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Sunday, 5 September 2021

SC to States: Why you have not complied our 2017 order on Health facilities in Prisons? Read directions

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered the states and Union territories to vaccinate all inmates and staff of mental healthcare facilities against Covid-19 within a month and to set up a dashboard to provide information about rehabilitation homes set up for cured mentally ill patients within the same period.

Passing a slew of orders, the bench comprising of Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Hima Kohli said, “All states and UTs are directed to ensure time-bound schedule for vaccination of all persons lodged in mental health institutions and of service providers, health care workers and other staff, not later than one month from the receipt of this order. Progress report should be filed with the Union Ministry of Social Justices and Empowerment on or before October 15 explaining steps taken and the number of persons vaccinated for COVID.”

The order came on a contempt petition filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, who accused states and UTs of flouting a July 10, 2017 order of the top court requiring states/UTs to establish half-way homes serving as rehabilitation facilities for mentally ill patients who have cured and who were overstaying at the government-run mental hospitals or facilities. On July 6, the top court in the same proceedings directed the Union government to chalk out a plan for vaccinating persons staying in mental health establishments on priority.

The court also went through status reports submitted by states and UTs on compliance of its July 2017 order. It said, “We do not find any genuine progress made in that context except different states have set timelines for setting up half-way homes.”

Uttar Pradesh, in its report, said the state has re-designated 75 old age homes as half-way homes and shifted 51 patients cured of mental illness to these homes. The bench said, “Merely designating 75 old homes as half-way homes will amount to mere lip service.”

 The court also commented on the Maharashtra government’s decision to shift 186 cured patients overstaying at mental health institutions to beggar homes, old age homes and other custodial institutions. The bench directed such persons to be relocated in half-way homes by November 30.

 

The bench ordered, “Ultimate task of rehabilitation will not sub-serve by relocation alone.”

The bench relied on guidelines issued by the Centre under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act requiring rehabilitation to be a two-step process of relocation and re-integration into society requiring half-way homes to cater medical, social, and psychological needs of inmates besides training in skills.


Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Madhavi Divan informed the court that progress made by states could be achieved by requiring each state/UT to create a dashboard providing details of these homes, their geographical location, facilities provided, intake capacity, and occupancy. This would not only bring in accountability in the long run but also provide the Centre access to information from states.

 

The bench accordingly directed the Centre to frame a Model Dashboard with the required inputs and circulate it to states/UTs to update information on real time basis within four weeks. The court also directed the Centre to monitor progress by state/UT governments on a monthly basis and file a status report before the court in the last week of December, when the matter is to be heard next.

The petitioner apprised the court of a report prepared by the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru in 2016 which highlighted deplorable conditions of living of women inmates in state-run mental health establishments. These included women inmates separated from their child, forceful tonsuring of heads, lack of privacy, lack of sanitary napkins, identity documents and non-issuance of disability certificate or pension to eligible inmates. Gaurav Kumar Bansal, the petitioner in this case, also presented the recommendations of National Commission for Women (NCW) made in 2020 in this regard and pleaded to the court to issue orders as these were clear violations of the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017.


The bench directed the Centre to take up these issues with the states/UTs in its monthly meetings and said, “The issues flagged are of serious concern…Necessary directions shall be issued for taking steps to ensure the problems highlighted are alleviated by concerned states/UTs by taking suitable steps.”


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Saturday, 4 September 2021

Third wave too will be over before your action: SC raps Centre over lack of preparedness for Covid-19

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The Supreme Court rapped the Centre over the delay in framing guidelines regarding compensation to kin of those who died due to Covid-19. A bench comprising of Justice MR Shah and Justice Aniruddha Bose said the third wave of Covid-19 would be over by the time guidelines were framed.

"By the time you take further steps, the third wave will also be over. The order on death certificate, compensation, etc, was passed long back," the Supreme Court said.

On August 16, the Supreme Court gave the Centre four weeks to frame ex-gratia compensation norms for Covid-19 deaths. However, the court asked the Centre to indicate within two weeks steps taken on death certificate guidelines in Covid-19 cases and social security and welfare measures as suggested by the Finance commission.

The Supreme Court asked the Centre why it failed to comply with the court orders passed on June 30. The Solicitor General told the court that the issue was "under consideration" by the government.

The Supreme Court asked the Centre to file a compliance affidavit by September 11.


