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  • The state reported 8,807 cases on Wednesday, taking its total infection count to 21,21,119. It had reported 8,142 cases on October 21 last year, after which the numbers had declined.
  • The drop in coronavirus numbers assumes significance as several countries across the world are experiencing a second and in some cases even third wave of Covid-19 virus.
  • Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Monday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. Bhujbal is the seventh minister to be infected by the novel coronavirus this month. In a post on Twitter, Bhujbal said his health is fine.Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal tests coronavirus positive
  • "I have tested positive for COVID-19. All those who came in my contact over the past two-three days should get themselves tested," he tweeted. "My health is fine and there is no reason to worry. All citizens should take proper care in the backdrop of COVID-19. Should wear masks and use sanitisers regularly," the NCP leader added.
  • India is all set to witness another phase of vaccination against COVID-19 pandemic from March 1. Covid vaccination sessions not going to be scheduled this weekend (Feb 27 & 28) in the wake of transition of CoWIN app from CoWIN1.0 to CoWIN2.0.Covid-19 vaccination for 60+, comorbid people from March 1; no sessions this weekend due to CoWIN glitch
  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. "My COVID report has come positive. I am doing well and taking advice of doctors. With everyone's blessings, I will be soon back in your service. Those who have come in my contact must take care and get themselves tested if they find symptoms," Tope tweeted in Marathi.Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope tests positive for Covid-19
  • In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said while there has been a substantial decline in the active and new COVID-19 cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic.
  • The beneficiaries will be able to register on the Co-WIN app from Monday itself, along with walk-in provision to register at the session sites, according to official sources.
  • The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking an extra chance for UPSC civil services exam aspirants who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench headed by Justices A M Khanwilkar said that it was dismissing the plea filed by a civil services aspirant for the extra chance citing difficulties faced in preparations during the pandemic.SC rejects plea for extra chance in UPSC exam to those who exhausted last attempt amid Covid-19
  • Opposition should talk carefully about COVID-19 crisis: Shiv Sena
    An editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Tuesday said after Thackeray's comments, BJP leader Pravin Darekar remarked that the government should not create an atmosphere of terror and not act like a tyrant regime.
  • India witnesses rise in COVID-19 active cases
    Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,281. It is followed by Kerala with 4,650 while Karnataka reported 490 new cases.
  • 1.08 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered till Feb 20: Health Ministry
    A total of 1.08 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered till now with 1.86 lakh jabs given on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said. Of the 1,08,38,323 doses administered, Joint Secretary in the Union Health ministry Mandeep Bhandari said 72,26,653 vaccination doses were administered to healthcare workers and 36,11,670 to frontline workers whose inoculation started on February 2.1.08 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered till Feb 20: Health Ministry
  • Maharashtra: 11 of Chhagan Bhujbal's staffers test positive for Covid-19
    Eleven staffers of district guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal, including his driver and body guard, have tested positive for Covid but reports of his family members came negative, said civic health officials on Tuesday.Maharashtra: 11 of Chhagan Bhujbal's staffers test positive for Covid-19
  • Covid-19: Maharashtra's case count grows by 10,441; death toll by 258
    As many as 8,157 patients were discharged after recovery on Sunday, which took the number of recovered persons to 4,88,271 so far. According to the official, there are 1,71,542 active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra at present. So far, 36,16,704 tests have been carried out in the state.
  • Covid-19: India reports 16,738 new cases, 138 deaths in 24 hours
    On February 25, the total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,10,46,914. The country reported 16,738 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stands at 1,51,708. With new 11,799 discharges, total number reached to 1,07,38,501. 138 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,56,705. 1,26,71,163 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 21,38,29,658 samples tested up to 24th February.Covid-19: India reports 16,738 new cases, 138 deaths in 24 hours
  • COVID-19 spike in Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar cancels all public events
    ​​On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 6,971 new coronavirus cases, raising the state's infection tally to 21,00,884. The state also reported 35 fatalities due to COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the toll to 51,788, as per official data.
  • Covid-19: India crosses 1 crore vaccination milestone
    According to the Health Ministry, total of 1,01,88,007 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in India for COVID-19 so far. India reported 13,193 new COVID-19 cases and 10,896 discharges on February 19. With new infections, the COVID tally of the country stood at 1,09,63,394 which includes 1,39,542 active cases.Covid-19: India crosses 1 crore vaccination milestone
  • Covid-19: India records 12,194 new cases
    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,11,731 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.31 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.43 per cent.
