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Maldives to become first foreign country to receive Covishield doses

19 Jan 2021

Maldives to become first foreign country to receive Covishield doses

Maldives is set to become the first foreign country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from India. The Asian country will reportedly receive a consignment of Covishield doses on Wednesday.

Delhi Government reduces COVID-19 ICU bed reservations in private hospitals

19 Jan 2021

Delhi Government reduces COVID-19 ICU bed reservations in private hospitals

The Delhi High Court was informed on Tuesday that the Delhi Government has reduced the reservation of COVID-19 ICU beds in private hospitals to 25 percent from 40 percent earlier.

Delhi Airport evaluating 'computer vision' technology to track passengers: CEO

19 Jan 2021

Delhi Airport evaluating 'computer vision' technology to track passengers: CEO

Delhi Airport is evaluating "computer vision" technology to track passengers, reduce waiting time, and ensure social distancing at its terminals, a top official of the facility's operator informed on Tuesday.

Who shouldn't take COVAXIN? Maker Bharat Biotech issues fact-sheet

19 Jan 2021

Who shouldn't take COVAXIN? Maker Bharat Biotech issues fact-sheet

Two days after India started its coronavirus vaccination program, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech released guidelines revealing who should receive shots of COVAXIN.

Meeting discusses possible export of India's coronavirus vaccines: Sources

19 Jan 2021

Meeting discusses possible export of India's coronavirus vaccines: Sources

A multi-ministerial meeting on Monday discussed various aspects of India's possible export of COVID-19 vaccines in view of requests from an increasing number of countries to procure the vaccines, people familiar with the development said.

3.8 lakh inoculated, two deaths not associated with vaccine: Government

19 Jan 2021

3.8 lakh inoculated, two deaths not associated with vaccine: Government

On Monday, the Union Health Ministry said that the number of people who have been inoculated since Saturday, when the world's largest coronavirus vaccination drive started, stands at 3,81,305.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.58 million with 10K new cases

19 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.58 million with 10K new cases

India on Monday reported a little under 10,000 fresh cases, the lowest single-day spike in infections since early June last year.

Seropositivity for COVID-19 is less in smokers, vegetarians: CSIR survey

18 Jan 2021

Seropositivity for COVID-19 is less in smokers, vegetarians: CSIR survey

In a serosurvey conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in nearly 40 institutes, smokers and vegetarians were found to have lower seropositivity, i.e., a lesser risk of getting infected by the coronavirus.

Smiles, sanitizers welcome students as schools reopen in Delhi

18 Jan 2021

Smiles, sanitizers welcome students as schools reopen in Delhi

Balloons, flowers, sanitizers, and smiling faces welcomed Class 10 and 12 students in Delhi schools on Monday as they returned to campuses after over 10 months of schools being closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Healthcare worker's death in UP not linked to vaccine: Official

18 Jan 2021

Healthcare worker's death in UP not linked to vaccine: Official

A healthcare worker in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad died on Sunday evening, nearly 24 hours after he received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

COVID-19 shot: UP Police lodges FIR after misleading pamphlets appear

18 Jan 2021

COVID-19 shot: UP Police lodges FIR after misleading pamphlets appear

A spate of pamphlets urging people of a particular community against taking anti-COVID-19 vaccine shots and spreading rumors about their ingredients surfaced in Bareilly on Sunday, prompting police to lodge an FIR against unknown miscreants.

17,000+ vaccinated in six states on day two: Health Ministry

18 Jan 2021

17,000+ vaccinated in six states on day two: Health Ministry

Across six states — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, and Tamil Nadu — more than 17,000 people got the first dose of coronavirus vaccine on the second day of the inoculation drive, the Union Health Ministry said last evening.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.57 million with 14K new cases

18 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 10.57 million with 14K new cases

India on Sunday reported nearly 14,000 fresh coronavirus infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 10.57 million cases. The recovery rate stands at 96.57%.

Co-WIN app suffers glitches on 1st day of vaccination drive

17 Jan 2021

Co-WIN app suffers glitches on 1st day of vaccination drive

The COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) platform suffered several glitches on the first day of India's vaccination drive.

UK PM invites Modi for G7; to visit India

17 Jan 2021

UK PM invites Modi for G7; to visit India

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Meet India's frontline workers who received first COVID-19 vaccine shots

17 Jan 2021

Meet India's frontline workers who received first COVID-19 vaccine shots

On Saturday, India launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive, inoculating 1.91 lakh people on the first day alone.

Norway raises COVID-19 vaccine concerns for elderly after 29 deaths

17 Jan 2021

Norway raises COVID-19 vaccine concerns for elderly after 29 deaths

Norway has expressed concern over the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech among older populations as 29 people died after receiving the shot.

Rapid blood test identifies patients at highest risk of COVID-19

16 Jan 2021

Rapid blood test identifies patients at highest risk of COVID-19

Scientists have developed a rapid blood test that can predict within a day of hospitalization which COVID-19 patients are at the highest risk of severe complications or death. This will help identify those who best benefit from specific investigational treatments.

Delhi: First to get vaccinated volunteered as colleagues were scared

16 Jan 2021

Delhi: First to get vaccinated volunteered as colleagues were scared

Manish Kumar, a 34-year-old machine operator at AIIMS, became the first person in Delhi to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He had himself asked hospital authorities to vaccinate him first as his colleagues chosen for the exercise were scared.

