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New Delhi: The national capital on Sunday registered 10,732 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the single-day highest spike since the pandemic broke out early last year, while there were 48 more deaths, as per the Delhi health bulletin. The previous highest single-day spike, 8,593 cases, was reported on November 11, 2020 during […]

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COVID19 Surge: Delhi Registers New Record With Over 10K Cases In A Single Day

New Delhi: The national capital on Sunday registered 10,732 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the single-day highest spike since the pandemic broke out early last year, while there were 48 more deaths, as per the Delhi health bulletin.

The previous highest single-day spike, 8,593 cases, was reported on November 11, 2020 during the third wave. Delhi had reported 7,897 new cases on Saturday, and 8,521 on Friday. However, the number of samples tested on Saturday was also less.

As per the bulletin, the daily positivity rate was reported at 9.43 per cent, while the number of recoveries stood at 5,158.

With the new cases, Delhi’s Covid tally reached 7,25,197, including 6,79,573 patients who have recovered so far, while the cumulative positivity rate was reported at 4.66 per cent.

The number of active cases stands at 34,341, out of which 17,093 are in home isolation, while the toll has risen to 11,283.

In the last 24 hours, 1,14,288 samples were tested — 76,954 by RT-PCR and 37,334 by Rapid Antigen Tests.

On Sunday, a total of 1,04,862 people were vaccinated in the city out of which 91,099 received their first dose, and 13,763 the second dose.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal said that the fourth wave “is more critical” and appealed to the people to stay at home as much as possible.

The government is taking all possible steps to break the chain of coronavirus, but it cannot do this alone, he added.

“People of Delhi have fought against three waves of Covid-19 in the last one year, but this fourth one is more critical. I would request people to come out from their homes only if there is urgency, otherwise stay at home for a few days. It will help us to break its chain,” he said.

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Odisha Covid-19 Second Wave: Another Model Predicts Peak In May, To Peter Out In June https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-covid-19-second-wave-another-model-predicts-peak-in-may-to-peter-out-in-june-534091 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 15:13:38 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=534091

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will record a massive over 50k new Covid-19 infections in the next 30-days, if the current rate of growth continues, predicts an IIT Delhi Covid-19 researcher. If the outbreak model prediction is to be believed then the second wave in the State will peter out in June. Moreover, predicting the peak of second-wave […]

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COVID19 Vaccination: Odisha Govt Revises Session Timing Due to Heatwave

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will record a massive over 50k new Covid-19 infections in the next 30-days, if the current rate of growth continues, predicts an IIT Delhi Covid-19 researcher.

If the outbreak model prediction is to be believed then the second wave in the State will peter out in June. Moreover, predicting the peak of second-wave in State in May, the model, however, estimates the peak in this round will have lower cases vis-a-vis the first wave.

As per IIT Delhi professor Souri Chatterjee, author of the mathematical model, Odisha with the current rate of growth in daily new cases, is projected to record over 4 lakh cases by May from 3.49 lakh today (April 11).

Simply put, the State is going to add over 50k new cases in the next 30-days. (see the image below).

The mathematical model has also projected daily new cases for Odisha (see the image below).

MODEL PREDICTION ON ACTIVE CASES IN ODISHA

As per the prediction, the active cases in the State during the peak will remain half of what was in the first wave (see the image below).

PREDICTION OF DAILY NEW CASES DURING SECOND PEAK

The mathematical model predicts that unlike the first wave when daily new cases had crossed the 4k mark to touch nearly 4,350, the daily cases in the second wave will hover below 2000 (see the image below)

THE BASIS OF PREDICTION

“All analyses and projections have used simple hyperbolic tangent curves (modified as the logistic curve). Each tiny outbreak is modelled as T/2⋅(1+tanh⁡((x−d)/α)), where T is the total exposure of the outbreak,  is the date,  is an offset,  is nothing but a scaling constant that changes from outbreak to the outbreak because of underlying ground truths,” reads a statement of the Model author.

His elaboration on what is tiny outbreak model?

For example, an outbreak in Dharavi, Mumbai would follow one such trajectory. The complete data for the state will be the sum of many such micro-outbreaks, i.e.⋅(1+tanh(x−diαi))

THE MODEL LIMITATIONS

A close look at the model predictions shows that this is a purely mathematical projection based on the current infection numbers of an aggregate of the tiny outbreaks in a State.

The model, unlike the SUTRA model of IIT Kanpur, didn’t take into account the vital epidemiological factors like – the ‘contact rate’ -means how many people an infected person infects every day, the ‘reach’ or the exposure level in a State and the ratio of detected and undetected cases.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Given the limitations of the model, the probability of the forecast turning true for Odisha looks very limited.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Shortage: Odisha Takes A Jab At Centre, 47 lakh Doses  Delivered, Claims Centre https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-vaccine-shortage-odisha-takes-a-jab-at-centre-47-lakh-doses-delivered-claims-centre-534078 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 13:20:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=534078

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will receive nearly 5.4 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines in two phases during the ‘Tika Utsav’ that get kick-started today across the country. The State Health Department has today again sent an SOS to the Union Health Ministry for immediate replenishment of Covishield consignment, as nearly 900 vaccination centres in the State have […]

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha will receive nearly 5.4 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines in two phases during the ‘Tika Utsav’ that get kick-started today across the country.

The State Health Department has today again sent an SOS to the Union Health Ministry for immediate replenishment of Covishield consignment, as nearly 900 vaccination centres in the State have been shut down for the unavailability of vaccines.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has again dismissed the reports of vaccine shortage in the country. Even, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has raised fingers over vaccine management in the states, including Odisha.

“The Centre is dispatching replenishments to the states as per their requirements. We have no role in the distribution of vaccines on the ground. The vaccine management is in the domain of states,” said a statement of Union Health Minister.

VACCINE DEFICIENCY BEHIND SHUTDOWN SYNDROME?

Data with the Union Health Ministry reveals that since January 16, Odisha to date has received a total of 47.94 lakh doses of Covishield and Covaxin.

The consumption, as per vaccination data with the Odisha Health Department, in the State to date stood at over 42.03 lakh. The remaining vaccine doses in the State is thus estimated at around 5.9 lakh, including nearly 78k Covaixn doses.

Since April 1, Odisha on average has been vaccinating at a rate of over 1.73 lakh per day, the stock will last in the State for nearly 3 days, shows an estimate.

Moreover, highly placed sources in Union Health Ministry informed that nearly 5.4 lakh doses either in a single or in two phases will be dispatched to Odisha in the next 48-hours.

WHY THEN 900 CENTRES WERE SHUTDOWN?

“In the wake of the sudden surge in cases in many districts like Nuapada, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Cuttack and Khurda, the State Health Department on a priority basis has decided to focus vaccination in the hotspot districts,” said a senior NRHM official.

He further added that in the changed scenario, in order to keep the corona curve in control, the vaccination base in the districts have been enlarged.

“The people in the highly-affected districts are very eager to take the jab and offline vaccination are being done in many such districts. This change in strategy is a major reason behind the shutdown of vaccination centres in some low-risk districts,” he explained.

THE ‘TIKA UTSAV’ IN ODISHA

As of today, the State has vaccinated a massive over 6.4 lakh persons, including 2.64 lakh healthcare workers, 1.48 lakh frontline workers and 1.12 lakh 60-plus.

The total vaccinated people in the State now stood at around 5.5 per cent of the total targeted population of 1.16 crore.

The segment wise vaccination rate is as follows:

HEALTHCARE WORKERS: From January 16 to date, Odisha has vaccinated over 75 per cent of its healthcare workers. In the wake of the fast and furious second wave, the rate needs to be pegged up further, feel health experts.

FRONTLINE WORKERS: The proportion of frontline workers who have been vaccinated in the State stood at around 77 per cent.

ELDERLY POPULATION (60+): The vaccination rate of the 60+ population is very poor in Odisha. As of today, over 1.12 lakh or a mere 6 per cent of the over 18.5 lakh elderly population in the State have been vaccinated (means 2 doses given).