  • After 10 months, Delhi records zero COVID-19 deaths
    “Today no death has been reported due to Covid-19. People in Delhi have fought a difficult battle,” Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, congratulating Delhiites on the achievement.
  • World trade bounces back to pre-coronavirus levels
    Trade levels were 0.6% higher than a month earlier in December, mainly helped by exports from advanced economies such as the United States, and by imports from emerging economies.
  • Over 1 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India: Govt
    Of the 1,04,49,942 doses administered, Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, Mandeep Bhandari, said 70,52,845 vaccine doses were administered to healthcare workers and 33,97,097 to frontline workers whose vaccination started on February 2.
  • Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths
    U.S. President Joe Biden marked the "truly grim, heartbreaking milestone" of 500,000 deaths to COVID-19 in the United States. Speaking at the White House, Biden said the number of lives lost from the pandemic tops the combined death toll from World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Biden urged Americans to resist becoming "numb to the sorrow" and "viewing each life as a statistic." He says the people lost were "extraordinary."Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths
  • 36 pc rise in active COVID-19 cases in Mumbai since Feb 8: BMC
    The country's financial capital reported 5,335 active COVID-19 cases on February 8, and the number went up to 7,276 on Sunday, according to BMC data. Notably, on February 8, the city had recorded its lowest average growth rate of COVID-19 cases at 0.12 per cent and the highest average doubling rate of 574 days, as per the statistics.
  • Covid-19: Over 1.11 crore vaccinated in India; 14,199 new cases reported in 24 hours
    1,11,16,854 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India The country also reported 14,199 new COVID-19 cases and 9,695 discharges on Feb 22. With new infections, the COVID tally of the country stood at 1,10,05,850 while, active cases stand at 1,50,055. With 83 deaths in last 24 hours, death toll rose to 1,56,385. Covid-19: Over 1.11 crore vaccinated in India; 14,199 new cases reported in 24 hours
  • Mumbai Covid-19 Surge: Civic Body monitoring situation; decision on lockdown to be taken after Feb 22
    As the entire country is trying to return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai is still reeling under the pressure of a rise in COVID-19 cases. The spike in coronavirus cases has now forced the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ponder over fresh lockdown measures. Decision on lockdown in Mumbai will be taken after February 22. Mumbai Covid-19 Surge: Civic Body monitoring situation; decision on lockdown to be taken after Feb 22
  • Lockdown declared in Maharashtra's Amravati following surge in COVID-19 cases
    "Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati Distric​t from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am," district collector Shailesh Naval told reporters.
  • No new case of UK variant of coronavirus in Maharashtra: Tope
    Talking to reporters here, Tope said people need to avoid crowding in public places, and the demand for relaxing the timings of local trains for the general public in Mumbai will be discussed in the state cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
  • Covid-19: Delhi makes negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for travellers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, MP and Punjab
    Travellers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab will need a negative coronavirus test report to enter Delhi from February 26 to March 15, Agencies reported on Wednesday morning. An official order in this regard is expected shortly during the day. The decision was taken with a motive to curb the rising number of cases in the national capital. Covid-19: Delhi makes negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for travellers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, MP and Punjab
  • Watch: CRPF jawans get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
    Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel got first dose of COVID-19 vaccination in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar on February 15. The vaccination drive was inaugurated by CRPF Inspector General SK Mohanty. Many CRPF personnel were being vaccinated during the drive. This campus is targeting to vaccinate minimum 800 CRPF personnel in four days.Watch: CRPF jawans get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
  • Covid-19: Karnataka makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people arriving from Maharashtra
    In wake of the rising cases of coronavirus infections in neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Kerala, the Karnataka government on Saturday released a circular making it mandatory for anyone arriving from Maharashtra to get a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours of arrival.Covid-19: Karnataka makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people arriving from Maharashtra
  • BMC seals 1,305 buildings after Mumbai logs 2,749 new Covid-19 cases
    "A total of 1,305 buildings sealed in Mumbai after 2,749 Covid-19 cases reported. 71,838 households residing in these sealed buildings," the BMC said.
  • COVID-19: India records 13,993 new cases, highest in 22 days
    Daily COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to about 14,000 after nearly 22 days taking India's tally to 1,09,77,387, while the recoveries surged to 1,06,78,048, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.
