New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) After registering over 40,000 Covid cases daily in the past few days, India witnessed a slight decline with 38,948 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 3,30,27,621, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.At the same time, the country registered 219 new deaths due to Covid, taking the cumulative fatalities to 4,40,752. The mortality rate stands at 1.33 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry. A total of 43,903 Covid infected patients recovered or discharged in the last 24 hours taking the the tally of Covid recovery to 3,21,81,995. The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.44 per cent, according to the health ministry's report. The active cases in the country stand at 4,04,874, which accounts for 1.23 per cent of the total cases. As per the ministry's data, India's daily Covid positivity rate was reported to be at 2.76 per cent for the last one week, while the weekly positivity rate was at 2.58 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent for the last 73 days.A total of 53,14,68,867 Covid samples were tested so far in the country, of which 14,10,649 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, ministry's data said. India has so far administered 68.75 crore doses of Covid vaccines, including 25,23,089 doses in the last 24 hours. Kerala continued to witness a high number of cases with 26,701 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, till Sunday evening. Several of its districts recorded a high number of new cases. Kozhikode recorded the highest number of cases with 3,366 followed by Thrissur (3,214), Ernakulam (2,915), Malappuram (2,568), Palakkad (2,373), Kollam (2,368), Thiruvananthapuram (2,103), Kottayam (1,662), Alappuzha (1,655), Kannur (1,356), Idukki (1,001) and Pathanamthitta (947), the Kerala government's press release said on Sunday.On Sunday, a 12-year-old boy was reported to have died of Nipah virus in Kerala.--IANSavr/dpb
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) India on Tuesday registered a major fall in the daily Covid-19 cases as fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours came down to 25,166. The last time there were cases close to this number was last year December 22, when around 24,000 cases were reported.Although we have seen as low as 10,500 cases in February this year, before the devastating second wave kicked in, the figure released by the government on Tuesday is the lowest recorded in 154 days. A total of 437 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours pushing the toll to 4,32,079, according to the Covid bulletin released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.India's recovery rate from the Covid infection currently stands at 97.51 per cent, the highest since March 2020. As several other countries in the West, South-East and the Middle East again see surge in cases, there are talks to begin testing below the 19-year-age group.The active caseload also registered a decline of 12,101 on Tuesday and the total caseload stands at 3,69,846, the lowest in the last 146 days. The active caseloads constitute 1.15 per cent of total cases, the lowest since March 2020, as per the bulletin released by the health ministry.The health ministry data mentioned that a total 36,830 patients were discharged from the hospitals and health centers in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,14,48,754 to the date in India. The weekly positivity rate remains below 3 per cent for the last 53 days and currently stands at 1.98 per cent. The daily positivity rate continued to remain below 3 per cent for the past 22 continuous days and currently stands at 1.61 per cent.Meanwhile, India achieved the highest-ever single-day vaccination mark with the administration of more than 88.13 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours. This is the highest ever vaccination achieved in a single day since the start of the vaccination drive. At least three of the variants are currently active in India, of the nearly 20 active worldwide.India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage stands at 55,47,30,609. And in the last 24 hours, a total of 62,12,108 people were vaccinated, said the health bulletin.--IANSavr/dpb/in
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) For the third consecutive day on Monday, India registered a decline in the daily Covid cases with 32,937 fresh cases and 417 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.On Sunday, 36,083 new cases and 493 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours, and on Saturday also the fresh cases showed a marginal dip as India recorded 38,667 infections.Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported since the past 50 consecutive days. India's recovery rate from the Covid infection currently stands at 97.48 per cent, highest since March 2020. The active caseload also registered a decline of 3,389 on Monday and the total cases climbed to 3,81,943, lowest in the last 145 days. The active caseloads constitute 1.18 per cent of total cases, lowest since March 2020, as per the bulletin released by the health ministry.As per the Health Ministry data, total 35,909 patients were discharged from the hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,14,11,924 to the date in India. The death toll due to Covid in the country has reached 4,31,642, according to the Health Ministry.The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent and is currently at 2.01 per cent. The daily positivity rate continued to remain below 3 per cent for the past 21 days and currently stands at 2.79 per cent.Meanwhile, India's Cumulative Covid Vaccination Coverage has exceeded 54.58 crore. A total of 17,43,114 doses of vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours, pushing the total vaccination so far at 54,58,57,108, said the bulletin released by the ministry.--IANSavr/dpb
