India braces for Covid-19 restrictions as daily infections surge

SOME of India’s big cities stare at stricter lockdowns and curbs as daily infections on Saturday (3) hit a six-month high. The second wave of the virus in the country third-worst hit by the pandemic is seeing a surge in number of positive cases being reported in the last month. India, on Saturday, reported 89,129 […]

Families planning overseas travel may have to pay £600 for Covid tests

A FAMILY planning an overseas travel this summer may end up paying £600 for Covid tests. UK government has introduced a traffic light system where a traveller is required to take at least two Covid-19 tests. The first test 72 hours before boarding a UK-bound flight while the second two days after landing in the […]

UK vaccine passports meet opposition, MPs call it ‘divisive’

UK GOVERNMENT is reviewing the idea of introducing vaccine passports, which would enable people to access crowded spaces such as pubs or sports events. The idea is to help open the economy as the country has started to ease Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, with prime minister Boris Johnson saying that a proof is likely to be […]

UK regulator says total of 30 cases of blood clot events linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

UK regulators said they have identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events after the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. However, the health officials said they still believe the benefits of the vaccine in the prevention of Covid-19 far outweigh any possible risk of blood clots. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said it had […]

India reports six-month high of Covid-19 daily infections

INDIA reported 81,466 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (2), the highest daily number in six months, as several states are hit by a second wave of the pandemic. The total number of cases have now surged to 12.3 million, making India the third-most hit country from the virus after the United States and Brazil. The […]

EU seeks 10m AstraZeneca vaccines from India to meet shortfall: report

THE European Union has asked India to allow it to buy 10 million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India, a government official said, the latest sign of growing pressure on Delhi to export more of its production to other countries. The EU wants the doses from Serum, the world’s largest vaccine […]

India registers highest number of Covid-19 cases since early October

INDIA began vaccinating tens of thousands of people above the age of 45 on Thursday (1) in its biggest push yet against a surging coronavirus that has hit the highest daily count since early October, officials said. Data released by the health ministry on Thursday showed 72,330 new Covid-19 infections, the highest since October 11. […]

Only one in five with Covid symptoms in UK seek test, says study

ONLY one person in five in Britain with Covid-19 symptoms has sought or would get a test done, a study has found. This is likely to happen for people on low pay and poor adherence to the government’s rules. This was a study done by the British Medical Journal, where 18 per cent said they […]

India tells states to get a grip on Covid-19 surge

AMID a surge in Covid-19 cases, India has asked its 28 federal states on Tuesday (30) to get a grip on the prevalent situation “right now” to prevent healthcare systems being overwhelmed. The daily caseload has increased for India being now placed third behind the United States and Brazil, with over 12.1 million cases. “The […]

UNICEF data shows biggest share of Indian-made vaccines for poor countries stays in the country

INDIA itself has received more than a third of the nearly 28 million Indian-made AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses delivered so far by the global programme for poor countries, according to data from UNICEF and a source. The revelation that the largest allocation of doses India has supplied to the COVAX programme never actually left the […]

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