  • Masks, distancing, demography: The mystery behind India's declining Covid cases
    On September 16 last year, India reported a record 97,894 coronavirus cases. Nearly four-and-half months later, on Feb 2, India registered 8,635 new cases. The drop in Covid numbers assumes significance as several countries are experiencing a second and in some cases even third wave of Covid-19 virus. Scientists have proposed numerous theories to explain this unprecedented fall.
  • Covid-19: India fastest in the world to vaccinate 7 mn people; over 87 lakh inoculated so far
    As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on February 16 reported single-day spike of 9,121 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 81 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,55,813. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,09,25,710 which include 1,36,872 active infections. More than 1,06,33,025 people have recovered from the virus with 11,805 new discharges in last 24 hours.Covid-19: India fastest in the world to vaccinate 7 mn people; over 87 lakh inoculated so far
  • Covid-19: India reported 12,194 new cases in 24 hours; over 82-lakh vaccinated
    Total of 82,63,858 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India. The country also reported 12,194 new COVID-19 cases and 11,106 discharges on Feb 14. With new infections, the COVID tally of the country stood at 1,09,04,940 while active cases stand at 1,37,567. With 92 deaths in last 24 hours, death toll rose to 1,55,642. Covid-19: India reported 12,194 new cases in 24 hours; over 82-lakh vaccinated
  • Looking for additional Covid-19 vaccines from India: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says he is looking forward to get additional Covid-19 vaccines from India. Listen in.Looking for additional Covid-19 vaccines from India: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
  • CM Vijay Rupani tested positive for Covid-19: Dy CM Nitin Patel
    Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel informed that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has tested positive for Covid-19. He further said that he might remain in hospital for a week. Gujarat Deputy CM said, “He was meeting people daily and also holding public meetings for local elections. He fell unconscious in Vadodara yesterday as he was tired and not well. He was taken to a hospital in Ahmedabad. He tested positive for COVID19. He might have to remain in hospital for a week.” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had collapsed on stage while addressing a public rally in Vadodara on Feb 14.CM Vijay Rupani tested positive for Covid-19: Dy CM Nitin Patel
  • What comes next after Covid-19 vaccine? Is it safe to take off masks and go back to everyday activities?
    Vaccines in use so far require two doses, and experts say don't let your guard down after the first dose.
  • COVID-19 positivity rate at 5.42%; third sero-survey shows large population still vulnerable: Govt
    India's cumulative COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 5.42 per cent while the weekly positivity rate (last week) was recorded at 1.82 per cent, the Union Health Ministry has said. Kerala and Maharashtra are among eight states and UTs having a weekly positivity rate more than the national average of 1.82 per cent. 47 districts have not reported any new coronavirus case in the last three weeks, while 251 districts have not registered any new death during the same period, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday. Watch highlights. (Text: PTI)COVID-19 positivity rate at 5.42%; third sero-survey shows large population still vulnerable: Govt
  • COVID-19 mutates: United States aims to expand hunt for coronavirus variants
    As COVID-19 mutates in potentially more dangerous forms, the United States is ramping up efforts to detect the new variants. Stanford Medicine has launched a major surveillance program to track coronavirus variants in theBay Area. (AP)COVID-19 mutates: United States aims to expand hunt for coronavirus variants
  • Covid Spike: Step up vaccinations
    The spike in Covid-19 cases last week has underscored the need for continued vigilance and a rapid scaling up of vaccinations. India may have notched up big absolute vaccination numbers, but these are small given the size of the population. A look at the rise in cases:
  • US Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy says his first and foremost priority is to turn coronavirus pandemic around
    During his confirmation hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday, Murthy, 43, said that Americans are struggling due to the pandemic.
  • Industry seeks participation in COVID-19 vaccination programme: CII
    The industry body has suggested that industry be involved fully in the massive inoculation drive to ensure that the vaccines reach those that most needed it in an accessible and equitable manner, with the joint support of private and public sector towards this national mission.
  • Credit goes to India, not any individual or govt: PM Modi on fight against COVID-19
    PM Narendra Modi on Monday took on the opposition parties for criticising the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said India has proved wrong all those who raised apprehensions. Replying to the motion of thanks on the President's address, PM Modi said there were predictions like crores would be infected and lakhs would die. The world today appreciates India's efforts in saving humanity, and the credit does not go to any government or individual, but the credit goes to India, the Prime Minister said. Watch now. (Text: PTI/Video Courtesy: RSTV)Credit goes to India, not any individual or govt: PM Modi on fight against COVID-19
  • Indian-American physicians volunteer to help authorities in US administer COVID-19 vaccines
    Dr Mukesh Roy, Director Public Health, Preparedness, Planning and Education at Ocean County Health Department and Dr Avinash Gupta, cardiologist and President of the Monmouth and Ocean County chapter of Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (MOCAAPI) are leading the initiative.
