Novel Coronavirus pandemic cases top 20 million globally

Russia claims to have developed Vaccine;NZ reports resurgence; WHO issues directives for Dentistry:By Neeraj Bajpai

Novel Coronavirus pandemic cases top 20 million globally

Novel Coronavirus pandemic confirmed cases today surged past 20 million somber milestones with over 737,000 deaths while several nations faced an unabated onslaught of the pandemic amid reports that Russia has claimed to have developed the vaccine and  New Zealand has seen a resurgence in the cases , leading to lockdown in Auckland.

Russian  President Vladimir Putin has announced the development of the vaccine and also said one of his daughters has taken the shot.

India has again witnessed over 53,000 cases in the last 24 hours with a total death toll of over 45,000 so far, driving states to look into their policies of un-lockdowns. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with several states for the efficient containment of the disease which has adversely impacted the country’s’ economy besides taking a heavy toll on the health set up and financial resources. Former India’s President Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive and he had tweeted about his infection. He underwent surgery yesterday for a clot in the brain.

In India, the  Case Fatality Rate has been low when compared to the global average. It has fallen below 2% today, currently standing at 1.99%.

Prime Minister  Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers and representatives of ten states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing to discuss the current situation and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Karnataka was represented by the Deputy Chief Minister.

Prime Minister said that everyone has shown a great degree of cooperation and the teamwork displayed by Team India has been remarkable. He talked about the challenges and pressure faced by hospitals and health care workers.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will go into lockdown and the rest of the country will go into level 2.The announcement came after four cases of community transmission from the same family were confirmed – after 102 days without any.

Ardern and director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield announced the news tonight and an alert was sent to New Zealanders’ phones. Reports say As of noon tomorrow, Auckland will move to level 3 for three days until midnight on Friday.

ON August 11, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation issued a registration certificate with number LP-006395 for a vaccine for the prevention of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19, developed by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Academician N.F. Gamalea of the Ministry of Health of Russia.

“According to the results, the vaccine showed high efficacy and safety. All volunteers developed high titers of antibodies to COVID-19, while none of them had serious complications of immunization.

The head of the department also added that Russia is ready for international cooperation in the development and introduction of a vaccine

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus.

“I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, in his latest briefing to journalists yesterday.

“But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is – it’s never too late to turn the outbreak around.”

The UN’s top official also commended nations in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, which took early action to suppress the virus.

Countries such as France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom, which faced major outbreaks, also were able to suppress the virus to a significant extent, after taking action.

Strong, precise measures

Throughout the pandemic, WHO has been recommending measures such as rapid case identification, contact tracing, physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing.

Tedros said countries facing new spikes of the disease “are now using all the tools at their disposal”.

He cited recent stay-at-home measures implemented in the UK, as well as France’s decision on the compulsory use of masks in busy outdoor spaces in Paris.

“Strong and precise measures like these, in combination with utilizing every tool at our disposal, are key to preventing any resurgence in disease and allowing societies to be reopened safely”, he said. “And even in countries where transmission is intense, it can be brought under control by applying an all of government, all of the social response.”

‘Suppress, suppress, suppress’

The WHO chief stressed that virus suppression is crucial for societies to re-open safely, including for students to return to school.


“My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, and suppress the virus. If we suppress the virus effectively, we can safely open up societies,” he said.


The COVID-19 fight is countering many challenges as some heads of states have aired concerns over the lockdowns which are hampering already battered economies. In Brazil, the daily death toll and fresh cases have posed fresh fears while its President Jair M. Bolsonaro

In a series of tweets, he has opposed the lockdown and hype against the virus which has taken 101,752 lives and its caseload has surged past 3057,470


“A. Hydroxychloroquine is used as recommended by the Federal Council of Medicine. The decision is made by the doctor, and it cannot be prohibited by decree, from anyone. Dep Clarissa Tércio / PE, reports those who criticize but do not offer alternatives” he tweeted while touting the use of the medicines which is a center of debate among medical experts globe over.

In Australia, 19 more deaths were reported in the worst-hit Victoria where 228 people have died. There are 21,713 cases and 723 deaths so far reported in Australia.

The Third worst pandemic affected nation in the world, India, today notched 53,601 fresh cases.

India has surged past a tally of 22, 68,675 cases while the global infections rose to 20,089,624 and the death toll of 736,191 including 45,257 deaths, in India.

The pandemic has shown an uptick trend in some parts of the world, especially in the European region.


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The United States has so far notched 50, 98,452 cases, and 163,533  deaths, According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).


