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An analysis of more than 80 studies reporting complications experienced by Covid-19 patients has revealed that about one-third of them have abnormalities in the frontal lobe of the brain, findings which shed light on the neurological symptoms of the disease. The review of studies, published in Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, focused on abnormalities detected […]

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Scientists Find Brain Abnormalities In COVID-19 Patients

An analysis of more than 80 studies reporting complications experienced by Covid-19 patients has revealed that about one-third of them have abnormalities in the frontal lobe of the brain, findings which shed light on the neurological symptoms of the disease.

The review of studies, published in Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy, focused on abnormalities detected using electroencephalogram (EEG) scans, which are used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain.

“We found more than 600 patients that were affected in this way. Before, when we saw this in small groups we weren’t sure if this was just a coincidence, but now we can confidently say there is a connection,” said Zulfi Haneef, assistant professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in the US.

The scientists explained that patients are recommended an EEG test when they have a slowed reaction to stimuli, followed by seizure-like events, speech issues, confusion, or an inability to wake up after sedation.

From the review of studies, the researchers said the most common findings from the EEG were slowing or abnormal electrical discharge, mostly in the frontal lobe of the patients.

They said some of the EEG alterations found in Covid-19 patients may indicate damage to the brain that might not be repaired after recovering from the disease.

Since the brain cannot regenerate, Haneef cautioned that any damage to the organ will more than likely be permanent.

“We know that the most likely entry point for the virus is the nose, so there seems to be a connection between the part of the brain that is located directly next to that entry point,” he said.

“Another interesting observation was that the average age of those affected was 61, one-third were female and two-thirds were males. This suggests that brain involvement in Covid-19 could be more common in older males,” Haneef added.

However, scientists believe more studies are needed to validate the conclusions drawn in the review research.

According to Haneef, the virus may not be directly causing the abnormal EEG readings in the brain.

He said alterations in oxygen intake, heart problems related to Covid-19, or other side effects may also be involved.

“These findings tell us that we need to try EEG on a wider range of patients, as well as other types of brain imaging, such as MRI or CT scans, that will give us a closer look at the frontal lobe,” Haneef said.

“A lot of people think they will get the illness, get well and everything will go back to normal, but these findings tell us that there might be long-term issues, which is something we have suspected and now we are finding more evidence to back that up,” he added.

(PTI)

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New Delhi: The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a new normal the world over and has thrown up challenges of varying magnitude. In the healthcare domain, India is grappling with various challenges especially when it comes to the field of rare diseases. One of the reasons, these challenges appear insurmountable especially during a pandemic is […]

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New Delhi: The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a new normal the world over and has thrown up challenges of varying magnitude. In the healthcare domain, India is grappling with various challenges especially when it comes to the field of rare diseases.

One of the reasons, these challenges appear insurmountable especially during a pandemic is due to the lack of guidelines in the absence of a rare disease policy. This is further compounded by low disease awareness amongst patients and lack of accessibility to specialists. This along with other critical factors make the rare disease patients even more vulnerable.

Every year, during World Gaucher Month, doctors treating rare diseases come together to reiterate their commitment to raise awareness about Gaucher disease in India. Gaucher disease (GD) is the most common disorder among Lysosomal storage disorders (LSD) worldwide and in India.

Under Lysosomal Storage Disorders — India has been witnessing the prevalence of Hunter Syndrome, Gaucher Disease and Fabry Disease amongst other treatable rare diseases.

Enzyme replacement therapy is profoundly expensive which makes it unaffordable for many patients. In Rajasthan, for example, the awareness about rare diseases remains low with many medical centers not even having proper facilities for diagnosis and treatment. In Jaipur, only two hospitals namely J K Lone Hospital and SMS hospital have the ability and the facility to diagnose rare diseases.

According to Dr Ashok Gupta, Professor of Pediatrics and In-charge Rare Diseases, Superintendent J K Lon Hospital — SMS Medical College, Jaipur said, “Gaucher disease is quite prevalent in Rajasthan. Although, no statistical data is available till date. There is an urgent need for early diagnosis, and timely intervention so that patients can lead a near-normal life.

“The only treatment available for Gaucher patients is enzyme replacement therapy. Therefore, we need urgent intervention by the government in the form of the reintroduction of the National Policy for Treatment of Rare Diseases. As we are learning to adapt to the new normal, we are now being able to send test samples more frequently and more easily but still the patients fear coming to the hospital for their treatment. I would like to advice Gaucher patients to continue with their enzyme replacement treatment and take proper nutrition, failing which their condition can further deteriorate making them more prone to complications.”

In 2017, the National Policy for Treatment of Rare Diseases (NPTRD) was announced by the Government with a corpus of Rs 100 crore, to provide financial assistance for the treatment of rare disease patients. In November 2018, was put on hold. However, in 2019 government proposed financial support of up to Rs 15 lakh for those rare diseases that require a one-time treatment.

What is Gaucher Disease?

Gaucher disease (GD) is the most common disorder among Lysosomal storage disorders (LSD) worldwide and in India. Lysosomal storage disorders are a group of more than 40 inherited metabolic disorders characterized by impaired lysosomal function leading to accumulation of substrates within the organelle. GD is caused due to a metabolic defect i.e., Deficiency of an enzyme called Glucocerebrosidase caused due to genetic changes(mutations) in the gene responsible for its production (GBA1/Acid-B-glucosidase gene). This results in accumulation of the substrate (glucosylceramide) in the lysosomes of macropahges leading to a wide spectrum of manifestations.

Most people who have Gaucher disease have varying degrees of abdominal complaints, skeletal abnormalities, and blood disorder. More rarely, Gaucher disease affects the brain, which can cause abnormal eye movements, muscle rigidity, swallowing difficulties, and seizures. One rare subtype of Gaucher disease begins in infancy and typically results in death by 2 years of age.

India guidelines are available for management of Gaucher Disease. Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) is the therapy of choice. If ERT is not available then another option is Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT), though opinion on this is divided and data limited. Blood transfusion is beneficial as supportive measure and is to be given regularly. Splenectomy is no longer routinely recommended.

(IANS)

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 43.9 Million, Death Toll Over 1166190 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-cases-top-43-9-million-death-toll-over-1166190-488598 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:08:37 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488598

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 43.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1,166,190, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 43,907,193, while the death toll surged to 1,166,193, the University’s Center for Systems Science and […]

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Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 43.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1,166,190, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 43,907,193, while the death toll surged to 1,166,193, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,777,038 and 226,691, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,946,429, while the country’s death toll soared to 119,502.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,439,641), Russia (1,537,142), France (1,244,242), Spain (1,116,738), Argentina (1,116,609), Colombia (1,033,218), the UK (920,664), Mexico (920,664), Peru (890,574), South Africa (717,851), Iran (581,824), Italy (564,778), Chile (503,598), Germany (463,419) and Iraq (459,908), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 157,946.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (89,814), the UK (45,455), Italy (37,700), France (35,582), Spain (35,298), Peru (34,197), Iran (33,299), Colombia (30,565), Argentina (29,730), Russia (26,409), South Africa (19,053), Chile (14,026), Indonesia (13,512), Ecuador (12,588), Belgium (10,899), Iraq (10,724), Germany (10,121) and Canada (10,052).

(IANS)

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Odisha Records 1540 Covid-19 Cases, 12 Deaths In 24 Hours https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-records-1540-covid-19-cases-12-deaths-in-24-hours-488594 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:57:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488594

Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Wednesday reported 1540 new Covid-19 cases while 12 persons succumbed to the viral infection during treatment, said the health department. The total number of positive cases in the State now reached 285482 which include 16030 active cases and 268115 recoveries while the death toll mounted to 1284. As per the State Information […]

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Wednesday reported 1540 new Covid-19 cases while 12 persons succumbed to the viral infection during treatment, said the health department.

The total number of positive cases in the State now reached 285482 which include 16030 active cases and 268115 recoveries while the death toll mounted to 1284.

