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Study: College Athletes With Covid-19 Develop Myocarditis

According to a new study, a small but significant percentage of college athletes with COVID-19 develop myocarditis, a potentially dangerous inflammation of the heart muscle. The findings of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Myocarditis, which typically occurs as a result of a bacterial or viral infection, can affect the heart’s rhythm and ability to pump and often leaves behind lasting damage in the form of scarring to the heart muscle. It has been linked to as many as 20 per cent of sudden deaths in young athletes. The COVID-19 pandemic raised concerns over an increased incidence of the condition in student-athletes. For the new study, clinicians at schools in the highly competitive Big Ten athletic conference collaborated to collect data on the frequency of myocarditis in student-athletes recovering from COVID-19 infection. Conference officials…

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Study Finds Possibility How An Unborn Baby Can Contract Covid-19

According to a study led by UCL researchers with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre, it is only possible for an unborn baby to contract Covid-19 if their gut is exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The research was published in the ‘BJOG – An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Journal’. Although the study did not look specifically at mothers with Covid-19 and whether their infection was transmitted to an unborn baby, it found that certain fetal organs, such as the intestine, are more susceptible to infection than others. However, researchers said, that opportunities for the Covid-19 virus infecting the fetus are extremely limited, as the placenta acted as a highly effective and protective shield, and evidence suggested fetal infection, known as vertical transmission, is extremely uncommon. Researchers set out to understand how newborn babies…

Europe International

French PM tested positive for COVID-19

Paris [France] : French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday.Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported. De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported.Several senior members of the Belgian government will also go into quarantine to avoid any risks.French ministers in the delegation include minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, Interior minister Gerald Darmanin, minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, and Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune.Castex “immediately got a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, which turned out to be positive,” the French newspaper cited the prime minister’s office as saying.The schedule of the French head of government is to…

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Vice President lauds Railways for rising to the occasion with novel efforts during COVID-19

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India] : Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday, lauded the Indian Railways for rising to the occasion during the pandemic and coming up with novel efforts to ‘keep the wheels running and customers protected’ from the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, said a press release from the Vice President office.Giving the instance of COVID care isolation coaches, Shramik special trains, and ‘Oxygen Expresses’, Naidu said the Indian Railways geared up its entire machinery and helped the country to effectively tackle the pandemic. The Vice President also complimented the Railways for the in-house development and production of PPEs, coveralls, hand sanitizers and masks, and ensuring the transport of medical equipment and general goods to cities and villages.“Due to this proactive stance, shortages of goods and food stocks have been largely minimized. Thus, the Railways have not only helped the nation to…

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India logs 10,302 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,302 new COVID-19 cases and 267 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.Out of these, Kerala reported 5,754 new cases of the COVID-19 infection and 49 deaths. Meanwhile, India’s active caseload stands at 1,24,868 which now account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.36 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,787 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,39,09,708. The recovery rate is currently at 98.29 per cent, the highest since March 2020.As per the health ministry, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.96per cent. It has remained below 2 per cent for the last 47 days while the weekly positivity rate is at 0.93 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the last 57…

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People On Antidepressants Are Less Likely To Die Of Covid-19

 A new study of health records from 87 health care centres across the United States found that people taking a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were less likely to die of COVID-19. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘JAMA Network Open’. The results add to a body of evidence indicating that SSRIs may have beneficial effects against the worst symptoms of COVID-19, although large randomised clinical trials are needed to prove this. “We can’t tell if the drugs are causing these effects, but the statistical analysis is showing significant association. There’s power in the numbers,” said Marina Sirota, PhD, associate professor of paediatrics and a member of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) at UC San Francisco. The UCSF-Stanford research team analysed electronic health records from the Cerner Real World COVID-19 de-identified database, which had…

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UK extends COVID-19 booster vaccine to people over 40 years old

London [UK]: The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) on Monday announced that people over 40 years old living in the United Kingdom will now be eligible to receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine six months after having their second dose, as a new study showed that boosters give over 90% protection in adults over 50. “JCVI has previously advised booster vaccination for all adults aged 50 years and over and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. The offer has now been broadened to include those aged 40 to 49 years,” the committee said in a statement.The booster vaccines to be offered to this new age group are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the same mRNA-type vaccine that is being used since September in people over 50 and at higher risk from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. So far, more than 12,6 million people in the UK…

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India records 10,229 new Covid cases; active cases decline to 1,34,096

New Delhi [India] : India’s Covid tally rose to 3,44,47,536 with 10,229 more people testing positive for coronavirus, while the active cases have declined to 1,34,096, the lowest in 523 days, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Monday. The death toll reached 4,63,655 after 125 new fatalities were reported, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 38 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 141 consecutive days now. The active cases have declined to 1,34, 096 comprising 0.39 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.26 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said. A decrease of 1,822 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload…

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Australian COVID-19 cases fall to recent low amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia] : Australia has reported its fewest daily COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.There were 1,115 new locally-acquired cases and five deaths from the pandemic reported across Australia on Sunday morning. The majority of new cases were in Victoria, the country’s second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city, where 905 cases and four deaths were reported.As of Saturday 90.4 percent of Australians aged 16 and over had received one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 83 percent were fully inoculated, according to the Department of Health.More than 250,000 Australians have had a third booster shot.As the booster rollout accelerates Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday said the government would not change its definition of “fully vaccinated”.“The advice at this stage of Professor Brendan Murphy’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group is that you’re regarded…

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India reports 11,271 new COVID-19 cases, active caseload lowest since March 2020

New Delhi [India] : India reported the lowest COVID-19 active caseload since March 2020 with the tally at 1,35,918, the Ministry of Health informed on Sunday.“Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.39 per cent- lowest in 17 months (522 days),” the ministry said. As many as 11,271 new COVID-19 cases and 285 Covid deaths were also reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The death toll from the virus has now reached 4,63,530, the ministry informed.Of these, Kerala reported 6,468 new cases and 23 deaths.As per a press release of the ministry, 12,55,904 Covid tests had been conducted in the last 24 hours. India has so far conducted over 62.37 Crore (62,37,51,344) COVID-19 tests.“While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate at 1.01 per cent remains less than 2 per…

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Children under 5 years of age exempted from COVID-19 tests upon arrival in India: Health Ministry

New Delhi [India] : Children under five years of age are exempted from both pre-and-post-arrival testings upon arrival in India, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treatment as per protocols. “Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol,” the Health Ministry guidelines on November 11. The Health Ministry said that the guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed in view of increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic. “The global trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional…

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NAL successfully demonstrates aerial COVID-19 vaccine delivery at remote Bengaluru location

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has teamed with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka for aerial delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in a remote area of Bengaluru.The Octacopter developed by CSIR-NAL successfully delivered 50 vials of Covid-19 vaccines along with syringes in a special container from Chandapura PHC to Haragadde PHC on Saturday. CSIR-NAL’s Octacopter took off at 9.43 am from Chandapura PHC carried covid-19 vaccines and delivered them to Haragadde PHC at 9.53 am.The Octacopter flew at an altitude of 300m AGL at a speed of 10m/sec and covered an aerial distance of about 7 km in about 10 minutes.After delivery of vaccines at Haragadde the Octacopter returned to Chandapura PHC. The entire mission covered a distance of about 14 km in 20 minutes including delivery of vaccines. Medical Officer…

