Health experts in Hong Kong have warned of new clinical features including hoarseness and inspiratory stridor (a sign of airway obstruction) among children suffering from Covid-19 during the fifth wave.
The latest development brings concerns for the city, which has reported over 7,000 Covid-19 cases for four consecutive days, as the new school year for primary and secondary schools is set to begin on 1 September, as per local media reports. According to China’s Global Times, Chuang Shuk-Kwan, director of the Communicable Diseases Division of the Center for Health Protection of the HKSAR Government’s Department of Health said that he found some infected children had developed croup which indicates an inflammation of the larynx, windpipe, and bronchial tubes.
The consultant at the department of paediatrics and adolescent medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, said that the clinical features among children during the fifth wave driven by the Omicron variant differ from those observed in the previous ones.
“Its symptoms are hoarseness and inspiratory stridor. In severe cases, it can produce acute obstruction of the respiratory tract and an absence of oxygen supply to an organ or tissue, “he added.
Kwan further said, “This condition can also be caused by various infectious agents, such as the parainfluenza virus. However, in the recent Covid pandemic, this condition was nearly all caused by the Omicron variant.”
According to Kwan, the possibility of prolonged Covid-19 symptoms, saying about 19 percent of children who have recovered from Covid-19 present with at least one of these symptoms in the outpatient follow-up at his hospital – Princess Margaret Hospital.
“The most common complaints were memory loss, cognitive deficits, insomnia, headaches, and discomfort,” he noted.
Noticeably, there are two confirmed cases in children who have been newly classified as “serious” and are being treated in the children’s ICU at Princess Margaret Hospital.
One of them, a 17-month-old boy, had a fever and convulsions on the night of Friday and briefly stopped breathing. He got croup after being infected and had just received his first dose of vaccine on that day. Expert advisers to the SAR government believed that the boy’s condition was caused by the Covid virus.
Another 10-year-old boy developed a high fever and tested positive on 22 August. He sought medical treatment on Thursday for breathing difficulties, Global Times reported.
Infections with Omicron variants are still on the rise, with the proportion of new cases infected with BA.4 (or BA.5) in Hong Kong rising to 48.6 percent, while BA.2.12.1 accounted for 7.6 percent, according to Chuang Shuk-Kwan. Chuang predicted that, for the upcoming school season, the proportion of confirmed cases among students and teachers would increase, and that daily tests would be required to prevent transmission on campus. Hong Kong Chief Executive, John Lee Ka-chiu, on Saturday said that current vaccination rates among senior citizens and children were non-ideal and this group of the population reported higher rates of severe illness and death after Covid-19 infection.
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Kejriwal attacked in Gujrat, man hurled bottle
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, was assaulted during a visit to Gujarat, which is nearing election time. At a Rajkot public protest, a bottle was thrown at the leader of the AAP.
When Kejriwal arrived in Rajkot to attend a Garba festival, an unidentified man threw a water bottle at him. He did not, however, receive a bottle strike.
While Kejriwal was in Rajkot visiting a temple, a bottle was thrown at him.
The AAP hasn’t yet complained about this, though. Additionally, as of right now, neither the AAP nor the officials have made any statements. Arvind Kejriwal is in Gujarat for two days.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav hospitalized in Gurugram
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s health deteriorated and has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Medanta hospital in Gurugram.
Meanwhile, for several days Mulayam Singh Yadav has been admitted to the hospital but on Sunday his health deteriorated, and has been shifted to ICU.
Moreover, as soon as Akhilesh Yadav get the news of his father’s health he left for Delhi from Lucknow.
Earlier in July Samajwadi Party patriarch’s wife, Sadhna Gupta passed away in a private hospital in Gurugram.
However, Mulayam Singh Yadav founded the Samajwadi Party and he is referred to as Netaji. Currently, the 82-year-old leader represents the Manipuri constituency in the Lok Sabha.
Rajashthan CM Gehlot sides with Mallikarjun amid Congress President poll
On October 2, 2022, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, stated that veteran party leader Mallikarjun Kharge has the expertise to improve the Congress and will win the party’s presidential election handily, while opponent Shashi Tharoor is an “elite class” member.
“Kharge has a long political experience. He has a clean heart, he comsdses from the Dalit community and (Kharge contesting the election) is being welcomed everywhere,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the secretariat in Jaipur.
Gehlot, one of the proposers for Kharge, claimed that although Tharoor is a good man and has good ideas, he belongs to the elite class.
“Tharoor is a class apart; he is from the elite class but the kind of experience that is needed to strengthen the party at booth, block, and district levels, that is with Kharge and cannot be compared to Shashi Tharoor. Therefore, it will naturally be a one-sided contest for Kharge,” he said.
For the position of Congress president, Mr. Kharge and Mr. Tharoor are squarely in opposition.
Mr. Kharge, a Karnataka-born Dalit leader, is now the overwhelming favourite to become Congress’ president.
According to sources, Mr. Kharge has resigned as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Pune bridge demolished by controlled explosion
A controlled implosion was used to destroy an ancient bridge built in the early 1990s in the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of Pune, according to officials.
In the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of the city, the bridge across the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH4) was destroyed at about 1 in the morning on Sunday.
After the demolition, a number of trucks and earthmover machines were put to use to bring down the hanging structures and lift the material away.
The planned demolition of the bridge generated a great deal of curiosity among the local people.
The bridge was demolished as part of a large-scale development project at Chandni Chowk that aims to improve the flow of traffic at the crucial intersection. The crossroads will eventually get a multi-level flyover, and work is already being done to that end.
The locals were extremely curious about the proposed removal of the bridge.
“The bridge was demolished at 1 am on Sunday through a controlled blast and everything was executed as per the plan. Now, we have pressed earthmover machines, forknails, and trucks to clear the debris from the spot,” said Chirag Chheda, co-owner of Edifice Engineering.
The bridge was demolished by a team from Edifice Engineering and NHAI officials. According to officials, this is the same business that destroyed the Supertech Twin Towers in Noida during the latter week of August of this year.
Due to the incident, all vehicular traffic in the region was stopped and rerouted.
When asked why some of the bridge’s support columns did not entirely collapse, one of Edifice’s chief engineers replied that the bomb had destroyed the concrete, leaving just the steel bars.
“Once the steel bars are removed using the machines, the remaining structure will also come down,” he said.
He continued by saying that more steel was used in building the bridge than they had anticipated.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, inspected the ongoing bridge construction at Chandani Chowk from the air on Friday.
Ajay Bhadoo appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of ECI
Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India on Sunday by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
The Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet released the press release and said, “Appointment of Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999), as Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for an overall tenure of five years up to 24/07/2024 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”
Earlier in July 2020, Bhadoo was appointed as Joint Secretary to former President Ram Nath Kovind.
Meanwhile, Bhadoo is a Gujarat batch IAS officer. He has also served as the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner.
Moreover, in July 2018 he took charge of the Municipal Commissioner’s post.
UK minister plans to change immigration policy
Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.
Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.
“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.
Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”
In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.
In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.
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