Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 4 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday dropped enough hints that Covid has now more or less become part of one's life and the need of the hour is to ensure all are vaccinated and go forward observing Covid protocols.He was speaking to the media and conveyed the impressions of health experts from various places who took part in a meeting called by him a few days back who opined that economic activity has to go forward and the government is speaking to a wide cross sections of people on how to go forward."The experts pointed out that one need not be worried of the figures and all of them pointed out that it was only Kerala which did proper testing. When it came to deaths, Kerala had the least when compared to other states," said Vijayan.He said statistics now proves that even though there was a feeling that there might be a surge in new cases after the Onam festivities, such a thing has not happened."A comparison of figures between August 14 and September 3 points out that while the number of positive cases increased, those getting admitted to the hospitals has come down. These are good signs," said Vijayan."We will now again meet on Tuesday to finalise things and until then the present night curfew will continue and so would tomorrow (Sunday) be observed as a lockdown day across the state," added Vijayan.He also pointed out from now on every person in the state has to play the role of a Covid warrior and from now on, anyone who breaks Covid protocols while in quarantine would be dealt with seriously."Only if a Covid positive person has independent bathroom facilities and with no co-morbidities will be allowed to observe home quarantine and the family will have also to quarantine themselves. If there is any breach of the protocols, then such people will have to undergo paid quarantine at a government centre," said Vijayan.He said on Saturday, 29,682 people turned Covid positive after 1,69,237 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 17.54 per cent.A total of 25,910 people turned negative and the total active cases stand at 2,50,065.There were 142 Covid deaths and the total death tally rose to 21,422.--IANSsg/skp/
New York, July 25 (IANS) What is the connection of your net worth with a longer, healthier life? A lot, say researchers. In a first such wealth and longevity study, a team of US researchers have claimed that Americans with higher net worth at midlife tend to live longer.
Incorporating siblings and twin pair data, researchers from Northwestern University analysed the midlife net worth of adults (mean age 46.7 years) and their mortality rates 24 years later.
They discovered those with greater wealth at midlife tended to live longer.
"The within-family association provides strong evidence that an association between wealth accumulation and life expectancy exists, because comparing siblings within the same family to each other controls for all of the life experience and biology that they share," said Eric Finegood, a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern.
The researchers also considered the possibility that previous health conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, could impact an individual's ability to accrue wealth due to activity limitations or healthcare costs -- possibly confounding any association between wealth and longevity.
To address this, they re-analysed the data using only individuals without cancer or heart disease.
However, even within this sub-group of healthy individuals, the within-family association between wealth and longevity remained, said the findings published in the journal JAMA Health Forum.
Far too many American families are living paycheck to paycheck with little to no financial savings to draw on in times of need.
"At the same time, wealth inequality has skyrocketed. Our results suggest that building wealth is important for health at the individual level, even after accounting for where one starts out in life," said senior study author Greg Miller.
"So, from a public health perspective, policies that support and protect individuals' ability to achieve financial security are needed", Miller added.
Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS) Angry traders having their business establishments at Kozhikode, launched a massive protests on Monday and clashed with the police on the streets."We want to live, who will pay our debts. This cannot go on indefinitely," were the cries of protests that rendered the air at the once busy Kozhikode Mitayi Therevu (Sweet Street).Joining the protesters were the Youth Congress activists and with both these groups out on the streets, the police also got into their act and started arresting them under the violation of Covid lockdown rules.As per the Covid protocol in the state, shops can open depending on which category (A, B, C, D) they belong to based on the test positivity rate of each local body."As of now, Saturday and Sunday are total lockdown and apart from that, places are categorised. We feel these are totally unscientific. There has to be an end to our misery as life has to go forward. If these are the ways things are going forward, not many will be left. This has to change, if not, suicides will increase," said an angry group of protesters.Hearing about the protests spilling on to the streets, local Minister A.K. Saseendran, in charge of Forests and one who hails from Kozhikode, assured that things will be looked into, while the state Local Body Minister M.V. Govindan also promised the traders that he will see how things can go forward."See, we are only following the basic rules that have been laid down. According to the rule of law, the protesters have been arrested and let out on bail. We can only do this," said a top police official at Kozhikode.However, the leader of the traders body T. Nasirudhin said, Monday's protest was not one under their organisation and it was a natural one."These days it's difficult to contain the members of our body. The Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Adha is round the corner and it's natural for all traders to get some business and hence shops should be allowed to open," said Nasirudhin.Kerala has been caught badly in the Covid pandemic and close to 23 per cent of the new daily Covid cases are from the state and the active cases are over one lakh and hence the state government is continuing with such strong lockdown measures.--IANSsg/skp/
