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  • The price of the coronavirus vaccine at private facilities in the country has been capped at Rs 250 per dose which includes Rs 100 as service charge, according to central government sources. From March 1, India is going to start the vaccination of people above 60 years and individuals above 45 years of age having comorbidities against coronavirus.COVID-19 vaccine: Govt caps price at Rs 250 per dose in private hospitals
  • 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
  • Watch: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and his wife take dose of Covid-19 vaccine at Delhi Heart & Lung Institute.Watch: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, wife take Covid-19 vaccine
  • 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
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Hailing the Prime Minister for taking the vaccine on the first day, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International Limited Krishna Ella also expressed gratitude to him for reposing trust in Covaxin.
  • 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
  • Arunachal Pradesh remains coronavirus-free for second day, over 32,000 inoculated
    The total caseload remained at 16,836, while the number of recoveries stood at 16,780, State Surveillance Officer Lobsang Jampa said. So far, 56 people have died due to the contagion, he said.
  • 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
  • COVID-19: Aurangabad's case count crosses 50,000-mark
    The virus claimed the lives of two persons, which took the death toll to 1,266, the official said.
  • Active case count hits zero, Arunachal turns coronavirus-free
    No fresh COVID-19 case was reported in the past 24 hours, he said, A total of 56 people have so far died due to the contagion in the state.
  • MHA says existing COVID-19 guidelines to continue till March 31
    In a statement, the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • All private hospitals permitted to give COVID vaccine, Centre to states; utilise optimum capacity of empanelled hospitals
    Day 2 of the inoculation drive for high-risk groups turned out to be smoother, with beneficiaries reporting a pleasant experience, although glitches remained in the online registration process.
  • 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:
  • 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: India reports 16,488 new cases, 113 deaths in 24 hours
    On February 27, total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,10,79,979. The country reported 16,488 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stand at 1,59,590. With new 12,771 discharges, total number is at 1,07,63,451. 113 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,56,938. 1,42,42,547 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India.Covid-19: India reports 16,488 new cases, 113 deaths in 24 hours
  • Coronavirus in India: Nearly 90 lakh vaccinated so far; active cases stand at 1.36 lakh
    According to the Health Ministry, total of 89,99,230 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in India for COVID-19 so far. India reported 11,610 new COVID-19 cases and 11,833 discharges on Feb 17. With new infections, the COVID tally of the country stood at 1,09,37,320 which includes 1,36,549 active cases.Coronavirus in India: Nearly 90 lakh vaccinated so far; active cases stand at 1.36 lakh
  • 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.
  • India records 16,752 fresh Covid-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days
    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 per cent.
  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope tests positive for Covid-19
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kumbh Mela: Penal action to be taken against violators of COVID-19 SOPs
    The Kumbh Mela is likely to begin on April 1 and will go on only for 28 days. The duration of Kumbh is being shortened to prevent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SC rejects plea for extra chance in UPSC exam to those who exhausted last attempt amid Covid-19
    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
  • Covid surge spreads to 28 of Maharashtra's 36 districts
    Covid-19 cases have spread to more districts in the state over the past week. Active cases in 28 of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have seen a surge in the last two weeks, up from 21 districts about 10 days ago.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Over 50 lakh registrations on Co-WIN portal since Monday, no glitch in system: Govt
    ​​The vaccination drive for those over 60 years of age and within the age bracket of 45-60 years with specified comorbidities began on March 1, and the registrations opened at 9 am Monday on the Co-WIN portal -- cowin.gov.in.
  • Your coronavirus vaccine guide: Covishield vs Covaxin
    Oxford-AstraZeneca-made Covishield is based on the viral vector platform. The vaccine is made by genetically engineering adenovirus that normally infects chimpanzees. It uses double-stranded DNA. Bharat Biotech made Covaxin is based on an inactivated form of the coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Why vaccines alone will not end the Coronavirus pandemic
    Vaccines alone are not enough, a model shows. And if precautions like working remotely, limiting travel and wearing masks are relaxed too soon, it could mean millions more infections and thousands more deaths.
  • Can we avoid another coronavirus pandemic?
    Trials have been on in Europe and Latin America since December, and the results could be out as early as next month. The good news is that, unlike the Pfizer shot that needs to be stored at -70°C, the CureVac shot can be stored safely at +5°C (in an ordinary refrigerator) for three months.
  • 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.
  • Covid-19 resurgence: Case for faster vaccination
    The government has allowed private hospitals to participate in the vaccination drive starting today, which should help. Here's a look at the numbers and what could help.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Get vaccinated or bear cost for the treatment, Punjab govt warns healthcare workers
    There is a warning that has come for the healthcare workers in Punjab. Punjab government has said that the healthcare workers who do not get vaccinated to boost their immunity for Covid-19 despite being given repeated opportunities, will have to bear the cost for their own treatment.Get vaccinated or bear cost for the treatment, Punjab govt warns healthcare workers
  • 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.
  • COVID-19: Antibodies significantly higher after 7 days of vaccine among those are seropositive
    Seropositive people are those who were infected at some point of time. So there are high chances of prevalence of antibodies in them.
  • 2nd phase of COVID vaccination drive begins in Delhi, many face issues during online registration
    At several places, people had started gathering at the facilities at 9 AM although booking for the first dose slot on the CO-WIN portal was scheduled to start at 12 noon on Monday.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Health minister Harsh Vardhan, wife get COVID-19 vaccine shot
    Vardhan on Monday had appealed to all those aged 60 and above and aged 45 and above having specified co-morbidities to immediately take the vaccine.
  • 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.
