Desperate Indians using cow dung as Covid-19 repellent

Henrietta Strickland
May 12, 2021

Mumbai on Monday recorded a steep drop in new COVID-19 cases at 1,794, the lowest single-day count in almost two months. The toll climbed by 3,876 to 2,49,992.

After registering a steady rise for two months, the active cases have reduced to 37,15,221, accounting for 16.16 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.75 per cent.

As on day 115 (May 10) of the vaccination drive, a total of 25,03,756 doses were administered, the ministry said. The ministry clarified that 90,31,691 doses were still available with the states and Union Territories.

The governments of Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Tuesday joined several other states which have made a decision to issue global tenders for procurement of COVID vaccines as the domestic supply fails to keep up with the rising demand amid the fierce second wave of the pandemic.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday alleged that the Centre has allowed only 3.5 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine for the national Capital in May even though the Aam Aadmi Party government had placed orders for 1.34 crore shots with manufacturers, reported PTI. The national Capital reported 12,651 coronavirus cases and 319 deaths in a day on Monday.

Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal, however, said Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab, Assam, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura were among 16 states and union territories showing continued increasing trend in daily new COVID-19 cases. This is the lowest since April 14 when the positivity rate was around 36 per cent. However, the number of tests conducted have also been falling.

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in India, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths confirmed so far, doctors are now warning against using cow dung to ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific proof for its efficacy and that it could spread other diseases, Reuters reports. The city now has a total of 6,78,269 cases and 13,891 deaths.

Healthcare staff wearing a Personal Protective Equipment suit (PPE) talking with Covid-19 patient relatives at a Covid-19 care center. However, they will be immunised only after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approves the vaccine for the age group. Over 9.46 crore people have recovered from the infection.

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