Bird flu threat looms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, five states confirm infection

Bird Flu

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new infectious disease has arisen within the country. After Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, now the threat of bird flu has intensified in Himachal Pradesh and Kerala too. Hundreds of birds have been found dead in these states. Recently, Kerala has declared the bird flu as a state disaster. Union Minister Sanjeev Balayan said that the Centre has received reports of Avian influenza from five states – Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. In Haryana, the virus has already infected the poultry, while in…

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Health Minister reviews the preparation of vaccination as Centre set to approve vaccines today

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From 2nd January, a dry-run of the coronavirus vaccine will be conducted throughout the country. Regarding this, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will conduct a meeting on Friday to review the preparations. The meeting is very crucial as today another meeting is slated regarding the emergency approval of two coronavirus vaccines. The meeting will consider giving emergency use to Oxford-AstraZeneca produced CoviShield and COVAXIN of Bharat BioTech. In a virtual meeting with the Delhi government through video conferencing, the Health Minister asserted that preparations for vaccination of the first…

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Government launches CoWIN challenge to improve vaccine rollout system, prizes up for grabs up to ₹40 lakh

CoWIN

A ‘CoWIN’ Challenge has been launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare co-ordinating with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. This challenge has been launched to improve the system of the COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN). The challenge will be on a digital platform that is intended to be used as an effective rollout method and enhance the mechanism for nationwide COVID-19 vaccine delivery system. According to the information, the winners of this Challenge will be awarded gifts worth of ₹3.85 crore. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad…

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Everything About New COVID-19 Variant You Need to Know

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The rapid spreading of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been blamed for the introduction of the new Tier 4 rules and forming new rules for Christmas bubbles in England, Scotland, Wales, and the UK. After finding this new variant, the government said that now it is on high alert and will try its best to stop its spreading at its early stage and will not allow it to reach the next level. There were a lot of questions from many people and we tried to answer the major ones. We hope…

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Know The Difference Between RT-PCR Test & RAT Test

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After the COVID-19 outbreak, one challenge the entire world has faced is the mayhem about the tests of the disease as everyone was initially was so confused which tests to be done as no one was really sure about the difference between the RT-PCR test & RAT test. The world has been in shambles as it has disrupted everything and many people are still afraid to step out of their homes. But there is no stopping and controlling this fast-spreading virus. India has been one of the biggest targets of…

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‘Compulsory community service’ at Covid-19 centers for those not wearing masks: Gujarat High Court

Community Service India

On Wednesday, the High Court of Gujarat ordered the local government to obligate community service at the patient care center of COVID-19 along with charging a fine, for the people who breach the guideline of wearing masks on public premises. This decision was taken by a bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala. The bench mentioned in an order that the COVID-19 patient care center should impose a duty on the violators under the community service rules for up-to 15 days. The duty must be served for…

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COVID-19 negative test report mandatory to enter within Maharashtra from these 4 states

Covid Maharashtra

On Monday, The Government Of Maharashtra has taken a major decision considering the condition of COVID-19 pandemic within the state. As per the decision, from now onwards, people coming to Maharashtra from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will have to show the COVID-19 negative report in order to enter the state. People coming from these four states will not be able to get admission without a negative report of COVID-19. However, the state government has made some arrangements for those who will not be able to produce a negative report…

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Schools to remain closed in Mumbai till 31st December

Mumbai Schools

As the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising quite significantly in Mumbai, every school under the administration of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) will stay shut up to 31st December 2020, by the latest order. As per the previous instructions, all schools in Mumbai were poised to reopen on 23rd November 2020. Excluding Mumbai, all other cities of Maharashtra can resume their school activities from Monday. The schools should function by adhering to all the prescribed COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government of Maharashtra. The Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar said that the…

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Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 Drug Shows 95% Efficacy

Covid Vaccine

There is a race against time going on between the pharmaceutical companies to develop COVID-19 drug and Pfizer is one of the first to release its data after the completion of successful trials. It is to be noted that they’ve got 95% efficacy and are looking forward to getting hold of an emergency use authorization from the American government. Moving on, the data shows that out of a total of 43,000 volunteers, only 170 got negative effects out of which 162 were given a placebo and the rest 6 were on…

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Serum Institute of India (SII) ready with 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

SII

Pune-headquartered Serum Institute of India (SII) has already manufactured about 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The manufacturing is completed under the at-risk production and license of stockpiling from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). With assistance from the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), the Serum Institute Of India will target early access of the vaccine for the country. A few days back, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII, said that accessibility of a potential vaccine to fight the pandemic within the country may be possible early next…

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