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Study: Immune System Early Responder Can Combat Covid-19

 A simple RNA molecule jumpstarts the immune system’s ‘first responders’ to viral infection and can even eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus in mice with chronic cases of COVID-19, a new Yale School of Medicine study found. The molecule, known as SLR14, is a simple, easy to manufacture, loop of RNA that can trigger the production of interferons, a group of proteins produced by immune cells that are key to the body’s innate, or initial, response to infection. Multiple studies have shown that COVID-19 patients who produce high levels of interferons have far better outcomes than those for whom interferon levels are low during the early days of infection. Treated mice also responded well to numerous variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant, currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States, according to the new report published on…

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Malaysia reports 5,403 new COVID-19 infections, 78 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] : Malaysia reported another 5,403 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the national total to 2,517,173, according to the health ministry.Some 25 of the new cases are imported, with 5,378 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. Another 78 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 29,427.About 5,311 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,425,943.There are some 61,803 active cases, 542 are being held in intensive care and 268 of those are in need of assisted breathing.The country reported 116,642 vaccine doses administered on Tuesday and some 78.3 percent of the population have received at least one dose and 75.5 percent are fully vaccinated. 

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India reports 11,466 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,466 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.The country’s active caseload stands at 1,39,683, which is the lowest in 264 days and it accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases. It is currently at 0.41 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The recovery rate is currently at 98.25 per cent and it is the highest since March 2020 the beginning of the pandemic.The country has also conducted over 61.85 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, 109.63 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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India reports 10,126 new Covid cases in last 24 hrs, lowest in 266 days

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,126 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 266 days hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.The country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rises to 3,43,77113. The active caseload stands at 1,40,638, which is the lowest in 263 days. Currently, the active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.41 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.With 11,982 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries mounted to 3,37,75,086. India’s recovery rate stands at 98.25 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.The death toll climbed to 4,61,389 with 332 fresh fatalities.The weekly positivity rate at 1.25 per cent remains less than 2 per cent for the last 46 days now while the daily…

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India logs 11,451 new COVID-19 cases, 266 deaths

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,451 fresh COVID-19 cases, 13,204 recoveries and 266 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry.Out of that, Kerala reported 7,124 cases, 7,488 recoveries, and 21 deaths. Active cases account for 0.42 per cent of total cases which is the lowest since March 2020India’s active caseload currently stands at 1,42,826, the lowest in 262 days.The recovery rate stands at 98.24 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.

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COVID-19 affects 250 million people worldwide in last 24 hours

Hanoi [Vietnam] : The world had recorded 250.2 million COVID-19 infections as of 4 pm on Sunday, including more than 5 million deaths, according to worldometers.com.The US is the hardest hit country with 47.3 million infections and 775,000 deaths. India ranked second with more than 34.3 million cases and 460,787 deaths, followed by Brazil with 21.8 million infections and 609,417 deaths. China will continue to implement strict COVID-19 control measures and a “zero tolerance” policy, a senior official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday.He said China’s strict policy is prompt to the current conditions in the country and scientific philosophy behind pandemic prevention and control. In the past weeks, China had reported 918 cases in 44 cities across 20 provinces with viral chains linked back to multiple imported sources which are unrelated to each other.On Sunday, China recorded 55 new cases,…

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Iran reports 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, 5,980,260 in total

Tehran [Iran] : The Iranian health ministry reported on Saturday 6,803 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total infections to 5,980,260.According to an official briefing published on state TV, the pandemic has claimed 127,173 lives in the country so far, after 120 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. A total of 5,588,545 people have recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, while 3,713 remain in intensive care units, the ministry said on its official website.By Saturday, 54,977,728 Iranians have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 38,435,297 have taken two.A total of 36,167,151 tests have so far been carried out across the country.In the morning, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised the efforts of the country’s vaccine developers and stressed the importance of providing them with legal and financial support. 

Corona Updates

India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 108.21 cr

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 28,40,174 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 108.21 crore (1,08,21,66,365) as per provisional reports till 7 am on Sunday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States, UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that are being reported for 133consecutive days now. Meanwhile, India reported 10,853 new cases in the last 24 hours.With new cases, the active caseload is presently at 1,44,845 which is the lowest in 260 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.42% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is the lowest since March 2020 according to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare early Sunday.The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours…

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Massive COVID wave unlikely if large population already infected, says AIIMS Doctor

Delhi [India] : Responding to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) warning of a new COVID-19 wave, AIIMS Doctor and Epidemiologist Dr Sanjay K Rai on Friday said that it is unlikely if a large population has already been already infected by the virus.The WHO had earlier warned of a massive COVID-19 wave in Europe and Central Asia. It also said that over 5,00,000 deaths (combined) are likely in this region by February 2022. “When large populations get infected, massive waves of the virus are unlikely. Natural infections lead to natural immunity which leads to a decline in the number of cases. Vaccinations also reduce disease severity and deaths. It will happen in Russia and Central Asia. A wave of infections is going on there, but this will reduce by February. This happened everywhere, including in India. A large amount of the population was infected,…

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Over 107.92 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India

New Delhi [India] : India has administered over 107.92 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday.As per the ministry, 1,07,92,19,546 vaccines doses have been administered in the country so far. Meanwhile, India reported 10,929 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,46,950 the lowest in 255 days.Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.43 per cent, lowest since March 2020.With 12,509 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries in the country have been increased to 3,37,37,468. The recovery rate is currently at 98.23 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.35 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 33 days and the weekly…

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New Zealand reports 207 new cases of COVID-19

Wellington [New Zealand] : New Zealand reported 207 new cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday.Of the 207 new cases, 206 were community cases and one was an imported case at the border, said the Ministry. The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in New Zealand community reached 4,240, including 4,047 in Auckland, 154 in Waikato, 17 in Wellington, 17 in Northland, four in Canterbury and one in Nelson-Marlborough, said the Ministry.There were 73 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals including seven in ICU or HDU, it said.New Zealand has recorded 6,981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, said the Ministry.According to the Ministry, 78 per cent of eligible New Zealanders have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, part of the Waikato region and Upper…

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WHO chief warns about spike in COVID-19 as cases surge in Europe, Central Asia

Geneva [Switzerland] : Amid the latest rise in COVID-19 in Europe and Central Asia, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday (local time) warned about the rising number of cases and deaths.More than 5 million deaths have now been reported, and WHO believes the real number is higher. More than 50,000 people are losing their lives every week, UN News reported. In the last seven days, 56 countries, from all regions, reported an increase in deaths of more than 10 per cent. Tedros highlighted reports about lack of intensive care unit beds, lack of supplies, overwhelmed health workers, and hospitals deferring other needed procedures.“Let me be very clear: this should not be happening”, he said. “We have all the tools to prevent COVID-19 transmission and save lives, and we continue to call on all countries to use those tools.”According to the WHO, every single…

Politics State's Latest

‘Air pollution may lead to severe COVID cases’

New Delhi [India] : Stating that air pollution could lead to more severe cases of COVID, All India Institute of Medical Science Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that pollution has a huge effect on respiratory health, especially among those who have lung diseases and asthma.As pollution and COVID-19 affect the lungs and the high level of air pollution may worsen the disease, at times resulting in the death of a patient, said Dr Guleria in an exclusive interview with ANI. The pollution level in Delhi on Friday turned severe on the morning after Diwali due to bursting of firecrackers despite the ban. Dr Guleria said due to little movement of wind in the air during October and November, burning of stubble and bursting of firecrackers, the pollutants tend to settle on the ground level and so the pollution level rises.He said, “Respiratory problem is…

Bollywood

On Diwali, Fardeen Khan Remembers The Lives Lost Due To Covid-19

On the occasion of Diwali, actor Fardeen Khan took a moment to honour and remember the lives lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “This Diwali my thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones to Covid 19. It’s during these festivals loved ones are most missed. Along with my love I am sending you my best possible wishes. Happy Diwali.” As per reports, the total death toll in the country is now at 4,59,652. India witnessed a deadly second wave of COVID-19 in April and May earlier this year, which saw several fatalities.