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took a dig at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over his comment on the vaccination issue, saying his government's aim is to "save lives, not vaccines".Taking a potshot at Khattar, Kejriwal said only vaccines can save lives of people so the sooner vaccines are administered, the more people are likely to be safe. "Khattar Sahib, only vaccine will save people's lives. The sooner the vaccine is administered, the more people will be safe. My aim is not to save the vaccine, but to save people's lives," Kejriwal tweeted.Kejriwal's remarks came after Khattar criticised the Delhi government's decision to stop vaccination for people in the 18-44 age group -- being covered under the Central government's third phase of the vaccination drive.Khattar had alleged that the entire objective behind Kejriwal government's decision was to create drama.The Haryana Chief Minister had advised Kejriwal to manage vaccine inoculation in a better manner since Delhi has been getting more vaccine compared to other states. "We can also end our vaccine stocks in one day by inoculating 2 lakh people in one day. But we are managing it by inoculating 50,000 to 60,000 people per day. If we would manage like this our vaccination process will continue. So, Kejriwal should follow these...," Khattar said. Kejriwal on May 23 announced the decision to stop inoculation of younger adults in the 18-44 age group, saying that the city was running out of stocks. He also appealed to the central government to increase the Capital's allocation of vaccines against the coronavirus disease Delhi received 1.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines this month, and its allocation for June has been halved to around 800,000, Kejriwal then said, adding that at this rate, it will take the city 30 months - or two-and-a-half years - to inoculate its entire adult population of around 15 million adults. Kejriwal had reiterated that Delhi needs around 8 million doses per month to vaccinate all adults in the next three months. --IANS rak/ash
San Francisco, May 27 (IANS) Facebook will no longer remove claims posted on its platforms that Covid-19 is either man-made or lab manufactured, as US President Joe Biden has called upon intelligence agencies to probe the so-called "lab-leak hypothesis".The social network had earlier banned such claims as part of its Covid-19 misinformation policy.A Facebook spokesperson said on Wednesday that the origin language had been removed from that policy, due to the renewed debate about the virus' origin."In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of Covid-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that Covid-19 is man-made from our apps," the spokesperson told Politico."We're continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge," the spokesperson added.Biden said in a statement that on Covid-19 origin, he has now "asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days"."As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community's efforts," the US President added.The intelligence community believes that two scenarios are possible: The virus started spreading when a human contacted an infected animal, or that the spread was the result of a lab accident.The US, Biden said, will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.--IANSna/pgh
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) At a time when the whole world is seeking solution to get rid of the Covid pandemic, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the virus is a "living organism and it deserves to live".Rawat's unusual video statement went viral on social media in which he said that the pandemic is a living organism like human being so that it also has the right to live. His remarks triggered stinging barbs from Opposition leaders who had described his statement as not just "insensitive", but also "foolish"."If we talk from a philosophical angle, coronavirus is also a living organism like us. We (human being) consider ourselves most intelligent, but that organism also wants to live. And it also deserves to live," Rawat said.Rawat continued in the widely-circulated video clip, saying, "We are out to eliminate the virus. So, it is constantly mutating to keep itself alive"."Hence, we now have to keep our distance from it. It is also moving, and we are also moving, but we have to move faster than it so that it gets left behind."The Congress moved fast to take potshots at Rawat after he got trolled on social media for his observation on Covid.The BJP leader's remarks came at a time when India is passing through a worst phase of the second phase of Covid-19 with India registering 3,43,144 fresh cases and 4,000 deaths in the past 24 hours."What Rawat, who was the state's CM, has said, is nothing but foolish and nonsense. He has lost his mind and has no vision because of which he was replaced abruptly by his party," Uttarakhand Congress vice president Suryakant Dhasmana said."The virus is a living organism, so was Ravana, Kansa and Mahishasura. But they all were killed by different gods because they were destroying the world just like this virus which has killed lakhs... Rawat is just uttering sheer nonsense."AAP's Uttarakhand spokesperson Amarjeet Singh Rana said that Rawat's remark was a reflection of his wisdom. "This shows his and the BJP leaders' wisdom. They are making Uttarakhand a laughing stock," Rana said.Rawat hasn't issued a clarification on his comments yet.The BJP's counter to the Opposition's barbs was a counter-attack, accusing the Congress and the AAP of indulging in a blame game rather than working for humanity in the pandemic.This is not the first time that the former Chief Minister, who was abruptly replaced by T.S. Rawat in March this year, has been ridiculed for his comments. He stunned people in 2019 when he claimed that the cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. In March this year, the BJP abruptly dropped him.--IANSrak/sdr/