Coronavirus live: Gujarat CM Vipay Rupani tests positive for COVID-19

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.  

Thirty days after India marked kicked off the vaccination programme, only about one in 10, or about 23,628 healthcare-workers have inoculated themselves with the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is according to data available on February 13 from the Health Ministry.

The second doses of Covaxin and Covishield, the two vaccines approved, are recommended to be administered four to six weeks apart, according to guidelines from the Drug Controller General of India. While some international studies show that the vaccines can be more effective, when given apart even in a 6-12 week window, India’s current policy does not recommend such a wide spacing.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

New Delhi

The Union Health Ministry gives the vaccination updates:

2,31,476 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Monday till 6 pm and Uttar Pradesh recorded the largest number of vaccinations.

A total of  85,16,385 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till 6 p.m and no serious/severe AEFI/death has been attributable to vaccination so far.

States which have so far clocked below 40 per cent vaccination for frontline and healthcare workers include — TN, Punjab, Chandigarh, Nagaland and Puducherry.

Total hospitalisations after vaccination is 35. Out of this, 21 are discharged, 3 under treatment, 11 dead (in hospital). One new case of admission to hospital, has been reporteed in MP. The patient is stable.


Gujarat CM Rupani tested COVID-19 positive

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tested postive for COVID-19 on Monday, a day after he fainted on a stage while addressing a municipal electionralky in Vadodara on Feb. 14 evening.

In a health bulletin, UN Mehta hospital where Mr. Rupani has been admitted stated that his RT-PCR test came positive with mild symptoms. His other parameters are said to be normal. — Mahesh Langa


Coronavirus survives longer on glass, plastic than on cloth, paper: IIT Bombay study

The novel coronavirus may survive for far lesser time on porous surfaces such as paper and clothes than on impermeable surfaces like glass and plastic, a study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay suggests.

COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is transmitted through respiratory droplets. The virus-laden droplets also form fomite upon falling on a surface, which serves as a source for infection spread.

In the study, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, the researchers analysed the drying of droplets on impermeable and porous surfaces. They found that a droplet remains liquid for a much shorter time on a porous surface, making it less favourable to the survival of the virus. — PTI

Caseload update

India records 11,649 new COVID-19 cases

A beneficiary being given coronavirus vaccine at a hospital, in Bengaluru. File

A beneficiary being given coronavirus vaccine at a hospital, in Bengaluru. File   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar


India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,09,16,589 with 11,649 new infections being reported in a day, while the daily deaths were recorded below 100 for the ninth time this month, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll increased to 1,55,732 with 90 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,21,220 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.29%, while the COVID-19case fatality rate stands at 1.43%. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 1.5 lakh.

There are 1,39,637 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprise 1.28% of the total caseload, the data stated. - PTI

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New Zealand

New Zealand city enters 3-day lockdown after virus found

New Zealand's largest city of Auckland has begun a three-day lockdown following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.

Health officials said on Monday the cases were of the more contagious variant first found in Britain and that genome testing hadn't linked them to any previous known cases.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lockdown after an urgent meeting with other top lawmakers in the Cabinet. She said they decided to take a cautious approach until they find out more about the outbreak.

The lockdown, which extends through Wednesday, is the first in New Zealand in six months and represents a significant setback in the nation's largely successful efforts to control the virus. - AP

United Kingdom

U.K. study finds new variant may be more deadly

U.K. government scientific advisers say the COVID-19 variant now predominant in the country may be up to 70% more deadly than previous variants, underscoring concerns about how mutations may change the characteristics of the disease.

The findings from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, published on Friday on the government's website, build on preliminary research released January 21.

The new report is based on analysis of a dozen studies that found the so-called Kent variant, named after the county where it was first identified, is likely 30% to 70% more deadly than other variants. The studies compared hospitalisation and death rates among people infected with the variant and those infected with other variants. - AP

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