THE 45-59 POPULATION: From April 1 to date, a total of over 6.8 lakh jabs have been administered to persons in the age group. Over 5,291 people in the age group who have co-morbidities have been completely vaccinated to date (means 2-doses taken).

The challenge for the State government seems huge as the age group has a total population of over 61 lakh. The full vaccination rate now stood at a measly 0.08 per cent.

THE BOTTOMLINE: However, if the objective of the vaccination exercise in the State is to achieve herd immunity, which as per WHO and US-based CDC is around 70 per cent of the population, then the vaccination target for Odisha will see a quantum jump to over 3.42 crore from the current target of 1.16 crore – means 3-times the present target.

As per highly placed sources, the Union Health Ministry may decide for 70 per cent vaccination in the country in the coming winter (Nov-Dec), when the country will have an array of nearly 5 vaccines from 2 at present.

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COVID19: India Accounts 8.29% Of Global Cases; 5 States Share 70.82% Of Country’s Total Count https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid19-india-accounts-8-29-of-global-cases-5-states-share-70-82-of-countrys-total-count-534023 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 10:43:07 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=534023

New Delhi: Covid-19 pandemic in India registered another alarming trajectory on Sunday with over 11.08 lakh active caseload reported in the last 24 hours–highest ever in the last seven months. Only seven days are short in completion of seven months from September 18 last year when highest ever 10,17,754 active Covid-19 cases were registered in […]

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COVID19: India Accounts 8.29% Of Global Cases; 5 States Share 70.82% Of Country's Total Count

New Delhi: Covid-19 pandemic in India registered another alarming trajectory on Sunday with over 11.08 lakh active caseload reported in the last 24 hours–highest ever in the last seven months.

Only seven days are short in completion of seven months from September 18 last year when highest ever 10,17,754 active Covid-19 cases were registered in India. Now, the active caseload registered till 7 a.m. on Sunday is 11,08,087.

India’s total active caseload now comprises 8.29 per cent of the country’s total positive cases– a net increase of 61,456 cases.

The five states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala cumulatively account for 70.82 per cent of India’s total active cases. Maharashtra alone accounts for 48.57 per cent of the total active caseload of the country. Chhattisgarh is on the second place with 7.75 per cent active caseload, Karnataka 5.57 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 5.31 per cent, Kerala 3.62 per cent and rest of India at 29.18 per cent.

Of these five states, 15 districts in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Maharashtra cumulatively account for 4,60,643 active caseload.

Of these Maharashtra’s Pune tops with maximum of 1,02,115 active caseload followed by Mumbai (89,707), Thane (71,061), Nagpur (56,698) and Nashik (32,811).

Karnataka’s Bengaluru Urban reported highest 44,863 active caseload while Chhattisgarh’s Raipur reported 21,329 such cases followed by Durg (18,008), Rajnandgaon (8,388), Bilaspur (4,759) and Mahasamund (3,847).

Meanwhile, India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,20,81,443 on Sunday with national recovery rate of 90.44 per cent– a figure that gives a bit relief. A total of 90,584 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

The report comes when India’s daily new cases continue to rise with 1,52,879 fresh infections registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have shown a rise in the Covid daily new cases with 80.92 per cent of the total new cases in India.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 55,411. It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 14,098 while Uttar Pradesh reported 12,748 new cases.

However, the daily deaths continue to show an upward trend as 839 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Ten states account for 86.41 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (309). Chhattisgarh follows with 123 daily deaths.

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China Approves New Covid-19 Vaccine For Clinical Trials https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/china-approves-new-covid-19-vaccine-for-clinical-trials-533988 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 07:55:04 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533988

Beijing: A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials. The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, the CNBG said […]

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China Approves New Covid-19 Vaccine For Clinical Trials

Beijing: A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials.

The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, the CNBG said on its official Weibo account on Saturday, Xinhua reported.

The vaccine is based on the structural features of the receptor binding domain (RBD) on the virus’ spike protein (S-protein). It uses genetic engineering to grow harmless copies of the virus S-protein to induce neutralising antibodies.

The company said that recombinant vaccine technology is mature and suitable for large-scale production. The production does not require facilities with high biosafety levels since the process does not involve live viruses.

The recombinant vaccine is the company’s third Covid-19 vaccine. Last December, an inactivated vaccine developed by the Beijing Biological Products Institute Co., Ltd. under CNBG became the first Chinese Covid-19 vaccine to have conditional marketing authorisation.

In February, another inactivated vaccine from the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, a CNBG affiliate, was allowed to enter the market on a conditional basis.

More than 161.12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Friday, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

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India’s COVID-19 Active Cases Breach 11-Lakh Mark For First Time, Record Daily High Of 1,52,879 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/indias-covid-19-active-cases-breach-11-lakh-mark-for-first-time-record-daily-high-of-152879-533945 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 05:16:53 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533945

New Delhi: Hitting another record daily high of 1,52,879 new coronavirus infections, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, while the active cases breached the 11-lakh mark for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll increased to 1,69,275 with […]

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New Delhi: Hitting another record daily high of 1,52,879 new coronavirus infections, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, while the active cases breached the 11-lakh mark for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll increased to 1,69,275 with 839 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 32nd day in row, the active cases increased to 11,08,087 comprising 8.29 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 90.44 per cent, the ministry said.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 and at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,20,81,443, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.27 per cent, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,66,26,850 samples have been tested up to April 10 with 14,12,047 samples being tested on Saturday.

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Odisha’s Covid-19 Active Case Count Nears 8,000-Mark; 1379 New Cases In 24 Hours https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odishas-covid-19-active-case-count-nears-8000-mark-1379-new-cases-in-24-hours-533918 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 03:45:54 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533918

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continued to report 1000-plus Covid-19 cases for the third consecutive day with 1379 new cases being reported from different parts of the State in the last 24 hours. This is another highest single-day spike reported so far this year. State Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR) on Sunday informed that out of the […]

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Odisha's Covid-19 Active Case Count Nears 8,000-Mark; 1379 New Cases In 24 Hours

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continued to report 1000-plus Covid-19 cases for the third consecutive day with 1379 new cases being reported from different parts of the State in the last 24 hours. This is another highest single-day spike reported so far this year.

State Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR) on Sunday informed that out of the total 1379 new cases, 808 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 571 were local contact cases.

Sundargarh reported maximum 317 cases, followed by Khordha (158), Sambalpur (86), Nuapada (90), Nabarangpur (71), Bargarh (68), Cuttack (56), Bolangir (54), Mayurbhanj (49), Puri (43), Jharsuguda (42).

With this, the active Covid-19 caseload in the State surged to 7,979 while 1,926 patients have succumbed to the virus so far. As many as 3,39,603 have been cured or recovered from the disease, as per the data released by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

The State has so far tested a total of 93, 70,359 samples including 31,651 on Saturday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.73 per cent, added the H&FW Department.

Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases, especially in the western belts of the State, the government has sealed its border with Chhattisgarh and intensified patrolling along the interstate boundary.

Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, who visited the western districts of Kalahandi and Nuapada yesterday, has asked officials to reinitialize awareness campaigns, and take strict action against people if they fail to abide by the health protocols.

The State will observe Tika (vaccine) Utsav today following the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier, 2.50 lakh Covishield vaccines reached Odisha on Saturday and the State will get more vaccines in a phased manner, the additional chief secretary of the health department, Pradipta Mohapatra told on Saturday.

(Edited By Vikash Sharma)

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 135 Million Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-135-million-mark-533919 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 03:45:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533919

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 135,181,236 and […]

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 135 Million Mark

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 135,181,236 and 2,926,756, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 31,149,565 and 561,780, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 13,445,006 cases and 351,334 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (13,205,926), France (5,001,685), Russia (4,580,633), the UK (4,382,880), Turkey (3,798,333), Italy (3,754,077), Spain (3,347,512), Germany (2,996,742), Poland (2,552,898), Colombia (2,518,715), Argentina (2,517,300), Mexico (2,278,420) and Iran (2,049,078), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 209,212 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (168,436), the UK (127,324), Italy (113,923), Russia (100,949), France (98,213), Germany (78,346), Spain (76,328), Colombia (65,608), Iran (64,232), Poland (58,176), Argentina (57,647), Peru (54,669) and South Africa (53,256).

