Nepal: new #coronavirus daily case rate still closely tied to India’s outbreak

Nepal’s daily coronavirus case is still closely tracking that of its neighbour India, Nepal may also be in need of assistance with medical supplies and equipment to alleviate suffering within the next 7 days.

“Nepal Health Ministry says situation unmanageable as hospitals run out of beds The country’s health system cracks as coronavirus cases surge, crossing the 5,000 mark.” Kathmandu Post Report

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Nepal: rise in #coronavirus cases has similar trajectory to India driven by B117 and B1617

 

Maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality among pregnant women with and without COVID-19 #coronavirus infection

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From March to October last year the INTERCOVID team tracked data on 2,130 pregnant women across the world from Argentina to Russia, including the UK, US, France, Italy and Japan.

The results are stark: women with Covid during pregnancy were found to be over 50 per cent more likely to experience complications such as premature birth, pre-eclampsia, admission to intensive care and death compared with pregnant women unaffected by the disease.

While the consequences of such complications were more serious in lower-income countries, the elevated risk of complications in the first place were the same everywhere.

The impact of Covid was not limited to mothers, either. The babies of infected women the study followed were almost three times more likely to face “severe medical complications, such as admission to a neonatal intensive care unit – mostly due to premature birth.”

The Telegraph report on the INTERCOVID research

INTERCOVID research paper

 

See also:

CNN story: Brazil asks women ‘if possible’ to delay pregnancy over Covid variants

Brussels TImes story: Pregnant women should get priority vaccination 

 

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80% of #coronavirus infections in Dhaka, Bangladesh are B.1.351 South African variant – on March 5th 2021 there were zero cases

A recent study by the ICDDRB revealed that the South African variant B.1.351 of the novel coronavirus is dominant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Between March 18 and 24, the scientists at ICDDRB analysed genomic sequence of around 57 samples of Covid-19 positive patients. Of those, 46 or more than 80% were found as same as the South African variant of novel coronavirus.

In the previous week (between March 12 and 17), the ICDDRB team analysed genomic sequence of 99 novel coronavirus samples and found South African variant in 64 or more than 64% samples.

In the first week of March (between March 5 and 11), the team analysed genomic sequence of around 30 samples. In that case, there was no existence of South African variant. The samples were collected from 13 districts.

TheDailyStar.net report

 

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