Covid-19 4th Wave in India Live Updates: India on Thursday raised strong objections regarding the mathematical models used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to project excessively high death estimates linked to the coronavirus pandemic and said that the validity and robustness of the models used and methodology of data collection are questionable.
The WHO has released a report estimating that nearly 15 million people were killed either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems in the past two years — a figure that is more than double the official death toll of 6 million. WO estimates that most of the fatalities were in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Earlier, World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that even though Omicron variant BA.2 remains dominant in most parts of the world, sublineages BA.4 and BA.5 are driving a new surge in South Africa. He further added that it’s too soon to know whether these new sub-variants can cause more severe disease than other Omicron sub-variants, but early data suggests that vaccination remains absolutely critical for protection against severe disease and death.
Stressing on the importance of continued testing and sequencing, Dr Tedros said that BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants were identified because South Africa is still doing the vital genetic sequencing that many other countries have stopped doing. “In many countries we’re essentially blind to how the virus is mutating. We don’t know what’s coming next,” Dr Tedros said at a WHO press conference held on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, India recorded 3,275 new Covid-19 cases and 55 more deaths in 24 hours, according to the official data shared by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning. The data suggested that the active caseload rose to 19,719. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.77 per cent while the weekly figure was recorded at 0.78 per cent.
In another important development, Serum Institute of India’s CEO Adar Poonawalla on Wednesday night clarified via his Twitter handle that the Covid-19 vaccine Covovax is now available for everyone above the age of 12 years.
In view of the spike reported in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) told PTI that it has taken various measures to control the spread of the infection. These measures include setting up separate registration counters for suspected coronavirus patients at its health facilities, separate queues for medical consultations, dedicated lab testing facilities and separate counters for free distribution of medicines etc. The NDMC also said that it is prepared to provide one month’s advance medicines to patients suffering from chronic diseases.
A statement from the NDMC said that authorities at all NDMC hospitals and health centres have been asked to make proper arrangement of signages on the premises of hospitals and health units. Hospital staff and medical officers have been directed to maintain adequate stock of PPE kits, masks, gloves, sanitisers, liquid soaps, pulse oximeters, among others. The statement further added that oxygen supplying units and PSA oxygen plants set up at hospitals have been asked to remain in operational mode, just to meet any emergency requirement.
(With Agency Inputs)
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