Authorities Need To Crack Down On Those Who Spread Rumors And Misinformation About Covid-19 Vaccine : DAK
Srinagar, May 31 (KNN): The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday said a social media post attributed to French virologist about Covid-19 vaccine is false.
“A viral message has been doing the rounds on social media claiming that French virologist and Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier has said that all people who got vaccinated against Covid will die within 2 years,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan In a statement issued to Kashmir News Network
“This has left netizens startled and scared and caused lot of anxiety among those who have taken vaccine,” he said.
“It is also promoting vaccine hesitancy among those who are yet to be vaccinated,” he added.
Dr Hassan said the French virologist has not said anything like that.
“However, Nobel Laureate has raised concerns about antibody- dependent enhancement and variants due to mass Covid-19 vaccination,” he said.
Dr Hassan said the antibody-dependant enhancement (ADE) is a phenomenon in which virus-specific antibodies enhance the entry of the virus, and in some cases, the replication of the virus.
“The potential problem of ADE has already been addressed during Covid-19 vaccine development,” he said adding “no ADE has been documented from cases of reinfection or breakthrough infection.”
The DAK President said variants are produced when the virus replicates in the human body – the more the virus spreads, the more it mutates.
“Vaccine limits the virus transmission and prevents the emergence of new mutants and variants,” he said.
Dr Nisar said Covid-19 vaccine is completely safe.
“Getting vaccinated is the single best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19,” he said.
He further said vaccination is the only way to stop the pandemic and bring an end to this ongoing public health crisis.
“Authorities need to crack down on those who spread rumors and misinformation about Covid-19 vaccine.
People need to be booked for promoting anti-vaccination propaganda and there is an urgent need to penalize social networking sites for uploading false information regarding the vaccine.
Misinformation has the potential to create public skepticism over Covid-19 vaccine which could undermine our fight against Coronavirus pandemic,” said Dr Nisar. (KNN)
J&K Reports 14 More Covid-19 Deaths, Toll Nears 3900 Mark
Srinagar, May 31: Jammu and Kashmir reported at least 14 more covid-19 deaths since last evening, taking the total fatality count due to the pathogen to 3884. Most of the deaths were reported from Jammu division, officials said.
Among others, they said the victims include a 66-year-old man from Bajalta, 64-year-old man from Raipur Bantalab Jammu, a 75-year-old man from Shastri Nagar Jammu, an 88-year-old man from Shakti Nagar Jammu , an 80-year-old man from Sarwal Jammu, a 75-year-old woman from Sarwal Jammu, an 84-year-old Talabtillo Nagar Jammu, a 78-year-old Rehari colony Jammu, a 65-year-old man from from Ekta Vihar Jammu (died at Amritsar hospital), an 80-year-old man from Samboora Pulwama, a 71-year-old man from Wasoora Anantnag and an 85-year-old man from RS Pora Jammu.
In this month so far, over 1550 people have succumbed to the virus and it amounts to almost 40% of the total fatalities recorded in J&K since the pandemic started in March last year. gns
Wear Black Bands On 1st June , DAK To All Health Care Workers,”Take Action Against Baba Ramdev”
Srinagar, May 31: Doctors Association Kashmir shall hold statewide black day protest while bearing black bandages on June 1st 2021 “without hampering the patient care to voice their protest against statements of Baba Ramdev against corona warriors and modern medicine .
President of Doctors Association Kashmir Dr M Y Tak said that recent comments by Baba Ramdev wherein he says thousand doctors have died even after getting the double dose of vaccines. What kind of doctors are they if they could not save themselves? has hurt entire medical fraternity of this country .The statement of baba ramdev at a time when frontline Health care workers are waging a war against an invisible enemy, to utter such irresponsible & callous statements is highly condemnable.
Ever since WHO declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, it was the frontline HCWs who took up the challenge of meeting this killer invisible enemy head on, without caring for their own safety or of their family. But issuing such vitriolic & hateful statements against frontline Health workers mocks them & their sacrifice. Thousands of frontline HCWs have perished in this pandemic, instead of showing gratitude towards them, Ramdev was seen mocking them in the most shallow perverse manner.