Corona Updates

S Korea reports 2,667 more COVID-19 cases, 370,640 in total

Seoul [South Korea] : South Korea reported 2,667 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 370,640.The daily caseload was up from 1,589 in the previous day, hovering above 1,000 for 120 straight days since July 7. The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.Of the new cases, 997 were Seoul residents. The number of newly infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 895 and 181.The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 567, or 21.5 percent of the total local transmission.Twenty-seven cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 15,150.Eighteen more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,892. The total fatality rate stood at…

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PM Modi exhorts officials to widen COVID-19 vaccination coverage by year-end

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted officials to ensure that the country widens its COVID-19 vaccination coverage by the end of the year and enters the new year with renewed self-belief and confidence.Immediately after returning from his visit to Italy and Glasgow, the Prime Minister held a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. The meeting included districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of the Covid vaccine. The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other states with districts having low vaccination coverage. As per a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, during the interaction, the Prime Minister discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the local factors behind it in…

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Russia logs 40,443 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 40,443 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 39,008 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,633,643, the federal response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 40,443 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,452 cases (8.5 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.47 per cent. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 6,827 infections, up from 5,736 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,269 cases, up from 3,066, and the Moscow region with 2,744 cases, down from 2,893.The response center reported a new record of 1,189 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,178 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 242,060.In the same 24 hours, 32,807 COVID-19 patients were discharged from…

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India reports 11,903 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India] : India reported 11,903 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry.India’s active caseload stands at 1,51,209, which is the lowest in 252 days. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and is currently at 0.44 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020. With 14,159 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,36,97,740. Consequently, the recovery rate is currently at 98.22 per cent, the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.11 per cent and it has remained below 2 per cent for last 30 days. The weekly positivity rate is 1.18 per cent, which also remained less than 2 per cent for last 40 days.As per the ministry, 61.12 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far.In the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, 107.29…

International

PM Modi holds meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Deuba in Glasgow, discusses climate, COVID-19

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba here on Tuesday and resolved to work together towards post-pandemic recovery.The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen the close bilateral ties. It was the first meeting between PM Modi and Deuba since the latter assumed the prime minister’s office. Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said that the leaders discussed climate and COVID-19.“PM @narendramodi met PM of Nepal @SherBDeuba today. In their first engagement since PM Deuba assumed office, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen our close bilateral ties. Also discussed climate, COVID-19 & resolved to work together toward post-pandemic recovery,” Bagchi said in a tweet. Earlier in the day, PM Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS).PM Modi reached…

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Research Finds How Immune System Gets Altered By Covid-19

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers say that COVID-19 reduces the numbers and functional competence of certain types of immune cells in the blood. This could affect responses to secondary infections. The findings were published in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes moderate to severe disease in 3-10 per cent of those infected. In such cases, the immune system overreacts to the virus, triggering an aberrant innate immune response that is characterized by systemic inflammation, intravascular blood clotting and damage to the cardiovascular system. A team led by immunology professor Anne Krug at LMU’s Biomedical Center (BMC), which included many researchers based at the BMC and the LMU Medical Center, has carried out a comprehensive study of this phenomenon and uncovered hitherto unknown effects of the virus on the immune system. In the journal PLOS Pathogens, they report that, following infection with…

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Russia reports 40,993 new COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has registered 40,993 daily new COVID-19 cases and 1,158 coronavirus-related deaths, the federal response center said on Sunday.In the past 24 hours, 27,115 recoveries have been registered across the country. Moscow recorded 7,603 new cases, which marks the highest number of new cases among the Russian regions.

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Jon Bon Jovi Tests Positive For Covid-19, Cancels Miami Performance

American singer and guitarist Jon Bon Jovi has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the cancellation of his performance in Miami Beach. A representative for the musician confirmed the positive test, telling Variety, “Jon is fully vaccinated and feeling fine.” A local Miami news report first broke the news of his COVID status. Bon Jovi was due to appear at the Loews South Beach on Collins Avenue and 16th Street on Saturday night for a fan event. The crowd had already filed in for the event when audience members were informed that the singer would be unable to perform. Backed by the group Kings of Suburbia, the band did not play out of an abundance of caution. The event, called ‘Runaway With JBJ’ and put on by Runaway Tours, was scheduled for October 29 to 31 and included an acoustic storyteller performance, Q&A and photo-op…

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Researchers Identify Potential New Treatment For Covid-19

Researchers during a recent study identified a potential new treatment that suppresses the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. In order to multiply, all viruses, including coronaviruses, infect cells and reprogramme them to produce novel viruses. The study ‘Targeting the pentose phosphate pathway for SARS-CoV-2 therapy’ has been published by the scientific journal Metabolite. The research revealed that cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 can only produce novel coronaviruses when their metabolic pentose phosphate pathway is activated.When applying the drug benfooxythiamine, an inhibitor of this pathway, SARS-CoV-2 replication was suppressed and infected cells did not produce coronaviruses. The research from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and the Institute of Medical Virology at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, found the drug also increased the antiviral activity of ‘2-deoxy-D-glucose’; a drug which modifies the host cell’s metabolism to reduce virus multiplication. This shows that pentose…

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India reports 14,313 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]n: A total of 14,313 new Covid-19 cases and 549 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Saturday.Also, 13,543 people recovered from Covid-19 taking the overall recovery count (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,36,41,175. “The Active Caseload is presently at 1,61,555. Active cases presently constitute 0.47% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the medical bulletin.Meanwhile, India administered 56.71 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s cumulative vaccination coverage over 105.43 cr, as per the official release.“The last 24 hours saw a total of 11,76,850 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 60.70 Cr (60,70,62,619) cumulative tests,” said the official release.

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India reports 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Friday.With this India’s active caseload stands at 1,61,334. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.47 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The country also registered 13,198 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 98.19 per cent.India has so far conducted over 60.58 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, more than 104.82 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive Russia records 39,849 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 39,849 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from the record 40,096 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,432,546, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day,…

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PM Modi underlines ASEAN’s centrality in India’s vision of Indo-Pacific

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 18th ASEAN-India summit underlined the bloc’s centrality in India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific and noted that partnership with the grouping is a key pillar of India’s Act East Policy, said Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary-East, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).Speaking after the conclusion of the virtually held ASEAN-India summit, the Secretary-East said the annual summit provides an opportunity for all sides to engage at the highest level. “Speaking at the summit, PM Modi underlined ASEAN’s centrality in India’s vision of the Indo Pacific. He noted that partnership with ASEAN is a key pillar of India’s act east policy. And united and prosperous ASEAN is central for security and growth for all in the region…,” she said at a press conference.“Over the past three decades, starting from 1992, India-ASEAN engagement has evolved into a deep, robust…

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Maharashtra Home Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], : Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Thursday informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.“After experiencing mild symptoms I decided to get tested for COVID-19. I have tested positive. My condition is stable and I am following my doctor’s advice. I urge all those who came in contact with me during Nagpur and Amravati tour, and other programs, to get themselves tested,” Patil said in a tweet. Meanwhile, India reported 16,156 new COVID-19 cases and 733 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The active caseload of the infection in the country stands at 1,60,98.

