ICMR Additional DG, Dr Samiran Panda, has opined that there is no need to shut schools over a spike in Covid-19 cases. He also stated that children are not the drivers of the Covid-19 spread. He further stressed that school closures negatively affect children. Dr Chandrakant Lahariya, an epidemiologist and physician, also noted that Covid-19 tends to be mild or asymptomatic in most children.
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After Shanghai reported over 4,000 fresh single-day COVID-19 infections, the authority imposed a strict lockdown, barring people from venturing out. Under the new curbs, residents of the eastern part of the city including pudong district, will be under a complete lockdown, except for COVID-19 testing outside. The Shanghai Municipal Corporation issued notice in this regard. With Shanghai, approximately 62 million people in the nation are… read-more
The Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) in Odisha, which were closed in April, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will reopen on March 28. As per a letter sent by Director of ICDS and SW Arvind Agarwal, the centres will operate from 7:30 am to 9:30 am for 25 days a month, strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocols. Furthermore, children unable to attend the centres will receive ration at their doorsteps.
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Amid the decline in Covid-19 cases, the Odisha government has decided to reopen schools and colleges from February 7. "The physical classes for students of standard 8 to 12 along with colleges, universities, and other technical, professional education institutions will open from February 7," said Chief Secretary Mahapatra. The Board Examination of Class 10 and 12 will be conducted as per the guidelines, he further added.
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will chair a meeting with state district collectors to discuss the status of COVID vaccination, on January 18 at 4 pm. Mysore BJP MP Pratap Simha and one more senior leader are against implementing a weekend curfew in the state. "Rather don't close businesses and think of people's plight and take decisions," said Simha. CM will take the final decision on January 21.
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Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, the government of Jammu and Kashmir on January 15, announced that there will be complete restrictions on non-essential movements during weekends in the entire union territory. State executive committee issued an order, on the same. The order reads, "Night curfew shall continue to remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement".
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told the cabinet that the state is likely to see a record surge in Covid-19 cases between January and February, he stressed imposing restrictions and ramping up vaccination drive to curb infections. He stated, ''The cases have seen a decline in last two days, but it does not mean that the curve is flattening''. Maharashtra tops the chart in recording the highest number of cases.
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who recently tested COVID positive, recovered from the virus. On January 9, he took to Twitter and posted a tweet in Hindi, which read, "After recovering from Corona, I am back at your service". Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal addressed a press conference at 12 noon, today and informed that Delhi Government is not planning any lockdown in the National Capital and asked people to follow safety protocols.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai clarified and said, no decision on lockdown has been taken in the state. Despite COVID-19 surge and Omicron rise, the Karnataka Government assured to be prepared for the crisis, if any. The CM also said, the decision regarding the lockdown and curbs will be taken as per experts recommendation after a Cabinet meeting. Furthermore, Karnataka is one of the worst COVID-19 hit Indian states.
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Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar warned of a possible lockdown, if COVID-19 cases continue to surge. "We will have to impose lockdown in Mumbai if daily COVID cases cross the 20,000 mark," said Pednekar. Notably, on January 3, Mumbai alone registered 8,082 COVID-19 cases, the highest since April 2021, with 40 cases of Omicron. In addition, as of now, schools for classes 1 to 9 are shut, amid COVID concerns.
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