Corona Virus Covid 19

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Lockdown is Europe's favorite past time. The US government will provide another $900 billion dollars in stimulus. Considering all the previous stimulus handouts, the total stimulus is about $3 trillion. You can see why Fauchi and researchers were making a big deal out of this crisis. In a way, it helped the US stock market. That is the only way I make money. The stimulus money never reaches me because my income is high.
 

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20 passengers from UK test positive for COVID-19
Source: PTI - Edited By: Hemant Waje
December 22, 2020 22:59 IST

At least 20 passengers from the United Kingdom tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday as the government issued a stringent set of standard operating procedure mandating RT-PCR tests at airports for each traveller from the country and isolation in a separate unit of an institutional facility for positive cases in view of the new coronavirus strain.



IMAGE: Municipal workers in personal protective equipment look on as passengers from United Kingdom arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo

There is no need to panic but there is cause to be more vigilant, said NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul.
"We are yet to spot such a virus in our country… We will be safe if we suppress the genomic sequence," Paul said at a press conference while stressing that the mutated SARS-CoV-2 strain detected in the UK has no impact on the potential of emerging vaccines.
Ahead of the December 23-31 suspension of flights to and from the UK that comes into effect at 11.59 pm on Tuesday as India joins about 40 others in sealing off the country, passengers were under close watch and hundreds were tested at various airports.
The process took many hours, resulting in scenes of chaos and confusion at several airports, including Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Of the 20 that tested positive, six were on a flight that landed in Delhi at 11.30 pm on Monday, two on a flight that came into Kolkata on Sunday night, four that arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday and eight, including a crew member, in Amritsar who also reached today. All were direct Air India flights from London.

According to the government's standard operating procedures (SOPs) for passengers from the UK issued on Tuesday, those testing positive will be isolated in a separate unit of an institutional facility.
"Five passengers were found COVID-positive at the Delhi airport. One passenger who took a connecting flight to Chennai was tested there and found positive," an official in Delhi said.
A second flight from London landed in Delhi at 6 am on Tuesday and two more were scheduled for the night. All the passengers were being tested, said Dr Gauri Agarwal, founder of the Genestrings Diagnostic Center handling coronavirus testing at Delhi airport.
The positive samples were sent to the National Centre for Disease Control for research on the new strain using next gen sequencing technology which will help understand the implications on ongoing vaccine efficacy, Agarwal told PTI.
"The Delhi government is on alert in the wake of a mutated coronavirus strain detected in the UK," said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain..
Jain said Delhi has fought difficult battles with COVID-19 and all efforts will be made to ensure the gains are not reversed.
Other states were also on guard.
In Kolkata, a West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department official said those sitting near the two passengers who were positive will be told to be in home isolation for two weeks.
"The Air India flight from London arrived at around 10.30 am," said Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Om Prakash Machra. The entire process of testing ended only in the evening with 275 passengers tested. Of the four who tested positive, one is a British national.
Punjab Minister for Medical Education and Research O P Soni said the eight who tested positive for the infection in Amritsar will be quarantined.
With passengers inside the terminal buildings for hours, anxious relatives waited outside for some news.
Amrik Singh, whose son Sukhwinder arrived from the UK, was one of them.
“I got a message from inside that several passengers have protested the delay in the sampling and testing process. I failed to understand why all passengers have been detained there for more than 12 hours on the pretext of testing,” he said.
In Mumbai, no COVID-19 symptomatic person was on board the three flights that came in on Tuesday with about 590 passengers on board.
Officials in Hyderabad said 358 passengers had arrived in Telangana from the UK over the last week and efforts were on to trace them.
As concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 variant mounted, the government put out SOPs that were detailed and exact.
The health ministry's guidelines for epidemiological surveillance described the activities to be undertaken at the point of entry and in the community for all flyers who have travelled from or transited through the UK from November 25 to December 23.
It stated that all travellers from the UK will be required to declare their travel history of the past 14 days and fill up a self-declaration form to be screened for COVID-19.
All passengers coming from the UK from December 21 to 23 would also be subjected to RT-PCRs test on arrival and this has to be ensured by respective state governments, the SOP stated. Those found negative at the airport would be advised quarantine at home and followed up.
State authorities would be responsible for earmarking specific facilities isolation and treatment of positive patients.
Also, contacts of such travellers found COVID-19 positive at airport testing would be subjected to institutional quarantine and tested according to ICMR guidelines.
"Necessary action to send the samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, or any other appropriate lab for genomic sequencing will be initiated at the facility level," it stated
"If the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit. While necessary treatment as per the existing protocol will be given, the patient shall be tested on 14th day, after having tested positive in the initial test,” it added.
The ministry also stated that state-wise passenger manifest of the flights from the UK landing at various airports in India for the past four weeks from November 25 to December 23 shall be conveyed by the Bureau of Immigration to the state government and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme so the data would be provided to the surveillance teams.
The new SARS-CoV 2 variant is said to be 70 per cent more transmissible, though health experts say there is no evidence that it is more deadly or would react differently to vaccines.
Several researchers have supported the temporary travel bans to and from the UK to stall the spread of the new viral strain.