General Secretary DAK Dr Owais H Dar said the battle against SARS CoV2 pandemic has been led by none other than our PM, it was he who celebrated the efforts & sacrifice of frontline Health care workers by asking Indians to clap & light diyas last year. The guidelines for Covid-19 treatment have been issued time to time by MoHFW & ICMR. By challenging the treatment guidelines, Ramdev has raised a question mark on this Govt led by PM Modi ji & other government bodies itself.
Dr Mir Md Ashraf Sr Vice President DAK said that such irresponsible behavior have a negative impact on the covid management programes of the state. It is the job of Govt, MoHFW & ICMR to take him on & make him face the full force of law said Dr Arshad H Trag vice president of DAK.
DAK appeals to honourable Lieutenant Governor of UT of Jammu and Kashmir Shri Manoj Sinha to instruct our government functionaries to take necessary action against Baba Ram Dev. He should face the consequences of his irresponsible & despicable public statements.
Coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and continue lockdown is not a solution but will aggreviate problem in the lives of our people.
The Socio-Political Activist Syed Karar Hashmi says that effects of the lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will prove economically and educationally hazardous for poor and marginalized sections of society, need to make people friendly plans and now time comes up to bring positive changes in lockdown strategy in Kashmir and other parts of the country.
Agha Hashmi Said in a message that in Kashmir valley and other parts of the country, Non-Governmental Organisations , Religious groups and other activists have proved that humanity is still alive and existing widely, during lockdowns such organisations have played a pivotal role to reach out people , so that nobody should sleep without food amidst pandemic.
Hashmi further said that imposing of lockdown is mandatory but to make plans for survival of 1.3 million people in Jammu and Kashmir and 369 million people in other parts of the Country living in below poverty status are really challenging and continue lockdown will surely bring pain and tears in the lives of the poor population of our country. It is estimated that 1.3 million people in Jammu and Kashmir, who live below the poverty line (BPL), struggle to access basic necessities of life due to the prolonged lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. On contrary, The United Nations’ 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), a more holistic measure of poverty that looks at deprivation through the lens of nutrition, health indicators, schooling, sanitation and access to essential amenities puts the number of poor in India at 369 million.
Hashmi added that coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and continue lockdown is not a solution but will aggreviate problem in the lives of our people. Requested GOI and Lt Governor administration to come up with people friendly plans and minimise restrictions so that people will fight aginst Covid-19 with a strong mind.
Vaccine Is Safe And Big Protection Against Covid-19: GMC Principal, Dr Samia Rashid
Terms News Item Spread In The Name Of French Virologist As Wrong
Reacting sharply to the news item, spread in the name of French Virologist Luc Montagnier that “vaccine causes death”, Principal, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, Dr Samia today termed it as a “wrong information” spread against vaccination.
She said that vaccine is the only biggest protection for all humans against the Covid-19 disease.
Urging people not to pay heed to any such information spread against vaccine, Dr . Saima said that people should come forward and must get vaccinated to stay safe against this virus.
She said that a vaccinated person has less chances to get infected and even if a vaccinated person gets infected with the Covid-19, the severity of the disease is less and a person has high chances to recover and fight the virus better in comparison to the person who has not got vaccinated.
Pertinently, a news item claiming those who vaccinated will “die within a period of two years” in the name of French Virologist and Noble Peace Prize Laureate, Luc Montagnier, is causing a wave of fear among people about vaccination. However, medicos termed the news item as fake and termed vaccine safe and granting high protection against the Coronavirus.
Verify Medicine Suggested on Internet From A Qualified Physician: Dr Syed Mudasir Qadri
Says unqualified quacks may prescribe medicine and cure on Social Media platforms, Hesitancy in disclosing covid infection may cause severe complications later
“Corona positive cases are coming down and the curve has started to flatten which implies that Kashmir has been successful to a great extent in controlling the Covid-19 disease”, said Dr Syed Mudasir Qadri, Associate Professor, Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, SKIMS, Soura.
However, he said that the present phase is very critical and any complacency at this juncture may deflate out success, which according to him may become the cause for third wave of pandemic.
He appreciated Government for all the measures which were taken to prevent spread of virus including lockdown and implementation of Covid appropriate behavior to protect human lives.
