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All states to hold dry run for coronavirus vaccination today

02 Jan 2021

All states to hold dry run for coronavirus vaccination today

A dry run for vaccination, before the actual doses of the coronavirus vaccine are administered to people, will be held in all states and union territories today.

Coronavirus: India's daily death toll remained under 300 last week

01 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: India's daily death toll remained under 300 last week

India recorded less than 300 deaths linked to coronavirus every day between last Thursday and today, the government said.

India set to start COVID-19 vaccination; panel approves Oxford vaccine

01 Jan 2021

India set to start COVID-19 vaccination; panel approves Oxford vaccine

In a development that will soothe the coronavirus-battered nation, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) panel on Friday gave approval to the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and British-pharma giant AstraZeneca.

India could approve coronavirus vaccine soon, key meeting today

01 Jan 2021

India could approve coronavirus vaccine soon, key meeting today

After the meeting on Wednesday to judge the emergency use authorization applications of coronavirus vaccine developers remained without a conclusion, the subject expert committee (SEC) will meet again today.

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

01 Jan 2021

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday granted "emergency validation" to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, making it the first vaccine to be given such an approval by the United Nations body.

India could start 2021 with COVID-19 vaccine in hand: DCGI

31 Dec 2020

India could start 2021 with COVID-19 vaccine in hand: DCGI

The approval for a COVID-19 vaccine in India is likely just around the corner, with the Drugs Controller General of India, Dr. VG Somani, indicating the country might begin the New Year with a vaccine in hand.

Aanand L. Rai tests positive for COVID-19

31 Dec 2020

Aanand L. Rai tests positive for COVID-19

Filmmaker Aanand L. Rai on Thursday said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is in quarantine.

Over 36K ventilators delivered to hospitals amid COVID-19: Health Ministry

31 Dec 2020

Over 36K ventilators delivered to hospitals amid COVID-19: Health Ministry

The Health Ministry said on Thursday that it had ensured delivery of 36,433 ventilators to government hospitals in the country and the average cost now ranges between Rs. 2-10 lakh as the domestic industry took up the manufacturing of the equipment.

Poor air quality may affect recovered COVID-19 patients: Experts

31 Dec 2020

Poor air quality may affect recovered COVID-19 patients: Experts

Considering that a drop in temperature deteriorates air quality, doctors in Pune city have issued a word of caution for people suffering from lung ailments, especially those who have recovered from or are currently infected with COVID-19.

Coronavirus: 'Davai bhi, kadaai bhi,' Modi calls for sustained caution

31 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: 'Davai bhi, kadaai bhi,' Modi calls for sustained caution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for sustained caution against COVID-19, even as India looks forward to commencing its vaccination drive soon.

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

31 Dec 2020

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

China has granted conditional approval to the country's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, an official announcement said on Thursday.

Delhi Government to set isolation facilities at four private hospitals

31 Dec 2020

Delhi Government to set isolation facilities at four private hospitals

Delhi Government, on Wednesday, announced to set isolation facilities at four private hospitals for those who traveled from or transited through the UK between November 25 and December 24 and tested positive for a new strain of coronavirus.

UK's approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine paves way for India

31 Dec 2020

UK's approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine paves way for India

The United Kingdom on Wednesday approved the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, giving the vaccine an endorsement that will likely be considered by Indian drug regulators.

Night curfew imposed in Delhi on December 31, January 1

31 Dec 2020

Night curfew imposed in Delhi on December 31, January 1

The Delhi Government has imposed a night curfew between 11:00pm and 6:00pm on New Year's Eve (December 31) and New Year's Day (January 1) to restrict the New Year celebrations and curb large public gatherings.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.26 million with 22K new cases

31 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.26 million with 22K new cases

India on Wednesday reported just short of 22,000 fresh coronavirus infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 10.26 million cases.

Scientists develop a new method for visualizing breath

31 Dec 2020

Scientists develop a new method for visualizing breath

A new method for visualizing the air exhaled while someone is speaking or singing could shed light on how diseases such as COVID-19 spread and can help evaluate the effectiveness of face masks, according to a study.

Curb potential COVID-19 'super-spreader' New Year events: Centre to states

30 Dec 2020

Curb potential COVID-19 'super-spreader' New Year events: Centre to states

Amid concerns over the new, more infectious coronavirus strain, the Centre on Wednesday issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to keep strict vigil on New Year celebrations that could be potential "super-spreader" events.

ITR-filing deadline extended to January 10 for individuals: Details here

30 Dec 2020

ITR-filing deadline extended to January 10 for individuals: Details here

The Centre on Wednesday once again extended the deadline for individuals to file Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for FY2019-20, providing huge relief to taxpayers.

