Video analysis: Coronavirus impact - strategic competition and beyond

Major General S B Asthana (Retd) analysis the strategic situation in the Indo-Pacific region as the coronavirus fear grips the world.

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Delta variant rampant in Asia; Olympics COVID tally rises to 241

CDC officials said the variant, first detected in India and now prevalent around the globe, is as infectious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu

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Watchdog warns businesses over ‘no jab, no job’ policies in UK 

After a UK government’s minister appeared to have backed 'no jab, no job' policies, the country’s equalities watchdog has warned businesses in the country to be 'proportionate' and 'non-…

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China faces worst COVID-19 outbreak since Wuhan; surge of Delta variant in 15 cities

The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has been found in 15 cities across China, including Beijing.

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Struggling with coronavirus, Bangladesh faces dengue threat

Adding an additional layer of chaos to the mix, given their similar symptoms, the two diseased have been difficult to distinguish

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Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads, says World Health Organization

The Delta variant has been detected in 132 countries, becoming the dominant global strain, according to the WHO

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Focussed on spacecraft and human safety amid COVID-19, recalls NASA’s Dr. Swati Mohan of Mars Mission

Born in Karnataka, India, Swati Mohan moved to the US at a very young age and aspired to be a doctor

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Japan PM, organisers deny spike in Tokyo virus cases linked to Olympics

Tokyo has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases since Monday just days after the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23

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New York offers $100 to citizens who get vaccinated against COVID-19

Amid vaccine scepticism, New York will be offering $100 as a reward to citizens who opt for vaccination from a city-run vaccination centre

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Malaysia: PM Muhyiddin Yassin defends himself after royal rebuke sparks calls to quit

King Al-Sultan Abdullah imposed the emergency on the advice of Muhyiddin, who had said it was needed to curb the spread of COVID-19

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'He is a moron': US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as McCarthy says mask rule based on 'India study'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “a moron” on Wednesday in response to a reporter who asked her about McCarthy's suggestion that the decision late Tuesday…

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90% Indian women ate less during COVID-19 lockdown: Study

The study, published in the journal Economia Politica, indicated a decline in household food expenditures and women`s dietary diversity in May 2020 compared to May 2019.

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Covid is now a crisis for the unvaccinated

As cases of the disease surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have once again recommended universal masking

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US recorded highest new COVID-19 cases worldwide in past week: WHO

According to the WHO, Indonesia has become the epicentre of the virus in South East Asia. The Russian Federation accounted for the most number of fatalities in Europe in the past…

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Pfizer eyes $33.5 billion revenue in 2021 amid vaccine sales

The US drugmaker, which has partnered with Germany's BioNTech on the vaccine, estimates delivering 2.1 billion doses, generating $33.5 billion in sales.

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COVID: Saudi announces three-year travel ban for citizens visiting 'red list' countries, including India

The red-list countries include the UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India, and Vietnam

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'Coronavirus', which literally translates into 'the virus with a halo' has alarmed the whole world after China quarantined the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan shutting down essential services in the city. 

With the number of cases rising daily, the virus threatens millions of people, especially in developing regions. Several countries have cancelled or suspended flights to China as the country grapples with the deadly virus.

'He is a moron': US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as McCarthy says mask rule based on 'India study'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “a moron” on Wednesday in response to a reporter who asked her about McCarthy's suggestion that the decision late Tuesday…

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90% Indian women ate less during COVID-19 lockdown: Study

The study, published in the journal Economia Politica, indicated a decline in household food expenditures and women`s dietary diversity in May 2020 compared to May 2019.

Read Article

Covid is now a crisis for the unvaccinated

As cases of the disease surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have once again recommended universal masking

via The New York Times
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US recorded highest new COVID-19 cases worldwide in past week: WHO

According to the WHO, Indonesia has become the epicentre of the virus in South East Asia. The Russian Federation accounted for the most number of fatalities in Europe in the past…

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Pfizer eyes $33.5 billion revenue in 2021 amid vaccine sales

The US drugmaker, which has partnered with Germany's BioNTech on the vaccine, estimates delivering 2.1 billion doses, generating $33.5 billion in sales.

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Picking up pace: Health passes in Europe

Health passes are being increasingly adopted by European countries and limit entry to certain public places to those who have been vaccinated,…

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COVID: Saudi announces three-year travel ban for citizens visiting 'red list' countries, including India

The red-list countries include the UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India, and Vietnam

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PM Johnson scraps quarantine rule for fully vaccinated US, EU arrivals in England

On Tuesday, UK witnessed an over 50 per cent drop in coronavirus cases almost week after the Johnson government removed major COVID-19 restrictions in England. 

