The Coronavirus vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University produced positive results in early-stage clinical trials. Serum Institute of India(SII), the largest manufacturer of Vaccines in the world is a partner in the Oxford vaccine project and has been chosen by Oxford and AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine once it gets ready. SII announced that it would seek regulatory approvals for clinical trials in India and soon start manufacturing in India in large volumes.
AIR BORNE TRANSMISSION OF CORONA VIRUS IS INDEED A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY, SAYS CSIR:
According to scientists, a 5 micron droplet will travel tens of metres and also remain suspended in the air for longer. Thus an individual who is COVID-19 positive is likely to infect people standing even at a distance of 1-2 m in a small, poorly ventilated room. Aerosols are micro droplets, much smaller than respiratory droplets, and take a longer time to drop to the floor. They will be expelled by people breathing, laughing or singing, unlike respiratory droplets that are expelled with forceful acts such as sneezing or coughing. This poses the risk that people sharing such environments can potentially inhale these viruses, resulting in infection and disease. To prevent the spread through air, continue wearing masks even in enclosed spaces and keep work places well ventilated and avoid large crowded gatherings.
SACHIN PILOT AND HIS TEAM OF REBELS HAVE AN IMPORTANT DAY IN COURT TODAY:
The Rajasthan High Court is hearing a petition by Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel Congress MLAs challenging disqualification notices served to them last week for “anti-party activities”. The Rajasthan High Court’s decision on the rebels’ petition will have a significant bearing on the road ahead for Sachin Pilot. Sachin Pilot broke ranks with his party after he was asked to answer questions in an investigation ordered by the Chief Minister into alleged bribing of Congress MLAs to switch loyalties and help bringing down the Gehlot government. Team Pilot has 19 members, and along with the BJP’s 72, can give the government a close fight if it wins the case.
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ANDHRA PRADESH COVID TALLY CROSSES 50K MARK:
With 4,074 new cases in the 24 hours ending 9 a.m. on Monday, Andhra Pradesh’s daily Covid tally saw a dip compared to the record high of 5,041 cases reported on Sunday. The total number of cases in the state now stands at 53,724. Till date, 13,49,122 samples have been tested in Andhra Pradesh.
East Godavari reported the highest tally of 1,068 positive cases, followed by Guntur (596), Kurnool (559) and West Godavari (354). Other districts that reported high numbers over the previous 24 hours include Anantapur (342), Srikakulam (261), Prakasam (221), Kadapa (152), Krishna (129), Chittoor (116), Visakhapatnam (102) and Nellore (100). Vizianagaram with 52 cases was the only district to report double digit covid cases on Monday. The overall death toll in Andhra Pradesh has now shot up to 696, state health officials said.
TIRUPATI GOES INTO COMPLETE LOCKDOWN TILL AUGUST 5:
With a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent days, this temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh was brought under complete lockdown from Monday till August 5 to check its spread, Chittoor District admininstration said. Total 5,400 COVID-19 cases were reported in Chittoor district, Tirupati corporation areas alone has about 1,700 cases. The surge in the virus cases here has prompted the administration to keep it under complete lockdown until August 5, Chittoor district Collector, Narayan Bharat Gupta said. Shops selling vegetables and groceries will be permitted to open between 6 AM and 10 AM daily while all commercial establishments would remain closed during the lockdown, Gupta told reporters here, adding public would be allowed to shop for domestic needs only during the four-hour window. Medical and milk shops can function throughout the day while essentials services would be exempted from the purview of lockdown.