Biden announces plan to vaccinate 100 million Americans

16 Jan 2021

Biden announces plan to vaccinate 100 million Americans

US President-elect Joe Biden has announced an ambitious goal of inoculating 100 million Americans with COVID-19 vaccines in the first 100 days of his administration, noting that the vaccine roll-out in the country has been a "dismal failure."

COVID-19 'vaccinationalism' is self-defeating; will delay global recovery: UN Chief

16 Jan 2021

COVID-19 'vaccinationalism' is self-defeating; will delay global recovery: UN Chief

As the world crossed a "heart-wrenching milestone" of two million deaths from COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented that the pandemic's deadly impact has worsened due to the absence of a global coordinated effort.

Australian Open arrivals hit with COVID-19 scare

16 Jan 2021

Australian Open arrivals hit with COVID-19 scare

Less than 48 hours after the first set of players arrived for the delayed Australian Open on charter jets, COVID-19 scare has rocked the tourney.

India's coronavirus vaccination drive: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria gets inoculated

16 Jan 2021

India's coronavirus vaccination drive: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria gets inoculated

Dr. Randeep Guleria, the Director of New Delhi's prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Saturday received a vaccine shot against the novel coronavirus on live television, soon after India kicked off its massive inoculating drive to end the raging pandemic.

Vaccination drive: PM gets emotional while remembering 'fallen corona warriors'

16 Jan 2021

Vaccination drive: PM gets emotional while remembering 'fallen corona warriors'

As he launched the world's largest vaccination drive on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struggled to hold back his emotions remembering the corona warriors who laid their lives in the line of duty. The vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers is "our tribute to them," he added.

Sleeves up India! PM Modi launches coronavirus vaccination drive

16 Jan 2021

Sleeves up India! PM Modi launches coronavirus vaccination drive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India's coronavirus vaccination drive, paving the path for the immunization of three lakh healthcare workers at over 3,000 sites across the nation.

With vaccination drive today, India inching closer to ending pandemic

16 Jan 2021

With vaccination drive today, India inching closer to ending pandemic

Nearly two weeks after two vaccines were given the emergency use authorization, India will begin administering doses of coronavirus vaccine to its citizens, joining the list of countries where lakhs have been immunized.

Scientists develop vaccine platform to help prevent future coronavirus pandemics

15 Jan 2021

Scientists develop vaccine platform to help prevent future coronavirus pandemics

Scientists have designed a vaccine candidate that induces protection in mice against "a wide range of related coronaviruses," an innovation that may provide protection against pandemic-potential viruses jumping from animals to humans.

India's new COVID-19 cases among the lowest in the world

15 Jan 2021

India's new COVID-19 cases among the lowest in the world

India recorded 87 new COVID-19 cases per million population in the last seven days which is one of the lowest in the world when compared with countries like the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Brazil, France, and Italy, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

COVID-19 caller tune featuring Bachchan's voice is being replaced

15 Jan 2021

COVID-19 caller tune featuring Bachchan's voice is being replaced

Ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India, the voice lent by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan for the coronavirus public service announcement on phone calls has been replaced with a new one starting Thursday.

Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

15 Jan 2021

Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

As the scale of Indian elections and the coronavirus vaccination drive, starting from tomorrow, are comparable, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) requested the Election Commission to share electoral roll data, a plea which the polling body accepted.

UK bans travel from South America over Brazil variant fears

15 Jan 2021

UK bans travel from South America over Brazil variant fears

The United Kingdom is banning travel from entire South America and Portugal amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus in Brazil, authorities in London announced.

Before vaccination drive, Centre explains dos and don'ts to states

15 Jan 2021

Before vaccination drive, Centre explains dos and don'ts to states

Just as India is readying itself for the massive coronavirus vaccination drive, the federal government explained to the states what they should do and what not, to ensure the entire process is seamless.

Union Budget 2021 on February 1: Here are key expectations

14 Jan 2021

Union Budget 2021 on February 1: Here are key expectations

As India hopes to recover from the COVID-19-induced economic crisis, all eyes are now on the Union Budget for the upcoming financial year.

Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Australian Open

14 Jan 2021

Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Australian Open

Britain's former world number one Andy Murray is doubtful for the upcoming Australian Open after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

14 Jan 2021

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

The market of mobile apps continued to grow in 2020 in spite (or rather because) of the pandemic.

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

14 Jan 2021

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

A team of ten scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) landed in Wuhan on Thursday to understand how coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, triggering a pandemic that has killed nearly two million globally and battered economies.

PM Modi to launch India's coronavirus vaccination drive

14 Jan 2021

PM Modi to launch India's coronavirus vaccination drive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday, January 16, launch India's coronavirus vaccination drive virtually. He will also launch the Co-WIN app on that day.

Three lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated on Day 1

14 Jan 2021

Three lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated on Day 1

Around three lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on day one of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive which is set to begin from January 16, official sources said.

Bruce Willis refuses to wear mask, store authorities say 'leave'

14 Jan 2021

Bruce Willis refuses to wear mask, store authorities say 'leave'

It's really unfortunate when actors you idolize cut a sorry figure publicly.

BMC allows various education boards to conduct exams in Mumbai

13 Jan 2021

BMC allows various education boards to conduct exams in Mumbai

The Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has allowed various states, national and international educational boards to conduct exams physically as per their schedule in the city while following all COVID-19 prevention guidelines.