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DCGI Alerted About Black Marketing Of Remdesivir https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/dcgi-alerted-about-black-marketing-of-remdesivir-533914 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 03:20:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533914

New Delhi: The government has been alerted about the massive black marketing of Covid drug Remdesivir, which according to some evidence is selling for as high as Rs 50,000, over 10 times of its MRP. In a letter to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), LocalCircles has pointed out that over the last 72 […]

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DCGI Alerted About Black Marketing Of Remdesivir

New Delhi: The government has been alerted about the massive black marketing of Covid drug Remdesivir, which according to some evidence is selling for as high as Rs 50,000, over 10 times of its MRP.

In a letter to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), LocalCircles has pointed out that over the last 72 hours, once again many posts and comments have been received from various cities of India raising similar concerns and some have even quoted the drug selling for as high as Rs 50,000 over 10 times of the MRP of the drug.

“Once again, certain medical shops have been telling buyers that the medicine is in short supply but can be made available if they are ready to pay a premium,” the letter said.

LocalCircles has asked DCGI to take immediate action in this regard and issue necessary directive to all the drug controllers such that there is immediate action against this on the ground.

Local Circles said immediate enforcement needed once again to stop sale of Covid-19 drug Remdesivir above MRP.

On July 6, 2020, LocalCircles had alerted about the rampant black marketing of Covid management drug Remdesivir after hundreds of posts and comments regarding its black marketing were received on this community social media network and 93 per cent consumers wanted to see the government action.

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Odisha Covid-19 Second Wave: Nuapada ‘Critical’, Sundargarh  ‘High-Risk’ As State Caseload Rate Up At 77% https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-covid-19-second-wave-nuapada-critical-sundargarh-high-risk-as-state-caseload-rate-up-at-77-533872 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 14:17:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533872

Bhubaneswar: The second wave in Odisha is apparently growing fast and furious. With the recovery rate slipping to a mere 22 per cent today as against 60 per cent on March 26, and as the caseload rate taking a quantum leap to 77 per cent from a mere 40 per cent on March 18, the […]

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Bhubaneswar: The second wave in Odisha is apparently growing fast and furious. With the recovery rate slipping to a mere 22 per cent today as against 60 per cent on March 26, and as the caseload rate taking a quantum leap to 77 per cent from a mere 40 per cent on March 18, the State is poised to see a big leap in cases in the days to come.

However, like Maharashtra, it’s only three districts in Odisha that have become the three-alarm fire for the State.

While Nuapada is zipping fast towards the ‘critical’ incidence zone, Sundargarh and Bhubaneswar have already in the ‘high-risk’ incidence zone in the State.

WILL NUAPADA TURN ‘CRITICAL’?  

The new daily confirmed cases in the western Odisha district bordering Chhattisgarh have recorded a 5-times jump during the last 4-days. On April 6, the daily new cases were mere 31, the count touched 135 on April 9.

With the quantum surge, the daily confirmed cases per lakh population in the State hovered at over 20. As per WHO, if the total new daily cases cross the value of 25 per lakh, then the Covid-19 incidence in the city/state/district will come under the ‘Critical’ stage.

Even as the recovery rate in the district is higher at 43 per cent vis-a-vis State average of 22 per cent, the gap between caseload rate (CLR) and recovery rate is still very wide as the CLR is estimated at around 57 per cent.

THE EVIDENCE: New cases have been coming from all blocks. Ground reports suggest a rural spread in the district.

WILL ‘HIGH-RISK’ SUNDARGARH DETERIORATE?

This another western Odisha district has been bearing the major burden in State’s rising caseload. With 355 new cases, the district sits at the top in Covid-19 cases.

During the last 4-days, the daily new cases have clocked a near 2.5 times growth. The cases on April 6 were 147, today the tally is 355 new cases.

Given the surge in the district, the daily confirmed cases per lakh people have taken a jump to 15.4 from around 8 on April 6. In a span of 4-days, the Covid-19 incidence in the district has become ‘high-risk’.

The fear of the situation deteriorating further looms large as the recovery rate in the district for the last 4-days stood at below 10 per cent, whereas the caseload is hovering at around 80 per cent.

THE EVIDENCE: Though over 60 per cent of new cases have come from Sundargarh town and Rourkela city, the rural spread looms large as cases have started pouring in a big from villages like Kantabahal, Bisra, Bandega etc.

CORONA SHOWING ‘CAPITAL’ GROWTH IN ODISHA CAPITAL?

The second wave scenario in Bhubaneswar growing acute day by day. A look at the caseload and recovery rate tells the ground tale.

While the daily cases per lakh population today has risen to 14.7 from 12.9 yesterday, the caseload rate in the Capital City jumped to 69 per cent today from 54 per cent on April 6. On the other hand, the recovery rate has slipped to 31 per cent today from  45 per cent on April 6.

The rising gap between caseload and recovery rate in the Smart City indicates challenging days ahead.

THE EVIDENCE: Notwithstanding cases being detected from new localities, a downpour of new cases have also been reported from the clusters like Khandagiri and Nayapalli. As per epidemiologists, the covid-19 spread in the City is happening both horizontally and vertically, which is not a good sign, they opined.

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New Electronic Gadget That Claims Containing Airborne Spread Of COVID19 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/new-electronic-gadget-that-claims-containing-airborne-spread-of-covid19-533815 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 10:41:42 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533815

Kochi: Incubated under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), Allabout Innovations Pvt Ltd has successfully developed an electronic gadget in containing airborne spread of Covid-19 by performing real-time sterilisation. The ‘Wolf Airmkas’ ruptures the SARS-CoV-2, having proven its efficiency at tests conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), an autonomous institute of the Department […]

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New Electronic Gadget That Claims Containing Airborne Spread Of COVID19

Kochi: Incubated under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), Allabout Innovations Pvt Ltd has successfully developed an electronic gadget in containing airborne spread of Covid-19 by performing real-time sterilisation.

The ‘Wolf Airmkas’ ruptures the SARS-CoV-2, having proven its efficiency at tests conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), an autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

RGCB is an ICMR-recognised testing lab. The ‘Wolf Airmask’ is the first of its kind in the country for RGCB to give such an attestation.

The gadget claims to reduce 99 per cent of the novel Coronavirus in just 15 minutes, according to the test held with support from the Indian Council of Medical Research

Allabout Innovations founder Shyam Krishnan Kurup said the company’s appliance, when switched on, will provide 360-degree protection, 24×7 shield by sterilising the air.

“This will also prevent the in-house transmission of viruses inside any space. The negative ions also have proven to enhance health and vitality,” claimed Kurup.

The Wolf Airmask, developed using German technology and with components from Denmark, can be used for 60,000 hours (spanning nine years). Facilitating purification of air up to a space of 1,000 square feet, it requires no service or change of parts.

The new tool will be of benefit to hospitals, laboratories, auditoria (including cinema houses), cafeteria and banks that people frequent .

The Wolf Airmask has the capacity to deactivate the microbes, bacteria and fungus. It brings the ozone production to BDL (below detection level), as per a test with a lab under the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

Founded in August 2020 and headquartered in Alappuzha, Allabout Innovations has been working in association with scientists, entrepreneurs, doctors, engineers, social volunteers and commercial partners to make out sustainable and eco-friendly solutions .

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Five States Account For Over 72 Pc Of Country’s Total Active COVID-19 Cases: Govt https://odishatv.in/nation/five-states-account-for-over-72-pc-of-countrys-total-active-covid-19-cases-govt-533803 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 09:29:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533803

New Delhi: Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala — cumulatively account for 72.23 per cent of the country’s total active COVID-19 cases which have breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-half-months, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. Ten districts including Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Bengaluru Urban, Nashik, Delhi, Raipur, […]

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Five States Account For Over 72 Pc Of Country's Total Active COVID-19 Cases: Govt

New Delhi: Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala — cumulatively account for 72.23 per cent of the country’s total active COVID-19 cases which have breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-half-months, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

Ten districts including Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Bengaluru Urban, Nashik, Delhi, Raipur, Durg and Aurangabad account for 45.65 per cent of the total active cases which have climbed to 10,46,631 and now comprise 7.93 per cent of the total infections, it said.

