The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for the conducting of the Phase III bridging trials of Sputnik Light on the Indian population. The Sputnik Light is a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine of the Russian vaccine Sputnik.
The nod comes after a recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet said that Sputnik Light showed 78.6 to 83.7 per cent efficacy against Covid-19, significantly higher than most two-shot vaccines.
The Subject Expert Committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in July had refused to grant emergency-use authorisation to Sputnik-Light, ruling out the need for the conduct of the phase III trial of the Russian vaccine in the country.
The committee had noted that Sputnik Light was the same as component-1 of Sputnik V and its safety and immunogenicity data in the Indian population was already generated in a trial.
The study was conducted on at least 40,000 elderly people in Argentina. Sputnik Light also reduced hospitalizations among the target population at 82.1-87.6 per cent, the study said.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) last year partnered with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to conduct the phase III trials of Sputnik V vaccine in India. In April, Sputnik V received an emergency use authorisation in India. Reddy’s administered the first dose of the vaccine in Hyderabad under a limited pilot on May 14.
COVID19: J-K reports 155 new positive cases, 321765 recovered so far
The Government on Friday informed that 155 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 22 from Jammu division and 133 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 327621. Also, one COVID death has been reported from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 135 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 34 from Jammu Division and 101 from Kashmir Division.
Besides this, 76.32 percent of the population above the age of 18 years has been vaccinated across Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bulletin also informs that no new case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, thus the total number of confirmed cases remains 46 in the UT of J&K.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 327621 positive cases, 1440 are Active Positive, 321765 have recovered and 4416 have died; 2169 in Jammu division and 2247 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 14204747 test results available, 13877126 samples have been tested as negative till today.
Till date 3443730 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 7083 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1440 in isolation and 465239 in home surveillance. Besides, 2965552 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 73476 positive cases (including 96 cases reported today) with 752 Active Positive, 71886 recovered (including 41 cases recovered today), 838 deaths; Baramulla has 24130 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 138 Active Positive, 23710 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 282 deaths; Budgam reported 23418 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 132 active positive cases, 23079 recovered (including 13 cases recovered today), 207 deaths; Pulwama has 15400 positive cases with 31 Active Positive, 15175 recovered and 194 deaths; Kupwara has 14311 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today), 33 Active Positive, 14112 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today) and 166 deaths; Anantnag district has 16484 positive cases with 15 Active Positive, 16264 recovered and 205 deaths; Bandipora has 9693 positive cases with 29 Active Positive, 9563 recoveries and 101 deaths; Ganderbal has 10208 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 42 Active Positive, 10087 recoveries and 79 deaths; Kulgam has 11456 positive cases 23 Active Positive, 11316 recoveries and 117 deaths while as Shopian has 5603 positive cases with 04 active positive cases, 5541 recoveries and 58 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 53102 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 60 active positive cases, 51899 recoveries (including 04 cases recovered today), 1143 deaths; Udhampur has 11390 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 11248 recoveries and 137 deaths; Rajouri has 11141 positive cases with 23 active positive, 10882 recoveries and 236 deaths; Doda has 7702 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 59 Active positive, 7512 recovered and 131 deaths; Kathua has 9288 positive cases with 01 active positive case, 9136 recovered and 151 deaths; Samba has 7138 positive cases with no active positive cases, 7018 recoveries and 120 deaths; Kishtwar has 4803 positive cases with 09 Active Positive, 4750 recoveries and 44 deaths; Poonch has 6340 positive cases with 13 active positive, 6230 recoveries and 97 deaths; Ramban has 6011 positive cases with 12 active positive cases, 5932 recoveries and 67 deaths while Reasi has 6527 positive cases with 59 active positive cases, 6425 recoveries and 43 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 327621 positive cases in J&K, 23320 have been reported as travelers while 304301 as others.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
The bulletin added that there are 2423 COVID dedicated beds, 2019 Isolation beds with 2012 vacant beds and 404 ICU beds where 399 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 3353 COVID dedicated beds, 3074 Isolation beds where 2994 beds are vacant and 279 ICU beds where 265 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 5776 COVID dedicated beds, 5093 Isolation beds with 5006 beds vacant and 683 ICU beds with 664 vacant beds in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Central Government is continuously monitoring the evolving situation of Covid-19 in the Union Territory and is providing all necessary support towards effective containment of the spread of Covid-19 and better clinical management of positive cases.
