Saturday, February 04, 2023

Coronavirus

N.Korea received $2.3 mn in humanitarian aid last year

North Korea saw a significant decline in humanitarian assistance from the international community last year amid prolonged border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, new data revealed. The financial tracking service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that assistance to Pyongyang from international organisations and other agencies in 2022 reached around $2.3 million, down sharply from $14 million the previous year.

Municipal Corporation Chandigarh and Smart City Limited partners with Patiala Foundation, an NGO having UN Consultative status, to promote next generation road safety mechanism

Sharing this development, MC Commissioner Ms Anindita Mitra said that Patiala Foundation has special consultative status conferred by the UN- ECOSOC since 2018. The NGO is actively running various projects in line with multiple SDGs of the UN. The foundation is to participate in “ The 2023 Partnership Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)” to be held in January end at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Quarter of Iraqi population beneath poverty line in 2022: Ministry

 The Iraqi Ministry of Planning has said that the poverty rate in the country was 25 per cent in 2022. "The high poverty rate is due to several reasons, including the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic during the years 2020 and 2021 and the economic crisis that resulted from the drop in oil prices.

Japan reports another record high of 463 Covid deaths in a day

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide in Japan reached a record high 463 for a single day, health officials said on Saturday. The country reported 238,654 new coronavirus cases, down 6,888 from Friday.
Tokyo reported 19,630 new cases, down 1,090 from Friday. The number of infected people hospitalised with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 55, up two from Friday. Nationwide, the figure was 668, up nine.

AAP MP Raghav Chadha demands ban on flights from China, seeks discussion in Parliament on Covid-19 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha on Thursday gave a Suspension of Notice under Rule 267 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business seeking a discussion on incessantly rising coronavirus cases in China and its impact on India. In his written notice, Raghav Chadha said, "I hereby give notice under Rule 267 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha, this House do suspend Rule 38 of the said Rule in its application to the discussion on rising corona cases in China and impact on India. China is witnessing an alarming surge in fatal COVID infections from a sub-variant of Omicron. Epidemiologists predict at least three waves of the virus to hit the country during the following months and cause over a million fatalities."

Viral message on Covid XBB variant is fake: Union health ministry

Amid the sudden Covid scare that has erupted across many countries, a WhatsApp message has been making its rounds claiming that the newly discovered XBB subvariant of Omicron is five times more virulent and has a higher mortality rate than the Delta variant.However, the Union health ministry has rejected the claim and has termed the message fake. "This message circulating in many WhatsApp groups regarding XXB variant of Covid 19 is FAKE and Misleading", said the health ministry on Thursday.

Infection rate could be over 50% in Beijing, situation serious in China: Report

Although China has not released any detailed numbers of the Covid infections, the infection rate could be over 50 per cent in the greater Beijing area, even more than 70 per cent in the worst-hit areas, the media reported on Thursday. According to an analysis in Nikkei Asia, it is being said crematories in Greater Beijing are operating at full capacity "but that some bodies are having to wait to be burned".

Amid Covid resurgence, China's hospitals seem to be filling up: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that amid an ongoing resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in China, hospitals across the country seem to be filling up. Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said: "In China, what's been reported is relatively low numbers of cases in ICUs, but anecdotally ICUs are filling up. "We've been saying this for weeks that this highly infectious virus was always going to be very hard to stop completely, with just public health and social measures."

Coronavirus hospitalisations surge in Italy

Hospitalisations due to coronavirus are on the rise again in Italy, according to the latest official data. This could signal a potential surge in cases during the upcoming winter.

Macao issues 3rd-highest warning for tropical cyclone Nalgae

The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau has issued the third-highest storm warning for the tropical cyclone Nalgae and issued a blue storm surge warning.

Covid origins: Lab leak theory needs 'further investigations', says WHO

After more than two years, the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic still remains a mystery. In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the theory that the Covid virus might have escaped from a laboratory needs "further investigations".

80% elderly in Beijing vaccinated against Covid-19

Nearly 3.44 million above 60 years in Beijing, or 80 per cent of the city's elderly population, have been vaccinated against Covid-19, local authorities said.

Covid-19 still a global health emergency despite drop in cases, deaths: WHO

As the number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to decline, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the pandemic remains a public health emergency, advising countries to be prepared to scale up Covid-19 response rapidly.

Glenmark to sell nasal spray to treat adult Covid-19 patients

Indian pharma major Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited and Canadian pharmaceutical company SaNOtize Research & Development Corp, on Wednesday announced launch of nasal spray to treat adult Covid-19 patients.

