VA-SenaSeptember 29, 2020


Ever since the senior BJP leader tweeted about her testing positive for the infection late on Saturday night, the AIIMS management had made arrangements, in-charge of COVID cases at the AIIMS, Madhur Uniyal, said.

Uma Bharti, COVID-19 Positive, Admitted To AIIMS


Rishikesh: Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently, was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.


VA-SenaSeptember 21, 2020


Raipur, which is among the worst-hit districts, has been reporting a high number of infections.



Ten districts in Chhattisgarh, including state capital Raipur, have been put under lockdown from today amid spike in COVID-19 cases in these districts. The state capital — which has been reporting 900-1,000 daily cases — has been declared a containment zone.

Apart from Raipur, nine other districts including Jashpur, Baloda Bazaar, Janjgir-Champa, Durg, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Bilaspur,  Bilaspur, will remain under lockdown till September 28, according to the government order.

Raipur, which is among the worst-hit districts, has been reporting a high number of infections.

“Raipur district has so far reported over 26,000 COVID-19 cases and 900-1000 cases are being recorded daily. To break the chain of transmission, it has become necessary to declare the entire district a containment zone. Inter-district borders in Raipur will remain sealed during this duration,” the order issued by Raipur Collector S Bharathi Dasan said.

All Central, state and semi government as well as private offices will remain closed, though government staff engaged in prevention and control of COVID-19 will continue to work as earlier, it said. No public meeting or rally will be allowed during the period, it said.

“All shops and commercial establishments, including grocery shops will be closed. Medical shops will be allowed to remain open while home deliveries of medicines will be given priority. Milk shops will be open from 6am to 8am and then 5pm to 6:30pm,” an official said

Petrol pumps will provide fuel only to government vehicles, private vehicles engaged in medical emergency and ambulances. LPG cylinder distributors are allowed to take orders only via telephone and provide home delivery.

Essential services, like health, electricity and water supply, sanitation works and emergency services have been kept out of the purview of restrictions, and those needing to move out of the district will need an e-pass, an official said.

VA-SenaSeptember 18, 2020


The health ministry’s Covid-19 dashboard showed there were 1,017,754 active cases and the country’s death toll has gone up to 84,372.

96,424 new Covid-19

India’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tally surged to 5,214,677 after 96,424 new cases and 1,174 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours from across the country, according to the Union health ministry on Friday.

The health ministry’s Covid-19 dashboard showed there were 1,017,754 active cases and the country’s death toll has gone up to 84,372.

Close to half or 48.45% of the active cases of Covid-19 are concentrated in three states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the ministry said on Thursday. Along with Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, these states contribute nearly 60% of the total active cases in the country, it added.

According to the health ministry’s dashboard at 8am, 87,472 Covid-19 patients recovered between Thursday and Friday morning. With this, the number of recoveries in India has climbed to 4,112,551 and the recovery rate to 78.86%.

India has recorded more than 82,000 recoveries for three days in a row now and the recovered cases exceed active ones by more than 3 million, according to the ministry’s data.

“These high levels of recovery have resulted in a 100% increase in the number of recovered cases in the past 30 days. Maharashtra (17,559) contributed more than one-fifth of the new recoveries (21.22%) while the States of Andhra Pradesh (10,845), Karnataka (6,580), Uttar Pradesh (6,476) and Tamil Nadu (5,768) contributed 35.87% of the new recoveries,” the health ministry said on Thursday.

It added that these states together account for 57.1% of total new recoveries.

Maharashtra accounted for more than 40% of the new deaths related to the coronavirus disease. The following four States of Uttar Pradesh (86), Punjab (78), Andhra Pradesh (64), West Bengal (61) contributed 25.5% of the fatalities in the last 24 hours, the ministry had said on Thursday.

There are more than 30 million coronavirus disease cases worldwide and 944,887 people have succumbed to the viral disease, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 data








VA-SenaSeptember 18, 2020


“During the period of lockdown from March 24, 2020 to September 13, 2020, the district and subordinate courts across the country have disposed 15,32,334 cases,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

15.32 Lakh Cases Disposed

New Delhi: The district and subordinate courts across the country have disposed of over 15.32 lakh cases since the lockdown was announced in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 24, the government informed Parliament on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said after the announcement of the nationwide lockdown, directions were issued from time to time by the respective high courts to the courts under their administrative jurisdiction for hearing of the urgent civil and criminal matters in the virtual or physical mode, depending on local conditions.

“During the period of lockdown from March 24, 2020 to September 13, 2020, the district and subordinate courts across the country have disposed 15,32,334 cases,” he said.

Mr Prasad said most of the high courts have further advised the district and subordinate courts that where there is no shutdown or lockdown and that they may resume normal functioning virtually or physically and take up all kinds of cases, including those pertaining to undertrial prisoners, civil cases, matrimonial disputes, child custody matters, recording of evidence and other old matters.



