Left Menu
Development News Edition

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Oxygen supplies unreliable as India's cases surge India reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday.

Reuters | Updated: 17-09-2020 11:10 IST | Created: 17-09-2020 10:34 IST
What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
Representative image Image Credit: ANI

Here are what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Oxygen supplies unreliable as India's cases surge

India reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. Deaths are also showing a rise, with the country recording more than 1,000 deaths every day for the last two weeks. Coronavirus infections in India surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients.

In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, some of the areas worst affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting urgent calls for help. Sinovac to test the vaccine in teenagers, children

Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech plans to start a clinical trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine with children and adolescents later this month, widening its test on a shot that's already in the final stage of study with adults. Finding a vaccine that works for the entire population, including younger people, could be crucial to preventing outbreaks of the virus through schools and kindergartens, potentially affecting also teachers and parents.

Data so far suggests the virus generally causes milder disease in children compared with adults, but some cases of children requiring intensive care have been also reported, according to the World Health Organization. Scenic flights that go nowhere

Qantas Airways Ltd said a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef had sold out in 10 minutes, as it joined a growing trend in Asia offering "flights to nowhere" that take off and land at the same airport. Tough border restrictions to keep the coronavirus under control have led to a 97.5% plunge in international travel in the region, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

Many frequent flyers miss getting on planes and airlines including Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp and Japan's ANA Holdings Inc, desperate for revenue and to keep their pilots' licenses current, have offered special sightseeing flights. Blowing the whistle on fellow college students

Some U.S. college students are doing the once-improbable: blowing the whistle on classmates who break rules aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus. The University of Missouri on Tuesday said in a statement it had expelled two students and suspended three following "flagrant violations" of the school's coronavirus-related rules. The county where the school is located saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in August and early September, according to data on the city of Columbia's website.

Some schools like the University of Miami are actually paying students to enforce COVID-19 rules. At Miami, 75 "public health ambassadors" are making $10 an hour to walk around campus and make sure that people wear masks and social distance. Serious infractions can be flagged to university administrators.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

EU must rise to challenge on migration, EU Commission chief says

The European Union must agree a system to handle migrants over the long term, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, saying the recent fire in the migrant camp on the Greek island Lesbos was a stark reminder of the need...

NSE Knowledge Hub ties up with LetsVenture to enrich learning experience in private mkts space

NSE Knowledge Hub, an artificial intelligence powered learning experience platform, has partnered with LetsVenture to create knowledge courses and insightful content covering the private markets. The premium resources created on this platfo...

FACTBOX-How Russia has prepared itself to blunt threat of more sanctions

The poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and Moscows involvement in political turmoil in neighbouring Belarus have put additional Western sanctions against Russia back on the agenda ahead of the U.S. presidential election.But even if ...

Magic Bus Survey on the impact of COVID-19 reveals 83 percent of adolescents reported having no access to online learning resources

Mumbai Maharashtra India, September 23 ANINewsVoir The COVID-19 crisis has brought the entire world to a standstill as millions have been affected by the pandemic. India has seen a cascading effect on livelihoods and childrens education. Ma...

Give Feedback