The government has also started free tele-consultation general OPD services by Specialists/MBBS Doctors for the residents of J&K under National Tele-consultation Service. People can avail these services from Home by registering online on web portal https://esanjeevaniopd.in/. The services are available on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. People can also download and install e-sanjeevani OPD app from Google play store.
To ensure public convenience and avoid chaos & panic crowding at tertiary care hospitals, COVID-19 Triage Facility has been started in Jammu at (i) Chest Disease Hospital, Jammu (opposite GMC Hospital Complex, Jammu, Triage CD Hospital Jammu Contact No.-9541925371, 0191-2561000), (ii) Govt Hospital Gandhinagar (Old Block) Contact No.0191-2459300 and in Srinagar at (i) National Institute of Technology Campus, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Contact No. 9419006991& (ii) SKIMS-JVC Bemina, Contact No. 7006617821, that shall act as “first arrival point” for screening of any COVID +ve patient intending to get admitted in Govt. Medical College Jammu/ Srinagar & Associated Hospitals, SKIMS Soura and other identified dedicated COVID Hospitals under Directorate of Health Services Jammu/ Kashmir.
For COVID +ve cases in periphery areas and districts other than Jammu/ Srinagar, the triage point shall be the concerned District Hospital / New GMCs (Doda/ Kathua/ Rajouri/ Baramulla/ Anantnag). Admission of such patients from these districts to GMC Jammu/ Srinagar, SKIMS Soura etc shall be strictly on referral basis only.
Besides, 24×7 Rapid Antigen Testing facilities for COVID-19 have been started outside the emergency of GMC Hospital Jammu. The facility will be very useful for segregation of patients in the emergency wing of GMC Jammu.
Meanwhile, a 24×7 COVID Control Room has been set up for redressal of the grievances related to COVID-19 positive patients admitted in the Associated Hospitals of Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Patients or attendants can call at 0191– 258 5444 (Control Room), Exchange: 0191-258 2626 / 258 5542 / 258 4290 /258 4291 / 258 4292 / 258 4293/ 258 4294 for assistance.
The bulletin has informed the people that the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 meter from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces, wearing a face cover is compulsory.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put the lives of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.
Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialing toll-free number 102.
People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Corona virus Disease (COVID-19).
The bulletin has informed that the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is distributing AYUSH Medicines having immunity boosting, immuno-modulator, anti-oxidant, rejuvenator, anti-stress, metabolism regulator, anti-allergic, anti-pyretic, anti-tussives, bronchodilator, etc. properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 24.21 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personnel and general masses. Moreover, preventive measures and Yoga therapies are also being advised to the people to take care of lifestyle/mental disorders so that physical and mental health is ensured during this pandemic.
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumors and pay no heed to them at the same time.
Further they are informed that for any kind of COVID-19 query, logon to www.covidrelief.jk.gov.in
The readers can also reach DIPR on the official Twitter account of DIPR-J&K @diprjk; website: http://www.jkdirinf.in; Webportal: jkinfonews.com and Facebook: @JKInformationOfficial.
India records 34,403 new COVID-19 cases, 37,950 recoveries in 24 hours
India recorded 34,403 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall caseload to 3,33,81,728, as per data released by the Ministry of Health on Friday.
