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Turkey to impose tougher Covid-19 measures to combat 'third peak' of coronavirus(Photo by Mar Cerdeira on Unsplash)

Turkey to impose tougher Covid-19 measures to combat 'third peak' of coronavirus

Reuters |
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 10:56 AM IST
President Tayyip Erdogan is likely to order a tightening of restrictions ahead of the vital tourism season as more contagious Covid-19 variants are now dominant in Turkey but limitations on mobility and close contact may to stem the spread of coronavirus
Covid-19: Google letters social distance, wear face masks in new quirky doodle(Google homepage)
Covid-19: Google letters social distance, wear face masks in new quirky doodle(Google homepage)

Covid-19: Google letters social distance, wear face masks in new quirky doodle

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2021 08:14 AM IST
  • As new coronavirus variants increase infection cases worldwide, Google doodle spread awareness about wearing a face mask, washing hands and practising social distancing at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic through its animated homepage this Tuesday
People not adhering to social distancing norms, at Sadar Bazaar in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.(PTI)
People not adhering to social distancing norms, at Sadar Bazaar in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.(PTI)

‘Double mutant’ variant of virus found as cases hit 53,000

UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2021 04:59 AM IST
New variant detected in Maharashtra, says govt; total of 771 ‘variants of concern’ seen in 18 states amid surge in daily cases
Here’s how you can locate Covid-19 on your skin(Twitter/samrinahashmi)
Here’s how you can locate Covid-19 on your skin(Twitter/samrinahashmi)

Here’s how you can locate Covid-19 on your skin

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:41 PM IST
  • As the new coronavirus variants spread and Covid-19 symptoms continue to increase and expand, here’s how you can locate the infection through these four kinds of skin changes
The new guidance was issued jointly by regulators in the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland.(AP)
The new guidance was issued jointly by regulators in the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland.(AP)

UK, 4 other countries to fast-track modified Covid-19 vaccines

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:35 PM IST
Previously authorized vaccines that are modified to target new variants “will not need a brand new approval or lengthy' clinical studies,” Britain's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said in a statement.
Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads(Photo by Dan Novac on Unsplash)
Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads(Photo by Dan Novac on Unsplash)

Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads

ANI |
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:40 AM IST
Italy's regional travel ban does not apply to travel for work, health or emergency reasons or to anyone who needs to travel to return home. However, travel within Italy for tourism remains prohibited till March 27 due to the spread of the Covid-19 variant.
The third clinical trial of Covaxin BB152 had been completed as all the 25,800 volunteers involved in the exercise had been administered both doses.(Bloomberg)
The third clinical trial of Covaxin BB152 had been completed as all the 25,800 volunteers involved in the exercise had been administered both doses.(Bloomberg)

India's Covid-19 vaccines will be effective against new variants, says ICMR

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:16 AM IST
Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR, said a paper on Covaxin's neutralisation potential against the UK strain has been accepted for publication.
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk on a street in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk on a street in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo(REUTERS)

Japan finds new Covid-19 strain, while immigration centre reports infections

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:13 AM IST
The new variant has been found in 91 cases in the Kanto area of eastern Japan and in 2 cases at airports.
The agency has already warned that the highly contagious mutant strain that emerged in the UK could become dominant among Americans.(Bloomberg)
The agency has already warned that the highly contagious mutant strain that emerged in the UK could become dominant among Americans.(Bloomberg)

CDC gearing up to track 3 Covid-19 variants in US, says chief

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 05:18 AM IST
The variants, which emerged initially in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, have all now been seen in the US.
The study, published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution, assessed the global spread of the coronavirus variant with the D614G mutation, which is the predominant lineage infecting North America and European populations.(Pixabay)
The study, published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution, assessed the global spread of the coronavirus variant with the D614G mutation, which is the predominant lineage infecting North America and European populations.(Pixabay)

Protein behind less spread of coronavirus variant in Asia: Study

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 12:46 PM IST
Deficiency of a lung-protecting protein in the Caucasian population may have made Europe and North America more susceptible to the spread of a coronavirus variant as compared to Asia.
Wear surgical and cloth mask together as Covid-19 variants spread, experts say(Thomas Kienzle/AFP)
Wear surgical and cloth mask together as Covid-19 variants spread, experts say(Thomas Kienzle/AFP)

