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

WHO investigators to scrap interim report on probe of coronavirus origin

The latest development has come amid mounting tensions between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and an appeal from one international group of scientists for a new probe, the Wall…

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EU says no talks underway to buy Russia's Covid vaccine

EU countries are free to buy vaccines that have not been earmarked by the EU as a whole, but are advised to refrain from parallel talks and deals if the EU is negotiating a joint purchase.

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Modified Covid-19 vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked in five countries

The guidelines build on the model already used to modify the flu vaccine in response to continual changes in that virus.

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US Senate expected to begin debating coronavirus package on Thursday

The Senate is set to convene despite a warning by the US Capitol Police that it had obtained intelligence about a militia group's possible plot to breach the Capitol on Thursday.

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US President Joe Biden approval rating declines in two months

The poll states that Biden's approval rating stands at 51 percent nationwide, with 42 percent of the United States disapproving him as their leader

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Ready to work with UN to ensure COVID-19 vaccine aid to Syria: India

India's deputy permanent representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said New Delhi continues to stand with the people of Syria in the grave hour of need.

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Coronavirus in US: Masks no longer compulsory in Texas despite warnings

The latest announcements come as President Joe Biden's administration insists on not dropping the measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to avoid the novel coronavirus…

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Five Indian states account for over 84% active COVID-19 infections

Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases, India's health ministry said.

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Virus variant in Brazil infected many who had already recovered from Covid-19

Scientists have also had their eye on a third concerning variant that arose in Brazil, called P.1. Research had been slower on P.1 since its discovery in late December, leaving scientists unsure…

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Potential 'fourth surge' of coronavirus possible soon, CDC chief warns

She asked people to not relax and keep following the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the medical experts

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Twitter deploys human monitors to strike down coronavirus vaccine misinformation

The microblogging platform will label tweets that include misleading information about coronavirus vaccines.

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Ukraine disposes unused coronavirus shots as medical workers skip vaccinations

There is widespread scepticism in the country over the vaccine in Ukraine including among medical workers who are first in line to get vaccinated.

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'It's a psychological distress': Japan asks China to stop anal swab tests for coronavirus on citizens

To perform these tests, a 3-5cm (1.2-2.0 inches) cotton swab is inserted into the anus and gently rotated to get the sample, which is then tested for the deadly coronavirus

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Israel's Supreme Court restricts usage of coronavirus smartphone tracking

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday banned the government from unprecedented usage of mobile phone data to track carriers of coronavirus

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AstraZeneca sells stake in Moderna for more than $1 billion: Report

AstraZeneca is retaining a partnership with Moderna on other disease treatments and could sell its AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine on a commercial basis in future if the virus…

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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.

Potential 'fourth surge' of coronavirus possible soon, CDC chief warns

She asked people to not relax and keep following the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the medical experts

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Twitter deploys human monitors to strike down coronavirus vaccine misinformation

The microblogging platform will label tweets that include misleading information about coronavirus vaccines.

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Ukraine disposes unused coronavirus shots as medical workers skip vaccinations

There is widespread scepticism in the country over the vaccine in Ukraine including among medical workers who are first in line to get vaccinated.

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'It's a psychological distress': Japan asks China to stop anal swab tests for coronavirus on citizens

To perform these tests, a 3-5cm (1.2-2.0 inches) cotton swab is inserted into the anus and gently rotated to get the sample, which is then tested for the deadly coronavirus

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Israel's Supreme Court restricts usage of coronavirus smartphone tracking

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday banned the government from unprecedented usage of mobile phone data to track carriers of coronavirus

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AstraZeneca sells stake in Moderna for more than $1 billion: Report

AstraZeneca is retaining a partnership with Moderna on other disease treatments and could sell its AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine on a commercial basis in future if the virus…

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South Africa goes to level 1 lockdown as Covid cases decline

As of Saturday, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 1.5 million and deaths at 49,941

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'Take the vaccine': PM Modi takes first dose of coronavirus vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi

PM Modi, the first dose of coronavirus vaccine - India began its second phase of vaccination for people aged above 60 and those between 45 and 59 years old from March 1. 

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Registration for next phase of Covid vaccination in India to open at 9 am on Monday

Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Aarogya Setu.

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Israel confirms will vaccinate Palestinians with Israeli work permits

The Palestinian Authority said last week it had reached an agreement with Israel that would see the Jewish state vaccinate 100,000 Palestinian labourers. 

