Thursday, May 06, 2021

Delhi's daily positivity rate remains below 30% for 4th day

NEW DELHI: The daily test positivity rate of Covid-19 cases in the national capital remained below the 30 per cent mark for the fourth straight day on Tuesday at 26.37 per cent, the Delhi government said in its health bulletin on Wednesday.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 153.9 mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 153.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.22 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

SII to invest 240M pounds in UK to expand vaccine business

NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India (SII) will invest 240 million pounds in the UK to expand its vaccine business and create multiple jobs in the country. The investment is part of the 1 billion-pound India-UK Enhanced Trade Partnership that will create nearly 6,500 jobs in Britain.

Pakistan to commence local production of China's vaccine: Official

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan said on Monday that the local production of China's single-dose CanSino Covid-19 vaccine is about to commence in the country to facilitate its vaccination drive.

WHO chief, ex-UK PM urge IP waiver for Covid vax

GENEVA: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown have called for a temporary waiver of intellectual property (IP) rights for Covid-19 vaccines.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 153.1 mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 153.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.20 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Avoid CT scans in mild Covid cases, suggests AIIMS chief

NEW DELHI: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Monday advised avoiding unnecessary computerised tomography scan (CT scan) in cases of mild symptoms of Covid-19 and warned against use of steroids in the early infections of the deadly disease.

Govt gives ad hoc IGST exemption on imports of Covid relief material

NEW DELHI: In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Government has exempted IGST or integrated GST on import of such goods received free of cost for free distribution of Covid relief.

Indian govt, Poonawalla refute reports about no vaccine orders

NEW DELHI:Debunking news reports that India has not placed fresh orders for Covid vaccines with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat BioTech since March, the Union government on Monday said such reports are completely incorrect and are not based on facts.

Karnataka's total Covid cases cross 16-lakh; 217 deaths

BENGALURU: With the pandemic's second wave unabated, total Covid cases in Karnataka crossed 16-lakh mark, as 37,733 tested positive in a day, while 217 patients succumbed to the infection, said the state health bulletin on Sunday.

DRDO supplies 100 oxygen cylinders to Hyderabad hospital

HYDERABAD: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided 100 medical oxygen cylinders to the government-run Gandhi Hospital here.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 152.4 mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 152.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.19 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Increase COVID-19 testing in villages: Balbir Sidhu instructs Civil Surgeons

CHANDIGARH: To keep tab on Private clinics and RMPs those were treating the symptomatic COVID-19 patients, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu today held a virtual meeting with Civil Surgeons.

Centre to provide 56L vax doses to states, UTs in next 3 days

NEW DELHI: With its aim to vaccinate maximum number of people to curb Covid-19 menace, the Centre has decided to provide more than 56 lakh vaccine doses to the States and Union Territories within the next three days.

Prior Covid infection may help vaccine fight new variants

LONDON: A single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines against Covid may boost immunity against the coronavirus variants, only in people who were previously infected with the deadly virus, a study has found, highlighing the importance of a second dose.

Makeshift Covid hospitals to come up in Mohali, Bathinda: Punjab CS

CHANDIGARH: In order to further ramp up the existing health infrastructure and create more hospital beds for the critical patients battling the devastating second Covid wave, the Punjab Government will set up two makeshift hospitals equipped with ICU facilities exclusively for Covid patients in Mohali and Bathinda. Besides, nine new smaller hospitals at various district hospitals were also coming up in the state.

First consignment of Sputnik arrives in India

HYDERABAD: First batch of Russian vaccine for Covid-19, Sputnik V, arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Doctor, 7 others die in Delhi hospital due to Oxygen crisis

NEW DELHI: Eight Covid-19 patients, including a doctor, died at Delhi's Batra Hospital on Saturday afternoon due to shortage of medical Oxygen at the facility.

Mohali Civil Hospital converted into Covid hospital

MOHALI: Civil Hospital Phase 6 Mohali has been converted into dedicated Covid hospital. The OPD and emergency services have been shifted to ESI hospital in Industrial Area Phase 7, Mohali.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 150.9mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 150.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.17 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

US CDC warns vax providers of anxiety-related adverse events

WASHINGTON: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday urged Covid-19 vaccine providers to be aware of anxiety-related events after vaccination.

