Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Coronavirus India LIVE up: Assam doctor infected with Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus simultaneously

 Coronavirus India LIVE updates: The Assam doctor, who was detected with both the Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus, was fully vaccinated, according to officials.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: A doctor in Assam was found to be infected by two different coronavirus variants of concern, both Alpha and Delta. But her condition is nothing to be alarmed about, according to officials.

“It will be similar to any other mono-infection of the virus, nothing to worry that the dual infection will cause the severe disease, it is not like that,” Dr. BJ Borkakoti, Senior Scientist, Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, told ANI.

No death due to lack of oxygen has been specifically reported by the states and union territories, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The government, however, said there was an “unprecedented surge” in the demand for medical oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19.

Assam doctor infected with Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus simultaneously. Follow this space for the latest updates on India's Covid-19 outbreak. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday apprised the floor leaders of both Houses on the Covid-19 situation and said that "pandemic should not be a matter of politics and is a matter of concern for the entire humanity," a statement from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs stated. PM also stressed the need to properly plan the vaccination drives at the district level based on the advance availability information.

Earlier in the day, the ICMR said that it would be wise to consider reopening primary schools first as children can handle viral infections much better. In the latest national serosurvey conducted by ICMR in June-July, one-third of the population did not have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies meaning that about 40 crore people are still vulnerable to Covid-19 infection. The government further said that 67.6% of India's population above 6 years have been found to have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and that 85 percent of surveyed healthcare workers had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 while one-tenth of HCWs are still unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, four Covid-19 vaccine candidates are at different stages of human trials while one, developed by Unique Life Sciences, is in the advanced preclinical stage, Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday in a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, news agency PTI reported.

He said that Cadila Healthcare Ltd's DNA-based vaccine candidate is in phase three clinical trial and it has also submitted the interim data for emergency use authorization. Biological E Ltd's vaccine candidate is also in phase three clinical trial. Bharat Biotech International Ltd's Adeno intranasal vaccine candidate is in phase three clinical trial, while Genova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd's mRNA-vaccine candidate is in Phase one clinical trial. The Gurgaon-based Genique Life Sciences Pvt Ltd's vaccine candidate is in the advanced preclinical stage, he added.

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