Meeting of Group of 7 countries concludes in London with pledge to work for more affordable COVID-19 vaccine

The meeting of the Group of Seven countries concluded in London with the pledge to work for more affordable COVID-19 vaccine. Foreign Ministers from hosts Britain, plus the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan met for the first time in person in two years. The group of the most advanced economies of the world discussed what it called as the biggest current threats: China, Russia and the coronavirus pandemic.

In a wide-ranging final communique covering the world’s most pressing geopolitical issues, including climate change and post-pandemic recovery, the group called on Tehran to release foreign and dual nationals they said were being held arbitrarily in Iranian jails. The communique said, the G7 would bolster collective efforts to stop China’s coercive economic policies and to counter Russian disinformation. It also threatened the Myanmar military government with fresh sanctions.

On the coronavirus pandemic, the G7 pledged to work with the industry to expand the production of affordable COVID-19 vaccines. They said the work would include promoting partnerships between companies, and encouraging voluntary licensing and tech transfer agreements on mutually agreed terms.

This week’s meeting set the tone for the G7 leaders’ meeting in Cornwall, southwest England, next month, at which US President Joe Biden will make his international appearance for the first time after becoming the President.

UK Prime Minister cancels planned trip to India amid COVID-19 concerns

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancels planned trip to India amid COVID-19 concerns in the UK. The announcement comes a day after the UK prime minister announced a lockdown in England in light of rising COVID-19 cases.

Johnson was scheduled to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

The UK Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Tuesday morning and expressed his regret that he will be unable to visit India later this month as planned.

In light of the national lockdown announced on Monday, and the speed at which the new coronavirus variant is spreading, the Prime Minister said that it was important for him to remain in the UK so he can focus on the domestic response to the virus.

The Prime Minister further said that he hopes to be able to visit India in the first half of 2021, and ahead of the UK’s G7 Summit that Prime Minister Modi is due to attend as a guest.

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Shooting for Rajinikanth's 'Annaatthe' postponed after crew members test positive for COVID-19

According to Sun Pictures, four crew members of Rajinikanth's upcoming film, Annaatthe, have tested positive for COVID-19.

They added that shooting for the film, which was underway in Hyderabad, has been postponed.

The producers also confirmed that Rajinikanth and other crew members tested negative.

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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi tests positive for COVID-19, Tweets

Guwahati: Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening.

Informing about his health condition, Gogoi took to Twitter saying, "I have been tested Covid 19 positive yesterday. People who came in contact with me during Last few days they should go for Covid test immediately."

Sources also informed that Ex-CM Tarun Gogoi is out of danger and is recovering well.

It is to be noted that so far 94,592 COVID positive cases have been reported in Assam, of which 74,814 patients have been discharged and 19,515 are active with 260 deaths.

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Over fifty seven thousand COVID-19 positive cases in Assam

GUWAHATI: The total COVID-19 positive cases in Assam have risen to 57,714. As per official information the single-day positive cases on Thursday was 1332.

Of the fresh COVID-19 positive cases 11 are employees of the Assam Legislative Assembly.

Talking to the media, Assembly principal Secretary Mrigendra Kumar Deka said, "In three days till Thursday, 270 of our staff members were tested out of which 11 have tested positive."

While the upcoming session of the Assam Legislative Assembly is scheduled to start from August 31, the detection of the infection in 11 of the staff members and needful follow-up actions beginning with thorough sanitisation and fresh arrangements to deal with the functioning of the Assembly may prove to be a new challenge to the Assembly authorities.

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Lab staff at Churachandpur tests COVID-19 positive

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL: Massive contact tracing on as lab staff tests COVID-19 positive in Churachandpur district, Manipur, on Thursday.

According to the chief medical officer, Dr Vumchinpau Tonsing, the staff of Advance Diagnostic, a privately run laboratory in Churachandpur, might have got exposed to the virus from one of the clients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

He said one BSF jawan posted in the district had visited a laboratory and later he declared positive for the virus on July, 18. Following the report of positive, all other remaining nine staff had undergone testing, to which one male staff turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

As per reports, the details of at least 615 individuals were recorded in the private lab between the period of July 11 and 20. Similarly, a public notice was also issued by the CMO on Thursday calling individuals who visited Advance Diagnostic on IB road near ZEO western gate, Lamka in Churachandpur district during the 10 days to voluntarily submit their information to the district administration or health department in the public interest.

The order is to prevent local transmission in the communities, it said. And those individuals who have come in contact with the lab were asked for strict home quarantine until they were tested and the result is known.

Following one male positive case, massive contact tracing has been carried out at Khumbi village that male staff had visited the village and returned to the district headquarter.

So far, the district has recorded a total 178 confirmed cases, of which 140 persons have already recovered. At present, the number of active cases is 38.