Dr Mudasir Qadri said people need to adopt covid appropriate life style and take timely action against Covid infection to remain safe and to avoid later complications.
He advised people to acknowledge infection immediately as symptoms start appearing and not to shy away in reporting infection. Hiding infection may cause serious complications and prove life threatening at times, he warned.
Besides, he suggested to consult a doctor immediately if symptoms are noticed by a person so that timely medication can help in treatment and recovery. Other measures he said that will help to keep a watch on the infection is to measure oxygen level on routine basis, adding that if saturation percentage falls below 94, than the infection may well have affected pulmonary system of the individual. In such a situation patient needs hospitalization for further treatment, he advised.
Dr Qadri also cautioned people regarding the medicine prescribed on Internet and Social Media by unknown persons. He asked public to verify any medicine, suggested on social media by some unqualified individuals and quacks, and instead approach a competent and qualified physician in this regard.
Moreover, Dr Qadri stated that vaccination is the strongest weapon against covid and advised to get vaccinated, giving it priority over everything.
While speaking about the future measures to be taken after easing of lock down, he said that as the positive corona cases are significantly diminishing each day and death cases are also coming down , there may be bright chances of easing of lockdown but added it should be done in a controlled way. He said that opening of schools in future should be done in a phased manner and number of students in a class shall also have to be limited each day.
Anantnag Police Seizes Vehicle Along With illegal Kerosene Oil Of 1500 Liters
Anantnag May 30: Anantnag Police on Monday seized vehicle along with illegal kerosene oil of 1500 Liters.
On a specific tip of inputs D.O Khanabal police post Manzoor Ahmad under the Supervision of Masrat Mir SHO Anantnag and DSP Headquarters Ashiq Hussain arrested two persons and seized load carrier with 1500 litres of illegal kerosene oil in Harnag.
The accused have been identified as Shakeel Sargar and Showket koka of Redwani Khudwani and An FIR 246/21 under section 3/7 has been registered.
Meanwhile SSP Anantnag has lauded the police action and appreciated the officers for this wonderful job. (KNS)
Wanted Criminal Arrested From R S Pura By Jammu And Kashmir Police
Jammu, May 30: A wanted criminal facing charges of attempt to murder and theft was arrested after a two-year-long hunt on Sunday, police said.
Davinder Kumar alias Rahul, a resident of Chak Mohd Yar village, was arrested from R S Pura after information was received about his movement from Punjab to Jammu, a police official said.
He said a sharp-edged weapon was recovered from his possession.
“Kumar is a hardcore criminal and has been evading arrest for the past two years. Nine FIRs ranging from attempt to murder and scuffles to thefts stand registered against him,” the official said, adding he was previously detained under the stringent Public Safety Act but continued his criminal activities after release.
The official said further investigation into his activities was underway.—(PTI)
Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Ban From 11 Countries Excluding Pakistan
Riyadh, May 30: Excluding Pakistan, Saudi Arabia has allowed people from 11 countries to travel to the middle eastern country as it lifted travel ban from Sunday that was imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, Gulf News reported.
Citing people familiar with the development, Saudi Newspaper said that the travel ban will be lifted from 11 countries starting 1 am on Sunday (local time). The travelers from these countries will, however, be required to go through institutional quarantine.
Travelers from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Japan, will be allowed entry from Sunday.
“Due to stability in the epidemiological scene and effective pandemic-controlling efforts in those countries, Saudi Arabia has decided to allow travelers coming from the 11 countries, starting from Sunday 1 am, Gulf News reported quoting an official source at the Saudi Interior Ministry.
International passengers coming into Saudi Arabia are all required to undergo a seven-day mandatory quarantine period at their own expense, starting from the day of arrival, at one of the kingdom’s quarantine facilities the publication reported.
On the seventh day, they must take a PCR test, after which they will be allowed to leave quarantine if its comes back negative.
In February, Saudi Arabia temporarily halted flights with several countries, exempting Saudis, diplomats and health workers from the ban.