A net increase of 67,023 cases have been recorded in the total active cases in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra alone accounts for 51.23 per cent of the total active cases in the country, the ministry said.

Ten states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan — have shown a steep rise in the daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 82.82 per cent of the new infections, it said.

India registered a record single-day spike of 1,45,384 new coronavirus infections on Saturday taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,32,05,926,

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 58,993. It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 11,447 cases while Uttar Pradesh reported 9,587 new cases.

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,19,90,859 with 77,567 recoveries being registered in a day.

“Daily Deaths continue to show an upward trend. A total of 794 deaths were reported in a span of 24 hours,” the ministry said, highlighting that 10 states account for 86.78 per cent of the new deaths.

Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties at 301 followed by Chhattisgarh (91).

Twelve states and union territories have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said.

These are Puducherry, Ladakh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Arunachal Pradesh, it said.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 9.80 crore, the ministry said.

Cumulatively, 9,80,75,160 vaccine doses have been administered through 14,75,410 sessions till 7 am, according to the provisional report.

These include 89,88,373 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 54,79,821 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 98,67,330 FLWs who have received the first dose, 46,59,035 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Besides, 3,86,53,105 and 15,90,388 beneficiaries aged above 60 have been administered the first and second dose respectively and 2,82,55,044 and 5,82,064 beneficiaries aged between 45 to 60 received the first and second dose respectively.

Eight states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala account for 60.62 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country, the ministry said.

Over 34 lakh vaccination doses were administered in a span of 24 hours, it said.

As on day-84 of the vaccination drive (April 9), 34,15,055 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 30,06,037 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 46,207 sessions for the first dose and 4,09,018 beneficiaries received the second dose of the vaccine.

In terms of the number of daily doses administered globally, India continues to remain at the top with an average of 38,93,288 doses administered per day. PTI PLB

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TTE Succumbs To Coronavirus In Patna, Railway Staff In Panic https://odishatv.in/nation/tte-succumbs-to-coronavirus-in-patna-railway-staff-in-panic-533761 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 07:21:51 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533761

Patna: Death of a Patna railway station Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) due to coronavirus has spread panic amid the other railway staff in all the stations of the district especially at Patna Junction, Danapur, Patliputra and Rajendra Nagar Terminal. The deceased, Samit Kumar Chandravansi, tested positive a few days ago and underwent treatment in railway […]

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TTE Succumbs To Coronavirus In Patna, Railway Staff In Panic

Patna: Death of a Patna railway station Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) due to coronavirus has spread panic amid the other railway staff in all the stations of the district especially at Patna Junction, Danapur, Patliputra and Rajendra Nagar Terminal.

The deceased, Samit Kumar Chandravansi, tested positive a few days ago and underwent treatment in railway hospital Karbigahiya in Patna.

Earlier, three more railway employees including chief booking observer Subhash Singh, reservation observer R S Pandey and 17 passengers travelling in Kurla-Patna express also tested positive for coronavirus. The railway officials are admitted in the railway hospital.

Keeping in view of the massive re-migration of labourers from Maharashtra, East Central Railway has been running four pairs of special trains apart from regular express trains from Lokmanya Tilak terminal, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal and Pune to Danapur, Patliputra and Darbhanga.

In another incident, a 11-year-old boy also succumbed to the deadly virus at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).

The deceased, identified as Aryan Kumar, was a native of Bihar Jahanabad district. He tested positive a week ago and was admitted to the dedicated Covid ward of NMCH.

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India’s COVID-19 Tally Climbs To 1,32,05,926 With Over 1.45 Lakh Fresh Cases https://odishatv.in/nation/indias-covid-19-tally-climbs-to-13205926-with-over-1-45-lakh-fresh-cases-533727 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:37:41 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533727

New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday. The number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months, while the death toll due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,68,436 with 794 more fatalities, the […]

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India's COVID-19 Tally Climbs To 1,32,05,926 With Over 1.45 Lakh Fresh Cases

New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months, while the death toll due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,68,436 with 794 more fatalities, the highest since October 18 last year, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 31st day in a row, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 10,46,631, accounting for 7.93 per cent of its total caseload, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 90.80 per cent.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12, accounting for only 1.25 per cent of the total number of cases in the country.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,19,90,859, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.28 per cent, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23, the 40-lakh mark on September 5 and the 50-lakh mark on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,52,14,803 samples have so far been tested in the country for the viral disease, including 11,73,219 on Friday.

The 794 fresh fatalities include 301 from Maharashtra, 91 from Chhattisgarh, 56 from Punjab, 46 from Karnataka, 42 from Gujarat, 39 from Delhi, 36 from Uttar Pradesh, 32 from Rajasthan, 23 each from Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 22 from Kerala, 17 from Jharkhand and 11 each from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.

Of the total number of 1,68,436 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country, Maharashtra accounts for 57,329, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,863), Karnataka (12,813), Delhi (11,196), West Bengal (10,378), Uttar Pradesh (9,039), Punjab (7,390) and Andhra Pradesh (7,279).

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that a state-wise distribution of the figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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Covid-19 Situation Worsens In Odisha: 2 Deaths, 1374 Test Positive In Last 24 Hours https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-situation-worsens-in-odisha-1374-test-positive-in-last-24-hours-533704 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 03:59:05 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533704

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 tally in Odisha jumped to 3,48,182 on Saturday after 1,374 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise this year, while the death toll rose to 1926 with the death of two more patients in the last 24 hours in the State informed the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) […]

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Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 tally in Odisha jumped to 3,48,182 on Saturday after 1,374 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise this year, while the death toll rose to 1926 with the death of two more patients in the last 24 hours in the State informed the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

Of the new cases detected from 28 districts of the State today, 812 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 562 were local transmission cases, said a data released by the Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR).

Sundargarh reported the highest 355 cases followed by Khorhda (193), Nuapada (135), Sambalpur (77), Bargarh (59), Jharsuguda (52), Cuttack (51), Rayagada (47) and Kalahandi (45).

With the inclusion of Saturday’s figure, the number of active coronavirus cases in the State surged to 7,003 while 3,39,200 patients have been cured or recovered from the disease, as per the data released by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department on Saturday.

The State has so far tested a total of 93,38,708 samples including 33,996 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, with Odisha’s daily Covid-19 cases witnessing a sudden surge, the State government has made it compulsory for incoming railway passengers to produce a negative RT-PCR report on their arrival.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) has made it clear that RT-PCR test report will be mandatory for the railway passengers coming to Odisha from today. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.73 per cent, a data released by the State Health and Family Welfare department stated.

The report should be obtained not more than 72 hours before entry into the State. Besides a Covid-19 negative report, a person can also produce a final vaccination certificate, an official order stated.

Earlier, the Special Relief Commissioner’s office has issued an order that people coming to Odisha by any public transport, such as train, bus, aeroplane or waterways will have to produce a negative RT-PCR report.

The State government has also suspended all public transport from Odisha to Chhattisgarh and vice versa till April 30. The transport department has been asked to set up border check points at strategic locations and border entry points to manage the entry of incoming persons.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 134.5 Million, Deaths Over 2.91 Million https://odishatv.in/world/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-134-5-million-deaths-over-2-91-million-533734 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 03:45:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533734

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 134,519,292 and […]

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 134.5 Million, Deaths Over 2.91 Million

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 134,519,292 and 2,914,285, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 31,082,621 and 561,052, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 13,373,174 cases and 348,718 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (13,060,542), France (5,000,314), Russia (4,572,053), the UK (4,380,167), Turkey (3,745,657), Italy (3,736,526), Spain (3,347,512), Germany (2,977,299), Poland (2,528,006), Colombia (2,504,206), Argentina (2,497,881), Mexico (2,272,064) and Iran (2,029,412), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 207,020 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (167,642), the UK (127,284), Italy (113,579), Russia (100,554), France (98,202), Germany (78,165), Spain (76,328), Colombia (65,283), Iran (64,039), Poland (57,427), Argentina (57,350), Peru (54,285) and South Africa (53,226).

