London, July 23 (IANS) Britain has reported another 39,906 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 5,602,321, according to official figures released on Thursday.The country also recorded another 84 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now standing at 128,980. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, the Xinhua news agency reported.England has recently lifted most Covid-19 restrictions as part of the final step of the roadmap out of the lockdown. Scientists have warned that lifting all restrictions at this stage could increase likelihood of dangerous variants.The average number of daily cases in England is around 41,000, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising too although at a much lower level than during previous waves, said Nadhim Zahawi, the minister for Covid-19 vaccine deployment. He made the remarks when updating members of the parliament on Thursday.Regarding the NHS (national health service) Covid-19 pass, he said: "Anyone can access a pass via the NHS app on the NHS website or by calling 119 and asking for a letter to demonstrate vaccine status. People will also be able to demonstrate proof of a negative test result."Although the government do not encourage its use in essential settings, like supermarkets, other businesses and organization in England can adopt the pass as a means of entry where it is suitable for their venue or premises and when they can see its potential to keep their clients or their customers safe, according to Zahawi.But for proprietors of venues and events where large numbers are likely to gather and likely to mix with people from outside their households for prolonged periods deploying the pass is the right thing to do, he said.About 88 per cent of adults in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and more than 69 per cent have received two doses, according to the latest figures.To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia, the United States as well as the European Union have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines. --IANSint/rs
During the second wave of this pandemic, AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer were repurposed for COVID 19 after the robust scientific studies found them useful in asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection as standalone and/or as an adjunct to Standard care as per the studies conducted by Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Science and Technology (CSIR & DBT), Department of Science and Technology and reputed scientific organisations and hospitals. However, Govt. of India has released the “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19”.
States/ UTs licensing authorities / Drug Controllers has been informed to allow the licensed manufactures for AYUSH-64 under their jurisdiction to include a new indication of AYUSH-64 for repurposing as an intervention for the management of asymptomatic, mild to moderate COVID-19 in addition to existing indication(s). Further, States/ UTs Licensing Authorities have been requested to expedite the process of the licensing/ approval of the application for the manufacturing of AYUSH-64.
The Ministry has undertaken the following steps to reduce/ exterminate the effects of COVID-19-
1. Ministry of Ayush has formed an Inter-disciplinary AYUSH Research & Development Task Force chaired by Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan having representation from scientists of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Ayush Institutions.
The Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force has formulated and designed clinical research protocols for prophylactic studies and add-on interventions in COVID-19 positive cases through review and consultative process of experts of high repute from different organizations across the country for studying four different interventions viz. Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi + Pippali and a polyherbal formulation (AYUSH-64).
2. Ministry of Ayush has also launched interdisciplinary studies involving AYUSH interventions for COVID-19 based on recommendations of the Taskforce. Under various Research Organizations and National Institutes under the Ministry of Ayush, 126 research studies at 152 centres in the country have been initiated on AYUSH interventions.
3. Ministry of Ayush has constituted an Interdisciplinary Technical Review Committee (ITRC) for COVID-19 for the examination of applications/ claims on patent & proprietary ASU&H medicines/ Classical ASU&H medicines forwarded by State Licensing Authorities/ Individuals.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Ayush Shri Mahendrabhai Munjapara in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. (Source - PIB)
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London, July 21 (IANS) Britain has reported another 46,558 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 5,519,602, according to official figures released on Tuesday.The country also recorded another 96 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number since March 24. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now standing at 128,823. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, the Xinhua news agency reported.The latest data came as England lifted most of the legal restrictions on social contact on Monday. But the British government said it will continue to work closely with local authorities and provide national support to local areas in curbing the spread of the virus.Local areas including Blackpool, Cheshire East and Oxford City have been receiving extra support as additional measures have been needed to slow the growth rate of Covid-19, according to the government.Meanwhile, the government has reinforced the need for people to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and been pinged by the NHS (National Health Service) Covid-19 app, Sky News reported on Tuesday.A rising number of people having to isolate due to being pinged has led to the creation of a system where employers can apply for an exemption if their workers are flagged as needing to quarantine, according to Sky News.The exemption could include certain workers in the food industry, utilities, border staff and the NHS, said the report.About 88 per cent of adults in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and more than 68 per cent have received two doses, according to the latest figures.To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia, the US as well as the European Union have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.--IANSint/rs
London, July 20 (IANS) Britain has reported another 39,950 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 5,473,477, according to official figures released on Monday.The country also recorded another 19 coronavirus-related deaths, with the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now standing at 128,727. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, the Xinhua news agency reported.Monday is being described by the British government as Freedom Day when almost all legal restrictions on social contact have been removed.The detailed arrangement of the final step out of lockdown includes: no more limits on social contact to allow people to gather in groups of any size; removal of the "one meter-plus" rule in almost all settings, except for specific places such as airports; no capacity caps on large scale events; and people are no longer required to work from home, among other changes. Face coverings will be recommended in some spaces, but not required by law.In a statement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson emphasized the need to remain cautious as restrictions were lifted.He also called for all adults who have not yet received their first or second vaccine dose to come forward and have the jabs.All over 18s are now able to book a vaccine, and nearly 60 per cent of under 25s have received at least one dose. Young adults can be key drivers of transmission and are urged to come forward for both doses, according to the statement.--IANSint/rs
London, July 18 (IANS) Britain has reported another 54,674 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 5,386,340, according to official figures released on Saturday.The figure is up from 51,870 cases reported on Friday, which was the highest since mid-January, Xinhua news agency reported.The country also recorded another 41 coronavirus-related deaths, with the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now standing at 128,683. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Saturday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 after feeling "a bit groggy" last night.He said on Twitter that he has had two jabs of the vaccine and his symptoms were "mild". He is now self-isolating at home with his family.The British government has confirmed that most Covid-19 restrictions in England will end on Monday as part of the final step or Step Four of England's roadmap out of the lockdown. But scientists have warned that lifting all restrictions at this stage could increase the likelihood of dangerous variants.About 87.8 per cent of adults in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and 67.8 per cent have received two doses, the latest official figures showed.In addition to Covid-19 vaccination, there are plans to offer free flu vaccines to children aged two to 16 and people aged 50 and over or in "at-risk" groups this winter in England, amid the double threat of coronavirus and influenza, the BBC reported on Saturday.The government is also considering a booster program of Covid-19 vaccines for the most vulnerable in the coming months.--IANSint/pgh
Puducherry, July 15 (IANS) Sixteen children, aged between 1 and 8 years, are under treatment in various hospitals Puducherry after testing Covid-19 positive, an official said on Thursday.According to the Union Territory's Director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr S. Mohankumar, 12 of these children are aged between 1 and 5 years while the rest are above the age of 5. Five newborns to Covid positive mothers have also been tested and one has been tested negative, while the results of the other four are being awaited.Mohankumar, in a statement, also said that several children in Puducherry were affected by Covid-19 during the first and second wave of the pandemic.The Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) have also reported cases of children suffering from Covid. It said that children, brought to the medical college for other ailments, had tested positive.Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, who also holds the health portfolio, has directed the Health and Family Welfare Department to take steps to prevent children contracting the disease.--IANSaal/vd