Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries: WHO chief

Geneva [Switzerland]: The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.Speaking at a press briefing here, Tedros said the emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. “At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of Omicron and we expect that number to grow. WHO takes this development extremely seriously,” Tedros during a press conference.“WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country. But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do, as we long as we allow it to continue spreading,” he added.Tedros said that WHO is learning more all the time about Omicron, but there’s still more to learn…

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Russia confirms 32,837 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has confirmed 32,837 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,669,718, the federal response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past 24 hours, 32,837 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 85 regions in Russia, including 2,350 cases (7.2%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.34%. Moscow registered 2,757 new COVID-19 cases over the given period, followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,419 new cases, and the Moscow region with 2,008 new cases.The response center also reported 1,226 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 276,419.In the same 24 hours, 35,679 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total of recoveries to 8,364,932.


No Omicron case detected yet, taking all precautions: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that no case of new coronavirus variant Omicron has been detected in India so far. Answering a question on Omicron in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister said, “This new variant has been found in 14 countries. There is no case of Omicron in India yet.” The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia INSACOG is closely monitoring the situation and expediting the results of genomic analysis of positive samples of international travellers. The Minister added that the government is taking all precautions and doing genome sequencing as well. Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday advised states and UTs to ramp up testing for early identification and management of cases amid mounting concerns over Omicron spreading to many countries. While underlining that the new variant doesn’t escape RT-PCR and RAT…

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Scotland confirmed 6 cases of Omicron coronavirus variant

London [UK] : Six cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been confirmed in Scotland, taking the total for the United Kingdom up to nine with the previous three infections detected in England, the Scottish health authorities reported on Monday.“Six cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant have been identified in Scotland. Four cases are in the Lanarkshire area and two have been identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area,” the Scottish semiautonomous government said in a statement, with Scotland’s Health Secretary Humaz Yousaf adding that “all will receive expert help and support and Public Health Scotland will undertake enhanced contact tracing in all cases.” According to Yousaf, this will be a worrying time for the six people now identified as having the new variant. All will receive expert help and support and Public Health Scotland will undertake enhanced contact tracing in all cases.He…

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K. Sivasankar Health Condition Critical

Popular choreographer K. Sivasankar master has tested positive for novel Coronavirus and his health condition is in critical stage. He has been undergoing treatment in AIG Hospital for the last four days and is unable to pay the hospital expenses. Reports are that the doctors are saying that 75% of K. Sivasankar’s lungs are infected. While Sivasankar master’s wife is in home quarantine with Covid-19 infection, his eldest son is also infected with the same virus and is also in critical condition right now. His younger son Ajay Krishna, who is at home, is requesting donors to help them as they are unable to pay the hospital expenses, which is costing around Rs 2.5 lakh per day. Apart from being a choreographer, he has also acted in a lot of movies in Telugu and Tamil. Some of his notable performance in Tamil include Suriya-starrer ‘Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’ and Vijay-starrer ‘Sarkar’,…

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 107 cr

New Delhi [India] : India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 107 crore (107,25,41,626) as per provisional reports till 7 pm on Tuesday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.More than 37 lakh (37,38,574) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data, India has administered a cumulative 73,61,08,324 first vaccine doses while 33,64,33,302 second doses.

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Delhi reports 45 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and no death occurred for the 9th consecutive day.According to Delhi Health Bulletin on Sunday, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,870 and the active caseload in the city stands at 348. The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.08 per cent.With 46 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,431, the bulletin said.As many as 2,94,27,753 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 46,468 RT-PCR tests and 10,283 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as…

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SC says ‘it will wait for WHO’s response over Covaxin recognition’

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday said that “it will wait for the response of the World Health Organisation (WHO) over Covaxin recognition.” and cannot simply direct the Centre to revaccinate people with Covishield who are fully vaccinated with Covaxin against COVID-19.A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna said it cannot play with the lives of people by directing the Centre to permit people to voluntarily get vaccinated with Covishield vaccine even if they have been fully vaccinated with Covaxin. The top court said that it does not have any data of what will be effect on people and it cannot simply direct the Centre to re-vaccinate people with Covishield.“We cannot play with the lives of people by directing Centre to revaccinate. We don’t have any data with us. We have read in newspapers that Bharat Biotech has filed…

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Delhi logs 42 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 42 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday and no single death was reported in the city for the six consecutive days.According to Delhi Health Bulletin, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,751 and the active caseload in the city stands at 345.The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.07 per cent.With 45 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,315.As many as 2,92,52,619 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 47,895 RT-PCR tests and 15,279 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as 61,097 beneficiaries were vaccinated in…


We feel energised, encouraged by PM Modi’s vision for vaccine industry: Adar Poonawalla

New Delhi [India] : Serum Institute India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the vision he has laid down for the vaccine industry encourages and energises them.Poonawalla’s remarks came after attending an interaction of Indian manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine with PM Modi. In a tweet, Poonawala said, “The vaccine industry and I, thank you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, for excellent interaction. We feel energised and encouraged by the vision you have laid out for the industry.”Speaking to the media after the interaction, Poonawala said, “India’s achievement of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccinations is a milestone achievement. The vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We achieved this because the industries worked with the government of India.”He added, “In the interaction, we discussed how to take the industry forward to prepare for the future pandemics. We…

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PM Modi interacts with Indian manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with Indian manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine.Those who attended the interaction among vaccine manufacturers included Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar were also present during the interaction.The interaction comes days after the country crossed a milestone of administering 100 crore vaccinations.As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the administration of 68,48,417 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the 100 Crore mark to reach 101.30 Cr (1,01,30,28,411) as per provisional reports till 7 am today.


Global Forum 2021, from Surviving to thriving: Post Covid

New Delhi [India] : Global Triumph Foundation & Image Planet organized the Global Forum 2021 virtually on the 16th of October 2021. Global Forum 2021 is the largest independent recognition with the mission to find, recognize and connect the future shapers of the digital age from all around the world. Global Forum 2021 had conducted three different sessions – Global Education Forum, Global Business Forum & Global Women Achiever. The Forum is tailor-made to bring together the most desirable industry professionals across the world under one roof to Meet, Interact, Connect, and Expand.Global Education Forum – 2021: Emerging Technologies and Education In attendance, the eminent guests and speakers included Shri Neeraj Kumar, Pritam Kumar Agrawal, Dr Ami Desai, Farzana Dohadwalla, Dr S.K. Rathore, and Madhumita Banerjee.Furthermore, as part of the event, the winners announced were — Dr Sandip Gun, V Sibin Mathew, Dr Dhanraj,…


India crossing 100 crore COVID-19 vaccinations big achievement, says Piyush Goyal

New Delhi [India] : Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that India crossing 100-crore COVID vaccinations is a big achievement and the country will be soon able to vaccinate all its citizens with the first dose of vaccine.He said there are sufficient vaccine stocks available for those eligible for second dose of vaccine. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, touching 100-crore COVID vaccination is a big achievement. It is clear that India would soon vaccinate all its citizens with the first dose of vaccine. There are sufficient vaccine stocks available for the second dose,” Goyal told ANI.“The PM is personally monitoring the vaccination drive in the country. PM Modi had one-to-one interaction with all the scientists and encouraged them to develop anti-COVID vaccines,” he added.Goyal said the medical staff took this vaccine to different corners of the country.India’s…

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MoS Health visits Serum Institute of India, conveys gratitude for playing crucial role in Covid vaccination campaign

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : Union Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar on Tuesday visited the Serum Institute of India in Pune and conveyed her gratitude for playing a crucial role in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the country.Taking to Twitter the Union Minister conveyed her gratitude to the manufacturing institute for playing a crucial role in the Covid vaccination campaign in India. “Today I visited serum Institute of India, Pune, one of the prominent manufacturers of Vaccines headed by Adar Poonawalla. Conveyed my gratitude for playing a crucial role in the Covid vaccination campaign in India especially,” she said in a tweet.“When we are on the way to achieving hundred crore vaccination of our citizens under the able leadership of our PM @narendramodi,” she further tweeted.India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Union Health…