As per the State Information and Public Relations Department, of the fresh cases, 886 patients are from quarantine while 654 are local contact cases. Only three districts of the State recorded cases over 100- Khordha (208), Sundergarh (111) and Angul (100).

Sharing the details of Covid-19 deaths, the State Health and Family Welfare Department informed that two patients each succumbed to the infection in Khordha (Bhubaneswar), Nuapada and Jharsuguda while Nabarangpur, Puri, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Cuttack and Ganjam districts reported one death each.

As many as 36905 samples were tested in the last 24 hours taking the number of samples tested cumulatively across the State to 4422164.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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New Delhi: The new coronavirus cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 45,000, even as the total COVID-19 caseload inched closer to 80 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. The country’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 79,90,322 with 43,893 fresh cases being reported in a day, while the death […]

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New Delhi: The new coronavirus cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 45,000, even as the total COVID-19 caseload inched closer to 80 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.

The country’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 79,90,322 with 43,893 fresh cases being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,20,010 with 508 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

A total of 72,59,509 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 90.85 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.50 per cent.


The active cases of coronavirus infections remained below 7 lakh for six days in a row, it said.

There are 6,10,803 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date, which comprises 7.64 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.

According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 10,54,87,680 samples have been tested up to October 27, with 10,66,786 samples tested on Tuesday.

(PTI)

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As 625 Doctors Die Of Covid, IMA Constitutes Fund To Help Next Of Kin https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/as-625-doctors-die-of-covid-ima-constitutes-fund-to-help-next-of-kin-488548 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 03:18:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488548

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a fund dedicated to its member doctors who have died in the line of duty while battling the Covid-19 pandemic. The association has planned to raise money by donations from its members and the public, including the registered institutions. The fund will […]

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New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a fund dedicated to its member doctors who have died in the line of duty while battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The association has planned to raise money by donations from its members and the public, including the registered institutions. The fund will be used to pay ex-gratia sum to the legal heir of the deceased doctors with certain conditions, the association informed.

The conditions include that the deceased should be below 70 years of age, have been a life member of IMA on the date of death, the cause of death should be due to Covid 19 disease, should have been in active practice while acquiring Covid-19, and should not be eligible for any grant or compensation from the central or state governments, the eligibility criteria set by the apex institution of private medical practitioners stated.

The association told IANS that as many as 625 of its members have succumbed to the disease in the service of the nation for Covid care.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the members of IMA who are in the frontline of Covid care and control. As of today, 625 modern medicine doctors have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation for Covid care. Indian Medical Association hereby institutes a dedicated fund to financially help the families of IMA members who are Covid-19 martyrs,” the association stated.

“The legal heir of the deceased member of IMA can apply for financial help. The legal heir can submit the application to the local branch secretary of IMA who will forward it through the State Secretary of IMA to the Honorary Secretary General of IMA. The local branch secretary or the state secretary or the Honorary Secretary General can initiate the process suo moto as well,” the association informed.

However, the association will also have a flexible approach towards the criteria set for the eligibility of the martyr’s fund.

“Flexibility criteria Irrespective of membership and age the case of a modern medicine doctor who has martyred in the service of the nation in Covid-19 will be taken up by the National President of IMA by an appeal from the family if there are genuine situations of need for help,” the IMA clarified.

The association also informed that a team consisting of the president, immediate past president, president-elect, vice presidents as per jurisdiction, secretary-general and finance secretary would scrutinise the applications and sanction money to the applicant. However, the financial condition of the deceased’s family would determine the quantum of monetary help.

“The quantum of money to be paid will be decided by the national president in consultation with the above team of office bearers as per the availability of funds. The quantum will be determined as per the family situation including employment, income, children, assets, liabilities etc.,” the association stated.

“The money will be paid to the legal heir. In case of more than one legal heir, the money will be divided equally between them,” it added.

(IANS)

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COVID Vaccine: Russia Seeks Sputnik V’s Speedy Registration, Prequalification From WHO https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-russia-seeks-sputnik-vs-speedy-registration-prequalification-from-who-488511 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:41:00 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488511

New Delhi: The Russian Direct Investment Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has submitted applications to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for accelerated registration and prequalification of Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine against the coronavirus. Russia has become one of the first countries to apply to WHO for prequalification of its vaccine against […]

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COVID Vaccine: Russia Seeks Sputnik V's Speedy Registration, Prequalification From WHO

New Delhi: The Russian Direct Investment Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has submitted applications to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for accelerated registration and prequalification of Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine against the coronavirus.

Russia has become one of the first countries to apply to WHO for prequalification of its vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection. The Prequalification of Medicines Programme is a United Nations programme managed by WHO and the only global medicines quality assurance programme.

The WHO prequalification of medicines assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines. A medicinal product is included in the list of prequalified medicinal products subject to compliance with established requirements and standards of WHO.

In the face of the ongoing pandemic, accelerated vaccine registration under the Emergency Use Listing procedure will make the Russian vaccine available globally in a shorter time frame than usual procedures and will support global efforts to prevent the coronavirus infection.

Successful prequalification will enable Sputnik V to be included in the list of medicines used by international procurement agencies and countries to guide bulk purchasing of medicines.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said: “The Russian Federation was the first in the world to register a vaccine against the coronavirus, Sputnik V, which was created on a safe, effective and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors. We have submitted an application for Emergency Use Listing and prequalification of the vaccine by the World Health Organisation, which will allow Sputnik V to be included in the list of medical products that meet leading quality, safety and efficacy standards.”

The RDIF is Russia’s sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors.

RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totalling more than 1.9 tn rubles and covering 95 per cent of the regions of the Russian Federation.

RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6 per cent of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 18 countries that total more than $40 bn.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Pandemic In India Shows Declining Trend, Except For 2/3 States: Govt https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-pandemic-in-india-shows-declining-trend-except-for-2-3-states-govt-488440 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:56:06 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488440

New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic in India is showing a declining trend, except for two to three states, the government said on Tuesday, noting that it is “particularly noteworthy” vis-a-vis some countries in the northern hemisphere where a severe increase in the intensity of the virus’ spread is being seen. The situation related to the […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic In India Shows Declining Trend, Except For 2/3 States: Govt

New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic in India is showing a declining trend, except for two to three states, the government said on Tuesday, noting that it is “particularly noteworthy” vis-a-vis some countries in the northern hemisphere where a severe increase in the intensity of the virus’ spread is being seen.

The situation related to the pandemic in the world is particularly concerning and it has been seen that countries of much greater economic capability and per capita income, and having a good health system can succumb to a huge second peak, Chairperson of the National Task Force on COVID-19, V K Paul, told a press conference.

“This must be a lesson for all of us,” Paul, who is also the NITI Aayog member for health, said.

“We are very fortunate that our trend is in the opposite direction. We are fortunate that today we are showing a decline of the (COVID-19) pandemic, except in two or three states. This decline is particularly noteworthy because in other countries of the northern hemisphere there is a severe increase in the intensity of pandemic,” he said.

The pandemic, largely in the northern hemisphere, has struck again in several countries. The third peak has come in the US, Paul said, adding that “becoming a bit lax..slowing down surveillance, containment strategies also must be playing a role”.

He said that Kerala, West Bengal and Delhi are proceeding towards a third peak.

This is a matter of concern and there can be no complacency in following COVID-19 “appropriate behaviour” in the coming times as more challenges will emerge, Paul said.

More festivals are coming and “where ever we have faltered in the last few days, it will show in 10 to 12 days”, he said.

Secretary in the health ministry, Rajesh Bhushan, said that it has been observed that states and union territories like Kerala, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi have reported rise in cases during the festival season.

“It is mandatory for all of us to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in the festival season,” he said.

Continuous decline in average daily new coronavirus cases has been observed and the figure has come down from 83,232 between September 23-29 to 49,909 for October 21-27, Bhushan said.

“India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined from 1.77 per cent on September 1 to 1.50 per cent as on date. India’s COVID-19 recovery rate has increased from 76.94 per cent on September 1 to 90.62 per cent as on date,” he said.

Bhushan also said that 49.4 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours were reported from five states and union territories, which are Kerala, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi.

