Coronavirus survives on skin for 9 hours, longer than flu pathogen: study
NDTV: Noting that the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday urged the international community to stand in solidarity with all the people living in poverty, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent hand washing to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, said the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.
 “The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus strain that causes Covid-19) on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission in comparison with IAV (influenza A virus), thus accelerating the pandemic,” it said.  Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine developed by Russia against Covid-19, has been approved for conducting an adaptive phase 2 and 3 trial in India. This was announced in a joint statement by Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd, a multinational pharmaceutical company in India and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, on Saturday.
Ireland will bring in “decisive” nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on Monday but will stop short of reintroducing the kind of lockdown imposed earlier this year, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said on Sunday.