Health

MUMBAI: MORE THAN 100 FOREIGN RETURNEES UNTRACEABLE AMID OMICRON SCARE

As concerns over Omicron, coronavirus' new and potentially more dangerous variant, grips the country, authorities in Maharashtra said 109 out of 295 recent foreign returnees in Thane district were untraceable currently.... Read more

COVID- 19 VACCINE MANDATORY ON ALL PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS IN NEW YORK CITY

All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the mayor announced Monday, imposing one of the most aggressive vaccine rules in the nation. The move by Mayor Bill de Blasio comes as cases are climbing again in the US and the worrisome omicron variant is gaining a toehold in New York and elsewhere around the country.... Read more

NEW DELHI: EXPERT PANEL MEET REGARDING BOOSTER SHOTS, JABS FOR UNDER 18 REMAIN INCONCLUSIVE

India’s expert panel on vaccines, which met on Monday did not make recommendations either on booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines or on vaccinating those under 18 years of age, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.... Read more

5 NEW VARIANT CASES IN INDIA; FIRST OMICRON CASE IN DELHI IS TANZANIA RETURNEE

Delhi has confirmed its first Omicron case on Sunday, taking the number of confirmed cases of this new variant of Covid in the country to five. The patient has returned from Tanzania and is now admitted to the LNJP hospital, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said.... Read more

NO BAN ON TRAVEL YET, BUT RULES TIGHTENED OWING TO OMICRON CASES IN INDIA, SAYS MEA

India, Bagchi said, has offered to provide medical supplies and vaccines to African countries and also cleared all requests for assistance from that region. “We stand ready to supply essential life-saving drugs, test kits, PPE kits, medical equipment and ventilators depending on the situation,” he said.  India is also willing to look at deeper medical collaboration in areas such as genomic surveillance if any country in Africa makes such a request, he said.... Read more

WHO ISSUES TRAVEL GUIDELINES; SAYS “VULNERABLE SHOULD PUT OFF TRAVEL.”

The World Health Organization has said people who are unwell or vulnerable should delay travel if they are not completely vaccinated. In its latest travel advisory, the UN agency includes in that category people over 60, and those with conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.... Read more

THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD) WARNS OF OMICRON THREATS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The OECD warned Wednesday that the Omicron coronavirus variant threatens the global economic recovery as it lowered the growth forecast for 2021 and appealed for a swifter rollout of Covid vaccines. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development the recovery has "lost momentum" as it cut the outlook of top economies including the United States, China and the eurozone.... Read more

LOK SABHA PASSES BILL TO REGULATE IVF CLINICS

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, to regulate assisted reproductive technology (ART) services such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centres, sperm or egg banks etc that have mushroomed across the country. ... Read more

JAPAN CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF OMICRON VARIANT

Japan has confirmed its first Omicron case on Tuesday. The government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno told reporter, "Regarding the traveller arriving from Namibia, it was confirmed to be a case of Omicron after analysis at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases”.... Read more

HEALTH MINISTRY ASSURES OMICRON-VARIANT DOES NOT ESCAPE RTPCR AND RAT

The Union Health Ministry informed the country on Tuesday that the new Covid-19 variant that has been making global headlines does not escape RTPCR test and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).... Read more

OMICRON VARIANT: HEALTH MINISTER SAYS NO CASE OF VARIANT REPORTED IN INDIA

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron has not been reported in India, though it has been reported in 14 countries across the world. He said the following while informing the Parliament on Tuesday.... Read more

OMICRON TRIGGER: WHO POSES ‘VERY HIGH’ GLOBAL RISK FOR NEW VARIANT

The World Health Organisation on Monday said that the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is likely to spread internationally and pose a very high risk of infection surges and have ‘severe consequences’ in some places. WHO said further research was needed to know its potential resistance and its escape from human immunity caused by vaccinations.... Read more

OMICRON DETECTED AFTER TESTING TWO PASSENGERS IN AUSTRALIA

On Sunday, Australian health officials stated they detected the new Covid 19 variant Omicron strain for the first time after testing two passengers from South Africa. The two had flown to Sydney on Sunday.... Read more

HEALTH MINISTRY CALLS ON STATES TO INTENSIFY TESTING AND MONITOR TRAVELLERS

The Health Secretary on Sunday said that ample testing infrastructure needs to be operationalised to tackle any possible surge of the Omicron, the new mutated Covid-19 variant. The ministry wrote to all State governments in the country that in the absence of sufficient testing, it is extremely difficult to determine the true level of infection spread.... Read more

BIGGEST EVER DELTA VARIANT OUTBREAK IN CHINA, CASES RISE IN NORTH-EAST REGION

China is currently battling its largest Delta outbreak and the health authorities have told people to be cautious. The highly transmittable Delta Variant of the COvid 19 virus caused 1,308 confirmed cases of symptoms were reported last month, apart from the 1,208 confirmed positive cases in a northeastern city.... Read more

NOROVIRUS: CASES CONFIRMED IN KERALA, GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR CAUTION

Norovirus has been confirmed in Kerala's Wayanad district and the state government on Friday said, people ‘need to be vigilant’ as the virus is very contagious.... Read more

PROJECT MADAD HONOURS HEALTHCARE OFFICERS IN TELANGANA VILLAGE

India’s first Covid-19 memorial event was held in Rajannapet, a village in Telangana on Thursday. The event that commemorated the resilience to covid and those lost in their battle was organized by Project Madad.... Read more

WHO SAYS COVID CASES DECLINING EVERYWHERE EXCEPT EUROPE

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday reported that coronavirus deaths rose by 10 per cent in Europe in the past week, making it the only place where both the Covid-19 cases and deaths were increasing.... Read more

PREGNANT WOMAN DIES IN POLAND IGNITING PROTESTS, HEALTH MINISTER BACKS ABORTION

An unfortunate death of a pregnant woman has reignited the conversation about abortions in Poland, as protests arise on Sunday. One of Europe’s most devout catholic countries, Poland has been in the front row for banning abortions, with an act that criminalized termination of pregnancies that came in January this year.... Read more