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UK govt loses court case over sign language interpreters

Fordham said the omission constituted 'discrimination' as it breached the 'reasonable adjustments duty' but found the government was not 'in present or continuing breach'

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Coronavirus deaths surge by 21% , cases can exceed 200 million in two weeks: WHO

Global health experts warn that the pandemic will continue to spread and spawn new variants until larger numbers of people across the globe are vaccinated

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Bhutan vaccinates 90% adult population, becomes a beacon of hope  

Bhutan, tiny Himalayan kingdom, has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population with COVID-19 vaccine shots in a week, said UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday. It is being called a '…

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'Still in third wave': UK PM Johnson urges caution as virus figures fall for seven days

UK PM Johnson said 18 to 30 years olds have come forward to get jabbed as the country continues to battle against the virus with hospitalisations and deaths on the rise.

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Saudis breaking Covid travel rules face 3-year exit ban

In its latest update to travel restrictions earlier this month, Riyadh said it had suspended flights to the UAE, Ethiopia and Vietnam to protect against a coronavirus variant

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US issues travel advisories for Spain, Portugal amid rise in COVID-19 cases

US CDC raised travel advisory to "Level Four: Very High"  for Spain, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan and Portugal as the Delta variant continues to spread both in the US and Europe.

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'This cannot go on': UN urges schools to reopen despite Covid

Talking about how some countries have reopened bars and restaurants, Elder said it is a 'terrible mistake' that the countries have still not opened schools

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WHO experts should go to Fort Detrick lab: China links US to coronavirus origin

WHO had said earlier that Chinese officials hadn't shared raw data about the virus origin when experts visited China in January to conduct their investigation.

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Australia: As Melbourne unlocks economy, Sydney faces another month-long Covid lockdown

Australian authorities are urging locals to get vaccinated against coronavirus as soon as possible to help stop the spread of the virus, especially in the Delta variant

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Olympics: Tokyo battles surge in coronavirus cases as tropical storm Nepartak barrels towards Japan

Tokyo has been battling the virus amid the Olympic Games with other regions in Japan deeply affected by the pandemic

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New Zealand: More than 18,000 children pushed into poverty due to Covid, report claims

Jacinda Ardern, however, says she is 'really proud' of her government who, she believes, has been able to cushion the impact of coronavirus for such children and has been able to save children…

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COVID-19: US to keep travel restrictions in place due to concerns about Delta variant

The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the…

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Delta COVID-19 variant can be passed on even by those vaccinated: US top health body

In an internal document, US' top health body CDC said that Delta COVID-19 variant can be passed on even by vaccinated people, and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains.…

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Delta variant rampant in Asia; Olympics COVID tally rises to 241

CDC officials said the variant, first detected in India and now prevalent around the globe, is as infectious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu

Read Article

Watchdog warns businesses over ‘no jab, no job’ policies in UK 

After a UK government’s minister appeared to have backed 'no jab, no job' policies, the country’s equalities watchdog has warned businesses in the country to be 'proportionate' and 'non-…

Read Article

China faces worst COVID-19 outbreak since Wuhan; surge of Delta variant in 15 cities

The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has been found in 15 cities across China, including Beijing.

Read Article

Struggling with coronavirus, Bangladesh faces dengue threat

Adding an additional layer of chaos to the mix, given their similar symptoms, the two diseased have been difficult to distinguish

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Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads, says World Health Organization

The Delta variant has been detected in 132 countries, becoming the dominant global strain, according to the WHO

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Broadway audiences will need proof of vaccination and masks

This policy announced just days before the first Broadway play in over 16 months begins performances, allows children who are not vaccinated to attend performances if they are tested for the virus…

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Unvaccinated travellers to undergo COVID-19 tests, declares Germany amid rise coronavirus cases

European Union had declared last week that 200 million citizens which is half the population in the continent were fully vaccinated 

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Top 10 world news: US brings back first flight of Afghan interpreters, proposal to amend F1 visa rules, and more

Here are the top 10 stories from across the world

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Study says risk of vaccine-resistant variants highest when most inoculated

Currently, just over one billion people around the world are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with many countries, particularly in Africa and South America, yet to start widespread rollouts due…

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Greece sends police to popular tourist hotspots as COVID-19 erupts

Greek tourist hotspots have witnessed coronavirus cases rise in the past month with the Delta variant being the dominant strain.

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog gets third dose of Pfizer vaccine, urges boosters for over-60s

About 55 percent of Israel's population has been double vaccinated, most with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, thanks to a massive campaign launched in late December after an agreement with its developers…

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'Savannafication': Brace yourself for new climate lingo that boggles the mind

One of the annoying things about global warming, besides the likelihood it will ravage life on Earth, is all the new words we are expected to learn in order to track our descent into climate chaos…

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Covax expects 250 million donated doses in six to eight weeks: WHO

Rich and poor nations have radically different access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Covax is aimed at providing vaccines to poorer countries, and the inflow of doses will make it more effective

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Next virus variant few mutations potentially away from evading vaccines: CDC

According to the WHO, the US accounted for 500,332 COVID-19 cases last week which was an increase of 131 per cent.