VA-SenaSeptember 15, 2020


The government should help the aviation sector, says Nationalist Congress Party MP Praful Patel

Airline Support-Covid

New Delhi: Airlines are financially stressed due to COVID-19 and need support from the government, said Nationalist Congress Party MP Praful Patel today.

“We have to help the aviation sector. Airlines are financially stressed due to COVID-19 and need support,” said former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel during a discussion on Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020 in the Rajya Sabha.

Stating the importance of civil aviation sector in the country, he said: “Four to five per cent people of the country board flights one time in a year. If this number goes up to 10-15 per cent, we would need a huge increase in the number of airports and aircraft.”

VA-SenaSeptember 10, 2020


India COVID-19 Updates: There are 9,19,018 active cases in the country which comprise 20.58 per cent of the total caseload, government data showed.



New Delhi: India registered a record 95,735 coronavirus cases in 24 hours taking the total number of infections to over 44.65 lakh, government data showed today. The country also recorded the highest deaths in a day with 1,172 fatalities. The last recorded highest spike was on Tuesday when India registered 90,802 cases. The highest deaths were recorded a day later with 1,133 fatalities. There have been 72,939 recoveries in the last 24 hours – total recoveries stand at 34,71,783. There are over 9.19 lakh active cases in India, which is the second most affected nation due to the deadly virus in the world.

Here are the top 10 developments on coronavirus cases in India:

  1. Maharashtra, the most affected state in the country recorded 23,577 cases in 24 hours – the highest in the country. The state also registered the highest number of deaths with 380 fatalities.
  2. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu followed Maharashtra. Total cases in 24 hours in these states are: Andhra Pradesh- 10,418, Karnataka- 9,540, UP- 6,568 and Tamil Nadu- 5,584.
  3. The recovery rate in the country is 77.7 per cent and death rate further dropped to 1.6 per cent. The Union Health Ministry last week had directed the three worst-affected states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to keep their mortality rates below one per cent.
  4. The total number of samples tested up till today is 5,29,34,433. Over 11.29 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours, government data showed. The highest number of tests was conducted on September 3 with 11.72 lakh tests.
  5. The daily positivity rate in the country is 8.4 per cent – a rise from Wednesday’s 7.7 per cent.
  6. Delhi on Wednesday saw a record surge with more than 4,000 cases of coronavirus – the highest since the outbreak reached the national capital.
  7. India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for nearly a month, according to the World Health Organization data.
  8. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, it went past 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5.
  9. After the United States and India, Brazil, Russia and Peru have the highest number of cases. US has over 63.59 lakh cases, around 19 lakh more infections than India.
  10. The Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the Oxford University’s Covishield vaccine and will hold the phase 3 clinical trials in India from next week, has been issued a showcause notice by the country’s drug controller DGCI. Trials for the vaccine were stopped in four nations as a precautionary measure after one of the recipients in the UK showed some adverse symptoms, which are yet to be linked to the vaccine.


VA-SenaSeptember 8, 2020


Russia was in close dialogue with the Indian government and the leading drug manufactures of India regarding the localisation of production of Sputnik V vaccine in India.


The clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine for coronavirus will be held this month in several countries including India, confirmed Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Monday.

Dmitriev told Sputnik that the clinical trials in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Philippines, India and Brazil will begin this month.

“The post-registration studies involving more than 40,000 people started in Russia on August 26, before AstraZeneca has started its Phase 3 trial in the US with 30,000 participants. Clinical trials in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Philippines, India and Brazil will begin this month. The preliminary results of the Phase 3 trial will be published in October-November 2020,” said Dmitriev.

Russia was in close dialogue with the Indian government and the leading drug manufactures of India regarding the localization of production of Sputnik V vaccine in India.

On August 11, the Sputnik V vaccine developed jointly by RDIF and the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology was registered by the Ministry of Health of Russia and became the world’s first registered vaccine against COVID-19.

According to Russian researchers, Sputnik V is a human adenoviral vector vaccine which fights against coronavirus disease.

“India has historically been a very important partner of Russia. India is one of the leading countries in production. Around 60 percent of all the vaccines in the world are produced in India. We are in close dialogue with the corresponding ministries and the India government and the leading manufacturer of the country regarding localisation of production of Sputnik V vaccine in India. And we have achieved certain agreements with the leading companies,” Dmitriev said earlier in response to an ANI query on the talks between India and the Russian government on Sputnik V vaccine.

“We do recognise India and it’s potential to become one of the support for the production of the vaccine not only in Indian markets but for other countries too. We very much appreciate the well- balanced approach expressed by the Indian partners as from the very beginning they started asking questions how our vaccine works and we appreciate it that they did not try to attack our vaccine but try to understand it,” Dmitriev adding that their (India’s) desire to understand our vaccine got to realize that their approach based on the human adenoviral vaccine platform is the most reasonable approach.

