COVID-19 News

India becomes the fastest nation to administer 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

People wait to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at Poddar Hospital, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 6. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

In a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, India has administered over 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines across the country, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday. With this, India has become the fastest in the world to administer that many vaccines in 85 days. As per the health ministry, it took the United States 85 days to administer 92.09 million doses, while China’s vaccination coverage was 61.42 million.As of 7:30 pm on Saturday, the 85th day of the nationwide COVID19 vaccination, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 10,12,84,282. “A series of pro-active, collaborative and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and the State governments along with the efficient clinical management has ensured that India has the lowest fatality rate in the world (1.28 per cent),” a statement said.The 10.12 crore …

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Its serious: Covid second wave knocking Bollywood, Kollywood – Katrina Kaif the latest casualty 😷

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Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif on Tuesday informed that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently ‘under home quarantine’. The ‘Namaste London’ star confirmed the news on her Instagram story, adding to a Bollywood covid spree. The same phenomenon is happening in the South, in Tamil Kollywood. “I have tested positive for Covid-19. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I’m following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors,” read Katrina’s statement. “Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately too. Grateful for all your love & support.”Urging fans to be safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘Humko Deewana Kar Gaye’ star added, “Please stay safe and take care.” Bollywood covid victims Kartina is the latest Bollywood celebrity to be diagnosed with COVID-19 after Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, …

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Professor Karim steps down as the General in the fight against coronavirus

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South Africa’s top adviser to the government on covid-19, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, announced Thursday that he has resigned as chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on the coronavirus pandemic. Karim is an epidemiologist, internationally recognised for his research contributions to HIV prevention and treatment. He heads the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in SA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His area of speciality is clinical infectious diseases. In a statement available on Twitter (below), he said it had been his singular honour and privilege to have served as the chairperson of the MAC on Covid-19 since March last year and subsequently as co-chair of a revised MAC, established in September. His last day on the job was on Tuesday. β€œWhen I accepted the appointment on 23 March 2020, little did I realise how important science would …

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Stress is why teachers quit during lockdown

Stress was the most common reason teachers cited for leaving the profession before and during the pandemic, according to a RAND Corporation survey. The survey was conducted of nearly 1,000 former public-school teachers. Three of four former teachers said work was often or always stressful in the most recent year in which they taught in a public school. In fact, teachers cited stress nearly twice as often as insufficient pay as a reason for quitting. Most former teachers went on to take jobs with less or equal pay, with 3 in 10 taking jobs with no health insurance or retirement benefits. COVID-19 appears to have exacerbated teachers’ stress. Almost half of the public-school teachers who left the profession early and voluntarily since March 2020 listed COVID-19 as the main reason for their departure. COVID-19 has elevated stress by forcing teachers …

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