Fifty-eight per cent new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours were reported from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, he said.

(PTI)

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Air Pollution Ups Covid-19 Deaths By 15% Worldwide: Study https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/air-pollution-ups-covid-19-deaths-by-15-worldwide-study-488292 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:31:10 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488292

London:  In a major global study, researchers have revealed that long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 per cent of Covid-19 deaths worldwide. According to the study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, in Europe the proportion was about 19 per cent, in North America it was 17 per cent, and in […]

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London:  In a major global study, researchers have revealed that long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 per cent of Covid-19 deaths worldwide.

According to the study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, in Europe the proportion was about 19 per cent, in North America it was 17 per cent, and in East Asia about 27 per cent.

“Since the numbers of deaths from Covid-19 are increasing all the time, it’s not possible to give exact or final numbers of Covid-19 deaths per country that can be attributed to air pollution,” said study author Jos Lelieveld from Max Planck Institute in Germany.

“However, as an example, in the UK there have been over 44,000 coronavirus deaths and we estimate that the fraction attributable to air pollution is 14 per cent, meaning that more than 6,100 deaths could be attributed to air pollution,” Lelieveld added.

The researchers used epidemiological data from the previous US and Chinese studies of air pollution and Covid-19 and the SARS outbreak in 2003, supported by additional data from Italy.

They combined this with satellite data showing global exposure to polluting fine particles known as ‘particulate matter’ that is less than or equal to 2.5 microns in diameter (known as PM2.5) to create a model to calculate the fraction of coronavirus deaths that could be attributable to long-term exposure to PM2.5.

The results are based on epidemiological data collected up the third week in June 2020 and the researchers said that a comprehensive evaluation will need to follow after the pandemic has subsided.

Estimates for individual countries show, for example, that air pollution contributed to 29 per cent of coronavirus deaths in the Czech Republic, 27 per cent in China, 26 per cent in Germany, 22 per cent in Switzerland, 21 per cent in Belgium, 19 per cent in The Netherlands, 15 per cent in Italy and 14 per cent in the UK.

Referring to previous work that suggests that the fine particulates in air pollution may prolong the atmospheric lifetime of infectious viruses and help them to infect more people. Lelieveld said: “It’s likely that particulate matter plays a role in ‘super-spreading events’ by favouring transmission.”

According to the researchers, the particulate matter seems to increase the activity of a receptor on cell surfaces, called ACE-2, that is known to be involved in the way Covid-19 infects cells.

“So, we have a ‘double hit’: air pollution damages the lungs and increases the activity of ACE-2, which in turn leads to enhanced uptake of the virus by the lungs and probably by the blood vessels and the heart,” the authors wrote.

(IANS)

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Coronavirus Odisha Update: 1247 New Covid-19 Cases, 13 Deaths Reported In 24 Hours https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/coronavirus-odisha-update-1247-new-covid-19-cases-13-deaths-reported-in-24-hours-488250 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:01:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488250

Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 tally in Odisha rose to 283942 on Tuesday after 1247 more people tested positive for the infection while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll in the State to 1272, State Information & Public Relations Department said. This is the second day that the number of coronavirus cases plunged below 1500 ever […]

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Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 tally in Odisha rose to 283942 on Tuesday after 1247 more people tested positive for the infection while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll in the State to 1272, State Information & Public Relations Department said.

This is the second day that the number of coronavirus cases plunged below 1500 ever since the infections started showing a downward trend in the State.

Of the fresh cases, 729 patients are from quarantine while 518 are local contact cases. Only two districts of the State recorded cases over 100- Khordha (206) and Cuttack (105).

The State Health and Family Welfare Department informed four patients succumbed to the infection in Khordha (Bhubaneswar), three deaths in Nuapada, two in Jharsuguda and Keonjhar and one each in Sundergarh and Malkangiri districts.

Odisha currently has 16512 active cases, while 266105 people have recovered so far.

As many as 30303 samples were tested on Tuesday for COVID-19 taking the number of samples tested cumulatively across the State to 4385259.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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With 36K New Covid Cases, India Records Lowest Spike In 3 Months https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/with-36k-new-covid-cases-india-records-lowest-spike-in-3-months-488247 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:55:42 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488247

New Delhi: With a spike of 36,470 in new Covid-19 cases and 488 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally stood at 79,46,429, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. This is the lowest spike in new cases in the last three months. On Monday, the recorded spike in new cases was […]

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New Delhi: With a spike of 36,470 in new Covid-19 cases and 488 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally stood at 79,46,429, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. This is the lowest spike in new cases in the last three months.

On Monday, the recorded spike in new cases was 45,148.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases recorded on Tuesday, 6,25,857 are currently active, 72,01,070 have been discharged, while 1,19,502 lost the battle against the pandemic.

While the recovery rate stands at 90.23 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Tuesday.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,48,665 cases, including 43,348 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,58,116 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,44,20,894.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Transmission Rate Could Decline By 24 Per Cent If Public Events Banned; Lancet Study https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-transmission-rate-could-decline-by-24-per-cent-if-public-events-banned-lancet-study-488231 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:19:14 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488231

London: Ban on public events can bring down the COVID-19 reproduction number (R) number, a key measure of virus transmission by 24 per cent in less than a month, according to a modelling study published in The Lancet journal. An R value above 1 indicates a growing outbreak, whereas an R value below 1 indicates […]

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COVID-19 Transmission Rate Could Decline By 24 Per Cent If Public Events Banned; Lancet Study

London: Ban on public events can bring down the COVID-19 reproduction number (R) number, a key measure of virus transmission by 24 per cent in less than a month, according to a modelling study published in The Lancet journal.

An R value above 1 indicates a growing outbreak, whereas an R value below 1 indicates a shrinking outbreak.

The research using data from 131 countries suggests that individual measures, including closure of schools and workplaces, ban on public events and gatherings of more than ten people, requirements to stay at home, and internal movement limits, are associated with a reduction in transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

However, combined measures are more effective at reducing transmission, the researchers said.

“We found that combining different measures showed the greatest effect on reducing the transmission of COVID-19. As we experience a resurgence of the virus, policymakers will need to consider combinations of measures to reduce the R number,” said Professor Harish Nair from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

“Our study can inform decisions on which measures to introduce or lift, and when to expect to see their effects, but this will also depend on the local context — the R number at any given time, the local healthcare capacity, and the social and economic impact of measures,” Nair said.

When looking at the measures individually, a ban on public events was associated with the greatest reduction in R — 24 per cent reduction after 28 days — which the researchers suggest may be because they are likely to prevent super spreader events and it was often the first measure to be introduced in countries.

The measures most strongly associated with an increase in R were lifting bans on gatherings of more than ten people and re-opening of schools, according to the researchers.

Although reopening schools was associated with a 24 per cent increase in the R by day 28, the researchers caution that they were unable to account for different precautions some countries implemented for reopening schools, for example limiting class sizes, distancing measure, routine deep cleaning, personal handwashing, face masks, and thermal temperature checks on arrival.

They said these are essential for safer school reopening and should be taken into account when interpreting this finding.

“We found an increase in R after reopening schools but is not clear whether the increase is attributable to specific age groups, where there may be substantial differences in adherence to social distancing measures within and outside classrooms,” Nair added.

“Furthermore, more data are needed to understand the specific role of schools in increased SARS-CoV-2 transmission through robust contact tracing,” he said.

The study, however, does not account for other potentially influential factors that have an impact on R — including, among other things, compliance with the interventions, changes in population behaviour, sub-national differences in R, or the effects of contact tracing and isolation all of which vary by context.

Using the R number as a proxy for transmission also has limitations, as it is difficult to estimate accurately, particularly when prevalence is low, the researchers said.

In this modelling study, data on daily country-level estimates of R were linked with data on what measures those countries had in place from January 1, 2020 to July 20, 2020.

The timeline of each country was divided into individual phases when all measures remained the same in that country.

The analysis included 790 phases from 131 countries and the authors used a model to measure the association between which measures were in place and changes in the R.