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Russia sees new record of 34,325 daily COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia] : Russia confirmed a new record high of 34,325 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 34,303 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,027,012, the federal response center said on Monday.“Over the past day, 34,325 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,821 cases (8.2%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase exceeds 0.43%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 6,823 infections, up from 6,740 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,097 cases, down from 3,323, and the Moscow region with 2,768 cases, up from 2,759.The response center reported 998 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 997 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 224,310.In the same 24 hours, 16,431 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the…


Pooja Bedi Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Actor Pooja Bedi, who’s quite vocal about her choice of not getting the coronavirus vaccine, has tested positive for the deadly virus. Taking to Instagram, Pooja posted a video in which she talked about how she has been battling the disease and revealed that her fiance and house help are also COVID-19 positive. “COVID POSITIVE!!!! I have finally been diagnosed as covid positive. I chose/choose to stay unvaccinated as it’s my personal decision to allow my own natural immunity and alternative healing and wellness practices to accelerate my healing. You do what’s right for you. Each to their own.Caution. not panic,” she wrote. View this post on Instagram A post shared by POOJA BEDI (@poojabediofficial) Netizens including members of the film industry wished Pooja a speedy recovery. “Get well soon,” actor Shruti Seth commented.Veteran actor Nafisa Ali Sodhi advised Pooja to undergo COVID-19 test…

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Mumbai records zero COVID-19 death for first time since pandemic began

Mumbai, (Maharashtra) [India] : Mumbai on Sunday recorded zero death due to COVID-19 for the first time since the pandemic began in March last year.“Mumbai recorded zero Covid death after March 26, 2020. This is great news for all of us in Mumbai. I salute Team MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) for their spectacular performance,” I S Chahal, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner said. “Let us all keep the mask on our face and let every citizen of Mumbai get vaccinated if some of us haven’t yet! I appeal to everyone to help us keep Mumbai safe,” he added.Maharashtra environment minister and Mumbai suburban guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray also took to Twitter to share the “good news”.“The good news: Mumbai today has recorded zero covid deaths, first time since 26th March 2020. Keep the mask on the face and get yourself vaccinated if…

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Australia orders two more COVID-19 treatments amid battle against 3rd wave

The Australian government has secured access to two new COVID-19 treatments as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections. Canberra [Australia] : Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday announced the government has purchased 15,000 doses of the antibody-based therapy, Ronapreve, which can be administered intravenously for COVID-19 patients in a health care facility and is expected to be targeted for use in unvaccinated people who are at risk of developing severe disease. If approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Ronapreve will be available to Australian patients by the end of October.Clinical trials have shown it can reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by up to 70 per cent, according to the media release on Sunday.The government has also secured access to 500,000 treatment courses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 oral antiviral drug, to be used in combination with…

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Kerala reports 7,955 new COVID-19 cases

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : Kerala reported 7,955 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.According to the state government bulletin, 1,769 people recovered from the virus and 57 people succumbed to it in the last 24 hours. The state has 90,885 active cases and the death toll has gone up to 26,791.A total of 79,722 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. 

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“Praying Ram to free us from ‘Corona'”

New Delhi [India]: On the occasion of Dussehra, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that he prays to Lord Ram to free humanity from ‘Corona Ravan’ amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.His remarks came after performing ‘Ravan Dahan’ at ‘Lav Kush Ramlila’ at Red Fort ground here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “This festival signifies the victory of good over evil spirits. Due to the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, large scale gatherings in the city have been restricted. I pray Lord Ram to free us from ‘Corona Ravan’. I hope that all the families here live a happy, healthy and prosperous life.”The day is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the king of Lanka, Ravana. Dussehra is marked with religious enthusiasm across the country. Ramlila, the dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram…

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Aryan Speaks to parents via video call

Aryan Khan, who was arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, spoke to his parents Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan via video call from inside Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail on Friday, informed jail officials. New Delhi [India], October 15 ): According to the order of the High Court, all the accused or prisoners who are logged in the jail amid COVID-19 can talk to their family members twice a week via video call. “Aryan was on the call for 10 minutes with his parents, and a jail official was present with him during the call,” said the official.There are a total of 3,200 prisoners in the Arthur Road jail. As per the guidelines of the jail amid the pandemic, people are not allowed to visit the inmates. They can only speak to them over the phone.Inmates are allowed 10 minutes to talk to…


Hima Das vows to ‘come back stronger after testing COVID positive

Ace Indian athlete, Hima Das has tested positive for COVID, the 21-year-old announced on Wednesday. New Delhi [India], October 13 : Das took on Twitter and wrote: “I would like to inform everyone that I have been tested positive for Covid-19. I am stable and at the moment in isolation. I look forward to utilising this time to recover and come back stronger than before. A gentle reminder for everyone to stay safe and wear mask.” After failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, the 2018 U-20 World Champion in 400 metres took a short break to nurse her hamstring injury.Hima had sustained the hamstring injury while running in the 100m heats of the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in June.Hima Das was in decent shape in the run-up to the Olympics and clocked 23.21s seconds at Federation Cup in March, missing the 200m Olympic…

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Delhi reports 34 new cases of COVID in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 34 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.According to the health bulletin, the total number of COVID cases in the national capital has gone up to 14,39,252 of which 14,13,798 have recovered. There are 365 active cases of COVID-19 in the city. Thirty-eight people recovered from the disease in the said period in the national capital. Further, no death was reported in the city due to the disease in the last 24 hours.The COVID death toll in Delhi stands at 25,089 marking the case fatality rate at 1.74 per cent.The positivity rate in Delhi stands at 0.06 per cent.

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India reports lowest COVID-19 cases in 215 days

New Delhi [India] : As informed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 18,132 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 215 days,.With this, the country’s active caseload now stands at 2,27,347, which is the lowest in 209 days. Also, the active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and are currently at 0.67 per cent, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.Since March 2020 the recovery rated has increased which is currently at 98.00 per cent, highest till date.Meanwhile, 95.19 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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India restarts vaccine exports in tune with ‘Neighbourhood First’ mantra

New Delhi [India] : India has pressed the restart button to supply COVID-19 vaccines along with initial supplies in this round to the neighbourhood. It is learnt that India has recently sent Covid vaccines to Iran, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh. Both Bangladesh and Iran each received one million doses of “Made-in-India” vaccines.Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines are in huge demand especially in the neighbourhood, it is learnt that during several diplomatic engagements, the majority of south Asian neighbours had time and again urged India to restart the export of vaccines.India had to freeze its “Vaccine Maitri” program in early May this year as the country was severely hit by a deadly second wave of the COVID-19. It is the last month India announced that it is reopening the export of Covid vaccines.During this gap of nearly five months, China entered this sphere and supplied a massive…

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Indonesia reports 1,167 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 52 more deaths

Jakarta [Indonesia] : The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,167 within one day to 4,227,038, with the death toll adding by 52 to 142,612, the country’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.According to the ministry, 1,507 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total recovered cases to 4,059,267. To date, at least 56.90 million people in the country have received two shots of vaccines, while 99.37 million have taken the first doses, the ministry added

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Maharashtra govt to give Rs 1.21 lakh incentive to each resident doctor involved in Covid-19 duty

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Maharashtra government has announced a special incentive of Rs 1.21 lakhs each for resident doctors treating COVID-19 patients in all government and municipal medical colleges in the state.This comes days after a delegation of doctors associated with the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss some issues and put forth their demands. The state government issued an order on Friday in this regard.MARD on October 1 held an indefinite strike across the state to seek fulfilment of various demands.Dr Akshay Yadav, a member of MARD, had told ANI that their demands included waiving off of academics fees during COVID-19, and non-deduction of TDS from the stipend of resident doctors of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals, among other things.