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Over 103.53 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 55,89,124 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 103.53 crore, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.As per provisional reports till 7 am today, 1,03,53,25,577 vaccine doses were administered through 1,02,95,714 sessions. Meanwhile, India reported 13,451 new COVID-19 cases and 585 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 3,42,15,653.With this, the country’s active caseload stands at 1,62,661, which is the lowest in 242 days.The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and is currently at 0.48 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.The country also reported 14,021 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s recovery rate to 98.19 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.India has also ramped up…

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Approval for Covaxin on basis of WHO meeting today: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that approval for Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin will be given on the basis of the meeting which will be convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.“WHO has a system in which there is a technical committee which has approved it (Covaxin) while the other committee is meeting today. The approval for Covaxin will be given on the basis of today’s meeting,” said Union Health Minister during a press briefing here. Earlier this month, WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan had said that WHO’s technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider emergency use listing (EUL) for Covaxin.The WHO last week had said a vaccine recommended by it for emergency use must be evaluated thoroughly.“We are aware that many people are waiting for WHO’s recommendation for Covaxin to…

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India logs 12,428 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in 238 days

New Delhi [India] : India logged 12,428 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 238 days, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.The country’s active caseload stands at 1,63,816, which is the lowest in 241 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and are currently at 0.48 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.With 15,951 recoveries in the last 24 hours, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.19 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.Also, the weekly positivity rate is at 1.24 per cent while the daily positivity rate remained at 1.10 per cent.The country has so far conducted over 60.19 crore COVID tests.Meanwhile, under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, more than 102.94 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country.

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India reports 15,906 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 15,906 new COVID-19 cases and 16,479 recoveries in the past 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Sunday.With this, the active caseload of the country now stands at 1,72,594 in the country, which is the lowest in 235 days. The country’s active cases account for 0.51 per cent of the total cases reported so far, which is the lowest since March 2020.With a total of 16,479 new recoveries, the overall recovery rate stands at 3,35,48,605 which has been increased from 98.16 per cent to 98.17 per cent.The weekly positivity rate is 1.23 per cent while the daily positivity rate stands at 1.19 per cent.As per the health ministry, 59.97 crore samples have been tested for the presence of the virus so far.Meanwhile, over 102.10 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the…

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Singapore to allow travelers from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Singapore on Saturday eased travel restrictions caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed entry of travellers from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to visit the nation. Singapore : “We had previously announced that all travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. We have reviewed the COVID-19 situation in these countries, and all travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka prior to departure to Singapore will be allowed to enter and transit through Singapore from 26 October 2021, 23:59 hours,” said the Ministry of Health (MOH) advisory. These travellers will be subject to Category IV border measures. All travellers from Category II non-Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)), III and IV countries will no longer need to…

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India logs fresh 16,326 COVID cases, over 17,000 recoveries in 24 hours

New Delhi [ India ] : India recorded 16,326 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 666 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, the country saw a total of 17,677 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 98.16 per cent which is the highest since March 2020 and total recoveries data reached to 3,35,32,126. The total active cases of COVID-19 in India slightly dipped to 1,73,728, the ministry data showed.  According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 59,84,31,162 samples have been tested up to October 22 for COVID-19. Of these 13,64,681 samples were tested on Friday. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,53,708. In India, the first death due to COVID pandemic was reported in…

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India reports 15,786 new COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 15,786 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Friday.Of these new infections, Kerala reported 8,733 COVID-19 cases. At present, India’s caseload of active cases stands at 1,75,745 that is the lowest in 232 days. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of the total cases in the country, currently at 0.51 per cent. It is the lowest since March 2020.The country reported 18,641 new recoveries from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours thereby increasing the total recoveries to 3,35,14,449. With this, the country’s recovery rate is currently at 98.16 per cent and is the highest since March 2020.Further, the country added 231 deaths in the last 24 hours. Of this, Kerala reported 118 deaths due to Coronavirus infections.Of the 59.70 crore total tests conducted so far…

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UK records more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases

Another 52,009 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first time that figure has been above 50,000 since July 17, according to official figures released Thursday. London [UK] : The latest figure came after more than 40,000 daily cases of COVID-19 were reported for eight consecutive days, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 8,641,221. The country also reported a further 115 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 139,146. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.There are currently 8,142 patients in hospital with COVID-19.Meanwhile, separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed there have now been 162,620 deaths registered in Britain where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that the…

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100 cr vaccination mark : WHO chief congratulates PM Modi, scientists, health workers for efforts

Geneva [Switzerland] : As India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive achieved another milestone with a cumulative administration of over 100 crore vaccine doses on Thursday, World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with scientists, health workers and people of India for efforts to protect people from coronavirus.“Congratulations, Prime Minister @narendramodi, the scientists, #healthworkers and people of #India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from #COVID19 and achieve #VaccinEquity targets,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet. In a landmark achievement, India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 100 crore doses on Thursday.A total of 100 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries, as per the CoWIN portal at 9:47 am today.India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.From February 2, front…

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India achieves 100 cr COVID-19 vaccination mark

New Delhi [India] : With an uptick in the world’s largest vaccination drive against COVID-19, India on Thursday crossed inoculation of 100 crore vaccine doses, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The 100-crore milestone was achieved in about 10 months after the inoculation drive was launched on January 16. The aim of the Government of India is to fully vaccinate the country’s entire adult population by December this year. India has administered more vaccine doses than any other country in the world apart from China.Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday congratulated the nation after India crossed the 100 crore inoculation mark. “Congratulations India! This is the result of the able leadership of visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mansukh Mandaviya posted on Twitter.As of October 16, more than 97.65 crore vaccine doses were administered to over 69.47 crore people. More than…

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UK Health Minister warns COVID-19 cases could rise to 1,00,000 a Day

London [UK] : UK Health Minister, Sajid Javid, warned on Wednesday that COVID-19 cases could rise to 100,000 a day in the United Kingdom, but stressed that the government will not reintroduce any coronavirus restriction for now.“Cases are rising. They could go yet as high as 1,00,000 a day. This pandemic is not over,” Javid said during a televised press briefing from 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. The health secretary said, however, that despite the current rise in positive cases, COVID-19-related deaths, and the increasing pressure on the National Health Service (NHS), no contingency measure will be enacted at this moment.“We are looking closely at the data, we are not implementing Plan B at this point,” he said.Earlier, the head of the NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor, urged the government to reintroduce some anti-COVID-19 measures, such as mandatory mask-wearing…

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China’s Gansu province reports 4 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Gansu [China] : Northwest China’s Gansu Province reported four new locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday.The four people, three from the provincial capital Lanzhou and one from the city of Zhangye, are all close contacts of a previously confirmed case, according to a statement from the provincial health commission. The province has registered a total of eight locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and two asymptomatic cases since new local infections were reported Tuesday.On Wednesday, local authorities temporarily closed three popular grottoes including a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mogao Grottoes, to visitors in efforts to contain the spread of infections.

