Global coronavirus caseload nears 66 million mark

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December 5, 2020

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Maryland, Dec 5: The global coronavirus caseload nears the 66 million cases mark, as per the latest update by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday, the world count stood at 65,842,942, while the death toll at 1,518,560.

According to JHU, the US continues to be the worst-affected country from the COVID-19 pandemic with 14,353,740 cases and 279,726 deaths.

India and Brazil are the second and third most-affected countries from the virus with 9,571,559 cases and 6,533,968 cases respectively. Brazil has the second-highest death toll after the United States with 175,964 succumbing to the virus so far.

The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 that originated from Wuhan in China a pandemic on March 11.

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January 9,2021

New Delhi, Jan 9: The government on Friday issued guidelines for the packaging and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines by air, directing the airport authorities and airlines to use dry ice as the refrigerant material during the transportation in order to maintain the low temperatures between -8° C to -70° C.

"The temperature maintenance requirement for COVID-I9 vaccines is reported to be varying from -8° C to -70° C and hence, the use of refrigerant material during the transportation becomes essential," noted Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the guideline.

"Though there may be different refrigerant options, use of dry ice (Carbon Dioxide Solid) is the most commonly used, affordable and readily available refrigerant material available in the country for transportation of perishables by air," it stated further,
The DGCA said the vaccines packed in dry ice should ideally be transported in the lower deck of the aircraft, but if the airline wishes to transport them in the passenger cabin, then the flight crew must be properly trained on the hazards and risks of its transportation.

"The operator should take all necessary steps to ensure that the flight crew is not harmed by carbon dioxide incapacitation or intoxication. Flight crew should be properly trained on the hazards and risks of transporting dry ice and on the procedures related to the operation. Any other occupants on-board should only be allowed if required under demonstrated urgent operational needs (for example, additional flight crew for the return flight or additional persons needed for the cargo handling)," it stated.

The guidelines noted that dry ice transforms into carbon dioxide gas at temperatures higher than -78 degrees Celsius under normal atmospheric pressure and, therefore, it is classified as "dangerous goods" by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), therefore, "adequate number of carbon dioxide detectors should be available in the cabin."

"Such detectors should be located at locations for timely and reliable detection of a dangerous concentration of carbon dioxide," it added.

It further directed the operators, while engaging in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, "to establish the maximum quantity of dry ice that can be loaded in a given cargo hold or in the main deck (passenger cabin) when a passenger version is deployed for all cargo operations."

Government sources on Thursday said the government has allowed passenger aircraft to transport vaccines.

"Pune will be the central hub from where vaccine distribution will take place. 41 destinations across the country finalised for delivery of vaccines," they stated.

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January 7,2021

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Washington, Jan 7: Nearly 4,400 adverse events were reported after people received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the US, with 21 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The US Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 11, 2020, administered as two doses separated by 21 days, reports Xinhua news agency.

As of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the US, according to the CDC report.

Reports of 4,393 adverse events had been submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System in the country.

Among those, 175 case reports were identified for further review as possible cases of severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis.

Twenty-one cases were determined to be anaphylaxis, including 17 in persons with a documented history of allergies or allergic reactions, seven of whom had a history of anaphylaxis, according to the CDC.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that does occur rarely after vaccination, with onset typically within minutes to hours, said the CDC.

Locations administering Covid-19 vaccines should adhere to CDC guidance for use of the jabs, including screening recipients for contraindications and precautions, having the necessary supplies available to manage anaphylaxis, implementing the recommended post-vaccination observation periods, and immediately treating suspected cases of anaphylaxis with intramuscular injection of epinephrine, said the CDC.

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January 6,2021

Badaun, Jan 6: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun has suspended an SHO for negligence in the rape and murder case of a woman after the postmortem report revealed that she was not only gang raped in a Hindu temple but also brutalized.

Superintendent of Police Siddharth Verma said, "The postmortem report confirmed the rape. A case has been registered against the three accused, including the Mahant of Dharmasthala under sections of gang rape and murder. Two accused have been arrested in the case. Some policemen have been negligent towards the case so the SHO has been suspended with immediate effect. Action will also be taken against other people who didn't perform their duties. The search for the main accused is on."

The victim went to worship at a temple in the nearby village on Sunday evening. At around 11 p.m., the caretaker of the temple threw the body of the victim outside her home and ran away. The children of the victim recognised the accused and informed the police.

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everything fine except the 2nd point. shame on you for making such comments. only bjp leaders will make such comments, commenting and blaming ladies and their dress. r u still living in 2021st???

Ahmed Ali
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Thursday, 7 Jan 2021

1. If our India applies Islamic law then the accused should get capital punishment - then only we can control these type of rape and murder. Can anyone heard the same news in Islamic countries? No because of the strict law.
2. Ladies dress code is also a factor which makes the opposite sex to do this type of crime. It means Ladies who wear these type of dress also to be blamed.
3. Restriction of marriage for Temple priests. They are also human being and they should also be allowed to marry to fulfill their wishes.

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