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India records 19,740 new Covid-19 cases

India’s active cases declined by 3,578 in 24 hours. With this, the country’s active caseload now stands at 2,36,643, which is the lowest in 206 days. New Delhi [India], October 9 : India reported 19,740 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, taking the active caseload of the country to 2,36,643, which is the lowest in nearly seven months (206 days), the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday.With the recovery of 23,070 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 3,32,48,291. Consequently, India’s recovery rate now stands at 97.98 per cent, currently at its highest peak since March 2020, the ministry reported.As many as 12,69,291 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the number of cumulative tests to over 58.13 crores (58,13,12,481).As per the ministry, with the…

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Covid-19: Unvaccinated Delhi govt employees won’t be allowed to attend office from Oct 16

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order on Friday stating all the government employees to get vaccinated with at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till October 15 as per the guidelines prescribed for vaccination by the central government.“All the government employees working in different departments should get vaccinated with at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 15 according to the vaccination guidelines prescribed by the GOI,” the statement read. The statement further said that if these government employees are not inoculated with at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 15, then they would not be allowed to attend their respective offices from October 16.The official order said, “The said period of absence from duty will be considered as ‘On leave’ till the administration of the first dose of vaccination.”According to DDMA,…

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Zydus Cadila vaccine to be inoculated through applicator, not syringe, says NITI Aayog’s Dr VK Paul

New Delhi [India] : Following the approval of the Zydus Cadila vaccine by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) for emergency use, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) of Niti Aayog on Thursday said that the vaccine will be administered through an applicator which will be used for the first time in India.Addressing a press conference in the national capital today, Paul said, “Zydus Cadila vaccine is not administered using a conventional syringe or a needle but through an applicator, which will be used for the first time in the country. We are working on the trainers and its logistic issues.” Speaking on the availability of the vaccine, Paul said “Preparations are underway to introduce the Zydus Cadila’s COVID vaccine under the national vaccination programme. It is only a matter of a short period of time.”The country’s drugs regulator, DGCI, approved the Zydus Cadila’s…

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India: COVID-19 active caseload lowest in 203 days

After 24,770 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 active caseload dropped to 2,46,687, the lowest in 203 days. New Delhi [India], October 6 : As per the official release by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 18,833 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. At present, active infections account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and are currently at 0.73 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.The Union Health Ministry informed that the weekly positivity rate is at 1.68 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 103 days whereas the daily positivity rate has remained under 3 per cent for the last 37 days and is currently at 1.34 per cent.With 24,770 fresh recoveries, the cumulative recoveries have gone up to 3,31,75,656. The national recovery rate is currently at…

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No new COVID-19 variant of concern has emerged, says Dr NK Arora

New Delhi [India] : No new variant of concern (VOC) or variant of interest (VOI) of COVID-19 has emerged in the country, said Dr NK Arora, co-chair of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), on Sunday.“During last four-five months, no new variant of concern or interest has emerged. Initially, there were some concerns with ‘Delta +’, but later on we have found this is the part of the lineage which we call as AY (there are 1 to 13). Though new sub lineages coming up but none of them have been found to be either more infection or more virulent bit they are under constant watch,” Dr Arora told ANI. However, the Delta variant of COVID-19 continuing to remain as the main VOC in India. The current status of VOC/VOI is found to be distributed in 459 districts across all 36 States and Union…

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WHO to give approval to Covaxin this month, say top health experts

New Delhi [India] : The decision on Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is expected in October, informed the top health experts in the country on Saturday.Speaking to ANI, the experts said that the approval of the vaccine shouldn’t be delayed after reviewing the data. “Globally, the world is in need of vaccines and we have to ensure that this is a global war, and many countries are still not getting vaccinated. So we have to ensure that our vaccines should get the approval timely,” said Dr Naveet Wig, Chairperson of the COVID Task Force for AIIMS, Delhi.“WHO will give the approval soon as it is a ‘killed vaccine’ which has been approved earlier also by other names from other countries,” he added.Earlier on Friday, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, Delhi said, “We are hopeful…

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Kerala sees decline in COVID-19 cases, still contributes 52% of total active COVID-19 cases :Centre

New Delhi [India] : Kerala accounts for 52 per cent of the cumulative active COVID-19 cases in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Thursday.Addressing a press briefing on COVID-19, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the number of cases is declining in Kerala but the state still contributes a substantial number of total cases in the country. “Kerala has highest active cases – 1,44,000 which is 52 per cent of total active cases of the country. Maharashtra has 40,000 active cases, Tamil Nadu has 17,000, Mizoram has 16,800, Karnataka has 12,000 and Andhra Pradesh has a little more than 11,000 active cases,” he said.As recoveries from Covid continue to outnumber the daily fresh cases, Bhushan pointed out that the national recovery rate has reached almost 98 per cent.“Active cases are going down across the country and the cumulative…

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COVID-19: DGCA extends ban on scheduled international commercial flights till October 31

New Delhi [India] : Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension on scheduled international commercial flight services has further been extended by a month till October 31 this year, said the office of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday.However, the restriction does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA, the circular stated further. “In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hours IST of 31st October 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” read the circular.India’s aviation regulator in its circular also said that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.Earlier in…

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Delhi logs 27 fresh COVID-19 cases, zero fatalities

New Delhi [India], September 25 : A total of 27 new COVID-19 cases and zero fatalities were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours.As per the health bulletin issued by Delhi Government on Saturday, the cumulative positive cases registered so far is 14,38,685. These include 379 active cases. The cumulative positivity rate is 5.26 per cent and the case fatality rate is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours was 0.04 per cent.With 39 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries climbed to 14,13,221. The death tally is 25,085.In the last 24 hours, 68,498 tests were conducted to detect the presence of COVID-19 virus. Of these, 46,555 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat tests and 21,943 were rapid antigen tests. A total of 2,73,46,476 tests have been done so far since the onset of the pandemic last year.The…


Uttar Pradesh first state to administer over 10 crore COVID-19 vaccines

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 25 : Uttar Pradesh is the first state across the country to administer over 10 crore COVID-19 vaccines to eligible beneficiaries, said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad on Saturday.“Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in India to administer over 10 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to people. One crore doses were administered in the last 10 days only,” he said during a virtual press conference. Amid reports of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria in that state, the ACS said that the cases are now decreasing.“Cases of dengue, malaria are also decreasing as proper medical facility has been given,” he said.Cities like Meerut, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Firozabad among others have reported cases of dengue in the past few weeks.

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka administered 29 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses on Friday, 1.68 lakh doses yet to update on CoWIN portal

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: As many as 29 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Karnataka on Friday and about 1.68 lakh doses are yet to be recorded on Cowin portal, said health and medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar. He also added that the state accounted for 11 per cent of the total doses administered in the country and achieved a unique feat. Addressing the press conference, Dr Sudhakar said, “We had decided to celebrate PM Narendra Modiji’s birthday in a meaningful manner with an accelerated special vaccination drive. Chief Minister BS Bommai fully supported the initiative and we had set a target to clock 30 lakh jabs. As of 8:30 AM on Saturday 29,50,093 doses have been administered and another 1.68 lakh doses are yet to be recorded in portal which takes the total count to 31 lakh doses. Karnataka accounted for 11…

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Kerala logs 68 % of total COVID-19 cases reported in India: Health Ministry

New Delhi [India], September 16 : Almost 68 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases reported in India are from Kerala, said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday.Addressing a press conference, Bhushan said, “Almost 68 per cent of the total cases reported nationally are from Kerala. Kerala has over 1.99 lakh active cases, while five other states — Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra — have more than 10,000 active cases. The weekly positivity rate for the last 11 weeks is below 3 per cent. 64 districts are still reporting above 5 per cent COVID positivity. They are districts of concern where COVID appropriate behaviour, vaccination, surveillance in these areas must be strictly monitored.” The Union Health Secretary said the Centre is working towards ramping up the availability of medical oxygen in the country to more than 4,500 MT.“Right now 3,631…