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Pakistan records 554 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Pakistan added 554 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Wednesday. Islamabad [Pakistan] : The overall tally of the infected people climbed to 1,266,204 across the country, said the NCOC, the department leading Pakistan’s campaign against the pandemic. A total of 28,312 people died of COVID-19 in Pakistan, including 12 patients who lost their lives to the pandemic over the last 24 hours, the NCOC said.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been the worst hit with a total of 466,432 cases, followed by eastern Punjab province where the virus was detected in 438,271 people.Over the last 24 hours, 977 patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,212,687, said the NCOC.

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Israel detects 1st case of COVID-19 Delta variant “AY4.2”

: The first case of the new COVID-19 Delta variant “AY4.2” was detected in Israel on Tuesday, the country’s Ministry of Health said. Jerusalem [Israel] : This is the variant that was previously detected in several European countries, the ministry noted. It was diagnosed in an 11-year-old boy, who underwent a coronavirus test at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, upon his return from Moldova.The ministry added that the epidemiological investigation is being conducted, and all types of COVID-19 variants and their development are being constantly monitored in the country.Also on Tuesday, the ministry reported 1,487 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally of infections in the country to 1,319,001.The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel rose by 11 to 8,021, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 357 to 353.The total recoveries from the virus climbed to 1,293,854…

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Russia registers 33,740 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 33,740 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, down from 34,325 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,060,752, the federal response center said on Tuesday.“Over the past day, 33,740 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,492 cases (7.4%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.42%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 5,700 infections, down from 6,823 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,220 cases, up from 3,097, and the Moscow region with 2,955 cases, up from 2,768.The response center reported a new record of 1,015 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 998 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 225,325.In the same 24 hours, 23,426 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the…

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Over 11 lakh COVID-19 tests conducted in India in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : Over 11 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in the country in the last 24 hours, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday.With 11,81,314 samples tested on Monday to detect the presence of the virus, 59,31,06,188 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country so far. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry on Monday informed that India reported 13,058 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 231 days.With this, the active caseload in the country stands at 1,83,118, which is also the lowest in 227 days.Also, 98.67 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under nationwide vaccination drive.

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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…

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India reports 14,146 new COVID-19 cases, 19,788 recoveries in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,146 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.The daily infection count is lowest in 229 days marking the daily positivity rate at 1.29 per cent. The new cases pushed the cumulative number of COVID cases in the country to 3,40,67,719.As many as 19,788 patients have been recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries to 3,34,19,749. The current recovery rate is 98.10 per cent, the highest since March 2020Meanwhile, the country’s active caseload stands at 1,95,846 which is said to be the lowest in 220 days.As many as 4,52,124 people succumbed to COVID in the country so far.A total of 59,09,35,381 COVID tests have been conducted in the country including 11,00,123 tests conducted on Saturday.Meanwhile, in the nationwide COVID vaccination drive, 97,65,89,540 doses…

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India reports continuous rise in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India] : India has reported 15,981 new COVID-19 cases and 166 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.With the addition of new cases, India’s active caseload now stands at 2,01,632. The cumulative cases registered since the onset of the pandemic reached 3,40,53,573. With 17,861 recoveries in the last 24 hours, total recoveries jumped to 3,33,99,961.As many as 4,51,980 have succumbed to the virus till now.Meanwhile, in the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, 97,23,77,045 vaccine doses have been administered. Of these, 8,36,118 were administered in the last 24 hours.

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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…

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Odisha: Classes 11, 8 to reopen from Oct 21, Oct 25

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) : After festive series gets over, Odisha government has decided to reopen physical classes for standard 11 and 8 from October 21 and October 25 respectively, said the School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Friday.“We will conduct a meeting with the district education officers (DEOs) in this regard tomorrow and issue instructions to them to initiate preparations for the commencement of classes for students of Class 8 and 11,” said Dash. “The guidelines that have been issued for classes 9th, 10th and 12th, the same guideline and the protocols would be adhered by the schools after the classes for 8 and 11 reopen,” added Dash.Odisha government decided to reopen schools for Classes 10 and 12 students from July 26.Prior to the reopening of the schools for classes 10 and 12, the government has decided to vaccinate all teachers against…

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India logs 16,862 new COVID-19 cases, 379 fatalities

India reported 16,862 new COVID-19 cases and 379 fatalities in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday. New Delhi [India], October 15 : Of these, 9,246 new COVID-19 cases and 96 deaths were reported in Kerala on Thursday. With the addition of new cases, the total cases reported across the country since the onset of the pandemic reached 3,40,37,592. Of these, 2,03,678 are active cases, the lowest in 216 days. The active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases. Currently, it is at 0.60 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.As per data released by the ministry, Kerala has the highest active caseload with 96,421.With 19,391 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recovery count touched 3,33,82,100. Consequently, the recovery rate is at 98.07 per cent, the highest since March 2020.…

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India’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination coverage reaches 97 cr

New Delhi [India], October 14 : India’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination coverage on Thursday reached 97 crores, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Meanwhile, India reported 18,987 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said Union Health Ministry on Thursday. With 19,808 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries climbed to 3,33,62,709. Currently, India has 2,06,586 active cases of COVID-19.Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday informed that a total of 13,01,083 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, the total samples tested up to October 13 touched 58,76,64,525.

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WHO: Mortality from COVID-19 around the world dropped to lowest level

The number of weekly coronavirus deaths worldwide continues to decline and is now at its lowest level in nearly a year. Geneva [Switzerland], October 14 : This was announced on Wednesday at a briefing in Geneva by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, quoted by TASS. “The number of reported deaths from COVID-19 continues to decline and is now at its lowest level in nearly a year,” he said. However, this number is still unacceptably high – almost 50 thousand cases per week, and the real number is undoubtedly even higher,” said the head of the WHO.“Mortality is declining in all regions except Europe, where several countries are facing new waves of disease and death,” Gebreyesus said, stressing that mortality is highest in countries and populations that “have the least access.” to vaccines against COVID-19 ‘.To date, the WHO…

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No chief guest for RSS event

With protocols in place due to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has decided not to invite any guest for the annual Vijayadashmi address by its Sarsanghchalak for the second consecutive year. New Delhi [India], October 12 : Just like last year, the festive occasion will only be addressed by RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat. According to a senior functionary of RSS, the ground that is normally flooded by swayamsewaks clad in white shirts and brown colour trousers, will witness not more than 500 people.Last year, this number was confined to 50 RSS cadres.“With a slightly better situation this time, we will have 500 people spread in the ground. The speech of RSS chief will be broadcast live on social media,” the functionary said.Another senior RSS functionary said there is a discussion for getting permission for smaller groups to watch…

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Validation awaited to Covaxin for children aged between 2-18 years

New Delhi [India] : After the evaluation of data Covaxin is yet to get approval by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for children between 2-18 years old, according to official sources.Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, has submitted data for clinical trials in the age group of 2-18 years to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). The data has been thoroughly reviewed by the CDSCO and Subject Experts Committee and has provided their positive recommendations. 

