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Coronavirus wrap August 10 | Former President Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for COVID-19; India's case fatality rate falls to 2%

Globally, more than 1.9 crore infections and over 7 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

India has recorded more than 22.1 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 44,386 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update.

Of these, more than 6.34 lakh are active cases while over 15.35 lakh have recovered.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.


Globally, more than 1.9 crore infections and over 7 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does a vaccine work?

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.

How many types of vaccines are there?

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.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

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.

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Here are all the latest updates:

>> The head of the World Health Organization predicted that the number of people infected by the coronavirus will hit 20 million this week, including about 750,000 deaths.

>> Former President Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for COVID-19. He said that he was on a visit to the hospital "for a separate procedure" when his test came out positive.

>> Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was discharged from Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru after he recovered from COVID-19. The chief minister had tested positive for the virus on August 2.

>>  India’s case fatality rate has fallen to a new low of 2 percent, Union Health Ministry said.

>> Indian hockey player Mandeep Singh tested positive for COVID-19.

>> Brihanmumbai Municipal Cooperation (BMC), Mumbai's civic body, started the second phase of sero-surveillance study in the city from Monday to assess the spread of COVID-19 and know how many people have developed antibodies against the disease.

>> Sri Lanka fully reopened its schools after keeping them closed for over four months due to the lockdown imposed in the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus, news agency PTI reported.

>> Australia reported its highest daily coronavirus deaths with 19 fatalities during the last 24 hours, all in Victoria state.
First Published on Aug 10, 2020 07:16 pm