“The strain has also been found in Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Italy. It is absolutely essential to stop the travel to spread this new strain in the world,” said Deepak Sehgal, professor and head of department of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar University.
The new strain was first detected in the UK in September. In November, around a quarter of cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of the cases in mid-December.



20 passengers from UK test positive for COVID-19
 

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@adsatinder , yes.....i was going to post video and link yesterday, but then refrained, because...\

Yes, it is bad.
A serious spike in infections and rate of infection was expected here, like Europe, because so many people here, they thought it was over when we moved to lockdown Alert Level 1,...and then school holiday party season began. Some of those parties were "super-spreader events" - some known so, because upper middle-class [etc] but of course it was much more than just that few. And anyway, we have seen the same in Europe and N.America, youth thinking it is no problem for them.

But...the experts with the data, and the hospital people, are telling how young pepole are being nailed, dying or having severe damage to neural system.
(Note, something unfortunate that has come out... it is not limited to mucous membrane tissue and lung tissue cells, it turns out that many many cells in the body have the receptors which Covid virus attaches to.)

There is a problem with words... media briefing / conference for medical experts mainly, on Saturday, the professor made a point, emphatically saying it is not a new/different strain of the virus, the most scientifically accurate term is variant.
But then, the next day, online interview with SABC news presenter, he said it again but couple minutes later he himself was using both words.

So...he explained it well...
This comes from the genome sequencing centre [which is in Durban]...and India has that same capability, so they are working on the same, and they will pick up any changes.
So, all this time, they have been seeing like 3 or 4 changes /differences happening in the virus each month or so.
(He said it is normal with viruses, and this virus has been more stable than influenza virus[es], they change more over the months.)

But then, since end of November, first 2 weeks December, they were seeing more and more with 20 changes ...and :-s 3 of those changes were changes in the receptor parts of the virus.

So that is why the concern that it may be more transmissable. ...And the concern that the vaccines developed will not be so effective. So that is why it is a problem with the news media. The experts , so far they know, it will not be a problem, but they...you can be sure, everywhere, they are checking that.
 

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[...]
“The strain has also been found in Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Italy. It is absolutely essential to stop the travel to spread this new strain in the world,” said Deepak Sehgal, professor and head of department of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar University.
The new strain was first detected in the UK in September. In November, around a quarter of cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of the cases in mid-December.
Same here.
Although like he says there, must stop all travel.........there is more to it than that.

It becomes the main variant found because it is the most successful at transmitting itself.

Then, although it seems counterintuitive, it also becomes "weaker" / has a less extreme effect on the body, less extreme reactions, which can also mean fewer deaths.
Why? Because if a variant has a more powerful effect on those who get infected, that they have the severe reacions and are hospitalised, it then does no continue spreading so much. Those people who are hit severely like that, they are not roaming around spreading it. They are too sick at home or in hospital.
 

Big Daddy

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There is a UK strain and a South Africa strain. Lazy people of the world are united and do not want to work. If these strains are coming from all over the world then why blame China for the initial Covid-19?
 

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Karnataka night curfew from Dec 24: NYE at bars and restos, interstate travel allowed
The night curfew will be in place between 11 pm and 5 am from December 24, 2020 until January 2, 2021.


New year decorations at night on a Bengaluru road


NEWS COVID-19 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020 - 18:14
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The night curfew, which was earlier announced by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday morning as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, will be implemented starting December 24. The same has been clarified by an order passed by Chief Secretary Vijaya Bhaskar.


