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New Delhi: With 53,476 fresh COVID cases reported in 24 hours, India saw the biggest single-day jump in total infections in nearly five months. As the country continues to see a worrying surge in infections amid concerns over a second COVID wave, the government of India yesterday said a new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern…

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 195 fresh COVID cases in the last 24 hours as the progressive surge in infections continue for last more than a week now. For the eighth consecutive day, the JK has reported over 100 COVID9 cases and among the 195 fresh cases, 31 are travellers which takes the overall tally to 129031. Of these cases, 49 were from Jammu and 146 from Kashmir division, officials said. Giving the district-wise details,…

Srinagar: Authorities on Tuesday ordered the closure of Government Higher Secondary School Hardapanzoo located in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, for the next five days after at least nine girl students tested positive for the COVID. An official said that in the ongoing mass testing of students and staff being conducted at Higher Secondary Hardapanzoo Budgam, nine students have been found to have contracted the virus so far, adding that testing is on. Meanwhile, CEO Budgam…

Srinagar: Amid rumours of closing the schools in Kashmir in view of rise in COVID cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday clarified that there was no such plan or proposal and that the educational institutions were functioning smoothly across the region. Officials from the administration announced that COVID vaccination doses among the students and staff will be given as per the national policy. Top officials of the School Education Department Kashmir News Observer…

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has recorded fresh 46,951 coronavirus cases, the biggest single-day jump since November 7, taking the country’s tally to 1,16,46,081. Of these, over 1.11 crore people have recovered so far, and 1,59,97 total deaths have been recorded, the Health Ministry of India data shows. In the last one week, India has seen the sharpest surge in fresh infections in nearly four months after the spread of the virus…

Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday said that 158 new cases of novel Coronavirus, 27 from the Jammu division and 131 from the Kashmir division, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 128547. Also, 01 COVID death has been reported from the Kashmir division. Moreover, 58 more COVID patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 11 from Jammu and 47 from Kashmir division. According to the daily media bulletin,…

New Delhi: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria has warned that there is nothing to stop the second wave of COVID in India from being as severe as the first unless people follow appropriate behaviour and are quickly vaccinated, a Delhi-based news organisation NDTV reported. The recent spike in infections is likely being caused by slip-ups in precautionary measures and variants of the virus, he said. The cases could spread even…

New Delhi: Health Minister of Karnataka Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said the second wave of coronavirus had begun, seeking people’s cooperation to contain the spread of the virus. “We are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus. Let us all join hands to control it because the next three months are crucial for us,” a report by The Indian Express quoted Sudhakar as saying. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tested positive…

Pakistan government has placed a travel ban on 12 African countries under the COVID standard operating procedures (SOPs) and eased the restrictions on flights coming from the United Kingdom, The Express Tribune reported. According to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), there are three categories in which countries are placed accordingly to contain the spread of the pandemic. Category A passengers do not require a COVID test while Category ‘B’ needs a polymerase chain reaction…

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has witnessed fresh 43,846 coronavirus cases, setting another highest daily-high in nearly four months. The worrying surge in the COVID infections has prompted states like Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to consider the return of school closures, restrictions on public gatherings and other virus-fighting measures, including lockdown in their worst-hit districts. According to the Health Ministry of India, the daily rise in infections today was…