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Study finds lung function unaffected post COVID-19 infection

London [UK], September 11 : COVID-19 infection does not appear to affect the lung function of young adults, according to a recent study by clinical researchers.These findings were recently presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress. In the first study to investigate the impact of COVID-19 infection on lung function, researchers led by Dr Ida Mogensen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, found that even patients with asthma did not show a statistically significant deterioration in lung function, although there was a trend towards slightly lower measurements for the amount of air they could exhale forcibly in one second – known as forced expiratory air volume in one second (FEV1), which is one of the measures of lung function.A second study presented at the congress on Sunday showed that the lung function in children and adolescents was also unimpaired…


US funded research on several types of coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology: Report

Washington [US]: Public documents revealed that the US government has pumped USD 3.1 million into health organisation ‘EcoHealth Alliance’ to back COVID-19 research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Fox News reported.According to the report from US news agency The Intercept, the ‘bat coronavirus grant’ provided EcoHealth Alliance with a total of USD 3.1 million, including USD 599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans. US Senator Rand Paul said that these newly public documents revealing the extent of US funding of coronavirus research in Wuhan show that US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Head Dr Anthony Fauci lied during his previous testimony to Congress, Fox News reported. Fauci had earlier denied any such funding by the US agency.Citing the report, the US Senator for Kentucky said he…


Joe Rogan Reveals He’s Tested Negative For Coronavirus

Popular comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan has revealed that he tested negative for coronavirus in a health update recently shared on his social media. He took to his Instagram handle and posted a photo of what appeared to be a Covid tester that displayed the acronym “CoV2” with a minus sign after it, he captioned it as, “Tested negative today! Thanks for all the kind wishes!” It is still unclear if Rogan was vaccinated, but earlier this year he said on his show, “I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.” According to Deadline, Dr Anthony Fauci later called that statement “incorrect.” He said, “The reason why is, you’re talking about yourself in a vacuum. You’re worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you’re not going to get any symptoms. But you can get infected and…

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Delhi needs 1.5 crore COVID vaccine doses to fully inoculate eligible population: Atishi

New Delhi [India]: Delhi government needs 1.5 crore COVID vaccine doses to fully inoculate the whole eligible population in the national capital, said Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Atishi.As per data from the Delhi government on Saturday, over 1.39 crore of the 1.50 crore eligible population in Delhi have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine till Saturday, though only 39.8 lakh of them are fully vaccinated. “Till now Delhi has been getting 15-20 lakh doses of vaccine every month. But it is a matter of happiness that in the month of September, the central government has promised to give 30 lakh doses of vaccine to Delhi. However, this is not sufficient. We need 1.5 crore doses of vaccine to complete vaccination in Delhi,” said the AAP MLA.Speaking to ANI, Atishi said that the Delhi government has the infrastructure to vaccinate more than…

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Covid infected liver transplant patients don’t necessarily have higher mortality, says study

New Delhi [India], September 4 : Uncomplicated liver transplant recipients who contracted COVID-19 do not necessarily have higher mortality as compared to the non-transplanted population, a study by a private hospital in Delhi claimed.The study by Max Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi under the Department of Gastroenterology and Herpetology and Centre for Liver and Biliary Sciences was conducted on 2,182 adult Indian patients who had undergone liver transplantation at the Centre since 2006 and on regular follow-up. Typically, COVID-19 is associated with higher mortality among patients who have co-morbidities or pre-existing medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.“It is an established fact that patients who have undergone liver transplantation (LT) are on long-term immunosuppressive medications which predispose them to infections. The study is significant because the data regarding the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection in…

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Covid-19: India reports 30,941 new cases, 350 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 31: India logged 30,941 fresh cases and 350 fatalities due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate of the infection came down to to 2.2 per cent in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The positivity rate was measured at 3.02 per cent on Monday after trading below the 3 per cent-mark for 34 consecutive days. The latest addition has pushed the cumulative case tally to 3,27,66,880 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,38,569 after 350 more people succumbed to the viral infection, according to the data. The active caseload stands at 3,70,640 after reporting a slight fall of 5,684 cases in the last 24 hours, the figures showed. The share of active cases remained at 1.13 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, the ministry said. Meanwhile, 34,275 more people recovered from…

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Andhra Pradesh reports 878 new COVID cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hours

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 30 : Andhra Pradesh confirmed 878 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths in the past 24 hours, the state health ministry department said in a bulletin on Monday.The total death toll in the state has gone up to 13,838. According to the state health department, 41,173 samples are tested in the last 24 hours and 878 of them are detected positive for COVID-19.With this, the total number of cases has increased to 20,13,001 including 14,862 active cases.According to the bulletin, the district-wise cases reported in the last 24 hours also include four in Krishna, three in Chittoor, two in Nellore, and one each in East Godavari, Guntur, Kadapa, Prakasam, Srikakulam districts.The state reported 1,182 more recoveries from the coronavirus taking the recoveries to 19,84,301.


Chinese COVID-19 vaccine seen as less effective in latest study

Washington DC [US]: The COVID-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm was less effective than others at preventing infection, hospitalization and death, according to a new study.A report published by The Wall Street Journal stated that this study, conducted by the kingdom of Bahrain and Columbia University researchers, especially holds true among people over 50. This comes as Chinese vaccines have become a major factor in Beijing’s diplomacy manoeuvres, especially in developing countries with fewer resources.The WSJ report stated that despite high levels of inoculation with the Sinopharm vaccine, Bahrain in May started giving booster shots to vulnerable citizens using a different shot made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. “It now also offers booster shots for other vaccines,” the report added.According to the study, all the vaccines administered since December in Bahrain–which also include Covishield, and the Russian-made Sputnik V–were effective in combatting the…

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Start of India women’s tour of Australia delayed by two days, all matches to be staged in Queensland

India women’s upcoming tour of Australia will now be staged in Queensland and the opening match of the series is set to be delayed by two days — from September 19 to 21. New Delhi [India], August 29 : The upcoming tour of Australia will comprise three ODIs, one day-night Test match, and three T20Is. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the opening ODI was originally slated for Sydney Oval but will now be played in Mackay due to the COVID-19 enforced restrictions.As per the report, the lockdowns around Australia have resulted in the change of schedules and everything is pending for the final green light from the Queensland state government upon India women’s team arrival.The women’s team will depart for Australia from Bengaluru on Sunday and then the entire squad will spend two weeks under mandatory quarantine.Talking about the team’s preparation for the…

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63 cr COVID vaccine doses administered in India so far

New Delhi [India], August 29 : India has administered over 63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday. As many as 73,85,866 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage reached 63,09,17,927, as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 67,80,301 sessions. Meanwhile, India reported 45,083 new COVID-19 cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.Notably, of the total new cases recorded in the country, Kerala reported 31,265 new COVID cases and 153 deaths on Saturday.As many as 35,840 patients recovered in the country from the disease in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,18,88,642. The current recovery rate is at 97.53 per cent.The…

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India delivers 100 tonnes oxygen to Sri Lanka

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: India delivered another 100 tonnes of medical oxygen to Sri Lanka on Wednesday to help the island nation combat the COVID-19 pandemic.With this, New Delhi has delivered 280 tonnes of Oxygen to Sri Lanka within a week. The Indian high commission said that more oxygen supply to Sri Lanka is expected in the days and weeks ahead. “And the supply continues!!! With the arrival of 100 tons of Oxygen from #Haldia today, a total of 280 tons came from #India to #SriLanka within one week. More expected in the days and weeks ahead,” tweeted the Indian High Commission here.An Indian Naval Vessel Shakti on Sunday reached Colombo with 100 tonnes of Oxygen from Visakhapatnam.The High Commission of India in Colombo had said the Indian Navy Ship Shakti reached Sri Lanka with wishes and goodwill from the people of India to the…

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India working on developing Pan-Corona shot

