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Let's Not Pretend Covid Is Not Here: WHO Chief

GENEVA, Aug 18: With a surge in deaths due to coronavirus, World Health Organization Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on said "we cannot pretend it's not there."
"Learning to live with COVID-19 doesn't mean we pretend it's not there. It means we use all the tools we have to protect ourselves, and protect others," Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.

There has been a 35 per cent rise in COVID-19-related deaths in four weeks across the world.

Briefing mediapperson on monkeypox, COVID19 and other global health issues, the WHO Chief said, "On COVID-19, over the past four weeks, reported deaths globally have increased by 35 per cent. Just in the past week, 15,000 people around the world lost their lives to COVID-19. This is completely unacceptable when we have all the tools to prevent infections and save lives."

He further said that all the people across countries are tired of the virus and pandemic. "But the virus is not tired of us. Omicron remains the dominant variant, with the BA.5 sub-variant representing more than 90 per cent of sequences shared in the last month," Ghebreyesus added.

In a video Ghebreyesus is heard saying, "just in the past week, 15,000 people around the world have lost their lives to Covid-19. 15,000 a week is completely unacceptable when we have all the tools to prevent infections and save lives."

"None of us is helpless. Please get vaccinated if you're not, and get a booster (dose) if you need it. Wear a mask when you can't distance (yourself) and try to avoid crowds, especially indoors. there is a lot to talk about learning, to live with this virus but we cannot live with 15,000 deaths a week. We cannot live with mounting hospitalisations. We can't live with inequitable access to vaccines and other tools," he added.

According to WHO, globally, as of August 17, there have been 589,680,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,436,519 deaths. The United States has reported a majority of these cases, which is over 9 crore cases. This is followed by India (around 4.4 crore).

Regarding monkeypox, Ghebreyesus said that almost 7,500 cases were reported last week, which is a 20 per cent increase over the previous week.

"More than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported to WHO, from 92 countries and territories, with 12 deaths. Almost 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20 per cent increase over the previous week, which was also 20 per cent more than the week before," he said.

The WHO chief also said that most of the monkeypox cases are being reported from Europe and the Americas among men who have sex with men.

"Almost all (monkeypox) cases are being reported -- from Europe and the Americas -among men who have sex with men, underscoring the importance for all countries to design and deliver services and info tailored to these communities that protect the health, human rights and dignity," he said.

10 Covid Deaths In Delhi In 24 Hours, 2,136 New Cases

NEW DELHI, Aug 12: Delhi on Friday reported 2,136 new Covid cases and 10 deaths due to the viral disease, while the positivity rate stood at 15.02 per cent, according to data shared by the health department.

This is the tenth consecutive day when the capital logged more than 2,000 cases in a day.

Delhi on Thursday reported 2,726 fresh COVID-19 cases and six fatalities due to the viral disease, while the positivity rate stood at 14.38 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

While on Wednesday, Delhi had reported eight fatalities due to the coronavirus infection, the highest in nearly 180 days, and 2,146 cases with a positivity rate of 17.83 per cent.

2,146 New Covid Cases, 8 Deaths In Delhi, Positivity Rate Spikes To 17.83%

NEW DELHI, Aug 10: Delhi on Wednesday reported eight fatalities due to coronavirus, the highest in nearly 180 days, and 2,146 new cases with a positivity rate of 17.83 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

The national capital had on February 13 reported 12 deaths due to the viral disease.

On Tuesday, Delhi had reported 2,495 new coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 15.41 per cent and seven fatalities.

The national capital saw 1,372 infections and six deaths on Sunday as the case positivity rate rose to 17.85 per cent, the highest since January 21, it said.

The government did not release the daily health bulletin on Monday.

On January 21, the positivity rate stood at 18.04 per cent.

The fresh cases on Tuesday came out of 12,036 COVID-19 tests, the health department bulletin stated.

With the fresh infections and fatalities, Delhi's caseload increased to 19,75,540 and the number of deaths rose to 26,351, it said.

Delhi had reported 2,423 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 14.97 per cent and two deaths, the data updated on Sunday said.

On Saturday, it recorded 2,311 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 13.84 per cent and one fatality.

On Friday, it logged 2,419 cases with a positivity rate of 12.95 per cent, while two people died due to the disease.

On Thursday, the city saw 2,202 cases with a positivity rate of 11.84 per cent and four deaths.

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 2,073 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 per cent and five fatalities.

On June 25, six people succumbed to the disease.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi stands at 8,205, down from 8,506 the previous day. As many as 5,549 patients are in home isolation, the bulletin said.

Of the 9,405 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in various Delhi hospitals, 536 were occupied. Beds at Covid care centres and Covid health centres were lying vacant, it said.

There are 259 containment zones in the city, it added.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi had touched the record high of 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic.

The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

Canada Confirms 957 Monkeypox Cases

TORONTO, Aug 7: The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed 957 cases of monkeypox in the country.

The health agency said that of the confirmed cases as of Friday, 449 cases are from Ontario, 407 from Quebec, 81 from British Columbia, 16 from Alberta, and two each from Saskatchewan and the Yukon, Xinhua news agency reported.

In the wake of the World Health Organization and the United States' declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency, questions are being raised about whether Canada should follow suit.

A PHAC official said that the federal government has treated monkeypox as a priority since the beginning of the outbreak in May, local media reported.

