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

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)
Updated on Feb 06, 2021 04:27 AM IST
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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.

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Merriam-Webster's chooses vaccine as word of the year for 2021

“This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021,” said Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski.
At Merriam-Webster, lookups for “vaccine” increased 601% over 2020.(AP)
At Merriam-Webster, lookups for “vaccine” increased 601% over 2020.(AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:14 PM IST
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PTI | , New York

Australia tables budget ahead of May 2022 election, polls likely from May 7

  • Elections in Australia are typically called five weeks in advance. The elections are held every three years and last one took place in 2019.
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison(REUTERS/File)
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison(REUTERS/File)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:13 PM IST
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Reuters | , Sydney

No permission without review: Taliban censors media reports in Afghanistan

  • Many journalists in Afghanistan have already fled the country, terrified of reprisals, while others went into hiding. Many women working in the field were forced out of their positions.
Members of the Taliban delegation, including deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi.(Image for representation/AFP)
Members of the Taliban delegation, including deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi.(Image for representation/AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:25 PM IST
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ANI | , Kabul

'A heavy burden on lives': WHO criticises travel bans over Omicron variant

“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement on Sunday.
Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, several countries have imposed travel bans on the affected region in southern Africa.(Reuters Photo)
Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, several countries have imposed travel bans on the affected region in southern Africa.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:52 AM IST
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Omicron variant in Canada: Two cases confirmed in Ottawa

The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital.
A medical worker prepares a BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine inside a mall in Manila City, on Monday. The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital. (AFP)
A medical worker prepares a BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine inside a mall in Manila City, on Monday. The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital. (AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:38 AM IST
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15 countries and spreading: Where has the Omicron variant been spotted

A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain - later identified as Omicron - said on Sunday that its symptoms were so far mild and could be treated at home.
International travellers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) arrive at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, on November 29.(AFP Photo)
International travellers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) arrive at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, on November 29.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 11:49 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WHO says PCR tests can detect Omicron variant of Covid-19

"The widely-used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants," the World Health Organization said in an update on what is known so far about the new variant.
The WHO on Friday declared Omicron, first detected earlier this month in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
The WHO on Friday declared Omicron, first detected earlier this month in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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UN observes International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People today

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres called upon the international community to reaffirm its commitment to the people of Palestine in building their future.
“The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory remains a challenge to int'l peace & security,” Antonio Guterres said,(AFP File photo)
“The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory remains a challenge to int'l peace & security,” Antonio Guterres said,(AFP File photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:33 AM IST
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Covid: Vaccine for Omicron might be ready in early 2022, says Moderna

The Omicron variant, first detected in southern Africa, has a higher number of mutations and has been spreading very quickly. The variant has prompted several countries to shut down their borders and renew Covid-19 restrictions.
Burton pointed out on Sunday that current vaccines should protect against the variant, adding that all unvaccinated people should take the jab.(via AP)
Burton pointed out on Sunday that current vaccines should protect against the variant, adding that all unvaccinated people should take the jab.(via AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

Czech President appoints Milos Zeman Petr Fiala as PM in ceremony behind glass

The new government will have to tackle a new wave of coronavirus infections that is threatening to overwhelm hospitals and an energy crisis, after the collapse of a large electricity provider.
Czech President Milos Zeman, right, in a transparent cube because he tested positive to Covid-19, appoints ODS leader Petr Fiala, left, as Czech Prime Minister at the Lany manor, near Prague.(via AP)
Czech President Milos Zeman, right, in a transparent cube because he tested positive to Covid-19, appoints ODS leader Petr Fiala, left, as Czech Prime Minister at the Lany manor, near Prague.(via AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 07:59 AM IST
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Flood-ravaged British Columbia in western Canada braces for more rain

The next storm to hit the Pacific region, expected late Monday to Wednesday, “could be the most intense since the original storm pulse hit two weeks ago,” said British Columbia Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited affected areas on Friday, after deploying the military to help with sandbagging. In picture - Canadian Forces fill sandbags to build a temporary dike behind houses on Clayburn Creek ahead of a rainfall warning in Abbotsford, British Columbia.(AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited affected areas on Friday, after deploying the military to help with sandbagging. In picture - Canadian Forces fill sandbags to build a temporary dike behind houses on Clayburn Creek ahead of a rainfall warning in Abbotsford, British Columbia.(AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 05:29 AM IST
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Taliban asks EU for help with Afghanistan's airports

  • Both sides sent senior officials to the Qatari capital Doha for the talks, which happened just ahead of two weeks of negotiations between the US and the Taliban due to start Monday, also in Doha.
A Taliban fighter stands as he guards a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands as he guards a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 04:12 AM IST
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Omicron: Canada confirms first case of new Covid variant

  • The government of Ontario confirmed that the two cases are in the capital Ottawa.
The World Health Organization has listed Omicron as a ‘variant of concern'.(AP)
The World Health Organization has listed Omicron as a ‘variant of concern'.(AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 04:02 AM IST
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South Africa to remain on lowest lockdown level amid Omicron concerns

Commenting on the travel ban, Ramaphosa called for an immediate reversal of the ban.
A woman carries a child in Pretoria, South Africa. Scientists in South Africa, where omicron was first identified, are scrambling to combat its spread.(AP)
A woman carries a child in Pretoria, South Africa. Scientists in South Africa, where omicron was first identified, are scrambling to combat its spread.(AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 03:56 AM IST
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PTI | , Johannesburg

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

  • The variant was identified days ago by researchers in South Africa, and much is still not known about it, including whether it is more contagious, more likely to cause serious illness or more able to evade the protection of vaccines.
Passengers, many wearing face coverings to combat the spread of Covid-19, walk along a platform as they travel on the London underground in central London.(AFP)
Passengers, many wearing face coverings to combat the spread of Covid-19, walk along a platform as they travel on the London underground in central London.(AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 03:19 AM IST
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