Coronavirus

COVID-19 cases surge in India again: Is it time for booster jabs?
India

COVID-19 cases surge in India again: Is it time for booster jabs?

India has recorded over 4,000 active COVID-19 cases. About 69 JN.1 sub-variant infections have also been detected across the country. Now, people are wondering if they should get another booster dose of vaccine to fight this resurgence

We expect more JN.1 COVID cases as transmissibility is high: Kerala Health Minister
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We expect more JN.1 COVID cases as transmissibility is high: Kerala Health Minister

Talking about COVID-19 situation in her state, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said, 'We have found a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. There is nothing to worry about'

As Covid resurges, report says US scientists lied to Pentagon on ‘murky’ research at Wuhan
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As Covid resurges, report says US scientists lied to Pentagon on ‘murky’ research at Wuhan

The documents reveal that American scientists, including Peter Daszak and Ralph S. Baric, concealed their intention to conduct high-risk coronavirus research in Wuhan with less stringent safety measures

COVID-19 sub-strain JN.1 found in Kerala woman
India

COVID-19 sub-strain JN.1 found in Kerala woman

The sample from a 79-year-old woman had returned a positive result in an RT-PCR test on November 18, they said, adding that she had mild symptoms of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and had recovered from COVID-19

Singapore: People urged to wear masks as Covid-19 cases climb to 56,000 in first week of Dec
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Singapore: People urged to wear masks as Covid-19 cases climb to 56,000 in first week of Dec

The ministry said on Friday that the estimated number of COVID-19 cases from December 3 to 9 increased to 56,043, a 75 per cent jump compared with 32,035 cases in the previous week.

December Blues: Is COVID-19 making a comeback amid holiday season?
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December Blues: Is COVID-19 making a comeback amid holiday season?

Several Asian nations, including Singapore and Malaysia, have reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks. Mask advisories have returned. Hospitalisations due to the infectious disease have surged in the US, while India’s Kerala is also seeing a spike

Indian researchers discover a hidden Covid virus reservoir in human cells
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Indian researchers discover a hidden Covid virus reservoir in human cells

Even for individuals deemed virus-free by conventional tests, the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA within EVs may indicate a potential source for recurrent infections, according to the researchers

‘Just let people die’: Sunak reportedly said ahead of national lockdown, COVID probe panel finds
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‘Just let people die’: Sunak reportedly said ahead of national lockdown, COVID probe panel finds

The inquiry is examining the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut large sections of the economy and killed more than 220,000 people in Britain. It is due to run until the summer of 2026

10 die of heart attacks in 24 hours during Garba in Gujarat: What's ailing revellers?
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10 die of heart attacks in 24 hours during Garba in Gujarat: What's ailing revellers?

In Gujarat, 10 people died due to heart attacks during garba in the past 24 hours. The high number of deaths may be due to existing medical issues, fasting, and poor eating habits. Experts also think COVID-19 may be to blame, but, ex-CM Anandiben Patel refuted it

Did the CIA bribe its officials to cover up COVID-19 lab-leak theory?
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Did the CIA bribe its officials to cover up COVID-19 lab-leak theory?

A CIA official has made claims about the origins of COVID-19 to a congressional hearing. He alleges that the US agency offered six of its own analysts ‘a significant monetary incentive’ to change their position – that the virus didn’t leak from the Wuhan lab and jumped from animals to humans

COVID-19's new strain 'Pirola' or BA.2.86 rapidly increasing: Should India be concerned?
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COVID-19's new strain 'Pirola' or BA.2.86 rapidly increasing: Should India be concerned?

Of the total nine cases of Pirola, or BA.2.86, collected so far, three have been reported from Denmark, two each in South Africa and the US, one each in UK and Israel

China under new COVID cloud, cases to peak at 65 million per week by June end
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China under new COVID cloud, cases to peak at 65 million per week by June end

The latest wave is fueled by the newest XBB Omicron variant that has led to spike in cases starting late April. Reports say COVID-19 cases will reach nearly 40 million per week in May before peaking at 65 million a week by the end of May

Not a Joke: Why the Japanese are taking lessons on how to smile
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Not a Joke: Why the Japanese are taking lessons on how to smile

People in Japan believe that wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has made them forget how to smile. Now they are turning to experts who will train them to smile without appearing fake

COVID-19: India reports 1,272 new cases, three deaths
India

COVID-19: India reports 1,272 new cases, three deaths

The Covid case tally was recorded at 4.49 crore (4,49,80,674). The active cases now comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78 per cent

COVID-19: India reports 2,109 new cases
India

COVID-19: India reports 2,109 new cases

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,44,21,781, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.18 per cent

COVID-19: India logs 1,331 new cases, 11 deaths
India

COVID-19: India logs 1,331 new cases, 11 deaths

At 22,742, the active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.76 per cent

COVID-19: India logs 1,839 new cases, 11 deaths
India

COVID-19: India logs 1,839 new cases, 11 deaths

At 25,178, the active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.76 per cent

WHO says COVID-19 emergency is over: What does this decision mean?
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WHO says COVID-19 emergency is over: What does this decision mean?

Although WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus emergency was over, he warned that the virus is here to stay and that thousands of people continue to die every week. The risk of new variants emerging that cause new surges in cases and deaths remains

COVID-19: India logs 2,380 new cases, 15 deaths
India

COVID-19: India logs 2,380 new cases, 15 deaths

At 27,212, the active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.75 per cent

Covid-19 global health emergency over, says WHO
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Covid-19 global health emergency over, says WHO

The WHO had declared Covid-19 as a global emergency in January 2020