4th Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC Prelims & Mains 2020
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Antibiotic administration prevalent in COVID-19 patients with no bacterial infection: Study
WHY IN NEWS:
The proportion of COVID-19 patients with bacterial infections turned out to be 7.1 per cent.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3 : AMR ( Anti-Microbial Resistance )
Clinical Microbiology and Infection
- Bacterial co-infections are relatively low in patients hospitalised with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- A classification on the basis of patient population yielded that bacterial infection ranged from 5.8 per cent in all hospitalised patients to 8.1 per cent in critically-ill patients (those admitted in intensive care units) and 11.6 per cent in fatal cases.
- Bacterial co-infections are known to be responsible for increased morbidity and mortality in viral respiratory infections.
- However, their prevalence in COVID-19 patients is not well understood.
- It is a huge concern in view of the growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a global public health threat.
SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 4th Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC | Prelims & Mains 2020
Serum Institute gets nod for Oxford vaccine trials
Coronavirus update: Serum Institute gets nod for Oxford vaccine trials
WHY IN NEWS:
The Drugs Controller General of India gave its greenlight to the Serum Institute of India, Pune for conducting Phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials for a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the University of Oxford, London.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases
- The number of active cases were at 579,357 as of August 3- Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- The number of those discharged was at 1,186,203, while 38,135 died from the disease.
- The total number of cases across the world were 17,660,523, with 262,929 fresh cases added as of August 2- World Health Organization.
- The total number of deaths were 680,894, with 5,851 deaths recorded as of August 2, according to the data.
- The number of cases as of August 3, according to worldometers.info, however, was 18,240,633.
- This means India now accounts for nearly a tenth in the number of global COVID-19 cases.
Around 71,423 people claimed Rs 1,145.87 crore from insurance companies for treatment of COVID-19.