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Pakistan to bar unvaccinated public sector staff, teachers

Pakistan has seen coronavirus infections soar, dominated by Delta variant, and its poor health infrastructure is under extreme pressure

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Focussed on spacecraft and human safety amid COVID-19, recalls NASA’s Dr. Swati Mohan of Mars Mission

Born in Karnataka, India, Swati Mohan moved to the US at a very young age and aspired to be a doctor

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Japan PM, organisers deny spike in Tokyo virus cases linked to Olympics

Tokyo has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases since Monday just days after the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23

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New York offers $100 to citizens who get vaccinated against COVID-19

Amid vaccine scepticism, New York will be offering $100 as a reward to citizens who opt for vaccination from a city-run vaccination centre

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Malaysia: PM Muhyiddin Yassin defends himself after royal rebuke sparks calls to quit

King Al-Sultan Abdullah imposed the emergency on the advice of Muhyiddin, who had said it was needed to curb the spread of COVID-19

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Picking up pace: Health passes in Europe

Health passes are being increasingly adopted by European countries and limit entry to certain public places to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or tested negative.

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End of COVID-19 restrictions make London clubbers go gaga

At the strike of midnight when England lifted most coronavirus restrictions, London clubbers flocked to one of the first rule-free live music events since the pandemic began last year, dancing thro

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Covid corruption and scandals that rocked the world

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, is facing fresh protests for his allegedly inept and downright criminal pandemic response.

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Impeachment? Brazilians protest against Jair Bolsonaro for poor handling of COVID-19

As the authorities investigate corruption claims against Jair Bolsonaro, locals continue protesting against the President's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has led to millions of dea

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No social distancing, masks at Wuhan's mass graduation ceremony

Students in navy gowns and mortarboards sat in crowded rows, without social distancing or face masks during the graduation ceremony attended by thousands of students.

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Explained: European COVID-19 travel certificate; US considers own vaccine passport

No one will be obliged to use the EU certificate. It is not a vaccine passport, officials say, even as the US considers creating a vaccine passport for Americans travelling abroad.

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Why scientists are concerned about virus leaks at biolabs

The theory that COVID-19 might be the result of scientific experiments has thrown a spotlight on the work of the world's most secure Biolabs.

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A glance at countries that have approved 'Vaccine Passport'

Even as the World Health Organization citing unequal distribution of vaccines, stopped short of recommending vaccination proof as a requirement for international travel, many countries and even the

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'For coffee!': Paris cafes and restaurants reopen after covid lockdown

Locals rushed to their favourite cafes for morning coffee as Paris reopened restaurants, cafe, bars and other entertainment venues

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Cyclone Tauktae: Amid pandemic, India's western states brace for storm

Covid-battered India braces for most severe cyclone in over two decades named 'Cyclone Tauktae'.

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Post-pandemic Europe: Countries you can visit this summer

Ever since the pandemic hit last year, we've all been through a lot.

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Hoping to lure back tourists, Greece reopens beaches after lockdown

With widely spaced sun loungers and regular disinfection, Greece reopened its organised beaches on Saturday as the popular Mediterranean holiday destination eases COVID-19 curbs in preparation for

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From Pat Cummins to Virat Kohli: Cricketing stalwarts who contributed in India's fight against COVID-19

From Aussie star Pat Cummins to Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, checkout cricketing icons who donated in India's fight against COVID:  

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'What virus?': Packed crowds attend music festival in China's 'almost virus-free' Wuhan

As the world struggles to control the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Wuhan hosted its first open-air music festival on May 01.

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'The happiest place on Earth' reopens with COVID-19 restrictions

As Walt Disney's original theme park in California reopened for the first time in over a year, visitors were greeted with masks, temperature checks, but not allowed hugs with the famous Mickey Mous

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Italian cafes ready to reopen ahead of easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Restrictions on many businesses, including restaurants, bars and cinemas, will be relaxed in many Italian regions from Monday, as the government slowly rolls back coronavirus curbs in low-infection

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India's capital in lockdown: Here's what's allowed, what's not

Amid the massive surge in coronavirus infection in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday announced that the national capital will be under lockdown for six days, starting from Monday at 10 P

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Germany pays respect to 80,000 coronavirus victims in a ceremony

As coronavirus cases surge in Germany, the country hosted a ceremony to pay respects to the grieving families

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Pints and Primark: Britons mark lockdown easing with a sup and a shop

Britons on Monday toasted a significant easing of coronavirus restrictions, with early morning pints, and much-needed haircuts, as the country took a tentative step towards the resumption of normal

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In pics: Famous people who've tested positive for coronavirus

Let's have a look at the list of famous people diagnosed with the deadly virus:

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Video Opinion: Uncertainty over coronavirus has taken a toll on mental health

Dr Shweta Sharma talks about paranoia, anxiety and depression triggered by uncertainty over coronavirus pandemic. She also lists ways to deal with mental health issues. Read Article
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Video analysis: Coronavirus impact - strategic competition and beyond

Major General S B Asthana (Retd) analysis the strategic situation in the Indo-Pacific region as the coronavirus fear grips the world. Read Article