Remedesvir hoarders won’t be spared, says K’taka Home Minister

Humnabad (Karnataka), April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday warned that stern action will be initiated against those found hoarding and black-marketing Covid drug remedesvir. Bommai, who was campaigning for the party for the April 17 bypoll to the Basavakalyana Assembly seat in Bidar, told reporters that he had contacted Health Minister […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 138.8mn

Washington, April 16 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 138.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.98 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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UK records another 2,672 coronavirus cases

London, April 16 (IANS) Another 2,672 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,380,976, according to official figures released on Thursday. The country also reported another 30 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,191. These figures […]

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Denmark stops AstraZeneca vax rollout

Copenhagen, April 15 (IANS) Denmark has decided to entirely cease administering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health authority confirmed. “Based on the scientific findings, our overall assessment is there is a real risk of severe side effects associated with using the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. We have, therefore, decided to remove the vaccine from […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 138mn

Washington, April 15 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 138 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.97 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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Poland extends national Covid lockdown

Warsaw, April 15 (IANS) The Polish government on Wednesday extended the nationwide lockdown by a week, saying the recent “zenith of the epidemic’s third wave” is starting to affect health care facilities. It is the second extension of the lockdown since it was put in place on March 27. The current lockdown would have expired […]

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Mumbai corporation approves Remdesivir at double the rate agreed by Maha undertaking

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Two tenders for Remdesivir injections in Maharashtra approved by government departments have gone at completely divergent prices, raising questions on how the procurements are being done. One tender has been passed at double the rate approved in another tender by two separate government undertakings/departments under the Maharashtra government. Haffkine Bio […]

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CWC to meet on Covid situation

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) To keep the pressure on the Centre, the Congress has called a meeting of its working committee, CWC, on Saturday to discuss the issue of Covid resurgence. This comes a week after the ministers and chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states met to discuss the Covid-19 crisis. The Congress interim […]

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Delhi Minister tests Covid positive

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has tested positive for Covid-19. Gahlot shared the information on Wednesday on his official twitter handle. “I have tested positive for Covid-19 today. I have home isolated myself. All those who came in contact with me recently please take necessary precautions.” The national capital continued […]

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Global Covid caseload tops 137.2mn

Washington, April 14 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 137.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.95 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Wednesday 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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Fresh Covid cases back over 700 in S.Korea

Seoul, April 14 (IANS) South Korea’s daily new Covid-19 cases rebounded to over 700 on Wednesday, the most in over three months, as health authorities are looking at the option of raising social distancing rules to contain the virus resurgence. The country reported 731 more Covid-19 cases, including 714 local infections, raising the total caseload […]

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Allahabad HC suggests complete lockdown in UP

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), April 14 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to look into the viability of complete lockdown in districts where the Covid spread has increased alarmingly. The court further directed that all public gatherings must be restricted to 50 persons immediately. “We understand that complete lockdown for weeks […]

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UK records another 2,472 Covid cases, 23 deaths

London, April 14 (IANS) Another 2,472 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,375,814, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The country also reported another 23 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,123. These figures […]

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Covaxin production to ramped up to 12 mn using B’luru plant

Bengaluru/Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Tuesday welcomed Bharat Biotech’s move to start manufacturing Covaxin coronavirus vaccine at its Bengaluru plant, amid reports it plans to double production to 12 mn by July. In a tweet, the minister said that Bharat Biotech’s decision to augment Covaxin production “will surely help India’s […]

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Soon, a probiotic yogurt-based drug to combat Covid

London, April 13 (IANS) A team of Israeli researchers has identified new drug candidates from probiotic Kefir yogurt that may combat pathogenic bacteria and treat various inflammatory conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease and Covid-19 infections. The study, led by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel, highlighted the mechanism by which […]

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Negative Covid report holder to be allowed to go home in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi/Raipur, April 13 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday issued new guidelines regarding the Covid test for passengers coming to Chhattisgarh by rail or air. According to the new guidelines, only those passengers will be allowed to go home who have negative RT-PCR reports. The guidelines issued by the state’s General Administration Department said, […]

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BP pills may cause skin cancers in elderly

Toronto, April 13 (IANS) Common medications used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) may adversely raise the risk of skin cancers in people aged 66 and above, claims a new study. Long-term intake of antihypertensive medications called thiazide diuretics, including hydrochlorothiazide, are linked with higher rates of non-melanoma and melanoma — the two major types […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 136.4mn

Washington, April 13 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 136.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.94 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday 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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Philippines receives more Sinovac vaccines