The night curfew will be implemented between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am starting 24 December until January 2, 2021 (till 5.00 am on January 2, 2021), the order said. This is an update from the earlier announcement made by the Chief Minister, who had said the night curfew will be in place between 10 pm and 6 am. In a major exemption, midnight Christmas mass on December 24 night will be permitted following earlier guidelines.

Here's what is allowed and what is not during the night curfew
Movement of long-distance night buses, train services and air services will be permitted according to the order. For this, to-and-fro movement of taxis and auto will be permitted for dropping pickup of people to/from bus stops, railway stations or airports. The movement for the same will be allowed on displaying valid tickets, the order said.
The order said that movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 11.00 pm to 5.00 am, except for essential activities. However, there will be no restriction on movement of all types of goods through trucks, goods vehicles or any goods carriers, including empty vehicles.


Further, all industries/companies/organizations which require operations at night shall be permitted to operate with 50% staff. Movement of employees of such organisations shall be allowed on producing valid ID card issued by their respective organization or Institution.
The same order said that industries or factories which requires 24x7 operations will also be allowed to operate without any restrictions.
The order also said that pubs and bars can remain open on Christmas and New Year's Eve, but DJ parties in nightclubs are barred. The government has said that COVID-19 safety measures will be strictly enforced during Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the city. The government had earlier barred midnight revelries on New Year's Eve on Brigade Road and MG Road.


Karnataka night curfew from Dec 24: NYE at bars and restos, interstate travel allowed
 

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Karnataka Joins Maharashtra In Night Curfew Till Jan 2 As Precaution
Karnataka: All passengers coming from the UK will have to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours, the state government has said.
All IndiaReported by Nehal Kidwai, Edited by Swati BhasinUpdated: December 23, 2020 6:17 pm IST


New coronavirus strain has prompted Karnataka government to impose a night curfew.


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Bengaluru:
Amid global fears over the new mutant strain of coronavirus, a night curfew has been announced in Karnataka - between 10 PM to 6 AM - till January 2. Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to announce new restrictions this week as concern grows over the new strain, which is believed to be 70 per cent more infectious. It was first found in the United Kingdom.
All passengers coming from the UK will have to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours, the state government has said.
"In view of the new strain of coronavirus, it has been decided to impose (a) night curfew from today to January 2 between 10 PM to 6 AM. I request everyone to cooperate," Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today. He had told reporters yesterday "there's no need for night curfew for now," while stressing "we've to be extra cautious", news agency PTI reported.
"This (night curfew) has been done to prevent and contain the coronavirus strain found in the UK. We are also monitoring international passengers arriving in the state," Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, adding "there's no ban on inter-state travel". Schools will reopen for class 10 and class 12 students from January 1, the Health Minister said.
The new restrictions are likely to cloud the Christmas and New Year celebrations. "Between December 23 and January 2, no event or festive celebration is allowed to take place after 10 pm. It applies to every kind of event," Dr K Sudhakar told reporters today when asked if Christmas celebrations would be allowed on Friday.
On Monday, Maharashtra announced an 11 PM to 6 AM night curfew till January 5 in Mumbai and other cities, a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he was against a night curfew although experts had recommended it.
Maharashtra has the most number of Covid cases in the country - 19,02,458 - followed by Karnataka (9,11,382).


Karnataka Joins Maharashtra In Night Curfew Till Jan 2 As Precaution
 

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Night Curfew In Maharashtra, Quarantine For Europe, Middle East Arrivals

Passengers flying in from other European countries (or any in the Middle East) will be sent to 14-day institutional quarantine, and all others will have to undergo a similar period of home quarantine

All India
Reported by Sohit Rakesh Mishra, Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan (with inputs from PTI)
Updated: December 21, 2020 9:35 pm IST


Maharashtra has ordered a night curfew - from 11 PM to 6 AM till January 5 (File)

