No COVID-19 deaths in 15 states and UTs over previous 24 hrs, South African variant not present in India until now, says Centre

No COVID-19 deaths in 15 states and UTs over previous 24 hrs, South African variant not present in India until now, says Centre

In the meantime, the variety of healthcare and frontline staff vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 reached 65.28 lakh on day 25 of the nationwide inoculation drive, the Union Well being Ministry mentioned

Seven states and UTs have reported no new COVID-19 deaths within the final three weeks, whereas 15 haven’t registered any fatality up to now 24 hours, in keeping with official figures introduced on Tuesday.

The Centre mentioned that ‘constant good points’ are being made when it comes to declining new circumstances and causalities.

The Centre, nonetheless, famous that the final nationwide serosurvey findings have proven that over 70 % of the inhabitants continues to be vulnerable to the illness.

This, as NITI Aayog member (Well being) Dr VK Paul said that there isn’t a proof of of the presence of the South African variant of the coronavirus in India as of Monday however added that the federal government is protecting watch.

In the meantime, the variety of healthcare and frontline staff vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 reached 65.28 lakh on day 25 of the nationwide inoculation drive, the Union well being ministry mentioned.

The seven states and UTs, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep, have reported no new COVID-19 deaths in final three weeks, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned.

Addressing a press briefing, he mentioned that India was the quickest nation to succeed in six million vaccination doses of COVID-19 in 24 days. Bhushan mentioned inside the nation additionally, some states have carried out effectively, whereas others want to enhance their vaccination protection.

“There are 12 states and UTs which have vaccinated greater than 65 % of the registered healthcare staff. These states are Bihar (78.1 %), Tripura (77.1 %), Madhya Pradesh (76 %), Uttarakhand (73.7 %), Odisha (72.4 %), Mizoram (69.9 %), Himachal Pradesh (68.7 %), Uttar Pradesh (68 %), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (67.9 %), Rajasthan (67.2 %), Kerala (66.9 %) and Lakshadweep (66.7 %),” he mentioned.

However, Bhushan mentioned, there are 11 states and UTs which have vaccinated lower than 40 % of healthcare staff. These are Puducherry (15.4 %), Manipur (21.3 %), Nagaland (21.5 %), Meghalaya (24.3 %), Chandigarh (28.7 %), Punjab (34.1 %), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (34. 5 %), Ladakh (35.8 %), Jammu and Kashmir (37.5 %) and Delhi (38 %).

“These are the states we’re in contact with and telling them to extend the protection,” he mentioned. Bhushan mentioned the Centre has suggested states and UTs that each one frontline staff should be scheduled for vaccination at the least as soon as by 1 March, 2021.

“We’ve got additional suggested states and UTs that each one frontline staff should be given alternative of mop-up rounds by 6 March, 2021. These frontline staff who don’t get vaccinated in scheduled vaccination rounds or in mop-up rounds must be relegated to the age-specific vaccination rounds,” he mentioned.

Bhushan mentioned a gathering of Nationwide AEFI Committee was held on 5 February the place discussions have been held on 8 AEFI circumstances following COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Out of those eight circumstances, causality evaluation of 5 circumstances (two deaths and three hospitalised) was carried out. Amongst hospitalised circumstances, all three have been discharged. Two have been identified as anaphylaxis; categorised as vaccine-product associated response (recognized and anticipated reactions following vaccinations) and one case identified as syncope: categorised as immunization triggered stress response (anxiousness response),” he mentioned.

Amongst circumstances of deaths, Bhushan mentioned it was discovered they weren’t associated to vaccination.

Bhushan mentioned histopathology and chemical evaluation report in three loss of life circumstances are awaited from the state authorities.

“We’re making a regular template by way of which we’ll put data in public area,” he mentioned.

‘South Africa variant of coronavirus not present in India’

Addressing a press briefing, Dr VK Paul, talking on the effectiveness of the Covishield vaccine on the South Africa pressure, mentioned it’s hinted by way of a examine which has its limitations that Covishield offers minimal safety in opposition to delicate an infection, but it surely nonetheless continues to be efficient in opposition to extreme illness and in decreasing mortality.

“We’ve got no concern at this second as now we have a system in place for detecting this variant. As of yesterday, this specific variant will not be within the nation however we’re protecting a watch,” he mentioned, including surveillance shall be intensified.

From the COVID-19 pandemic perspective, constant good points are being made when it comes to declining new circumstances and new deaths, Paul mentioned.

He, nonetheless, famous that the final nationwide serosurvey findings have proven that over 70 % of the inhabitants are nonetheless vulnerable to the illness and burdened on reaching herd immunity by way of vaccination.

Underscoring each Covishield and Covaxin vaccines as “beautifully protected”, Paul urged healthcare and frontline staff who haven’t but taken the photographs to get themselves vaccinated.

Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin of Bharat Biotech have been authorised for restricted emergency use within the nation by India”s medication regulator. Shared his views on the progress of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme, Paul mentioned, “We are able to confidently say that the technique to implement the vaccination programme and the expertise of vaccination is now very extremely rated by individuals.”

No contemporary COVID-19 deaths in Delhi

No contemporary COVID-19 loss of life was recorded within the Nationwide Capital on Tuesday after a niche of over 10 months whereas 100 contemporary circumstances have been registered with the Arvind Kejriwal authorities asserting that “Delhi”s collective will is step by step profitable over the an infection”. The cumulative loss of life toll on Monday stood at 10,882, and the positivity fee dipped to 0.18 per cent on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi, saying, it was a “excellent news for Delhiites”.

“Right this moment no loss of life has been reported attributable to COVID an infection in Delhi. Congratulations to individuals of Delhi. Corona circumstances have additionally come down and vaccination drive has picked up tempo. Folks of Delhi have fought a tricky battle in opposition to Corona. We’ve got to nonetheless take all precautions,” he tweeted.

These 100 new circumstances got here out of the 56,410 checks carried out yesterday. The positivity fee stood at 0.18 per cent, in keeping with a bulletin issued by the Delhi well being division.

Well being Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted: “Right this moment no loss of life has been reported attributable to COVID an infection. Delhi”s collective will is step by step profitable over the an infection. I congratulate the individuals of Delhi for taking correct precautions and our healthcare and frontline staff who’ve fought this battle tooth and nail”.

The an infection tally within the metropolis rose to six,36,260, authorities mentioned. The energetic circumstances tally on Tuesday dropped to 1,052 from 1,096 yesterday, in keeping with the bulletin. The overall variety of checks carried out yesterday, included 31,300 RT-PCR checks and 25,110 fast antigen checks, it mentioned.

Town had recorded 96 coronavirus circumstances on January 27, the bottom in over 9 months, and the primary time the each day incidence rely had stood under the 100-mark in that month. On Friday and Sunday, two deaths have been reported within the nationwide capital, identical as on February 2, which was the bottom within the final 10 months.

COVID-19 seropositivity amongst well being staff over 25%’

Minister of State for Well being Ashwini Choubey advised the Rajya Sabha that the general COVID-19 seropositivity amongst healthcare staff is assessed to be 25.7 % as per the third seroprevalence examine.

Responding to a query on what number of healthcare staff have contracted COVID-19 virus until date, Choubey mentioned well being being a state topic, centralised information on variety of healthcare staff who’ve contracted COVID-19 virus until date will not be maintained by the Ministry of Well being.

Sero survey or Seroprevalence research are primarily based on evaluation of antibodies collected by way of blood pattern assortment.

“Nevertheless, the Indian Council of Medical Analysis is endeavor periodic sero-surveillance to observe the pattern of COVID-19 an infection. As per the third seroprevalence examine (December 2020 to January 2021) outcomes the general COVID-19 seropositivity amongst healthcare staff is assessed to be 25.7 %,” he mentioned in a written reply.

Seroprevalence is highest amongst docs and nurses (26.6 %), adopted by para-medical employees (25.4 %), area employees (25.3 %) and administrative employees (24.9 %), Choubey mentioned in a written reply.

These seroprevalence charges have been discovered to be a bit of larger than that normally inhabitants which has been estimated as 21.5 %, he mentioned.

In response to a different query, Choubey mentioned, well being being a state topic, the Ministry of Well being doesn’t preserve information referring to the variety of healthcare staff who misplaced their lives attributable to COVID-19 , state-wise, job-wise and public-private hospital-wise.

With inputs from PTI

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