Tuesday, January 18, 2022


IIT Mandi team finds Himalayan plant to help fight Covid infection

MANDI: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi have identified phytochemicals in the petals of a Himalayan plant that could potentially be used to treat Covid-19 infections.

India sees slight dip at 2.58L new Covid cases, 385 deaths

NEW DELHI: India on Monday reported marginal decline in fresh Covid cases at 2,58,089 in the last 24 hours. In the same time span, total 385 deaths have also been reported, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Study finds evidence of community transmission of Omicron in Delhi

NEW DELHI: There is a definite shift from Delta predominance to Omicron along with its community spread in Delhi, a study revealed on Saturday.

Canada's Covid-19 cases surpass 2.7mn

OTTAWA: Canada reported 20,036 new Covid-19 cases, raising its national total to 2,706,977 cases with 31,306 deaths, according to local media CTV.

Omicron less severe even for unvaccinated, claims S.African study

ADDIS ABABA: In a ray of fresh hope as the world grapples with the surge in Covid infections, a new South African study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, has claimed that the Omicron variant is even less severe for the unvaccinated.

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with Covid-19

GENEVA: A World Health Organization (WHO) panel on Friday strongly recommended baricitinib, a drug used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, for patients with severe or critical Covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids.

Lucknow University defers exams as 50 students test Covid positive

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow University (LU) has deferred the examinations scheduled to take place from Friday after 50 students have tested positive for Covid-19.

WHO cautions against concurrent outbreaks of Covid-19, other diseases

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned and urged for preparedness against concurrent outbreaks of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases during the coming spring.

Covaxin booster can neutralise Omicron: Bharat Biotech

NEW DELHI: Covaxin's booster dose is able to neutralise the vaccine evading Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to a study conducted at US' Emory University, Bharat Biotech announced on Wednesday.

At 1,68,063, India sees slight decline in fresh Covid cases

NEW DELHI: India registered a slight decline in daily Covid-19 cases, with 1,68,063 people testing positive for the virus while 277 succumbed to the infection in the past 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

68 students test Covid positive in girl's residential hostel in K'taka

BELAGAVI: As many as 68 girl students on Monday tested positive for Covid-19 at Kitturu Channamma Sainik Residential hostel in Karnatakas' Belagavi. Ten staff members have also tested positive, raising concerns with parents and district authorities.

Rajnath Singh tests positive for Covid

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that he had tested positive for Covid.

Omicron: Germany to study reliability of rapid antigen-test

LONDON: German researchers are set to study how far rapid antigen tests are able to detect the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19, media reports said.

400 Parliament staffers test Covid positive

NEW DELHI: Some 400 Parliament staffers have tested positive for Covid-19 during random testing, sources said here.

TN vaccinates 17.34 lakh people in 18th mega vaccine camp

CHENNAI: Amid the rising Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu health department have vaccinated 17,34,083 people in the 18th mega vaccine camp.

Vietnam reports 16,553 new Covid-19 cases

HANOI: Vietnam has reported 16,553 new Covid-19 cases, including 16,513 locally transmitted and 40 imported, according to its Ministry of Health.

Daily Covid cases cross 5K in Kerala, 2nd time this month

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:For the second day in succession in a month's time the total number of daily new Covid cases in Kerala crossed 5,000 and reached 5,944 on Saturday.

Global dementia cases may triple to 150 mn by 2050: Study

NEW YORK:Dementia cases are expected to rise by over 150 million by 2050, which is about three times more than in 2019, suggests a new study.The study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, indicated that the number of people with dementia would increase from 57.4 million cases globally in 2019 to 152.8 million cases in 2050.

New Covid variant detected in France not a threat yet: WHO

GENEVA: The new Covid-19 variant called B.1.640, which was detected by French researchers and is probably of Cameroonian origin, is not "circulating widely at the moment" and has so far been identified in less than 1 per cent of the samples sequenced in France, the World Health Organization (WHO) said

Asymptomatic infection may lead to long Covid: Study

NEW YORK: Covid infection, even if mild, can trigger an immune response that lasts longer than the initial infection and recovery, according to a new study.

