Thursday, August 18, 2022

Covid cases on the rise in NE states

After a gap of several months, new Covid cases are rising in almost all the North Eastern states with the authorities in most states yet to take any precautionary measures, including making wearing of the face mask mandatory.
Schools shut in Manipur
Correspondent: Manipur government on Tuesday announced closure of all schools—both government and private schools, till July 24 as the Covid-19 positivity rate in the state has breached the 15% mark.
The state has been witnessing sharp rise in Covid-19 test positivity rate since the last week of June and the rate breached 15% mark on Monday and Tuesday. State education commissioner H Gyan Prakash, in an order, said that considering the health safety of the children, all schools (government/government aided/private schools/schools affiliated to CBSE) will be closed with immediate effect till July 24, in public interest.
“…Whereas, children below 12 years of age are yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19, thus increasing their vulnerability to get infected by Covid-19 significantly, the order stated.
The Covid-19 caseload in the state rose to 1,37,543 after 59 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
The active cases also crossed 200-mark (216) while no new deaths were reported in the state, keeping the death toll at 2,120.
Tripura government has once again made wearing of face mask mandatory in public places from Tuesday. The Tripura High Court issued an order asking everyone present in the court premises to maintain social distancing norms strictly and mandatorily and to adhere to all safety measures, including wearing of face mask in proper manner. In Tripura, the positivity rate increased to 10.02 per cent from 9.87 per cent on July 4. In all, 112 people tested positive during the past 24 hours.
Assam has recorded 344 more Covid-19 cases, the highest in the last five months, taking the tally to 7,26,855, the National Health Mission said on Tuesday. The test positivity rate rose to 11.58%. There are 1,858 active cases, while 93 more patients recuperated, taking the recoveries to 7,17,036, it said.
Mizoram reported 120 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, 31 more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 2,29,982, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 706 .
The Covid-19 positivity rate on Tuesday stood 24.94 per cent with 729 active cases. Around 500 people were infected during the past one week.
In Sikkim, 69 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 39,537 on Tuesday. The state currently has 253 active cases.
The death toll stood at 458, with no reports of any fatalities in the last 24 hours.
Nagaland logs 5 new cases
NPN: Nagaland on Tuesday recorded five fresh Covid-19 positive cases, pushing the total caseload to 35,555.
Of the fresh cases, two were from Kohima and one each in Dimapur, Mokokchung and Peren.
The State currently has 34 active Covid-19 cases, with three patients currently admitted to Covid-19 hospitals and 31 currently under home isolation. Further, Covid-19 death toll remained unchanged at 762 (including 4 non-Covid deaths but with positivity).

Covid pandemic is ‘nowhere near over’

GENEVA, JUL 12 (AFP): Fresh waves of Covid infections show the pandemic is “nowhere near over”, the World Health Organization’s chief warned Tuesday, voicing concern the virus is “running freely”.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was worried that case numbers were continuing to rise, putting further pressure on stretched health systems and workers.
“New waves of the virus demonstrate again that Covid-19 is nowhere near over,” he told a news conference, adding: “As the virus pushes at us, we must push back.”
“The virus is running freely and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity, in terms of both hospitalisation for acute cases and the expanding number of people with post-Covid condition, often referred to as Long Covid,” he said.
“As Covid-19 transmission and hospitalisations rise, governments must also deploy tried and tested measures like masking, improved ventilation and test and treat protocols,” Tedros insisted.
The WHO’s emergency committee on Covid-19 met on Friday via video-conference and determined the pandemic remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern– the highest alarm the WHO can sound.
WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told the meeting global Covid cases reported to the WHO increased by 30 percent in the last two weeks, largely driven by Omicron sub-variants BA.4, BA.5 and the lifting of public health and social measures.
The group voiced concern over steep reductions in testing, resulting in reduced surveillance and genomic sequencing.
“This impedes assessments of currently circulating and emerging variants of the virus,” the WHO said, feeding the inability to interpret trends in transmission.
The committee said the trajectory of virus evolution and the characteristics of emerging variants remained “uncertain and unpredictable”, with the absence of measures to reduce transmission increasing the likelihood of “new, fitter variants emerging, with different degrees of virulence, transmissibility, and immune escape potential”.


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