Manila, April 13 (IANS) The Philippines received the second batch of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines purchased from China. The Philippine Airlines, which flew the vaccines to Manila, handed over the shipment to Carlito Galvez, the official in charge of the Philippines’ vaccine procurement efforts, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. The Philippines is ramping up […]

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California Covid cases top 3.6mn

San Francisco, April 12 (IANS) The total number of Covid-19 cases in California, the most populous state in the US, has surpassed the 3.6 million mark, according to health authorities. The California Department of Public Health reported 4,954 new cases and 105 related deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall infection tally to […]

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China approves new Covid vaccine for clinical trials

Beijing, April 11 (IANS) A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials. The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135 million

Washington, April 11 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 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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Alarm sounded over 3rd Covid wave in Germany

Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Germany’s largest university hospital, Berlin’s Charite, has sounded the alarm over the country’s worsening third wave of coronavirus infections. “If the numbers of seriously ill Covid-19 patients exceed those experienced during the second wave, we will be in a critical situation,” said Martin Kreis, a board member at Charite, DPA news […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 134.5mn

Washington, April 10 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 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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African countries receive over 33.8 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses

Addis Ababa, April 10 (IANS) African countries have received over 33.8 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX facility and through bilateral agreements outside COVAX, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said, approximately 12.9 million doses have been administered, […]

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20 doctors test Covid positive at AIIMS

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) At least 20 doctors and six MBBS students on Friday tested positive for coronavirus at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) here, sources told IANS. “Of the total 26 healthcare staff, 20 are doctors and six MBBS students of AIIMS, who were found to be Covid-19 positive in […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 133.7mn

Washington, April 9 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 133.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.90 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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Germany accelerates Covid-19 vaccinations

Berlin, April 9 (IANS) Germany’s health care personnel administered over 650,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday, almost 300,000 more than a day earlier, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said. The country continues to accelerate its vaccination campaign. Since Tuesday, general practitioners (GPs) have also been administering coronavirus vaccines. Previously, jabs were offered only at the […]

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Africa’s Covid-19 cases pass 4.3 mn

Addis Ababa, April 9 (IANS) The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,301,375, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), on Thursday said the death toll from the pandemic stood at 114,598 while 3,868,129 patients across […]

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NZ bans arrivals from India from April 11

Wellington, April 8 (IANS) New Zealand on Thursday announced a temporary ban on arrivals from India, which has witnessed a massive surge in new Covid-19 cases, in order to curb the spread of the virus in managed quarantine facilities. From April 11 to 28, flights from India to New Zealand will be suspended in order […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 132.9mn

Washington, April 8 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 132.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.88 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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More restrictions in Canada as Covid-19 continues rampaging

Ottawa, April 8 (IANS) As Covid-19 cases rise due to more transmissible variants spreading across Canada, populous provinces in the country are reinstating public health restrictions to stem the pandemic. Canada on Wednesday afternoon reported 4,800 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the cumulative total to 1,025,693, including 23,170 deaths, according to CTV. Ontario province declared […]

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Sleaze CD case: Jarkiholi discharged from hospital, advised home isolation

Belagavi (Karnataka), April 7 (IANS) Former Karnataka Minister and ‘Sleaze CD’ case accused Ramesh Jarkiholi was on Wednesday discharged from the Gokak taluk government hospital, where he had been admitted for treatment of Covid-19. Jarkiholi declined to speak to reporters waiting outside the hospital as he was suffering from Covid. The doctors said that he […]

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Better masks, adequate ventilation must to curb Covid indoors

Bhubaneswar, April 7 (IANS) A commercial five-layered mask coupled with social distancing and good ventilation may be key to curtail the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in enclosed spaces like offices, prisons and hospitals, say researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The findings, published in the journal AIP Advances, […]

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Nepal starts administering Chinese vax

Kathmandu, April 7 (IANS) Nepal on Wednesday started administering Chinese Covid-19 vaccines amid a resurgence of new cases int he Himalayan nation. A batch of the vaccines developed by Sinopharm was delivered to Nepal late last month, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the Chinese vaccines are being administered […]

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50 dead in suspected cholera outbreak in Nigeria

Abuja, April 7 (IANS) At least 50 people have been killed in a suspected cholera outbreak this year in Nigeria, local health authorities confirmed. Some eight states across the country had reported the suspected cholera outbreak, Xinhua news agency quotedthe Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), which is currently monitoring the situation and coordinating the […]

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