  • Morena 1st MP district with no active COVID-19 case: Official
    No COVID-19 case has been reported in the district in the last three days, Morena's Chief Medical and Health Officer R C Bandil told .
  • Covid-19 hits India business of global fashion retailers hard
    India saw the world’s second-largest Covid-19 outbreak, necessitating back-to-back lockdowns and local shutdowns, which hit trade. Fashion was among the worst-hit segments. Retailers continue to grapple with low footfalls in high-street stores and malls despite the eventual easing of curbs.
  • Novel chip for COVID-19 testing delivers results on smartphone
    The microfluidic chip developed by researchers from Rice University in the US measures the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid (N) protein, a biomarker for COVID-19, in blood serum from a standard finger prick.
  • Maharashtra reports over 8,000 new coronavirus cases, 80 deaths
    With 80 new fatalities being reported during the day, the state's death toll rose to 51,937, it added. The increase in cases was steep considering that on Tuesday, the state had reported 6,218 new COVID-19 cases.
  • Maharashtra records 6,281 new COVID cases in last 24 hrs
    Maharashtra has recorded 6,281 new COVID-19 cases, 2,567 discharges, and 40 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department said Saturday. With this, the total cases in the state increased to 20,93,913 including 48,439 active cases and 19,92,530 total recoveries. The death toll in the state mounted to 51,753 including the new deaths. (Text: ANI)Maharashtra records 6,281 new COVID cases in last 24 hrs
  • UK study shows Covid-19 infections 'fallen significantly' in England
    "These findings show encouraging signs infections are now heading in the right direction across the country, but we must not drop our guard," said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
  • India records 9,102 fresh COVID-19 cases, 117 fatalities in a day
    According to the health ministry, 1,03,45,985 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.90 per cent. The case fatality rate stood at 1.44 per cent.
  • Maharashtra: New curbs announced in Pune amid rise in COVID-19 cases
    Schools, colleges and private coaching classes will remain closed till February 28, while hotels and restaurants will have to shut their establishments by 11 pm every day, Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao told reporters.
  • India reports 11,666 new COVID-19 cases, recoveries surge to 96.94 per cent
    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,03,73,606 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.94 per cent,while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent.
  • Maharashtra: Over 6,000 COVID cases reported in last 24 hours
    Maharashtra on Friday reported more than 6,000 new coronavirus infections in a single day for the first time after more than three months, indicating a worsening pandemic situation. As many as 6,112 fresh cases were reported during the day, most of them coming from Akola, Pune and Mumbai divisions, the state health department said. (Text: PTI)Maharashtra: Over 6,000 COVID cases reported in last 24 hours
  • India records 11,039 new COVID-19 cases, 110 fresh fatalities
    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,04,62,631 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.08 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.43 per cent.
  • Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil tests positive for coronavirus
    Patil, who earlier this month visited parts of the state during the 'Rashtravadi Parivar Samvad Yatra' (an initiative to reach out to NCP leaders and workers), also asked those who came in contact with him recently to be observant and self-isolate.
  • Health minister Harsh Vardhan appeals to healthcare, frontline workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19
    Union minister Harsh Vardhan further said that no severe adverse event post-immunisation has been recorded in the country and those reported are also 0.0004 per cent. "No death has been recorded due to COVID-19 vaccination. All state governments have been asked to vaccinate every healthcare and frontline worker," he said.
  • Researchers urge delay in administering second dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, cite strong data
    In its response, Pfizer said that alternative dosing regimens of its vaccine had not been evaluated yet and the decision to do that resided with the health authorities. "We at Pfizer believe that it is critical for health authorities to conduct surveillance on implemented alternative dosing schedules to ensure that vaccines provide the maximum possible protection," the company added.
  • Maharashtra COVID-19 surge: Night curfew in Aurangabad till March 8
    Police Commissioner Nikhil Gupta told reporters that the decision was taken after district, civic and police officials held a meeting during the day.
