After 19 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools in the national capital will reopen from November 1 for all classes with 50% of students, although classes will continue in hybrid mode and no students will not be required to attend offline, the Delhi government said on Wednesday.
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Delhi University will wait for guidelines from the city government before reopening colleges, according to a senior university official.
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“97% of respondents have antibodies against COVID-19 in Delhi”
Ninety-seven percent of the 28,000 people whose blood samples were taken in September across the city have developed antibodies to COVID-19, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Thursday.
Blood samples from random people of different age groups were taken as part of a serological survey to check how many of them have developed antibodies to the virus.
“The overall positivity is 97%. The 11 districts have a positivity above 95%,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain said addressing the media.
The last such comprehensive survey carried out in January showed that 56.13% of those surveyed had antibodies.
Similipal National Park will open its doors to tourists from November 1
Similipal National Park authorities have decided to open Asia’s second largest biosphere reserve to the public from November 1, according to an official notification.
The Similipal National Park comprising the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) located in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha covers 2,750 km², which has remained closed to tourists due to the monsoon. However, the park remained closed in May 2021 due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, STR field director M Yogajayanand said. -PTI
Antidepressant Fluvoxamine May Lower Risk of Hospitalization for COVID-19: Lancet Study
According to a study published in the journal The Lancet Global Health, an inexpensive recycled drug, fluvoxamine, can reduce hospitalizations by up to 30% in patients at high risk of COVID-19.
Fluvoxamine is currently used to treat mental health problems such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was chosen for study as a potential treatment for COVID-19 because of its anti-inflammatory properties. -PTI
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Finds Its Place in Oman’s List of Approved COVID-19 Vaccines
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been included in the approved list of COVID-19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine.
In a tweet, Bharat Biotech noted: “Covaxin has now been added to the approved # COVID19 vaccine list for travel to Oman without quarantine. This will make it easier for Indian travelers vaccinated with Covaxin.” The vaccine major cited a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Muscat in this regard. -PTI
Parts of northeast China are on heightened alert as COVID-19 returns
A few border towns in northeast China have started to tighten COVID-19 measures, restricting movement and gatherings in public spaces, and some have declared a “pre-war” vigilance and surveillance mode, as China battles an epidemic that mainly hits the north.
China reported 23 locally transmitted symptomatic cases on Wednesday, official data showed Thursday, up from 50 a day earlier, bringing the total to 270 since October 17, when the current outbreak began. -Reuters
Maharashtra Home Secretary tests positive for COVID-19
Maharashtra’s Interior Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has tested positive for COVID-19. “After experiencing mild symptoms, I decided to get tested for COVID-19. I tested positive. My condition is stable and I am following my doctor’s advice. I urge everyone who has entered. contact with me during the Nagpur & Amravati tour, and other programs, to get tested, ”he said. -TH office in Maharashtra
Country’s active COVID-19 cases lowest in 243 days
With 16,156 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in one day, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 3,42 31,809, while active cases fell to 1,60,989, the lowest in 243 days, according to the Union Health Ministry. data updated Thursday.
The death toll climbed to 4,56,386 with 733 new deaths, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
The daily increase in new coronavirus infections has been less than 30,000 for 34 consecutive days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 123 consecutive days now.
Active cases represent 0.47% of total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national recovery rate from COVID-19 was recorded at 98.20%, the highest since March 2020, said the Ministry of Health. -PTI
New Zealand to start easing COVID-19 border restrictions
New Zealand said on Thursday it would ease coronavirus border restrictions that have been in place since March 2020 and move to a home isolation system for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals from the start of this season. ‘next year.
The country was one of the first to close its borders in response to the pandemic last year and has kept these strict border restrictions, leaving many citizens and expatriate residents stranded for months. -Reuters
Revision of travel guidelines for international passengers to Karnataka
The government of Karnataka has revised the travel guidelines to make RT-PCR reports mandatory for all international passengers traveling to the state. The notification, released on October 25, said people coming from overseas were required to submit a self-report form on the Air Suvidha online portal and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. The test must have been carried out within 72 hours of the trip.
Physical classes for students of Standards I to VIII from November 8
The government of Pondicherry has decided to resume physical classes for students from levels I to VIII on November 8.
Announcing this at a press conference on Wednesday, Education Minister A. Namassivayam said in-person classes with COVID-19 protocols will start from November 8 in Union territory. Classes will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Australia relaxes COVID-19 travel advisory ahead of border reopening
Australia on Thursday relaxed its COVID-related travel advice for several countries, including the United States, Britain and Canada, as it prepares to reopen its borders next week for the first time in addition 18 months.
Australia will lift its overseas travel ban for fully vaccinated residents from November 1 following strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, as Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities, seek to accommodate travelers from overseas without quarantine. -Reuters
WHO says she will likely receive clarification from Bharat Biotech on Covaxin by weekend
The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it expects to receive clarification from Bharat Biotech by the end of this week on its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, and will meet on November 3 for a final assessment of risks and benefits for the emergency use list.
The WHO Technical Advisory Group for Emergency Use List (EUL) is an independent advisory group that provides recommendations to WHO on whether a # COVID19 vaccine can be listed for emergency use. as part of the EUL procedure, “the WHO tweeted. -PTI
1st year UG, PG courses at Odisha will start from November
Physics classes for first-year undergraduate and postgraduate students at Odisha for the 2021-22 academic session will begin on November 1 and 15 respectively according to Covid-19 protocols, the Higher Education Department announced on Wednesday. .
Hostel facilities would be made available to students and coronavirus guidelines would also have to be followed there. -PTI
Moderna COVID-19 shot could start use in children and adolescents “in a few weeks”, says CEO
Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could start being used in children and adolescents in the United States within weeks, its chief executive said in an interview ahead of the Reuters Total Health conference, which will take place virtually from the 15th. to November 18.
Moderna CEO Staphane Bancel has said, based on dialogue with the US Food and Drug Administration, that he believes his company’s COVID-19 vaccine will be cleared for 12 to 17 years of age in the next few months. weeks. -Reuters
“Har Ghar Dastak” campaign for door-to-door vaccination against Covid in poorly performing districts: government
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday that the “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign would be launched within the next month for door-to-door vaccination against COVID-19 in poorly performing districts in order to inspire and motivate people towards full vaccination against the deadly infection.
“No district should be without full immunization,” he said at a national review meeting with health ministers from various states and Union Territories (UTs), according to a ministry statement. of Health. -PTI
Spain to give different booster to boost J&J vaccine
People who have been injected with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered a second dose from another drug maker, Spanish health officials said on Wednesday.
Spain’s health ministry said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was found to be less effective than other vaccines. Thus, the Spaniards who received it will now be offered a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine after three months have passed. -AP
Mild to moderate cases in home isolation can only infect one third of contacts: WHO-MAMC study
Mild to moderate coronavirus cases under home isolation can only infect a third of contacts within seven to 10 days of exposure and therefore there is no need to set up special Covid care centers for these patients. according to a six-month study in Delhi.
Maulana Azad Medical College, which conducted the research with support from the World Health Organization and the Delhi government, included 109 households from the central and northeastern districts in the study conducted between Dec. 28 2020 and June 28. -PTI
Assam loosens COVID-19 borders, allows more people in weddings and funerals
The Assam government on Wednesday eased COVID-related restrictions further, allowing 200 people with at least one vaccination dose to attend weddings and religious functions.
Releasing a new set of guidelines, Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua said the overall COVID-19 situation in the state had “improved significantly.” -PTI