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3.26 lakh new COVID cases in India, 3890 fatalities in 24 hours

India recorded 3,26,098 new COVID cases taking the total number of cases to 24,372,907. Fatalities due to the disease in the last 24 hours stood at 3,890 taking the total death toll to 2,66,207. Maharashtra reported 39,923 new COVID cases and 695 deaths the highest in the country in the last 24 hours. Kerala came...

Political, religious events responsible for India’s COVID-19 crisis: WHO

The World Health Organisation has said that several political and religious gatherings were contributing factors behind the resurgence and acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in India. The WHO said this in the COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Report for the week ending May 9 based on a recent risk assessment of the COVID-19 situation in India. In the...

Third wave of COVID-19 inevitable in India: Centre

With India accounting for almost half of the COVID-19 cases reported across the world last week, Dr K Vijay Raghavan, the government’s top scientific adviser has warned that a third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable. The second wave of the pandemic has wreaked havoc across India with queues outside hospitals and crematoriums getting longer due...

EU nations halt use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jab over safety concern

Even as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union’s (EU) vaccine regulator insisted that the COVID-19 jab developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is safe to use, several EU countries have halted its rollout over fears of blood clots. Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and Latvia have halted the rollout of...

Joe Biden signs flurry of orders touching American lives on day 1 in office

US President Joe Biden after assuming office on Wednesday made his first moves on the coronavirus pandemic and climate change and rolled back policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden said there is no time to waste and signed 15 executive orders, memorandums and directives in the Oval office after assuming charge. President Biden...

WHO clears Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

At a time when the majority of the countries in the world are yet to approve a vaccine for COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has given its nod to the jab developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The development essentially means that low-income countries may soon get access to the ‘costly’ vaccine that is already...

Indian origin health expert Anil Soni appointed as CEO of WHO Foundation

An Indian origin health expert Anil Soni has been appointed by the WHO Foundation as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Anil Soni will assume his charge from January 1. Notably, the Foundation, an independent grant-making agency headquartered in Geneva, was launched in May 2020 to work alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the...

Hope for a vaccine against COVID-19 by year-end: WHO

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the entire world with thousands of people dying every day, a vaccine seems to be the only hope. However, there is still no clarity on when a safe vaccine will be available, with various vaccine manufacturers working on different deadlines. In such a situation, a ray...

COVID-19: India tally crosses 13 lakh

India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 13 lakh mark on Saturday morning.  The country reported 48,916 in the last 24 hours, the health ministry data showed. India also saw 757 new fatalities due to the disease taking the COVID-19 death toll to 31,358. The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the country now stands at...

Undernourishment down, obesity up in India: UN report

The number of undernourished people in India has declined by 60 million in over a decade, according to a UN report which said that there were less stunted children but more obese adults in the country. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, released on Monday, estimated that almost 690 million...

WHO chief says coronavirus can be contained, cites example of Dharavi

The World Health Organisation has acknowledged that the measures taken in Mumbai’s densely-packed Dharavi area had shown positive results in containing the coronavirus pandemic, saying community engagement and testing is key to breaking the chain of transmission and suppressing the virus. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited examples of several countries and said that...

Coronavirus pandemic is yet to reach its peak: WHO

The director-general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom, has said that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating and that it had not reached its peak yet. The WHO chief said that while there has been progress in reducing deaths, many countries have implemented targeted actions toward the most vulnerable groups. “While the number of deaths...