AstraZeneca jab authorised for all age-groups, says EMA

Brussels, June 14 (IANS) AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine remains authorised for all populations, European Medicines Agency (EMA) has said. The clarification camme after Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier quoted Marco Cavaleri, head of the EMA’s vaccine strategy, recommending a stop to administration of AstraZeneca’s Covid shots in Europe to people aged over 60 and younger age […]

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Chh’garh govt to pay school fees of Covid orphaned children

Raipur/New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday announced that the children studying in private schools, who have lost parents/guardians to COVID-19, would be provided free education by the government. Under Mahtari Dular Yojana, the Chhattisgarh government would bear the expenses of education of such children. “Such children will have the […]

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New climate-based solutions for eliminating malaria in India

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday partnered with Malaria No More, a non-governmental organisation, to launch an expert committee that will explore and advance climate-based solutions for eliminating malaria in India. The India Interagency Expert Committee on Malaria and Climate (IEC) […]

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Pakistan reports 1,019 new Covid cases

Islamabad, June 14 (IANS) Pakistan registered 1,019 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which increased the overall infection tally to 942,189, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Monday. According to the NCOC, the total active cases have dropped to 41,726 by more than 26,000 cases in the last 30 days, […]

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China’s Guangdong reports 4 locally-transmitted Covid cases

Beijing, June 14 (IANS) China’s Guangdong province reported four locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, all in the capital Guangzhou, health authorities said on Monday. The province on Sunday also reported three imported confirmed cases and 14 imported asymptomatic carriers, reports Xinhua news agency. Two medics in Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital tested positive on June […]

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Vaxxinity’s new Covid jab tech will also treat Alzheimer’s

Washington, June 14 (IANS) US biotech company Vaxxinity is developing a novel coronavirus vaccine using synthetic proteins, which can also help treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the media reported. The company’s vaccine against Covid-19, known as UB-612, is currently in phase 2 trials. It uses the traditional recombinant protein coronavirus vaccine technology, but […]

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UK reports another 7,490 coronavirus cases

London, June 14 (IANS) Britain reported another 7,490 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,565,813, according to official figures released on Sunday. The country also recorded another eight coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 127,904. These figures […]

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Zimbabwe imposes lockdown in two more districts

Harare, June 14 (IANS) The Zimbabwean government has announced a two-week localised lockdown for Hurungwe and Kariba districts in Mashonaland West Province following a spike in Covid-19 infections. The development comes after the government extended a localized lockdown for Kwekwe district in the Midlands Province after detecting the highly transmissible Delta variant first detected in […]

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Russia adds 14,723 Covid cases

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russia has reported another 14,723 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily infections since February 13, according to official data released on Sunday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,208,687, Xinhua reported. The national Covid-19 death toll rose by 357 […]

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Chinese province reports 6 locally-transmitted Covid cases

Beijing, June 13 (IANS) China’s Guangdong province reported six locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, all in the capital Guangzhou, health authorities said on Sunday. The province on Saturday also reported seven imported confirmed cases, reports Xinhua news agency. By Saturday, Guangdong had reported a total of 2,618 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 1,072 imported ones. […]

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Palestine sees collective recovery from Covid

Ramallah, June 13 (IANS) Palestine has recently witnessed a collective recovery from Covid-19, according to Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila. “The West Bank and the Gaza Strip witnessed a decline in the (daily) positive cases and fatalities,” al-Kaila told state radio Voice of Palestine on Saturday. “It is necessary to keep following the health protocol […]

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Africa Covid caseload tops 5mn mark

Addis Ababa, June 13 (IANS) The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has reached 5,011,502, according to health authorities. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Saturday that the death toll from the pandemic stands at 134,239, while 4,504,296 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease, reports […]

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Corona Mata temple demolished in UP district

Pratapgarh (UP), June 13 (IANS) A ‘Corona Mata temple that had come up in Juhi Shukulapur village under the limits of Sangipur police station in Pratapgarh district has been demolished by the district administration. A probe has also been ordered regarding the construction of ‘Corona Mata’ temple. According to Inspector general of police, Prayagraj range, […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 175.5mn

Washington, June 13 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 175.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.79 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Goa extends Covid curfew till June 21

Panaji, June 12 (IANS) The Goa government on Saturday extended the ongoing Covid-induced curfew till June 21. “The Goa government has decided to extend the state level curfew till 7 am of June 21. Shops, including panchayat and municipal markets, may open between 7 am to 3 pm. Besides, only 50 guests are allowed in […]