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Countries should seek cooperation, not make demands by putting pressure : Taliban

Doha [Qatar] October 12 : Referring to matters such as women’s rights, the Taliban said that the world should not make demands by putting pressure, but should seek cooperation.The Taliban appointed Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made these remarks at an event organised by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Tolo News reported. “You should not seek your demands through putting pressure on us, ask us through cooperation,” Muttaqi said adding that the previous government had strong international support but was unable to bring reforms in 20 years.“Now you are asking for all the reforms in two months,” he added.During the event, Muttaqi also said that “the full implementation of the Doha agreement signed between the US and Afghanistan can address any problem between the two countries.”He also added that when the Taliban took over…

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India logs 14,313 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs, recovery rate highest since March 2020

India reported 14,313 new COVID-19 cases and 181 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry Informed on Tuesday. New Delhi [India], October 12 : Of these, Kerala reported 6,996 COVID-19 cases and 84 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the ministry, the cumulative COVID cases in the country stand at 3,39,85,920, while 4,50,963 people have succumbed to the infection so far.There are 2,14,900 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, the ministry said.As many as 26,579 recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours taking the recovery tally to 3,33,20,057. The recovery rate in the country currently stands at 98.04 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020.The weekly positivity rate stands at 1.48 per cent, while the daily positivity rate is at 1.21 per cent.Meanwhile, India conducted as many as 11,81,766 COVID-19 tests in the last…

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Over 97 crores COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs : Centre

New Delhi [India], October 12 : The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday informed that 97,00,24,165 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far, through all sources.According to the health ministry, 8,22,69,545 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered. “The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021,” it said.The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID…

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Covaxin gets emergency approval for children aged 2-18 years

Subject Expert Committee gave recommendation to DCGI to use Covaxin for children, say official sources New Delhi [India], October 12 : Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has given a recommendation to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for the use of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin for the beneficiaries 2-18 years, the official sources said.Earlier, Dr Sanjay K Rai, a professor at Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had claimed almost similar data. Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 95 crores.The nationwide vaccination drive started in India on January 16 with the healthcare workers (HCWs) and the frontline workers getting inoculated in the first phase.The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.The country launched vaccination for all people aged…

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PSL franchises accept PCB’s offer of COVID-19 relief, locking of dollar rate

Lahore [Pakistan], October 11 : Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that the six Pakistan Super League franchises have accepted the offer, which was presented to them during last month’s Governing Council meeting in Lahore.Some of the salient terms of the offer, which the six franchises have accepted, include–Covid-19 relief for PSL 5 and 6; Upward revision of Central Pool of Revenue in favour of the franchises for HBL PSL 7-20; and Locking of Dollar rate with prospective effect. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja welcomed the resolution, saying, “The longstanding matters between the PCB and the franchises were causing distraction and affecting the reputation of the brand. I am delighted that all matters have finally been resolved, which is a big step forward in building a stronger relationship with the franchise owners as we look forward to working with them to take the HBL PSL…

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Rajasthan allows religious events

Rajasthan Government on Monday released revised COVID-19 related guidelines, allowing religious programmes with a limited number of people. Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], October 11 : The order, issued to all district collectors and superintendents of police by Home Secretary Abhay Kumar, comes amid the festive season across the country. As per guidelines, a maximum of 200 people, who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, will be allowed to attend religious events.Such functions can be ogranised only after the prior permission of the district magistrate concerned from 6 am to 10 pm, the guidelines read.Apart from this, events like Haat Bazaars and Pashu Haat fairs have also been approved in the new guideline. Similarly, keeping in mind the festival season, shops in the markets have been allowed to open from 10 pm.“All shops, shopping malls, and business establishments are allowed to…

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Over 94 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India

New Delhi [India], October 10 : India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 94 crores, with 66,85,415 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours, the Union Minister informed on Sunday.According to the provisional reports issued by the ministry at 7 am on Sunday, India has so far administered 94,70,10,175 COVID-19 vaccines. This has been achieved through 92,12,314 sessions.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry earlier in the day informed that India reported 18,166 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in over 7 months.India reported 214 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the country now stands at 4,50,589.The active caseload of the country is presently at 2,30,971.Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.99 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

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NZ reports 61 new cases of COVID-19 Delta variant

Wellington [New Zealand], October 10 : New Zealand reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 Delta variant, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.Of the 61 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 60 were community cases in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and one were imported cases at the border, said the Ministry. The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in New Zealand community reached 1,587 including 1,538 in Auckland, 31 in Waikato, 17 in Wellington, and one in Bay of Plenty.There were 29 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals including seven in ICU or HDU.New Zealand recorded 4,265 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level Three restrictions. Gatherings are limited to 10 people.The Northland region was upgraded from Alert Level Two to Level Three…

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India exports vaccine

India has exported COVID-19 vaccine doses to Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Iran, sources informed on Sunday. New Delhi [India], October 10 : According to sources, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh received ten lakh doses of Covishield each, while Iran received three lakh doses of Covaxin. Earlier, on September 20, the Government of India had announced its decision to resume the export of vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ) from October.Announcing the decision, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said India will resume the export of COVID-19 vaccines under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative to fulfill the country’s commitment towards COVAX. 

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COVID-19: SC directs Delhi govt to come up with plan to help disadvantaged children with online classes

New Delhi [India], October 8 : The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Delhi government to come out with a plan to help children of Economically Backward Class (EWS) category and disadvantaged groups during the COVID-19 pandemic for their online classes.The Court said that the Centre and Delhi should work together to find out a solution to ensure that education is not denied due to lack of resources. The Supreme Court said it is necessary for the Delhi government to come with a plan to uphold the objective of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and the Centre to also coordinate with the state government and share concurrent responsibilities for the purposes of funding for resources.The apex court said the digital divide produced stark consequences as schools adapted to the digital medium during the pandemic and the Right to Education was virtually denied to…

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UK-india agree to facilitate travel between two nations

A day after the UK government announced that no quarantine will be required for vaccinated Indians travellers, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Liz Truss held talks on Friday and agreed to facilitate travel between the two nations. New Delhi [India], October 8 : “Good to talk to UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Agreed to facilitate travel between our two countries. This will help to implement the Roadmap 2030,” Jaishankar tweeted. British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, on Thursday, said that there would be no quarantine required for fully vaccinated Indian travellers in the UK from October 11, thereby ending the row over what New Delhi described as “discriminatory” travel rules by London.Last month, London announced the new rules making it mandatory for a 10-day quarantine and RT-PCR test even for fully vaccinated Indians travelling to the UK.Enraged by the move,…

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COVID-19: Quarantine mandatory for Pakistani nationals in UK

The United Kingdom has said that Pakistani nationals coming to Britain will have to undergo several COVID-19 safety measures. Islamabad [Pakistan], October 7 : Pakistan was removed from the red list last month which bars most non-essential travel, Geo News reported. However, in the new travel advisory, UK authorities stated that they were working to recognise Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) issued vaccine certificate.Pakistan is now on the “rest of the world” list. But not on the list of the countries whose vaccination certificates are recognised in the UK.According to Geo News, once the UK authorities will recognise NADRA’s vaccination certificate, fully vaccinated Pak nationals will not have to self-isolate or take a pre-departure test.However, they will still have to complete a COVID test and fill in a passenger locator form, as mandated by the UK authorities.Pakistan is mainly using China’s Sinopharm…

