Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday exhorted States to only resort to lockdown as an absolute last resort and that were everyone to observe Covid-appropriate behaviour, there would be no need for stringent reactions.
“We have to save ourselves from a lockdown and do our best to avoid it and I request States to pay more attention to effectively managing micro containment zones,” he said in his 20-minute address in the evening that was unexpectedly announced with a 45 minute notice.
Referring to the ongoing month of Ramzan as well as the festival of Ram Navami, PM Modi said that just as these occasions were reminders to be compassionate, restrained and exhibit self control, in the same way it was imperative on everyone to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
He appealed to children to ensure that they cajoled elders into not stepping out without cause. Unlike a year ago, when the pandemic hit and India had inadequate testing kits, PPE suits, and little understanding of how it could be managed, there was much more knowledge now.
The government’s decision to make vaccines more widely available would translate to affordable vaccines for all adults. “I would appeal to workplaces to use this as an opportunity to vaccinate their workforce so that nobody would have to move and leave the cities and their places of work.”
He alluded to the prevailing oxygen supply crisis and said that Indian industry as well as the transport sector was working hard to ensure that it was available as quickly as possible in places needed.
He said that the second wave was a major challenge but with collective enterprise the country could overcome the challenges it posed.
Heavy floods completely damage Doda-Khellani road
Amid severe Thunderstorm alert in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh. A major portion of the Doda-Khelani road got blocked due to heavy rainfall. Along with vehicles, ambulances got stuck on the road as well. The road has been temporarily blocked for traffic.
COVID Vaccine for age group 2 to 18 years old: Details inside
COVID Vaccine. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under India’s drug regulator has given its nod to Bharat Biotech for conducting phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin on children aged between 2 to 18 years old. The COVID vaccine trial is expected to be conducted on 525 subjects at various sites, including AIIMS-Delhi, AIIMS-Patna.
On Tuesday, the Subject Expert Committee on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) considered Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s application seeking permission to conduct the COVID vaccine clinical trials to evaluate the safety of Covaxin vaccine among children.
While talking to the media an official said “After detailed discussion, the committee recommended for the conduct of proposed phase 2nd/3rd clinical trial of the whole virion inactivated coronavirus vaccine in the 2 to 18 years age group subject to the condition that the firm should submit the interim safety data of phase 2 clinical trial along with DSMB recommendations to the CDSCO before proceeding to phase 3 part of the study.
Weather Update for Jammu and Kashmir: The next 48 hours will be intense
Weather Update J&K , likely to experience rain and thunderstorm
Jammu&Kashmir including Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, north Rajasthan, Odisha and Telangana, likely to experience rain and thunderstorm beginning from Thursday forecasted the Meteorological Department.
The situation will remain like this till Friday. As the country celebrates Eid tomorrow it can well be said that the universe splashed rains on celebrations as people are likely to stay indoors.
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