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Covid-19: Scientists identify new variant that combines Delta, Omicron
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Covid-19: Scientists identify new variant that combines Delta, Omicron

A new coronavirus variant Deltacron has emerged in Cyprus which has a similar genetic background to the Delta variant, as well as some of the mutations from Omicron, and experts say that it is not something to be worried about at the moment, a media report said. In total, 10 of the mutations from Omicron were found in the 25 samples taken in Cyprus. 11 of the samples came from people who were hospitalized due to the virus, while 14 came from the general population, reported Jerusalem Post citing Cyprus Mail. Dr. Leondios Kostrikis, the head of the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of Cyprus, said that the frequency of the mutation among hospitalized patients was higher and could point to a correlation between the new variant and hospitalizations. ...
India confirms first Omicron-related death as Covid-19 cases jump
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India confirms first Omicron-related death as Covid-19 cases jump

India on Wednesday confirmed its first death linked to the Omicron variant of Sars-CoV-2 after a deceased Udaipur resident’s sample showed presence of the virus. Meanwhile, cases continued to climb sharply across major cities – Mumbai’s fresh Covid cases breached the 15,000 mark, up almost 40 percent from Tuesday, while Delhi’s cases nearly doubled to 10,665. The country had 214,004 active Covid19 cases as of Wednesday, and reported 58,097 fresh cases on January 5. The Health Ministry said that 43 districts in India are reporting a weekly positivity between 5 per cent to 10 per cent now. The 73-year old man had died last week in a Udaipur hospital due to post-Covid pneumonia coupled with comorbidities like diabetes and hypertension. The man had tested positive for Covid-19 on Dece...
New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise
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New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise

With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children, as the White House promised Sunday to quickly resolve the United States’ Covid-19 test shortage. The New York State Department of Health warned “of an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19,” in a statement Friday. In New York City, it “identified four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under beginning the week of December 5 through the current week,” it said. Approximately half of the admissions are younger than five, an age group that is vaccine ineligible, the department added. The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is on the rise, with an average of nearly 190,000 new infections daily over the p...
New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise
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New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise

With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children, as the White House promised Sunday to quickly resolve the United States' Covid-19 test shortage. The New York State Department of Health warned "of an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19," in a statement Friday. In New York City, it "identified four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under beginning the week of December 5 through the current week," it said. Approximately half of the admissions are younger than five, an age group that is vaccine ineligible, the department added. The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is on the rise, with an average of nearly 190,000 new infections daily over the p...
COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till September 13
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COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till September 13

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Goa government has extended the Covid-19-mandated curfew till September 13. In a notification issued, the state administration stated that the curfew will now remain in effect till 7:00 AM on September 13. The curfew was scheduled to end on September 6. "As part of the curfew, the state government has retained the restrictions that are currently in force," a senior official said. The Covid-19 curfew was first imposed in the coastal state on May 9, and has since been extended regularly. Goa reported 72 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, to reach 1,74,419. The death toll increased by five during the day, taking the overall fatality count to 3,208, according to a state health department official. Number of recovered patients in the state re...
Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till August 16
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Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till August 16

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Coronavirus News Highlights: India’s brutal second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is receding and the country is preparing for the possible third coronavirus wave. So far, the country has recorded over 3.18 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 4,27,371 deaths. A total of 3,10,55,861 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 4,12,153 active COVID-19 cases in the country, which comprises  1.29 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's recovery rate now stands at 97.37 percent. Globally, more than 20.21 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 42.85 lakh have died so far. India has been running the third phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 18 years of age will be able to get the COVID-19 v...
Second wave of Covid-19 not yet over as ‘R’ number high in eight states
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Second wave of Covid-19 not yet over as ‘R’ number high in eight states

By Administrator_ India Capital Sands The reproduction number of coronavirus has increased beyond one in eight states across the country with the health ministry sounding cautious that the second wave of the epidemic was still raging. The R or the reproduction number indicates the average number of new infections generated by one infected person during the entire infectious period. When this number is more than one, it indicates a spread of infection. India’s R number currently is 1.2, which is the same as the US, Canada, and Australia. “The Covid situation in the country is showing a mixed picture. The high caseload in Kerala is a significant worry. The R number of the country is moving in the wrong direction. It is truly a cause of concern as the second wave is persisting,” s...
Vaccine Works On Strain Found In India, Says Pfizer, Insists On Indemnity
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Vaccine Works On Strain Found In India, Says Pfizer, Insists On Indemnity

By Administrator_India Capital Sands New Delhi: Pfizer has told the government its Covid vaccine shows "high effectiveness" against the India-dominant variant experts believe is behind the second wave of infections in the country, sources told news agency PTI Wednesday. Pfizer also told the government its vaccine had been proven suitable for everyone over 12, and can be stored for a month in cold storage facilities with a temperature range of 2-8 degrees Celsius. The American pharma giant is in talks with the government over fast-track approval to roll out five crore doses between July and October - if it receives significant regulatory relaxations, including indemnification, or protection from compensation claims in case of adverse events. The two sides have held a series o...
Vaccine Works On Strain Found In India, Says Pfizer, Insists On Indemnity
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Vaccine Works On Strain Found In India, Says Pfizer, Insists On Indemnity

By Administrator_India Capital Sands New Delhi: Pfizer has told the government its Covid vaccine shows "high effectiveness" against the India-dominant variant of the virus experts believe is behind the devastating second wave of infections and deaths in the country, sources told news agency PTI Wednesday. Sources said Pfizer also told the government its vaccine had been proven suitable for everyone over the age of 12 and, crucially, can be safely stored for a month in cold storage facilities with a temperature range between two and eight degrees Celsius. The American pharma giant is in talks with the government fast-track approval and roll out five crore doses between July and October - if it receives significant regulatory relaxations, including indemnification, or protection ...
First batch of DRDO’s anti-COVID-19 drug 2-DG to be released today
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First batch of DRDO’s anti-COVID-19 drug 2-DG to be released today

By Administrator_India Capital Sands The first batch of anti-COVID-19 drug 2-DG, developed by the DRDO, will be released on May 17 by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, officials said. The Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) has approved the oral drug for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients, the defence ministry said earlier this month. The officials said the first batch of the drug will be released by the two ministers at an event at the headquarters of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in New Delhi. The ministry, on May 8, said the clinical trials of the drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), showed that it helps in a faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental...