South African COVID-19 pressure present in 4 individuals, Brazil variant in a single individual, says ICMR chief
One Brazil returnee has additionally examined optimistic for the Brazil variant of SARS-CoV-2 within the first week of February as per the well being ministry
4 individuals had been detected with the South Africa variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India in January, whereas one examined optimistic for the Brazil variant pressure within the first week of February, the Centre stated on Tuesday.
Addressing a media briefing on the COVID-19 scenario in India, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava stated that the South Africa pressure in India has been detected in 4 returnees – one from Angola, one from Tanzania and two from South Africa in January.
All travellers and contacts have been examined and quarantined.
“The ICMR-NIV is trying to isolate and tradition the SA variant pressure from the samples of those 4 particular person returnees,” he stated.
One Brazil returnee has examined optimistic for the Brazil variant of SARS-CoV-2 within the first week of February. The traveller and contacts have been examined and quarantined.
He additionally stated that the South African and Brazilian variant was totally different from the UK one and that experiments had been underway to evaluate the effectiveness of vaccines on them
The well being ministry additionally stated all the principles for travellers from the UK — destructive experiences and RT-PCR exams for each passenger — are prone to be adopted for flights from South Africa and Brazil, experiences NDTV.
In the meantime, the quantity of people that have examined optimistic for the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 within the nation has climbed to 187. There have been no deaths because of that pressure.
“We’ve been capable of tradition and isolate this pressure and take a look at the efficacy of the vaccine,” he stated.
A really shut watch is being saved on these variants, he careworn.
Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated as of 16 February until 1 pm, 87,40,595 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered within the nation of which a complete of 62,82,646 healthcare staff have been vaccinated.
The primary dose has been given to 61,11,968 (60.5 p.c healthcare staff) and the second dose have been given to 1,70,678 healthcare staff which quantity to 37.5 p.c of eligible vaccinations, he stated.
Bhushan clarified that the eligible individuals are these vaccinated on 16, 17 and 18 January as solely they grow to be eligible for the second dose.
“For others, the second dose is just not due. The efficacy of vaccination have to be judged on the truth that what quantity of individuals had been due for the second dose and out of that how a lot inhabitants has been lined,” he stated.
He additional stated a complete of 24,57,949 frontline staff have been vaccinated which is 26.3 p.c.
Bhushan stated 14 states and UTs have administered the primary dose to greater than 70 p.c of registered healthcare staff which is larger than the nationwide common of 60 p.c.
These states embody Rajasthan (70.09 p.c), Sikkim (70.09 p.c), Jharkhand (71.25 p.c), Kerala (71.28 p.c), UP (73.58 p.c), Madhya Pradesh (75.16 p.c) and Bihar (80.92 p.c).
Whereas 11 states advert UTs together with Delhi (42.36 p.c), Punjab (36.42 p.c), Andhra Pradesh (49.09 p.c) and Karnataka (49.96 p.c), have administered the primary dose to lower than 50 p.c of registered healthcare staff.
“We’ve requested these states to organise extra periods to extend their protection,” he stated.
In regards to the second dose, Bhushan stated eight states and UTs, together with Goa (one hundred pc), Jharkhand (68.3 p.c), Assam (69.7 p.c), UP (81.2 p.c), Gujarat (86 p.c), have administered the second COVID vaccine dose to greater than 60 p.c of the eligible healthcare staff.
With inputs from PTI
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