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Punjab Monitoring Lumpy Disease Outbreak To COVID Cases Reaching A New High In Delhi: Top Headlines Of The Day

What made headlines today? Check all that is trending right now in the health sector.

From Punjab, all set to monitor lumpy skin disease to COVID cases nearly doubling in Delhi, and India is also witnessing a sudden surge in coronavirus cases. Since so much is happening in the country, here is a quick look at what happened today in the healthcare sector.

Punjab Ministers Set Up Meeting To Monitor Lumpy Skin Disease

Lumpy Skin Disease has caused the death of more than 4,000 cattle in India. Several states, including Punjab, are suffering from the aftermath of the disease. Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, stated on Wednesday that a group of ministers (GoM) will be formed to effectively monitor and manage lumpy skin disease in livestock daily. A significant vaccination campaign will be started, according to the chief minister, to protect animals from this disease. He added that there is sufficient funding for giving the animals their vaccinations at no cost. Mann added that the government had closed the borders to prevent animals from entering Punjab from other states.

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Australia's Victoria To Give Free Masks To Curb COVID Spread

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Corbevax Gets Approval For Precaution Dose

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16,047 Fresh COVID Cases, 54 Deaths In India

Union Health Ministry found that India saw an increase in Covid cases on Wednesday with 16,047 new infections reported in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day's 12,751 counts. The number of fatalities in the country rose by 54 during this time to 5,26,826. The number of active cases has slightly decreased to 1,28,261 cases or 0.29 per cent of all positive cases. The total rose to 4,35,35,610 after the recovery of 19,539. India now has a recovery rate of 98.52 per cent.

Langya Virus Hits China, 35 Cases Found So Far

The novel Langya henipavirus (LayV) was found in China, with 35 human illnesses confirmed so far, as per Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Taipei also announced that it would create a nucleic acid testing method to detect the virus and track its transmission. According to official Chinese media on Tuesday, 35 persons in eastern China's Henan and Shandong provinces contracted the henipavirus, also known as the "Langya" henipavirus (LayV).

COVID Cases Nearly Double In Delhi, City Reports Deaths

As many as seven deaths were recorded in Delhi on Tuesday, according to the health bulletin, and there had been a significant, almost two-fold increase in new Covid cases in the preceding 24 hours (2,495, compared to 1,372 reported the day before). There are currently 8,506 active cases, out of which 5,504 patients are receiving home isolation care, and the Covid positive rate has marginally decreased to 15.41%. In the past 24 hours, 1,466 people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,38,545, while the total number of cases in Delhi is 19,73,394 and the death toll is 26,343.

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