In its June 30 order, the Supreme Court said the government was required to pay ex-gratia compensation for Covid-19 deaths since Covid-19 was declared a notified disaster under the 2005 Act.

However, the court did not fix the quantum of compensation and left it to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to fix the amount while framing the guidelines within six weeks.

The order came on a batch of petitions seeking directions to the Centre and state governments to provide ex gratia of ₹4 lakh under the Disaster Management Act (DMA) to the family of each who died due to Covid-19.

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India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 67 crore 65 lakh

 

 

 India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 67 crore 65 lakh. Union Health Ministry said, around 52 crore vaccine doses have been administered as first dose and over 15 crore vaccine doses given as second doses so far. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st of June this year.
 
The Ministry said, more than 51 lakh 88 thousand vaccine doses were administered yesterday. It said, the vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. 


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Govt launches AYUSH AAPKE DWAR campaign from more than 45 locations across country

 


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Ayush Ministry has launched the campaign AYUSH AAPKE DWAR from more than 45 locations across the country. The campaign aims to distribute medicinal plant saplings to 75 lakh households in one year. The medicinal plants include Tejpatta, Stevia, Ashoka, Giloy, Ashwagandha, Lemongrass, Tulsi, Sarpagandha and Amla.
 
Minister of State for Ayush Dr Mahendra Munjapara launched the campaign from Ayush Bhawan in New Delhi by distributing medicinal plants to staff. On this occasion, Dr. Munjapara appealed to adopt medicinal plants and take care of these as a part of their family.
 
Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched 'AYUSH AAPKE DWAR' campaign from Mumbai. AIR correspondent reports that as a part of national campaign, Union Minister Sar bananda Sonowal launched Ayush Apke Dwar campaign from Mumbai yesterday by distributing medicinal plant saplings to the citizens.

 
The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science (CCRA), Ministry of Ayush distributed medicinal saplings and Ayurvedic medicines to the public.
 
Mr. Sonowal also visited Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) and reviewed various projects undertaken by it. The state-of-the-art structure is being built by Mumbai Port Trust with 50% funding under Sagarmala and it is expected to be completed by December 2021.
 
Mr. Sonowal also witnessed a special programme organised by Mumbai Port Trust as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mohotsav celebrations.
 
 

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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

COVID-19: HC comes to rescue of rights of para teachers asked to do door-to-door work

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The Calcutta High Court August 24, 2021 directed the West Bengal government “through the learned Advocate General” to let para-teachers (those not on the rolls) in the state “live in peace” and help them get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The para teachers had filed a petition seeking deadline relaxation for an activity amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A new order was issued August 26 in line with the HC judgment.

What was the petition about?

The petition — Madhumita Bandopadhyay & Anr Vs the State of West Bengal & Ors — was filed seeking repeal of a June 30 order by the state project director, Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission, according to which para-teachers were asked to complete ‘child registers’ within 21 days.

To do so, teachers had to go door-to-door to three-four booths across the block, panchayats, municipality, etc in their jurisdiction and document every minute detail of the children there. 


Para-teachers have been fulfilling this responsibility for years; they did so this time as well. They wanted the deadline be extended owing to panic and fears stoked by the pandemic, according to petitioners. 

State representatives met the state project director and requested that the deadline be extended, but to no effect. The teachers waited for a week, after which they wrote a letter to the chief minister, education minister and state secretary of the education department. Again, no action was taken.

The representatives, after another seven days's wait, took legal action.


The demands were:

  • Extend the deadline to update ‘child register’ to December
  • Ensure state initiative to vaccinate all para teachers.

Sabir Ahamed, national research co-coordinator of Paratichi Trust, said:

“Para-teachers have been denied recognition in terms of remuneration or work responsibilities for long. In many places, their number has increased. In fact, they are working as substitute of the teachers.  While the teachers who had election duties were vaccinated through government initiative, para teachers were not.”


Pratichi, formed by Noble laureate Amartya Sen, works for rural education. He added that the judgment will offer them long-term protection and security.

Madhumita Bandopadhyay, the representative of petitioners, said: “We said we would complete our duties like we did in December last year. We wanted all teachers to be vaccinated, too. But the state ignored our vulnerable request and we had to move court. This is a moral victory for us.”

The petition was filed from Manab Sampad Unnayan Sahayak Karmee Union, the largest organisation of para-teachers in the state. 


The secretary, education department, had not contacted to this organisation when Down to Earth reached out to Bandopadhyay August 30. An administrative officer, however, unofficially contacted Bandopadhyay and conveyed that the education minister was planning to have a meeting with them soon.

