Coronavirus — Cases in Gujarat Soar, Vaccine Elusive

  • At least 233 cases have been reported in Ahmedabad, the highest number of new cases.
  • Indian Railways has decided to start 100 trains as per the schedule.
  • A leading American scientist has said he does not think a Coronavirus vaccine will be available soon.

According to the information provided by the Gujarat Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 371 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours. In the same period, 24 patients have died. The total number of infected patients in the state has gone up to 12,910, while the total death toll has risen to 773.

Gujarat is a state on the western coast of India with a coastline of 1,600 km (990 mi) – most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula – and a population in excess of 60 million. It is the fifth largest Indian state by area and the ninth largest state by population.

At least 233 cases have been reported in Ahmedabad, the highest number of new cases. There are 34 in Surat, 24 in Vadodara, 13 in Mehsana, 11 in Banaskantha, nine in Mahisagar, seven in Aravalli, six in Gir Somnath, five in Gandhinagar, four in Kutch, three each in Jamnagar, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Navsari, and Surendranagar. Two new cases have been reported in Narmada and Junagadh, and one each in Panchmahal, Kheda, and Patan.

However, 5,488 patients have recovered after treatment. After discussions with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Indian Railways has decided to start 100 trains as per the schedule. Out of these 100 trains, 17 trains connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad as well as other parts of the country will be started by Western Railway.

These trains will be mainly Mail/Express, as well as Janshatabdi type trains. Indian Railways has also issued specific guidelines for train services starting June 1, 2020. Bookings for the trips, which will start on June 1, will start on May 21, 2020.

A leading American scientist who discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has said that he does not think the Coronavirus vaccine will be available soon. In addition to HIV, Dr. William Haseltine’s other projects include cancer research. He was asked, “how soon is the Covid-19 vaccine likely to be made?”

William A. Haseltine is an American scientist, businessman, author, and philanthropist. He is known for his groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDS and the human genome.

In response, Dr. Haseltine said simply, “I wouldn’t count on it.” He added, “Do not listen to the politicians who say we’re going to have one by the time my re election comes around.” He went on, “maybe we will (but) I’m just saying it’s not a slam-dunk case by any means . . . because every time people have tried to make a vaccine – for SARS or MERS – it hasn’t actually protected.”

“In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is essential that patients be properly screened, properly detected, and strictly isolated where the infection is found to be spreading,” he said. Advising the US government, Dr. Haseltine said, “they should not wait for the vaccine. This strategy is not appropriate if the leaders decide to relax the lockdown on the basis of the vaccine being ready.”

Previous vaccines for other types of coronaviruses have failed to protect against nasal infections, from where the virus is considered to be most likely to enter the body.

“The Coronavirus can be controlled without any effective treatment or vaccine. It requires proper screening for the infection. The most effective alchemy is to keep those who are infected isolated. The rest have to wash their hands, wear masks and It can only be reduced if the most used space is cleaned properly. “

Dr. Hasseltine believes that China and some Asian countries have implemented this alternative strategy extremely effectively. However, in America, it has not been found that people have been infected with the virus and have been kept in strict isolation. According to him, China, South Korea, and Taiwan have been successful in reducing the rate of transition to Coronavirus in this way. America, Russia, and Brazil have failed.

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