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Covid-19 Second Wave: Bhubaneswar In Odisha Turns ‘High Risk’, Know The Hot Spots https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-second-wave-bhubaneswar-in-odisha-turns-high-risk-know-the-hot-spots-533615 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:20:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533615

Bhubaneswar: The second wave of corona virus seems to have hit the State Capital in a big way. With the number of new cases per lakh people in the Smart City taking a leap from over 8 cases per lakh population to around 12.9 today, the City has been designated as a high risk one. […]

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Bhubaneswar: The second wave of corona virus seems to have hit the State Capital in a big way. With the number of new cases per lakh people in the Smart City taking a leap from over 8 cases per lakh population to around 12.9 today, the City has been designated as a high risk one.

HIGH RISK BHUBANESWAR

With the new case detection remaining above 100 for the last three-days, the incidence of Covid-19 in the Smart City has moved to ‘High Risk’ from ‘Medium-Risk’ in the early days of April.

As per WHO Epidemic incidence norms,  if a state or a city report more than 10 cases but less than 25 new Covid-19 cases daily, then the incidence of the coronavirus is considered to be of high risk.

As per the data analysis, the number of daily new cases per lakh people in the Smart City was at around 8.2 (a medium risk incidence), however, since yesterday the new cases detected per lakh people has increased to around 12.9 – which as per WHO epidemic norm is a high-risk city.  

THE INFECTION CURVE

The big worry for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Authorities (BMC) is the high Daily Infection Rate (DIR). With a fewer recoveries, the DIR has remained unusually high in the Smart City.

While the DIR at the beginning of April stood at around 10.6 per cent, the same has risen to around 21 per cent by April 4. The DIR today is estimated at 14.3 per cent. The average DIR for the last 7-days is estimated at around 13.7 per cent.

As per WHO, DIR above 1 per cent means the transmission is brisk in the area and large-scale testing is necessary to immediately trace the infected persons.

In contrast, the DIR in Bhubaneswar is in double digits, which is considered very explosive.

HOTSPOTS IN BHUBANESWAR

As in the first wave, in the second wave too, Bhubaneswar had a very high proportion of local contact cases. But the twist in the tale this time around is when during the peak period of first wave in the City, the proportion of local contact case was in the range of 62-69 per cent, the local transmission cases currently remain higher.

The data for the month of March and April reveal that the average proportion has increased to around 78 per cent.

Amidst a higher scale of local transmission, the daily caseload data of BMC reveals big. Though the daily new cases are coming from around 75 per cent of the cityscape, the burden of major caseload is being borne by only 3 localities in the city. They are: Nayapalli, Khandagiri and Old Town.

Data shows since April 1, Bhubaneswar has reported a total of 743 new cases. And the three localities contribute nearly 16 per cent of the total caseload detected since April 1.

Nayapalli locality has contributed as many as 50 new local contact cases since April, Khandagiri follows with a share burden of 44 and Old town chipped in with a figure of 33 during the April first week.

WHY CHALLENGING FOR BMC?

The Covid-19 control was easy in the first wave for BMC as they go for containment zone if a locality had large number of positive cases (Saheed Nagar was declared containment zone with mere 25 cases).

However, the twist now is Centre has directed all states and Civic authorities to go for micro-containment, not containment zones. It’s this which is proving an Achilles hill for the BMC to control the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the city.

THE BOTTOMLINE: Centre has asked all high risk zones to go for widespread RTPCR tests to immediately identify the infected ones and isolate them to break the transmission cycle.  

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Odisha Covid-19 Second Wave Peak Likely In May 1st Week, State In Pre-Peak  Stage Now https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-covid-19-second-wave-peak-likely-in-may-1st-week-state-in-pre-peak-stage-now-533601 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:54:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533601

Bhubaneswar: Spreading like a forest fire, the second wave of coronavirus in Odisha has virtually entered the pre-peak phase in just 48-days.  Given the brisk rise, the State will be witnessing the peak in May first week only. SECOND WAVE IN A HURRY? When in the first wave, Odisha took nearly 103 days to cross […]

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Bhubaneswar: Spreading like a forest fire, the second wave of coronavirus in Odisha has virtually entered the pre-peak phase in just 48-days.  Given the brisk rise, the State will be witnessing the peak in May first week only.

SECOND WAVE IN A HURRY?

When in the first wave, Odisha took nearly 103 days to cross the 1k – mark, the State crossed the 1000 count in just 48 days during the ongoing second wave.

On February 19, the daily new confirmed cases in the State were 53. The count breached the 1k-mark to a total of 1282 on April 8. In contrast, during the first wave, the State had crossed the 50-mark on April 10 and breached the 1k-mark on July 22.

As per a senior health department official, the long-time taken to cross the 1k per day or enter the pre-peak period during the wave-one need to be seen in the context of unprecedented events like nearly 60-days lockdown. The lockdowns have delayed the pre-peak stage, he observed.

WHEN WILL BE THE SECOND WAVE PEAK?

“After making into the pre-peak phase, the State took mere 54 days to have the peak during the first wave.” disclosed a senior State health department official.

He, however, outlined that as the conditions in the second wave are different – the strain is having a rapid growth this time plus there is no lockdown like conditions – it is assumed that the second wave peak will come to Odisha as early as the first week of May.

WILL THE DAILY CASES SURPASS WAVE-ONE PEAK?

Epidemiologists in the Odisha National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) believe that unlike an average of around 4,153 cases daily during the first wave, the second wave peak in the State may see the average daily cases hovering in the range of 5.5k.

As of today, the last 7-days (April 2-8) average of daily new cases stood at around 719, which is nearly 17 per cent of the average daily cases of 4,153 during the 7-day peak period in September 2020.

Though the gap is still long, the rapid-fire growth hints that the State may record a bigger peak in May first week, they observed.

IS THE SECOND WAVE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS?

A look at the daily Test Positive Ratio (TPR) bares it all. In the pre-peak phase of the first wave, Odisha had a TPR of over 4 per cent when the total tests were around 48-49k.

The sheer contagiousness is to the fore today as the State has recorded a TPR of 4.4 per cent when the total tests stood at just around 29,081.

Nail the contagiousness this time. What seems significant is when the tests conducted today has been nearly 7 per cent less vis-a-vis the previous day, the new daily cases have posted a big leap of 47 per cent.

The high jump in daily cases despite lower tests convey how fast the corona curve is moving in the State.

IS THE 2K-MARK COMING SOON?

As per NRHM epidemiologists, the second wave growth rate in State gives all indications that Odisha may breach the 2k cases per day mark within the next 10 days.

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Peltzman Effect: Why Covid Cases Are Soaring After Jabs https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/peltzman-effect-why-covid-cases-are-soaring-after-jabs-533463 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:05:50 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533463

New Delhi: An increasing number of people, including doctors, are testing positive from the Covid-19 infections even after taking both doses of vaccinated. The reason could be an increase in the risk-taking behaviour, prompted by the rollout of vaccines against the deadly virus, better understood as the “Peltzman Effect”. Peltzman Effect has been termed after […]

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New Delhi: An increasing number of people, including doctors, are testing positive from the Covid-19 infections even after taking both doses of vaccinated. The reason could be an increase in the risk-taking behaviour, prompted by the rollout of vaccines against the deadly virus, better understood as the “Peltzman Effect”.

Peltzman Effect has been termed after Sam Peltzman, an economist at the University of Chicago, who first described it in 1975. According to the theory, when safety measures are mandated, people’s perception of risk decreases, making them take riskier decisions.

Peltzman postulated about mandating the use of seatbelts in automobiles, leading to more accidents. It implies that safety perception increases risk appetite. In other terms, people become more careful when they sense greater risk and less careful if they feel more protected, according to his theory.

Similarly, in the case of Covid-19, vaccines are giving a sense of security, leading to increased risky behaviour, that is low adherence to preventive measures — mask usage, social distancing and hand sanitisation.

