Highlights: Pentagon to deploy troops for Covid-19 vaccination assistance

Updated on Feb 06, 2021 04:27 AM IST

India’s Covid-19 caseload is the second-highest in the world, behind that of the United States, and ahead of Brazil’s. The United Kingdom is at fourth, followed by Russia.

A special team of doctors from SSKM Hospital conducts the rapid antibody test to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Kolkata in this file photo.
A special team of doctors from SSKM Hospital conducts the rapid antibody test to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Kolkata in this file photo.(ANI Photo)

India’s count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crossed 10.8 million as the Union health ministry on Friday said that the country logged 12,408 new infections in the preceding 24 hours. While the pandemic situation has come under control in most states and Union territories, it is still a concern in the states of Kerala and Maharashtra, which, the health ministry says, have the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in India. Maharashtra is the only state to have topped the 20 million case mark, while Kerala’s tally is second highest at more than 944,000. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the next three states with the highest Covid-19 caseloads, respectively.

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Earlier, on Thursday, the government said that healthcare workers will be administered second dose of Covid-19 vaccine from February 13. India started the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19 on January 16, and 30 million healthcare workers are to be inoculated in the first phase. In the second phase, 270 million people, including senior citizens, will be vaccinated. India is using vaccines developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca (Covishield) and Bharat Biotech International Limited (Covaxin). Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) is manufacturing Covishield in the country, while Covaxin is its first indigenous vaccine against the disease.

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  • Feb 05, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh reports 162 new Covid-19 cases

    Madhya Pradesh's Covid-19 tally on Friday rose to 2,56,017 after the state recorded 162 new cases, a health official said, reports PTI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 10:49 PM IST

    Pentagon to deploy troops for Covid vaccination assisstance

    President Joe Biden's administration on Friday announced that the Pentagon had approved the deployment of 1,100 active-duty troops to assist with Covid-19 vaccination efforts in the United States, reports Reuters.

  • Feb 05, 2021 10:33 PM IST

    Italy reports 377 new coronavirus cases

    Italy reported 377 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday against 421 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,218 from 13,659 the day before, reports Reuters.

  • Feb 05, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    Georgia records 538 new Covid cases

    Georgia on Friday reported 538 new Covid-19 cases taking its total count to 261,018, according to the country's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), reports ANI/Xinhua.

  • Feb 05, 2021 09:28 PM IST

    Arunachal Pradesh has highest Covid-19 recovery rate in India: State health minister

    Arunachal Pradesh has the highest Covid-19 recovery rate of 99.61 per cent among all other states in India, a minister claimed on Friday, reports PTI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    Philippines reports 8 new cases of UK Covid variant

    The Philippines has detected an additional eight cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant first found in Britain, bringing the total confirmed cases of the new strain in the country to 25, reports ANI/Xinhua.

  • Feb 05, 2021 08:30 PM IST

    Maharashtra home minister tests Covid positive

    Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh says he has tested positive for Covid-19, reports ANI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 08:05 PM IST

    Manipur logs 11 new Covid cases

  • Feb 05, 2021 07:16 PM IST

    India vaccinated 5 million in 21 days, says health ministry

    We completed 50 Lakh (5 million) vaccinations in 21 days. In the US it took 24 days, 43 days in the UK and 45 days in Israel, said Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry.

  • Feb 05, 2021 07:09 PM IST

    Oxford says the AstraZeneca vaccine works against coronavirus variants

    Oxford university has declared in an academic paper that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine works on all the known coronavirus variants, reported Reuters. The paper is yet to be peer-reviewed.

  • Feb 05, 2021 06:49 PM IST

    UP to start reopening schools from Feb 10 for classes 6-8

    Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to reopen schools from Feb 10 for classes 6 to 8. Students of classes 1 to 5 will be allowed back in schools from March 1, reported news agency ANI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 06:25 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh records 97 new cases of Covid-19, 1 fatality

  • Feb 05, 2021 05:47 PM IST

    Delhi records 154 new cases of Covid-19, 2 fatalities

  • Feb 05, 2021 04:52 PM IST

    India has received requests for vaccine supply from 22 nations: health ministry

    The Union health ministry said in the Lok Sabha on Friday that India has received vaccine supply request from 22 nations so far. Out of which 15 nations have already been given grant assistance and contract doses, reported news agency ANI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    AstraZeneca applies for emergency approval in Japan

    AstraZeneca announced on Friday that it has applied for an emergency use authorisation in Japan, reported AFP. Becoming the second Pharma company after Pfizer to do so.