According to Bandopadhyay, the state does not provide many provisions to para teachers affected in the line of duty. One ‘Swasthya Sathi Card’ has been given to them, but it is not accepted everywhere and does not give many benefits. 

The state does not provide any compensation if any teacher dies of COVID-19.


What do para teachers do?

The duties of the para-teachers include:

  • Remedial teaching
  • Tracking details of children
  • Teaching learning material for activity-based learning in school

Para-teachers have been taking online classes and also physically attending schools for other activity work since February 2021. They have also been supervising the mid-day meal distribution in schools, the main source of nutrition for under-privileged students.

Read also : Madras High Court resumes Physical Hearing from September 1.

There also the teachers who are not fully vaccinated remain vulnerable as the crowd cannot be avoided – the guardians are thronging to collect the food supplies. Approximately 48,000 para teachers across West Bengal are working risking their health and lives even in this pandemic.

A few para-teachers were issued show-cause notice when the petition was under trial. Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who passed the judgment, said: “In the same tune I will request the state through the learned Advocate General not to make their lives miserable by taking disciplinary action against them. Let them live in peace.” 

He added that para-teachers did not evade their duty and only wanted “some respite in this situation and they wanted some preference of vaccination, both doses.”

Advocate Sudipta Dasgupta, who represented the petitioners in the court, pointed out: “Several para-teachers were not fully vaccinated. Children were not, too. We are skeptical about the vaccination status of the children’s parents also. Nobody has the data.”

The judgement, in a way, recognised the para-teachers as frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, both Ahamed and Dasgupta said.


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Friday, 27 August 2021

Union Home Secretary reviewed steps taken by State Governments of Kerala and Maharashtra for checking the spread of COVID-19

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Union Home Secretary chaired a meeting here today through video conferencing to review the steps taken by the State Governments of Kerala and Maharashtra for checking the spread of COVID-19.

During the meeting, the overall management of COVID-19 situation in Kerala and Maharashtra was discussed. Union Home Secretary reviewedthe efforts being made by the state governments to contain the spread of infectionsand observed that more efforts would be required to arrest the increase in infections. This would require adequate intervention in geographical areas having higher infection, through measures such as contact tracing, vaccination drives and COVID appropriate behavior. He also suggested that the state governments should explore the possibility of placing night curfew in areas of high positivity.

The state governments were advised that they should continue with their vaccination programmes and incase they required more vaccines, the same would be provided to the extent possible. However, efforts must be made to consume the vaccine doses received. It was also emphasized that along with vaccination COVID appropriate behavior must also continue to be encouraged and events with potential of having mass gatherings during the coming festive season must be avoided. It was also advised that testing must be ramped up in areas in the two states where positivity rates are being found to be on the higher side. Focus should also be placed over the next few months to suppress the levels of transmission of the virus so that the chain of transmission can be controlled more effectively.

          The meeting was attended by Dr. V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog; Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI; Director, National Centre for Communicable Disease (NCDC)and Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of Kerala and Maharashtra.

 

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Wednesday, 25 August 2021

India adds more than 37,500 Covid-19 cases and 648 deaths – latest updates

 

Coronavirus pandemic has killed over 4.4 million people and infected over 213 million globally. Here are the coronavirus-related developments for August 25:

Students of a government school sit for a briefing about Covid-19 protocols on the first day of reopening of schools for the higher secondary classes in Bangalore on August 23, 2021.
Students of a government school sit for a briefing about Covid-19 protocols on the first day of reopening of schools for the higher secondary classes in Bangalore on August 23, 2021. (AFP)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

India reports more than 37,500 cases

India has reported 37,593 new infections of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the federal government said in a statement.

The death toll rose by 648, taking total to 435,758 fatalities, it said,

However, analysts say the toll is much higher than the Indian government's figures on deaths. 

New Zealand reports 62 new cases in community

New Zealand has 62 new cases in the community, the Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said, taking the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to 210.

So far 12 of these cases are in the capital Wellington while the rest are in the largest city Auckland, he said.

US to donate 1M Pfizer vaccines to Vietnam

The United States will donate 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Vietnam, Vice President Kamala Harris has told Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during a meeting in Hanoi.

Vietnam has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Asia, with just under 2 percent of its 98 million people fully-vaccinated.

