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The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The first case of the virus was identified in December 2019 and was linked to a seafood market in Wuhan. Since then, the COVID-19 has been impacting lives without any end in sight. India also faced multiple waves and lost over 5 lakh lives so far, around 7 million deaths have been recorded globally. So far there have been several variants of the virus -- B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, Delta, B.1.617.2, BA.5. Omicron BF.7 strain is driving the current wave of Covid infections in China. As of now, India reported four cases of the Omicron sub-variant BF.7 which is a sub-lineage of the previous Omicron variant BA.5 and has one of the highest transmissibility amongst all COVID variants so far. 

The new Omicron variant is expected to infect 60 per cent of people in China in the coming three months. Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, and can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and body aches. The virus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented measures such as lockdowns, travel restrictions, mask mandates, and social distancing guidelines. Vaccines have been developed and are being distributed globally, but it is important to continue following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated to help bring the pandemic under control. 

Cases yesterday - 226, Deaths yesterday - 1, Total deaths - 5,30,693, Total cases -  4,46,77,106 (Source  - more

All about two rare Covid-19 vaccine side effects detected in a study

Two new extremely rare side effects of Covid-19 vaccine have been uncovered by a recent study. Here's all you want to know.

Researchers working as part of the Global Vaccine Data Network identified acute disseminated encephalomyelitis – an inflammation and swelling in the brain and spinal cord and the same has been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 01:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Vegan’ CJI Chandrachud recalls Modi's call during Covid: ‘There is a vaidya…’

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud inaugurated the AYUSH Holistic Wellness Centre at the Supreme Court premises.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.(PTI)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 12:23 PM IST

Indians suffered worse post Covid lung damage than others; lung care tips

When it comes to lung damage, Covid seems to have taken a heavy toll on the respiratory health of Indians, compared to Europeans and Chinese, says a new study.

The study was done during the first wave of the pandemic in India on 207 Indians, and shows that the Indian subjects developed worse impairment in lung function compared to other published cohorts mostly with Caucasian subjects(Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 02:19 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Group rehabilitation boosts quality of life for long-term covid patients: Study

A study in The BMJ suggests that an online program for physical and mental health rehabilitation could improve the quality of life for those with long covid.

Group rehabilitation boosts quality of life for those with long-term covid: Study(Pexels)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 04:55 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri, Washington Dc

New type of cell therapy shows promise for ARDS patients: Study

The study shows that a new type of cell therapy can help in improve patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by severe COVID-19.

New type of cell therapy shows promise for ARDS patients: Study(Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 06:53 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Tapatrisha Das, Los Angeles
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