Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Oxygen for India' marathon fundraiser to collect $2mn launched in Canada

TORONTO: The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), along with 80-odd community bodies, launched its 'Oxygen for India marathon fundraiser to collect $2 million to send oxygen equipment to India, even as Ontario announced to send 2,000 more ventilators to the Covid-battered country.

UK further eases Covid-19 restrictions

LONDON: People in England, Scotland and Wales can now sit indoors in pubs and restaurants and can hug each other again, in the biggest single lifting of coronavirus restrictions since the start of the UK's successful vaccination campaign.

4524 new Covid cases in Delhi as high casualties cause for concern

NEW DELHI: Delhi reported 4,524 new Covid -19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since April 4, when the city had reported 4,033 positive cases in day. The Capital also continued to witness reduction in daily positive cases which slid below 9 per cent (8.42%) on Monday.

WHO gives 100 oxygen concentrators to Haryana

GURUGRAM:The World Health Organization (WHO) in first phase provided 100 oxygen concentrators to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal through one of its top representatives -- National Profession Officer, Regional Team Leader, North India, Dr. Vishesh, here on Monday.

Covid claims top Bengal editor

KOLKATA:Covid has claimed West Bengal's top editor Anjan Bandopadhyay, family sources said.Bandopadhyay, the Chief Editor of Zee Bangla, succumbed to the virus after a battle for more than a month in a private hospital, where he was admitted with Covid complications on April 14.

Nepal gets more China-donated oxygen cylinders

KATHMANDU:Nepal received a second shipment of China-donated oxygen cylinders as the Himalayan country is continuing to face an acute shortage of medical oxygen supply for a growing number of Covid-19 patients.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 162.7mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 162.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.37 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Ireland's health department under ransomware attack

DUBLIN: Ireland's Department of Health has been under a ransomware attack similar to that recently launched on the country's Health Service Executive (HSE), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Sunday.

South Sudan stuck with 126,000 doses of AstraZeneca due to low turn up

JUBA: South Sudan said on Sunday that it's stuck with more than 126,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines due to low turn up as only 6,403 people have received Covid-19 doses since April when the vaccination started.

Recoveries outnumber new Covid cases in Karnataka

BENGALURU: For the first time in 3 months, with 36,475 patients discharged, recoveries outnumbered 31,531 new Covid cases in a day across Karnataka, while 403 succumbed to the infection, said the state health bulletin on Sunday.

Punjab CS asks officers to reach out to rural areas to expedite sampling, vaccination

CHANDIGARH: Acting swiftly on Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's directions to launch a special campaign against Covid in the villages, the Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Sunday, exhorted the rural population in Punjab to voluntarily come forward and get themselves tested and vaccinated against the deadly virus.

J&K sees 4,141 new Covid cases, 59 deaths

SRINAGAR: As many as 59 Covid patients succumbed in different hospitals of J&K on Sunday taking the total number of people killed by the pandemic in the Union Territory to 3,149.

Punjab Government establishes 4 new laboratories to conduct free of cost dengue test

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Health Minister Punjab Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu dedicated 4 new Laboratories for free testing of Dengue to the people of the State on the occasion of National Dengue Day on 16th May. The new labs have been made functional at Sub-divisional Hospital Kharar, Rajpura, Abohar and Jagraon.

Punjab CM asks CS to explore Sputnik V procurement for 18-44 group vaccination

CHANDIGARH: Amid continued shortage of Covid vaccine, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday directed the Chief Secretary to explore the possibility of procurement of Sputnik V for the immunization of 18-44 age group.

Big B gets 2nd Covid vax, shares photo

MUMBAI: Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan has received his second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19.Big B took to Instagram on Sunday to share a photo where he can be seen taking the jab on his left arm.

US nurses' union condemns CDC's advice to go maskless

WASHINGTON: The US' union of registered nurses condemned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for lifting mask recommendations for vaccinated people in the country, stating that it would jeopardise the health of frontline workers, the media reported.

Remdesivir allocated till May 23 to States/UTs: Gowda

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has made adequate allocation of Remdesivir injection till May 23 for the treatment of Covid patients, it said.Considering the requirement of Remdesivir in every state and ensuring its adequate availability, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers D.V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday announced the allocation of Remdesivir and said substantial increase has been made in overall production and allocation of the drug, crucial in treatment of Covid patients.