  • Johnson & Johnson's planned coronavirus vaccine trials to include infants
    Unlike the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use, which use a new technology involving messenger RNA, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine utilizes a method that has been widely tested for years.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Government looks to involve private sector once vaccine drive expands to 50-plus age group
    As govt moves to expand the vaccination process to the 50-plus age group, the Centre is looking to rope in the private sector in a major way to cover a much larger target population of 27 crore people. Niti Aayog officials said details of the next phase of vaccinations were being firmed up and private sector participation would be large scale. India has vaccinated 1.14 cr people.
  • 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
  • Now you can take the coronavirus vaccine round the clock
    People can now get vaccinated round-the-clock according to their convenience, he said in a tweet, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi values the health as well as the time of the citizens of the country.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sri Lanka thanks India for sending coronavirus vaccine
    Sri Lanka will become the eighth country to which India is gifting COVID-19 vaccines since it began its country-wide mega immunisation programme on January 16.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Can our coronavirus vaccine fight new strains? India to test
    The ICMR had announced on Tuesday that Pune-based National Institute of Virology was in the process of isolating and culturing the South African variant in its lab. The NIV has already readied a culture of the Brazilian variant for testing.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nepal and Bangladesh receive Coronavirus vaccines sent by India
    Two million doses of Covisheild vaccines were sent to Bangladesh, while Nepal was supplied one million doses.
  • 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
  • Coronavirus vaccine: A sense of relief, opportunity to dispel doubts
    As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolle out the vaccination drive, SGPGI Director Dr R K Dhiman, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute Director Dr A K Singh and Kannauj Medical College Principal Navneet Kumar were among the first few to get themselves vaccinated.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28: Draft
    The draft document, seen by Reuters, states that starting from March 8 a maximum of five people from two households, excluding children younger than 14, will be allowed to meet, up from a maximum of two people under current rules.
  • Prominent leaders take COVID vaccine with start of next phase
    Though the registration opened at 9 am, the prime minister was the first off the block. He visited AIIMS in Delhi early in the morning to take his first dose and appeal to everyone eligible to get themselves inoculated.
  • 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.
  • Does the Covid vaccine stop transmission?
    The limited data available suggests the vaccines will at least partly reduce transmission, and the studies to determine this with more clarity are underway. There should be more data within the next couple of months. Until then, precautionary measures like masking and distancing in the presence of unvaccinated people will remain important.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Got my jab of Covaxin, felt secure, will travel safely: Jaishankar
    Several other prominent leaders including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NCP chief Sharad Pawar also took the first dose of COVID vaccine on Monday.
  • Kerala govt writes to Centre, seeks more COVID vaccine doses
    The Kerala government has asked the Centre to release more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the state and sought permission for health workers, who missed the opportunity, to register again to receive the shot. State Health Minister KK Shailaja shot off a letter to her counterpart at the Centre, Harsh Vardhan in this regard. Though most of the health workers in the southern state registered within the stipulated time, a few of them could not, she stated in the letter adding that they should be given a chance to register again. More doses of vaccine should be provided for the vaccination of the third priority group-those aged above 50 years, the minister said. (Text: PTI)Kerala govt writes to Centre, seeks more COVID vaccine doses
  • Can vaccinated people still spread the coronavirus?
    Deborah Fuller is a microbiologist at the University of Washington working on coronavirus vaccines. She explains what the science shows about transmission post-vaccination - and whether new variants could change this equation.
  • Face mask only shield against coronavirus: Uddhav Thackeray
    "Shivaji Maharaj fought several battles and established 'swaraj'.... There is no need to tell how he fought the opponents. No such battles are being fought now, and there are no swords and shields. But right now we are fighting a battle against the coronavirus and face mask is the only shield in the fight," he said.
  • 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
  • Elderly show fewer post-vaccine symptoms than young: Study
    With eight million healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated across the country by the end of Saturday, there are a range of observations that doctors’ associations and groups have made.
  • 'Tamil Nadu’s salt workers protecting India from COVID-19': Rahul Gandhi in Tirunelveli rally
    Ahead of the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is effectively campaigning in several cities of the state. During his rally in Tirunelveli on February 27, Rahul Gandhi said, “Today a worker at salt pan told me “brother the salt we are collecting is helping fight coronavirus, work I am doing here, collecting salt, goes into medicine used to treat corona. I am not only collecting salt but protecting country from corona”. That is beauty of your state.”'Tamil Nadu’s salt workers protecting India from COVID-19': Rahul Gandhi in Tirunelveli rally
  • Maharashtra: Nashik sees 140 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths, schools shut
    A total of 305 people were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the number of recoveries in Nashik district to 1,17,860.
  • 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' to think that pandemic might be stopped by end of the year: WHO
    The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is "unrealistic" to expect the Covid-19 pandemic to be over by the end of 2021. "I think it will be very premature, and I think unrealistic, to think that we're going to finish with this virus by the end of the year," Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said at a press conference on Monday.'Premature,' 'unrealistic' to think that pandemic might be stopped by end of the year: WHO
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad gets anti-coronavirus vaccine shot; pays Rs 250
    He said all the Union ministers have decided to voluntarily pay the price fixed for the vaccine.
  • India offers to vaccinate all 95,000 U.N. peacekeepers
    "Keeping in mind the U.N. Peacekeepers who operate in such difficult circumstances, we would like to announce today a gift of 200,000 doses for them," India's External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a U.N. Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic and conflict zones.
  • How many variants of the coronavirus are there?
    Monitoring variants is important because of the possibility that they could make vaccines and treatments less effective, or change the way they infect people.

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