  • BMC issues new COVID norms as cases rise again in Mumbai
    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued fresh guidelines in Mumbai amid rising cases of Covid-19. As per the new rules, if 5 or more Covid-19 patients are found in a building, it will be sealed, BMC Commissioner IS Chahal said on Thursday. “Stamps will be put on back of the hands of the patients staying in home quarantine. 300 marshals will be hired to keep an eye on people traveling in local trains without face mask. Besides, additional marshals will be hired to keep an eye on violators in Mumbai,” the BMC said.BMC issues new COVID norms as cases rise again in Mumbai
  • 'Wear a mask to avoid lockdown': Maharashtra CM Uddhav issues fresh restrictions amid surge in COVID cases
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed a press conference on Sunday 7 pm in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the state. He said the virus is seen making a U-turn in the state as the number of Covid-19 positive patients are rising, adding that it will be known in eight to 15 days if this is the second coronavirus wave.'Wear a mask to avoid lockdown': Maharashtra CM Uddhav issues fresh restrictions amid surge in COVID cases
  • Covid-19: 20 cases of UK coronavirus strain in India
    Total cases of the new strain in India now stand at 20. Further details are awaited as the government continues to increase scrutiny on passengers from UK and doubles down on testing.Covid-19: 20 cases of UK coronavirus strain in India
  • S&P closely watching India's vaccination drive amid risks from new Covid-19 strains
    “We are also watching India's vaccination campaign very closely to see how well India can mitigate the lurking risks associated with the pandemic as well as new, more transmissible and potentially resistant strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said Andrew Wood, its director of sovereign and international public finance ratings.
  • Amid increasing Covid cases in Mumbai, BMC issues fresh guidelines
    ​​“Stamps will be put on back of the hands of the patients staying in home quarantine. 300 marshals will be hired to keep an eye on people traveling in local trains without face mask. Besides, additional marshals will be hired to keep an eye on violators in Mumbai,” the BMC said.
  • All above 60 years of age, 45-plus with comorbidities can get COVID-19 vaccine from March 1
    The amount to be paid by people opting to be vaccinated at private hospitals is under discussion, and will be decided by the health ministry within 3-4 days, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
  • Covid-19: India records 10,064 new cases, 137 deaths in 24 hours
    As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 19 reported single-day spike of 10,064 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 137 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,556. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,81,837 which include 2,00,528 active infections. More than 1,02,28,753 people have recovered from the virus with 17,411 new discharges in last 24 hours. Covid-19: India records 10,064 new cases, 137 deaths in 24 hours
  • Over 300 million Indians may have COVID-19: Source citing government study
    India has confirmed 10.8 million COVID-19 infections, the most anywhere outside the United States. But the survey, whose findings are much more conservative than a private one from last week, indicates India's actual cases may have crossed 300 million.
  • Need to increase pace of COVID-19 vaccinations: Centre to states
    The letter dated February 19 stated a large number of healthcare and frontline workers still remain to be covered and the progress is variable across several states and UTs.
  • China's role in Covid-19 disinformation: AP reports
    An Associated Press investigation, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council, found that China took the lead in spreading foreign disinformation about COVID-19’s origins, as it came under attack for its early handling of the outbreak.China's role in Covid-19 disinformation: AP reports
  • COVID-19 triggers antibodies from previous coronavirus infections, says study
    "Our results suggest that the COVID-19 virus may awaken an antibody response that existed in humans prior to our current pandemic, meaning that we might already have some degree of pre-existing immunity to this virus," said John Altin, a co-author of the study from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in the US.
  • Baba Ramdev launches Patanjali's 'evidence-based' medicine for Covid-19
    Yog Guru Ramdev on February 19 launched the “first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19 by Patanjali”. During the event which saw presence of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Yog Guru also released scientific research paper on 'the first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19 by Patanjali'. Last year in June, Patanjali had launched 'Coronil and Swasari', Ayurvedic cure for treating COVID-19. They claimed the medicine showed 100 per cent favourable results during clinical trials on affected patients.Baba Ramdev launches Patanjali's 'evidence-based' medicine for Covid-19
  • Coronavirus strain found in Polish mink can pass to humans, says govt
    Denmark's entire herd of some 17 million mink, one of the world's biggest, was ordered to be culled in early November after hundreds of farms suffered outbreaks of coronavirus and authorities found mutated strains of the virus among people.
  • Covid-19: All you need to know about herd immunity
    Herd immunity is achieved when enough people have immunity, either from vaccination or past infection, to stop the uncontrolled spread. It doesn't make any one person immune, and outbreaks can still flare-up.
