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Top golfer Jon Rahm tests positive for Covid, withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo: Hours after the announcement of withdrawal of US golfer Byrson DeChambeau from Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, world number 1 golfer Jon Rahm’s Covid-positive status was confirmed by the Spanish Olympic Committee. With this, Rahm, too, is out of the Games. According to the Spanish authorities, Rahm had tested negative twice after...

Amid drop in Covid-19 cases, classroom teaching for grades 9-11 in Gujarat to resume from July 26

Decision to allow classroom teaching for more students was taken at core committee meeting chaired by CM Vijay Rupani Gandhinagar: With the daily figure of Covid-19 cases in the state declining, the state government has decided to allow resumption of classroom teaching for more students. Following a meeting of the core committee, chaired by Chief...

Total lockdown in Kerala this weekend amid spike in Covid cases

Thiruvananthapuram: Having come under severe criticism from the Supreme Court for announcing easing of Covid-related restrictions for Bakri Eid, the Kerala government on Wednesday announced total lockdown on July 24 and 25. The Pinnarayi Vijayan-led government had earlier announced three-day relaxation for Bakri Eid. The move did not go well with the SC which called...

ICMR’s 4th sero survey: Over 67% population has Covid antibodies

New Delhi: The results of the fourth sero survey, conducted across the country, are out. And, they are quite encouraging. As per the results, 67.6 per cent, or roughly two-thirds, of the population above the age of 6 have developed antibodies against coronavirus, the government has said. The results of the fourth sero survey, conducted...

Covid-19: India reports 3,998 deaths in 24 hours, 42k cases

New Delhi: India reported 42,015 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours ending Wednesday morning, as per the health ministry. However, the number of deaths has seen a spike. A total of 3,998 patients succumbed to the infection during this period, which is the highest single-day toll in at least a month. The active caseload...

Canada extends suspension on direct flights from India till Aug 21

New Delhi: Direct air travel from India to Canada will continue to remain suspended until August 21, a notification by the Canadian government has said. Earlier, the suspension was till July 21. However, in wake of the fears of third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has decided to continue to bar Indians from...

IMA warns Kerala govt to refrain from easing COVID restrictions for Bakrid, threatens to move court—Here’s why

The Kerala government has been warned by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against easing COVID-19 safety guidelines for the Eid-al-Adha celebrations citing the threat of an impending third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the Kerala government has declared the easing of the COVID restrictions for three days starting Sunday due to the Bakrid celebrations...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: First case of Covid-19 confirmed in Games Village

Tokyo: Despite the best of efforts and the most stringent rules in place by the government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the promise that the Games Village would be the safest place in Tokyo, it reported its first confirmed case of Covid-19. The person, an official connected to the Games, had initially tested...

PM Modi’s ‘certificate’ to UP govt won’t hide ugly realities of COVID chaos: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for praising the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress leader said that a certificate from the prime minister cannot hide the UP government’s failure in combating the second wave of the pandemic and the problems that people faced....

PM asks Maharashtra, Kerala and 4 other states to intensify fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with the chief ministers of six states—Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka—regarding the COVID-19 situation prevalent in these states. Notably, these six states accounted for over 80 per cent of the total cases reported in the country in July, with some of them...

‘2nd wave not yet over’: Home secy Ajay Bhalla tells state chief secretaries to ensure Covid protocol compliance

New Delhi: Now is not the time for any sort of complacency, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said in his letter to chief secretaries of all the states. The letter comes on a day when the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the UP government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra and issued notice to...

Covid-19: PM Modi tells North-East chief ministers to focus on micro-containment

PM Modi had held a meeting with the chief ministers to review Covid preparations in the region   New Delhi: Concerned over the rise in daily cases of Covid-19 in northeastern states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reviewed their ongoing work as well as preparations for the likely third wave of the pandemic. He...