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Few weeks’ lockdown in India can stop Covid transmission, suggests top US expert Dr Fauci



Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.


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Fauci, in an interview with The Indian Express, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs. He said looking at the magnitude of the crisis, India should look at putting together a crisis group that would meet and start getting things organised.

Without naming any government, he said one of the things that should have been recognised that “victory was declared maybe too prematurely”.

“Well, one of the things you really need to do, to the extent that you can, is shut down temporarily the country, I think is important. If we want to time out and go back to what I said: there is the immediate, the intermediate, and the long range (measures to contain the virus).

“I think the most important thing in the immediate is to get oxygen, get supplies, get medication, get PPE, those kinds of things but also, one of the immediate things to do is to essentially call a shutdown of the country,” said Fauci, who is the chief medical adviser to the Biden administration.

He said when China had a big explosion of coronavirus cases a year ago, they completely shut down. Fauci said it is not necessary to shut down for six months, but it can be a temporary one to put an end to the cycle of transmission.

So one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down, he said.

“Literally, lock down so that you wind up having less spread. No one likes to lock down the country. Well, that’s a problem when you do it for six months,” he said.

But just for a few weeks of lockdown could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak.

Some states have imposed a lockdown. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said lockdown should be the “last resort” to deal with the raging pandemic and asked states to convince migrant workers to stay put at their places of work with a guarantee for their lives and livelihood.

Breaching its all previous records, India on Saturday hit a record daily high with over 4 lakh new infections, while the active cases crossed the 32-lakh mark.

The second wave of the coronavirus has been wreaking havoc, infecting lakhs and killing thousands every day for the past few days. There have been cases where people have died due to lack of medical facilities, including oxygen. In many cases, families have to arrange oxygen for their patients as they are not able to get admission in hospitals.

“I heard from some of the people in the street bringing their mothers and their fathers and their sisters and their brothers searching for oxygen. They seem to think there really was not any organisation, any central organisation,” Fauci said.

Underlining that vaccination plays a crucial role in handling the coronavirus situation, Fauci said if India, a country of 1.4 billion people, has fully vaccinated only two per cent of its total population, then it has a very long way to go.

“You’ve got to get supplies. You’ve got to make contractual arrangements with the various companies that are out there in the world. There are many companies that now have vaccines. I think you have to negotiate with them to try and get a commitment,” he said.

“And also, India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world. That’s the thing — you should rev up your own capabilities to make vaccines,” he added.



COVID 19- Record breaking 4.12 lakh cases and 3,982 deaths




In a record-breaking update, the total covid 19 cases in the country today stands at 412,618. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million, world meter showed this morning. The total number of death cases stands at 3,982, the highest ever.

If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse as Maharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.

The covid 19 cases in India is only surging by the day with no relief to be seen far and wide. Ever since the second wave of Covid 19 that groped the country in early March the situation has only worsened.

In a record-breaking update, the total covid 19 cases in the country today stands at 412,618. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million, world meter showed this morning. The total number of death cases stands at 3,982, the highest ever.

If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse asMaharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.

It is a well-known fact as to how the first wave of Covid19 wreck havoc the world over especially in the US. However, the condition is no different this time. At least the world report of Covid 19 cases says so. Let’s have a look a the world report of
coronavirus cases.

The total number of covid infections the world over are 155,813,366 while the recovery rate is 133,972,734 while the death toll stands at 3,254,883. The US remains the worst-hit country with a total case of 33,321,074 followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest cases which stand at 2,669,597 followed by Brazil (414,271) and the US (346,224)

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How A Nursing College Is Catering To Covid Patients For Free




A lot of negativity has been spread in the country. People are dying each day. Some are losing their loved ones while some are struggling to save the lives of their loved ones. At such time many people, organisations, NGOs have come forward to save the humanity and people of the country. Among such people, there is Barrister Nath Pai Shikshan Sanstha which runs a nursing and physiotherapy college in Kudal in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg. The college has been converted into a free-of-cost 50-bed Covid-care facility for patients from neighbouring villages and towns.

The college has 50 beds which are arranged in a multi-purpose hall that normally hosts the college events. The computer lab of the college has been converted into a makeshift ICU which is under the surveillance of 2 doctors. The centre has 14 oxygen concentrators and 1 ECG machine which are either donated or purchased from the funds collected.

President of the Sanstha Umesh Galvankar said “With a daily caseload of more than 150, the few government and private hospitals in the area cannot handle so many patients. So that’s why we have converted our college into a covid care facility. We approached the local donors and the government for the funds and permission. Our college doesn’t provide facility to anyone but the who have been prescribed home isolation or those who have been discharged from hospitals after treatment will be accommodated here. 2 doctors, who live within a one-kilometre radius from the college, will monitor the patients and track their reports. Local government authorities have sanctioned medicines, PPE kits and sanitisers for the centre and three resident doctors are set to join them soon. “Everything from their tests and medicines to food is free for the patients.”

Young girls, studying to be nurses, have voluntarily stepped in to care for the patients. Final-year nursing students, set to graduate in three months, started preparing a week ago, conducting drills and setting routines. The centre has also sought the services of senior doctors from Mumbai who conduct tele-counselling regularly to monitor the progress of patients.

The centre organises yoga sessions, psychological counselling and physiotherapy, all led by their teachers of the nursing and physiotherapy college and local doctors. With Covid-19 being a respiratory disease, physiotherapists conduct simple breathing exercises for the patients who have tested negative and are recovering.

The centre plans to run till June 30 and is accepting donations to fund its services aimed at underprivileged patients.

Amish Mahajan
Content Writer
JK Media


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COVID third phase inevitable, prepare for new waves: Centre’s top scientific advisor




A third phase of the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable, claimed K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India on Wednesday (May 5).


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Addressing a press conference, Raghavan said, “A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” said.

Shedding light on the transmission of the new strains of the infection he said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It doesn’t have properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies and goes on, same as original.”

Raghavan asserted that the vaccines are effective against the new COVID-19 strains as well. “Vaccines are effective against current variants. New variants will arise all over the world and in India too but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau. Immune evasive variants and those which lower or increase disease severity will arise going ahead.”

Further, he said, “Scientists of India and all over world are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. It’s an intense research program, happening in India and abroad.”


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