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Plea in SC seeks setting up of international task force on Covid-19 deaths

July 27, 2021 4:38:03 pm

The petition also seeks a direction to the Union of India to scientifically keep track of any further mutation that may occur in future and not be caught unawares as it was when the Delta variant emerged.

Delta Plus has more affinity for lung tissues in comparison to other Covid-19 strains: NTAGI chief

June 27, 2021 8:53:45 pm

Till now, 51 cases of Delta Plus have been detected across 12 states, with Maharashtra reporting the maximum cases of this variant.

‘Interim report, oxygen needs are dynamic’: AIIMS chief amid row over Delhi’s peak demand

June 26, 2021 9:55:54 pm

In the report, a five-member sub-group, constituted by the apex court last month for the oxygen audit of Delhi, headed by Guleria, had stated that Delhi's oxygen needs were "exaggerated" by four times during the second Covid wave.

‘Not enough stock’ of Covaxin stock for second dose in Gujarat cities

June 16, 2021 10:32:17 pm

While the Surat and Rajkot Municipal Corporations have begun administering the second dose of Covaxin in staggered numbers, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is waiting for “sufficient stock” to kick off the vaccination drive for those in need of the second dose.

We didn’t back doubling of vaccine dosing gap, say Indian scientists

June 15, 2021 11:32:21 pm

The ministry of health announced the decision to change the gap from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks on May 13, at a time when supplies of the shot were falling short of demand and infections were surging across the country.

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Amid pandemic, students in Punjab log into online summer camps to express themselves

June 9, 2021 10:24:37 pm

The event, which was initially supposed to be organised for a duration of one week to 10 days, has become such a hit with students that requests have poured in by the dozen and the duration of these virtual summer camps had to be increased.

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Karnataka govt shelves Covid relief to Muslim clerics after VHP’s opposition

June 10, 2021 8:06:07 am

The BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government announced a relief package of Rs 3,000 each to imams and muezzins in mosques along with the temple priests serving in the 'C' category of temples under the Muzrai (Hindu religious endowment department) Department.

Mysore University develops Covid-19 self-testing kit that ‘can detect virus in 10 minutes’

June 8, 2021 7:53:06 pm

The university claims that the kit is expected to be available at an affordable cost of Rs 100 since it has been developed by a state-run university.

No decision yet on granting indemnity to Covid vaccine makers: Centre

June 4, 2021 10:15:01 pm

The Indian drug regulator has not granted indemnity against the costs of compensation for severe side effects to the manufacturers of any of the three Covid-19 vaccines to which it has issued emergency use authorisation.

Covid-19 vaccination: Here’s how you can book slot with a call

May 28, 2021 7:26:25 pm

Lack of access to technology has posed a major challenge to people in rural India as the government has mandated prior online registration on the CoWIN portal for the 18-44 years age group.

India will complete Covid vaccination exercise by December, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

May 28, 2021 10:51:44 pm

Javadekar's response came amid mounting criticism over the crippling shortage of Covid vaccines.

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Scientists don’t want to ignore the ‘lab leak’ theory, despite no new evidence

May 28, 2021 11:49:14 am

After long steering clear of the debate, some influential scientists have lately become more open to expressing uncertainties about the origins of the virus. If the two most vocal poles of the argument are natural spillover vs. laboratory leak, these new voices have added a third point of view: a resounding undecided.

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Biden asks US intel community to probe Covid-19 origin, urges China to cooperate

May 26, 2021 11:14:53 pm

The US President said there is insufficient evidence to conclude “whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.”

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Ramdev should be booked under sedition charges: IMA in letter to PM

May 26, 2021 7:12:12 pm

On Sunday, Ramdev was forced to withdraw a statement made in the viral video clip in which he is heard questioning some of the medicines being used to treat the coronavirus infection and saying that "lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for COVID-19".

To check Covid-linked black fungus, Centre makes the disease ‘notifiable’

May 21, 2021 6:59:10 am

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection in which sinuses or lungs are affected after fungal spores in the air are inhaled.

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Covid test, vaccination reports: Surat administration to check health cards of shopkeepers from Friday

May 20, 2021 7:34:56 pm

The health department had issued around 80,000 health cards to shopkeepers and their employees in eight zones in the city, a month ago. Shopkeepers fall in the category of super-spreaders as several customers visit these shops daily.

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Nurse who cared for Covid-struck UK PM Johnson quits, criticises govt’s handling of pandemic

May 20, 2021 5:46:43 pm

Jenny McGee, originally from New Zealand, said the pandemic that has claimed over 120,000 lives in the UK, has proved the toughest year in her career.

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Provide free education to children whose parents died of Covid: Sonia to PM Modi

May 21, 2021 2:57:10 am

In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said children who have lost one or both parents to the pandemic are left with the trauma of loss and no support towards a stable education or future.

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Facing vaccine shortage, these states decide to float global tenders to procure Covid jabs

May 11, 2021 9:09:15 pm

Several states, which have been witnessing a huge caseload in the past few weeks, were forced to shut vaccination centers amid vaccine shortage even as the third phase of the immunization programme is underway.

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Covid victim’s wife alleges sexual harassment, negligence at Bihar hospitals

May 11, 2021 5:48:03 pm

In the wake of the allegations, the Bhagalpur police has launched a probe into the incident and constituted a three-member team to carry out investigation.

Covid surge in congested jails, SC orders release of prisoners

Covid surge in congested jails, SC orders release of prisoners

May 9, 2021 2:14:30 am

The court told states to avoid unnecessary arrests and directed the high-powered committees constituted by states and Union Territories—as per the court’s order last year—to consider fresh releases of prisoners.

US CDC acknowledges Covid-19 virus is airborne

May 8, 2021 10:40:27 pm

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that while talking, people release respiratory fluids which then settle on nearby surfaces or can remain suspended in the air.

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Positive COVID-19 test report not mandatory for admission in hospitals: Govt

May 8, 2021 7:15:09 pm

In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if the he or she belongs to a different city.

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SC sets up task force for Covid response, oxygen audit, supply

May 9, 2021 6:08:36 am

The order said the Centre had suggested that “in order to ensure that the allocation and distribution of oxygen takes place on a rational and equitable basis, it is necessary to constitute a National Task Force of experts which would determine the method of allocation and distribution of oxygen across states/UTs”.

Jharkhand

Jharkhand: Woman dies after ‘oxygen leak’ at hospital; admin says probe on

May 8, 2021 12:02:33 am

If the allegations are proven right, Shobha’s death is the first in the state to have occurred in a hospital due to interruption of oxygen flow.

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