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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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Study confirms airborne transmission of coronavirus

Hyderabad | A collaborative study by a group of scientists from the CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad and the CSIR-IMTech, Chandigarh, with hospitals in Hyderabad and Mohali has confirmed the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The study has been published in the Journal of Aerosol Science. The exact mechanism of spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has remained elusive. Earlier thought to […]

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No individual can be forced to get vaccinated, govt vaccine policy not arbitrary: SC

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Monday said that no individual can be forced to get vaccinated and added that the current Covid-19 vaccine policy of the government is not arbitrary. A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.R. Gavai said that restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated people by different organisations, institutions, and governments […]