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Three out of 183 Omicron positive cases had taken third vaccine dose, informs Health Ministry

New Delhi [India]: The Union Health Ministry on Friday said that of the 183 Omicron positive cases reported in India, three patients have already taken three doses and 121 had a foreign travel history.Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “During analysis of 183 Omicron positive cases 121 had a foreign history, 44 cases have no travel history but most of them are those who came in contact with those who have travel history. 87 people were fully vaccinated, three people were those who received three doses and amongst them two are from Delhi and one is from Maharashtra.” Bhushan further said that the vaccination status of some patients is under tracking and some were unvaccinated.“Seven people unvaccinated, two people amongst them partially vaccinated, 16 Omicron positive patients were ineligible and 73 are those whose vaccination status is unknown we are…

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Japanese Health Ministry approves use of Moderna vaccine as booster shot

Tokyo [Japan]: A panel of the Japanese Health Ministry on Wednesday approved the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as a booster on Wednesday, the media reported.Last month, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company managing the sales and distribution of the vaccine in Japan, applied for the approval to use the vaccine as a third shot six months after the previous vaccination, according to the Kyodo news agency. Japan began its vaccination campaign later than some other countries, on February 17, but quickly sped up the pace. In the summer, up to a million people were vaccinated daily. Almost 98 million Japanese, or 77 per cent of the population, have taken two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine now.The number of daily new infections has lately been mostly below 200. On October 1, Japan lifted the state of emergency across the country.

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2 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Karnataka: Union Health Ministry

New Delhi [India]: The Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Karnataka.A 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male were those who contracted the variant. Addressing a media briefing Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said all primary and secondary contacts of the two infected persons from Karnataka have been identified and they are being monitored and COVID-protocols are being followed.The two cases of Omircron were detected through genome sequencing effort of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) consortium of 37 laboratories established by Union Health Ministry, said Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at today’s same press briefing.Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal informed that the Omicron variant can be five times more infectious than the other known variants of the novel coronavirus.“Around 29 countries have reported 373…

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Malaysia reports 4,885 new COVID-19 infections, 63 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] : Malaysia reported another 4,885 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Monday, bringing the national total to 2,591,486, according to the health ministry.Some 18 of the new cases are imported, with 4,867 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. Another 63 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,063.About 5,628 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,493,437.There are some 67,986 active cases, 549 are being held in intensive care units and 274 of them are in need of assisted breathing.The country administered a total of 109,016 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday alone, and some 78.7 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 76.6 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

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Health Ministry launches ‘Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week’

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday released the UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report as a part of Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week initiative of the Ministry.The report takes a comprehensive look at the mental health of children, adolescents and caregivers in the 21st century. As highlighted in the report, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on children’s mental health, read a press statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is observing Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week beginning from Tuesday and culminating on October 10, which is celebrated as World Mental health Day.October 10 is observed globally as the World Mental Health Day to raise awareness on mental health issues and mobilize efforts to support mental health.This year’s World…

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Health Ministry planning to do rigorous trials of dengue vaccines, says ICMR DG

New Delhi [India]: Indian Council for Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava on Thursday said that many companies have conducted their phase one trials of dengue vaccines abroad and that the Health Ministry is planning to do more rigorous trials.“Dengue vaccine is an important agenda. There are certain dengue strains that have been licensed to some companies in India,” said Bhargava during a weekly briefing of the COVID-19 situation in the country. “Many of these companies have done their phase one trials abroad. We are planning to do more rigorous trials,” added Bhargava.Earlier on Wednesday, the national capital has reported a surge in dengue cases. A total of 149 cases of dengue have been reported in the month of September.Earlier on September 18, the Central government convened a high-level meeting on the emerging challenge of Serotype-2 dengue cases in 11 states.Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired…

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COVID-19: Health Ministry makes arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for people with special needs

New Delhi [India]: The Union Health Ministry has made arrangements for vaccination at home for those who have special needs or are differently-abled, said the ministry on Thursday. The ministry also voiced concerns regarding the UK policy over vaccine certification for India.Addressing a press conference, Member-Health, NITI Aayog, Dr VK Paul said, “I am pleased to inform that an advisory has been issued to make arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for those who have special needs or are differently challenged, in line with COVID SOPs.” The detailed guidelines will be issued soon in this matter, the ministry said. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also spoke briefly on the UK policy over vaccine certification for India. Covishield, which has been developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Recently, India had said on Tuesday that it will be within its…

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India logs 25,404 fresh Covid-19 cases, 339 deaths in last 24 hours

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India slightly dipped to 3,62,207 the health ministry data showed. New Delhi, India, september 14 : India recorded 25,404 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 339 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, the country saw a total of 37,127 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 97.54 per cent and total recoveries to 3,24,84,159. The total active cases of COVID-19 in India slightly dipped to 3,62,207 the health ministry data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,43,213. In India, the first death due to COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 54,44,44,967 samples have been tested up to September…

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Health Minister hits back at Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Following Rahul Gandhi’s criticism over COVID-19 vaccine shortage in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday took a swipe at the Congress leader by calling him “immature”. Responding to Gandhi’s tweet, Manndaviya said the vaccination drive in the country is set to get a major boost this month. Asking the Congress leader to be proud of India’s healthcare workers and scientists, the Heath Minister tweeted, “More than 13 crore vaccine doses have been administered in India in the month of July. This is going to further speed up this month. We are proud of our healthcare workers for this feat. Now you should also be proud of them and the nation.” Further, the Minister said that he has heard that Congress leader is one of those 13 crore people vaccinated in July.“But neither you said a word about our…

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Centre happy with Kerala

The centre’s high-level multi-disciplinary public health team that was sent to Kerala to oversee COVID-19 control and containment measures indicated satisfaction with the mitigation approaches used in the state. The delegation assessed the COVID-19 treatment facilities at Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Parippally Medical College, and Kolenchery General Hospital, and met with state Health Minister Veena George. “The team expressed satisfaction on the treatment given to the patients, basic facilities, and vaccination process in the state,” Veena George said. The central health team, recognised that the government had intervened effectively during the pandemic to avert a scarcity of oxygen and ICU beds in the state. “We have also requested the union government to allot 90 lakh additional doses of vaccine. We are trying to vaccinate 2.5 to 3 lakh persons per day,” the minister said. The team comprises Regional Director Officer Public Health specialist Ruchi jain…