US aid arrives in India as Covid cases surge

The first US emergency aid to India arrived on Friday as several states said they would be unable to begin vaccinating all over-18s from this weekend as planned. The supplies arrived as India recorded another 385,000 new cases in the past 24 hours — a new global record — and almost 3,500 deaths, according to […]

Indian states run out of Covid-19 vaccines delaying nationwide inoculation

SEVERAL Indian states have run out of Covid-19 vaccines a day before a planned widening of a nationwide inoculation drive, authorities said on Friday (30), as new infections in the crisis-hit country surged to another daily record. India is the world’s biggest producer of vaccines but does not have enough stockpiles to keep up with […]

India posts Covid daily record, deaths climb again

INDIA on Friday (30) posted another global record for daily coronavirus infections, pushing worldwide cases past 150 million as a pandemic that has killed almost 3.2 million worldwide continues to wreak devastation. India recorded another 385,000 cases in the past 24 hours — a new global record — and almost 3,500 deaths, according to official […]

Prince Charles urges to help India as Modi faces criticism over the construction of new parliament

THE Prince of Wales has urged people to back his charity drive to help India as the country’s health system buckles with record Covid-19 infections. The British Asian Trust, which Prince Charles founded in 2007, has launched an Oxygen for India emergency appeal to raise funds for oxygen concentrators. Together with partners in India, the […]

India’s new Covid-19 infections near 400,000; record number of daily deaths

INDIA’s total Covid-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday (29) after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots. India reported 379,257 new infections and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, health ministry data show […]

BioNTech co-founder says Pfizer vaccine will work against Indian variant

THE co-founder of BioNTech  Ugur Sahin has voiced confidence that the vaccine that his company jointly developed with Pfizer works against the Indian variant of the coronavirus. “We are still testing the Indian variant, but the Indian variant has mutations that we have already tested for and which our vaccine works against, so I am […]

‘Life is precious’ say Indian migrants fleeing COVID-hit cities

Amid India’s COVID-19 crisis, migrant workers are abandoning cities and heading for their villages in droves in a repeat of last year’s exodus when the lockdown shut industries and left them jobless – but this time they are worried about safety. India’s toll from the coronavirus surged past 200,000 on Wednesday with nearly 18 million […]

Russia to deliver ’emergency’ virus aid to India

Russia will deliver emergency aid to coronavirus-hit India, resident Vladimir Putin told prime minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. India has become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, recording 360,000 new infections — a world record — and more than 3,000 deaths on Wednesday. “Vladimir Putin expressed words […]

UK sends ‘oxygen factories’ to India

Britain announced on Wednesday it was sending three oxygen generation units to Covid-struck India following a first consignment of aid this week, but said it had no spare vaccines to offer. The three units, dubbed oxygen factories, are each the size of a shipping container and can produce 500 litres of oxygen per minute, the […]

Indian Covid variant found in at least 17 countries, says WHO

THE  World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a variant of Covid-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries. The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 first found in India had as of Tuesday (27) been detected in over […]

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