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35 PSA oxygen plants dedicated to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dedicated 35 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants established under PM CARES across 35 states and Union Territories (UTs) at AIIMS Rishikesh. Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) [India], October 7 : Uttarakhand Governor Gurmeet Singh, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya are present on the occasion. According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), with the inception of these 35 PSA oxygen plants, all districts of the country will now have commissioned PSA oxygen plants. Till now, a total of 1,224 PSA oxygen plants have been funded under PM CARES all across the country, out of which more than 1,100 plants have been commissioned, providing an output of over 1,750 MT oxygen per day.Operations and maintenance of these plants have been ensured by training more than 7,000 personnel. They come with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) device…

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PM lauded the country’s capability to battle the COVID-19 pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded the country’s capability to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and recalled India’s journey from being an importer to an exporter of masks and kits. Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) [India], October 7 : In his address at an event here, the Prime Minister said, “The facilities that India has prepared in such a short time to fight against COVID-19 shows the capability of our country. A network of about 3,000 testing labs from just one testing lab has been created. It is a journey from being an importer to exporter of masks and kits.” “We have facilities of new ventilators even in remote areas of the country. We have rapid and large-scale manufacturing of made in India COVID-19 vaccines. We are carrying out the world’s largest and fastest vaccination campaign. What India has done is a symbol of our determination, our…

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50,000 ex-gratia for Corona deaths

The Supreme Court on Monday while approving Centre’s disaster management guidelines on payment of Rs 50,000 ex-gratia compensation to the next kin of those who died of COVID-19, said the money to be disbursed within 30 days of applying. New Delhi [India], October 4 : A Bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice AS Bopanna ordered that no state should deny the ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next kin of persons who died of COVID on the sole ground that the death certificate does not mention COVID-19 as the cause of death. The Bench approved the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority for grant of compensation in COVID-19 death cases.The apex court asked the Centre and States to give wide publicity to the ex-gratia scheme.Next of kin of deceased died due to COVID-19 will get ex gratia of 50,000, which…

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India on way to exceeding USD 400 billion exports target, says Piyush Goyal at Expo 2020 Dubai

India is on the way to reaching and surpassing USD 400 billion exports per year target and a GDP growth that will take the country to become a USD 5 trillion economy, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said. Dubai [UAE], October 1 : The minister, who inaugurated the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, said India is all set to play an increasingly central role in global affairs, trade and business with its democratic values, extremely capable talent pool, technological prowess and growing appetite for learning and leadership. Goyal noted that the India Pavilion will showcase a modern, robust India — high on technology, while simultaneously exhibiting the beauty of Indian art, culture and cuisine.“We are on the way to reaching and surpassing USD 400 billion exports per year target and a GDP growth that will take us to become a…

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, No Chhath Puja at public places, river banks, temples: Delhi govt

The Delhi government on Thursday stated the Chhath pooja celebration shall not be allowed in public places, public grounds, river banks and temples citing the COVID-19 pandemic in the national capital. New Delhi [India], September 30 : An order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) advised the public to celebrate Chhath pooja at their homes. The DDMA order stated that the COVID preventive measures in Delhi will continue till November 15.“Chhath pooja celebration shall not be allowed in public places/public grounds/river banks, temples etc in Delhi and public is advised to celebrate the same at their homes,” it stated.This comes after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, earlier on Wednesday chaired the meeting of DDMA in wake of the upcoming festive season to prevent any resurgence of infection.Delhi Government ministers Satyendra Jain, Kailash Gahlot, AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria and senior officers…

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Australia reports record-high COVID-19 cases amid battle against 3rd wave

Australia reported a new record number of coronavirus cases on Thursday when the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections. Canberra [Australia], September 30 : There were more than 2,400 new locally-acquired infections reported nationwide on Thursday morning, the figure of which surpassing 2,000 in a single day for just the second time. New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with Sydney as the capital city, reported 941 new local cases and six deaths.Victoria, the second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city, reported a further 1,438 new local cases and five deaths.The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported 31 new cases on Thursday, at least 17 of which were infectious in the community ahead of some lockdown restrictions easing.From Friday Canberrans will be allowed to gather outdoors in groups of five for up to four hours, the ACT’s national…

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Teachers, staff of Delhi govt schools to be considered on leave if not vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct 15

The Delhi government has announced that teachers and non-teaching staffers of the government schools, who have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19, will not be allowed to attend school from October 15. They would be considered on leave. New Delhi [India], September 30 : According to an order issued by the Directorate of Education on Wednesday, the officers in all districts and school principals have to ensure that all teachers and school staffers should be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15. “We all are aware that the country is threatened with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to take all effective measures to prevent the spread of the same. The schools under DoE have been reopened in a phased manner, so it is the prime concern of the Delhi government that the environment of the schools remains safe with the appropriate implementation of SoPs…

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COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor issues guidelines for reopening of schools

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday announced strict standard operation procedures (SoPs) for reopening of school for classes 5 to 12 from October 4. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 30: “We are ready with SoPs to reopen schools. The consent will be taken from the parents of the students and it would be mandatory to give it in writing,” the mayor said. Earlier on Wednesday Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued an order for re-opening of all schools in Mumbai for classes 8 to12 from October 4 with all COVID-19 protocols in place.BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal also had said that all COVID-19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented.As per the guidelines issued by the mayor, one class will have a maximum of 50 students capacity and only one student will sit on a single bench. Students have been also asked to come on an…

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India records 23,529 new Covid cases, 311 deaths; recovery rate at 97.85%

Out of 23,529 new cases and 311 deaths across India, 12,161 cases and 155 deaths were reported in Kerala on Wednesday. New Delhi, India, September 30 : India on Thursday reported less than 25,000 coronavirus cases, according to Union Health Ministry data. According to the data showed on the Health Ministry site, 23,529 new Covid-19 cases were registered in the last 24 hours.   As many as 311 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll. 4,48,062.  Out of 23,529 new cases and 311 deaths across India, 12,161 cases and 155 deaths were reported in Kerala on Wednesday. With 28,718 patients being cured during the same period, the recovery rate now stood at 97.85 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. There were 2,77,020 active cases at the moment and counted for 0.82 per cent of the total cases 3,37,39,980. The active caseload…

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Odisha aims to inoculate all residents with first COVID vaccine jab by year end

ANI | Updated: Sep 29, 2021 16:05 IST Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], September 29 (ANI): Family Welfare Director and Odisha vaccination in charge Dr Bijay Panigrahi on Wednesday said that the state has administered more than 3 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccination to the people and targets to vaccinate all residents with the first dose by end of this year.He further informed that 70 per cent of the state’s population has been given the first dose and 27 per cent of people have been administered the second dose. Panigrahi said, “We have also fixed a target of 4 lakh vaccinations per day and on average we are doing more than 3 lakhs every day.”The state has about 17 lakh stock of vaccines at present and in the next months, there is an allocation of 70 lakh doses to the state.“As of now, 25 lakh people have missed the…

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Kochi: Medical evacuation with helicopter

In a coordinated operation between the Indian navy and the Coast guard, a medical evacuation on the high seas was undertaken in Kochi on Tuesday, informed the Ministry of Defence. New Delhi [India], September 29 : The coordinated operation was undertaken by headquarters Southern Naval Command (SNC), using Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), from Merchant Vessel MV Lyric Poet. SNC received input regarding a suspected COVID-19 positive case of a Phillipino male crew from Coast Guard Headquarters.The Merchant Vessel’s (MV) local agent intimated that the medical condition of the Chief Officer, Michel John Abaygar was severely deteriorating with depleting oxygen levels and required immediate medical evacuation. An ALH was immediately launched from INS Garuda to undertake the Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from onboard the MV which was en route from Gibraltar to Machong. The pilots of the helicopter displaying tremendous skill and professionalism successfully completed the…

