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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…

Kupwara: Amid bird flu scare, scores of crows were found dead besides carcasses of few foxes also spotted in Lolab area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Reports said that panic triggered among local residents after dozens of crows were found dead at Gundmacher area in Lolab early this morning. However, what puzzled the locals is that carcasses of around three foxes were also spotted at several places in the vicinity. “The authorities have been intimated…

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…

Srinagar: A 32-year-old school teacher in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district has tested positive for COVID, forcing the authorities to suspend all sorts of activities at the institute till further orders. Reliable sources told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) that on the directions of DSEK to conduct RT-PCR tests in schools, a medical team carried out the tests at Government High School Kanthpora. During the process, they said, one of the teacher’s was found…

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir is among 14 states and UTs where Avian Influenza among commercially reared and wild birds has been confirmed, the government said on Friday. In Jammu and Kashmir context, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, informed Rajya Sabha that the avian influenza cases have been confirmed in Kulgam, Anantnag, Budgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Poonch and Udhampur districts. The species affected, he said, include “crows and poultry”.…

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday reported 44 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the tally to 1,24,550 in the Union Territory, however, no death was reported in J&K in last 48 hours. Of the exact number of 1,24,550 cases, 72,989 are from Kashmir and 51,561 from Jammu division. Officials said that among 44 new cases, 36 belong to Kashmir division while as 08 are from Jammu division. The total number of positive cases in Kashmir…

Jammu: Several cases of Avian Flu commonly known as Bird Flu have been reported in Udhampur district among the domestic birds, officials said. Wildlife warden Jammu, Anil Arti told the news agency Kashmir News Observer that samples of some domestic birds were taken in Udhampur area some fifteen days ago and they have now been tested positive for bird flu. He, however, said that there is no need to worry as cases have not been…

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…