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Coronavirus-India records highest ever single day spike-1.45 lakhs cases; Night curfews & lockldowns at some places staging back

Low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent of all COVID-19 shots given

Coronavirus-India records highest-ever single-day spike-1.45 lakhs cases; Night curfews & lockdowns staging back

Recording the highest-ever single-day spike of 1,45,384 new COVID19 cases and 794 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s total cases now hovered around 1,32,05,926 with a death toll of  1,68,436, as per the Union Health Ministry data today.

There are recoveries: 1,19,90,859 ,Active cases: 10,46,631 and Total vaccination: 9,80,75,160.

At least four people died and several injured in a fire at a COVID hospital in Nagpur. The fire started from an AC unit of ICU, reports say. The hospital was private. 

Saddened by the hospital fire in Nagpur. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. Praying that the injured recover at the earliest, PM Narendra Modi has tweeted.

NCP leader Praful Patel said: The news of the fire in a #COVID19 hospital in #Nagpur is extremely tragic. My condolences to the families of the patients who lost their lives. May God give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss.

 

In the wake of an uptick, several cities in the worst affected states have gone for the night curfew.

In Madhya Pradesh government has planned to enforce a lockdown in four districts i.e. Ratlam, Betul, Katni, and Khargone.

 

While Ratlam and Betul will be locked down for nine days from 6 pm on Friday, Khargone and Katni will see restrictions for seven days beginning 9 pm and 6 pm respectively, from Friday.  The measure will be in addition to a 60-hour lockdown that has been put in place in all cities from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday. However, essential services will remain unaffected by the curbs.    The state on Thursday reported  4324 fresh covid cases and 27 deaths.

 

The Covid -19 situation in the worst affected Maharastra state remained grim as the state reported 60,000 fresh cases with Mumbai accounting for 9,200 cases.
Yesterday, newly 58,993 patients have been tested as positive in the state. Also newly 45,391 patients have been cured today. Totally 26,95,148 patients are cured & discharged from the hospitals Total Active patients are 5,34,603 bThe patient recovery rate in the state is 81.96%. the state health Minister Rajesh Tope last night tweeted.
Likewise, BMC tweet said:#CoronavirusUpdates 9-Apr; 6:00pm Positive Pts. (24 hrs) – 9,200 Discharged Pts. (24 hrs) – 5,099 Total Recovered Pts. – 3,97,613 Overall Recovery Rate – 79% Total Active Pts. – 90,333 Doubling Rate – 34 Days Growth Rate (2 Apr-8 Apr) – 2.00% #NaToCorona

 

On the global level, The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday.

Although more than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, richer countries have received more than 87 percent, and low-income countries just 0.2 percent.

“There remains a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanonom Ghebreyesus, speaking during the agency’s regular briefing from Geneva.

“On average in high-income countries, almost one in four people has received a vaccine. In low-income countries, it’s one in more than 500.  Let me repeat that: one in four versus one in 500.”

Bilateral deals hurt COVAX

The global solidarity initiative, COVAX, has also experienced a shortage of vaccines.  While the mechanism has distributed some 38 million doses so far, it was expected to deliver nearly 100 million by the end of March.

“The problem is not getting vaccines out of COVAX; the problem is getting them in”, he said.

“We understand that some countries and companies plan to do their own bilateral vaccine donations, bypassing COVAX for their own political or commercial reasons. These bilateral arrangements run the risk of fanning the flames of vaccine inequity.”

Scaling up solidarity

COVAX partners, who include Gavi, the vaccine alliance, are working on several options to scale up production to meet the goal of delivering two billion doses by the end of the year.

Dr Seth Berkley, the Chief Executive Officer at Gavi, highlighted the need for continued solidarity.

“What we are now beginning to see are supply constraints, not just of vaccines, but also of the goods that go into making vaccines”, he said.

COVAX is in discussions with several high-income countries to get them to share surplus vaccine doses, he said. It is also developing cost-sharing mechanisms so that low-income countries can buy additional doses through COVAX, funded by multilateral development banks.

Dr. Berkley added that financing is also needed as demand for vaccines has risen with the emergence of new COVID-19 variants.

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A man wearing a protective mask against Covid-19 circulates in the port area of ​​Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, on September 16, 2020.

Concern over the ‘raging inferno’ in Brazil

WHO remains deeply concerned about what one of its experts labeled the “raging inferno of an outbreak” in Brazil, in response to a journalist’s question about scaling up vaccines to address the emergency there.

South America’s largest country has recorded more than 340,000 deaths since the pandemic began, making it second only to the United States.

Tedros said he has spoken with the newly appointed health minister, and officials at the federal level, which he hoped will “help with moving forward in our partnership.”

Continue prevention measures

Dr. Bruce Aylward, a WHO Senior Adviser, described the situation in Brazil as “very, very concerning”.  Delivering more vaccines would have minimal impact, he said, emphasizing the need to continue measures that have proved to slow virus spread.

“Even by the time you get vaccines into a country, by the time you get them into people – and you’re getting them to a relatively small proportion of the population – that will have a small effect in limiting the risk to some people”, he said.

“But what you’re dealing with here is a raging inferno of an outbreak, and that requires population-level action in the rapid identification, isolation, quarantining because you have to approach this at that scale to slow this thing down.”

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, added that while vaccines are a powerful tool, they alone will not end the pandemic.

“The trajectory of this pandemic around the world is going in the wrong direction”, she said, referring to six consecutive weeks of increased cases and rising deaths.

“We have tools right now that can prevent infections and can save lives, so we need to find reasons why measures aren’t in place…and find solutions to actually get these in place.”

 

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