While it is a known fact that vaccines neither give immediate protection or full protection (against infection as against death), the sense of security unfortunately starts much earlier, even before the actual injection: people wear masks with less caution, do not maintain distance as soon as they reach vaccination centres — the Peltzman effect.

The increase in the number of people being innoculated gives rise to a “misplaced sense of security in ‘herd immunity’ long before widespread immunity is truly present,” said doctors from New York University’s Langone Health in a comprehensive review of the Peltzman Effect, published in the ACP Journals on March 2.

As a result “…the very optimism that is necessary to encourage widespread acceptance of the vaccine will undoubtedly contribute to the overconfidence” and lead people to forgo the preventive measures.

“Consciously or not, even those who have not received a Covid-19 vaccine may forgo masks and social distancing if they know that others are receiving the vaccine,” the doctors added.

Although pandemic fatigue is a reason for low adherence to preventive measures, the Peltzman effect cannot be ignored. The theory is also evident in the drastic decline in the usage of PPE kits by the healthcare workers.

This risk-taking behaviour can be dangerous for general public. But for a health care worker dealing directly with Covid-19 patients, it can prove detrimental and impair the health care services, as is seen in the recent report of 37 doctors in a Delhi hospital testing positive even after taking both doses. The doctors, reportedly, got infected while attending to Covid-19 patients at the hospital.

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Increased Exposure To Sunlight May Lower Covid Deaths: Study https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/increased-exposure-to-sunlight-may-lower-covid-deaths-study-533490 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:02:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533490

London: Increased exposure to the Sun’s rays, specifically UVA, can be a simple public health intervention to prevent mortality rates from Covid-19, say researchers, who found that sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from the deadly virus. Ultraviolet UVA rays make up 95 per cent of the Sun’s UV light and can penetrate more […]

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London: Increased exposure to the Sun’s rays, specifically UVA, can be a simple public health intervention to prevent mortality rates from Covid-19, say researchers, who found that sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from the deadly virus.

Ultraviolet UVA rays make up 95 per cent of the Sun’s UV light and can penetrate more deeply into the skin.

People living in areas with the highest level of exposure to UVA rays had a lower risk of death from Covid-19 compared to those with lower levels, revealed the study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The analysis was repeated in England and Italy with the same results.

However, the reduction in death risk could not be explained by higher levels of vitamin D, said researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

But nitric oxide released by the skin due to sunlight exposure could be a reason as this can likely reduce the ability of SARS CoV2, the virus causing Covid-19, to replicate, as has been found in some lab studies, they noted.

Previous studies have established the link between increased sunlight exposure and improved cardiovascular health, with lower blood pressure and fewer heart attacks. With heart disease being a known risk factor for mortality rate from Covid-19, this could also explain the latest findings.

The team compared all recorded deaths from Covid-19 in the US from January to April 2020 with UV levels for 2,474 US counties for the same time period.

Due to the observational nature of the study, it is not possible to establish cause and effect. However, it may lead to interventions that could be tested as potential treatments, the researchers said.

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India Records Highest Daily Spike Of Over 1.31 Lakh COVID-19 Cases https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/india-records-highest-daily-spike-of-over-1-31-lakh-covid-19-cases-533414 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 05:23:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533414

New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing its infection tally to 1,30,60,542, while the death toll increased to 1,67,642 with 780 more fatalities in a day, highest since October 18, the Union Health Ministry data showed. Registering a steady increase for the 30th day in a […]

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New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing its infection tally to 1,30,60,542, while the death toll increased to 1,67,642 with 780 more fatalities in a day, highest since October 18, the Union Health Ministry data showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 30th day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases increased to 9,79,608, which is 7.5 per cent of the total infections, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The recovery rate in the country has further dropped to 91.22 per cent, it added.

The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,19,13,292, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.28 per cent, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28 last year, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,40,41,584 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country so far, including 13,64,205 on Thursday.

The 780 new fatalities include 376 from Maharashtra, 94 from Chhattisgarh, 56 from Punjab, 39 from Uttar Pradesh, 36 from Karnataka, 35 from Gujarat, 27 from Madhya Pradesh, 24 from Delhi, 19 from Tamil Nadu, 18 from Kerala and 11 from Haryana.

A total of 1,67,642 deaths due to the disease have been reported so far in the country. The figure includes 57,028 fatalities from Maharashtra, 12,840 from Tamil Nadu, 12,767 from Karnataka, 11,157 from Delhi, 10,370 from West Bengal, 9,003 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,334 from Punjab and 7,268 from Andhra Pradesh.

The Union Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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Scientists Predict 2nd Covid Wave To Peak Between April 15-20 https://odishatv.in/nation/scientists-predict-2nd-covid-wave-to-peak-between-april-15-20-533396 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:59:44 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533396

Kanpur: Scientists are now working on a mathematical model to examine the Covid-19 spread and have predicted that the current second wave will peak somewhere between April 15-20 and then see a decline. The number of ‘active’ symptomatic cases during this period would hit a high, roughly a week later, at the same level of […]

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Kanpur: Scientists are now working on a mathematical model to examine the Covid-19 spread and have predicted that the current second wave will peak somewhere between April 15-20 and then see a decline.

The number of ‘active’ symptomatic cases during this period would hit a high, roughly a week later, at the same level of around 10 lakh cases that the country had seen in September last year, said the scientists.

They have predicted after using a mathematical model that the ongoing second-wave of Covid-19 pandemic across the country may see a steep decline by the end of May.

During the first wave of Covid-19 infections across India, the mathematical approach, named ‘SUTRA’, predicted that the initial surge of infections in August would peak by September and lower in February 2021.

Scientists, including Prof. Manindra Agrawal from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, applied the model to predict the trajectory of the current surge in infections and found that the number of daily new infections was likely to peak in mid-April for this ongoing pandemic wave.

Prof. Agrawal in the IIT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was involved with the national ‘super model’ initiative, and said that the peak is expected to see between 80,000-90,000 new infections per day.

“We will cross the peak (during April 15-20) and then there will be very a sharp drop over the next 15-20 days,” said Agrawal.

The national ‘super model’ had in October last year predicted the pandemic can be controlled by early 2021 with “minimal active symptomatic infections” in February.

Asked about the possible explanation of the second wave, Agrawal said there were two reasons or possibly the combination of the two, that might explain what changed in February which could make it for the sharp rise.

He said that it could be due to gatherings linked to opening up of schools, colleges and other working areas where people became comparatively more careless, and the fact that there are some mutations which are spreading faster.

However, like with the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the trajectory of fresh infections would depend on a lot of other factors including measures rolled out by the government and adherence to safety protocols by the public.

A warning in the original prediction by the expert committee in their super model may still apply if the number of Covid-19 cases starts declining in the fourth week of April.

The warning was: “However, this number will start rising again if proper practices of masking, disinfecting, tracing, and quarantine are not followed. The downward trend will continue only if we continue with above practices.”

In the mathematical model used to predict the Covid wave, there are parameters which measure the rate of spread or the contact rate which may explain how many people could be infected on an average by one infected person.

Agrawal noted that the model uses three main parameters to predict the course of the pandemic.

The first is called Beta, or contact rate, which measures how many people an infected person infects per day. It is related to the R-naught value, which is the number of people an infected person spreads the virus to over the course of their infection.

The other two parameters, he explained, are ‘Reach’, which is a measure of exposure level of the population to the pandemic, and ‘Epsilon’ which is the ratio of detected and undetected cases.

“The contact rate had doubled in March and that may be contributing to the very steep rise,” said Agrawal.

The ‘super model’ in October had come out with ‘conditional’ prediction. It had predicted that the Covid-19 would be completely under control provided people continue to observe the same precautions such as practices of masking, disinfecting, tracing, and quarantine

However, the IIT Kanpur professor added that the prediction of the new peak is sensitive to the daily new infections data.

Even a little bit of change each day, causes the peak numbers to change by several thousand numbers.

“The reason we had to introduce ‘Reach’ is that unlike earlier pandemics which start at a location and suddenly spread fast across a place, but in Covid the spread of the pandemic has been slower due to the many protective measures in place,” Agrawal explained.