The 20 countries on the ban list were Argentina, the UAE, France, Germany, the US, Indonesia, India, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, the UK, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, Lebanon, and Egypt.—(ANI)
Residents Of Diver Lolab Kupwara Fed Up By Poor Internet Connectivity
Kupwara, May 30: People from Diver Lolab area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district are fed up with the poor internet connectivity in times of Covid-19.
They say poor connectivity and network problems have emerged as a serious problem for them as online activities have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Education sector has been mostly affected because of emphasis on online classes due to the pandemic.
They said that online classes have affected students of rural areas as all villages do not have Jio fibre network connectivity.
A resident of Diver Lolab said network problem of Reliance Jio has been there for 3 months now and despite lodging complaints to the company officials, the issue remains unresolved.
“I could not submit my online exam paper in time due to low internet speed” said Irfan Ahmed.
Broadband network connectivity is not available in the area.
Students of schools and colleges have also raised the issue with telecom operators BSNL, Jio, and Airtel.
Students urged the Reliance Jio and Airtel officials to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
One Dies Another Sustains Injuries In Electrocution Incident In Budgam Central Kashmir
Srinagar, May 22: A 48-year-old worker has died and his colleague having sustained injuries in an electrocution incident in Sonpah area of Beerwah in central-Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday morning.
Reports reaching said that the duo, working in a joinery mill, was doing some renovation work at the enterprise when a tin sheet they were holding touched a high-tension wire. In the incident one worker identified as Farooq Ahmad Najar (48) son of Mohammad Sadiq a resident of Bonn Zanigam Beerwah and Ghulam Mohmmad (56) son of Mohammad Sideeq a resident of Khatrila Najan, Beerwah sustained injuries.
The duo was immediately evacuated to hospital, however the 48-year-old Farooq Ahmad Najar succumbed to his critical injuries on way.
The injured has been referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment, where his condition is said to be stable, on filing of this report.
Meanwhile a police official has confirmed the incident and said that a team is being sent to the spot to assess the cause of incident. (GNS)
Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 165.8mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.43 mn
Washington, May 22: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 165.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.43 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 165,862,407 and 3,438,086, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,084,897 and 589,223, respectively, according to the CSSE.
In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 26,031,991 cases.
The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (15,970,949), France (5,979,369), Turkey (5,169,951), Russia (4,926,717), the UK (4,473,772), Italy (4,183,476), Germany (3,646,600), Spain (3,636,453), Argentina (3,482,512) and Colombia (3,192,050), the CSSE figures showed.
In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 446,309 fatalities.
Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (291,331), Mexico (220,493), the UK (127,972), Italy (125,028), Russia (115,764) and France (108,343).—(IANS)
Saudi King Affirms Continuous Efforts To Support Palestine
RIYADH: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saudi affirmed on Friday his country’s continuous efforts to support Palestine, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The king made the remarks during a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, during which Abbas expressed the appreciation for the support of the Saudi government through international, Islamic, and Arab organizations.
Meanwhile, the Saudi foreign ministry welcomed in a statement on Friday the declaration of a ceasefire in the Gaza strip, expressing its appreciation for the efforts of Egypt and international organizations in this regard.—(Xinhua)
Gaza Death Toll In Israeli Attacks Rises To 248, Including 66 Children
JERUSALEM, May 22: The death toll from the Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip which ended after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has risen to 248, including 66 children and 39 women, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
At least 1,948 people have been injured, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement regarding the loss of lives in the 11-day attacks of Israel.
The search and rescue activities of the civil defense and medical teams in Gaza gained momentum following a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian resistance group, which took effect at 2 a.m. Friday (2300GMT Thursday).
The Egyptian-brokered truce came after 11 days of Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military has staged airstrikes across the Gaza Strip since May 10, leaving behind a massive trail of destruction across the seaside territory.—(Anadolu Agency)
Health Condition Of Incoming Passengers From Ladakh To Be Examined Medical Check-Up Centre Established At Sonmarg
Sonmarg, May 19: All passengers and drivers coming to Kashmir by road from Kargil and Leh shall undergo health examination test at tourist resort Sonmarg an official said on Wednesday.
The official told that from today, Health Department Ganderbal has set up a Medical Check-up Centre at Youth Hostel Sonmarg. He said at this Centre, the health condition of all the incoming passengers and drivers from Kargil and Leh will be examined.
