India’s seven-day Covid average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

INDIA’S coronavirus crisis showed slight sign of easing on Tuesday (11), with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international health authorities warning the country’s variant of the virus poses a global concern. The country’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876, according to […]

Calls for shutdown mount amid India’s Covid-19 surge

AFTER India’s new coronavirus cases and deaths held close to record highs on Monday (10), there was increased pressure on the government of prime minister Narendra Modi to impose nationwide lockdown. The 366,161 new infections and 3,754 deaths reported by the health ministry, takes India’s tally to 22.66 million with 246,116 deaths. As many hospitals […]

Legal challenge to Australia’s India travel ban fails

AN emergency legal challenge to Australia’s contentious ban on citizens returning from Covid-struck India failed Monday (10), dashing stranded travellers’ hopes of an immediate return. Federal Justice Thomas Thawley ruled the government had not overstepped its biosecurity powers in banning Australians from returning home temporarily. Prime minister Scott Morrison earlier this month shut the door […]

India deaths top 4,000 as Macron urges end to vaccine export limits

New Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks, as EU pressure mounted on Washington to end vaccine export limits and offer a concrete plan to lift patents. “I call very clearly on the United States to put an end to export bans […]

India posts record Covid-19 infections, deaths

INDIA reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases, 414,188, on Friday (7), bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million. Deaths from Covid-19 rose by 3,915 to 234,083. Medical experts say the real extent of Covid-19 is likely to be far higher than official tallies. India‘s healthcare system is crumbling under the […]

UK labels coronavirus linked to India as a ‘variant of concern’; Johnson urges to be ‘very careful’

BRITISH health officials on Friday (7) labelled a coronavirus variant first found in India a ‘variant of concern’ due to evidence it spreads more easily, with prime minister Boris Johnson saying the situation needed careful handling. Public Health England designated variant B.1.617.2, one of three variants identified in India that has spread to Britain, a […]

Covid in India: Bangladesh gives medicine, Australia’s Victoria state sends financial aid

BANGLADESH on Thursday (6) handed over 10,000 vials of antiviral injection Remdesivir to India as part of its medical assistance. Bangladesh’s deputy high commissioner in Kolkata Toufique Hasan handed over 10,000 vials of Remdesivir to the representative of the Indian government at the Indian border port of Petrapole. These 10,000 injections manufactured locally were sent […]

412,262 new cases and 3,980 deaths as Covid spreads in rural India

INDIA reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (6) and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside. Covid-19 infections in the world’s second most populous nation have surged past 21 million, with a death toll of […]

India posts record daily Covid-19 deaths in second deadly surge

INDIA accounted for nearly half of the Covid-19 cases reported worldwide last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday (5), as the country’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours. The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological report that India accounted for 46 per cent of global cases […]

Asian doctors offer online help to Indian health medics

by LAUREN CODLING BRITISH ASIAN doctors have revealed their efforts to support medics and patients in India, which is in the midst of a devastating second coronavirus wave. The country’s tally of coronavirus infections surged past 20 million on Tuesday (4), becoming the second nation after the United States to pass the milestone.  The spike […]

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