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Coronavirus Updates: India reports 4,184 new cases, 104 deaths
New Delhi, Mar 09: With 4,184 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, the active cases dipped to 444,88, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
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Maha govt spent Rs 735 cr in ex-gratia for kin of COVID-19 victims
The Maharashtra government spent Rs 735 crore in ex-gratia to the kin of people who died of COVID-19 infection in the state, the legislative Assembly was informed on Thursday. According to the state's economic survey report for 2021-22, the government had received 2.35 lakh applications for financial assistance till February 2022, of which 1.47 lakh had been sanctioned and an expenditure of Rs 735 crore was incurred. At least 262 insurance claims were received from health workers, who were at risk of contracting the virus and 187 claims had been settled till December 2021, the report stated.
AIIMS Delhi to start booster dose trial of intranasal Covid vaccine from Friday
The AIIMS will start the booster dose trial of Bharat Biotech's intranasal COVID-19 vaccine from Friday. The booster dose will be given to those who have received both the doses of either Covaxin or Covishield at least five months ago but not more than seven months back, Dr Sanjay Rai, Professor at the Centre for Community Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi told PTI. India is yet to approve the use of intranasal vaccine against COVID-19, BBV154 developed by the Hyderabad based company.
More than 180.61 crore (1,80,61,57,180) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Govt. of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. More than 16.24 Cr (16,24,54,381) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.
Delhi reports 208 fresh COVID19 cases, 279 recoveries, and 1 death, in the last 24 hours. Active cases 985 Positivity rate 0.46%
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation and the public health response to the pandemic, government sources said. Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya attended the meeting besides a number of senior government officials. The meeting comes amid a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases
Over 68,000 complaints received in Maha about hospitals overcharging, denying treatment to COVID-19 patients: Minister
Over 68,000 complaints were received from COVID-19 patients across Maharashtra about hospitals overcharging and denying treatment to them, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope informed the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question by NCP MLA Rohit Pawar and others, Tope said amount to the tune of Rs 35.72 crore was deducted from bills or refunded to patients and their families. As many as 68,651 complaints were received from COVID-19 patients about exorbitant bills and denial of treatment by hospitals and the government has resolved 58,631 such cases, the minister said.
An expert group convened by the World Health Organisation said Tuesday it “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine amid the global spread of omicron, capping a reversal of the U.N. agency's repeated insistence last year that boosters weren't necessary for healthy people and contributed to vaccine inequity.
Maha: 37 pc Class I students failed to attain reading-writing skills amid pandemic, says minister
As many as 12,000 students or 37 per cent of the total students in Class I in Maharashtra could not attain reading and writing skills due to the COVID-19 situation, school education minister Varsha Gaikwad told the Legislative Council on Tuesday. Responding to a starred a question raised by MLC Dr Sudhir Tambe, the minister said the finding was from a survey that was conducted covering 1,47,277 students from Classes I to V. "The number of students from Class I stood at 32,888. It was found in the survey that 12,300 students, or 37 per cent, had failed to attain minimum skills to read and write. It is the highest percentage of students failing to attain minimum skills among all classes,” she said. “The cumulative percentage of the students who failed to attain reading and writing skills stands at 14.76 per cent.