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Srinagar: Amid rise in COVID cases, several religious scholars of the valley administrated the first dose of vaccine’ during COVID inoculation drive, organized by the divisional administration at valley’s lone tertiary care hospital, SKIMS Soura on Saturday. Around a dozen clerics and Islamic scholars from different parts of the valley were put under observation after administering the first jab of COVID vaccine. The drive, an official said was organized with an aim to encourage people…

The Government of India (GoI) has urged the Maharashtra state government to bring down its positivity rate and focus on containment strategies. The letter sent to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary was based on the assessment of the GoI team, Livemint reported. In a letter to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, the Indian Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said the state is “in the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic”. Amid concern of rising…

New Delhi: India recorded its highest daily tally of coronavirus cases this year with 28,903 new infections, taking the total COVID tally to 1,14,38,734. According to the Health Ministry of India, the number of deaths increased to 1,59,044 with 188 new fatalities, the highest in around two months. Registering an increase for the seventh day in a row, the total active caseload has increased to 2,34,406 which now comprises 2.05 per cent of the total…

New Delhi: On Monday, India recorded 26,291 new COVID cases, its highest single-day spike in 85 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 1,13,85,339. According to the Health Ministry of India, the number of deaths due to the disease increased to 1,58,725 with 118 more fatalities being recorded in a day, the data updated at 8 am today showed. Registering an upward trend for five days in a row, the total active caseload has gone…

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, as many as 25,320 more people have tested positive for COVID in India, the highest single-day jump in new infections so far this year. As many as 26,624 new infections were recorded on 20 December last year. According to the Health Ministry of India, the count of daily fresh cases has been on a steady rise since the last week of February and is touching record highs for…

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…

Uttar Pradesh: As India continues to witness cases of adverse effects following COVID vaccination with majority complaining fever, headache and nausea, a 46-year-old ward boy from a district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad died within 24 hours after receiving the vaccine shot. The ward boy, identified as Mahipal Singh, reportedly complained of breathlessness and unease in the chest after receiving a dose of Covishield, the COVID vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India. “He (ward…

New Delhi: Ninety-nine people across India have experienced adverse reactions after receiving COVID vaccine shots on Saturday but only two were considered serious enough to require hospitalization, Times of India reported. Quoting officials, the report said that there were no reports of adverse effects requiring hospitalisation till Saturday evening. “Eleven adverse reactions were noticed in Telangana, 22 in Maharashtra (14 of 22 were minor cases), 52 in Delhi and 14 in West Bengal. Fifty-one out…

At least 29 people have died in Norway within days of receiving the Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine shot, international media reports said on Sunday. The Scandinavian country, which has inoculated more than 25,000 people since the vaccination drive began on December 27 last year, has confirmed the deaths to news agency Bloomberg. Earlier, the age group thought to be in the danger zone was above 80, but the fresh six deaths on Saturday further lowered it…

Ladakh: Ladakh on Thursday reported the first positive case of new COVID strain having travel and stay history from Germany. Officials said that the male COVID positive patient on arrival from outside the Ladakh tested positive under the RT-PCR test and was immediately isolated two weeks back. A top health official said that a 38-year-old, male patient who was isolated for two weeks on arrival now has tested positive for the new COVID strain and…