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China says 80% of population have had Covid-19

Beijing | Eight in 10 people in China have now been infected with Covid-19, a prominent government scientist has claimed. Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the present “wave of epidemic has already infected about 80 per cent of the people” in the country of 1.4 billion […]

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Random testing: 53 international arrivals found Covid positive

New Delhi | A total of 53 travellers have tested Covid-19 positive after the Centre started the 2 per cent random testing process of the international passengers arriving at the airports across the country from December 24 onwards, a highly placed source said on Saturday. The source told IANS that 5,666 samples of passengers were collected […]

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Bharat Biotech announces price of intranasal Covid vaccine

Hyderabad | Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine for Covid-19, the first in the world, is scheduled to be introduced in the country as a booster dose shortly. The vaccine, iNCOVACC (BBV154), is now available on CoWin, and priced at Rs 800 for private markets and Rs 325 for supplies to the Centre and state governments, […]

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RT-PCR mandatory for arrivals from China, 4 other countries

New Delhi | The Centre has made the RT-PCR test mandatory for international arrivals from the countries experiencing a surge in Covid cases. “The RT-PCR test will be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand”, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday. The Centre has said that if any passenger […]

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Centre approves Bharat Biotech’s intranasal Covid vaccine

New Delhi | The Centre on Friday approved Bharat Biotech’s needle-free intranasal Covid vaccine for booster dose, said an official source. The nassal vaccine has been approved for those aged above 18 years. The vaccine will be available in the private hospitals for booster dose in the initial phase. The source said that the nasal vaccine […]

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All about BF.7 Omicron sub-variant that has triggered fresh Covid fears

New Delhi | As India gears up to fight a potential resurgence of the Covid virus in the country, the BF.7 Omicron sub-variant once again hogged the headlines as it is currently on the move in countries like China. Also called the Omicron Spawn, the BF.7 sub-variant, first detected in India in October, is the newest […]