COVID-19: With a TPR of above 12% is Kerala following a double standard model

New Delhi, July 28: The Supreme Court had recently lashed out at the Kerala government for lifting restrictions as part of Bakrid. The fact of the matter is that the restrictions were lifted in regions where the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was above 15.

The TPR in Kerala is 12.35 per cent, which is way higher than the national average of 2.51 per cent. The reports coming in from Kerala indicate that India is on the brink of a third wave, something that the experts have been warning about. On Tuesday, Kerala reported 22,129 fresh COVID-19 cases and the Kerala Health Department said that 156 persons lost their lives. The total death toll now stands at 16,326. Further reports also say that among the new cases, 20,194 people have been infected through the spread locally.

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Now the myths around COVID-19 vaccines hits SIMI operatives

New Delhi, June 15: The administration of the Bhopal Central Jail are having a hard time convincing operatives of the Students Islamic Movement of India to take the vaccine against COVID-19. 

Most of them have cited either religious reasons or some myth about the safety of the vaccines and hence are avoiding taking them. 23 operatives of the SIMI have refused to take the vaccine. However five of them have taken the shot at the Bhopal jail. 

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Vaccinate or no salary in this UP village

Lucknow, June 02: In a bid to encourage Covid vaccination, the district administration Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad has ordered that government employees will not receive their salaries unless they are vaccinated, an official said on Wednesday. 

Chief Development Officer, Charchit Gaur said that District Magistrate Chandra Vijay Singh has issued an oral order of “no vaccination, no salary”. Ads by 

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In COVID-19 times, specially abled people supported by Indian-American NGO

New Delhi, June 02: An Indian-American non-profit body has raised USD 100,000 to help specially abled people in India tide over the impact of the second wave of COVID-19.

Los Angeles-based ‘Voice of Specially Abled People’ (VOSAP) said Monday that it has raised close to USD 100,000 to help people with disabilities in India by providing them grocery, PPE kits, among others, during the pandemic.

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Vaccine, Afghanistan, China top India-US discussions during EAM’s visit

New Delhi, May 30: The United States has assured India that in the view of it withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration would keep a close watch on the Af-Pak region to ensure that security in the region does not deteriorate.

The US security team also assured visiting Indian External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar of an appropriate response if things go south in Afghanistan.

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Origin of COVID-19: India backs call for further studies

New Delhi, May 28: India has backed investigations to probe the origins of COVID-19. India also sought cooperation from China and other parties for such studies.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the World Health Organisation Study was an important first step. However more studies are needed he also said.

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WHA treaty likely to make it legally binding on nations to prevent future pandemic outbreak

New Delhi, May 24: As the demands grow for a fuller probe into the origins of COVID-19, the World Health Assembly will be meeting today to pass a resolution on setting up of an inter-governmental working group.

The WHA will meet under the presidentship of Bhutan and it may consider a global pandemic treaty to make it legally binding on nations to prevent any future pandemic outbreak.

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False: WHO has not termed B.1.617 as Indian variant, remove such reports says govt

New Delhi, May 22: There are media reports referring to the new strain of COVID-19 as an Indian variant. The government has said that this information is false. 

In a release, the Union Government said that this is completely FALSE. There is no such variant of Covid-19 scientifically cited as such by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports. 

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India reports 3.11 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, 4,077 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi, May 16: India reported 3.11 lakh fresh cases, 4,077 deaths in 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 2.46 crore and the deaths at 2.7 lakh.

According to the dash board of the health ministry, the total active cases are 36,184,58 while the number of those discharged is at 2-7,95.335. The total number of those vaccinated stands at 18,22,20,164.

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