(PTI)

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Global Covid-19 Cases Top 43.3 Million Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-cases-top-43-3-million-mark-488224 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:41:16 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488224

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 43.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1,158,880, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 43,438,043, while the death toll surged to 1,158,882, the University’s Center for Systems Science and […]

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Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 43.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1,158,880, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 43,438,043, while the death toll surged to 1,158,882, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,700,053 and 225,696, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,909,959, while the country’s death toll soared to 119,014.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,409,854), Russia (1,520,800), France (1,209,651), Argentina (1,102,301), Spain (1,098,320), Colombia (1,025,052), the UK (897,740), Mexico (895,326), Peru (888,715), South Africa (716,759), Iran (574,856), Italy (542,789), Chile (503,598), Iraq (455,398) and Germany (450,258), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 157,397.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (89,171), the UK (45,088), Italy (45,088), France (35,052), Spain (35,031), Peru (34,149), Iran (32,953), Colombia (30,348), Argentina (29,301), Russia (26,092), South Africa (19,008), Chile (14,003), Indonesia (13,411), Ecuador (12,573), Belgium (10,810), Iraq (10,671), Germany (10,074) and Canada (10,026).

(IANS)

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Scientists Say, Air Pollution May Hinder India’s Fight Against COVID-19 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/scientists-say-air-pollution-may-hinder-indias-fight-against-covid-19-488108 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:08:37 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=488108

New Delhi: The causal link between air pollution and COVID-19 cases is yet to be established conclusively but long-term exposure will certainly make people more vulnerable to lung infections, warn scientists as the skies over large parts of north India, including Delhi, turn smoky and the air quality deteriorates rapidly. Their concerns come amid several […]

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Scientists Say, Air Pollution May Hinder India's Fight Against COVID-19

New Delhi: The causal link between air pollution and COVID-19 cases is yet to be established conclusively but long-term exposure will certainly make people more vulnerable to lung infections, warn scientists as the skies over large parts of north India, including Delhi, turn smoky and the air quality deteriorates rapidly.

Their concerns come amid several global studies pointing to the possible connection between higher air pollution levels and increased COVID-19 cases and deaths.

A study by researchers at Harvard University in the US in September showed that an increase of only one microgram per cubic metre in PM 2.5 is associated with an 8 per cent increase in the COVID-19 death rate.

Given the current limited literature, the surge of PM2.5 level in Delhi may be associated with increased COVID-19 cases… Although the literature is relatively sparse at this stage, Xiao Wu, corresponding author of the Harvard study, told PTI.

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He said the relationship between long-term air pollution and COVID-19 has been documented in many studies, which indicate that adverse health impacts of air pollution can make people prone to the infection or exacerbate the severity of COVID-19 symptoms once infected.

This is interesting, especially considering COVID-19 causes viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, and severe inflammation to the heart and circulatory system, the scientist said.

Another study by the University of Cambridge in April found an association between living in an area of England with high levels of air pollution and the severity of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Based on our findings, I would expect to see an association between higher levels of air pollution in India and COVID-19 in the winter, similar with what we found in England, said Marco Travaglio, corresponding author of the Cambridge study.

If the levels of air pollution have been consistently above the legal limits for several months or years before this coming winter, I would expect to see a relationship between those levels and COVID-19 burden across different parts of India in November and thereafter, Travaglio told PTI.

He noted that a key component of PM2.5 toxicity is its composition which may vary considerably between countries.

Nonetheless, the WHO legal limits for PM2.5 are currently set at 10 g/m (microgrammes per cubic metre) annual mean. Levels beyond 500 g/m are extremely high and may have considerable impact on people’s health in relation to COVID-19 but also beyond it, said Travalgo.

The level of small particulate matter (PM2.5) levels in Delhi have averaged around 180-340 g/m in the past few weeks while that of bigger pollution particles (PM10) has hovered between 120 and 450 during the time.

Long-term exposure to chronically high PM2.5 levels weakens the ability of the lungs to fend off infections, therefore making people more susceptible to COVID-19, the scientists said.

In addition, studies from Italy have shown that traces of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, the genetic material of the virus, can be found on pollution particles, meaning that increased air pollution may act as a vehicle to increase COVID-19 transmission in highly polluted places.

The air quality in north India is expected to deteriorate further from November to February due to several factors such as stubble burning, festive fireworks and low wind speed conditions which lead to an uptick in vehicular and industrial pollution being trapped in the lower atmosphere.

“In view of this evidence, high levels of PM2.5 in Delhi may lead to a higher number of COVID-19 cases, Travalgo added.

Studies in humans have shown that toxic air particles can penetrate airways and cause widespread infiltration of lung cells.

This chronic state of inflammation may induce or aggravate health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, experts said.

Because these conditions have been widely found to be associated with increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or incurring into critical illness, it is likely that air pollution acts as a risk factor to increase the susceptibility to COVID-19.

India has the world’s second-highest caseload of over 7.9 million and the third-highest death toll with more than 115,000 from the novel coronavirus.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that Delhi is likely to report around 15,000 COVID-19 cases daily in winter because of the prevalence of respiratory illnesses during this season that worsen the symptoms of the disease. On Sunday, the national capital recorded 4,136 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in 38 days.

D J Christopher, head of pulmonary medicine at the Christian Medical College in Tamil Nadu, noted that the increased severe form of COVID-19 among patients would lead to an increased ICU hospitalisations, thereby increasing the burden of the healthcare system.

The lung is the gateway to the body and takes the first impact from inhaled pollutants. It causes an inflammatory response which damages the lung and makes it more susceptible to infections, Christopher told PTI.

‘Let us hope the numbers are not so high. There is a chance of hospital beds getting filled and shortage of ICU beds, he added.

Prof Rajneesh Bhardwaj concurred, saying there is growing scientific evidence that airborne respiratory droplets carrying the virus travel and contaminate the air after an infected person coughs. He added that pollution may help this airborne droplet to remain suspended for a longer time and may increase the spread of COVID-19.

PM2.5 are finer particles which remain suspended in the air for a long time and hence droplet or viral particles can cling on to these particles to increase the risk. They may increase the number of cases as pollution increases especially with large PM2.5 levels,” Bhardwaj, associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, told PTI.

He said the government should make contingent plans to deal with an expected large number of cases and warned that any healthcare system can be overwhelmed by a larger number of cases.

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According to pulmonologist Anurag Agarwal, however, the relation between air pollution and COVID-19 cases is very complex. While in general high air pollution increases risk of respiratory infections, it is difficult to say much more, he said.

Studies finding more infections and deaths in areas with high pollution have tried to statistically adjust for higher population density in polluted cities. Such adjusted correlations are interesting but do not represent proof, Agarwal, director of the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, told PTI.

“Nevertheless, it is clear that air pollution is bad for health and COVID-19 is more dangerous in unhealthy people. So the message is clear – we must take steps to reduce air pollution for many reasons, he added.

(PTI)

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Covid-19: Odisha Logs Record Low Of 1480 Daily Cases https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-odisha-logs-record-low-of-1480-daily-cases-487929 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:50:47 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487929

Bhubaneswar: The number of daily Covid-19 infections in Odisha continued its downward trend and came down below the 1500-mark on Monday, for the first time since the outbreak of pandemic. As many as 1480 new positives detected in the last 24 hours pushed the cumulative Covid-19 tally in the State to 282695. The death toll […]

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Bhubaneswar: The number of daily Covid-19 infections in Odisha continued its downward trend and came down below the 1500-mark on Monday, for the first time since the outbreak of pandemic.

As many as 1480 new positives detected in the last 24 hours pushed the cumulative Covid-19 tally in the State to 282695.

The death toll due to coronavirus reached 1259 as 14 more patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, the State Health and Family Welfare Department said.

Of the fresh cases, 858 patients are from quarantine while 622 are local contact cases. Only four districts of the State- Angul (141), Mayurbhanj (113), Khordha (110) and Cuttack (106) reported more than 100 new cases each.