Covid vax during pregnancy not linked to preterm birth: US CDC

WASHINGTON: Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with complications at birth such as preterm birth or babies born underweight, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

India reports 58,097 fresh Covid cases, Omicron tally reaches 2,135

NEW DELHI: India registered a single-day rise of 58,097 Covid cases, a spike of 20,718 over the previous days total, and 534 deaths in a span of 24 hours, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Wednesday. The Omicron tally has also climbed to 2,135.

Russia reports 15,903 Covid cases

MOSCOW: Russia reported 15,903 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 10,570,212, the official monitoring and response centre said on Tuesday.

Develop Covid care centres in hotels, stock up on test kits, states told

NEW DELHI: Amid a large spike in Covid cases, the Centre on Tuesday directed the states and UTs to develop Covid care centres in hotel rooms and other similar accommodations to be linked with dedicated Covid hospitals for the care of mild or asymptomatic Covid cases.

France reports record 271,686 new Covid cases

PARIS: France on Tuesday reported 271,686 new cases of Covid-19, detected in the last 24 hours, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.

After Manipur, Omicron cases detected in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: After one case in Manipur, five cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 were detected in Meghalaya on Tuesday, health officials said.
Health and Family Welfare Department Director Aman War said that of the five cases of Omicron variant, three people were detected with the new variant of coronavirus in the three localities of Shillong and two at Saiden village in Ri-Bhoi district.

MP reports 308 Covid cases, active cases over 1K

BHOPAL:Madhya Pradesh has reported 308 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally of active cases in the state to 1,029. A total 57,843 samples were tested in a day, according to the state government's data released on Tuesday.

Taiwan reports local cases of Omicron

TAIPEI:Two Covid infections in Taiwan that had been considered imported have been reclassified as local and determined to be caused by the Omicron variant, media reports said.

Covid to end up as seasonal epidemic soon: Experts

MOSCOW: Even as the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly across the world, and outpacing the previous Delta strain, several Russian and Danish experts have said that the pandemic will end up as seasonal epidemics in this year, media reports said.

Omicron likely plateaued in UK, but 15% cases reinfections: Scientist

LONDON: While Omicron infections have plateaued in London and could reduce in the next week, upto 15 per cent cases are reinfections, according to top scientist Prof Neil Ferguson.

India logs 37,379 new Covid cases, active infections reach 1.71 lakh

NEW DELHI: In another significant single-day spike amid the ongoing resurgence, India logged 37,479 new Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the overall active infection tally to 1,71,830, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Tuesday.

Manoj Tiwari tests positive for Covid-19

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Corona strikes officials, medical staff in Bihar

PATNA:Cases of coronavirus are emerging at all levels across Bihar, including the administration and medical facilities, as well as the public programmes of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Over 40 lakhs vaccinated on Day 1 of teen inoculation drive

NEW DELHI:Over 40 lakh teenagers in the 15-18 age group received their first dose of Covid vaccine on the first day of vaccination drive for the said age group.

4.03 lakh in 15-18 age group jabbed on Day 1 in K'taka

BENGALURU:As many as 4,03,928 teens aged between 15 and 18 years got their first vaccination shot on Monday in a special vaccination drive arranged across the state by the Karnataka Health Department.

MP logs 221 new Covid cases; around 7 lakh children vaccinated on day 1

BHOPAL:Madhya Pradesh registered 221 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total active cases in the state to 773, according to the data shared by the state health department on Monday.

Haryana minister launches vaccination for 15-18 age group

CHANDIGARH:Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Monday launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years at a centre in Ambala cantonment.

Mix-match of different Covid vax safe, more effective: AIG Hospitals study

HYDERABAD: Mix-match of different Covid vaccines is safe and produces higher antibody response, according to a study released by AIG Hospitals here on Monday.

Delhi's new Covid cases cross 4,000 mark, infection rate 6.46%

NEW DELHI: Delhi on Monday reported 4,099 fresh Covid cases, the highest single-day rise after May 18 when the tally was 4,482, and one death.The new cases have pushed up the infection tally to 14,58,220, while the toll is 25,110 now.

14 Covid cases detected in Janata Darbar of Bihar CM

PATNA: As many as six visitors who had arrived in Patna to attend the Janata Darbar of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, have tested positive for Covid-19.