Vaccination against Covid-19 should be postponed for 3 months after recovery, government says
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-05-2021; Vaccination should be postponed for three months after recovery in people with COVID-19 SARS-2 disease proven by laboratory tests, the health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
- Patients with SARS-2 COVID-19 who have received anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma should also postpone vaccination for three months from the date of discharge from hospital. The statement also recommended Covid-19 vaccination for all breastfeeding women.
- Second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine should also be delayed for three months for anyone who contracts the disease after the first dose. Until now, there was no fixed deviation for taking a vaccine in such situations. Individual doctors have recommended an interval of two to four weeks depending on the patient’s condition.
- New rules are part of recommendations from NEGVAC, the national expert group on administering COVID-19 vaccines led by NITI member Aayog, Dr VK Paul, which have been accepted by the Department of Health of the Union.
Jaishankar intervenes with Singapore on Kejriwal’s comments on new variant
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-05-2021; Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is “not speaking for India,” Foreign Minister S. Singapore said on Wednesday.
- In a rather unusual diplomatic gesture, the Foreign Ministry announced that the Singapore government had summoned the Indian High Commissioner on Wednesday “to strongly object to Delhi CM’s tweet on the” Singapore variant “.
- High Commissioner clarified that the Delhi CM did not have the competence to rule on COVID variants or civil aviation policy, ”official spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.
- In diplomatic protocol, it is usually the host country that announces whether a foreign envoy is summoned to express dislike for a particular issue. Singapore’s move came shortly after the country’s political leaders objected to Kejriwal’s claims.
- “Politicians should stick to the facts!” Balakrishnan said a day after Kejrwal claimed that the strain of the corona virus that targets children in Singapore was “away.”
- Singapore’s foreign minister was the second to respond to the Delhi leader’s comments. Singapore maintains that the variant found in the country originated from India.
- The Singapore Embassy on social media responded to the Delhi Prime Minister’s comment on Tuesday evening.
- “There is nothing true about the claims … There is no ‘Singapore variant.’
- The dominant strain in many cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks is the B.1.617.2 variant, originally from India.
- Phylogenetic testing has shown that this B.1.617.2 variant is associated with various groups in Singapore, ”Singapore’s health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
- Department of Electronics and Informatics (MeitY), in the May 18 notice, told WhatsApp that the postponement of the May 15 implementation deadline does not exempt it from “meeting the values of information privacy, data security and user choice for Indian users, ”a ministry source said.
Narada hearing to continue on May 20, Calcutta Police Register v CBI case
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-05-2021; Calcutta High Court hearing in the Narada case was inconclusive on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.
- The fact means that four heavyweight political leaders, including two ministers, Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, and MP Madan Mitra and former Minister Sovan Chatterjee, arrested by the CBI on Monday, will have to spend Wednesday night in judicial custody.
- Three of the four people arrested, with the exception of Minister Firhad Hakim, were admitted to the SSKM state hospital.
- In another event, the Kolkata police lodged a complaint against CBI staff under section 51B of the Disaster Management Act.
- The case was presented at the Gariahat police station in the town for violating the restrictions imposed during the pandemic when one of the defendants was arrested.
- CBI, together with the personnel of the central forces, had selected all the defendants early Monday in their respective residences.
- CBI also filed a transfer petition on Wednesday to move the Narada case out of West Bengal and also implicated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Legal Affairs Minister Moloy Ghatak and Trinamool Congressman Kalyan Banerjee in the case.
The death toll from Cyclone Tauktae is 45; another storm is brewing in the Bay of Bengal
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-05-2021; Up to 45 people have died as a result of Cyclone Tauktae in 12 districts of Gujarat, authorities said on Wednesday. Fifteen deaths were reported in the Amreli district in the Saurashtra region, the most affected by the cyclone.
- Eight people were each killed in the coastal districts of Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath, an official with the state’s Emergency Operations Center said.
- Although 24 deaths were due to the collapse of walls during the cyclone, six died after the trees fell on them, five each due to the collapse of the house and electrocution, four due to the collapse of the roof and one died as a result of the collapse of a tower, the official saying.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and neighboring Diu Union Territory on Wednesday to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae.
- Modi is in Gujarat to review the situation in the state after Cyclone Tauktae. He landed in Bhavnagar from Delhi around noon and carried out aerial reconnaissance of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.
- Meanwhile, while Cyclone Tauktae has yet to fully subside, a new storm may be brewing, this time in the Bay of Bengal.
- India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement on Wednesday that a “low pressure zone”, a precursor to a cyclonic storm, is likely to form in the eastern Bay of Bengal and the North Andaman sea for May 22 (Saturday).
- “It is very likely that it will gradually turn into a cyclonic storm over the next 72 hours and reach the Odisha-West Bengal coast on May 26,” the statement said.
Only three teachers in voting service died from Covid-19, says the U.P. govt.
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-05-2021; The Uttar Pradesh government said that only three teachers died from Covid-19 while on duty in the recently concluded panchayat surveys, rejecting the figure of more than 1,600 deaths according to teacher unions.
- Satya Prakash, undersecretary of the Uttar Pradesh Department of Basic Education, said on Tuesday that district magistrates had so far provided the State Election Commission (SEC) with a list of only three confirmed teacher deaths.
- He also urged people not to fall for unfounded “misleading” reports.
- The statement by the state government stands in stark contrast to the statement made by Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Sangh, a union of primary school teachers.
- Earlier this week, the union released a list of 1,621 teachers and staff from the basic education department believed to have died from Covid-19 after being assigned to the panchayat pandemic control and voting rooms.
- Interestingly, the SEC recently informed the Allahabad High Court that 77 electoral officers and officials in 28 districts had died while serving voting functions during the panchayat elections.
- Data was expected from other districts, the SEC told the court on May 7.
- He also alleged that, despite the May 1 guarantees, a day before the poll, the Chief Secretary of State did not ask teachers and staff if they were unable to be on ballot duty, those who were absent due to illness on counting and voting days were suspended. and wage cuts.
- In response to the state’s basic education department claim that only three deaths, Dinesh Chandra Sharma, President of Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Sangh, said the government’s statement was “callous, irresponsible and far from reality “.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,55,47,432 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,84,046.