Phnom Penh, Aug 11 (IANS) The number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths in Cambodia is on the gradual decline as more people have been vaccinated against the virus, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Wednesday.Cambodia confirmed 486 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, a decrease from the peak day of 1,130 cases on June 30, the MoH said, adding that 12 more fatalities were reported on Wednesday, a dramatic drop from the highest daily death toll of 39 recorded on July 15, Xinhua reported.To date, the Southeast Asian nation has recorded a total of 83,384 Covid-19 cases, with 1,614 deaths and 77,754 recoveries, the MoH said.Authorities attributed the fall in new cases and deaths to the higher Covid-19 vaccination rate.Cambodia launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 10, aiming to inoculate 12 million people, or 75 per cent of its 16-million population by November.MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said that as of August 10, the country has vaccinated 8.39 million people, or 52.48 per cent of the total population. --IANSint/pgh
New York - People who eat a diet that includes at least half a serving per day of foods high in flavonoids like strawberries, oranges, peppers and apples may have a 20 per cent lower risk of cognitive decline, according to a study.
Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds found in plants and are considered powerful antioxidants. It is thought that having too few antioxidants may play a role in cognitive decline as you age.
The study, published in the journal Neurology, showed that flavones -- found in some spices and yellow or orange fruits and vegetables -- had the strongest protective qualities, and were associated with a 38 per cent reduction in risk of cognitive decline, which is the equivalent of being three to four years younger in age.
Peppers have about 5 mg of flavones per 100 gram serving. Anthocyanins, found in blueberries, blackberries and cherries, were associated with a 24 per cent reduced risk of cognitive decline. Blueberries have about 164 mg of anthocyanins per 100 gram serving.
"A colourful diet rich in flavonoids -- and specifically flavones and anthocyanins -- seems to be a good bet for promoting long-term brain health. Our results are exciting because they show that making simple changes to your diet could help prevent cognitive decline,"said Walter Willett, from Harvard University in Boston, US.
"The people in our study who did the best over time ate an average of at least half a serving per day of foods like orange juice, oranges, peppers, celery, grapefruits, grapefruit juice, apples and pears," Willett added.
The study looked at 49,493 women with an average age of 48 and 27,842 men with an average age of 51 at the start of the study.
Over 20 years of follow up, people completed several questionnaires about how often they ate various foods. Their intake of different types of flavonoids was calculated by multiplying the flavonoid content of each food by its frequency.
Rio de Janeiro, July 15 (IANS) Hospital admissions and deaths due to Covid-19 have declined in Brazil thanks to progress in vaccination against the virus, Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) has said.In its weekly bulletin on the pandemic on Wednesday, the federally-funded medical research facility said that for the first time since December, no Brazilian state has reported intensive care units (ICUs) with over 90 per cent occupancy, Xinhua news agency reported.However, four states are in the "critical alert zone," with more than 80 per cent ICU occupancy, including Santa Catarina (82 per cent), Goias and Parana (at 81 per cent occupancy each), and the Federal District (80 per cent).Most of Brazil is in the "medium alert zone," with ICU occupancy rates of 60 to 80 per cent, while seven states are on low alert, with occupancy of less than 60 percent, including Acre, which has just 24 per cent occupancy."Vaccines are especially effective in preventing serious cases," said Fiocruz, urging continued social distancing, use of masks and hygiene measures, and calling on the entire population to get vaccinated."The possibility of the emergence of variants with the potential to reduce the effectiveness of available vaccines is pertinent and cannot be overlooked," it added.For the third week in a row, deaths caused by Covid-19 fell, although they remained at high levels, with more than 46,000 cases of infection and 1,300 deaths a day on average last week.The fatality rate is around 3 per cent, which is considered high.Brazil has the world's second-highest pandemic death toll, with more than 535,000 deaths, and third-worst outbreak, with over 19 million cases. --IANSint/pgh