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Coronavirus wrap | Here's all you need to know about today's developments

The health ministry said 92 new cases and four deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1,071 and the number of deaths to 29

March 30, 2020 / 08:58 PM IST
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The number of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases in India continued to rise on March 30 as the country entered Day 6 of a three-week lockdown.

The health ministry said 92 new cases and four deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1,071 and the number of deaths to 29.

Here are some of the major developments from the day:

- The health ministry on March 30 said India is, technically speaking, still in the local transmission phase and has not seen community transmission.

- The government also clarified that there are no plans to extend the lockdown beyond April 14.


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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.

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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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- Civil aviation ministry said it is coordinating with states to ensure cargo flight operations. Meanwhile, DGCA said that personnel involved in cargo flight operations must have protective gear like masks and gloves.

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- Johnson & Johnson said human testing of its coronavirus vaccine will begin by September and it could be available for emergency use in early 2021.

- JNU extended deadline for entrance exam amid the COVID-19 scare.

- Internationally, US President Donald Trump said peak US death rate from coronavirus is likely in two weeks, extends social distancing guidelines until April 30.

- Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered quarantine after one of his close aides tested positive for coronavirus.
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first published: Mar 30, 2020 08:58 pm

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