Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 'Indian vaccine Covaxin has drawn global attention,' ICMR says phase 3 clinical trials ongoing at 22 sites

09:39 (IST)

Karnataka withdraws night curfew after public outcry

The Karnataka government on Thursday withdrewits night curfew order just hours before it was scheduled to be implemented, citing the public outcry that erupted after the curfew was announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, "The night curfew had been announced to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus strain after getting advice from experts. After getting feedback from the public, the issue was re-examined, and in consultation with cabinet colleagues and senior officials, the decision has been withdrawn."

Yediyurappa asked the public to continue to wear masks, practicing good hygiene and maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus .

The decision to impose night curfew for nine days from 11 pm to 5 am starting from Thursday was taken on Wednesday, reportedly "in line with the Centre's advice".

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09:34 (IST)

Indian Covid-19 vaccine has drawn global attention: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that the Indian vaccine against the novel coronavirus, Covaxin, has drawn global attention.

In a tweet, the ICMR said, "India's indigenous vaccine against COVID19, Covaxin, a product of ICMR-Bharat Biotech collaboration, achieves remarkable feat. Data generated from within India underlines impressive safety and immunogenicity profile of Covaxin and sparks Lancet's interest in publishing them."

09:27 (IST)

Punjab to carry out vaccine dry run on 28-29 Dec 

The Centre has chosen Punjab to conduct a dry run of COVID-19 vaccine on 28 and 29 December, state Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said here on Thursday.

"The districts of Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have been selected for the dry run," he said in an official statement here.

Sidhu said the dry run is aimed at testing the laid out mechanisms for the vaccination roll-out in the health system.

09:22 (IST)

Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rises to 5,664

Sikkim reported 32 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the state's caseload to 5,664, an official said on Thursday. East Sikkim registered 25 new cases, West Sikkim four and South Sikkim three.

Sikkim has 420 active cases, while 94 patients have migrated to other states and 5,025 people have recovered from the disease, the official said.

Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday invited volunteers for the Phase 3 clinical trial of the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate ''Covaxin'' for which it is one of the sites.

A UK-returned man in Dwarka area in Delhi has been found positive for COVID-19 and his family has been quarantined while tracing of others who came in contact with him was underway, officials said on Thursday.

Earlier, another person who recently arrived from the UK had tested positive in south east Delhi on Wednesday.

The district authorities have deployed teams to contact those who have returned from the UK in the past four weeks and ensure that they undergo RTPCR tests if they show any symptoms, said a senior government official.

"The passenger who was found COVID-19 positive in Dwarka area of South West district came to India from UK on 19 December," he said.

The patient was shifted to the special facility at the LNJP hospital here where genome testing will be conducted to identify the strain of the virus, he said.

His family members have been quarantined and those persons who came in contact with him are being traced, the officer said.

The passengers who have returned to India from the UK - where a mutated, highly infectious strain of the coronavirus has emerged since 25 November - are being contacted and tested by the district-level teams.

Total 85 persons in south west Delhi who returned from the UK in the past few weeks have to undergo RTPCR tests. Test analysis of 38 out of 52 who were tested was available, officials said.

In north east Delhi, all the nine persons who came back from the UK between 25 November and 21 December underwent RTPCR tests and were found negative.

In west Delhi, 55 such persons were tested and all were negative, they said.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday that tracing and testing of all those who travelled to Delhi from the UK in the past two weeks will be ensured.

"Delhi government is aware, and all the people who have travelled from the UK to Delhi in the past two weeks will be traced, tested and advised quarantine," he had said in a statement.

The authorities have enhanced monitoring of the city's residents who returned in the past few weeks from the UK to prevent any violation of home isolation, Delhi government officials said on Wednesday.

Teams of health department and civil defence volunteers have been deployed at the district-level to keep watch on those persons who returned from the UK in the last two weeks and tested negative but have to undergo home isolation.

The government has set up a separate facility at the LNJP hospital for those passengers from UK who are found coronavirus-positive in RTPCR tests conducted at IGI airport, for their treatment and genomic testing, officials said.

Besides, a five star hotel in Aerocity near the airport has been earmarked as a paid quarantine facility, while a Covid care centre in south Delhi will serve as a free institutional isolation facility for passengers from flights in which positive cases are detected, they said.

Those passengers who have returned from the UK in the past few weeks and have been found negative will undergo two weeks home isolation followed by another two weeks period under observation, officials said.



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