He further said that the ‘Epsilon’ helps factor in the number of asymptomatic infections across the country. “We try to estimate the undetected and asymptomatic infections,” he added.

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Odisha Reports 1,282 Covid-19 Cases, 1 Death In 24 Hours https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-reports-1282-covid-19-cases-1-death-in-24-hours-533392 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:51:26 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533392

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 tally in Odisha jumped to 3,46,808 on Friday when 1,282 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise this year, while the death toll rose to 1924 with the death of one patient in the last 24 hours in the State, informed the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department. […]

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Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 tally in Odisha jumped to 3,46,808 on Friday when 1,282 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise this year, while the death toll rose to 1924 with the death of one patient in the last 24 hours in the State, informed the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

The State had last posted over 1200 cases on November 11, 2020 when 1220 people had tested positive for the virus, 703 from quarantine and 517 local contacts.

Of the new cases detected from 28 districts of the State today, 755 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 527 were local transmission cases, said a data released by the Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR).

The death was reported from Ganjam district. Sundargarh reported the highest 224 cases followed by Khorhda (192), Kalahandi (108), Bargarh (84), Sambalpur (82), Nuapada (82), Cuttack (63), Mayurbhanj (52), Angul (49) and Bolangir (45).

With the inclusion of Friday’s figure, the number of active coronavirus cases in the State surged to 5941 while 3,38,890 patients have been cured or recovered from the disease, as per the data released by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department on Friday.

The State has so far tested a total of 93,04,712 samples including 29,081 on Thursday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.73 per cent, a data released by the State Health and Family Welfare department stated.

Meanwhile, tightening the curbs to stem the spread of novel-Coronavirus, the Odisha government on Thursday made RT-PCR test mandatory for people coming to the State from other states.

“RT-PCR test is must for those coming to the State from other states. Those not undergoing test will have to stay in quarantine for seven days,” said State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das on Thursday.

On the other hand, amid the steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the western parts of the State, the State government had requested the railway board to cancel all passenger train services to neighbouring Chhattisgarh with effect from April 10.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 133.7 Million https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-133-7-million-533388 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:33:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533388

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 133.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.90 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 133,796,725 and […]

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Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 133.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.90 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 133,796,725 and 2,900,922, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 31,000,053 and 560,084, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 13,279,857 cases and 345,025 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (12,928,574), France (5,000,023), Russia (4,563,026), the UK (4,384,954), Italy (3,717,602), Turkey (3,689,866), Spain (3,336,637), Germany (2,966,789), Poland (2,499,507), Colombia (2,492,081), Argentina (2,473,751), Mexico (2,267,019) and Iran (2,006,934), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 206,146 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (166,862), the UK (127,224), Italy (112,861), Russia (100,158), France (98,196), Germany (78,049), Spain (76,179), Colombia (65,014), Iran (63,884), Argentina (57,122), Poland (56,659), Peru (53,978) and South Africa (53,173).

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US Reports Over 20,000 Coronavirus Variants Infections https://odishatv.in/world/us-reports-over-20000-coronavirus-variants-infections-533376 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 02:42:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533376

Washington: The United States has recorded more than 20,000 infection cases of coronavirus variants, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of those variants cases, 19,554 cases were caused by the variant known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in Britain, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. There were […]

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Washington: The United States has recorded more than 20,000 infection cases of coronavirus variants, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of those variants cases, 19,554 cases were caused by the variant known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in Britain, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

There were 424 cases of a new strain initially discovered in South Africa, called B.1.351, and 434 cases of the P.1 strain first discovered in Brazil.

In addition, the B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants, two coronavirus strains first detected in the U.S. state of California, are also being closely monitored by the CDC.

The five coronavirus strains are currently classified by the CDC as “variants of concern,” as evidence shows an increase in their transmissibility, increased hospitalizations or deaths, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, and diagnostic detection failures.

Even as the country picks up its Covid-19 vaccination pace, the coronavirus variants are spreading rapidly, and experts warn the variants infections could potentially stall the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

The B.1.1.7 variant is “now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” said CDC Director Rachelle Walensky on Wednesday.

“Testing remains an important strategy to rapidly identify and isolate infectious individuals, including those with variants of concern,” she said.

Walensky said earlier the B.1.1.7 strain was starting to become the predominant strain in many regions of the United States, accounting for 26 percent of COVID-19 cases circulating across the nation.

She urged the public to continue pandemic safety measures, such as washing hands, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Walensky said the United States must accelerate its vaccination efforts.

About 174 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered by Thursday, while more than 229 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been distributed across the country.

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden announced that all American adults will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks.

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Covid-19 Vaccine: Know All About Jab Politics When Odisha Cries Shortage And Centre Says No https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-vaccine-know-all-about-jab-politics-when-odisha-cries-shortage-and-centre-says-no-533322 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:00:06 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533322

Bhubaneswar: Odisha today has shut down nearly half of its vaccination centres citing the reason that it has run out of vaccines. It accuses the Centre of not replenishing the vaccine stock the State urgently needed. On the other hand, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today again reiterated that there is no shortage of vaccines. […]

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha today has shut down nearly half of its vaccination centres citing the reason that it has run out of vaccines. It accuses the Centre of not replenishing the vaccine stock the State urgently needed.

On the other hand, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today again reiterated that there is no shortage of vaccines. Each state will get replenishments on time. He chided all the states to not create panic.

In the face of accusations and rebuttals, the time is ripe to take a reality check.

ODISHA CASE

As per State Health Department, Odisha had a stock of 5.34 lakh doses of Covishield – the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India – in its inventory.

Since the State is giving the shot to nearly 2.5 lakh beneficiaries, the stock will last for only 2-more days. And the State will have no vaccine to administer from April 9.

Expressing concern over the likely impact on immunisation exercise, the State demanded a fresh replenishment of 25 lakh doses for the next 10-days.

“Due to shortage of vaccine, we closed nearly 700 vaccination centres in the state (Odisha has over 1400 functional sites) on Wednesday,” said State Health Minister Naba Das.

Earlier, Odisha had complained about not discriminating against State in vaccine supply, which was strongly rebutted by the Union Health Ministry then.

A REALITY CHECK?

When the vaccine supply has become a sort of political football between BJP-led Centre and Opposition ruled states, including Odisha, the time is apt to take a reality check.

ODISHA DISCRIMINATED?

The vaccines are not allocated an equal number of doses to all states. The allotment of doses to states is guided by the criteria of the population of a state or a UT and its pace of vaccination.

The pace of vaccination in Odisha is good. But Odisha received fewer doses than Bihar, Gujarat or Maharashtra because the population is less comparatively.

WHY ODISHA CLOSED 700 CENTRES?

The State has closed today 700 vaccination centres not because the Centre has backed down from delivering the promised stock.

  • Rather, the fact is Odisha has recently affected a sharp increase in its daily vaccination capacity. From the 1-lakh target earlier, the target raised to 2.5-3 lakh since April 1.
  • For this, the vaccines supplied by the Centre based on earlier requirement have run out of stock early.
  • Recently, after such demand from many states, the Centre has warned them against hoarding vaccines.

WHAT THE WHO SAYS?

What WHO, the apex global health body, says?

” The time between the date of ordering vaccines and the date when you collect them may not be as soon as one would wish it to be. There may be an increase in vaccine demand that one wants to respond to quickly, but you may find there are unexpected delays in restocking. Therefore, you should always aim to keep a minimum amount of vaccine in stock. A minimum stock level is to be maintained, which is usually, 25 per cent of the total vaccine needs for the supply period.

THE BOTTOMLINE: The 700 centres were closed down as the State failed to implement the WHO vaccine management protocol. The reason is with the second wave hitting more virulently, Odisha plans to immunise the targeted population at the earliest to control the rising Covid-19 curve in the State. Therefore, the situation has come to such a pass.

