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Indian Covid-19 variant spreads 2.6 times faster than the original Wuhan strain

The Indian Covid variant that has now spread to over 44 countries could spread up to 60 percent faster than the UK variant, a scientist has claimed. Professor Tom Wenseleers, a biologist and biostatistician at the KU Leuven university in Belgium, said he had analysed how the two strains compared and found the Indian variant […]

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More than 110 suspected Covid-19 bodies float in Indian river, authorities install nets to catch them

At least 110 bodies, many of them decomposed and bloated, were found floating in India’s Ganga river over the past couple of days. While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar’s Buxar district, at least 45 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state. Authorities are yet to confirm if the bodies […]

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‘I would have lived had I received better treatment’: Indian actor succumbs to Covid-19 shortly after appealing for help

Indian actor and vlogger Rahul Vohra has died aged 35 from Covid-19, his wife said, shortly after he appeared in a final video criticizing the quality of his medical care. Vohra’s short comedic videos have amassed tens of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. His wife, Jyoti Tiwari, wrote on Instagram Monday that he […]

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Children discover human skeletal remains while clearing father’s home who died of Covid-19

A person in Maine called the police after discovering human skeletal remains while cleaning out their father’s old home after his death. 82-year-old Douglas Scott, died of the novel coronavirus earlier this year. On May 8, his grown children were sorting through his property at his home at 196 Poland Spring Drive in Casco, located […]

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WHO elevates India’s coronavirus mutation to ‘variant of concern’ status

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified India’s variant of the novel coronavirus as a “variant of global concern”. It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study. The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. Three other variants from the […]

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Covid-19 Mount Everest: China to draw ‘border’ on Everest with Nepal to prevent climbers from mingling

China says it will set up a “line of separation” at the summit of Mount Everest in order to prevent climbers mingling with others from Nepal. It comes less than a week after mountaineers and authorities at base camp in Nepal warned of rising cases of Covid among climbers. Everest stands on the border between […]

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United States drug regulator approves Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds

The drug regulators in the United States has authorised the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to-15-year-olds amid a push to get the shot into more Americans’ arms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was “a significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic”. FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said the move was aimed […]

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Dozens of suspected Covid-19 corpses wash up on the banks of river Ganges

At least 40 human corpses have washed up on the banks of the Ganges river in northern India, officials say. The bodies were discovered in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Some sections of the media have estimated as many as 100 bodies floating. The condition in which they have been found suggests that […]

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Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t need modifications against mutations: BioNTech claims

German company BioNTech has said its COVID-19 vaccine, developed in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, does not require modifications to protect people against key variants of the virus currently in circulation. “To date, there is no evidence that an adaptation of BioNTech’s current COVID-19 vaccine against key identified emerging variants is necessary,” the company said […]

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‘Black Fungus’: Rare disease is blinding recovered Covid-19 patients in India

A rare but serious fungal infection, known as mucormycosis and colloquially as “black fungus”, is being detected relatively frequently among Covid-19 patients in India. The disease often manifests in the skin and also affects the lungs and the brain. Multiple cases were reported in the Indian states of Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Doctors in some […]

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Modi’s $1.8 billion renovation project faces criticism amid India’s biggest public health crisis

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has come under sharp focus for the $1.8 billion Central Vista Redevelopment Project amid the coronavirus crises the nation is witnessing. The Central Vista Redevelopment Project was announced in September 2019, and has been branded unduly expensive, environmentally irresponsible and a threat to cultural heritage. The project includes a […]

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WHO approves emergency use of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm. The decision came by a WHO technical advisory group, a first for a Chinese vaccine, opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the United Nations-backed COVAX programme in coming weeks or months, and distributed through […]