CDRI research on new drug for Covid

Scientists in the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in Lucknow are trying to develop another drug for Covid treatment without any side-effects.

Global Covid caseload tops 333.5 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 333.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.55 million and vaccinations to over 9.68 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Omicron causing hospitalisations, deaths worldwide: WHO

In a fresh warning, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing hospitalisations and deaths the world over, and the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading.

S. Korea reports 4,388 more Covid-19 cases

South Korea reported 4,388 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 674,868.

Global Covid caseload tops 313.3 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 313.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.50 million and vaccinations to over 9.49 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

India logs 22,775 fresh Covid infections, active caseload crosses 1 lakh

India registered a substantial spike in daily Covid cases at 22,775 in a span of 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Also, 406 deaths were reported in the same time span pushing the toll to 4,81,486.

Omicron risk 'very high,' could ravage health systems: WHO

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.

Omicron pushes world's daily Covid cases to new record

Sounding an alarming bugle about what may be in store for the humanity with the Omicron surge, the daily global Covid-19 cases at 1.44 million has crossed a prior daily record of infections in December 2020, when Turkey had backdated a significant number of positive cases.

Russia's Avifavir pill shows promise against Omicron, Delta

Russia-based pharma company ChemRar Group on Tuesday announced that its anti-Covid pill, named Avifavir, is effective against Delta as well as the new Omicron variant of Coronavirus.

Scientists identify antibodies that can neutralise Omicron

An international team of scientists have identified antibodies that neutralise Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. These antibodies target areas of the virus spike protein that remain essentially unchanged as the viruses mutate.

US FDA approves 1st oral pill by Pfizer to treat Covid

As Omicron variant spreads globally, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 along with caution for people with certain pre-existing conditions -- heralding a new era for the future, over-the-counter treatment of the deadly respiratory disease that has killed millions.

At 5,326, India reports lowest daily Covid cases in 581 days

India registered 5,326 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 581 days, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.

On Monday, the country had recorded 6,563 new Covid cases and 132 deaths.

Sinopharm's booster dose found weaker against Omicron: Study

A Covid booster dose developed by China's Sinopharm has shown to generate weaker immune responses against the new highly transmissible Omicron variant, known to evade vaccine efficacy.

India reports 6,563 new Covid cases, 132 deaths

India reported 6,563 new Covid cases and 132 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

With the addition of 132 new deaths, the death toll has climbed to 4,77,554.

Omicron 'predominant' Covid variant in England: UK health agency

Omicron is now the predominant variant among new cases of Covid in England, and is also causing reinfection around one in 20 cases, according to new analysis published by the UK Health Security Agency (HSA).

India reports 7,145 new Covid cases, 289 deaths

In the last 24 hours, India registered 7,145 new Covid-19 cases and 289 deaths, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

With the new fatalities, the nationwide death toll has increased to 4,77,158.

India reports 7,447 new Covid cases, 391 deaths

India reported 7,447 new Covid-19 and 391 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.

India reports 7,974 new Covid cases, 343 deaths

In the past 24 hours, India registered 7,974 new Covid-19 cases and 343 deaths, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

With the new fatalities, the nationwide death toll has increased to 4,76,478.

At 6,984 cases, India reports slight rise in daily Covid count

India reported 6,984 new Covid cases, which is slightly higher than the previous day, and 247 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.

Lowest in 571 days, India logs 5,784 new Covid cases

India on Tuesday witnessed a major drop in the number of daily Covid cases as it reported 5,784 new infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 571 days, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

India logs 7,350 Covid-19 cases, 202 deaths

India registered 7,350 fresh Covid-19 cases and 202 fatalities in the last 24 hrs, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said on Monday.

With the fresh fatalities, the nationwide death toll climbed to 4,75,636.

India logs 7,992 new Covid cases, 393 death

In the past 24 hours, India registered 7,992 new coronavirus cases and 393 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

The new fatalities have increased the overall death toll to 4,75,128.

India's daily Covid caseload falls to 8,503, death count at 624

India reported 8,503 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while the fatalities rose to 624, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

The death toll now stands at 4,74,735.

India logs 9,419 new Covid cases, 195 deaths

India on Thursday reported 9,419 fresh Covid cases and 159 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Thursday morning.

India logs 8,439 fresh Covid cases, 195 deaths

India reported 8,439 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours pushing the tally to 3,40,89,137, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said on Wednesday morning.

India reports 6,822 new Covid cases, lowest in 558 days

In the last 24 hours, India registered 6,822 new coronavirus cases, the lowest single-day spike in 558 days, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

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