In terms of death, Khordha recorded three fatalities while Bargarh, Ganjam and Sambalpur registered two deaths each and Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada and Sundergarh one death each, informed the H & FW Department.

The State Health dashboard revealed that 36,881 samples were tested on Monday for COVID-19 taking the number of samples tested cumulatively across the State to 43,54,956.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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COVID-19 Updates: India Records Lowest Daily Spike In Covid Cases In Over 3 Months https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-updates-india-records-lowest-daily-spike-in-covid-cases-in-over-3-months-487900 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 04:55:00 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487900

New Delhi: With a fresh spike of 45,148 coronavirus infections and 480 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Monday stood at 79,09,959. In a respite, the country logged the lowest new cases since July. Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 6,53,717 are currently active, 71,37,228 have been discharged, while 1,19,014 lost the battle against […]

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New Delhi: With a fresh spike of 45,148 coronavirus infections and 480 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Monday stood at 79,09,959. In a respite, the country logged the lowest new cases since July.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 6,53,717 are currently active, 71,37,228 have been discharged, while 1,19,014 lost the battle against the pandemic.

While the recovery rate stands at 90.23 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.

“India has crossed landmark milestones in its fight against COVID-19. More than 70 Lakh patients have been cured and discharged so far,” the Ministry stated.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,45,020 cases, including 43,264 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,39,309 sample tests in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,34,62,778.

(IANS)

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global Covid-19 Cases Nearing 43 Million Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic-global-covid-19-cases-nearing-43-million-mark-487868 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:27:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487868

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases was nearing the 43 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 1,152,770, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,918,008, while the death toll surged to 1,152,773, the University’s Center for Systems Science and […]

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Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases was nearing the 43 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 1,152,770, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,918,008, while the death toll surged to 1,152,773, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,633,194 and 225,215, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,864,811, while the country’s death toll soared to 118,534.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,380,635), Russia (1,503,652), France (1,503,652), Argentina (1,090,589), Spain (1,046,132), Colombia (1,015,885), Mexico (891,160), Peru (886,214), the UK (876,840), South Africa (715,868), Iran (568,896), Italy (525,782), Chile (502,063), Iraq (451,707) and Germany (437,698), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 156,903.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (88,743), the UK (44,986), Italy (37,338), Spain (34,752), France (34,673), Peru (34,095), Iran (32,616), Colombia (30,000), Argentina (28,896), Russia (25,875), South Africa (18,968), Chile (13,944), Indonesia (13,299), Ecuador (12,553), Belgium (10,737), Iraq (10,623) and Germany (10,044).

(IANS)

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Israel To Start Human Trials Of COVID Vaccine On Nov 1 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/israel-to-start-human-trials-of-covid-vaccine-on-nov-1-487857 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 02:15:59 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487857

Jerusalem: Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) will start human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Brilife from November 1 after receiving all necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health and the Helsinki Committee, the Israeli Defence Ministry said. The Helsinki Committee deals with research approval and human experiments. The committee is mandated to […]

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Jerusalem: Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) will start human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Brilife from November 1 after receiving all necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health and the Helsinki Committee, the Israeli Defence Ministry said.

The Helsinki Committee deals with research approval and human experiments.

The committee is mandated to ensure the well being and rights of trial volunteers and to ensure that the experiment is conducted as per the approved medical guidelines and ethics, besides various domestic laws, rules and regulations.

The guidelines are outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki and various relevant international conventions.

The three stages of the human clinical trial involving over 30,000 volunteers are likely to last till mid-2021 and if all goes well, the vaccine could be ready for mass use only after that.

“This is a day of hope for the citizens of Israel, thanks to the IIBR researchers. Just two months ago I received the first bottle of the vaccine. Today we already have 25,000 vaccine doses and are starting the next phase of the test,” said Alternate Prime Minister-cum-Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

“I would like to thank the dozens of researchers who work day and night on this national mission in full cooperation with the Ministry of Health. In this complex period, you are the ‘commando unit’ paving the way for the citizens of Israel. You took on a mission of international and historical importance,” Gantz was quoted as saying in an official statement.

“The defence establishment, the Israeli government, and I will continue to provide you with the support and resources required to produce a safe and effective ‘blue-and-white’ vaccine,” he stressed.

“Blue and White” refers to the colours in the Israeli flag, which also happens to be the name of the defence minister’s party.

The first phase of the human trial will include a series of safety tests with the participation of 80 healthy volunteers (aged 18-55), designated by Sheba and Hadassah medical centres.

The trial will begin on November 1 with two participants initially. Depending on their responses, the vaccine will then be gradually administered to a total of 80 volunteers — 40 in each medical centre.

Each volunteer will receive an injection and discharged after a few hours of observation. They will then be monitored over three weeks.

Scientists will check for any possible side effects and will examine if the volunteers develop antibodies to the virus.

The second phase includes extensive safety tests with the participation of 960 healthy volunteers over the age of 18. The trial is expected to begin in December and will be held simultaneously in several medical centres across Israel.

In the second phase, scientists aim to complete vaccine safety precautions, determine the effective dosage, and further determine the vaccine’s effectiveness, the statement said.

The third phase will be a large-scale trial to test the effectiveness of the vaccine with the participation of up to 30,000 volunteers.

If all goes well, the third and last phase of the trial is scheduled to begin in April or May 2021 and its successful completion would pave the way for approval for the mass use of the vaccine.

“We are now beginning a crucial phase in the development of the vaccine — the clinical trials phase. I believe in the abilities of our scientists and I am confident that we can produce a safe and effective vaccine,” said IIBR Director, Prof Shmuel Shapira.

“The commercial name of the vaccine is ‘BriLife’. The first part of the name, ‘Bri’, alludes to the Hebrew word for health, ‘briut’ and the second part, ‘il’ alludes to Israel, and ‘life’ speaks to the importance of the vaccine,” he added.

The vaccine developed by IIBR is based on an existing virus (VSV). Coronavirus spikes have been ‘engineered’ onto VSV, allowing the vaccine to attach to cells in the body.

The vaccine has been successfully tested on several “animal models”. The vaccine elicited an effective immune response in both small animals (mice, hamsters and rabbits) and large animals (pigs). The safety of the vaccine has been demonstrated in several tests, thus opening the door for clinical trials with human participants, the statement said.

The institute has evolved a device for large-scale production of vaccines (approximately 15 million). It has produced more than 25,000 vaccine doses for the first and second phases of the clinical trials to date, it added.

IIBR was established in 1952 as part of the Israel Defence Forces’ Science Corps, and later became a civilian organisation.

Israel had claimed in August that it already has the vaccine against the coronavirus “in hand” but it has to go through regulatory processes that would begin with human trials following the autumn holidays.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have asked the institute in February to devote resources to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

(PTI)

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COVID-19: India’s Recovery Rate Touches 90%, 8.5% Of Total Caseload Active https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-indias-recovery-rate-touches-90-8-5-of-total-caseload-active-487771 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 12:03:25 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487771

New Delhi: With a total of 70,78,123 people having recuperated from COVID-19, the national recovery rate for the disease has touched 90 per cent, while 62,077 people have recovered in a span of 24 hours as against 50,129 new cases of the infection reported in the same period, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. […]

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COVID-19: India's Recovery Rate Touches 90%, 8.5% Of Total Caseload Active

New Delhi: With a total of 70,78,123 people having recuperated from COVID-19, the national recovery rate for the disease has touched 90 per cent, while 62,077 people have recovered in a span of 24 hours as against 50,129 new cases of the infection reported in the same period, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

This achievement is matched by the downward spiral fall in the number of active COVID-19 cases, which was maintained below the seven-lakh mark for the third successive day, it added.

“The total recoveries exceed active cases by 64,09,969 as on date,” it said.

Less than 1,000 deaths have been continuously reported for the last one week.

The figure is below the 1,100-mark since October 2, the ministry highlighted.

Related Story: COVID-19: India Records 50,129 Fresh Cases, 578 Deaths

There are “merely” 6,68,154 active COVID-19 cases in the country as on date, which accounts for 8.50 per cent of the total caseload, it said.

