UK PM Boris Johnson moves to Plan B COVID measures as 131 more Omicron cases recorded

The UK government's so-called ''Plan B'' winter strategy comes in force in stages starting this Friday, in an effort to slow the spread of the highly transmissible variant first detected in South Africa, which Johnson said shows a doubling time of two or
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COVID-19: Total vaccine doses administered in India crosses 130 crore, says Union Health Ministry

The ministry stated the daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late in the night.

COVID-19: Pfizer says booster offers protection against Omicron

Samples taken a month after a booster showed people harboured levels of omicron-neutralising antibodies, similar to amounts protective against earlier variants after two doses.

Scientists don't yet know how big a threat the omicron variant really is. (File)

Indians’ perception of mental health increased significantly: Survey

Of the respondents who knew at least one mental illness, 77 per cent were aware of depression and 65 per cent recognised stress as a cause for mental illness.

Further, 68 per cent respondents also said that individuals with mental illnesses can have meaningful relationships with friends, family and significant others. (Representative image)

COVID-19: Mumbai reports 250 fresh cases, one death; Recovery rate at 97%

The growth rate of COVID-19 cases was 0.02 per cent for the period between November 11 to December 7, 2021, and average doubling rate is 2,915 days.

The caseload of the country's financial capital rose to 7,64,444 and death toll reached 16,353. (File)

COVID-19: Delhi logs 65 fresh cases, one death; Positivity rate at 0.11%

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said the city government is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation arising out of the new Omicron variant of the infection.

With the new cases, the city's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 14,41,514, including over 14.16 lakh patients who have recuperated. (File)

Omicron cases must be treated only in designated Covid facilities: Centre to states

It has to be ensured that no cross infection takes place and adequate precautions are taken by healthcare workers in these facilities to prevent transmission among other patients and healthcare worker

Thanks to the raging pandemic, everyone has heard of the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, which happens to be Omicron.

Suresh Jadhav’s passing a setback to Serum & a loss to the Indian vaccine industry

Suresh Jadhav, 71, succumbed to cancer, an ailment that he had been battling since last July.

New covid variant: GSK-Vir drug effective against all Omicron variants

The announcement came citing new data from early-stage studies.

Omicron Covid Variant: Omicron’s ‘stealth’ version, GSK treatment to Dr Fauci’s claim – Top 10 updates on new Coronavirus variant

How Dangerous is Omicron Virus? SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant: Though most of the mutations in this stealth version are quite similar to that of the Omicron variant, there is a particular genetic code, w

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South Korea’s daily virus jump exceeds 7,000 for 1st time

More than 5,600 of the new 7,175 cases were reported in Seoul and the nearby metropolitan region, where a delta-driven surge has led to a shortage of hospital beds and strained an already depleted hea

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Coronavirus Omicron India Live Updates: First patient of Omicron variant in Maharashtra has tested negative and been discharged

Covid-19 India Live News, New Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus Vaccine Statistics and Registration Latest Update Live, December 9: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai hints at new Covid-19 guidel

Coronavirus Omicron India Live Updates: India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 130 crore; Pfizer says Covid booster offers protection against Omicron

Serum Institute plans to cut monthly production of Covishield by 50%

The company has ramped up Covid-19 vaccine production and taken its capacity to 250 million doses a month in December 2021. SII has a stockpile of 500 million doses with them, which has a shelf life o

The country has administered 114.78 crore vaccines of the Covishield vaccines till date. SII has exported seven crore doses of the Covishield.

COVID-19: Serum Institute of India may halve Covishield monthly production amid demand slump

Poonawalla said the government has been informed and the company would wait for a few days for them to come back before deciding on its next course of action.

SII has written to the government to seek clarity on its requirement, if any, for normal two doses for eligible people in the country and also on booster doses. (File)

The top myths about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Lungs are equally important as heart and brain, with time and age they can become less flexible and lose their strength which can make it more difficult to breathe.

COPD is caused by being exposed over time to irritants like gases and particulate matter, like cigarette smoke or chemical fumes and dust at work.

COVID-19: Over 129 crore vaccine doses administered in India so far, says Union Health Ministry

According to the ministry, the daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late in the night.

India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. (File)

COVID-19: Mumbai reports 191 new cases, 1 death, 235 recoveries

The city has witnessed a marginal rise in the new COVID-19 cases, but a dip in the fatalities as compared to Monday, when it had reported 168 infections and four deaths.

Mumbai's coronavirus recovery rate is 97 per cent. (File)

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

WHO Europe regional director Dr Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should be “an absolute last resort,” and said that COVID-19 deaths remain “significantly below previous peaks.” But

He stressed the continued threat from the widespread delta variant, and noted the new omicron variant has so far accounted for 432 confirmed cases in 21 countries in the region.

NTAGI meeting: No final recommendation on additional vaccine dose, vaccine for children in the meeting

The government has so far held off the booster doses for everyone.

India has supplied over 723 lakh doses of Covid vaccine to 94 countries, two UN entities: Govt

India supplied COVID-19-related medical and other assistance to over 150 countries since the beginning of the pandemic, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in written reply to a que

The Government of India has so far already supplied 222.56 lakh of COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX, she stated.

123.25 cr Covid vaccine doses given as of Nov 30; 49,819 AEFI reported: Govt to Rajya Sabha

Of the 49,819 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI), 47,691 were minor events, 163 severe and 1,965 were serious cases, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Upper House in

The efficacy studies for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine were conducted overseas by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Serum Institute of India has conducted Phase II/III immune-bridging clinical trials in the country, she said.

Govt keeping close watch on COVID-19 situation: MoS Health

The Centre has also established the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance Consortium for genomic sequencing and tracking the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variant strains, Minister of State for Health Bhar

Listing some of the major areas of intervention, she said over 150 guidelines, advisories, SoPs and plans have been provided to states and UTs.

Mixing other vaccines with AstraZeneca, Pfizer jabs generates robust immune response: Lancet study

The researchers said the findings have implications beyond COVID-19 and will inform new approaches to immunisation against other diseases that are, as yet, not vaccine preventable.

Bengaluru doctor who recovered from Omicron is covid positive again

The South African, of Gujarati origin, who was quarantined here, later flew to Dubai.

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