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India records 2,00,739 COVID-19 new cases, 1,038 deaths in a day, highest-ever
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India records 2,00,739 COVID-19 new cases, 1,038 deaths in a day, highest-ever

As many as 200,739 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of cases has gone up to 14,074,564. In the last 24 hours, 10,38 COVID-related deaths were reported in the country taking the death toll to 1,73,123. Amid a worsening COVID-19 situation in the country, India reported the highest ever daily spike of coronavirus infections with over 2 lakh new cases and more than 1000 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Registering a steady increase for the 36th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 14,71,877 comprising 10.46 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 88.31 per cent. The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 ...
Alia Bhatt tests negative for Covid-19, shares a beautiful sun-kissed picture
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Alia Bhatt tests negative for Covid-19, shares a beautiful sun-kissed picture

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt on Wednesday announced that she has finally tested negative for COVID-19, after almost 15 days of home quarantine. The 'Student of The Year' actor took to her Instagram handle and shared an all-smiles sun-kissed picture to inform her fans about the good news. In the picture, Alia can be seen sporting a blue sweatshirt, and pink pyjamas as she poses in the garden while looking into the lens. The actor looks gorgeous in a no-makeup look with her luscious locks open. Alia captioned the post, "the only time being negative is a good thing" and added flex muscle and dancing girl emoticons. Celebrity followers including fashion designer Ami Patel and more than 1 lakh fans liked the post, while many congratulated the actor on winning the battle against the...
Yogi Adityanath tests positive for Covid-19
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Yogi Adityanath tests positive for Covid-19

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. "I got tested for COVID-19 after showing some symptoms. The report is positive and I am in self-isolation and following all medical instructions. I am doing my work virtually. All the functions of the state government are running normally. Whoever came in my contact, please get their COVID test done," Adityanath tweeted in Hindi. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Tuesday went into self-isolation after coming into contact with some officials who tested positive for COVID-19. Uttar Pradesh reported 18,021 new COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths on Tuesday. (ANI)
Akhilesh Yadav tests positive for Covid-19
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Akhilesh Yadav tests positive for Covid-19

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has tested positive for COVID-19. Taking it to Twitter on Wednesday, Yadav said he is currently under home isolation and urged those who came in contact with him in the last few days to get themselves checked for COVID-19. "My reports for COVID-19 have come positive today. I have isolated myself and treatment has started at home. All the people who have come in contact with me in the last few days please get tested. They are also requested to remain in isolation for a few days," Akhilesh Yadav tweeted. Earlier on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath went into self-isolation after coming into contact with a few officials who tested positive for COVID-19. The Uttar Pradesh government ...
South Korea reports 731 new Covid-19 cases
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South Korea reports 731 new Covid-19 cases

South Korea has recorded 731 new coronavirus cases, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said today, as the country battles to stem the number of infections with more testing and vaccination efforts. New cases are centered on the greater Seoul area and have spread to over a dozen city and provinces despite rigid social distancing rules. The latest cases on Tuesday bring the total to 111,419 infections, with 1,782 deaths. Health authorities said on Tuesday they would consider the use of Covid-19 self-test kits despite their relatively low accuracy amid fears of a potential fourth wave of outbreaks. South Korea has rolled out around 45,000 negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests a day earlier. South Korea has given the first dose of AstraZeneca Plc and...
Court actor Vira Sathidar dies due to Covid-19
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Court actor Vira Sathidar dies due to Covid-19

Court actor Vira Sathidar has died due to Covid-19 related complications on Tuesday. The 62-year-old actor-activist was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur where he breathed his last early morning on Tuesday. His son Rahul told, “He was admitted to AIIMS for Covid-19 treatment. He had developed pneumonia and died around 4 am on Tuesday after developing complications.” Sathidar, whose original name was Vipul Vairagade, used to herd cows as a child in a village in Wardha district. He had started writing poetry and became an activist associated with Dalit Panthers in particular and Ambedkarite movement in general. He has also acted in few other Marathi films but Court remains his outstanding work. The winner of a National Award was also India’s entry to Oscar awards in 2016. His long-ti...
India reports 1,61,736 new Covid-19 cases, 879 deaths
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India reports 1,61,736 new Covid-19 cases, 879 deaths

India reported over 1.61 lakh new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. With the country reporting 1,61,736 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of cases has gone up to 1,36,89,453. In the last 24 hours, 879 COVID-related deaths were reported in the country. This takes the COVID death toll to 1,71,058. The active number of cases stands at 12,64,698. In the last 24 hours, 97,168 people recovered from the disease. With this, the total recoveries reached 1,22,53,697. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,85,33,085 till today. As many as 14,00,122 samples were tested across India on Monday. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine again...
Covid-19 pandemic ‘a long way from over’, WHO’s Tedros says
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Covid-19 pandemic ‘a long way from over’, WHO’s Tedros says

Confusion and complacency in addressing Covid-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. So far some 780 million vaccines have been administered globally, but measures including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing must be applied to reverse the trajectory. “We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming,” Tedros told a news briefing. “But right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying — and it’s totally avoidable.” “The Covid-19 pandemic is a long way from over. But we have many reasons for optimism. The decline in cases and deaths during ...
No meals on flights with duration of less than 2 hours to cut Covid-19 risk
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No meals on flights with duration of less than 2 hours to cut Covid-19 risk