Seventy-five per cent of the new recoveries were observed to be concentrated in 10 states and Union territories — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Maharashtra leads the tally with more than 10,000 single-day recoveries.

Also, 79 per cent of the 50,129 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from 10 states and Union territories. Kerala continued to report a very high number of fresh cases with more than 8,000, followed by Maharashtra with over 6,000, the ministry said.

Besides, 578 COVID-19 fatalities were reported in a span of 24 hours. Of these, nearly 80 per cent were concentrated in 10 states and Union territories, Maharashtra accounting for the highest of 137.

India’s COVID-19 testing laboratory network has inked another achievement. The total number of laboratories has crossed 2,000. Starting from one laboratory in Pune, the number now stands at 2,003 — 1,126 government-owned and 877 private — the ministry stated.

Also Read: With Winter And Covid, Be Prepared For ‘Twindemic’: Experts

The country’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 78,64,811 with 50,129 new cases reported in a day, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 1,18,534 with 578 fresh fatalities, data of the ministry updated at 8 am showed.

(PTI)

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New Delhi: In view of the winter season, health experts on Sunday said that they are worried about “twindemic”, as it is highly possible that people may contract both influenza and the Covid-19 infection, resulting in devastating consequences. With the medical care system already overwhelmed, experts are worried about the fast-approaching season of sniffles and […]

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New Delhi: In view of the winter season, health experts on Sunday said that they are worried about “twindemic”, as it is highly possible that people may contract both influenza and the Covid-19 infection, resulting in devastating consequences.

With the medical care system already overwhelmed, experts are worried about the fast-approaching season of sniffles and coughs as the threat of ‘Twindemic’.

It is now more important to be prepared for the coming winters by boosting immunity, they said.

“Winter season being a season of flu poses a peculiar challenge during Covid-19 pandemic,” Harshal R. Salve, Associate Professor at Centre for Community Medicine, told IANS.

“Precautions such as the use of mask, frequent hand washing and physical distancing not only help to prevent the spread of Covid- 19 but also prevent a person from getting seasonal flu,” Salve said.

“Adequate Intake of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetable supplies much-needed antioxidants to the body to fight viral infections,” he advised.

According to Parmeet Kaur, the Senior Dietician at Narayana Hospital in Gurugram, this winter season is approaching just around the corner like another second wave of the pandemic.

“Our body has the power to heal as most of 70-80 per cent immunity comes from the gut. Vitamin C and antioxidants help to build up immunity and prevent from various illnesses,” Kaur said.

Also, maintain a healthy lifestyle by meeting the 80 per cent nutritional requirements and 20 per cent physical activity, she added.

S.P. Byotra, Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi also told IANS: “During the time of changing weather and covid19 situation, antioxidants can help reduce the risk of Covid-19.

Along with taking different natural products recommended by Ministry of AYUSH for building immunity, demand for natural antioxidants has also increased.

“To keep your body immune and healthy, using natural anti-oxidants like Gamma Oryzanol has many health benefits including boosting immunity as it neutralizes free radicals in the body,” Byotra told IANS.

Gamma oryzanol is a substance that is taken out of rice bran oil. It is also found in wheat bran and some fruits and vegetables. People use it as medicine

“Gamma-oryzanol is also used for controlling elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, supporting cardiovascular health along with controlling anxiety and menopausal symptoms,” Byotra explained.

It is known to be of multiple uses for different people and has the power to address and promote overall health as one of the key main aspects.

As per studies, Gamma Oryzanol is up to four times more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin E.

So, experts recommend taking healthy diet, doing exercise and taking all necessary precautions which would be key to fight this adverse situation ahead.

(IANS)

Also Read: Pollution May Worsen COVID-19 Impact In Winter: Health Experts

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COVID-19: India Records 50,129 Fresh Cases, 578 Deaths https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-india-records-50129-fresh-cases-578-deaths-487678 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 05:31:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487678

New Delhi: COVID-19 cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 55,000 for the third consecutive day, while the new fatalities recorded in a day dropped to 578 after almost three months, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Sunday. India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 78,64,811 with 50,129 fresh […]

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New Delhi: COVID-19 cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 55,000 for the third consecutive day, while the new fatalities recorded in a day dropped to 578 after almost three months, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Sunday.

India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 78,64,811 with 50,129 fresh infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,18,534 with 578 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases remained below seven lakh for three days in a row, while the national recovery rate has risen to 90 per cent.


There are 6,68,154 active cases of COVID-19 in the country as on date which comprise 8.50 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

A total of 70,78,123 people have recuperated from the disease so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 90 per cent while the case fatality rate stands at 1.51 per cent.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5.

It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 10,25,23,469 samples have been tested up to October 24 with 11,40,905 samples being tested on Saturday.

(PTI)

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Global Covid-19 Update: Corona Cases Top 42.5 Million, Deaths Over 1148940 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-update-corona-cases-top-42-5-million-deaths-over-1148940-487644 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 03:14:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487644

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 42.5 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,148,940, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,532,198, while the death toll surged to 1,148,943, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) […]

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Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 42.5 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,148,940, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,532,198, while the death toll surged to 1,148,943, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,571,943 and 224,771, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,814,682, while the country’s death toll soared to 117,956.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,380,635), Russia (1,487,260), France (1,084,659), Argentina (1,081,336), Spain (1,046,132), Colombia (1,007,711), Mexico (886,800), Peru (883,116), the UK (857,043), South Africa (714,246), Iran (562,705), Italy (504,509), Chile (500,542), Iraq (449,153) and Germany (427,808), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 156,903.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (88,743), the UK (44,835), Italy (37,210), Spain (34,752), France (34,536), Peru (34,033), Iran (32,320), Colombia (30,000), Argentina (28,613), Russia (25,647), South Africa (18,944), Chile (13,892), Indonesia (13,205), Ecuador (12,542), Belgium (10,658), Iraq (10,568) and Germany (10,015).

(IANS)

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COVID-19: Cancer Patients Delaying Treatment Are At Great Risk https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-cancer-patients-delaying-treatment-are-at-great-risk-487486 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:28:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487486

New Delhi: Cancer treatment has taken a massive hit due to the Covid-19 outbreak, with several public health experts flagging an increase in risk of cancer spreading to advanced stages as almost 50 per cent of such cases are reaching the hospitals in later phases. Dr. Rajeev Kumar, a surgical oncologist at the Rajiv Gandhi […]

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COVID-19: Cancer Patients Delaying Treatment Are At Great Risk

New Delhi: Cancer treatment has taken a massive hit due to the Covid-19 outbreak, with several public health experts flagging an increase in risk of cancer spreading to advanced stages as almost 50 per cent of such cases are reaching the hospitals in later phases.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar, a surgical oncologist at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre told IANS that in pre-Covid times, the hospital used to cater to 70 per cent patients in early stages of breast cancer, but with lockdown the patients have held themselves back, and now almost 50 per cent of cases are reaching in advanced stages.

“In view of Covid-19 outbreak, cancer treatment has taken a hit and it has increased the risk of cancer having spread to advanced stages. There is a need to take all precautions against Covid, but one should not delay the treatment of cancer as that can be hazardous,” said Dr. Kumar.

The delay could be attributed to coronavirus fears. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. Delays in starting treatment or breaks can allow cancer cells to grow.

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“If there is any sort of abnormality in their breasts through self-breast examination, women need to visit a qualified professional or a well-equipped hospital at the earliest,” he added.

Dr. Bhawna Sirohi, lead medical oncologist at Apollo proton cancer centre in Chennai, feared that there will be a “cancer pandemic” after the coronavirus pandemic. “In India, 50-60 per cent patients come in the advance stage due to no awareness and screening, but with the pandemic, it has gone up to 70-80 per cent due to fear of the virus,” she added.

Dr. Sirohi further said that some of the patients have become so unwell that they are now untreatable. “Patients with bladder cancer come with very high jaundice. At that stage, their liver does not work, and their performance status is also not good. They are only given bed supported care.”

