Two Covid variants detected in Maharashtra, Kerala: Govt
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 () Two variants of SARS-CoV-2 -- N440K and E484K -- have been detected in Maharashtra and Kerala but there is no reason to believe presently that they are responsible for the surge in cases in some districts in these two states, the Centre said on Tuesday.
As Covid cases continue to surge in Maharashtra & Kerala, the state of Karnataka has introduced new norms for passengers from these two states. Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that people coming from Maharashtra and Kerala won’t be allowed inside the state unless they show a negative...
On February 26, total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,10,63,491. The country reported 16,577 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stand at 1,55,986 . With new 12,179 discharges, total number reached to 1,07,50,680. 120 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,56,825. 1,34,72,643 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India. According to ICMR, total number of samples tested up to Feb 25 is 21,46,61,465 including 8,31,807 samples tested yesterday.
More than a dozen slum residents in Bhopal, India, say they thought they were being vaccinated for Covid-19. They say they later discovered from local activists that some of them hadn’t been given an approved vaccine and had unwittingly taken part in a Phase 3 clinical trial for India’s homegrown vaccine, Covaxin. CNN’s Vedika Sud reports.
A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on Thursday evening, near the house of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. Bomb squad and police teams have rushed to the site and a probe is underway. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, "A car carrying Gelatin has been found near Mukesh Ambani's residence in Mumbai today. Mumbai Police Crime Branch is investigating the whole matter." According to Mumbai Police, the vehicle was examined by a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and gelatin, a substance often used to make explosives was recovered from it. Further investigation is underway.
"Corruption is part of the system and is very difficult to weed it out," said Maharashtra DGP Hemant Kumar Nagrale during a press conference when asked about corruption in the police department. Maharashtra DGP said that the only thing that can be done is make out maximum number of cases to deter any public servant from indulging into corruption. "I'm not defending corruption. The act is prevention of corruption, is not abolition of corruption act," he added.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan has formally joined the BJP ahead of the assembly polls in Kerala. Sreedharan joined the party in the presence of MoS RK Singh. He earlier this month said he was joining the party to make a difference in Kerala using his experience as an administrator. Sreedharan had also said that he was open to becoming the Chief Minister of Kerala if the party wanted. His plunge into politics is being seen as a big boost for the BJP in a state where it has only a single MLA. The engineer retired as chief of the Delhi Metro in 2011. He was also involved in other metro projects in the country such as in Jaipur, Lucknow and Kochi. Watch the full video for all the details.
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'Metro Man' E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala's Malappuram on February 25. He joined BJP in a public meeting at Changaramkulam town in Ponnani taluk of Malappuram district. E Sreedharan joined the party in presence of Union Minister of State (MoS-I/C) in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, RK Singh. Former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP ahead of Assembly polls in Kerala.
In an analysis, the Lancet COVID-19 Commission has called for three urgent actions in the COVID-19 response. "First, all regions with high rates of new COVID-19 cases, including the USA and the European Union (EU), should intensify measures to minimise community transmission and deploy COVID-19 vaccines rapidly," read the Lancet medical journal in its latest publication. Second, governments should urgently and fully fund WHO and the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, including COVAX. Third, the G20 countries should empower the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multilateral development banks to increase the scale of financing and debt relief. Success on all three priorities--containment of transmission, rapid vaccination, and emergency finance--will require improved global cooperation, it said. New lineages are increasing transmission of infection and raising risks in regions that have been less affected by COVID-19, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, acquired immunity from earlier COVID-19 infections might be less protective against reinfection with some of the new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Mutant lineages might also reduce the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and require adapted vaccines or boosters."* The medical journal also pointed out that at least half of the world's population lacks access to essential health services.
Director of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Prof Jagat Ram said the new Covid-19 strains detected in the country are highly transmissible. "New Covid-19..
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As the COVID-19 cases surge in Kerala, Karnataka government issued an order to make screening mandatory for people coming from Kerala. Checks conducted at Thalapady border for people of Kerala entering..