The Centre will function 24×7, the official said.
He said the testing for travelers coming by road has started. “This would help in containing the spread of virus in the Valley,” he added.
Pertinently, the Srinagar-Leh highway is open for the traffic. Hundreds of people from Kargil and Leh enter Kashmir Valley on daily basis.
Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6, Level Large Family Home In Gaza
Gaza City, May 19: Israeli airstrikes killed at least six people across the Gaza Strip and destroyed the home of a large extended family early on Wednesday.
The military said it widened its strikes on militant targets to the south amid continuing rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled territory.
Residents surveyed the piles of bricks, concrete and other debris that had once been the home of 40 members of al-Astal family. They said a warning missile struck the building in the southern town of Khan Younis five minutes before the airstrike, allowing everyone to escape.
The Israeli military said it struck militant targets around the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah, with 52 aircraft hitting 40 underground targets over a period of 25 minutes. Gaza”s Health Ministry said a woman was killed and eight people were wounded in those strikes.
Hamas-run Al-Aqsa radio said one of its reporters was killed in an airstrike in Gaza City.
Doctors at the Shifa hospital said his was among five bodies brought in early Wednesday. The fatalities included two people killed when warning missiles crashed into their apartment.
The latest strikes came as diplomatic efforts aimed at a cease-fire gathered strength and Gaza”s infrastructure, already weakened by a 14-year blockade, rapidly deteriorated. The Palestinian territory is ruled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group.
US officials said the Biden administration was privately encouraging Israel to wind down its bombardment of Gaza.
Egyptian negotiators also were working to halt the fighting, and while they have not made progress with Israel, they were optimistic international pressure would force it to the table, according to an Egyptian diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing diplomatic efforts.
The fighting began May 10 when Hamas fired long-range rockets toward Jerusalem in support of Palestinian protests against Israel”s heavy-handed policing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a flashpoint site sacred to Jews and Muslims, and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers.
At least 219 Palestinians have been killed in airstrikes, including 63 children and 36 women, with 1,530 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not break the numbers down into fighters and civilians. Hamas and Islamic Jihad say at least 20 of their fighters have been killed, while Israel says the number is at least 130.
Twelve people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy, have been killed in rocket attacks so far.
A rocket attack on Tuesday near Gaza killed two Thai workers and wounded another seven. The Israeli military said rockets also were fired at the Erez pedestrian crossing and at the Kerem Shalom crossing, where humanitarian aid was being brought into Gaza, forcing both to close. It said a soldier was slightly wounded at Erez.
The Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes it says are targeting Hamas” militant infrastructure, while Palestinian militants have fired more than 3,700 rockets at Israel, with some 550 falling short. Israel says its air defenses have a 90 per cent interception rate.
Medical supplies, fuel and water are running low in Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. Some 47,000 Palestinians have fled their homes.
Israeli attacks have damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and destroyed one health facility, the World Health Organization said. Nearly half of all essential drugs have run out.
The Gaza Health Ministry said it had salvaged coronavirus vaccines after shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike damaged the territory”s only testing facility, which also administered hundreds of vaccines. The medical operation was relocated to another clinic. (AP)
Covid-19 Death Toll Crosses 3300 Mark In Jammu And Kashmir
Srinagar, May 19: Jammu and Kashmir reported at least 21 more covid-19 related deaths in the sine last evening, taking the death toll past 3300. Among the fresh fatalities, they said, 11 were reported at GMC Jammu, four at GMC Anantnag and remaining in other hospitals of the Valley.
Among others, the officials told that a woman from Baramllah died at JLNM hospital Rainwari.
A 45-year-old man from Litter Pulwama and an 80-year-old man from Inder died at District Hospital Pulwama.
A man from NS Pora died ten days after he was admitted to District hospital Kulgam, they said.
A 59-year-old woman died at CD hospital here, nine days after she was admitted to facility, they said.
A 70-year-old man from Wadwan Budgam died at SKIMS Bemina, four days after admitted to the facility, they said.
