With Omicron on the prowl and decision pending on vaccinating children, government may wait before using the one crore doses of ZyCoV-D, the only vaccine licensed for use in minors
The infected patients are 66-year-old and 46-year-old persons. Contact tracing is on, government says.
South Africa has the highest number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, about 3 million, and 90,000 deaths. This is the country's fourth wave of infections.
The death toll climbed to 4,69,724 with 477 fresh fatalities while the country's total caseload rose to 3,46,06,541, according to the health ministry data.
Several ASHA workers said authorities who earlier assured them better wages, PPE and safe working conditions haven’t kept those promises despite a two-day stoppage last year.
The bill seeks for the regulation and supervision of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and ART banks, prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of ART services.
All samples from hotspots to be genome sequenced. States asked to step up surveillance at airports, but Centre objects to Maharashtra’s decision on testing all passengers.
The active cases have declined to 99,023 comprising 0.29% of the total infections. With 8,954 new infections, the daily caseload has stayed below 20,000 for 54 straight days.
Dr Samiran Panda says Covaxin, being a whole virion vaccine, could work better, while there are chances of Omicron escaping targeted vaccines such as those based on the mRNA platform.
The survey findings come the same day UNAIDS warns of possible '7.7 million more AIDS-related deaths' in next 10 years.