'Over 1 cr Covid vaccine doses available with states, UTs'

NEW DELHI: A day before the start of third phase of Covid vaccination in the country, the Union Ministry Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that more than one crore doses are still available with the states and Union Territories (UTs) while nearly 20 lakh additional doses will reach them in the next three days.

Telangana takes control of Tocilizumab injections for Covid patients

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has taken control of distribution of Tocilizumab injection for Covid-19 patients in the state.

Myanmar drug surge worry for neighbours including India

KOLKATA: A spike in illegal narcortics from the 'Golden Triangle' to South and Southeast Asian countries as a result of pandemic-related supply gluts and a likely increase in production is worrying Myanmars neighbours, including India.

At 395, Delhi records highest single-day Covid death toll

 NEW DELHI: Amid a deteriorating Covid-19 situation, the national capital on Thursday recorded its highest ever single-day toll from the disease in 24 hours as 395 deaths were reported.

At 14,669, single-day Covid tally scales new peak in Andhra

AMARAVATI: There seems to be no respite for Andhra Pradesh from the Covid onslaught, as the state registered its highest ever single-day tally of 14,792 fresh cases on Thursday.

Harsh Vardhan reviews Covid facilities at Lady Hardinge Medical College

NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday visited the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) here to take a comprehensive review of the Covid facilities available there and measures to further strengthen these.

Health Ministry issues revised guidelines for home isolation, warns against Remdesivir use

NEW DELHI: The decision to administer Remdesivir or use any other investigational therapy must be taken by a medical professional and the drug must be administered only in a hospital setting, said the 'Revised guidelines for home isolation of mild/asymptomatic Covid-19 cases' issued by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.

Maha Congress, legislators donate to CM fund for Covid relief

MUMBAI: As the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government grapples with financial constraints to handle the free vaccination drive for all citizens between in the 18-44 age group, the Maharashtra Congress on Thursday announced donations to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF).

Delhi govt gives its teachers the shivers with show cause notices

NEW DELHI: Even as the government school teachers have been assigned various jobs to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi government is now giving "double trauma" to its teachers by sending them show cause notices for not reporting to work despite testing positive for coronavirus.

First consignment of O2 concentrators from Germany arrive in India: Minister

NEW DELHI: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that first consignment of oxygen concentrators have arrived from Germany on an Air India flight.

Army opening hospitals for people wherever possible, force chief tells PM

NEW DELHI: Indian Army chief General M.M. Naravane said on Thursday that the force is opening hospitals for the local people wherever possible seeing the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country.

'Single dose of Covid vax can cut transmission by up to half'

LONDON: A single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can cut transmission of coronavirus by up to half, a Public Health England (PHE) study showed on Wednesday.

Gujarat sees 14,120 more Covid cases, 174 deaths

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat on Wednesday recorded 14,120 new Covid cases, taking its tally to 5,38,845, while the death toll rose to 6,830 with 174 fresh deaths.

No vaccination centre available in Noida for 18-44 age group

NOIDA: As the mad scramble to register for the Covid vaccine among those in the 18-44 age group began on the CoWIN portal, some of those who got lucky in Noida were shocked to see that there was not even one centre, government or private, available for scheduling appointments for the jab in the third phase.

Complete lockdown in 11 J&K districts as Covid situation worsens

JAMMU: To address the fast worsening Covid-19 situation in J&K, authorities said on Wednesday that there will be complete lockdown in 11 districts of the Union Territory from 7 p.m. on Thursday till 7 a.m. on Monday.

Covaxin found to neutralise the India variant, says Fauci

WASHINGTON: The made-in India Covaxin vaccine, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, can neutralise the B1617 variant of coronavirus, said White House's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.

India's double mutant Covid variant found in 17 countries: WHO

WASHINGTON:The double mutant Covid variant -- identified as B1617 -- that was first detected in India, has spread to 'at least 17 countries', the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Oxygen Express delivers 510 MTs of liquid medical oxygen to 4 states

NEW DELHI: India Railways' Oxygen Express trains have delivered a cumulative 510 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh. Haryana is also getting its first Oxygen Express.

Single dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca can cut Covid transmission by 50%

LONDON: A single dose of a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus disease can reduce transmission by up to 50 per cent, finds a study.

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