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Aussie health authorities warn against local transmission of monkeypox in most populous state

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Health authorities in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) warned on Wednesday that monkeypox is likely to be transmitted within the country, as two cases may have been acquired domestically.

The NSW health department said 11 cases of monkeypox have been identified in the state, among which nine cases are likely to have been acquired overseas.

NSW Health’s Executive Director of Health Protection Dr Jeremy McAnulty said the local transmission of the virus may be occurring, particularly among men who have sex with men.

“The virus is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact with the lesions or rarely through close contact with large respiratory droplets from a person early on in their infection,” Xinhua news agency reported quoting Jeremy McAnulty.

“So far, in the cases we have seen in NSW, monkeypox is not presenting the way some people expect, such as an extensive rash or lesions all over the body.”

“It could just be a couple of what seem to be pimples in the genital area or buttocks, so people need to pay careful attention to any potential symptoms. Most of our cases to date have presented to sexual health clinics, rather than GPs.”

But McAnulty warned people to be on alert for all monkeypox symptoms, which can include fever, headache, body aches, and a rash or lesions on the genital area. Patients should immediately get access to health services and make sure they wear a mask as a precaution.

The NSW Health statement said monkeypox is a rare viral infection previously associated with travel to Central and West Africa.

However, thousands of cases of monkeypox have been reported from several countries that are not endemic to the virus this year, including several European countries and the United States.

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India logs 15,815 new Covid cases, 68 deaths

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 In the last 24 hours, India reported 15,815 new Covid-19 cases and 68 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

With the new fatalities, the nationwide death toll now stands at 5,26,996.

The active caseload marginally declined to 1,19,264, accounting for 0.27 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 20,018 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,35,93,112. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.54 per cent.

While the daily positivity rate also declined to 4.36 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.79 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,62,802 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 87.99 crore.

As of Saturday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 207.71 crore, achieved via 2,75,92,966 sessions

Over 3.97 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India reports 16,299 new Covid cases, 53 deaths

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 In the last 24 hours, India reported 16,299 new Covid-19 cases and 53 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

With the latest fatalities, the nationwide death toll now stands at 5,26,879.

The active caseload has declined to 1,25,076, accounting for 0.28 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 19,431 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,35,55,041. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.53 per cent.

While the daily positivity rate also declined to 4.58 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.85 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,56,153 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 87.92 crore.

As of Thursday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 207.29 crore, achieved via 2,75,36,174 sessions

Over 3.96 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India logs 16,047 fresh Covid cases, 54 deaths

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 India on Wednesday witnessed a rise in Covid cases with 16,047 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, against previous day’s 12,751 count, Union Health Ministry said.

In the same period, 54 more deaths took the nationwide death toll to 5,26,826.

Meanwhile, the active caseload has marginally declined to 1,28,261 cases, accounting for 0.29 per cent of the total positive cases.

The recovery of 19,539 patients took the cumulative tally to 4,35,35,610. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.52 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Daily Positivity rate has also risen to 4.94 per cent, while the Weekly Positivity Rate also stands at 4.90 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,25,081 tests were conducted increasing the overall tally to over 87.88 crore.

As of this morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 207.03 crore, achieved via 2,74,83,097 sessions

Over 3.96 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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