The ministry of civil aviation on Monday announced that no meal will be served on flights with a duration of 120 minutes to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infections. As per the amended existing standard operating procedure (SOP) for onboard service in the domestic flight of operations, no meals can be served in the domestic sectors flights wherein the flight duration is less than two hours. It further said that the airline may serve pre-packed snacks/meals/pre-packed beverages as per the policy of the airline, wherein the flight duration is two hours or more. "Operating flights on domestic sectors may provide meal services onboard, wherein the flight duration is two hours or more," the office memorandum of the ministry said. However, it added that in all classes, tray set up, pla...
People que up for Covid-19 vaccine at Mumbai’s BKC jumbo centre
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People que up for Covid-19 vaccine at Mumbai’s BKC jumbo centre

Many people were seen queuing up for the COVID-19 vaccine at Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) jumbo covid centre on Monday. The people, who turned up for vaccination, expressed their happiness after getting the dose at the covid centre. "We are happy that we have taken the dose of coronavirus vaccine on time. We are now less afraid after taking the vaccine," a senior citizen said while speaking. Kiran, a ward boy, informed that those on wheelchaiPeoplers did not need to queue up. "Senior citizens with walking difficulty are taken inside on wheelchairs. Those on wheelchairs are given direct token and they have direct entry. They do not need to stand in queues," he said. Maharashtra remained the worst-affected state in the country with as many as 63,294 new COVID-19 cases, 34...
India to approve 5 more Covid-19 vaccines by October, Sputnik V nod likely in 10 days: Report
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India to approve 5 more Covid-19 vaccines by October, Sputnik V nod likely in 10 days: Report

As more states flag shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses amid a spike in cases, the government is set to speed up the process of granting emergency approvals to other shots. In a big boost to the vaccination drive, India will get five new vaccines by the end of the third quarter of 2021, ANI reported top government sources as saying. India has granted emergency use authorisation to indigenously made Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, and Oxford University-Astrazeneca's vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India under the brand name Covishield. "We can expect five more vaccines by Q3 2021. These vaccines are Sputnik V vaccine (in collaboration with Dr Reddy's), Johnson & Johnson vaccine (in collaboration with Biological E), Novavax vaccine (in collaborat...
India reports 1,68,912 new Covid-19 cases, 904 deaths
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India reports 1,68,912 new Covid-19 cases, 904 deaths

India reported over 1.60 lakh new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. With the country reporting 1,68,912 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of COVID cases has gone up to 1,35,27,717. In the last 24 hours, 904 COVID-related deaths were reported in the country. This takes the COVID death toll to 1,70,179. The active number of cases stands at 12,01,009. In the last 24 hours, 75,086 people recovered from the disease. With this, the total recoveries reached 1,21,56,529. As many as 11,80,136 samples tested across India on Sunday. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,45,28,565 till today. Meanwhile, the four-day-long 'Tika Utsav', a mass Covid-19 vaccine programme, started in the country...
Japan begins Covid-19 shots for over 65s as fourth infection wave looms
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Japan begins Covid-19 shots for over 65s as fourth infection wave looms

Japan began Covid-19 vaccinations for its sizable elderly population today, with imported doses still in short supply and the pace unlikely to stop a fourth wave of infection. Shots for people aged 65 and above began at some 120 sites across the country, using Pfizer Inc’s vaccine made in Europe and delivered to the regions in the past week. Just 2,810 people in Tokyo are expected to get a shot from the first batch, while most regions will receive 1,000 doses or fewer, according to a health ministry schedule. Japan has a rapidly ageing population totalling 126 million. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato reiterated today the government’s projection that it can secure enough vaccines for Japan’s 36 million people over the age of 65 by the end of June. “If imports from the EU go...
Railway employees receive Covid-19 vaccine in Indore
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Railway employees receive Covid-19 vaccine in Indore

Amid rise in COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, several railway employees in the district received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday. Senior PRO of Western Railways Jitendra Kumar Jayant told that the Western Railway administration is planning to vaccinate 3,000 railway employees and their families. "We have received 150 doses of the vaccine in the first phase of the drive started by the railway administration," Jayant said. "The Railways employees have been working as frontline workers since last year. Many of them were also tested positive for COVID-19," he added. With an aim to vaccinate maximum number of eligible people against COVID-19, India on Sunday launched the four-day-long 'Tika Utsav' or vaccination festival. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called...
Quantifying learning loss during Covid-19: Study
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Quantifying learning loss during Covid-19: Study

A recent study of national exam scores in the Netherlands, which underwent an eight-week school lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, found that students' learning loss during the lockdown amounted to about one-fifth of a school year. This was equivalent to the duration of the lockdown, with up to 60 percent larger losses among students from disadvantaged homes, suggesting that students made little or no academic progress when learning from home. The authors of the study were Per Engzell, Arun Frey, and Mark D. Verhagen, among others. The findings of the research were published in the journal PNAS. The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming society in profound ways, often exacerbating social and economic inequalities in its wake. In an effort to curb its spread, governments around the w...