New Delhi [India]: Dr Renu Swarup, Director of the Department of Biotechnology on Monday said that the Government Of India (GOI) is working on vaccines with the needed modification to fight against any strain of COVID-19 i.e Pan-Corona Vaccine.While speaking to ANI in an exclusive interview, she said, “We are already preparing for the future, for a new vaccine, which is Pan-Corona. So that if there is any other such virus that comes in or any other such variant that comes in, the vaccine would be able to respond to all of them. So that’s really our next preparedness which we’ve already started. We have a very strong team which is working on that.” On the effort made by the Department of Biotechnology in handling COVID-19, she said, “We have been working with the scientific community to bring solutions to fight COVID and we…


Home chef service trend grooming in Japan

Tokyo [Japan] : Restaurants in Japan are facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging as a solution to this, the idea of “In Home Chef” is becoming popular. Under this idea, professional chefs cook at home and people enjoy restaurant-quality meals. But unlike food delivery services, customers can discuss their requirements with the chef when he visits them. “Cooking is sometimes smooth and sometimes not, because situation depends on the available tools in family kitchen and ingredients. Also, when there are limitations of materials it is a challenge to create the menu,” said an In Home Chef. Working parents are also finding In Home Chef service very helpful.It is easy to order using online subscription service in which the chef prepares meals for three to four nights for a fee of about 70 dollars per visit, not including food costs. “The food that…


Curfew imposed on parts of Australia’s Sydney with lockdown extended one more month

Sydney, Aug 20: Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), epicentre of the country’s current COVID outbreak, announced Friday to extend the lockdown on Greater Sydney until the end of September and to impose curfew on some areas of concern. For residents and businesses in the local government areas of concern, the curfew will be introduced from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care from Monday Aug. 23. Outdoor exercise will be limited to one hour per day. In Greater Sydney, mask wearing will be mandatory when the residents are outside home, except when exercising, from Monday Aug. 23. The current lockdown on Greater Sydney and surrounding areas, that is scheduled to end on Aug. 28, will be extended until the end of September. The announcement came after the state recorded 644 new locally…


Study supports widespread use of better masks to curb COVID-19 indoors

Ottawa [Canada]: A new study highlights the need for widespread use of better face masks and the importance of good ventilation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 indoors.Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo performed experiments using a mannequin to simulate a seated person breathing in a large room. The studies showed a significant buildup over time of aerosol droplets — exhaled droplets so tiny they remain suspended and travel through the air — despite the use of common cloth and blue surgical masks. “There is no question it is beneficial to wear any face covering, both for protection in close proximity and at a distance in a room,” said Serhiy Yarusevych, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering and the leader of the study. “However, there is a very serious difference in the effectiveness of different masks when it comes to controlling aerosols.”Previous…

Corona Updates International

UK records another 36,572 coronavirus cases

London [UK]: Another 36,572 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,392,160, according to official figures released Thursday. The country also reported another 113 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 131,373. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that he is “confident” that the COVID-19 booster vaccine will begin to be given to the most vulnerable from next month. The government is still waiting for the final advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the booster jabs. The JCVI is meeting on Thursday to discuss the potential booster campaign. “So, we’re waiting for their final opinion and, looking at everything and the timing of…

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Kerala: ‘Taking possible measures to contain disease’

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Amid the continuous surge in COVID-19 cases, Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Thursday said the state government is taking the best possible measures to contain the disease. Briefing media persons, George said, “We are ramping up the testing to identify every single case. Our system is already on high alert and we are taking the best possible measures to contain the disease. Kerala Government has already started talks regarding vaccine production in the state. We are trying to introduce fill-finish units. We have discussed the issue with the Union Health Minister and the Centre’s response is very positive.” Asked about her meeting with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, George said, “It was a very positive meeting. We asked for 1.11 crore more doses of COVID vaccines by September end. He agreed to it. We are thankful to the central government.”…

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Delhi reports 38 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in the last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: The national capital on Tuesday saw a slight surge in its daily count reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities in the last 24 hours. As per the Delhi health bulletin, a total of 53,345 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours wherein a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent was reported. The total cases mounted to 14,37,156 including 471 active cases. As a sign of relief, 30 recoveries were logged thereby escalating the total recoveries to 14,11,612. However, the death toll touched 25,073 including new deaths with 1.74 per cent case fatality rate.As far as the COVID-19 vaccination status in the national capital is concerned, cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stand at 1,16,59,932 wherein 1,56,217 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 24 hours.Yesterday, Delhi reported 27 new COVID-19 cases which was the lowest daily count in this year…

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No data shows the need for booster vaccines

New Delhi [India], August 17 : Speaking about when a booster dose should be administered, Dr Gagandeep Kang, professor at Christian Medical College Vellore on Tuesday, said some countries that have used inactivated, vectored vaccines or mRNA vaccines have begun to offer a booster dose to selected populations, like the elderly. Dr Kang added, “In India (and elsewhere), we do not have any data showing that anyone who has received two doses of vaccine needs booster vaccines at this time.”Talking about Moderna and AstraZeneca she said, “Yes, the Moderna and AZ correlates of protection analysis shows that higher antibodies correlate with better protection, but there is no cut-off level of antibodies which reliably predict protection at the individual levels. Antibodies are good, but not all of the immune response.”According to Dr Kang, whether people will have more antibodies or be better protected with the…

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405 new Covid cases, three deaths in Telangana

Hyderabad (India) : Telangana reported three Covid-19 deaths and 405 infections on Monday even as the number of active cases further reduced to 7,093.The total death toll now stands at 3,845 and the total count of cases stands at 6,52,785.So far, a total of over 2.34 crore covid-19 tests have been conducted in the state, out of which 6,52,785 have been tested positive and 6,41,847 persons have recovered.The number of active containment zones in the state also comes down to 20. Karimnagar, Jagtial, Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts registered the majority of the active containment zones in the state.The case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 0.58 percent while the recovery rate rose to 98.32 per centSo far 79.8 percent of overall cases in the state have been asymptomatic while 20.2 per cent have been symptomatic.Of the 405 new cases, the highest of 67 was…

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UK records another 29,520 coronavirus cases

London [UK]: Another 29,520 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,241,011, according to official figures released Saturday. The country also reported another 93 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 130,894. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. England lifted almost all its remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 19. Nearly 90 per cent of the adults in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 76 per cent of adults have received both doses, the latest figures showed. Meanwhile, British holidaymakers will benefit from cheaper travel testing packages, with the price of some tests to fall by a fifth from Saturday. The cost of NHS (National Health Service) Test and Trace…

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Kerala reports 19,451 new COVID cases, 19,104 recoveries

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 14: Covid-19 was newly detected in 19,451 persons in Kerala on Friday while 19,104 patients have recovered from the disease, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.In a press release here this evening, the CM said, “1,39,223 samples were tested during the last 24 hours and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is 13.97per cent. A total of 2,93,34,981 samples have been sent for testing till this day.”Meanwhile, 105 recent deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid taking the death toll in the state to 18,499.Weekly Infection Population Ratio (WIPR) is above 8 at 634 wards under 87 Local Self Governments (LSGs) where strict restrictions are being imposed.In the last 24 hours, Covid was not detected in any person who recently came to Kerala from the UK. So far, 11 people who came from the UK were diagnosed with the genetically modified virus.