The country also recorded 37,950 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking total recoveries to 3,25,98,424 and the active caseload now stands at 3,39,056. A reduction of 3,867 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The recovery rate is 97.65 percent. The weekly positivity rate of 1.97 percent is below the 3 percent mark for the last 84 days, while the daily positivity rate stood at 2.25 percent, which is below 3 percent for the last 18 days.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization on Friday said that over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in WHO-affiliated South-East Asian countries. India has administered a total of 76,57,17,137 doses (first and second) as of yesterday, it added.
Additionally, more than 77.77crore (77,77,26,335) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through the Government of India and through the direct state procurement category. Further, more than 6.17Cr (6,17,22,315) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.
India’s COVID-19 infection tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and and the one-crore mark on December 19.
COVID-19: J&K reports 170 cases, no death in last 24 hours
Jammu and Kashmir Thursday witnessed 170 fresh positive cases taking the number of total active cases in the Union Territory to 1,421, while no death was reported in last 24 hours.
With no more death, the death toll in the UT stands at 4,415 and 170 fresh positive cases reported on Thursday has pushed the tally of positive cases to 327,466.
Of the exact number of 327,466 cases, 204,046 are from Kashmir division and 123,420 from Jammu division. Officials said that among 170 new cases, 129 belong to Kashmir division while as 41 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 204,046 including 200,632 recoveries and 2,246 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 123,420 including 120,998 recoveries and 2,169 deaths.
The officials said that the total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,421 including 1,168 from Kashmir division and 252 from Jammu division.
With 98 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 321,630 which is 98.22 percent of the total cases.
“Cases tested positive in J&K include 70 from Srinagar, 12 from Baramulla, 27 from Budgam, 05 from Pulwama, 05 from Kupwara, 00 from Anantnag, 03 from Bandipora, 07 from Ganderbal, 00 from Kulgam and 00 from Shopian in Kashmir division while as 41 from Jammu division include 10 from Jammu, 01 from Udhampur, 05 from Rajouri, 04 from Doda, 00 from Kathua, 00 from Samba, 02 from Kishtwar, 00 from Poonch, 00 from Ramban and 19 from Reasi,” officials disclosed.
Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday said that no fresh cases of Mucormycosis popularly known as black fungus was reported in the UT and tally stands at 46.
As per officials figures, 73,380 positive cases including 837 deaths and 71,845 recoveries are from Srinagar, 24,122 including 282 deaths and 23,688 recoveries are from Baramulla, 23,410 including 23,066 recoveries and 207 deaths are from Budgam, 15,397 including 15,169 recoveries and 194 deaths are from Pulwama, 14,305 including 166 deaths and 14,105 recoveries are from Kupwara, 16,483 including 16,262 recoveries and 205 deaths are from Anantnag, 9,690 cases including 9,557 and 101 deaths are from Bandipora, 10,201 including 10,087 recoveries and 79 deaths are from Ganderbal, 11,456 including 11,310 recoveries and 117 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,602 including 5,541 recoveries and 58 deaths are from Shopian.
In Jammu division, 53,097 including 51,895 recoveries and 1,143 deaths are from Jammu district, 11,390 including 11,248 recoveries and 137 deaths are from Udhampur, 11,139 including 10,877 recoveries and 236 deaths are from Rajouri, 7,690 including 7,509 recoveries and 131 deaths are from Doda, 9,288 including 9,136 recoveries and 151 deaths are from Kathua, 7,138 including 7,016 recoveries and 120 deaths are from Samba, 4,803 including 4,748 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Kishtwar, 6,340 including 6,229 recoveries and 97 deaths are from Poonch, 6,008 including 5,931 recoveries and 67 deaths are from Ramban and 6,527 including 6,409 recoveries and 43 deaths are from Reasi.
As per the daily information bulletin 3,435,569 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 8,070 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 1,421 persons are in isolation.
According to the bulletin, 2,957,278 persons have completed the surveillance period and 464,278 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 14,147,712 samples are available. Out of 14,147,712 the number of samples tested negative stands at 13,820,246 while as 327,466 have tested positive, among them 1,421 persons are active, 321,630 persons have recovered and 4,415 persons have died
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