According to the report, the agency has deployed more than 80,000 doses of Imvamune vaccine to provinces and territories and is supporting decentralized testing by providing control material and protocols to lab partners around the country.

Experts say monkeypox is a viral disease that can spread from person to person through close contact with an infected person, including through hugs, kisses, massages or sexual intercourse.

Scientists Restore Blood Flow, Revive Cells, Organs In Dead Pigs

PARIS, Aug 3: Scientists announced Wednesday they have restored blood flow and cell function throughout the bodies of pigs that were dead for an hour, in a breakthrough experts say could mean we need to update the definition of death itself.

The discovery raised hopes for a range of future medical uses in humans, the most immediate being that it could help organs last longer, potentially saving the lives of thousands of people worldwide in need of transplants.

However it could also spur debate about the ethics of such procedures -- particularly after some of the ostensibly dead pigs startled the scientists by making sudden head movements during the experiment.

The US-based team stunned the scientific community in 2019 by managing to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they had been decapitated.

For the latest research, published in the journal Nature, the team sought to expand this technique to the entire body.

They induced a heart attack in the anaesthetised pigs, which stopped blood flowing through the bodies.

This deprives the body's cells of oxygen -- and without oxygen, cells in mammals die.

The pigs then sat dead for an hour.

The scientists then pumped the bodies with a liquid containing the pigs' own blood, as well as a synthetic form of haemoglobin -- the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells -- and drugs that protect cells and prevent blood clots.

Blood started circulating again and many cells began functioning including in vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidney, for the next six hours of the experiment.

"These cells were functioning hours after they should not have been -- what this tells us is that the demise of cells can be halted," Nenad Sestan, the study's senior author and a researcher at Yale University, told journalists.

Co-lead author David Andrijevic, also from Yale, said the team hopes the technique, called OrganEx, "can be used to salvage organs".

OrganEx could also make new forms of surgery possible as it creates "more medical wiggle room in cases with no circulation to fix things," said Anders Sandberg of Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute.

The technique could potentially also be used to resuscitate people. However this could increase the risk of bringing back patients to a point where they are unable to live without life support -- trapped on what is called the "bridge to nowhere," Brendan Parent, a bioethicist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said in a linked comment in Nature.

Delhi's 4th Monkeypox Case Found In Foreign National, 9 Cases In India

NEW DELHI, Aug 3: Another foreign national has tested positive for Monkeypox in Delhi -- the fourth such case in the national capital. The patient is a 31-year-old woman. It is not yet known if she travelled abroad recently. Altogether, nine cases of the disease have surfaced in India -- all in Kerala and Delhi.

The woman has fever and skin lesions and is admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, reported news agency Press Trust of India. Her samples were sent for testing and the results came positive on Wednesday.

Yesterday, a 35-year-old foreigner with no recent history of travel, tested positive for Monkeypox in Delhi.

The man was admitted to the government-run LNJP Hospital. The Arvind Kejriwal government has asked three private hospitals in the city to set up isolation wards for suspected cases and confirmed patients of the disease.

On Monday, the first Monkeypox patient in Delhi was discharged from
the LNJP hospital.

According to the World Health Organisation, Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis -- a virus transmitted to humans from animals. Its symptoms are similar to that of smallpox, but much less severe.

The symptoms include fever, lesions on the body and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease -- the symptoms last for two to four weeks.

The symptoms include fever, lesions on the body and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease -- the symptoms last for two to four weeks.

A list of dos and donts shared by the Union health ministry yesterday says the infected person should be kept isolated to prevent the spread of the virus. There should be no sharing of bedding, clothes or towels.

The anti-Covid protocol of handwashing, masks and use of sanitisers should help in this case too.

5 Covid Deaths, 2,073 New Cases In Delhi In 24 Hours

NEW DELHI, Aug 3: Delhi reported five coronavirus-related deaths along with 2,073 new cases on Wednesday as the positivity rate remained above 10 per cent for the third day in a row. At 11.64 per cent, it was the highest since January 24 when it was 11.79 per cent.

With the fresh infections on Wednesday, the Covid case tally in the national capital rose to 19,60,172 while the number of deaths reached 26,321. A total of 17,815 tests were conducted the previous day to detect COVID-19, the health department data showed.

The positivity rate and daily Covid cases in the city have risen steadily in the last one week. Delhi had reported 1,506 Covid cases, and three deaths on Tuesday while the test positivity rate stood at 10.69 per cent. The day before, the positivity rate was 11.41 per cent.

The national capital had logged 1,891 cases on June 26.

Delhi recorded 1,263 COVID-19 cases on Sunday with a positivity rate of 9.35 per cent. A day before, the city logged 1,333 cases with a positivity rate of 8.39 per cent while three people died from the viral disease.

The city saw 1,245 Covid cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 7.36 per cent, and one death. It had recorded 1,128 cases on Thursday with a positivity rate of 6.56 per cent, while no death was reported.

Delhi currently has 5,637 active cases, up from 5,006 the previous day. As many as 3214 Covid patients are in home isolation.

Of the 9,405 beds reserved for coronavirus patients in various Delhi hospitals, only 376 were occupied on Wednesday. Beds at Covid care centres and Covid health centres were lying vacant, the latest bulletin said.

There are 183 containment zones in the city at present, it added.

Delhi has reported a few cases of the BA.4 and the BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, which are highly transmissible.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi had touched the record high of 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic. The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

 


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