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

New Delhi |ย 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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No guarantee that future Covid variants will be less severe: WHO

Geneva |ย The next Covid-19 variant that will rise will be more contagious than Omicron, but there’s no guarantee that the future strains will be milder, the World Health Organization said. According to Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, the real question scientists need to answer is whether or not it will be more deadly, […]

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No science behind night curfews in India: WHO’s Swaminathan

New Delhi |ย There is no science behind night curfews when it comes to tackling the spread of Covid variants, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan has stressed. In a TV media interview, she said that countries like India must formulate science-based policies for curbing the spread of the virus. “Things like night curfew, there is no […]

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Omicron risk ‘very high,’ could ravage health systems: WHO

Geneva |ย The overall risk associated with the Omicron variant remains ‘very high’ which could cause widespread disruption to health systems and other critical services, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. In its weekly epidemiological update, the WHO said on Tuesday that “The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very […]

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Omicron variant spread to 89 countries, cases doubling in 3 days: WHO

New Delhi |ย The hyper mutated Omicron variant of Covid-19 has now spread to about 89 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Omicron is a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations, including 26-32 in the spike protein, some of which are concerning and may be associated with immune escape potential […]

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WHO classifies B.1.1.529 as ‘variant of concern’, names it Omicron

New Delhi |ย The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified the new Covid variant detected in southern Africa this week as the ‘Variant of Concern’ following the Technical Advisory Group meeting on Friday. “Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in Covid-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be […]

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Delta subvariant A.Y 4.2 now present in 42 countries: WHO

Geneva |ย More than 26,000 cases of the Delta Covid subvariant AY.4.2, considered up to 15 per cent more transmissible than the original Delta, has been reported from 42 countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). AY.4.2 is a newly-designated Pango lineage within Delta Variant of Concern, which has three additional mutations, including two in […]