On September 4, a medical journal The Lancet has published the results of clinical trials of Phase I-II of the Russian vaccine demonstrating its safety and efficacy.

VA-SenaAugust 27, 2020


भारत में पिछले 24 घंटे में सामने आए सबसे ज़्यादा 75,760 नए COVID-19 मामले, 1,023 की मौत

स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय द्वारा गुरुवार सुबह जारी किए गए आंकड़ों के अनुसार, देश में कोरोना संक्रमितों की संख्या 33,10,234 हो गई है.


भारत समेत दुनियाभर के 180 से ज्यादा देशों में कोरोनावायरस का खौफ देखने को मिल रहा है. अभी तक 2.41 करोड़ से ज्यादा लोग इस संक्रमण की चपेट में आ चुके हैं. यह वायरस 8.25 लाख से ज्यादा संक्रमितों की जिंदगी छीन चुका है. भारत (Coronavirus India Report) में भी हर रोज COVID-19 के मामले बढ़ रहे हैं. स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय द्वारा गुरुवार सुबह जारी किए गए आंकड़ों के अनुसार, देश में कोरोना संक्रमितों की संख्या 33,10,234 हो गई है. पिछले 24 घंटों में (बुधवार सुबह 8 बजे से लेकर गुरुवार सुबह 8 बजे तक) कोरोना के 75,760 नए मामले सामने आए हैं.

इस दौरान देश में 1,023 कोरोना संक्रमितों की मौत भी हुई है. 25,23,771 मरीज ठीक हो चुके हैं और अब तक 60,472 लोगों की जान गई है. रिकवरी रेट की बात करें तो यह मामूली बढ़ोतरी के बाद 76.24 प्रतिशत पर पहुंच गया है. पॉजिटिविटी रेट 8.19 प्रतिशत है. 26 अगस्त को 9,24,998 कोरोना सैंपल टेस्ट किए गए. अभी तक कुल 3,85,76,510 सैंपल टेस्ट किए जा चुके हैं.

पिछले कई महीनों से दुनियाभर में आतंक मचा रहे कोरोनावायरस और उससे फैलने वाली महामारी, यानी COVID-19 के पहले 1,00,000 पुष्ट मामले भारत में 110 दिन में सामने आए थे, लेकिन फिर रफ्तार बढ़ती गई, और अब देश में एक लाख केस सिर्फ एक-दो दिन में जुड़ते जा रहे हैं… भारत को 33 लाख पुष्ट मामलों का आंकड़ा पार करने में कुल 210 दिन लगे हैं…
तिथि कुल मामले समय लगा
19 मई 1,01,139 110 दिन
3 जून 2,07,615 15 दिन
13 जून 3,08,993 10 दिन
21 जून 4,10,461 8 दिन
27 जून 5,08,953 6 दिन
2 जुलाई 6,04,641 5 दिन
7 जुलाई 7,19,665 5 दिन
11 जुलाई 8,20,916 4 दिन
14 जुलाई 9,06,752 3 दिन
17 जुलाई 10,03,832 3 दिन
20 जुलाई 11,18,043 3 दिन
23 जुलाई 12,38,635 3 दिन
25 जुलाई 13,36,861 2 दिन
27 जुलाई 14,35,453 2 दिन
29 जुलाई 15,31,669 2 दिन
31 जुलाई 16,38,870 2 दिन
2 अगस्त 17,50,723 2 दिन
3 अगस्त 18,03,695 1 दिन
5 अगस्त 19,08,254 2 दिन
7 अगस्त 20,27,074 2 दिन
9 अगस्त 21,53,010 2 दिन
10 अगस्त 22,15,074 1 दिन
12 अगस्त 23,29,638 2 दिन
14 अगस्त 24,61,190 2 दिन
15 अगस्त 25,26,192 1 दिन
17 अगस्त 26,47,663 2 दिन
18 अगस्त 27,02,742 1 दिन
20 अगस्त 28,36,925 2 दिन
21 अगस्त 29,05,823 1 दिन
23 अगस्त 30,44,940 2 दिन
24 अगस्त 31,06,348 1 दिन
26 अगस्त 32,34,474 2 दिन
27 अगस्त 33,10,234 1 दिन

बता दें कि कोरोना के पहले एक लाख मामले 110 दिन में सामने आए थे. अगले 100 दिनों में यह 33 लाख हो गए. देश के लगभग सभी राज्यों से कोरोना मरीज सामने आ रहे हैं. कई राज्य ऐसे भी हैं, जो इस महामारी से मुक्त हो चुके थे लेकिन प्रवासियों के राज्य में दाखिल होने से वह फिर से इस संक्रमण की जद में आ गए.




