Britain’s prolonged lockdown may cause devastating consequence


Special Correspondent

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to be over-enthusiastic in prolonging the ongoing lockdown stating it was necessary to check the spread of the transmission of coronavirus cases in the society. But, according to virologists, prolonged lockdown can significantly decrease the natural immune power in human bodies, which would ultimately increase the risk of further enhance in the positive Covid-19 cases. Moreover they say, while lockdown has already resulted in increases in the cases of coronavirus transmission, several Asian nations such as Bangladesh, which had lifted lockdown since June last year is already witnessing a fast decline in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Experts also say, the way European nations are indulged into spreading fear amongst the people, it certainly is pushing the people towards a kind of massive trauma, which again significantly decreases immune capacity in human bodies thus making those exposed to Covid-19 infection. The wrong practice of fear-mongering and prolonged lockdown can only result in rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 transmission.

Fresh Covid-19 cases drop in Indian city

Delhi recorded 424 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in over seven months, and 14 fatalities on Sunday, even as the positivity rate slipped to 0.62 per cent, authorities said. Its infection tally stands at over 6.26 lakh while deaths linked to the pandemic rose to 10,585.

The New Year has brought some good news. Daily Covid-19 cases in West Bengal have dropped below the 1,000-mark after a gap of nearly six months.

On Sunday, West Bengal registered 896 new Covid-19 cases. It was the second consecutive day that the state reported less than 1,000 new cases. On Saturday, 863 fresh cases were reported.

“The number of Covid-19 cases in the state is declining steadily. The number of active cases, which had shot up after the festive season in October, has dropped drastically since December 2020,” said a senior official of the state health department.

While there were 36,761 active cases in West Bengal on November 1, the number dropped to around 24,000 on December 1. On January 3, 2021 there were only 10,446 active cases.

Daily cases have dropped below 10 in the state’s eight of the 23 districts. Kolkata and North 24 Parganas reported the maximum number of daily cases with 194 and 253 cases respectively.

Nunavut celebrates zero Covid-19 case

Nunavummiut celebrated a COVID-19-free territory over the weekend.

Premier Joe Savikataaq announced Sunday on Twitter the territory was back to having zero active cases of the potentially fatal coronavirus.

“As of today, there are no active cases in the territory!” he wrote.

Covid-19 cases drop in Bucks and Montgomery

Bucks and Montgomery counties might be ending 2020 with a downward trend in new coronavirus cases.

About 205 new cases were reported in Bucks County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday morning, with an estimated 299 new cases added in Montgomery County.

The most recent estimates bring Bucks County’s total coronavirus cases this year to 29,244 cases and Montgomery County cases to 34,736 cases.

While new cases in both counties over shadow almost all daily case rates from the spring, the past 10 days have shown the first prolonged drop in new cases since late September.

Covid-19 cases drop in GCC countries

Saudi Arabia: Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia have continued to drop significantly, with 94 new infections reported on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry also reported 10 more deaths over the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 363,155 and total deaths to 6,256.

The ministry also reported 166 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of people recovered from the deadly virus to 354,609, with the recovery rate rising to 97.57 per cent.

With the recoveries surpassing the newly detected cases, the active cases have also dropped to 2,290, out of which 347 are critical.

In other GCC countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, the number of Covid-19 cases have been steadily dropping almost every day.


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