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Indian Education Minister admitted for “post-COVID” complications.

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India’s federal Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been admitted to hospital following “post-COVID” complications.

The 61 year old minister admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Services (AIIMS). He is being kept in a private ward since 11:30 am at the hospital. He had contracted COVID-19 earlier in April but was later discharged after he was declared healthy and fit.

He was scheduled to address the 12th grade students in Indian schools who are to take their examinations across India.  India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 28,175,044 on Tuesday with 127,510 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry. Besides, 2,795 deaths were reported since Sunday morning, taking the death toll to 331,895.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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G7 to donate 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to COVAX.

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The leader of the G7 countries have finally reached a consensus on the agreement to share vaccines with the rest of the world. According to the agreement, the G7 will be donating 870 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the WHO.

It has been reported that of the 870 million doses, 435 million doses would be delivered to the WHO by the end of 2021.

WHO has confirmed the G7’s commitment in a statement. According to the WHO, the G7 countries will donate a total of 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the COVAX program.

The COVAX program is a WHO led initiative to make COVID-19 vaccine accessible to even the poorest countries.

While the international community has welcomed the decision, they are also calling for the continued donations of vaccines and for the licensing not-for-profit production of the vaccine by other countries. This comes as several countries are facing the worst waves of COVID-19 while the COVAX program is running low on its supply of vaccines.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that “any other countries are now facing a surge in cases — and they are facing it without vaccines. We are in the race of our lives, but it’s not a fair race, and most countries have barely left the starting line, we need more, and we need them faster.”.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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The ugly side of Thailand’s latest COVID-19 outbreak

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After months without a single confirmed case of local transmission in Bangkok, the pandemic has now radiated from luxury nightclubs to the warrens of slums that hug Bangkok’s highways and railroad tracks.

According to Thailand health ministry officials, Thailand’s biggest and deadliest coronavirus outbreak is linked to the famous Krystal and Emerald nightclubs which caters to the rich and famous. Many people linked to the club have tested positive, including an ambassador and a government minister.

The infections have spread to the less privileged and cramped areas where social distancing is impossible. It has also spread to prisons, construction camps and factories.

In late May 2021, Thailand reported more than 5,800 cases on a single day. The total number of infections now stands above 175,000.  As many western nations approach a semblance of normalcy, Thailand is among one of the countries impacted by the late-outbreak of the virus in Southeast Asia, where vaccines are not yet adequately available. Thailand is counting on AstraZeneca vaccine production by a local company that has never manufactured vaccines before.

However, Thailand’s elite book overseas tours to get vaccinated abroad. Most of the infected poor in need of treatment are forced to wait for beds at government field hospitals set up in stadiums or other areas.

During this pandemic inequality and corruption has increased where less privileged suffer the most. Many have lost their jobs and are dependent on government welfare. The social issues arising from the pandemic are even more severe than the economic impact. However, less priority is given to increasing social issues.

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HEOC resumes random sampling in Greater Malé city area.

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Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) has recommenced the collection random samples. According to HEOC, collection of random samples would begin in Greater Malé city area from this Thursday onwards with a target of 380 samples per day.

Random sampling was discontinued in the capital following a surge in COVID-19 positive cases last May, which led to increased sample collection through the flu clinics.

As a result of strict measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19, the numbers seem to be gradually declining.

According to the latest figures announced by the Health Protection Agency this Thursday, out of 3,819 samples collected within the last 24 hours, 323 tested positive, bringing the total number of cases up to 69,536. With 191 COVID-19 deaths, the recorded fatality rate in Maldives is 0.27%.

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