The Indian government has said locals are taking warnings about a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic too carelessly and treating them as ‘weather updates’.
Lav Agarwal, co-secretary at the Ministry of Health, urged people to take predictions about a possible third wave seriously and to follow appropriate behavior at Covid.
The number of coronavirus infections has declined in India, but experts have warned that a third wave is inevitable. One of the predictions was that it could hit India next month and peak in September.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also warned of overcrowding at tourist sites as photos of people invading hill stations and markets in India went viral.
Meanwhile, Indonesia reported a record rise in coronavirus infections on Tuesday with 47,899 cases. The country is grappling with an upsurge in infections caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19 which was first identified in India.
The total number of cases has risen to 2.6 million and the death toll stands at 68,000 after 864 new deaths were reported.
Vietnam, Thailand to mix doses of Covid-19 vaccine
The Vietnamese government has said it will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to people who received AstraZeneca as their first dose.
It comes after World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan warned against mixing and pairing Covid-19 vaccines, calling it a “dangerous trend.”
Thailand is also planning to give AstraZeneca as a second dose to people who have been inoculated for the first time with Chinese Sinovac in an attempt to strengthen protection.
The move comes as hundreds of healthcare workers in Thailand who received two doses of Sinovac vaccine have been infected with Covid-19. The health ministry is now considering giving booster doses to boost immunity, according to Reuters.
Akshita JainJuly 14, 2021 6:39 AM
Sydney lockdown extended by at least two weeks
Australian authorities have extended the lockdown imposed on Sydney by at least 14 days, as the number of Covid-19 cases soars.
The lockdown was due to end on July 16, but NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said restrictions would be in place until at least July 30.
The state reported 97 new locally transmitted cases on Wednesday, a slight increase from the 89 infections reported a day earlier.
Akshita JainJuly 14, 2021, 6:06 AM
Children in Delhi report post-Covid symptoms, doctors say
Doctors said children in India’s national capital Delhi, who have recovered from Covid-19, are arriving at hospitals with post-coronavirus symptoms like headaches and shortness of breath.
Dr Shuchin Bajaj, founder and director of the Ujala Cygnus group of hospitals, told the PTI news agency that children also suffer from brain fog and are unable to remember what they have studied.
He said children who had a severe infection had symptoms such as shortness of breath and severe headaches for at least three to four months.
Doctors had previously reported multi-inflammatory syndrome in children as a post-Covid complication. It is a condition in which different parts of the body can become inflamed.
Akshita JainJuly 14, 2021 5:43 AM
Hello and welcome to The independents coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Akshita JainJuly 14, 2021 5:16 AM