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Lack of Vitamin D may up opioids addiction

New York, June 12 (IANS) Vitamin D deficiency strongly exaggerates the craving for and effects of opioids, potentially increasing the risk for dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that addressing the common problem of vitamin D deficiency with inexpensive supplements could play a part in combating the ongoing scourge of opioid […]

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Saliva can be more effective for Covid testing: Study

New York, June 12 (IANS) The addition of a simple processing step to saliva samples before testing may improve Covid-19 detection rate, eliminate the challenges of nasopharyngeal testing and facilitate mass surveillance, researchers say. The researchers, including Ravindra Kolhe from Augusta University in the US, found that an innovative protocol that processes saliva samples with […]

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Maldives boosts anti-pandemic measures in prisons

Male, June 12 (IANS) Maldives has amped up anti-pandemic measures in jails across the island nation in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the prison system, state media reported. President’s Office spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez was quoted by state-owned PSM News as saying on Friday that prisons are frequently disinfected and inmate temperatures […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 175mn

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.78 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Highly contagious Covid variants detected in SL

Colombo, June 11 (IANS) Sri Lankan health authorities announced on Friday that the two highly contagious Covid-19 variants — B.1.1.7 and B.1.617.2 — have been detected in the island nation. Director of the Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology Unit at the Sri Jayewardenepura University, Chandima Jeewandara said the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as Alpha, has […]

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S.Africa ‘technically’ enters 3rd Covid wave

Johannesburg, June 11 (IANS) South Africa has “technically” entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said. The national seven-day moving average incidence, which reached 5,959 cases, exceeded the new wave threshold defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the government, Xinhua news agency quoted the Institute as […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 174.7mn

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.76 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 174.3mn

Washington, June 10 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.75 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Indonesia mulls to inoculate 1 mn people per day

Jakarta, June 9 (IANS) Indonesia is planning to vaccinate 1 million people per day by July, President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday. Widodo made the remarks after observing a mass Covid-19 vaccination held at a university’s hospital in West Java province, Xinhua reported. Widodo urged authorities to accelerate the mass vaccinations across the country in […]

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Russia reports over 10k new Covid cases

Moscow, June 9 (IANS) Russia has reported 10,407 Covid cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily infections since March 7, according to the official data released on Wednesday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,156,250, Xinhua reported. The national Covid death toll rose by 399 […]

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Kenya unveils scheme to boost mental health

Nairobi, June 9 (IANS) Kenya’s health ministry launched Kenya Mental Health Action Plan (2021-2025) on Wednesday to promote mental health among citizens. Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health said the action plan provides a framework for the national, county governments and other key stakeholders to implement policies that promote the mental […]

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Thailand logs 2,680 new Covid cases, 35 deaths

Bangkok, June 9 (IANS) Thailand on Wednesday recorded 2,680 new Covid-19 cases and 35 more fatalities, as the country accelerated its nationwide vaccination campaign to combat the recent outbreak of the pandemic. Of the new infections, 11 were imported cases and 2,669 were local transmissions, the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said. The […]

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Covid kills: 54 govt teachers die in Champaran, no salaries, no ex-gratia

By Shilpi VermaMotihari (Bihar) June 9 (IANS/ 101Reporters) “Happiness is no longer part of my life,” said Kumari Neha. The 30-year-old was tragically widowed when her husband Deepak Anand, a government school teacher succumbed to Covid-19 while being treated at Government Medical College and Hospital at Bettiah, the headquarters of Bihar’s West Champaran district. It […]

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58 Covid-19 clusters reported in Bangkok

Bangkok, June 6 (IANS) Thailand’s capital Bangkok reported a total of 58 Covid-19 clusters, which have been put on maximum surveillance, according to health authorities. The Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Saturday that among the clusters are some of Bangkok’s most popular shopping malls such as Siam Square, Siam Discovery and […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 172.8mn

Washington, June 6 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 172.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.71 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Vitamin D may not protect against Covid: Study

New York, June 5 (IANS) While previous research early in the pandemic suggested that vitamin D cuts the risk of contracting Covid-19, a new study finds there is no genetic evidence that it works as a protective measure against the coronavirus. According to the researchers, including Guillaume Butler-Laporte from McGill University, vitamin D supplementation as […]

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Amyra Dastur on father’s Covid experience: Will never forget feeling of utter terror