Mumbai:
Maharashtra on Monday imposed an 11 PM to 6 AM night curfew till January 5 in Mumbai and other cities, and announced new quarantine rules for arrivals from the Europe and Middle East, in view of a fast-spreading strain of coronavirus that has emerged in the UK and caused several nations, including India, to temporarily ban flights from that country.
Passengers from European or Middle East nations will be sent to 14-day institutional quarantine, and all others must home-isolate for a similar period, the state government said Monday evening.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner told news agency PTI that around 1,000 people are expected to arrive in five flights landing till midnight December 22, when the centre's ban on incoming flights from the UK takes effect.
Meanwhile, during the period of the night curfew, essential services, like supply of vegetables and milk, will remain unaffected. However, no more than five people can assemble at a given place in this time.
Earlier pn Monday, the centre announced a ban on all flights from the UK till December 31.
The ban will start Wednesday and all inbound passengers from the UK before then will be administered RT-PCR tests on arrival. Those who test positive will be sent to institutional quarantine and the rest will be asked to home-isolate for seven days.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has assured people the government has the situation under control and "there is no need to panic". Dr Vardhan said Monday: "... don't get hassled with imaginary situations... The government is fully alert."
The decision to impose a night curfew marks a U-turn by Chief Minister Thackeray.


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Karnataka government withdraws night curfew order amid public outcry
The decision to impose night curfew for nine days from 11 pm to 5 am starting from Thursday was taken on Wednesday by Yediyurappa in line with the Centre's advice, amid concerns over a new Covid-19 variant spreading in the UK.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 25, 2020 8:13:46 am

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BS Yediyurappa

The Karnataka government Thursday withdrew its night curfew order just six hours before it was supposed to be imposed across the state.
In a statement on Thursday evening, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that after the public outcry he held a meeting with officials and ministers and decided to withdraw the night curfew order. “There was a public opinion that a night curfew is not necessary, hence it has been decided to withdraw it after discussions with Cabinet ministers and senior officials,” he said.
The decision to impose night curfew for nine days from 11 pm to 5 am starting from Thursday was taken on Wednesday by Yediyurappa in line with the Centre’s advice, amid concerns over a new Covid-19 variant spreading in the UK.


In the statement, he urged citizens to follow all Covid-19 precautionary measures like wearing face masks and ensuring social distancing. Yediyurappa asked the public to avoid unnecessary travel and help to stop the spread of the Covid-19.
Congress had opposed the decision to impose a night curfew. Earlier on Thursday morning, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar had called the night curfew an “illogical” move and demanded that the night curfew should be withdrawn.
Karnataka was the second state after Maharashtra to impose night curfew across the state. On Wednesday morning while announcing the curfew he had said: “In view of the new strain of Coronavirus, night curfew for nine days will be imposed till January 2.”

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‘Landmark peak, active Covid-19 cases lowest after 170 days’: Health ministry

‘Landmark peak, active Covid-19 cases lowest after 170 days’: Health ministry
The total number of active cases in the country stands at 2,78,690 while the total discharged cases are at 97,61,538 with 21,430 new discharges in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry tally.
INDIA Updated: Dec 27, 2020, 13:35 IST

hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Healthcare workers in PPE coveralls collect swab samples for Covid-19 test at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal in New Delhi, on Saturday.


Healthcare workers in PPE coveralls collect swab samples for Covid-19 test at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal in New Delhi, on Saturday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

As India’s daily Covid-19 caseload dropped to 18,732 on Sunday, the Union health ministry called it “landmark peak in country’s infection trajectory”.
“Landmark peak in India’s Covid-19 trajectory as daily new cases drop to 18,732 after 6 months. India’s total active caseload has fallen to 2.78 lakh (2,78,690) today. This is the lowest after 170 days,” the ministry said on Twitter.


It also said that India has reported a trend of sustained decrease in the number of active cases. “India’s present active caseload consists of just 2.74 per cent of India’s total positive cases,” it said.
The total recovered cases stand at 97,61,538. The gap between recovered and active cases, that is steadily increasing, is nearing 95 lakh and presently stands at 94,82,848, the ministry said.
India’s Covid-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,01,87,850 on Sunday.
The total number of active cases in the country stands at 2,78,690 while the total discharged cases are at 97,61,538 with 21,430 new discharges in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry tally.
Maharashtra has 59,223 active cases while Kerala has 63,927 active Covid-19 cases, according to the Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, a total of 16,81,02,657 samples were tested for Covid-19 up to December 26. Of these, 9,43,368 samples were tested yesterday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).


‘Landmark peak, active Covid-19 cases lowest after 170 days’: Health ministry
 
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