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Covid-19 second Wave: Is Odisha Testing Less? https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/covid-19-second-wave-is-odisha-testing-less-533316 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:31:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533316

Bhubaneswar: Even after testing 474 fewer samples today, Odisha has posted 88 more confirmed Covid-19 cases indicating the rapid transmission in the State. The moot point, therefore, this fact throws is – Odisha conducting enough tests? As per WHO, if the TPR (test positive rate) remains below 5 per cent for two consecutive weeks, then […]

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Bhubaneswar: Even after testing 474 fewer samples today, Odisha has posted 88 more confirmed Covid-19 cases indicating the rapid transmission in the State. The moot point, therefore, this fact throws is – Odisha conducting enough tests?

As per WHO, if the TPR (test positive rate) remains below 5 per cent for two consecutive weeks, then this signals that the epidemic is withering out and the tests conducted are sufficient.

But the thumb rule of WHO cannot be applied to Odisha for the fact that the TPR is increasing at a rapid pace in the State. From around 0.6 per in mid-March, the TPR today increased to over 2.5 per cent. Rather, this fact asks for more tests in the State.

DOES ODISHA NEED A BOOST?

During the last 7-days, the average Covid-19 tests conducted in the State has been estimated at around 28,657. And of which around 11,000 tests were the gold standard tests (RTPCR). Highly placed sources put the RT-PCR positive rate in the State double that of RAT (Rapid Antigen Test).

In the above context, how many RT-PCR tests the State needs?

Citing the epidemiology criterion, the Harvard Global Health Institute Group has specified that with no social distancing, an infected case has at least 19 close contacts. Gold standard tests need to be conducted for all the close contacts traced, it observed.

By that yardstick, today Odisha had detected 879 new cases, therefore, the RT-PCR tests required stood at over 16.7k.

Taking a serious note of the low RT-PCR proportion, the Centre has asked the State to increase it to over 70 per cent. In Odisha, currently, the share of RT-PCR is a mere 40 per cent.

As per a senior health department official, Odisha had conducted a maximum of 15,000 RT-PCR tests during the September peak in the first wave. And during the peak, the total tests the State conducted stood at around 48k.

The data of wave 1 peak also reveals that the RT-PCR proportion in Odisha then had been averaged at around 40 per cent.

IS 40% RIGHT FOR ODIHSA?

Explaining the rationale behind lower RT-PCR, the senior health official informed that the strategy adopted by the State is gold standard tests are being conducted for both the asymptomatic and symptomatic cases provided they are direct and high-risk contacts.

RAT is being conducted on low-risk contacts, he informed.

WHO ARE HIGH-RISK CONTACTS?

  • Contacts living in the same household as the case.
  • Anyone in close proximity (within 1 meter) of the confirmed case without precautions
  • Touched or cleaned the linens, clothes, or dishes of the patient.
  • Had direct physical contact with the body of the patient including physical examination without PPE.
  • A passenger in close proximity (within 1 meter) of a conveyance with a symptomatic person who later tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Touched body fluids of the case without appropriate PPE

LOW-RISK CONTACTS Are the ones who don’t fit into the above criteria.

However, the Union Health Ministry says that this time around the RT-PCR proportion need to stay above 70 per cent, as the infection is spreading faster in the second wave.

RT-PCR PROPORTION STATE-WISE

During the period of March 31 to April 6, the state-wise RT-PCR share in total tests is given below.

  • Tamil Nadu – 98.1 per cent Tests are RT-PCR
  • Karnataka – 93.7 per cent
  • Haryana -91.5 per cent
  • Chandigarh – 81.4 per cent (At present has lower Active case than Odisha)
  • Punjab – 76 per cent
  • Madhya Pradesh – 73.9 per cent
  • Delhi – 63.6 per cent
  • Kerala – 45.7 per cent
  • Chhattisgarh – 30.6 per cent
  • Gujarat – 27 per cent.

The Centre has asked Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh to increase the proportion to over 70 per cent at the earliest.

Since the cases are on the up-slope stage, RTPCR tests need to be ramped up higher in high-risk districts, the WHO and CDC’s (Centre for Disease Control) thumb-rule for Covid-19 testing prescribes so.

TESTS PER MILLION CHART

In the yardstick that shows how broad-based the tests in a state, Odisha stands at the bottom among major states. Details Below.

Odisha: Daily Tests per million on April 7 -663.6.

  • Delhi: 7,98,179
  • Gujarat – 1939
  • Telangana – 1886.9
  • Maharashtra: 1,880
  • Chhattisgarh – 1438
  • Haryana – 1,128
  • Tamil Nadu – 1022
  • Uttar Pradesh – 809
  • Bihar – 681
  • Rajasthan – 616
  • Assam – 588
  • Andhra Pradesh – 580
  • Jharkhand – 572.7
  • Madhya Pradesh – 392
  • West Bengal – 295

The Bottom line: The above numbers show that states having low test per million (like MP) are conducting high RTPCR tests; whereas a state like Gujarat that has a very low RT-PCR share conducts more tests. Therefore, for Odisha, the time is ripe to increase the RT-PCR tests to over 15 k.

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COVID-19: India Reports Highest Daily Spike With Over 1.26 Lakh New Cases https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-india-reports-highest-daily-spike-with-over-1-26-lakh-new-cases-533084 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:12:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533084

New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed. The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, […]

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New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed.

The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day, according to the data updated at 8 am.

Registering a steady increase for the 29th day in row, the count of active cases has gone up to 9,10,319, which is 7.04 per cent of the total infections, while the country’s recovery rate has further dropped to 91.67 per cent, it stated.

The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,18,51,393, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.29 per cent, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28 last year, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,26,77,379 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country so far, including 12,37,781 on Wednesday.

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 132.9 Million Mark https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-132-9-million-mark-533065 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 03:21:42 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533065

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 132.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.88 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 132,944,526 and […]

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Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 132.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.88 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 132,944,526 and 2,886,103, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 30,920,837 and 559,086, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 13,193,205 cases and 340,776 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (12,801,785), France (4,902,951), Russia (4,381,823), the UK (3,700,393), Italy (3,700,393), Turkey (3,633,925), Spain (3,326,736), Germany (2,927,572), Colombia (2,479,617), Poland (2,471,617), Argentina (2,450,068) and Mexico (2,261,879), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 205,598 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (166,177), the UK (127,171), Italy (112,374), Russia (99,800), France (97,444), Germany (77,566), Spain (76,037), Colombia (64,767), Iran (63,699), Argentina (56,832), Poland (55,703), Peru (53,411) and South Africa (53,111).

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AstraZeneca, Blood Clots Link ‘Plausible But Not Confirmed’: WHO https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/astrazeneca-blood-clots-link-plausible-but-not-confirmed-who-533059 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:54:35 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533059

Geneva: A causal link between the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the rare occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is “considered plausible but not confirmed,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Earlier on the day, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that the cases of blood clots with low blood platelets were associated with the […]

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Geneva: A causal link between the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the rare occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is “considered plausible but not confirmed,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Earlier on the day, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that the cases of blood clots with low blood platelets were associated with the administration of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, but should still be listed as very rare side effects.

In an interim statement on Wednesday, the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) said that the events under assessment are very rare, with low numbers reported among the almost 200 million individuals who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine around the world, Xinhua news agency reported.

However, specialized studies are needed to fully understand the potential link, and the GACVS said it will continue to gather and review further data.

Meanwhile, the GACVS added that rare adverse events following immunizations should be assessed against the risk of deaths from Covid-19 and the potential of the vaccines to prevent infections and reduce deaths. According to the WHO’s statistics, as of Wednesday, at least 2.6 million people have died of Covid-19 worldwide.

Several European countries have already halted or suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine in view of the reported risks. On Wednesday, the WHO said that the side effects, mostly mild and local in nature, are “expected” and “common” within two or three days following vaccination.

It also recommended that individuals who experience any severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, neurological symptoms such as severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision, tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection, from around four to 20 days following vaccination should seek urgent medical attention.

“In extensive vaccination campaigns, it is normal for countries to identify potential adverse events following immunization,” the GACVS said. “This does not necessarily mean that the events are linked to the vaccination itself, but they must be investigated to ensure that any safety concerns are addressed quickly.

“Vaccines, like all medicines, can have side effects. The administration of vaccines is based on a risk versus benefit analysis,” it added.

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