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First case of Covid’s BA.4, BA.5 variants confirmed in India

New Delhi | The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) on Sunday confirmed the first case of BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Covid-19 in India. “A-19-year-old female in Tamil Nadu has been found infected with the BA.4 variant of SARS-CoV-2,” said INSACOG in a statement, adding that the patient has shown only mild clinical symptoms and has […]

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India objects to methodology adopted by WHO to project ‘excess mortality estimates’

New Delhi | India has been consistently objecting to the methodology adopted by the WHO to project excess mortality estimates based on mathematical models, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. “Despite India’s objection to the process, methodology, and outcome of this modelling exercise, the WHO has released the excess mortality estimates without adequately addressing India’s […]

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Double-masking does not improve protection against Covid: Study

New York | Double-masking might not protect against Covid-19, but rather raises the risk of infection as well as transmission, US researchers have claimed, in a study. The study published in Physics of Fluids, suggests double masking with improperly fitted masks may “not significantly improve mask efficiency and produces a false sense of security”. “More layers […]

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NTAGI approves Serum Institute’s Covovax for 12-17 age group

New Delhi | The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) on Friday approved Serum Institute of India’s Covid-19 vaccine Covovax for the 12-17 year age group, sources said. India’s drug regulator, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 last year and […]