America’s COVID-19 death toll is expected to reach nearly 300,000 by December 1; however, consistent mask-wearing beginning today could save about 70,000 lives, according to new data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.


Mexico, too, is also reeling under the severe strain of the pandemic with over 52,000  deaths so far and the cases have mounted to 48.278. Peru has reported 47,102 cases and 20,844 deaths


There are reports that asymptomatic patients are a trigger for the second wave as the virus-infected 19.62   million and killed 727,641  globally with over 200,000 deaths in the Caribbean and Latin American countries that report over 5 million cases alone


The coronavirus mortality trend has not yet abated in the US, where differences among those who have to contain the disease is a topic of debate. The US has yesterday again reported more than 1000 deaths.


In Japan, the cases are rising and it has surged past 496 617 with over 1012 deaths.


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In  India, cases are increasing at a rate of over 55000 cases per day for the last few days though the mortality rate is quite low

India‘s COVID-19 tally has crossed 22, 68,675 mark with over 53,601  fresh cases reported in a day yesterday.

Delhi has a caseload of 146,134 with 707 cases in the last 24 hours. It has 4131 deaths, including 20 deaths in the last 24 hrs.

More than 15.93 lakh patients have recovered too.

The government yesterday said the record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country viz. the active cases have reduced and currently comprise only 28.66% of the total positive cases.

After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges, and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020. International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission.

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In Maharashtra, 9181 fresh cases during the last 24 hours have pushed the tally to.5, 24,513 and its death toll has mounted to 18,050 deaths including 293 deaths in the last 24 hours.

In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the tally rose to 302,815 with 5914 fresh cases, and the death toll surged past 5051 with 114 deaths in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu State has extended lockdown till August 31 but eases curbs.

After TN, Andhra Pradesh is now the worst affected with 235,525 cases and 2116 deaths including 80 in the last 24 hours. It reported about 7665 cases in the last 24 hrs.

Andhra Pradesh: State government has decided that people suffering from fever, breathlessness, and decreasing oxygen levels will be admitted to hospitals irrespective of the Covid-19 test as waiting for test results would delay their treatment.Lockdown restrictions in Nellore city have been extended till August 23. Shops in the city will be allowed to remain open only between 6 am and 1 pm. State to place 5-10 beds with oxygen supply in each of Community Health Centers.

Prakasam district administration is gearing up to re-impose a complete lockdown in the district headquarter, Ongole with coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of receding.

Telangana: Asymptomatic patients being the silent carriers of coronavirus is a big concern in Telangana now. While it is a good sign that a majority of asymptomatic cases indicate a higher rate of recovery, the rapid spread of the virus in a large population is what is worrying about the officials. Covid-19 slows down in Hyderabad, other districts report spikes.

Maharashtra: The Maharashtra Chief Minister  Uddhav Thackeray has asked authorities to take strict action against hospitals for overcharging, and also called for effective bed and ambulance management amid the outbreak.

Gujarat: Ahmedabad and Surat are among the 16 districts in four states reporting COVID-19 mortality higher than the national and their respective state average. The Centre has advised them to increase tests per million population and reduce case confirmation percentage in addition to ensuring the availability of ambulances with a target of zero refusal.

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France has reported a fresh surge with its total cases of 239,349 and 30,327 deaths so far.

Germany, authorities have wondered about the re-emerging trends and asked people to follow strictly social distancing norms as the country reported 218,508 cases and 9203 deaths.

South Africa has reported more than 563,598 cases with 10,621 deaths. A new “surge team” of leading UN health experts is in South Africa to ramp up the COVID-19 response there.


The UN estimates that the pandemic has affected more than one billion students worldwide. Despite efforts to continue learning during the crisis, including through delivering lessons by radio, television, and online, many are still not being reached.


The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history and prolonged school closures could further entrench inequalities in access to learning, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday, underlining the need for “bold steps” to address the crisis.


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WHO has said although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are “not invincible” when it comes to the disease. Evidence suggests that the spike in cases in some countries is partly due to younger people “letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.

New WHO interim guidance on considerations for the provision of essential #OralHealth services in the context of #COVID19 – addresses the prioritization of urgent cases, screening of patients and measures to be taken in oral health services
WHO advises that routine non-essential #OralHealth care – such as check-ups, dental cleanings & preventive care – be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in #COVID19 transmission rates
74% of countries responding to a recent WHO global assessment of continuity of essential health services during #COVID19 reported that dental services have been partially or completely disrupted. This figure is higher than for any other type of essential service, WHO has tweeted.

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