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India warns of deadly black fungus in Covid-19 patients

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec21,2023 #Covid #India #patients
India warns of deadly black fungus in Covid-19 patients 8
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The world has recorded 159,567,737 nCoV infections and 3,316,451 deaths, an increase of 585,558 and 9,734 respectively, while 138,183,449 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

India is the second largest epidemic area in the world with 22,991,927 cases and 250,025 deaths, up from 329,517 and 3,879 cases respectively the previous day.

Mucormycosis, which Indian doctors call `black fungus`, often strikes hardest in patients whose immune systems are weakened by other infections.

`Cases of mucormycosis in Covid-19 patients after recovery are nearly four to five times more than those reported before the pandemic,` said Atul Patel, an infectious disease specialist in Ahmedabad, state.

The western state of Maharashtra, where financial hub Mumbai is located, recorded up to 300 cases.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the scientific body leading the government’s response, said in a treatment protocol published on Twitter: `Mucormycosis, if not attended to can be fatal

Treatment is surgical removal of all dead and infected tissue and antifungal therapy.

`The mortality rate is very high. A few can only recover with extensive and aggressive surgery,` Bajan said.

Relatives bring a Covid-19 patient with difficulty breathing to a free oxygen support center on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on May 10.

The US, the largest epidemic area in the world, reported 33,509,038 cases and 596,134 deaths due to nCoV, an increase of 25,387 cases and 326 deaths compared to the previous day.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 10 approved the use of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 12-15 years old.

Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock described the move as `an important step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.` Today’s move allows younger populations to be protected from Covid-19, bringing us closer to

The FDA previously authorized emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people 16 years of age and older.

The FDA said about 1.5 million cases of Covid-19 in people 11-17 years old were reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

President Joe Biden last week emphasized the importance of expanding vaccination to 12-15 year olds and said officials are `ready to proceed immediately` when approved.

Brazil is the third largest epidemic area in the world with 15,209,990 infections and 423,229 deaths, an increase of 25,200 and 811 respectively. Although new nCoV infections in Brazil have decreased in recent weeks, the country still records high rates of infection.

In the context of daily infections and deaths from nCoV continuously increasing, Brazil is focusing on vaccine agreements with other countries to respond to the pandemic.

President Jair Bolsonaro is facing domestic and international criticism for resolutely opposing the blockade orders to prevent Covid-19 due to concerns about the economic impact.

Britain, the country recording the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 in Europe, yesterday announced the reopening of indoor seating at pubs and restaurants from next week.

The latest easing of restrictions comes as Britain reported no daily deaths from Covid-19 for the first time in more than a year, as the vaccination campaign was successful.

Spain last weekend lifted its six-month state of emergency and allowed travel between regions.

`The end of the state of emergency does not mean the end of restrictions. It’s still a long way off. The threat from the virus still exists,` said Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campo, calling on Spaniards to take action.

Cyprus yesterday ended its third partial lockdown with a Covid-19 `safety pass` system to allow people to travel freely.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the largest epidemic area in the region with 1,718,575 cases, an increase of 4,891, of which 47,218 people died, an increase of 206.

Indonesia issued a travel ban from May 6 to May 17 to partly prevent the flow of people traveling during the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

Indonesian health officials are concerned about the emergence of nCoV variants nationwide, including the B.1.617 variant, which was first identified in India late last year and is pushing the country into a Covid tragedy.

The Philippines is the second largest epidemic region in Southeast Asia, recording 1,108,826 cases of infection and 18,562 deaths, an increase of 6,846 and 90 cases respectively.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is requesting strong measures to prevent Covid-19, such as arresting anyone who wears a mask incorrectly amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Philippine Attorney General and Police Chief last month called on officers to impose community service on violators of Covid-19 containment rules, instead of fines or arrest, saying people had encountered too much.

Cambodia recorded 506 more cases of nCoV infection and 6 deaths, bringing the total number of people infected with Covid-19 to 19,743, of which 126 people died.

Cambodia ended the blockade of the capital Phnom Penh from May 5, but people must continue to comply with regulations such as the blockade period, applied according to the color code of each area.

People living in the red zone must stay at their place of residence and not go out `unless there is an emergency`, while people in the orange zone can move `if necessary`.

Laos reported 25 new infections, bringing the country’s total number of Covid-19 cases to 1,327, of which one person died.

The Lao government on April 21 issued a nationwide blockade order until May 5, but on May 4 decided to extend the period by 15 days, until May 20.

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