Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Karnataka Reports 1,653 New Covid-19 Cases, 31 Deaths

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Another repercussion for patients treated with excess steroids has been noted by doctors, where patients develop unusually large and multiple liver abscesses after recovery from Covid-19 infection. Liver abscess (Pus formation in Liver) is commonly caused by a parasite known as Entamoeba histolytica (Picture attached) which is transmitted by contaminated food and water.

According to Prof. Anil Arora, Chairman, Institute of Liver Gastroenterology and Pancreaticobiliary Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, “What we found unusual was that after recovery from Covid within 22 days in patients who were otherwise immunocompetent had large areas of both lobes of liver filled with pus at multiple locations requiring drainage and hospitalization.”

At least three different COVID strains have been detected among 75 patients from Mizoram whose samples were randomly selected and sent for whole-genome sequencing, a health official said. Seventy-three cases of India’s highly transmissible Delta variant (B.1.617.2), and one case each of United Kingdom’s Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Eta (B.1.525) strains were found among 100 samples, state nodal officer and official spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, said.

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs 4,000 per month to children who lost one or both parents during the pandemic. A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced on Wednesday.

Dr Praveen Kumar, the director of the department of paediatrics at New Delhi’s Lady Hardinge Medical College Speaking on the impact of Covid-19 on children, said that the pandemic can have a severe effect on children's mental and physical health owing to factors such as confinement at home, illnesses in the family and stress from job loss for parents or financial insecurity.

The paediatrician called it speculatory if the future waves of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) would affect children with increased severity. He said that the mortality rate in children is lower as compared to adults and rare instances of fatalities among children were found in those with comorbidities.

Meanwhile, the Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will manufacture the vaccine for distribution across Africa, a move that should help address the continent’s desperate need for more vaccine doses amid a recent surge of cases.

Amid massive shortage of vaccines, the Greater Mumbai municipal corporation announced its decision to halt the vaccination drive against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for Thursday, for the second day in a row. Earlier in the day, the civic body said it would receive 50,000 doses of Covishield and 11,200 shots of Covaxin on Wednesday night and they would be distributed to various government-run vaccination centres and those under its jurisdiction on Thursday, so the inoculation drive could be resumed from Friday onwards.

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