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Pakistan reports 4,786 new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 14 : Pakistan reported 4,786 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Saturday, as the country’s overall confirmed cases rising to 10,94,699, including 9,83,754 recoveries.In the last 24 hours, 59,136 COVID-19 tests were conducted out of which 4,786 were positive, NCOC said. The disease killed 73 people over the last 24 hours, increasing the overall death toll to 24,339, the NCOC added, and 4,729 are in critical condition.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province is the most affected region of the country with 409,578 infections followed by the eastern Punjab province which has reported 370,599 cases

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Arunachal logs 166 new Covid cases; one succumbs

Itanagar, Aug 14: As many as 166 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s infection tally to 51,139, while the death toll rose to 252 as one more succumbed to the disease.Out of the new positive cases, Itanagar Capital Complex reported the highest at 41, followed by Lower Subansiri 19 and Changlang 14, as per the bulletin issued by the state Directorate of Health Services.Of these, 78 patients are asymptomatic and 88 symptomatic.According to the bulletin, the fresh casualty was reported from Itanagar Capital Complex. A 30-year-old woman who tested positive through rapid antigen test (RAT), passed away on Friday afternoon at DCH, Chimpu here. She died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome with Covid pneumonia. The body was handed over to the administration as per Covid SoP.On the other hand, the recoveries tally…

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Mah: Marathwada registers 330 Covid-19 cases, 11 fatalities

Aurangabad, Aug 13: The Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 330 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed. Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region including Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 154 new cases and 7 deaths, followed by Osmanabad with 92 cases and 3 deaths, Aurangabad with 28 cases and single death, Latur with 37 new cases Jalna with 11 cases, Nanded had six cases, Parbhani and Hingoli one each case. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 6,388 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,75,390. The state also registered 208 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,34,572. Meanwhile, the highest 8,390 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number…

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South Korea reports 1,987 more COVID-19 cases, 218,192 in total

Seoul, Aug 12: South Korea reported 1,987 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 218,192. The daily caseload was down from 2,222 in the previous day, but it hovered above 1,000 for 37 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,785. The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province. Of the new cases, 522 were Seoul residents and 570 were people residing in Gyeonggi province. The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan area. The number of newly infected people in the non-capital region was 746, or 38.3 percent of the total local transmission. Forty cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 12,592. Three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,138. The total…

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Chinese mainland reports 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

Beijing, Aug 12: The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 38 in Jiangsu Province, 10 in Hubei, seven in Hunan, and three each in Henan and Yunnan, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Thursday. Also reported were 20 new imported cases, including five each in Shanghai, Guangdong and Yunnan, three in Guangxi, and one each in Fujian and Sichuan. Two suspected cases arriving from outside the mainland were newly reported in Shanghai on Wednesday. No deaths related to COVID-19 were newly reported, the commission added.

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Sputnik V jab 83 per cent effective against Delta variant, says Russian health ministry

Moscow [Russia] August 11 : Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 is around 83 per cent effective against the Delta variant of coronavirus, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Wednesday citing data collected by the health ministry.“The data confirms that Sputnik V remains protective against newly detected variants and retains one of the best safety and efficacy parameters. The Russian Ministry of Health has also published data on Sputnik V’s efficacy against the Delta variant. The vaccine is 83.1 per cent effective and shows 6x reduction of infection risk. Sputnik V is also 94.4 per cent effective against hospitalizations with 18x reduction in hospitalisation risk,” the RDIF statement said. Furthermore, real-world data obtained during mass vaccinations in Argentina, Bahrain, Hungary, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, the Philippines and UAE demonstrate lack of serious adverse events (such as CVTs or myocarditis). In several countries where multiple…


UK reports highest daily coronavirus death toll since March

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 130,503.  London : Britain recorded another 146 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest daily figure since March 12, according to official data released Tuesday. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 130,503. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, the Xinhua news agency reported. The country also reported another 23,510 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,117,540. Meanwhile, three-quarters of adults in Britain have now received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care. The latest Data from Public Health England (PHE) showed that Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalization from the Delta variant first detected in…

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India reports 38,353 new nCoV cases, 497 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 11: India recorded 38,353 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours post which the overall tally has spiked to 3,20,36,511, while the death toll mounted to 4,29,179 with 497 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. According to the Ministry, the active cases declined by 2,157, to stand at 3,86,351. It is now 1.21 per cent of the total caseload. The past 24 hours saw 40,013 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,12,20,981, which is 97.45 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 48,50,56,507 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus. Of this, 17,77,962 were tested on Tuesday. Till now, 51,90,80,524 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines, with 41,38,646 being…

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India reports 28,204 COVID-19 cases, 373 deaths in 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 10: India reported 28,204 new Coronavirus infections and 373 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 16, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. With this, the overall tally has spiked to 3,19,98,158 and death toll to 4,28,682. The number of per day deaths linked to Covid-19 complications has also dropped below 400. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country also dropped to 3,88,508, the lowest in 139 days. A decrease of 13,680 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload during the same time frame. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has also improved to 97.45per cent, which is the highest ever recovery rate achieved, the Health Ministry said. On the vaccination front, more than 52,56,35,710 vaccine doses have been provided to states/UTs. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 51,09,58,562 doses, as per the…

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Marathwada registers 312 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 10: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 312 new Covid-19 cases and 5 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed. Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 167 new cases and 3 deaths, followed by Latur which had 14 cases and single death, Aurangabad had 13 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 94 cases,Jalna had 14 new cases, Nanded recorded 9 cases, Hingoli had only single case and Parbhani nil. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,505 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,57,833. The state also registered 68 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,34,068. Meanwhile, the highest 7,568 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number…


Fuelled by Delta variant, US COVID-19 cases hit highest level since February

Washington [US]: US average of daily COVID-19 cases hit the highest level since February on Sunday (local time), fuelled by the Delta variant.Hospitals in the South are running out of space or staff as all the beds are taken up by Covid victims, with some patients unable to get the care they would normally receive, reported CNN. Infected people need immediate Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment which is not available at the hospital. An ECMO treatment uses external machinery that can function as the heart and lungs. It’s been used in some severely ill Covid-19 patients, including young adults.Across the country, states are struggling to fend off the Delta variant — the most contagious strain of coronavirus yet. But the situation is particularly worrisome in several Southern states, reported CNN.Louisiana set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations last week.Florida’s hospitalizations recently jumped 13 per…


Rickey Medlocke Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The upcoming shows of Lynyrd Skynyrd have been cancelled after one of the band members, Rickey Medlocke tested positive for coronavirus. As per Fox News, the musical band has scrapped its four shows due to Rickey’s ill health. Confirming the news, a manager for the classic Southern rock band issued a statement that read, “due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows in Canton, OH, Jackson, MI, Atlanta, GA and Cullman, AL. Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19.”“Rickey is home resting and responding well to treatment. We will continue to update you on his condition,” the manager added. The show scheduled for August 13 in Atlanta, Georgia, has been rescheduled to October 23.News of Medlocke’s COVID-19 diagnosis comes weeks after fellow guitarist Gary Rossington, 69, who has been playing with the band since its…

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UT records 79 COVID-19 fresh cases, no fatalities in past 24 hours

Puducherry, Aug 8: The new Coronavirus cases dropped to 79 against 102 registered on Saturday while there was no deaths, since the last 24 hours, ending at 10 AM on Sunday. One death had been recorded yesterday. With this, the infection tally has risen to 1,21,602 and the death toll remained at 1,800. According to COVID-19 status released by the health department here, of the 5,490 swab sample tests conducted, 79 persons tested positive. As many as 47 new cases were reported in Puducherry region, 10 in Karaikal region, two in Yanam region and 20 in Mahe region. About 112 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours. Of them, 72 were from Puducherry region, 25 from Karaikal region, six from Yanam region and nine from Mahe region. Presently, 104 patients are being treated in hospitals in Puducherry region, 20 in Karaikal region, six…


India gave priority to poor in its strategy to combat COVID-19 crisis: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], August 7 : India gave first priority to the poor in its strategy to combat the COVID-19 crisis, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.While interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Madhya Pradesh, through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said: “Be it Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Yojana, we thought about the food and employment of the poor from the first day itself.” He noted that over 80 crore citizens have been provided free ration after the COVID-19 started in the country.“Not just wheat, rice or pulses but over 8 crore poor families were even provided free gas cylinders during the lockdown. Over 20 crore women received around Rs 30,000 crores directly in their Jan Dhan bank accounts,” the Prime Minister stated.Terming heavy rain and floods in several districts…


India’s fight against Covid gets strong impetus, says PM Modi as country administers 50 crore doses