Another oncologist attributed this lack of awareness, casual attitude for symptoms, self-medication, lack of facilities or resources. “Some ladies, due to home-work pressure do not report their symptoms. There is a strong need to publicise the symptoms of cancer among the public to raise the awareness of the most common killer,” Dr. (Col.) R Ranga Rao, Chairman at Paras Cancer Centre in Gurugram said.

Dr. D.C. Doval, Chair Medical Oncology and Chief of Breast and Sarcoma Services at the hospital, affirmed that there was an urgent need to make people aware about early detection and treatment of breast cancer as well as to conserve the breasts with new technologies.

In recent years, lots of advances have taken place. Traditional chemotherapy is being supplemented with other therapies such as endocrine therapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. The management of breast cancer is perfect example of multi-modal treatment and each case of breast cancer requires individualised and specialised care, said Dr Doval.

Dr. Kundan Singh Chufal, Senior Consultant and Unit Head of Radiation Oncology at RGCIRC, informed that techniques such as Hypofractionated radiotherapy have helped reduce the course of treatment in case of breast cancer patients from 6-8 weeks to 3-4 weeks and to even one week in certain patients. This results in better treatment compliance.

About the conservation of the breast after the treatment, Dr. Chufal said that till 10 years ago only 5-10 per cent of the breasts could be conserved leading to a body blow to the morale of the women whose breast had to be removed.

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“Currently 40-50 per cent of the breasts are being conserved. If detected early, almost all the breasts can be conserved. Therefore there is a need to create awareness about breast cancer screening,” he added.

With new technologies and advancements breasts can be preserved, conserved and reconstructed to look natural. RGCIRC is running a campaign ‘Big or Small – Save Them All’, through which it has appealed to the women that breast cancer is curable if detected early, Dr. Rajeev Kumar concluded.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Resurgence: WHO Chief Calls For ‘Immediate Action’ https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-resurgence-who-chief-calls-for-immediate-action-487400 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 06:06:24 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487400

Geneva: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the world was still at “a critical juncture” in its fights against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and called for “immediate action” as several countries have reported a resurgence in new confirmed cases. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Ghebreyesus said that […]

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Geneva: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the world was still at “a critical juncture” in its fights against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and called for “immediate action” as several countries have reported a resurgence in new confirmed cases.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Ghebreyesus said that the next few months are going to be very “tough” and some countries are on “a dangerous track”, reports Xinhua news agency

“We are at a critical juncture in this pandemic, particularly in the northern hemisphere,” he said.

“Too many countries are seeing an exponential increase in cases and that is now leading to hospitals and ICU running close or above capacity and we’re still only in October,” the Who chief added.

Ghebreyesus urged leaders to take immediate action, so as to prevent further unnecessary deaths, essential health services from collapsing and schools shutting again.

Also addressing the briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said that progress is being made on the plans for an international mission to identify the zoonotic source of the coronavirus.

She said the WHO has reached out to a group of international experts and is expected to share more information in the coming days.

“The first cases were detected in Wuhan of China last December, so the early studies will begin there,” she said, adding that then the next phase of the studies will be developed as the evidence and results from the first phase become available.

“We will follow the science and follow the necessary steps that need to be taken,” Van Kerkhove added.

As of Saturday morning, overall number of global coronavirus cases stood at 42,114,524, while the deaths have soared to 1,143,291, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,484,991 and 223,914, respectively, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,761,312, while the country’s death toll soared to 117,306.

(IANS)

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COVID-19: India’s Coronavirus Tally Crosses 78 Lakh Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-indias-coronavirus-tally-crosses-78-lakh-mark-487379 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 04:36:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487379

New Delhi: After dipping below 47,000 four days back, a spike in daily fresh corona cases has once again been recorded. A total of 53,370 new infections and 650 deaths reported in the last 24 hours has taken India’s total tally to 78,14,682, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday. […]

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COVID-19: India's Coronavirus Tally Crosses 78 Lakh Mark

New Delhi: After dipping below 47,000 four days back, a spike in daily fresh corona cases has once again been recorded. A total of 53,370 new infections and 650 deaths reported in the last 24 hours has taken India’s total tally to 78,14,682, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

Out of the total Covid cases, 6,80,680 are currently active, 70,16,046 have been discharged, while 1,17,956 lost the battle against the pandemic.

While the recovery rate stands at 89.53 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51 per cent, the ministry data said.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,25,197 cases, including 42,831 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 12,69,479 sample tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,13,82,564

(IANS)

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COVID19: Global Corona Cases Cross 42 Million Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid19-global-corona-cases-cross-42-million-mark-487370 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 03:29:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487370

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 42 million mark, while the deaths have soared to 1,143,290, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,114,524, while the death toll surged to 1,143,291, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) […]

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COVID19: Global Corona Cases Cross 42 Million Mark

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 42 million mark, while the deaths have soared to 1,143,290, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,114,524, while the death toll surged to 1,143,291, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,484,991 and 223,914, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,761,312, while the country’s death toll soared to 117,306.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,353,656), Russia (1,471,000), France (1,084,732), Argentina (1,069,368), Spain (1,046,132), Colombia (998,942), Mexico (879,876), Peru (880,775), the UK (834,010), South Africa (712,412), Iran (556,891), Chile (498,906), Italy (484,869), Iraq (445,949) and Germany (417,350), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second-highest number of fatalities at 156,471.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (88,312), the UK (44,661), Italy (37,059), Spain (34,752), France (34,536), Peru (33,984), Iran (31,985), Colombia (29,802), Argentina (28,338), Russia (25,353), South Africa (18,891), Chile (13,844), Indonesia (13,077), Ecuador (12,528), Belgium (10,588) and Iraq (10,513).

(IANS)

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New Delhi: Convalescent plasma therapy, which uses the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients as a potential treatment, has shown limited effect in reducing the progression to severe disease or death in a trial conducted in India, scientists say. The study, published on Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), involved 464 adults with moderate COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19: Plasma Therapy Showing Less Benefits In Patients In India, Reports BMJ

New Delhi: Convalescent plasma therapy, which uses the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients as a potential treatment, has shown limited effect in reducing the progression to severe disease or death in a trial conducted in India, scientists say.

The study, published on Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), involved 464 adults with moderate COVID-19 who were admitted to hospitals in India between April and July.

As many as 239 adult patients received two transfusions of convalescent plasma, 24 hours apart, alongside standard care, while the control group comprising of 229 patients received standard care only.

One month later, 44 patients or 19 per cent of those who received the plasma had progressed to severe disease or had died of any cause, compared with 41 patients or 18 per cent in the control group.

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Plasma therapy did, however, seem to reduce symptoms, such as shortness of breath and fatigue, after seven days, according to the researchers, including those from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and National Institute of Epidemiology, Tami Nadu.

“Convalescent plasma was not associated with a reduction in progression to severe covid-19 or all cause mortality, the researchers wrote in the journal.

“This trial has high generalisability and approximates convalescent plasma use in real life settings with limited laboratory capacity,” they said.

Professor Martin Landray, from the University of Oxford in the UK, noted that although there is substantial interest in convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for COVID-19, there remains considerable uncertainty about whether it is effective in tackling the worst effects of the disease.

“The paper reports the results of the largest randomised trial of convalescent plasma to complete so far. However, with just a few hundred patients, it is still much too small to give clear results,” Landray said.

“It would need to be substantially larger to pick up a meaningful sign of benefit and even then there would still be questions about whether different types of patient respond better or worse,” he added.

The researchers noted that a prior measurement of neutralising antibody titres in donors and participants might further clarify the role of convalescent plasma in the management of COVID-19.

Patients in the study were aged at least 18 years who had confirmed COVID-19 based on a RT-PCR result for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.

Participants in the intervention arm received two doses of 200 millilitre (mL) of convalescent plasma, transfused 24 hours apart, in addition to the best standard of care.

Although the observational studies conducted previously suggested clinical benefits in recipients of convalescent plasma, the trials were stopped early and failed to ascertain any mortality benefit from plasma treatment in patients with COVID-19, the researchers said.