Sydney hospitals battle virus as daily infections hit record

Sydney's infections have hit a daily record, putting parts of the health system under pressure, officials said, calling for vaccinations to be stepped up to stem the tide of hospital admissions.

Despite two months of lockdowns in Sydney, New South Wales state reported 919 new cases amid a growing Delta variant outbreak, taking Australia's daily case numbers to a new pandemic high just below 1,000.

A total of 113 people in the state are in intensive care, with 98 of those unvaccinated.

Japan to further expand emergency areas as cases surge

Japan is set to expand its virus state of emergency for a second week in a row, adding several more prefectures as a surge in infections fueled by the delta variant strains the country's health care system.

The government last week extended the state of emergency until September 12 and expanded the areas covered to 13 prefectures from six including Tokyo. Sixteen other prefectures are currently under quasi-emergency status.

The government at a meeting of experts Wednesday proposed upgrading eight prefectures from quasi-emergency status to a full state of emergency.

South Korea nearly matches its high for new cases

South Korea has reported 2,155 new virus cases, nearly matching a record daily increase set earlier this month amid an alarming spread of infections.

With Wednesday's report, the country has tallied more than 1,000 new cases for 50 consecutive days, including a record 2,221 on August 11.

Effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against Delta drops to 66 percent

The effectiveness against infection of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines dropped from 91 percent before the Delta variant became dominant to 66 percent afterwards, according to a large study of US health workers published.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been examining the real-world performance of the two vaccines since they were first authorised among healthcare personnel, first responders and other frontline workers.

Thousands of workers across six states were tested weekly and upon onset of Covid-19 symptoms, allowing researchers to estimate efficacy against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection.

By looking at the rate of infections among vaccinated and unvaccinated people and the amount of time they were tracked, vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 91 percent in the initial study period of December 14, 2020 to April 10, 2021.

But during weeks in the run-up to August 14, when the ultra-contagious Delta variant became dominant, effectiveness fell to 66 percent.

US administers 363.9M doses of Covid-19 vaccines

The United States has administered 363,915,792 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country and distributed 428,529,385 doses, the CDC said.

The agency said 202,041,893 people had received at least one dose while 171,367,657 people are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine.

Rangers confirm positive Covid tests ahead of Celtic clash

Rangers have received positive Covid-19 tests in their latest round of testing, the Scottish champions said, days before their weekend clash against Celtic.

They travel to Armenia to take on Alashkert in the second leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday holding a 1-0 lead before facing Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox three days later.

The club did not name the players or staff that had been infected.

Greece to end free Covid tests for unvaccinated, infections hit new record

Greece said it would end free testing for unvaccinated people to encourage them to get inoculated and head off any renewed spike in Delta variant infections of the coronavirus.

Health authorities reported 4,608 new confirmed cases and 32 related deaths, with the daily tally of infections hitting a new record, surpassing 4,340 cases in March this year.

The country has recorded a total of 566,812 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections and 13,466 deaths since reporting its first Covid-19 outbreak in February 2020.

Goldman Sachs to mandate Covid vaccine for staff, visitors

Goldman Sachs Group Inc told employees that anyone entering its offices in the United States must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to an internal memo.

The bank will also require that masks be worn in offices regardless of vaccination status, while fully vaccinated employees will receive weekly Covid-19 tests starting on September 7, the memo said.

Premier League clubs will not send international players to Covid 'red-list' countries

English Premier League clubs decided that they would not allow players to participate in international matches in Covid "red-listed" countries in September, according to a statement.

It said clubs reached the decision reluctantly but unanimously.

As a result of that decision, nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs will be unavailable to play in two Premier League matches, one UEFA club competition and English League Cup third-round competitions.

Mexico's coronavirus death toll rises to 254,466

Mexico's health ministry reported 18,262 new cases of Covid-19 and 940 more deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country since the pandemic began to 3,249,878 and the death toll to 254,466.

US will test all evacuees from Afghanistan for Covid-19

The United States will test all evacuees from Afghanistan for Covid-19 and aims to set up a process for vaccinations, a senior administration official said.

The official said the number of Afghans coming into the United States was "fluid" due to the swiftness of the operation and could not provide a figure during a call with reporters.

US law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are carrying out "robust security processing" before evacuees are allowed to enter the United States, the official said.

Brazil sees 30,872 new coronavirus cases, 894 deaths

Brazil registered 30,872 new coronavirus cases and 894 additional Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry said.