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said India’s fight against coronavirus has received a strong impetus as the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 50-crore mark.In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “India’s fight against COVID-19 receives a strong impetus. Vaccination numbers cross the 50 crore mark. We hope to build on these numbers and ensure our citizens are vaccinated under #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine movement.” Home Minister Amit Shah wrote, “The world’s largest Covid vaccination campaign under the leadership of PM Modi has made a new record by crossing the 50 crore mark today. In such a large country, such widespread vaccination in such a short time shows the sensitivity of Modiji towards the security of the life of every countryman.”India’s cumulative vaccination coverage on Friday crossed the 50 crore milestone.More than 43.29 lakh (43,29,673) vaccine doses have…


Health Minister Mandaviya meets Adar Poonawalla, discusses COVID vaccine supply ramping up

In order to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine supply in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday met Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla in the national capital and held a discussion over the supply of Covishield vaccine. New Delhi [India], August 6 : “We had many good meetings here. We discussed ramping up vaccine production. More than 17 countries in Europe have already approved Covidshield and many are in line to give approval. We discussed also this. This will be good news for all the travellers also. We were doing what we can do for our students,” Poonawalla told ANI after the meeting with Union Health Minister. More than 136 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to be available till the end of this year, informed the central government on Friday.For the next four months, India’s vaccine programme will be…

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COVID-19 fatality figure crosses 800th mark in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills

Shillong, Aug 5: The number of fatalities due to COVID-19 related complications in East Khasi Hills, the most pandemic-hit district, which includes Meghalaya capital Shillong went up to 802 withthe death of five more infected persons, even as three more deaths due to the viral disease were reported from other districts, taking the number of casualties to 1133 in the State on Thursday.“The Ri-Bhoi district, West Garo Hills district and West Khasi Hills district reported one death each due to COVID-19 on Thursday,” Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said, adding that ofthe eight persons who succumbed to the viral disease in the State over the past 24 hours, six werenot vaccinated against the virulent virus.On the other hand, 576 new cases of COVID-19 added up to 5,574 active cases and 510 morecases of recovery from the viral infection surged the number…

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India reports 42,982 new cases, 533 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, Aug 5: India recorded 42,982 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours pushing the case tally to 3,18,12,114, while the death toll mounted to 4,26,290 with 533 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. According to the Ministry, the active cases increased by 723, to stand at 4,11,076. It is now 1.29 per cent of the total caseload. The past 24 hours saw 41,726 people recovered from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,09,74,748, which is 97.37 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 47,48,93,363 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus, of which 16,64,030 were tested on Wednesday. Till now, 48,93,42,295 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines, with 37,55,115 being inoculated against the virus in the…

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Brazil’s COVID-19 cases surpass 20 mln

Sao Paulo, Aug 5: Brazil reported 40,716 new cases of COVID-19, raising its total caseload to 20,026,533, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the national death toll rose to 559,6071 after 175 more deaths were detected. Brazil currently has the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States, and the third-largest caseload after the United States and India. The South American country is experiencing a new wave of infections, which has overwhelmed hospitals, said the ministry.

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Nepal records 4,107 new cases of COVID-19

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal on Wednesday recorded a total of 4,107 new cases of coronavirus infection, the highest single-day rise in cases since June, thereby taking the national tally to 7,69,922. As per the data released by the country’s health ministry, a total of 16,298 samples underwent tests out of which about 25 per cent of those tested (4107) turned out positive. A total of 11,354 swab samples were tested in the RT-PCR method, of which 2,975 returned positive. Likewise, 4,944 people underwent antigen tests for the virus, of which 1,132 tested positive. According to the data released by the ministry, there are 33,464 active cases across the country. Out of those cases, 3,194 are hospitalized, 714 in intensive care units and 156 on ventilators. In the past 24 hours, 1,535 people have achieved recovery whereas 35 deaths have been reported. Of the total cases…

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‘Second wave not over yet’

New Delhi [India]: Underlining that the second wave of COVID-19 is not over yet, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the Reproduction (R) number is high in eight states adding that case trajectory needs to be controlled there.Addressing a press conference over the Covid-19 situation in the country, Joint Secretary of Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said whenever R number is above one, it means that the case trajectory is increasing and it needs to be controlled. These eight states include Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Karnataka, Puducherry, Kerala, he informed.“US, Canada, Australia, and India have 1.2 R number, on average. This means one infected individual is infecting more than one person. R number is high in 8 states of India. Growth rate and active cases are also assessed using the Reproduction (R) Number. It is the average…

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389 deaths in Brazil over COVID-19 in one day

Brasilia [Brazil]: Brazil recorded 389 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 557,223, the health ministry said on Monday.Meanwhile, the total caseload rose to 19,953,501 after 15,143 new cases were detected. The numbers released on Monday were less than half of the country’s daily average, due to fewer tests performed and fewer deaths certified on weekends.According to the moving average of cases over the last seven days, Brazil recorded 960 daily deaths and 35,120 cases on average for the past week.The South American country currently has a mortality rate of about 265 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and an incidence rate of 9,495 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a report from the health ministry.As of Sunday, Brazil has vaccinated 142.3 million people against COVID-19, including 100.8 million with their first dose and 41.4 million people fully vaccinated.

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Telangana adds 591 new Covid cases, 2 fatalities on Monday

Hyderabad, Aug 2: Telangana added 591 new COVID-19 cases until 1730 hours on Monday, to push the cumulative caseload to 6, 45,997 till date.COVID-19 deaths surged to 3,807 after two patients succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours translating a case fatality rate of 0.58 per cent as against the countrywide mortality rate of 1.3 per cent, according to the bulletin issued by the Office of the Director, Public Health and Family Welfare here tonight.A total of 643 people have recovered from coronavirus statewide in a span of 24 hours taking the overall recoveries thus far to 6, 33,371 constituting a recovery rate of 98.04 per cent while the national recovery rate was 97.33 per cent.The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 8,819, the bulletin said.As many as 1,07,472 samples were tested in the state during the…

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HP : Schools Reopen

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : Schools across the state re-opened for classes 10, 11 and 12 from Monday while adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “We are delighted to return to school. We will follow protocols of wearing masks, hand hygiene, and physical distancing,” said a student. Another student said “We even attended the online classes, but we had to face many issues in that. At times, we ran out of connectivity. Returning back to school is good because we can interact with our teachers and friends. Offline studying is better than online.” With the decline in positivity rate and increase in recovery rate, the situation of Covid-seems to be improving. In the state, six districts have recorded a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent.

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COVID-19 cases rising in Sri Lanka, says WHO

Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 2 : The World Health Organization (WHO) in Sri Lanka said that COVID-19 cases were rising globally including in Sri Lanka as the country had noted a rise in infected patients in recent weeks, local media reported Monday.The WHO in Sri Lanka, in an official tweet, said that this increase in patients globally and in the country was driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, increased social mixing and mobility, inconsistent Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM), and inequitable vaccination. “Hard-won gains are in jeopardy and health systems are being overwhelmed,” the WHO in Sri Lanka said.Sri Lanka has in recent weeks recorded a high rise in patients with an average of over 2,000 COVID-19 patients being detected per day.Health officials said this was due to the highly contagious Delta variant spreading rapidly in the country.Sri Lanka presently has an…

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Schools reopen in Punjab and C’garh

Amritsar/Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], August 2 : Students returned to schools in Punjab after a year with COVID-19 protocols in place. At Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amritsar, school principal Mandeep Kaur told ANI, “The school has reopened for students of all classes now. Arrangements for ensuring proper sanitization in the vicinity have been made.” “Students have also been asked to carry their own sanitizer. Wearing a mask has been made compulsory. All teachers have received double doses of vaccines for protection against the virus. We have reduced the strength of classes to 50 percent.”“Also, for those who do not feel comfortable attending physical classes, online classes will continue simultaneously. Hence, it is not compulsory for students to come here”, said the Principal.Ashima, a school teacher said, “We have sanitized the school properly. We have also taken parents’ permission for allowing them to attend…