The new study shows that in settings with limited laboratory capacity, convalescent plasma does not reduce 28 day mortality or progression to severe disease in patients admitted to hospital with moderate COVID-19, they said.

Although plasma treatment was associated with earlier resolution of shortness of breath and fatigue and higher negative conversion of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on day 7 of enrolment, as a potential treatment for patients with moderate COVID-19, it showed limited effectiveness.

Also Read: 61% Indians Sceptical About Covid Vax Even If It Came In 2021: Survey

“The poor performance of convalescent plasma in this trial is disappointing but not entirely surprising,” said Professor Ian Jones, Professor of Virology, University of Reading in the UK.

“The treatment, which delivers antibodies from COVID survivors to infected persons is, in essence, intended as an anti-viral treatment and like all antivirals the window of opportunity to stop an acute infection is very short,” Jones added.

(PTI)

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Covid-19 Anxiety Linked To Body Image Issues: Study https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-anxiety-linked-to-body-image-issues-study-487115 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:17:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487115

London: Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that anxiety and stress directly linked to Covid-19 could be causing a number of body image issues amongst women and men. The research, led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, involved 506 UK adults with […]

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London: Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that anxiety and stress directly linked to Covid-19 could be causing a number of body image issues amongst women and men.

The research, led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, involved 506 UK adults with an average age of 34.

Amongst women, the study found that feelings of anxiety and stress caused by Covid-19 were associated with a greater desire for thinness.

It also found that anxiety was significantly associated with body dissatisfaction.

In the male participants, the study found that Covid-19-related anxiety and stress was associated with greater desire for muscularity, with anxiety also associated with body fat dissatisfaction.

Negative body image is one of the main causes of eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.

This new study adds to recent research indicating that fears around Covid-19, and the consequences of the restrictions introduced to help tackle it, could be contributing to a number of serious mental health issues.

“Our results suggest the pandemic could also be leading to a rise in body image issues. In some cases, these issues can have very serious repercussions, including triggering eating disorders,” said study lead author Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“During the lockdown period, our screen time increased, meaning that we were more likely to be exposed to thin or athletic ideals through the media, while decreased physical activity may have heightened negative thoughts about weight or shape,” Swami added.

At the same time, it is possible that the additional anxiety and stress caused by Covid-19 may have diminished the coping mechanisms we typically use to help manage negative thoughts

The study also found that when stressed or anxious, our pre-occupations tend to follow gender-typical lines.

During lockdown, women may have felt under greater pressure to conform to traditionally feminine roles and norms, and messaging about self-improvement may have led to women feeling dissatisfied with their bodies and having a greater desire for thinness.

“Similarly, our findings reflect the way in which stress and anxiety impact men’s relationships with their bodies, particularly in terms of masculine body ideals,” Swami said.

“Given that masculinity typically emphasises the value of toughness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of status, Covid-19-related stress and anxiety may be leading men to place greater value on the importance of being muscular,” the author noted.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Can Cause Male Infertility: Study

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61% Indians Sceptical About Covid Vax Even If It Came In 2021: Survey https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/61-indians-sceptical-about-covid-vax-even-if-it-came-in-2021-survey-487110 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:23:54 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487110

New Delhi: About 61 per cent of people have claimed they are sceptical about the Covid-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available, a survey revealed on Friday. Scientists from around the world, including India are developing several vaccines that are at different stages of clinical trials. […]

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New Delhi: About 61 per cent of people have claimed they are sceptical about the Covid-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available, a survey revealed on Friday.

Scientists from around the world, including India are developing several vaccines that are at different stages of clinical trials. The central government maintains it has started to gear up to take these vaccines to every citizen.

‘LocalCircles’ conducted a survey to know the tentative perception of peoples’ reaction when the Government takes Covid-19 vaccine to them finally. It also sought to know peoples’ current behaviour facing COVID-19 threats, and for how long will they continue to endure the suffering from the pandemic. The survey received over 25,000 responses from over 225 districts of India.

The complexity of the COVID-19 disease has put formidable challenges for scientists to develop a safe and effective vaccine. A host of pharmaceutical companies are heavily engaged in trials for a vaccine but when a vaccine does become available in March-April 2021, it is important that there is a certain level of trust that people have in the vaccine.

To the question that asked respondents, “If the COVID-19 vaccine became available in the early part of next year, would you like to get it so you can go back to your pre-COVID lifestyle?”, 61 per cent of 8,312 respondents said they are sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available.

Only 12 per cent respondents said would get vaccinated and go back to living pre-COVID lifestyle, while 25 per cent said they will get vaccinated but still will not go back to pre-COVID lifestyle, and 10 per cent said they will not take it at all in 2021.

In July, Indians via LocalCircles raised the issue of an urgent need to develop serial number tracking of COVID-19 vaccine to avoid any black marketing and to track the vaccine from point of manufacturing to the point of administration.

The key action needed here by both the pharmaceutical industry and the Government is to keep citizens updated at every step about the vaccine via various media platforms so when a safe vaccine does arrive, the Indian citizenry is ready to take it.

Respondents were also asked how they feel mentally after eight months into the Covid-19 pandemic. Of 8,590 respondents, 33 per cent said they feel anxious or worried, 19 per cent said calm and happy, 13 per cent said depressed, 5 per cent said enthusiastic, 20 per cent said they were feeling thankful, while 10 per cent said none of the above.

India is currently in the fifth phase of unlocking, which has seen most restrictions removed. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines allow states and union territories to take a call on determining the capacity of people allowed to gather, along with the call to open schools, cinemas, multiplexes, among others.

While the Central and State Governments are permitting various services like markets, restaurants, metros, multiplexes, markets, parks etc. to operate the general guidelines are still to minimize social interactions, maximize social distancing, always wear mask when out of home and in general avoid crowded public places.

These restrictions have led to change in lifestyle for majority of the people across the country. Work from Home model has been implemented by many businesses, also leading to a significant change in the lifestyles of their employees.

To understand if people are tired of the new pandemic induced lifestyle, LocalCircles asked people, “How long do you think you can easily sustain this post Covid way of living with restriction?”

Out of 8,496 citizens participated, of which 38 per cent said they are willing to live the Covid-19 way of living for as long as it takes, while 23 per cent said they are already tired of the restrictions.

While 14 per cent each said till December 31, 2020 and till March 31, 2021, 6 per cent said till June 30, 2021, 2 per cent said till September 30, 2021, and 3 per cent said till Dec 31, 2021.

If the numbers are added up, 63 per cent citizens feel they can easily sustain the post Covid way of living with restrictions till March 31, 2021.

(IANS)

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COVID-19: India’s Daily Spike Again On Rise As Tally Mounts To 77.61 Lakh https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-indias-daily-spike-again-on-rise-as-tally-mounts-to-77-61-lakh-487085 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 05:08:21 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487085

New Delhi: After dipping below 47,000 new cases three days back, spike in daily fresh corona cases has been on the rise ever since. A total of 54,366 new infections and 690 deaths in 24 hours, took India’s tally on Friday to 77,61,312. Out of the total Covid cases, 6,95,509 are currently active, 69,48,497 have […]

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New Delhi: After dipping below 47,000 new cases three days back, spike in daily fresh corona cases has been on the rise ever since. A total of 54,366 new infections and 690 deaths in 24 hours, took India’s tally on Friday to 77,61,312.

Out of the total Covid cases, 6,95,509 are currently active, 69,48,497 have been discharged, while 1,17,306 lost the battle against the pandemic.

India’s cumulative Positivity Rate is 7.81 per cent and the daily figure is 3.8 per cent. Several states and UTs are exhibiting Positivity Rate higher than the national average indicating a need for aggressive and widespread testing.

While the recovery rate stands at 89.53 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,25,197 cases, including 42,831 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 14,42,722 sample tests in a single day on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 10,01,13,085.

“India achieved a remarkable milestone of 10 crore tests for Covid-19 ICMR has been working to exponentially increase access to testing. Rampant testing has enabled to successfully test, track and treat infections that led to efficient management of Covid-19 situation in the country,” ICMR stated.

(IANS)

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