VA-SenaJuly 16, 2020




P Yellaiah says he is not worried. That’s a very brave space to be in for a ward boy attached to the Covid-19 mortuary at Hyderabad’s Gandhi General Hospital. The Telangana health department figures suggest at least 386 persons have succumbed to the viral infection as of date; a majority of them at this nodal centre for treatment of Covid-19.

But when he was moved to mortuary duty in April, Yellaiah says he didn’t have a second thought about the importance of the task at hand. “I am in this profession out of choice. This is a service to humanity and I am sure my family will benefit from the blessings of patients who recover and leave,” says the 40-year-old who is otherwise attached to the burns ward. A school bus driver in the past, Yellaiah has been working at the Gandhi Hospital since 2004 as an ‘outsourced staff’. His present salary is Rs 10,340.

Yellaiah and his three other colleagues work 8 am to 8 pm shift every day. It is this team that puts the bodies in bags and moves them to the mortuary after doctors declare a person dead and prepare the death summary. A message is then sent to the family of the deceased informing about the death while directing them to identify the body at the mortuary.

But despite all the protective equipment there is nothing that can shield you from the mental trauma such a job presents. Yellaiah has seen it all: family members who faint when a body bag is opened, or run out of the mortuary or even refuse to look at the body out of fear they too will get infected. “Even the family members of the deceased are scared to come close and identify their kin. Once a woman collapsed just as I opened the bag, many have run out. Some people refuse to take a look at their kin inside the body bag, fearing the transmission of the virus. It has all become routine now with more and more bodies at the mortuary,” says Yellaiah.

His job ends when a body is identified and the municipal corporation staff come to shift it to crematorium or graveyard as per the protocol. “When I go home and spend time with my children, I forget all the hours spent donning PPEs and masks at the mortuary. I sleep peacefully hugging my children. I am not scared,” says Yellaiah.

His dream, for now, is to see his son as a doctor. “My older son has passed intermediate. He is very good at studies and wants to become a doctor. Since I am in this profession, he feels more motivated to pursue his dreams,” Yellaiah says. His second son and daughter are in Class 8 and Class 5, respectively.

However, Yellaiah is well aware of the risks that come with his job and ensures he takes all the necessary precautions to safeguard his family. There is a fresh pair of clothes to change into after his shower before going home every day.

“My family fully supports my job. After the day’s work, I always look forward to spending time with them, listening to their stories, and having dinner together. These are small pleasures of life,” he adds.

He is also mindful of the fear and apprehensions in the minds of his neighbours. “When I am confident about safeguarding my family, what is there for the neighbours to worry about, I keep telling them. The whole country is in the grip of coronavirus and people like me are at the frontline fighting the virus,” he says, adding that he reminds them to wear a mask wherever they go, use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing.

“They should do these things. It is their responsibility now. I ask them to eat good food, spend some quality time with family, and take good rest.”

VA-SenaJuly 15, 2020


Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: As many as 7.33 million people have recovered from the infection.



Over 13.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported worldwide, with at least 5,75,000 deaths. As many as 7.33 million people have recovered from the infection.

The United States has the maximum number of cases at 3.48 million, followed by Brazil with 1.93 million cases, India with 9,36,000 cases, Russia with 7,40,000 confirmed cases and Peru with 3,34,000 cases.

Moderna Inc’s experimental vaccine for COVID-19 showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in all 45 healthy volunteers in an ongoing early-stage study, US researchers reported on Tuesday.

Volunteers who got two doses of the vaccine had high levels of virus-killing antibodies that exceeded the average levels seen in people who had recovered from COVID-19, the team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

No study volunteers experienced a serious side effect, but more than half reported mild or moderate reactions such as fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches or pain at the injection site. These were more likely to occur after the second dose and in people who got the highest dose.

In Europe, France will make it compulsory for people wear masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces from next month. And Spain’s Catalonia region put an area in which 1,60,000 people reside under lockdown to stem the latest surge in coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, Canada said it would make it easier for foreign students to study online from abroad and to qualify for a work permit after graduation amid strict border closures.



Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says the spread of infections in the Japanese capital has escalated to levels tantamount to issuing an alarm, and requested residents and business owners to step up preventive measures.

Koike specifically urged restaurants, shops and nightclub operators to fulfill safety measures and urged customers to stay away from places that don’t comply with guidelines.

Koike also asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to revise the law to authorize local governors to penalize business owners who violate requested safety measures. She appealed to residents to avoid non-essential out-of-town trips, and to the government to think carefully if it’s an appropriate timing to push Abe’s unpopular tourism campaign.

Experts on the Tokyo task force said infections are no longer limited to younger generations linked to nightlife districts. The number of serious cases is not rising rapidly but hospital beds are quickly filling up and more are needed. Tokyo has had 8,189 confirmed cases and 325 deaths.