Israeli finance minister tests positive for Covid-19

The Israeli Finance Minister Hamed Amar tested positive for coronavirus, two days after attending a meeting with officials including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, state-run media said.

His office said he has been isolated and is following the ministry's affairs from home.

Amar is the second Israeli minister to test positive for the virus within a week, as Science and Technology Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen was diagnosed with the infection on August 22.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies 

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

DGCI Gives Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 Vaccine Approval for Emergency Use

This is the world's first DNA-based vaccine against the coronavirus.

 DGCI Gives Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 Vaccine Approval for Emergency Use 

Used syringes lie discarded in a bin after they were used to administer the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Mumbai, India, August 11, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

New Delhi: Indigenously developed Zydus Cadila Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D has received approval for Emergency Use Authorisation from the Drug Controller General of India and it will be administered to people 12 years and above, the Department of Biotechnology said on Friday, August 20.

This is the world’s first DNA-based vaccine against the coronavirus, and this three-dose vaccine when injected produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and elicits an immune response, which plays a vital role in protection from the disease as well as viral clearance, it said.

The government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) also said that the “plug-and-play” technology on which the plasmid DNA platform is based can be easily adapted to deal with mutations in the virus, such as those already occurring.

“Zydus Cadila has received approval for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for ZyCoV-D today i.e. 20/08/2021, the world’s first and India’s indigenously developed DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19 to be administered in humans including children and adults 12 years and above,” it said.

 The vaccine has been developed in partnership with the DBT under Mission COVID Suraksha, the department said.

 “It has been implemented by the BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) and ZyCoV-D has been supported under the COVID-19 Research Consortia through National Biopharma Mission for preclinical studies, Phase I and Phase II clinical trials and under the Mission COVID Suraksha for Phase III Clinical Trial, the DBT said.

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Friday, 20 August 2021

Three more US senators test positive for Covid19 – latest updates

 

Coronavirus pandemic has killed over 4.4 million people and infected over 210.6 million globally. Here are the coronavirus-related developments for August 20:

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Friday, August 19, 2021

Three more US senators test Covid positive

Three US senators from different political affiliations and different parts of the country have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The lawmakers, who were vaccinated, are among the 71 members of Congress to be diagnosed with Covid-19 since the beginning of last year, according to the nonpartisan group GovTrack.

"I've tested positive for a breakthrough case of Covid-19. I feel good but will isolate per docs instructions," Senator John Hickenlooper, 69, said on Twitter.

"I'm grateful for the vaccine," the Colorado Democrat added, as he encouraged other people to get the shot.

Republican Senator Roger Wicker, 70, tested positive earlier Thursday "after immediately seeking a test due to mild symptoms," his office said in a statement.

Wicker is being treated by a doctor in Mississippi, his home southern state with the 10th highest infection rate in the nation.

A third senator, 77-year-old Angus King, was tested Thursday as a precaution after he began experiencing symptoms.

"While I am not feeling great, I'm definitely feeling much better than I would have without the vaccine," said King, an independent from Maine where the Covid infection rate is relatively low.

Congress is currently on recess, and the Senate comes back into session on September 13.

Last February 67-year-old House Republican Ron Wright, who lived for years with cancer, died two weeks after contracting Covid-19.

Japan action star Sonny Chiba dies from Covid-19 complications

Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba has died in hospital from complications related to Covid-19, public broadcaster NHK said. He was 82.

Chiba a martial artist and imposing actor known for his legendary fight scenes, was best known in the West for his role as sword maker Hattori Hanzo in the "Kill Bill" series of films.

Mexico reports 23,006 new cases, 850 more deaths

Mexican health authorities have reported 23,006 new Covid-19 cases and 850 more deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the country since the pandemic began to 3,175,211 and the total confirmed death toll to 251,319.

Feds seize over 3,000 fake vaccination cards in Anchorage

More than 3,000 fake Covid-19 vaccination cards have been confiscated at cargo freight facilities at the Anchorage airport as they were being shipped from China, officials said.

Officers from US Customs and Border Protection seized the cards in the past week as they arrived in small packages, said Jaime Ruiz, an agency spokesperson.

There were between 135 and 150 packages found in Anchorage, all sent by the same person in China, Ruiz said. 

The packages contained small amounts of the fake cards, about 20 or 25 each.

The cards confiscated in Anchorage closely resemble the authentic Centers for Disease Control and Prevention certificates given out by health care workers when US citizens receive their vaccinations, the agency said. However, this shipment had cards that exhibited low-quality printing.

