Apr 18
THE COVID-19 situation in India is gradually normalising and several states have begun relaxing precautionary curbs. However, it may not be wise yet to lower our guard entirely as countries like China, South Korea, Hong Kong and parts of Europe have witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent times.
Between the end of January and early March 2022, there was a consistent decreasing trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases, which was followed by two consecutive weeks of increase in cases. During the week of 21-27 March 2022, the number of new cases declined again with a 14% decrease as compared to the previous week.
On the other hand, during the same period, the number of new weekly deaths increased by 43%, driven by changes in the definition of COVID-19 deaths in countries in the Region of the Americas (Chile and US) and retrospective adjustments reported from India in the South-East Asia Region.
Globally, as on 30 March 2022, there have been 483,556,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,132,461 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 26 March 2022, a total of 11,054,362,790 vaccine doses have been administered.
Globally, 11.26 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 17.98 million doses are now administered each day. 64.4% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, only 14.5% people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
In India, 84% adults are double vaccinated. Punjab and Bihar are still below the national average; many north-eastern states are lagging too.
“There might not be a fourth wave in June or anytime soon unless there is any other new variant of concern. The nature of the variant is a major factor when predicting a wave of any virus. The third wave in the country had a majority of Omicron variant that is causing a rise in cases in other countries right now. Moreover, vaccination coverage suggests a good immune response in people. We are reaching the endemic phase now,” says senior virologist Dr T Jacob John.
The surge in cases in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and parts of Europe is mainly due to BA.2 Omicron sub-lineage. The BA.2 and BA.1 have already been found in India. Therefore, a new wave due to BA.2 is unlikely, because the third wave in the country, with most cases of Omicron, was mainly due to BA.2.

Apr 14
Wellness Over The Phone
Wellness Over The Phone
What is iCALL?
iCALL – Initiating Concern for All, is a helpline that offers counselling over telephone and email to individuals in emotional and/ or psychological distress. The helpline caters to people regardless of age, gender, sexuality, language, and most importantly, across issues. The service runs from Monday to Saturday, 8 am - 10 pm.
Who runs and manages iCALL?
iCALL is run by the School of Human Ecology at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The iCALL team consists of a team of trained and qualified mental health professionals, led by a Programme Coordinator, who is also a trained mental health professional.
In which language counselling is available?
iCALL counselling is offered in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Konkani.

What can I talk about here?

You can talk to the counsellors about any issue causing you emotional and/or psychological distress. iCALL handles calls on a wide range of concerns ranging from relationships to work-life, academic issues to crisis situations, etc.

Will you share with my family/parents/teachers/ company what I speak?

The information shared will be strictly confidential. Only in the event of a threat to you or others, relevant information is shared partially to ensure the safety of all concerned.

As a routine process, only aggregated information such as the number of calls and emails received are shared. Both iCALL and L&T Corporate HR are committed to respecting your anonymity.

Do I need to pay for this?

At iCALL, counselling services are free. A dedicated toll-free number for all ensures that you and your loved ones need not pay any call charges.

Reach out to iCALL

1800 22700 (Tollfree)



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