Wear surgical and cloth mask together as Covid-19 variants spread, experts say

AFP |
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:06 AM IST
  • Amid spread of coronavirus variants, experts suggest wearing a cloth mask that has multiple layers with a pocket that you can slip a good filter material into or double mask by wearing a surgical one with a tight-fitting cloth mask over it
"It is remarkable that no death has been reported due to Covid-19 in Delhi, in the last 24 hours," Dr Paul said.(ANI)
"It is remarkable that no death has been reported due to Covid-19 in Delhi, in the last 24 hours," Dr Paul said.(ANI)

NITI Aayog says no cases of South African Covid-19 variant detected in India yet

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:51 PM IST
"South Africa variant of COVID19 is under the watch. It has come forward that this variant spreads faster. As of yesterday, this particular variant is not in the country," Dr Paul said.
A recent study by researchers, including those from The Rockefeller University in the US, suggests that mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 may need to be updated periodically to avoid potential loss of clinical efficacy against the newly arising variants. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
A recent study by researchers, including those from The Rockefeller University in the US, suggests that mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 may need to be updated periodically to avoid potential loss of clinical efficacy against the newly arising variants. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

‘Next-gen’ vaccines may be needed to tackle emerging Covid variants: Scientists 

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:57 PM IST
Responding to concerns on the effectiveness of current vaccines in the face of emerging variants, immunologist Satyajit Rath said vaccine-resistant virus variants are either not present or not spreading in sufficient scales and rates to be an immediate problem.
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)

UK Covid variant sufferers cough more, but sense of smell less affected - survey

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:38 PM IST
  • The variant, identified in southeast England in December, is thought to be more transmissible, and could also be associated with higher mortality, though data suggesting increased death rates are uncertain and not yet strong.
People who recover from Covid-19 are protected against the novel coronavirus for at least six months, and likely much longer, according to a study which says the immune system evolves long after the infection and may block even mutant forms of the virus such as the South African variant.(Yahoo)
People who recover from Covid-19 are protected against the novel coronavirus for at least six months, and likely much longer, according to a study which says the immune system evolves long after the infection and may block even mutant forms of the virus such as the South African variant.(Yahoo)

Immune system of recovered Covid-19 patients may fight coronavirus variants

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:23 AM IST
People who recover from Covid-19 are protected against the novel coronavirus for at least six months, and likely much longer, according to a study which says the immune system evolves long after the infection and may block even mutant forms of the virus such as the South African variant.
“With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said.(Pixabay)
“With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said.(Pixabay)

UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

AP |
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:46 AM IST
There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday that his government also will ban flights from the U.K., South Africa and South America beginning Saturday for a month.(Yahoo)
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday that his government also will ban flights from the U.K., South Africa and South America beginning Saturday for a month.(Yahoo)

Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus, will ban more flights

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:54 PM IST
The Dutch government wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious virus variant that already accounts for at least one in 10 Dutch infections.
Students of Olympic Primary School wait in a line to have their temperatures measured at the entrance of the school in the early morning of the official re-opening day of public schools on January 4, 2021, in Kibera slum, Kenya, as students return to school following a nine-month closure ordered by the government in March 2020 to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Gordwin ODHIAMBO / AFP)(AFP)
Students of Olympic Primary School wait in a line to have their temperatures measured at the entrance of the school in the early morning of the official re-opening day of public schools on January 4, 2021, in Kibera slum, Kenya, as students return to school following a nine-month closure ordered by the government in March 2020 to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Gordwin ODHIAMBO / AFP)(AFP)

Researchers detect Covid-19 variant unique to Kenya, nation says

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:33 AM IST
The variant was picked up in the southern Taita Taveta county and is spreading around the nation.
A Covid-19 information sign at the check-in area inside the departures hall at Madrid Barajas airport, operated by Aena SA, in Madrid, Spain.(Bloomberg)
A Covid-19 information sign at the check-in area inside the departures hall at Madrid Barajas airport, operated by Aena SA, in Madrid, Spain.(Bloomberg)

Spanish regional govt confirms first cases of British Covid-19 variant

Madrid | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 06:29 PM IST
All four cases involved people who recently arrived from the UK, the Madrid regional government’s deputy health chief Antonio Zapatero told a news conference.
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