  • WHO issues new clinical advice on treating COVID-19 patients
    "The other things in the guidance that are new are that COVID-19 patients at home should have the use of pulse oximetry, that's measuring the oxygen levels, so you can identify whether somewhat at home is deteriorating and would be better off having hospital care," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
  • Maharashtra: 229 school hostel students test coronavirus positive
    Twenty one students tested positive in the first few days after which RT-PCR tests of all the 327 students were conducted, an official said. Earlier this week, 39 students and five employees of a hostel in Latur district of Marathwada had tested positive.
  • COVID-19: India reports 11,427 new cases, tally rises to 1,07,57,610
    The death toll increased to 1,54,392 with 118 daily new fatalities. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
  • The coronavirus is plotting a comeback. Here’s our chance to stop it for good
    The latest variant was discovered in New York City only this week, and another worrisome version is spreading at a rapid pace through California. Scientists say a contagious variant first discovered in Britain will become the dominant form of the virus in the United States by the end of March.
  • Mamata writes to PM to help Bengal get corona vaccines for people before polls
    "West Bengal being an election-going state, we are required to reach out practically to every government and para-statal employee on an urgent basis to make the election safe. However, the worrying point is that, in the ensuing elections, the people, in general, will be forced to go to the polling stations without any vaccination coverage," she wrote to Modi.
  • What the WHO coronavirus experts learned in Wuhan
    The visit was politically sensitive for China — which is concerned about any allegations it didn't handle the initial outbreak properly — and has been closely watched around the world.
  • Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani tests positive for coronavirus
    Rupani's sample was collected on Sunday night and sent for RT-PCR test which has come out positive for coronavirus, said a health bulletin issued by the hospital on Monday.
  • Punjab orders fresh curbs on indoor, outdoor gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise
    Chairing a virtual review meeting of the COVID-19 situation in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued orders to limit indoor gatherings to 100 people and outdoor events to 200 attendees from March 1, an official statement said.
  • 11,713 new cases take India's coronavirus tally to 1,08,14,304
    The total coronavirus cases mounted to 1,08,14,304 and the death toll climbed to 1,54,918 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 95 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.
  • Covid-19: Over 20 lakh people vaccinated in India; 12,689 new cases reported in 24 hours
    A total of 20,29,480 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in India for COVID-19 by January 27. Country reported 12,689 new COVID-19 cases and 13,320 discharges in last 24 hours. With new infections, the COVID tally of the country stood at 1,06,89,527, with 1,76,498 active cases.Covid-19: Over 20 lakh people vaccinated in India; 12,689 new cases reported in 24 hours
  • 12,689 fresh COVID-19 cases take India's infection tally to 1,06,89,527
    There are 1,76,498 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 1.65 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
  • Post Covid-19, Ayurveda economy risen 50-90%: Harsh Vardhan
    As Yog Guru Baba Ramdev launched “first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19 by Patanjali”, Health Minister of India Dr Harsh Vardhan, who was present at the event, applauded traditional medicinal system, saying growth rate of Ayurveda’s economy post-COVID rose to 50-90%. “Ayurveda has Rs 30,000 crore economy in India.Post Covid-19, Ayurveda economy risen 50-90%: Harsh Vardhan
  • China approves second domestic Covid-19 vaccine
    The vaccine has already been rolled out to key groups at higher risk of exposure to coronavirus but Saturday's approval allows for its use on the general public.
  • Indian nationals advised against visiting Dubai consulate amid spike in COVID-19 cases in city
    "Members of the Indian community who wish to visit the Consulate for any consular services are advised to avoid such visits unless absolutely necessary," the India mission said in the advisory posted on Twitter.
  • Scientists decode how air conditioning spreads coronavirus aerosols
    The study analysed the complex flows that occur when cold airflow from ACs interacts with the hot plume from a dining table, and the transport of virus-laden particles within such flows.
  • UK study finds new coronavirus variant may be more deadly
    The new report is based on analysis of a dozen studies that found the so-called Kent variant, named after the county where it was first identified, is likely 30 per cent to 70 per cent more deadly than other variants.
  • COVID-19: Over 70 lakh vaccinated in India
    The total cumulative vaccination coverage of 70,17,114 includes 57,05,228 healthcare workers (HCWs) and 13,11,886 frontline workers (FLWs), the ministry said. A total of 1,43,056 sessions have been conducted so far.
  • With rising Covid-19 cases, Uddhav Thackeray warns of another lockdown
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