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Germany to tighten Covid controls at French border

France's eastern Moselle region is now listed as an area "at particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants", Germany's Robert Koch Institute for…

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China rolls out first one-jab Covid vaccine

The vaccine is being touted as a rival to Johnson and Johnson's one-jab shot cleared by the US drug regulator.

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Pakistan confirms presence of new UK strain asks people get vaccinated

The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) in an overnight statement said that Pakistan is among 92 countries in the world where the strain has been detected

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Brazil: Cities, states reimpose restrictions amid Covid-19 surge despite Bolsonaro's threats

The country's death poll has surpassed 250,000 and the restrictions have been placed as intensive care units in the country have reached the point of saturation

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British Covid variant becomes dominant in Belgium

The UK variant, technically identified as B.1.1.7, is considered a "variant of concern" because of its high infectivity -- though it has not been shown to be more dangerous in terms of deaths or…

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WHO chief Ghebreyesus praises India, PM Modi for Covid vaccine effort

India on Wednesday dispatched the first batch of six lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to the African country of Ghana under the COVAX facility in collaboration with UNICEF, which aims to cover 92…

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Hong Kong begins coronavirus vaccination with China's Sinovac

Healthcare workers along with senior citizens are among some 2.4 million people currently prioritized to receive the vaccine shots.

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Bernie Sanders hits out at Israel for not sending coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians

Israel has already vaccinated over a third of its population ensuring Pfizer-BioNTech jabs for 3.2 million people ever since its inoculation drive began in December.

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New findings on two ways children become seriously ill from the coronavirus

The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA, analyzed 1,116 cases of young people who were treated at 66 hospitals in 31 states.

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Moderna expects $18.4 billion in COVID-19 vaccine sales in 2021

Moderna and Pfizer Inc are the only drugmakers whose vaccines have been cleared for emergency use against COVID-19 in the United States so far.

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UK and others agree to fast-track adapted Covid vaccines

The agreement will avert the need for lengthy clinical studies if authorised vaccines are adapted in future, as long as the manufacturers offer "robust evidence" of their potency and safety,…

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WHO investigators to scrap interim report on probe of coronavirus origin

The latest development has come amid mounting tensions between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and an appeal from one international group of scientists for a new probe, the Wall…

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EU says no talks underway to buy Russia's Covid vaccine

EU countries are free to buy vaccines that have not been earmarked by the EU as a whole, but are advised to refrain from parallel talks and deals if the EU is negotiating a joint purchase.

Read Article

Modified Covid-19 vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked in five countries

The guidelines build on the model already used to modify the flu vaccine in response to continual changes in that virus.

Read Article

US Senate expected to begin debating coronavirus package on Thursday

The Senate is set to convene despite a warning by the US Capitol Police that it had obtained intelligence about a militia group's possible plot to breach the Capitol on Thursday.

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US President Joe Biden approval rating declines in two months

The poll states that Biden's approval rating stands at 51 percent nationwide, with 42 percent of the United States disapproving him as their leader

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Overweight countries have highest coronavirus death rates: Report

Belgium ranks first in terms of the highest level of deaths amongst nations where over 50 per cent of the adult population is overweight

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Study suggests South Africa variant could offer better immunity

The findings, from a yet to be peer-reviewed research by the team of South African scientists who discovered the 501Y.V2 variant, raise hopes that vaccines modelled on the strain could protect…

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'Alarming' situation in Brazil as record Covid-19 death toll seen for second straight day

Brazil has witnessed 259,271 deaths, according to the health ministry, the second-highest worldwide, after the United States

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Brazil’s Covid crisis is a warning to the whole world, scientists say

No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse. Many other hard-hit nations are,…

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Sri Lanka's plan to bury Muslim Covid-19 victims on islet sparks outcry

Colombo banned burials of Covid victims in April, despite evidence they would not spread the virus. This resulted in forced cremations.

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Kenya calls first vaccines 'bazookas', Rwanda secures Pfizer shots

With fewer resources and tougher logistics than other regions, African nations are racing to secure the doses needed to protect their roughly 1.3 billion people and allow the safe reopening of…

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Brazil reports record 1,641 Covid deaths in 24 hours

The country of 212 million inhabitants has recorded a total of 257,361 Covid-19 deaths, according to the health ministry, and has the second-highest national death count after the United States.…

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Bharat Biotech's Covaxin found 81% efficient in Phase 3 trials

Covaxin demonstrates high clinical efficacy trend against Covid-19 but also significant immunogenicity against the rapidly emerging variants.