Dr Fauci alerts ‘things are going to get worse’ due to COVID-19

Washington [US]: US top coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday said that “things are going to get worse” in the United States as the Delta variant has led to a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.Fauci also said that he does not think the United States will return to lockdowns, even as the number of coronavirus cases in the country spikes largely because of the highly infectious delta variant. “I don’t think we’re going to see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” The Hill quoted Fauci’s interview with ABC’s “This Week.”He did, however, say “things are going to get worse,” before contending that the country is “seeing an outbreak of…


World is going through an education crisis due to COVID-19, says UN chief, Antonio Guterres

New York [US]: The world is going through an education crisis as millions of children remain out of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday.Taking to Twitter, Guterres said, “We are in the middle of an education crisis. 156 million students are still affected by school closures due to COVID19, and 25 million may never return. An effective pandemic recovery requires investment in teachers, digital learning, and systems fit for the future.” The overall global COVID-19 caseload has topped 198.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.22 million and vaccinations soared to over 4.11 billion, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.In its latest update, Johns Hopkins revealed that the current global caseload, the death toll stood and vaccination tally stood at 198,175,138, 4,221,996 and 4,110,644,112, respectively.

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Delhi zoo reopens after 105 days

New Delhi [India]: After being closed for 105 days, Delhi’s National Zoological Park reopened for the public on Sunday. The zoo was temporarily shut due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital during the second wave. “On the first day, more than 92 per cent of tickets were sold. Due to this prolonged disconnection behaviour between public and animals, few species will take time to adjust whereas others remain indifferent,” said Ramesh Pandey, Director, National Zoological Park. However, the director reiterated that visitors should strictly follow Covid protocols. The zoo will operate in two shifts– 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm. People will now be able to book tickets online.

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RT-PCR mandatory in TN

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 1 : Negative RT-PCR report has been made mandatory for everyone coming from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from August 5, informed Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramaniyan on Sunday.“RT-PCR report is mandatory for people coming from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from August 5,” he said. Earlier, On July 30, Subramaniyan has said that COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the state.“No of Covid cases has been increasing in the last three days. RT-PCR tests have increased. Many people are not wearing face masks. Vigilance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is increased,” said the minister.Kerala has been witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases.As per the Union Health Ministry, Kerala recorded 20,624 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. The total count of cases in the state has gone up to 33,90,761.Tamil Nadu has recorded 1,986 new cases of COVID-19 and…

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India: 41,831 Cases, 541 deaths

New Delhi [India]: India reported 41,831 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. There are 4,10,952 active cases of COVID-19 in India. The active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of the total cases reported. For the fifth straight day, India has recorded over 40,000 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate stands at 2.34 per cent. As many as 541 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the infection to 4,24,351. So far, India has reported 3,08,20,521 recoveries and the recovery rate currently stands at 97.36 per cent.India has substantially ramped up its COVID-19 testing capacity wherein 46.82 crore tests have been conducted so far. As a part of the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country, India…

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Pakistan records spike in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate climbs to 8.46pc

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan continues to record a spike in COVID-19 cases as the country registered nearly 5,000 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases in the country has risen to 1,029,811, while the positivity rate of the virus was recorded at 8.46 percent, according to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC). “Statistics 31 Jul 21: Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 58,479 Positive Cases: 4950 Positivity percent: 8.46 percent Deaths: 65,” NCOC tweeted. Meanwhile, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country surpassed the 60,000 mark. On Friday, the COVID-19 positivity rate in the country was recorded at 7.79 percent. This comes as Sindh province is set to undergo a partial lockdown from Saturday till August 8 as the COVID-19 cases are surging. The NCOC after a meeting on Friday said that the forum reviewed disease spread…

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‘Global strategy will support the country in overcoming COVID-19’: Dr Naveet Wig

New Delhi [India]: Dr Naveet Wig, Head of the Medicine Department, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi on Saturday said it is important to follow the global strategy in India in overcoming COVID 19.He added that the policy of removing masks followed by the US was incorrect. “WHO and United Nation they all have to give strong warning that it is a global emergency and it has to be tackled globally. So, the global strategy will only help us to overcome this,” said Dr Wig.“We have to contain this virus in local areas and then we have to reduce transmission in those areas where transmission is high and this formula is simple it applies globally to each and every district, each and every village the moment test positivity rate rises, it should be less than one per cent globally in each district,”…


Kejriwal urges centre to confer Bharat Ratna on medical fraternity for their services

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged the Centre to confer the country’s highest civilian award “Bharat Ratna” on all doctors, nurses and paramedics collectively who served the people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Addressing the Delhi Vidhan Sabha, Kejriwal said, “During the COVID crisis, doctors and the entire medical fraternity offered their full support. Delhi was first to announce Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to the doctors and healthcare workers, who lost their lives on COVID duty. The decision to boost the morale of doctors, paramedical staff and healthcare workers. I personally handed over the compensation amount to the families.” “Delhi Government has decided that this year we will only recommend doctors and paramedical staff for Padma awards. I am glad to inform you that we got 2,100 recommendations in three days for the Padma awards. I urge the central government to…

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PIL against vaccination quashed

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a Public interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the immediate direction of quashing the FIRs lodged against 24 persons for criticizing the Central government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy through advertisements, posters and brochures and ordered to treat it as ‘dismissed as withdrawn’.The PIL was filed by lawyer Pradeep Kumar Yadav for appropriate orders in quashing the FIRs against all 24 persons who had criticised the Centre for COVID 19 vaccination policy. A two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrahud and also comprising Justice M R Shah, said, “We are not entertaining the petition and added that the petition should be treated as ‘dismissed as withdrawn'”.Justice Dr Chandrachud asked the petitioner-cum-lawyer, Yadav, not to file these kinds of PILs and asked him to present some particular case where an FIR is…

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Covid-19 cases increasing in TN

Tamil Nadu [India]: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has said that Covid-19 cases in the state have been increasing for the last 3 days.“No of Covid cases has been increasing in the last 3 days. RT-PCR tests have increased. The state recorded 1,859 fresh cases compared to 1,756 cases. Unfortunately, many people are not wearing face masks. Vigilance in TN-Kerala border is increased”, said the minister. Kerala has witnessed a rise in Covid cases as well. It recorded 22,064 new cases on Thursday, with a positivity rate of 13.53 per cent.On July 27, while addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that 22 districts across India reported an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases. 

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Ramdev asked for reply on plea

New Delhi [India]: A single-judge bench of Delhi High Court Justice C. Harishankar issued notice to Swami Ramdev on Friday asking him to file a reply to a petition filed by the Resident Doctors Association of All India Institute of Medical Science against his controversial statement on allopathy.The association has approached Delhi High Court seeking a permanent and mandatory injunction against defendant Swami Ramdev for his statement on allopathy. A single-judge bench of Justice C. Harishankar issued notice to Swami Ramdev and other defendants and listed the matter for August 10 for further hearing.The Association has filed suit under Section 91 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (CPC), accompanied by an application seeking leave of the court, seeking inter alia permanent and mandatory injunction against the defendants, as a result of a sustained and mala fide misinformation campaign being orchestrated by the defendant,…

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Myanmar has the highest coronavirus mortality rate in Southeast Asia

Naypyitaw [Myanmar]: With the increase in coronavirus deaths in Myanmar, accusations of residents and human rights activists that the military government, which took control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and suppress the opposition, are becoming more frequent. In the last seven days, the death rate per capita in Myanmar has surpassed that in Indonesia and Malaysia and has become the worst in Southeast Asia. The country’s healthcare system was quickly overwhelmed by new COVID-19 patients. Medical oxygen supplies are dwindling, and the government has restricted its private sales in many places, saying it is trying to prevent backlogs. But this has led to widespread accusations that supplies are being channeled to government supporters and military hospitals. At the same time, medical workers are being targeted after leading a civil disobedience movement that called on experts and civil servants not to…

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