treatment and necessary medical assistance accordingly,” he added.


Coronavirus vaccine | may1 News | 2021 | India To Receive Sputnik V Vaccine Consignments From May 1

New Delhi: Amid the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, the country will start receiving consignments of Russian Sputnik V vaccine doses from May 1 onwards.

India is expected to receive 5 million doses of the vaccine by June.

According to media reports, around 150,000 to 200,000 doses of the vaccine will be delivered by early May and another 3 million doses by May end.

After Covishield and Covaxin, Sputnik V, developed by Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, is the third Covid-19 vaccine to get emergency use approval in India.

According to the guidelines, the vaccine is indicated for active immunisation to prevent Covid-19 in individuals over 18 years of age and it needs to be stored at a temperature of minus 18-degree Celsius in liquid form.

However, it can be stored at 2-8-degree Celsius in its freeze-dried form in a conventional refrigerator, making it easier to transport and store.

In a recent study, published in the journal The Lancet, the efficacy of Sputnik V was determined to be 91.6 per cent.

“There is a need to generate evidence about its efficacy in the Indian population. Sputnik V will provide one more option to the country to boost its vaccination drive,” Harshal R Salve, associate professor at the Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS Delhi, had earlier told IANS.

The vaccine should be administered in two doses of 0.5 ml each with an interval of 21 days.

While speaking to IANS recently, N.K. Arora from the Indian Council of Medical Research said that the composition of the first dose will be different from the second dose and there should be at least a three to four weeks gap between the first and the second shot .


Coronavirus | 2021 |Covid Patient Preparing For CA At Isolation Ward Earns Collector’s Pat, Trolls And Wishes Pour In

Berhampur: A youth, who was seen preparing for his CA examination at a Covid isolation centre even after being infected with the virus, has earned Ganjam Collector’s applause. While many appreciated the dedication of the youth, several others incessantly trolled him.

Ganjam Collector Vijaya Amruta Kulange, who visited the Covid centre found the youth engaged in study on the bed even being under treatment. The Collector then shared a photo on his Twitter account and applauded him.

“Success is not a coincidence. You need dedication. I visited the Covid hospital and found this guy doing study of CA exam. Your dedication makes you forget your pain. After that success is an only formality,” Kulange tweeted.

Soon after the Collector shared the photo with the caption, his social media page was flooded with mixed response.

Many advised the CA aspirant to concentrate on his health first while many others advised him to quit the bed for seriously ill Covid patients. Similarly, some have given a pat to his dedication wishing him a success.

“It is good that he is studying and haven’t lost optimism. But he should be asked to remain in home isolation and the bed should be given to some other person,” a twitterati said.

“He looks good enough to be treated at home isolation..Bed should be given to more needy ones,” another user wrote.

Replying to the collector, another twitterati said, “Agree and respect but why people with that good condition are occupying bed when people are dying due to non-availability of beds?”

“Exams have been postponed. So now he should prioritize his health than Studies.  Life hai to next attempt try karasakte hai,” another user stated.


Coronavirus | 2nd wave | ‘Community Transmission Behind Covid Spike In Twin City’ | covid-19 |

Bhubaneswar: With the daily Covid-19 infections going through the roof in twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, State Director of Health Services Bijay Mohapatra on Wednesday said community transmission is one of the reasons behind the spike.

Speaking to media, Mohapatra said the number of cases in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack is increasing as many people are coming to the city from different places. One positive person is infecting multiple persons. Hence the cases are increasing.

Mohapatra said the daily infections is also increasing rapidly in western Odisha. He assured that there is no shortage of beds in hospitals even as the State reported over 8,000 daily infections today, highest since the outbreak of pandemic.

Mohapatra said, “There is no shortage of beds at the hospitals so far. While the occupancy of ICU beds is around 53%, for ventilators and general beds it is around 33% to35 % and 36% respectively.”

Covid Resurgence: Possibilities Of Community-Level Transmission In Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Cautions Odisha Health Director

“The infections are increasing in western Odisha. But there are no problems. We are monitoring the situation daily and accordingly increasing the number of beds when and wherever it is required,” he informed.

Meanwhile, former AIIMS Director Ashok Mohapatra has advised to come up with new strategies to curb exploding cases of Covid-19 infection in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

“Gathering in vegetable, fish markets and liquor shops are the main reason behind exponential rise in cases,” he said adding that, New strategies are need of the hour,” Mohapatra said.

Notably, Odisha reported 8386 new infections in the last 24 hours pushing the cumulative caseload tally to 42,8515 in the State.

The cases exploded in Khordha as district reported 1840 cases in last one day, while Cuttack reported 496 cases.