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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…

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…

1.7 lakh people lost their jobs every hour in April 2020 alone New Delhi: During the COVID lockdown, the wealth of India’s billionaires increased by an estimated 35 per cent, while 84 per cent of households suffered varying degrees of income loss, and 1.7 lakh people lost their jobs every hour, in April 2020 alone, a report titled Inequality Virus by a non-governmental organisation Oxfam said on Monday. Released on the opening day of the…

Anantnag: Taking action for “violating” the government norms, District Magistrate Anantnag on Saturday sealed and penalized the Oxford Presentation High School K P Road Anantnag and reiterated to the other institutions of the district to not deviate from the government orders. In an order copy, accessed by Free Press Kashmir, Chief Education Officer, Anantnag vide letter number CEO/A/IMW, 25064-67, dated 28, 11, 2020, stated that “acting on a complaint, today a team led by him…

Slovakia: As countries around the world continue to witness COVID cases, European country Slovakia has managed to test more than 3.6 million people- two-thirds of its population- in just two days as the government hopes that it will help reverse a surge in infections without a hard lockdown. The European country decided to embark on the gargantuan quest to test everyone over the age of 10 after COVID cases started spiking last month. Dubbed operation…