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Covid-19: Telangana asks intermediate colleges to shut

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Covid-19: Telangana asks intermediate colleges to shut

On Wednesday, the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) issued an order directing junior colleges to remain closed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The order came out a day after the state government shut physical classes in schools and colleges.

The TSBIE said that the managements and principals found violating the rules could face disaffiliation of their institutions and added that online learning and distance learning will continue as earlier.

On Wednesday, the state reported 431 new infections in a 24-hour span.

Speaking to The Hindu, Telangana Director of Public Health DR G Srinivasa Rao said that the department does not recommend another lockdown despite the rising cases. He insisted that the public must maintain physical distancing, wear a mask and avoid crowded locations.

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Covid-19 in India: 18,987 new cases in last 24 hours, 20% higher than day before

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Covid-19 in India: 18,987 new cases in last 24 hours, 20% higher than day before

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Wednesday said that India registered 18,987 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which was 20 per cent higher than what the country had witnessed a day before.

Also, total of 246 deaths were reported during the same time, increasing the total reported death count to 4,51,435.

With this, the total Covid caseload in India has increased to 3,40,20,730.

The top five states which have registered maximum cases are Kerala with 11,079 cases, followed by Maharashtra with 2,219 cases, Tamil Nadu with 1,280 cases, Mizoram with 1,028 cases and West Bengal with 771 cases.

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Covaxin gets emergency use approval for kids aged 2-18 years

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Covaxin gets emergency use approval for kids aged 2-18 years

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 has granted emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children in the 2-18 years age group.

In September, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech had completed Phase-2 and Phase-3 trials of Covaxin on children below 18 years of age and also submitted the trial data to the Drugs and Comptroller General of India (DCGI).

“After detailed deliberation, the committee recommended for grant of market authorization of the vaccine for the age group of 2 to 18 years for restricted use in emergency situation,” the subject expert panel said in a statement.

 

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Govt has no data of Covid-19 vaccines given daily by private hospitals

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Govt has no data of Covid-19 vaccines given daily by private hospitals

The Union health ministry has said that it does not hold data of daily Covid-19 vaccines doses administered by private hospitals and health service providers.

In a response to RTI petition and appeal filed by activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra, the government has said the same

In its first reply, the government mentioned, “Private hospitals/institutions etc procure vaccines directly from the vaccine manufacturers. Data asked pertains between manufacturers and private hospitals/institutions etc. Separate vaccination data is not available, however, the vaccination data ll date can be checked on the below link hps://dashboard.cowin.gov.in/ (sic).”

“This information is not maintained and is not available since procurement of vaccines by private hospitals private healthcare service providers and private entities are done directly from the manufacturers,” the Union health ministry said.

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