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India saw 40,953 new Coronavirus infections being reported in a day, the highest single-day rise recorded in 111 days, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,15,55,284, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. Registering an increase for the tenth day in a row, the total active caseload has reached 2,88,394, which now comprises 2.49 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 96.12 per cent, the data…

New Delhi: The total number of global Covid-19 cases has topped 117 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.59 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 117,130,044 and 2,599,596, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths…

Srinagar: The authorities in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday ordered closure of three schools for at least three days after some teachers and students were tested positive for Covid-19. According to a letter, Nodal officer Covid-19 mitigation cell Budgam, Aadil Bashir has asked the heads of these three educational institutions to close down the school premises’ immediately for a period of not less than 3 days after detection of Covid-19 positives cases in these…

New Delhi: The daily rise in new Coronavirus infections were recorded above 18,000 for the second consecutive day taking India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,12,10,799, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. The active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day and the COVID-19 active caseload increased to 1,84,523 which now comprises 1.65 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate has dropped further to 96.95 per cent, the ministry data…

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said most of the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in Kashmir are opting out of Covid-19 vaccine. “More than 80 percent of the healthcare workers have turned down the vaccine,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS. “Out of 7,000 healthcare workers at Government Medical College Srinagar and its associated hospitals, only 1,167 (16.67 percent) have received the vaccine…

Srinagar: Much to the dismay of valleyites who are already reeling from the heaviest snowfall in decades, two new cases of UK COVID strain have been detected in the valley. A senior official at JLNM Hospital confirmed the two positive cases with the new strain of coronavirus. “Two UK returnees have tested positive for the new strain. Both of them are asymptomatic and are being isolated,” the official told Free Press Kashmir. In the UK,…

India’s COVID-19 caseload went past 88 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 82 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.09 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The total number of cases mounted to 88,14,579 with 41,100 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,29,635 with 447 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The…

New Delhi: After Pfizer Inc and BioNTech announced successful interim data earlier on Monday, the work to distribute the experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by the biotech companies is gearing up. However, it will not be available in the local pharmacies for the general public any time soon. The data, which sent U.S. stocks to record highs, showed that the two companies’ experimental vaccine is 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. While data on safety is still…

The United States has become the first country worldwide to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections, according the Reuters news agency. The development on Sunday came as global coronavirus cases exceeded 50 million. In the past 10 days, the United states has reported about a million cases, the highest rate of infections since the nation reported its first novel coronavirus case in Washington state 293 days ago. A record 1,31,420 COVID cases were lodged…