With these deaths, the overall death toll has risen to 3314 in J&K, they added. gns
PIL Against Covaxin Trial On 2-18 Age Group: HC Seeks Centre”s Stand
New Delhi, May 19: A PIL to set aside the permission granted by the Drugs Controller General of India to Bharat Biotech for conducting the phase II/III clinical trial of its Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine on the 2-18 age group was heard on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court which sought the Centre”s stand.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Centre and Bharat Biotech seeking their stand by July 15 on the petition.
The court declined to pass any interim order staying the permission, granted on May 12, for clinical trials as sought by the petitioner, Sanjeev Kumar.
The trial will be conducted on 525 healthy volunteers.
In the trial, the vaccine will be given by intramuscular route in two doses at day 0 and day 28.
Covaxin, which has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is being used on adults in India”s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive.—(PTI)
ASI Dies 15 Days After Consuming Poisonous Substance On Duty
Kulgam, May 19: An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) died on Wednesday barely 15 days after consuming poisonous substance on duty at Kulgam Police Station.
The 50-year-old Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), who died at SKIMS Soura on Wednesday morning, hails from Tangmarg area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla, officials said.
An official told that an ASI of Jammu and Kashmir police (name withheld) from Drung Tangmarg, posted at Police Station Wanpoh Kulgam had consumed some poisonous substance inside Police station on May 05.
He said ASI was shifted to SKIMS, Soura where he died today morning.
Senior police official confirmed the death of ASI, saying the investigation is going on and a case under FIR number 21/2021 under section 306 IPC has been registered in this regard.kno
India Logs 13 Percent Fall In New COVID-19 Cases In Week Still Highest Globally: WHO
United Nations, May 19 (PTI) India registered a 13 per cent decrease in new COVID-19 cases in the past week but the number of fresh infections was still the highest around the world, the WHO has said.
The number of new cases and deaths continued to decrease with just over 4.8 million new cases and just under 86,000 new deaths reported globally in the past week, a 12 per cent and 5 per cent decrease respectively compared to the previous week, according to the COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update Data received by the World Health Organization from national authorities as of May 16.
It said that the highest number of new cases were reported from India (2,387,663 new cases), a 13 per cent decrease over the previous week.
This was followed by Brazil (437,076 new cases; 3 per cent increase), the United States of America (235,638 new cases; 21 per cent decrease), Argentina (151,332 new cases; 8 per cent increase) and Colombia (115,834 new cases; 6 per cent increase).
The highest numbers of new deaths were reported from India (27,922 new deaths; 2.0 new deaths per 100 000; a 4 per cent increase), Nepal (1,224 new deaths; 4.2 new deaths per 100 000; a 266 per cent increase) and Indonesia (1,125 new deaths; 0.4 new deaths per 100,000; a 5 per cent decrease).
According to data received by the WHO from national authorities as of May 9, India had recorded the highest numbers of new cases at 2,738,957, a 5 per cent increase over the previous week.
As per the WHO estimates, cumulative cases in India currently stand at about 24.68 million and total deaths are at about 270,284.
The data added that the South-East Asia Region reported over 2.5 million new cases and over 30,000 new deaths, a 12 per cent decrease and a 7 per cent increase respectively compared to the previous week.
Case incidence decreased after nine consecutive weeks of increases, although the absolute number remains at its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, it said, adding that death incidence continued to increase for a ninth consecutive week.
Globally, despite a declining trend over the past three weeks, the incidence of cases remains at some of the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
All regions reported a decline in new cases this week apart from the Western Pacific Region, where the incidence of new cases was similar to the previous week.
The European Region reported the largest decline in new cases this week, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean.
These regions also reported the largest decline in new deaths over the past week. South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions reported a similar number of new deaths as the previous week, it added.
India”s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7th, 30 lakh on August 23rd, 40 lakh on September 5th and 50 lakh on September 16th.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28th, 70 lakh on October 11th, crossed 80 lakh on October 29th, 90 lakh on November 20th and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19th.
India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.
According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday, India saw a record 4,529 fatalities due to coronavirus in a single day, pushing the COVID-19 death toll to 2,83,248, while 2,67,334 fresh infections were recorded, taking the total tally of cases to 2,54,96,330.
The active cases have further reduced to 32,26,719 comprising 12.66 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 86.23 per cent.—(PTI)