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Actress Amyra Dastur on Saturday shared a social media note talking about her father’s experience with Covid-19. She says she’ll never forget the feeling of utter terror and helplessness. Amyra posted a string of pictures with doctors and healthcare workers. Alongside the image, she wrote: “My father was admitted into hospital […]

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‘Pandemic a huge lesson for govts to redefine idea of development’ (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, June 5 (IANS) From dentistry to animation to promoting environmental issues through illustrations and cartoons, the world has come full circle for Rohan Chakravarty, whose new book “Green Humour for a Greying Planet” (Penguin) has just been published and who fervently hopes the pandemic will come as a “huge lesson” for […]

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Negative impact of Covid stress on adolescents: Study

New York, June 5 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant detrimental impact on adolescents’ mental health, especially in girls, finds a new study that included 59,000 participants. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, found that negative mental health outcomes were disproportionately reported by girls and older adolescents (13-18-year-olds), compared to same-age peers […]

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Aus state on alert over new Covid variant

Melbourne, June 4 (IANS) Authorities in Victoria on Friday issued an alert as a new Covid-19 variant was detected in the Australian state’s latest outbreak and the source of the strain is still unidentified. The B.1.6172 coronavirus variant, also known as Delta, has been detected in two members of a family of four in West […]

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Like HIV and hepatitis, Covid cannot infect new born baby from mother : Experts

By Sujit ChakrabortyAgartala/Guwahati, June 4 (IANS) Like HIV and hepatitis, Covid-19 cannot transmit to the new born babies even if the mother had tested positive for the deadly virus, as around 250 nCoV positive women were found to have delivered healthy babies in Tripura, doctors and experts said. Agartala Government Medical College’s (AGMC) Microbiology department […]

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African nations acquire 53.5mn Covid vaccines

Addis Ababa, June 4 (IANS) African countries have acquired around 53.5 million Covid-19 vaccines so far, according to the continent’s health authorities. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday that 38.1 million Covid-19 doses have been administered till date, Xinhua news agency reported. Around 0.54 per cent of the […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 172mn

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 172 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.69 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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ICMR gives nod to two RAT home-testing kits

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved two home-based Rapid Antigen Test kits, to be used only in symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of laboratory confirmed positive cases. Accordingly, the ICMR has approved CoviSelf, manufactured by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd, Pune, and the PanBio COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test […]

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2nd Made-in-India vax coming, deal signed for 30 cr doses

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) In another landmark move in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, the Central government has booked 30 crore doses of another Made-in-India vaccine to be manufactured by Hyderabad-based Biological-E’s Covid vaccine, which is still in final phase of clinical trials. Biological-E’s vaccine is currently in Phase-3 clinical trials after showing promising […]

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Georgia reports 954 new Covid-19 cases

Tbilisi, June 2 (IANS) Georgia on Wednesday reported 954 new Covid-19 cases, taking its total to 346,150, according to the country’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC). Data from the NCDC showed that 896 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 329,516, the […]

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Vitamin D may not protect from Covid infection or severity

Toronto, June 2 (IANS) Genetic evidence does not support vitamin D as a protective measure against Covid-19, say researchers. The team from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, analyzed genetic variants of 4,134 individuals with Covid-19, and 1,284,876 without Covid-19, from 11 countries to determine whether genetic predisposition for higher vitamin D levels were associated with […]

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Mongolia’s Covid-19 cases exceed 60,000

Ulan Bator, June 2 (IANS) Covid-19 cases in Mongolia rose to 60,372 on Wednesday, after 1,143 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the highest daily count since May 2, the country’s health ministry said. The daily test positivity rate of Covid-19 has been increasing significantly in recent days, health authorities said, urging […]

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Nigerian President calls for collective efforts to tackle Covid

Abuja, June 2 (IANS) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday further called for joint international efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent challenges. “The unprecedented crisis brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has now caused far more serious setbacks to our quests for sustainable development, hence the need for international cooperation and collaboration to […]

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Nepal receives more China-donated vaccines

Kathmandu, June 2 (IANS) In a major boost to its faltering vaccination drive against Covid-19, Nepal on Tuesday received more vaccines granted by China. A Nepal Airlines plane carrying a batch of Chinese vaccine arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon from Beijing, said Dim Prasad Poudel, Managing Director of the airline. Meanwhile, the Himalaya Airlines, […]

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