  • Feb 05, 2021 02:56 PM IST

    Active Covid-19 cases in India falls down to 1.51 lakh

    On Friday, India's total active case load of Covid-19 dropped to 1.51 lakh in the span of 24 hours, which is less than total deaths recorded till date, said an official statement by the Ministry of health and family welfare.

  • Feb 05, 2021 02:19 PM IST

    Russia records 16,688 new COVID-19 cases, 527 deaths

    Russia on Friday recorded 16,688 new cases of Covid-19, taking the countrywide toll to 3,934,606. In the same time period 527 deaths were also reported, pushing the death toll to 75,732, reported Reuters.

  • Feb 05, 2021 01:28 PM IST

    Germany has witnessed more than 60,000 fatalities since Covid-19 pandemic started

    Germany in the last 24 hours recorded 855 fatalities, pushing its total death toll to 60,597. The number of confirmed cases in Germany rose by 12,908 to 2,264,909 in the same time period, reported news agency ANI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    India records 112 Covid-19 deaths per million, among the lowest in the world

    In the last 24 hours India recorded 120 coronavirus related deaths, with Maharashtra witnessing the highest number of casualties at 46. India now has one of the lowest death rates in the world, at 112 deaths per million.

  • Feb 05, 2021 12:10 PM IST

    Gap between recovered and active cases continues to increase

  • Feb 05, 2021 11:19 AM IST

    Pfizer withdraws emergency use application in India

    Pharma giant Pfizer announced that it has withdrawn application for Emergency Use Authorisation of its vaccines in India, reported PTI.

  • Feb 05, 2021 10:24 AM IST

    New study finds Covid-19 patients are more susceptible to cardiac arrests

    According to research published in the 'European Heart Journal', conducted on Swedish patients, Covid-19 patients who suffer from a heart attack have a higher mortality rate. The mortality rate is higher in women is nine times higher than men.

  • Feb 05, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    India's active Covid-19 cases below 152,000

    With a dip of 3,565, India's active Covid-19 cases fall to 151,460. Recoveries at 154,283 with 120 more discharges.

  • Feb 05, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    India records 12,408 new Covid-19 cases as tally tops 10.8 million

    India records 12,408 new Covid-19 cases as tally reaches 10,802,591. Death toll at 154,823 with 120 fresh fatalities.

  • Feb 05, 2021 09:14 AM IST

    J&J seeks vaccine approval in US

    Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson asked US regulators on Thursday for emergency authorization of its single-shot Covid vaccine.

  • Feb 05, 2021 09:02 AM IST

    India's Covid-19 tests close to 200 million

    A total of 199,931,795 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 4th February. Of these, 715,776 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

  • Feb 05, 2021 08:24 AM IST

    Over 35 million vaccine doses administered in US, says CDC

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it has administered 35,203,710 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 57,489,675 doses.

  • Feb 05, 2021 07:44 AM IST

    20 new Covid-19 cases in China, lowest in nearly a month

    China reports 20 new Covid-19 cases, lowest single-day count in more than a month, as tally reaches 89,669. Death toll unchanged at 4,636.

  • Feb 05, 2021 07:05 AM IST

    Phase 2 of vaccination begins in Haryana

    Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Thursday inaugurated second phase of Covid-19 vaccination in Haryana.

  • Feb 05, 2021 06:28 AM IST

    Over 1,200 Covid-19 deaths in Brazil for third straight day

    Brazil registers 1,232 deaths, over 1,200 for third straight day, taking death toll to 228,795. National tally at 9,396,293 with 56,873 new cases.


From Tech CEO to Inmate: Elizabeth Holmes to start her prison term

Published on May 30, 2023 08:39 PM IST

Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder, has to report to prison to serve an 11-year sentence for fraud, marking the end of a scandalous chapter in Silicon Valley.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arrives with her family and partner Billy Evans to be sentenced on her convictions for defrauding investors in the blood testing startup at the federal courthouse in San Jose, California, U.S., November 18, 2022.(REUTERS)

US expresses concern over refugee scam in Nepal, says no fraud with earlier resettlement of Bhutanese refugees in the US

Updated on May 30, 2023 08:24 PM IST

Expressing concern at the revelations of a scam that involved Nepali politicians promising Nepali citizens a passage to the United States (US) under the cover of being Bhutanese refugees, the US has said that it welcomed tens of thousands of refugees between 2007 and 2016 from Nepal and there was no evidence of fraudulent activity regarding that process.