Maharashtra: Hotels to function till 11 pm on December 31

30 Dec 2020

Maharashtra: Hotels to function till 11 pm on December 31

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, on Wednesday, said hotels, restaurants, pubs, and bars in Maharashtra will remain open till 11 pm on December 31.

Chinese drugmaker: Vaccine 79.3% effective in final tests

30 Dec 2020

Chinese drugmaker: Vaccine 79.3% effective in final tests

A Chinese drugmaker on Wednesday said its coronavirus vaccine was found to be 79.3% effective at preventing infection in preliminary data from the final round of testing, moving Beijing closer to possibly being able to fulfill its pledge to supply them to developing countries.

Harris receives the first dose of Moderna vaccine on camera

30 Dec 2020

Harris receives the first dose of Moderna vaccine on camera

The US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine live on television as part of efforts to build public trust in the inoculation process

'Shararat' actor Shruti Seth undergoes emergency surgery

30 Dec 2020

'Shararat' actor Shruti Seth undergoes emergency surgery

Actor Shruti Seth has shared a picture of herself from the hospital and revealed that she has undergone an emergency surgery.

After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

30 Dec 2020

After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.

New coronavirus strain scare: India-UK flights suspended till January 7

30 Dec 2020

New coronavirus strain scare: India-UK flights suspended till January 7

India on Wednesday extended the ban on flights to and from the United Kingdom until January 7 next year. The Centre had earlier suspended India-UK flights until December 31 but has now extended it by one week.

Singapore starts COVID -19 vaccination for healthcare workers

30 Dec 2020

Singapore starts COVID -19 vaccination for healthcare workers

Singapore became the first Asian country to start vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.

India reports 14 new cases of mutant coronavirus strain

30 Dec 2020

India reports 14 new cases of mutant coronavirus strain

India has reported 14 new cases of the mutated strain of the coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.24 million with 20K+ new cases

30 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.24 million with 20K+ new cases

India on Tuesday reported over 20,000 fresh coronavirus infections, a day after witnessing the lowest single-day spike in over six months. The nationwide tally has risen to 10.24 million cases.

Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

29 Dec 2020

Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will not work against the new strain of the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

29 Dec 2020

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

While the coronavirus pandemic is severe, it is "necessarily not the big one," experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned as they urged the world for greater preparedness for future outbreaks.

Aviation Minister says suspension of UK flights may be extended

29 Dec 2020

Aviation Minister says suspension of UK flights may be extended

Last week, the Indian government suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom till December 31, in view of the mutated strain of coronavirus.

How Delhi Airport plans to help in coronavirus vaccine distribution

29 Dec 2020

How Delhi Airport plans to help in coronavirus vaccine distribution

India is gearing up to distribute vaccines to crores of people but the task will be replete with many problems, including ensuring last-mile deliveries and storing doses at a safe temperature.

More COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline as US ramps up effort

29 Dec 2020

More COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline as US ramps up effort

A US study of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate got underway as states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the first shots.

New coronavirus strain reaches India; six UK returnees test positive

29 Dec 2020

New coronavirus strain reaches India; six UK returnees test positive

In a new development, six people who returned from the United Kingdom recently were found to be infected with the new coronavirus strain, which is said to be up to 70% more transmissible.

Coronavirus: India reports 16K+ new cases, lowest spike since June

29 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: India reports 16K+ new cases, lowest spike since June

India on Monday reported over 16,000 fresh coronavirus infections, marking the lowest single-day spike in over six months.

Centre extends COVID-19 surveillance guidelines till January 31

28 Dec 2020

Centre extends COVID-19 surveillance guidelines till January 31

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday extended guidelines for COVID-19 surveillance, containment, and caution till January 31, 2021.

Karnataka hints at police action against untraceable UK returnees

28 Dec 2020

Karnataka hints at police action against untraceable UK returnees

Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Monday hinted at stringent action against those returnees from the United Kingdom who were untraceable and had switched off their mobile phones.

UK to Japan: These countries have reported new coronavirus strain

28 Dec 2020

UK to Japan: These countries have reported new coronavirus strain

Just as vaccines against COVID-19 were starting to roll out in parts of the world, a new strain of the coronavirus has stirred global panic.

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over coronavirus reportage

28 Dec 2020

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over coronavirus reportage

A 37-year-old citizen journalist was on Monday sentenced to four years in prison by a Chinese court over her coronavirus outbreak reporting, more than a year after the virus emerged in Wuhan.

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be effective against new variant: Report

28 Dec 2020

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be effective against new variant: Report

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca should be effective against the highly transmissible new strain of the virus, a UK media report said on Sunday.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.2 million with 20K+ new cases

28 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.2 million with 20K+ new cases

India on Sunday reported over 20,000 fresh coronavirus infections, a day after the nation saw a "landmark" decline in its infection trajectory. The nationwide tally has now risen to 10.2 million cases.