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Covid-19: Vaccine hesitancy forces Bengal to conduct door-to-door surveys; 21.8 lakh people due for second dose



Covid Vaccination DriveThe state reported 725 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours. (File)

Vaccine hesitancy among a section of the population has forced the West Bengal government to conduct door-a-door surveys to identify people due for their second Covid-19 shot and inoculate them.

According to West Bengal Health Department data, around 13 lakh people are due for their second dose of Covaxin and another 8.8 lakh people for Covishield. The gap between the two doses of Covaxin, developed jointly by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is 28 days. The gap for Covishield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured in the country by Serum Institute of India, is 84 days.

On Friday, Chief Secretary Hari Krishna Dwivedi chaired a meeting with district magistrates and directed them to prepare a list of people eligible for the second dose. The development comes at a time when West Bengal has been reporting around 700-800 daily Covid-19 caseload additions.

Dwivedi expressed concern that many people were unwilling to take the second dose and asked district officials to prepare a plan. It was suggested during the meeting that health workers visit the houses of people due for their second dose, a source told The Indian Express.

The Health Department data showed most of the people unwilling to take the second dose among the 21.8 lakh people are from Kolkata and North 24 Parganas districts.

A health official told The Indian Express that the names of several people who had already been jabbed with the first dose were not appearing in the portal due to discrepancies in phone numbers or ID cards.

The official said a door-to-door search would be undertaken to solve the problem.

Additionally, health workers will also visit the houses of bedridden people and unvaccinated elderly. West Bengal has inoculated 6.10 crore people with one dose and another 2.56 crore with both doses.

The state reported 725 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours. West Bengal’s total caseload currently stands at 609,118 while the death toll is at 19,376. The state has 8,045 active cases.

In terms of recoveries, 775 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 98.30% with total recoveries at 1,581,697.

The Health Department remains concerned by caseload additions in Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, and Hooghly districts, an official told The Indian Express. These districts reported 505 of the 725 fresh cases. The state has tested 36,117 samples since Friday.

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The final arc of Fire Force is here now. The overall series is kinda overkill but that doesn’t imply that the creator Atsushi Okubo is gonna do it in an easy way now. After the brain-shaking ending of the last chapter, the fans are having some hope now as one of their favorite guys is back now. But we’re not sure that if that character is actually breathing or he’s in any other form. Here is everything to know about Fire Force Chapter 293.

Recap of Previous Chapter

Before we start talking about the upcoming Fire Force Chapter 293, let’s have a quick peek into the previous chapter. As we have witnessed in the previous chapter, Shinra gets engulfed in his anger and rushes towards Haumea despite the fact that he can’t even touch her. Shinra tries to attack her more and more he fails when he already knows that his attacks won’t hit her. His angry attacks are only making things worst that he doesn’t know yet.

Here on the Earth, the show presents that despair begins to succumb the whole planet, and the last light of hope Captain Obi is now dead. As a result, Shinra goes berserk (devil mode) but people of earth got nothing left other than despair, and thanks to that the catalyst starts working and our favorite characters turn into ashes in the flame of catalyst.

After that Shinra pauses his attack for a moment and looks at the earth. There he sees his companions are dying and as a result, he also loses all of his hopes and surrenders to despair. That fuels the catalyst to the extent that it now covers the whole planet. Earth is now nothing but a black flame ball.

As Chapter 292 has already been out a few days back, here’s what we know about Fire Force Chapter 293 and what you should know about it.

Spoilers for Chapter 293

Since the fight started between Shinra and Haumea, after a while we can witness Arthur is conversing with his sword Excalibur. Well… the sword can speak. Because of this, it is currently unclear whether Arthur is breathing or not. Although some say Arthur’s soul now lives in Excalibur, his sword. What looks like Arthur in the next chapter, although his mortal body is destroyed Arthur’s soul keeps fighting. Please do remember that this is not public and not guaranteed, but rather what we are considering based on the threads we have seen so far and the few fan versions currently available.

Also Read: Boruto Episode 226 Release Date On Schedule, Leaks And Spoilers

When and Where to Read?

If everything goes as per schedule, Fire Force Chapter 293 is set to air publicly in Japan on 28th November 2021. The cleaners and translators who do the translation for every chapter of Fire Force (Black Cat Scanlations) are currently down. So due to this reason, we cannot say for sure when will the English-translated manga chapters will be available.

as Viz doesn’t do the English release of this manga, there is no official website that publishes the manga. Besides that, you can always use the website of Black Cat or use the tachiyomi app to read the upcoming as well as the previous chapters.

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Matilda Kullu, ASHA warrior from Odisha who fought Covid, superstition to enter Forbes Power list- The New Indian Express



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ROURKELA:  It was yet another busy day for Sundargarh-based ASHA worker Matilda Kullu who was ignorant of the fact that she has made it to the Forbes India’s W-Power 2021 list for her work during the Covid-19 outbreak in Odisha.

Oblivious of the media attention, the 45-year-old ASHA worker spent the Saturday attending a vaccination programme, sector meeting, doorstep health checkup of newborns and other routine works. Donning the roles of a health worker, counsellor and motivator for Gargadbahal and villages nearby under Bargaon block of Sundargarh district since 2005, Matilda has stood by one and all during the difficult times of Covid-19 to save precious lives.

For her dedication and achievement, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the ASHA worker. “I congratulate Matilda Kullu, ASHA worker from Bargaon tehsil of Sundargarh district on being named in Forbes India W-Power 2021 list. She represents thousands of dedicated Covid Warriors who are at the forefront to save precious lives”, he tweeted.

She has also been felicitated by the local administration for her exemplary services in the fight against Covid-19.  Even after being infected with the coronavirus during the second wave, Matilda resumed her duties after a fortnight and did not hesitate to work for additional hours.

“When the country shut down after the Covid outbreak and people remained indoors, it became our duty to take people with symptoms for Covid test, ensure that they take medicines and isolate themselves. Our primary responsibility now is to vaccinate all”, she says. At a time when villagers resorted to traditional cures including sorcery and black magic, Matilda and her likes took upon themselves to make people understand the importance of medical care and succeeded.  “It was only possible through several years of awareness camps about the ills of black magic. People are less superstitious now but it will take some years more to root out the practice”, she says.

Apart from creating awareness among villagers on health services, her duties include medical care for pregnant women and nursing mothers, antenatal/postnatal check-ups, immunisation, sanitisation, promoting hygiene, administering polio and other vaccines, conducting surveys and so on. Although the monthly Rs 6,000 incentive does not suffice in meeting her family’s basic needs, this has never discouraged her from carrying out her responsibilities towards people at the grassroots.  Sundargarh chief district medical officer Dr SK Mishra said ASHAs are the backbone of rural healthcare and Matilda is an inspiration for all of them.

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Investors Have Bought a Virtual Plot of Land for $2.4 Million, but Why? – MakeUseOf



Investors Have Bought a Virtual Plot of Land for $2.4 Million, but Why?  MakeUseOf

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