In the past twenty four hours, 31 persons (29M, 2F) were confirmed as new COVID 19 positive cases at VRDLS of RIMS (11) and JNIMS (5), DHs of Jiribam (11) and Thoubal (4). They belong to the districts of Churachandpur (1), Imphal East (1), Imphal West (11), 37th AR, Jiribam (11), Thoubal (5) and Ukhrul (2). They are being shifted to the COVID care facilities. Six individuals from the districts of Thoubal (4) and Imphal West (2) are cases without significant outside state travel history. All the rest are returnees from other states. All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.

In the past twenty four hours, 31 persons were discharged from CCCS of Meitram, I/W (2), Senapati (5), RD Wing, Lamphel (5) and Thoubal (2) and COVID Care Facilities of RIMS (4) and JNIMS (13) after they were found COVID 19 free on RT PCR test.

As of now, the cumulative number of positive cases is 2146. The numbers of active and recovered cases are 655 and 1491 respectively. The recovery rate is 69.47 percent in the state.

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Manipur on alarming medical situation: JNIMS hostels sealed

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL: The COVID scenario in Manipur is alarming with the rising number of positive cases every day even as the health authorities claim that there is no evidence of community transmission in the state so far.

On Tuesday, two boys' hostels of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science (JNIMS) in Imphal were sealed after one of its inmate's mother was tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the medical superintendent of JNIMS hospital, professor T Rajen, a final year medical student of the institute had been at home located at Thoubal district from July 12 to 14 and he returned to the hostel on July 14. While staying at his home, he stayed with his mother. After he came back to the hostel, the student, an inmate of the boy’s hostel number 2 had visited his friends and shared a meal together at hostel number 3.

As the student's mother tested COVID-19 positive, JNIMS administration issued an order for the immediate sealing of the two hostels of the boy's section.

Accordingly, all entry and exit in these two hostels are strictly prohibited until further notice, said the professor.

It may be mentioned that a total of 53 medical students who are currently staying at these two hostels were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, as per the JNIMS medical superintendent’s instructions.

Sources from the hostel said all of them have tested negative on TrueNet and now we are waiting for RT PCR test results. Test results may be getting by in the evening.

Further, the statement released from COVID-19 Control Common Room said in the past twenty-four hours, 90 persons (68 males, 22 females) were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases at VRDLs of RIMS (26) and JNIMS (34), DHs of Jiribam (17), Thoubal (5) AND Mobile Testing Team Imphal West (8).

They belong to the districts of Imphal East (8), Imphal West (12), Jiribam (17), Kangpokpi (25), Kakching (2), Tengnoupal (1), and Thoubal (25).

Statement also stated that four persons from Thoubal district are non-returnees with local contact histories and the rest are returnees from other states.

All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, it said.

Total confirmed cases in the state are 2015 and the number of active and recovered cases is 631 and 1384 respectively. The recovery rate is 68.68 percent, it said.

It may be noticed that in past twenty four hours, 64 persons were discharged from COVID-19 care centres of Meitram, Imphal West (16), Senapati (6), Tamenglong (27), Thoubal (4), Ukhrul (4) and COVID care facility, JNIMS 97) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test, it said.

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Arunachal Pradesh Govt suspends transportation of tea leaves from Namsai to Tinsukia

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Tinsukia: Amid the rise in COVID-19 positive cases in Namsai District (Arunachal Pradesh Government) and Tinsukia District, the transportation of tea leaves from Namsai to Tinsukia District has been suspended from Monday onwards until further order.

In a notification, Namsai Administration (Arunachal Pradesh Government) stated that the decision of imposing restriction was taken in the interest of maintenance of public health, hygiene and safety of the general public.

Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police, Namsai and Administrative Officers-cum-Executive Magistrates of Namsai District has been directed to enforce the order as soon possible.

Strict action will be taken against the violators, the order stated further.

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Fresh Case for COVID-19 positive detected in Digboi Township

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Digboi: Another fresh case for COVID-19 positive has come to light in Digboi’s Golai area on Monday.

A lady identified as Shova Thapa (55) reportedly went for a check-up at a Nursing Home in Tinsukia as she was ill. There she was advised to go for a COVID test.

Meanwhile, her report was tested positive for COVID-19 and was referred to Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh for better treatment.

Following the incident, the administration is now closely monitoring the area and people who might have come in contact with her within this period.

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Post-graduate student at RIMS in Manipur tests positive for COVID-19

Imphal: A final year post-graduate student at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Manipur has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the first such case from the hospital.

A statement issued by RIMS medical superintendent, Dr Ch Arunkumar Singh says, "a final year PGT student identified as Dr. Najir Ahmad Bilhuda from the department of Physiology and Biochemistry tested positive. The two departments are to close down immediately until further notice."

However, the source of infection is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

The hospital management sanitized the two departments by spraying and fogging disinfectants.

The faculty and staff of the two departments will undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 today.

Contact tracing within RIMS has been initiated by the community medicine department of the hospital to control the spread of the virus.

The medical officer also instructed the heads of departments (HODs) and unit heads of RIMS to reinforce infection prevention and control measures strictly to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday, 64 fresh COVID-19 cases were detected in Manipur, taking the total confirmed cases to 1,764. 635 are active, and 1,129 persons have recovered till date in the state.

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