The seizure comes as a cottage industry for counterfeit cards has sprung up online to accommodate people who say they won’t get vaccinated for either personal or religious reasons.

Another 3,600 fake cards were found recently at cargo facilities in Memphis, Tennessee, Ruiz said.

Brazil reports 36,315 new cases and 979 deaths

Brazil has had 36,315 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 979 deaths from Covid-19, the health ministry said.

The South American country has now registered 20,494,212 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 572,641, according to ministry data, in the world's third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest after the United States.

As vaccination advances, the rolling 7-day average of Covid deaths has fallen to less that one third of the toll of almost 3,000 a day at the peak of the pandemic in April.

Israel to begin Covid booster shots for over 40s

Israelis aged 40 and over will be able to receive coronavirus vaccine booster shots starting this weekend, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Thursday, as the country battles a spike in infections.

Israel was one of the first countries to launch a vaccination drive in mid-December via an agreement with Pfizer to obtain millions of paid vaccine doses in exchange for sharing data on their effectiveness.

The inoculation campaign was hailed as a success story that helped drastically reduce infections in the country of nine million.

But cases have been rising due to the spread of the Delta variant among the unvaccinated and waning immunity in others.

To try and contain the spread, authorities last week began administrating a booster shot to those aged 50 and older, after starting a campaign for over-60s late last month.

Israel has recorded more than 970,000 coronavirus infections since the pandemic started early last year and over 6,700 deaths.

More than 5.4 million people have received two doses of the vaccine, while 1.2 million have had a third jab.

Scientists question evidence behind US Covid-19 booster shot drive

The Biden administration's plan to provide Covid-19 vaccine boosters is based on concerns that a decrease in the vaccines' ability to protect against milder infections could also mean people will have less protection against severe illness, a premise that has yet to be proven, scientists said.

US officials, citing data showing waning protection against mild and moderate illness from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines more than six months after inoculation, on Wednesday said boosters will be made widely available starting on September 20.

The additional dose will be offered to people who received their initial inoculation at least eight months earlier.

Data on so-called "breakthrough" infections in vaccinated people shows that older Americans have so far been the most vulnerable to severe illness.

As of August 9, almost 74 percent of the 8,054 vaccinated people that were hospitalized with Covid-19 were above the age of 65, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 20 percent of those cases ended in deaths.

Based on available data on vaccine protection, it is not clear that younger, healthier people will be at risk.

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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update- Day 214

 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


India’s Cumulative COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage crosses the landmark of 56 Cr

Nearly 50 lakh Vaccine Doses administered today till 7 pm

More than 22.16 Cr Vaccine doses administered in the age group 18-44, so far

Posted On: 17 AUG 2021 8:16PM by PIB Delhi

In a landmark milestone, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed56 Crore (56,00,94,581) landmark milestone,as per the 7 pm provisional report today. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June. Nearly 50 lakh (49,48,965) Vaccine Doses have been administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report.

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27,45,272vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 5,33,586vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18-44 years today. Cumulatively, 20,50,08,400persons in the age group 18-44 years across 37 States/UTs have received their first dose and total 1,66,57,465have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive. Five States namely Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have administered more than 1 Crore Cumulative Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine in the age group 18-44 years. Also, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have vaccinated more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of COVID vaccine.

The table below shows the cumulative vaccine doses administered to 18-44 years age group till now.

S.No.

State

1st Dose

2nd Dose

1

A & N Islands

118662

2863

2

Andhra Pradesh

4845388

374832

3

Arunachal Pradesh

390888

11739

4

Assam

6935641

424329

5

Bihar

13759231

882597

6

Chandigarh

409558

22296

7

Chhattisgarh

4330287

473618

8

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

273503

7884

9

Daman & Diu

181207

10185

10

Delhi

4531950

776565

11

Goa

567952

35888

12

Gujarat

15522003

1118001

13

Haryana

5651243

712536

14

Himachal Pradesh

2530092

39247

15

Jammu & Kashmir

2136301

96147

16

Jharkhand

4634144

391548

17

Karnataka

12792958

1104196

18

Kerala

6049651

468595

19

Ladakh

91129

1891

20

Lakshadweep

26251

706

21

Madhya Pradesh

18884455

1173394

22

Maharashtra

14873979

1250378

23

Manipur

601364

12003

24

Meghalaya

537329

14200

25

Mizoram

372475

9456

26

Nagaland

374746

11921

27

Odisha

7024860

689157

28

Puducherry

297380

6965

29

Punjab

3365018

288138

30

Rajasthan

13950738

1728442

31

Sikkim

313432

6976

32

Tamil Nadu

11312852

923241

33

Telangana

6001271

858746

34

Tripura

1210465

45859

35

Uttar Pradesh

26729722

1576250

36

Uttarakhand

3024506

211462

37

West Bengal

10355769

895214

 

Total

205008400

16657465

 

The cumulative vaccination coverage of 56,00,94,581vaccine doses is segregated based on population priority groups, as follows.

