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India logs 18K new Covid cases taking tally to 1.03 Crore

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With 18,177 new coronavirus infections and 217 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s overall tally stood at 1,03,23,965 on Sunday, while the death toll touched 1,49,435, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Till now, 99,27,310 have recovered. Currently, there are 2,47,220 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 96.16 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state till date. Over 70 per cent of the daily new cases are being reported by 10 states and union territory — Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Five States — Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh contribute 62 per cent of the total active cases.

India has recorded one of the lowest new cases per million population in the last seven days (101). Brazil, Russia, France, Italy, the US and the UK have much higher cases per million population reported in the last 7 days.

Amid the rising cases, the availability of vaccine has raised hopes. Oxford-AstraZenaca vaccine Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin have been recommended by the expert panel, tasked with vetting covid-19 vaccine proposals, and has been forwarded to the Drug Controller General of India for approval.

The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of drive. The vaccine will be offered to one crore healthcare workers, along with two crore frontline and essential workers and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 years with comorbidities.

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Terrorist killed in Kashmir encounter

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One terrorist was killed in an ongoing encounter between the terrorists and security forces at Check Cholan area in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, officials said.

“One unidentified terrorist killed. Operation going on,” police said.

The gunfight took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

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Bihar lacks facility to test Omicron variant of Covid-19

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While the entire world is scared of Covid-19’s new variant Omicron, Bihar has no facility to conduct genome sequencing at the moment.

A test lab of genome sequencing is available only in Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) but it is lacking reagent to conduct a test. Such a situation emerged after some samples of Covid-positive patients who came from foreign countries, were sent to IGIMS for testing.

The Bihar Health department has now given an order to buy the reagent which will take at least 15 days to arrive. This means the testing of genome sequencing in Biahr will start only after 15 days.

Genome sequencing is a process to analyse the nature of all kinds of virus a patient is infected with. Omicron or Delta variant of the coronavirus can be detected only through genome sequencing.

Meanwhile, Mangal Pandey, Bihar Health Minister claimed that there is no case of Omicron in the state.

The claim made by the Minister came at a time when five patients who came from African countries and two from Dubai have been found to be Covid-positive during an RT-PCR test. Their samples were sent to IGIMS for genome sequencing. As the reagent is not available in the lab, the samples are preserved in a cold storage.

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Man returning from Dubai held for carrying liquor in Patna

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An electrical engineer returning from Dubai was arrested on charges of violating liquor ban after a wine bottle was found in his possession here, police said on Wednesday.

He had purchased the wine in Dubai as a gift for his father. After landing at Patna airport on Tuesday, he was to catch a night train for his native place Bokaro in Jharkhand, the police said.

Sujeet Kumar Singh, working as an electrical engineer in US based private firm in Dubai, was on his way home for his marriage when he was arrested.

“He had checked into a hotel in Patna and was waiting to catch a train. We came across him during a regular checking in the hotel where he was staying. When questioned, he accepted that he was carrying wine in his suitcase and had a bill also,” said an official of Kotwali police station.

Singh was not aware about liquor prohibition in Bihar.

“He was not drunk at the time of arrest and the recovered bottle was also sealed,” the official said.

Singh, a native of Bokaro steel City in Jharkhand, was returning after two years.

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