Maha: Covid cases drop; death toll crosses 80K with 960 fatalities

Uncontrolled diabetes major cause of Black Fungus: Experts

LUCKNOW: Uncontrolled diabetes is emerging as a major factor in acquiring black fungus infection or mucormycosis, which is surfacing in Covid-19 patients after recovery and is leading to further complications

Belarus reports 1,363 new Covid-19 cases

MINSK: Belarus reported 1,363 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking its total to 374,714, according to the country's health ministry.There were also 1,382 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 365,255, the ministry added.

France hits target of 20mn first Covid-19 vaccinations: PM

PARIS: France has administered the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 20 million people, reaching its target days ahead of the reopening of catering businesses and cultural venues, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday.

Myanmar records 24 new Covid-19 cases

YANGON:The number of Covid-19 infections rose to 143,059 after 24 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, according to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry on Saturday.

Russia records 8,790 new Covid-19 cases

MOSCOW: Russia confirmed 8,790 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 4,931,691, the official monitoring and response center said Saturday.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 162.1mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 162.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.36 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

China reports 4 new locally-transmitted Covid cases

BEIJING: The Chinese mainland has reported four new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases in Liaoning province, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.Besides the four locally-transmitted cases, there 14 new imported infections registered in the mainland, Xinhua news agency quoted the Commission as saying.

Karnataka registers 41,664 positive cases, 349 deaths

BENGALURU: With the pandemic wave continuing to swarm the state, 41,664 cases were registered in a day across Karnataka including 13,402 cases in Bengaluru, while 349 succumbing to this deadly virus, said the health bulletin on Saturday.

Doctors' advice for post-vaccine care at home

NEW DELHI: A sore injection site, pain in the injected arm, mild fever, moderate fatigue, headaches, chills, and even diarrhoea are symptoms commonly seen after administration of the Covid-19 vaccine. While one may have taken the right step towards protection from the virus, doctors say the post-vaccination symptoms can be managed at home.

4.9L Remdesivir vials, 19 foreign oxygen plants delivered to states

NEW DELHI: Nearly 4.9 lakh Remdesivir vials, 11,000 Oxygen Concentrators, more than 13,000 oxygen cylinders, 19 oxygen generation plants and over 6,800 ventilators received from abroad as medical Covid aid have been dispatched to the states so far, the government said on Saturday.

India's active caseload decreased to 36,73,802 on Saturday

NEW DELHI:India's total active caseload has decreased to 36,73,802 on Saturday that comprises 15.07 per cent of the country's total positive cases.A net decline of 31,091 cases was recorded in the active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Delhi reports less than 7k new Covid cases, lowest since April

NEW DELHI: Delhi reported 6,500 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since April 7, the day when the city reported 5,506 cases in a day.
The positivity rate - the proportion of samples tested that return positive for Covid -19 -- continued its sharp decline to 11 per cent, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.

After WHO, NITI Aayog lauds Yogi over Covid-19 management

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath model for the management of Covid-19 has been appreciated by NITI Aayog after being praised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

China approves another inactivated Covid vax for emergency use

BEIJING: China has approved one more inactivated Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, according to an announcement by the developer of the jab.
Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products Co., Ltd., the developer, said on Friday that the vaccine it developed has started related work for Phase III clinical trial, reports Xinhua news agency.

India's cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 18 cr

NEW DELHI: The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 18 crore on Saturday under the Phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive.

DRDO anti-Covid drug to be game changer: Karnataka Minister

BENGALURU: Lauding the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) contribution in the fight against the pandemic, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Friday said its anti-Covid drug would be a game-changer in treating the infection.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 161.5mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 161.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.35 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Commonwealth nations target inclusive shift to clean energy

NEW DELHI: The Second Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum concluded with strong recommendations for member countries to work together to fast-track an inclusive, just and equitable transition to low-carbon energy systems across the Commonwealth.

Kenya to start second dose of Covid-19 jabs in June

NAIROBI: Kenya will start administering the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the first week of June, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Friday.

Cuba reports record number of daily Covid-19 cases

HAVANA: Cuba registered the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since March 2020, recording 1,277 infections in the last 24 hours, for a tally of 121,838 cases, the Ministry of Public Health said on Friday, reporting seven deaths as well, to total 785.

More young Zambians living with HIV

LUSAKA: As the world works to end AIDS, more and more Zambian young people who are HIV positive begin to openly talk about their status.
It is an effort to discourage populations from discriminating people living with HIV as well as encourage those infected to seek help without feeling ashamed, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Singapore reports 52 new Covid-19 cases

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 52 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the total tally to 61,505.Of the new cases, 28 are imported cases and 24 are community cases, the Xinhua news agency reported.