The Union Health Ministry on April 27 said that there has been a rise of 1,463 new cases while 60 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 28,380 in India.
This has been India's highest single-day death toll since the start of the outbreak in the country.
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>> Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief ministers of states and discussed the staggered exit strategy from the countrywide lockdown. According to reports, the government plans on continuing the lockdown in the hotspots post-May 3, but wants easing of restrictions in other areas.
>> In its revised guidelines for the use of rapid antibody test kits, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advised states against using kits procured from Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics. It also asked states to return kits procured from them in order for it to be sent back.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
>> The West Bengal government said that a person tested positive for COVID-19 having the provision to isolate himself at his residence can home quarantine himself. "Lakhs and lakhs cannot be quarantined, the government has its own limits," the state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
>> A study reportedly said that coronavirus genetic material has been detected in air, but it is unclear if it causes disease.
>> The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, US' top health body, added six new symptoms to COVID-19 list. These symptoms include chills, constant shivers with chills, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell, muscle pain and headache.
>> UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recovering from the COVID-19 infection, re-joined office today. Reports suggest that he is preparing an exit strategy even as other European countries, such as Italy and Spain, have started or will start easing lockdown restrictions.
>> India should look to convert world's 'hatred' for China into economic opportunity, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.Click here to get all the news on the coronavirus pandemic