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UP Govt : restrictions eased

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday eased COVID-19 restrictions amid a dip in the number of cases in the state and permitted wedding ceremonies and other events to be held in open spaces. Uttar Pradesh [India], September 28 : However, the number of people allowed to attend the ceremony will depend on the area, stated the Uttar Pradesh Home Department. “The Uttar Pradesh government has given permission for wedding ceremonies and other events in open places, according to the area. Along with this, compliance with COVID-19 protocol and setting up of COVID-19 help desk at the entrance will be mandatory,” said the State Home Department in a tweet from its official Twitter handle today.Earlier, the UP government had capped the number of attendees at 50, which was further relaxed to 100 people on September 19. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline…

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Japan to end COVID-19 emergency measures nationwide this week : Suga

The Japanese government will end this week the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 prefectures as well as the quasi-state of emergency in other areas, as the number of infections declined steadily, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. Tokyo [Japan], September 28 : Japan’s coronavirus advisory panel has approved a government plan to end the state of emergency and quasi-measures on Thursday as scheduled. It would be the first time since April 4 that none of Japan’s 47 prefectures is under either a state of emergency or a quasi-state of emergency.“The number of new COVID-19 cases and patients with severe symptoms have dramatically declined,” Suga said at a committee meeting at the House of Representatives.He said, “We will enhance social response to the spread of infections through vaccinations and health care system enhancement among other steps and work on balancing antivirus…

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SC declines to hear pleas for registration of COVID-19 vaccine by toll-free number

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain two pleas seeking directions for adequate medical facilities to non-COVID-19 patients during the second wave of pandemic and registration for COVID vaccine by a toll-free number. New Delhi [India], September 28 : A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that petitions have become infructuous due to changed circumstances. While disposing of plea seeking directions for registration for COVID-19 vaccine by a toll-free number, the Bench declined to hear it saying the COWIN app doesn’t need only online registration and as a matter of policy walk-in registration are provided.The plea has become infructuous by subsequent developments that have taken place and as a matter of policy walk-in registration is provided, the Bench said.The PIL was filed by one Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra.The Apex Court also disposed of another plea that sought direction to the Central Ministry of…

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India: Lowest cases in 201 days

With 18,795 new COVID-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Tuesday recorded less than 20,000 cases after 201 days, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. New Delhi [India], September 28 : Out of 18,795 new COVID-19 cases across India, 11,699 cases were reported in Kerala yesterday. India’s cumulative tally has reached 3,36,97,581, and the number of active cases has declined to 2,92,206, which is the lowest in 192 days.The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.87 per cent, the lowest since March 2020According to the health ministry, 32,9,58,002 people have recovered from the disease so far, out of which 26,030 recovered in the last 24 hours.The country reported the highest recoveries since March 2020, and it currently stands at 97.81 per cent.The death toll climbed to 4,47,373 with 179 new fatalities.Meanwhile,…

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Covaxin instead of Covishield !

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the Centre’s stand on a petition filed by a cancer patient seeking direction to authorities concerned to allow him to take COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin as the second dose instead of Covishield, which was administered to the petitioner as the first dose. New Delhi [India], September 27 : Justice Rekha Palli issued notice to the Centre asking it to file a reply and listed the matter for October 28. The petition was filed by advocate Madhur Mittal, an Opdivo Nivolumab Cancer patient, presently under cancer treatment taking immunotherapy. He submitted that for further treatment of cancer the petitioner wanted to travel to the USA and for the same, the petitioner wanted to get himself to get fully vaccinated.The petition filed through advocate Sanjay S Chhabra, sought appropriate directions seeking to the respondent to allow the petitioner to take…

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Better health infra, COVID-19 vaccination will help hospitality sector, says PM Modi

Hospitals and hospitality work in tandem, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, adding that places with more vaccination and better healthcare infrastructure will attract more tourists, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Delhi [India], September 27 : Addressing the launch event of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the Prime Minister said in order to make tourists feel safe, tourism-dependent States and UTs like Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar vaccinated the resident population at a fast pace. “Hospitals and hospitality work in tandem. Today is also World Tourism Day, integrated health infra’s positive impact reflects on tourism, especially after COVID. More vaccination means more tourists, which is why vaccination in Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar is at pace,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to all doctors, nurses, the medical staff of the nation, for their efforts in the…

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WHO to revive probe into COVID-19 origins: Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking to revive an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19, a US media report said. Geneva [Switzerland], September 27 : The world health body is assembling a team of 20 scientists to hunt for new evidence, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. According to the WSJ report, the new probe comes following an initial WHO inquiry found that that the data provided by Chinese scientists was insufficient to answer key questions about the virus’ origin.The report stated that the new team of scientists, which includes specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and experts in geneticists, may be charged with examining whether the novel virus emerged from a lab, as well as broader inquiries into future virus risks and the links with human behaviour.WHO believes that the new initiative will help accelerate a probe that risks running out…

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Congress demands Rs 5 lakh to kin of those who died of Covid-19

New Delhi [India], September 23 : The Congress said that the amount of Rs 50,000 announced by the Centre as ex gratia to families of those who died of COVID-19 is a joke and Rs 5 lakh should be given to the kin, said party national spokesperson Supriya Shrinate on Thursday.“Congress party demands Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those people who lost their lives die to COVID-19 because numerous children lost their parents and people have become jobless. So, the help of only Rs 50,000 per deceased person is only a joke,” Shrinate told ANI. The Central government on Wednesday announced an amount of Rs 50,000 as ex gratia to families of those who died of COVID-19.Taking a dig at the Centre, she said that the government has announced Rs 50,000 after the intervention of the court. The Centre is not declaring…

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Announcements on COVID-19, clean energy, climate change likely at Quad summit

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders will “make announcements relating to COVID-19, clean energy and climate change” following their meeting on Friday, a senior US administration official has said. Washington [US], September 21 : “President Joe Biden has made the Quad a priority, as we all saw through the first Quad leaders-level engagement in March, which was virtual, and now this summit, which will be in person,” a US administration official said in a statement. The official also said that there will be announcements on COVID-19 as well in the following Quad leaders meeting.“So the main areas where you will see both consultations and then some announcements will be on COVID-19. And, you know, in March, there was a commitment to producing a billion vaccines through the Quad, by the end of 2022. And there’ll be some announcements about moving that forward, as well as…

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Tharoor says ‘Offensive to ask vaccinated Indians to quarantine’, pulls out from UK event

New Delhi [India], September 20 : Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has pulled out of several planned engagements in the United Kingdom citing the COVID-19 quarantine rules put in place by the British government.Taking to Twitter, Tharoor complained that “it is offensive to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine.” “Because of this I have pulled out of a debate at the @cambridgeunion & out of launch events for the UK edition of my book #TheBattleOfBelonging (published there as #TheStruggleForIndiasSoul). It is offensive to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine. The Brits are reviewing!” Congress MP tweeted.Currently, people vaccinated in India and in other countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Russia are considered “unvaccinated” and have to follow the 10-day quarantine and test rule.The World Health Organisation (WHO) has so far only approved Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, US pharma majors Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China’s…

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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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