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Highlights: IMC issues red alert for medics as 99 doctors die from Covid-19

Coronavirus forces several nations to go into new lockdowns. US epidemiologist Fauci has said Covid-19 has the potential to be as deadly as 1918’s Spanish flu.

By Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Updated: Jul 15, 2020 23:27 IST
Highlights: IMC issues red alert for medics as 99 doctors die from Covid-19
A healthcare worker talks with a woman before collecting swab samples to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a public hospital, in Monterrey, Mexico (REUTERS)

South Africa, states in the US and India have reimposed lockdowns in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Karnataka and Bihar have imposed lockdowns as cases increase in these states. In the US, California recalled its previous order of opening restaurants, malls and cinema halls as cases continue to rise. Texas and Missouri also reported new daily records of deaths in the last 24 hours.

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Epidemiologist Dr Anthony Fauci has expressed concern about Covid-19 becoming as severe as the 1918 Spanish Flu. He said that there are signs that Covid-19 could reach that deadly stage. Moderna’s vaccine has seen recipients develop immune responses with no one experiencing any side effects.

10:31 PM IST

IMC issues red alert for medics as 99 doctors die from Covid-19

Indian Medical Association on Wednesday issued a red alert for medics and medical administrators after 99 doctors succumbed to Covid-19.


The national medical body asked the medical workers to to raise their guard as the outbreak continues to spread in the country.

10:14 PM IST

With record spike of 198 cases, Goa's Covid-19 tally now 2,951


With its biggest single-day spike of 198 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, Goa's tally of patients grew to 2,951, the state health department said.

However, no patient died due to the coronavirus infection during the day, it said.

09:31 PM IST

UN warns Covid-19 has threatened child vaccination programs

The United Nations warned Wednesday about an alarming decline in childhood vaccinations because of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that the likelihood a child born today will have all recommended vaccines by the age of 5 is less than 20 per cent.

Most of the 82 countries surveyed in May reported vaccination campaigns being disrupted because of coronavirus, according to the study carried out by UNICEF, the World Health Organization and Gavi, a public-private partnership started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that buys vaccines for about 60% of the world’s children. (AP)

08:45 PM IST

India's first fully indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia gets DCGI approval

India's first fully indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia gets DCGI approval, says Union Health Ministry

07:56 PM IST

West Bengal: Covid-19 death toll reaches 1,000

West Bengal Covid-19 death toll reaches 1,000 on Wednesday after registering 20 new fatalities within the last 24 hours. In highest single-day spike, the state recorded 1,589 confirmed cases of infection.

07:49 PM IST

7, 975 new covid-19 cases detected in Maharashtra

As many as 233 people lost their lives to Covid-19 on Wednesday, while 7, 975 new cases of infections were detected in Maharashtra state, the state health department said.

The total number of infection now stands at 2,75,640. Recovery rate in the state is at 55.37%, it also said.

07:34 PM IST

Tokyo raises alert level to warn citizens of surge in infection rate

The Tokyo authorities have decided to put the highest level Covid-19 alert in the city in light of an increasing infection rate and a double rise in the number of untraceable coronavirus cases, Governor Koike Yuriko said on Wednesday.

"We decided that we need to raise the alert level to warn residents that infection is spreading," Yuriko said, as quoted by the NHK broadcaster.

Japan has been registering over 200 Covid-19 cases per day from July 9-12. Since then, the daily rate has dropped but still remained in the triple digits.

On Wednesday, Tokyo's Covid-19 tally rose by 165, up from 143 a day before, and reached 8,354.

07:16 PM IST

Many senior bureaucrats test positive for Covid-19 in Assam

Several senior bureaucrats, including the Commissioner and Secretary to Assam Governor, have tested positive for Covid-19, officials said on Wednesday.

At least five senior officials have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 2-3 days, PTI reported quoting an official.

06:44 PM IST

Dharavi reports 23 new cases of Covid-19 infections

Mumbai's Dharavi area on Wednesday reported 23 new cases of Covid-19 infections, taking the total number to 2,415 including 99 active cases: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

06:12 PM IST

Mumbai's Covid situation is getting better: BMC

Covid facilities presently have 1,053 ventilators in active condition and out of these, 125 are not in use because Mumbai doesn't have that many patients who are to be put on ventilators so these are installed but are not in use, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Wednesday.


It also said that the unused ventilators "doesn't mean that they are left to get dusted but this is an indicator that Mumbai's Covid situation is getting better and not even total available ventilators are needed. Mumbai already has 70% recovery rate of Covid patients and this is a good sign".

06:07 PM IST

Mumbai: BMC has recieved 446 ventilators from Central govt till date

BMC has recieved 446 ventilators from Central govt till date, financed through PM CARES Fund. These ventilators were not received at once but in phases. We arranged their assembling & installation in various Covid centres of BMC hospitals: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

05:44 PM IST

Air India to send some staff on compulsory leave without pay

Air India has started process of identifying employees -- based on factors like efficiency, health and redundancy -- who will be sent on compulsory leave without pay for up to 5 years: Official order

05:33 PM IST

Sharp rise in number of cured patients take recovery rate to India's 63.24%

The last 24-hours have seen a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 patients recovering. As many as 20,572 people were cured which has taken the total number of recovered cases among Covid-19 patients to 5,92,031. The recovery rate has climbed up to 63.24% today: Government of India

05:00 PM IST

Kin of Covid-19 frontline workers will be given a govt job if they die fighting against the outbreak

If a Covid-19 warrior loses his/her life in the fight against the outbreak, one member of their family will get a government job, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.

04:28 PM IST

Parliamentary panel holds meeting on Covid-19 outbreak

A parliamentary panel on home affairs met on Wednesday to discuss important issues related to Covid-19 outbreak in the country. During the meeting, the panel demanded that the drugs for Covid-19 treatment should be easily available and affordable.

Members of the parliamentary panel also raised the issue of black marketing of drugs related to Covid-19.

The meeting was headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma and officials including, home secretary Ajay Bhalla, joint secretary of health ministry Lav Agarwal were present in the meeting.

First published: Jul 15, 2020 07:38 IST