 

 

Cumulative Vaccine Dose Coverage

 

Healthcare workers

Frontline workers

People Aged 18-44 Years

 

People Aged ≥ 45 Years

People Aged ≥ 60 Years

Total

1st Dose

10351399

18291215

205008400

119553646

82048553

435253213

2nd Dose

8137681

12306067

16657465

46845787

40894368

124841368

 

As on Day-214of the vaccination drive (17thAugust, 2021), total 49,48,965vaccine doses were given. 37,13,567beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 12,35,398beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report till 7 P.M. Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight.

 

 

Date: 17thAugust, 2021 (214thDay)

 

Healthcare workers

Frontline workers

People Aged 18-44 Years

 

People Aged ≥ 45 Years

People Aged ≥ 60 Years

Total

1st Dose

420

4800

2745272

694844

268231

3713567

2nd Dose

15687

57696

533586

412620

215809

1235398

 

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

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प्रदेश में एकमात्र मानसिक चिकित्सालय, उसमें भी सुविधाओं का अभाव, हाई कोर्ट ने राज्य शासन सहित अन्य पक्षकारों को नोटिस जारी कर जवाब मांगा

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रदेश में एकमात्र मानसिक चिकित्सालय है। उसमें भी सुविधाओं व संसाधन का अभाव है। इस मामले में दायर जनहित याचिका की सुनवाई करते हुए हाई कोर्ट ने राज्य शासन सहित अन्य पक्षकारों को नोटिस जारी कर जवाब मांगा है। रायपुर निवासी अधिवक्ता विशाल कोहली ने अपने अधिवक्ता हिमांशु पांडेय के माध्यम से हाई कोर्ट में जनहित याचिका दायर की है। इसमें बताया गया है कि प्रदेश में मानसिक रोगियों के समुचित उपचार की सुविधा नहीं है। इसके चलते राज्य में अंधविश्वास जैसी घटनाएं बढ़ रही हैं। चिकित्सा सुविधा के अभाव में प्रदेश के मानसिक रोगी झाड़-फूक, जादू-टोना व तंत्र मंत्र का सहारा लेते हैं।

याचिका में बताया गया है कि एक एनजीओ के सर्वे के मुताबिक प्रदेश में 78 फीसद मानसिक रोगियों को समुचित उपचार नहीं मिल पा रहा है। वर्ष 2016 में मेंटल हेल्थ एक्ट बनाया गया और इसमें सभी राज्यों को मानसिक रोगियों के उपचार के लिए अलग से बजट का प्रविधान रखा गया है। लेकिन राज्य में इस तरह की कोई व्यवस्था नहीं की गई है और न ही आने वाले समय में ऐसी कोई योजना बनाई गई है।

याचिका में विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के प्रविधान का भी हवाला दिया गया है, जिसके अनुसार 10 हजार रोगियों के पीछे एक डाक्टर की व्यवस्था होनी चाहिए। जबकि वर्तमान में 10 लाख लोगों पर एक चिकित्सक की व्यवस्था है। याचिका में बताया गया है कि राज्य में एकमात्र मानसिक चिकित्सालय है, जिसमें भी सुविधा व संसाधन की कमी है। अस्पताल में 11 पद स्वीकृत है। लेकिन चार डाक्टर पदस्थ हैं।

उसमें भी अस्थि रोग विशेषज्ञ व कान-नाक गला रोग विशेषज्ञ को मानसिक अस्पताल में अटैच कर सेवाएं ली जा रही है। ऐसे में मानसिक रोगियों का समुचित इलाज नहीं हो पा रहा है। इस मामले की सुनवाई करते हुए हाई कोर्ट की युगलपीठ ने राज्य शासन के स्वास्थ्य सचिव, मानसिक अस्पताल प्रबंधन के साथ ही अन्य पक्षकारों को नोटिस जारी कर जवाब मांगा है।

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