Coronavirus India Live Updates: Kerala is set to gradually ease lockdown restrictions from today onwards following a decline in daily reported cases. However, a complete lockdown will continue in the state during the weekend. Shop selling essential good will remain open between 7 AM and 7 PM, while public transport will be permitted to partially operate.
India reported 67,208 new coronavirus cases and 2,330 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s overall caseload rose to 2.97 crore, while the death toll surged to 3.81 lakh. Kerala remains the top contributor with 13,270 cases. The number of active cases dropped to 8.26 lakh, the lowest in 71 days.
With a state-appointed task force Wednesday warning of a potential third wave of the pandemic hitting Maharashtra in a month or two if Covid-appropriate behaviour is not followed, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed senior doctors and officers to ensure medicines and health equipment were available across urban and rural areas.
In other news, several hospitals across Delhi have reported cases of multi inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) as a post-Covid complication over the last month, though city pediatricians emphasise that affected children have responded well to treatment. In Karnataka, scientists are studying genomic sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among children infected in the second wave in order to ascertain if infections are being caused by the existing variants of the virus or newer ones.
Dr Reddy’s in a statement Wednesday said that the soft launch of Sputnik V vaccine in India, which was initiated in Hyderabad, has been scaled up to many cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, among others. It added that registration on CoWIN was not open to public yet, but will be open at the time of commercial launch.
Meanwhile, drugs such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and antibiotics like doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed for adult Covid patients are not recommended for treating children, stated a government guideline issued on Wednesday. The guidelines by the Union Health Ministry said the decision has been taken since most of these drugs used in adults are have not been tested on children for prevention or treatment of Covid infection among them.
India recorded 62,224 new Covid-19 cases and 2,542 deaths on Tuesday. With this, the country’s overall caseload rose to 2.96 crore, while the death toll surged to 3.62 lakh. Kerala is the top contributor, adding 12,246 new cases to the country’s caseload. The number of fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours are 212 in Delhi, 830 in Mumbai, 1,611 in Bengaluru, 377 in Kolkata and 689 in Chennai.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the government said that its decision to increase the gap between two shots of Covishield from 4-6 weeks to 12-16 weeks lies in “fundamental scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines”, according to the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).