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Explosion at Dutch Covid test centre appears intentional, police say

An explosives team was on site in the town of Bovenkarspel, 55 km (35 miles) north of the capital, to examine the device, police in the province of North Holland said.

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Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev receives first jab of COVID-19 vaccine

Former Indian all-rounder received the first dose from Fortis Hospital.

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Ready to work with UN to ensure COVID-19 vaccine aid to Syria: India

India's deputy permanent representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said New Delhi continues to stand with the people of Syria in the grave hour of need.

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Coronavirus in US: Masks no longer compulsory in Texas despite warnings

The latest announcements come as President Joe Biden's administration insists on not dropping the measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to avoid the novel coronavirus…

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Five Indian states account for over 84% active COVID-19 infections

Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases, India's health ministry said.

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Virus variant in Brazil infected many who had already recovered from Covid-19

Scientists have also had their eye on a third concerning variant that arose in Brazil, called P.1. Research had been slower on P.1 since its discovery in late December, leaving scientists unsure…

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Culture deficiency: A French city's Mayor reopens museums defying coronavirus rules

As cases on a rise in the European country of France, a Mayor has decided to satisfy the culture deficiency of its locals and reopen museums

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What is the new coronavirus strain discovered in Japan about?

Japanese officials say the new coronavirus strain differs from highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases.

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Europe celebrates subdued Christmas amid coronavirus

Europe celebrated Christmas amid the virus epidemic sweeping the continent 

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Countries that have blocked travel from UK after the emergence of new strain of coronavirus

Countries around the world have begun banning flights and travellers from Britain as London said Sunday the spread of a more-infectious new coronavirus strain was now "out of control”, stoking fear

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The truth about coronavirus vaccines - 8 myths busted!

The COVID-19 pandemic has induced economic slowdowns, mass hoarding of goods, lockdowns, and very naturally - a series of conspiracy theories.

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Wuhan virus: 10 steps on how to be China and make most of the pandemic

Almost a year since China's Wuhan reported the world's first cases of COVID-19 in a wet market, and even as several other countries remain firmly in the grip of the subsequent pandemic, life in thi

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From coronavirus to CAA: Top searches on Google in 2020

Google has released its anticipated ‘Year in Search’ results to detail the top trending searches in India and around the globe this year. From fairly practical to downright absurd, the most popular

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Future of air travel: New York to Rome in COVID-tested flight

The first "COVID-tested" flight arrived in Rome from New York on Wednesday, an initiative designed to open up air routes between Europe and the United States

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Russia begins large scale vaccination as coronavirus cases surge

Russia has started larger scale vaccination as th

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Germany brings in Christmas spirit with drive-in markets amid pandemic

As the world is battling the second wave of the novel coronavirus, Germans have decided not to let the pandemic dampen Christmas

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Brazilian artist makes masks for those who don't want to hide their face!

To let people not lose their identity, a 65-year-old Brazilian artist is painting masks that look like the person who is wearing it. 

Let's check it out via some amazing clicks.  

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US election 2020: Trump family finally wears facemasks at the last presidential debate

The family members of US President Donald Trump finally wore facemasks during the third and last presidential debate after getting warned that they could be thrown out if they took them off.

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These jobs are under threat as robots and artificial intelligence takeover amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened the threat of humans being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence.

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Future of concerts? 'The Flaming Lips' perform in plastic bubbles in COVID times

In the pandemic era, maintaining a safe distancing is the utmost importance and keeping that in mind, 'The Flaming Lips' held their first COVID-19 concert in a very unique way.

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Superstitiously protected: Cambodia installs scare-crows to ward off coronavirus

Cambodia has been one of the few places to have escaped the wrath of the novel coronavirus. However, the reason, locals believe, is a stick figure

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Here's who has tested positive and negative in Trump's circle

A growing number of White House staff and senior Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19 since President Donald Trump revealed he had contracted the respiratory disease.

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With Macron as the latest addition, here's full list of world leaders who contracted Covid-19

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday became the latest head of the state who contracted Covid-19. 

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How 'Mitra', a robot became friend of patients, kin in times of Covid-19

An Indian hospital is taking the help of Mitra, which means friend in English, to connect coronavirus patients with their kin. 

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No-mask, anti-lockdown protests gather pace across the globe

An end to the pandemic is nowhere to be seen, with countries who have tackled the deadly virus so far are now witnessing a second wave.

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Unlock 4: Delhi metro resumes services after COVID-19 lockdown

Delhi Metro has resumed services from 7 am on Monday as the part of 'Unlock 4', after being shut for 169 days due to COVID-19.

Take a look: 

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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