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Published on May 30, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Prince Harry claimed in his memoir ‘Spare’ that William “knew something was going on” and wanted to know more.

Prince Harry: Britain's Prince William and Britain's Prince Harry are seen.(AP)

A new wave of mass migration has begun

Published on May 30, 2023 07:43 PM IST

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America’s debt-ceiling deal means it should now avoid Armageddon

Published on May 30, 2023 07:05 PM IST

But a battle looms in the coming days to get it through Congress

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Uganda's anti-gay law sparks global outrage: cultural values vs. HIV concerns

Published on May 30, 2023 06:31 PM IST

Uganda's new anti-gay law supporters claim it protects cultural values, while critics argue it hinders HIV response and increases discrimination.

A gay Ugandan couple cover themselves with a pride flag as they pose for a photograph in Uganda on March 25, 2023. (AP Photo, File)

King Charles ‘envious’ of Kate Middleton? New royal rift revealed

Published on May 30, 2023 05:00 PM IST

Royal expert Kate Mansey said that with the Chelsea Flower Show in particular, Kate Middleton “was not competing” with her in-laws.

Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, arrives for the Coronation of King Charles III, in London, Saturday, May 6 2023. King Charles III and Camila the Queen Consort, members of the Royal family and VIP's gathered at Westminster Abbey for the Coronation service.(AP)

‘Boiled kettle’ flesh-eating bacteria nearly killed this UK woman: What it is

Published on May 30, 2023 04:00 PM IST

Necrotising Fasciitis: Doctors diagnosed her with necrotising fasciitis and told her that she might not survive.

The woman said that her rash was as hot as a boiled kettle and she developed flu-like symptoms.(Representational)

Prince Harry-Meghan planning to return to the UK? ‘Never say never’

Published on May 30, 2023 03:00 PM IST

Royal expert Tina Brown said that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were a “huge asset”.

Prince Harry-Meghan Markle: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen.

North Korea's 1st military spy satellite launch in June: Top points

Published on May 30, 2023 12:58 PM IST

North Korea Spy Satellite: This comes after North Korea notified Japan about its plan of launching a satellite between May 31 and June 11.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP)

Royal expert on Prince William- Kate's marriage: 'Despite many fights…’

Published on May 30, 2023 12:47 PM IST

“I think it’s a sign of a healthy and relatable marriage. And, actually, there is an incredibly equal partnership," the expert said.

Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.(Reuters)

Pakistani journalist returns home after abduction. He is Imran Khan's supporter

Published on May 30, 2023 12:16 PM IST

Sami Abrahim: Sami Abrahim's brother Ali Raza took to Twitter to confirm his release while BOL TV-where he works- confirmed his release.

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

‘Not allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional,' rules Japan's lower court

Published on May 30, 2023 12:13 PM IST

The ruling by the Nagoya District Court in central Japan was the second of four that found Japan's ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Though opinion polls show some 70% of the public supports same-sex marriage, the conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida remains against it.(AP)
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Trump blames DeSantis for Disney's 'woke' spiral, but here's the real story

Published on May 30, 2023 12:10 PM IST

Trump blames DeSantis for Disney's alleged decline, but controversies arose during Trump's presidency.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 27, 2023. A combative Donald Trump made a rare live appearance on CNN on May 10, 2023, repeating his false claims about the 2020 election, hurling insults and mocking a former magazine columnist he was found liable of sexually abusing and defaming.
Trump, during a one-hour "town hall" on the cable television network that he regularly denounced as "fake news" while in the White House, took questions on a broad range of subjects including the war in Ukraine, the debt limit, immigration and his multiple legal challenges. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)(AFP)

Passengers share tales of chaos aboard storm-battered Carnival Sunshine

Published on May 30, 2023 11:52 AM IST

Carnival Sunshine nightmare: Storm wreaks havoc on the cruise ship, leaving passengers terrified and vessel battered.

Carnival Sunshine nightmare: Storm wreaks havoc on the cruise ship, leaving passengers terrified and vessel battered.(Twitter)
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