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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…

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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.

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North Korea lifts mask mandate after 'victory' over COVID-19

North Korea had recorded nearly 4.8 million COVID-19 cases identifying it as 'fever' while reporting just 74 deaths even as experts and the World Health Organization questioned the country's real…

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COVID-19 fourth wave fears: Delhi makes masks mandatory in public places

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Delhi has been above 2,000 in the past one week with active virus cases at 8,205.

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China's ex-Covid patients live under 'dark shadow' of stigma

Rights groups say the strict rules are feeding Covid-related discrimination and shutting out thousands of people from China's already bleak job market -- with migrant workers and young people hit…

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WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

The WHO said that the omicron subvariant BA.5 remains dominant globally, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of all virus sequences shared with the world's biggest publicly available virus database…

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COVID-19 fourth wave in Delhi? India's capital reports spike in virus cases

India's national capital reported seven deaths due to the virus on Wednesday which is the highest in nearly 180 days, according to the health department.

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New Zealand reopens border to all visitors for first time since Covid pandemic  

The country ended the process of reopening the borders last night with international visitors, students and non-visa waiver countries, such as China and India, now allowed to visit New Zealand

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‘Our fight against Covid is still on’: Indian PM urges folks to follow guidelines in his show ‘Mann ki Baat’

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India registered 19,673 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,40,19811

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North Korea reports no new COVID-19 cases

The state media claimed 204 patients were under treatment until Friday with 74 people having succumbed to the virus. The low death toll has also become a contentious issue due to the lack of…

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Millions develop long-lasting problems with sense of smell or taste after COVID-19: Study

Coronavirus: The lost sense of smell has been one of the major symptoms that act as an identifier for Covid. However, experts are probing how often symptoms like this occur or how…

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UK scientists eye single jab to tackle all coronavirus variants

The White House this week held a summit to push forward its plan for the “next generation” of COVID-19 vaccines as Anthony Fauci said the Biden administration is looking forward to “pan-…

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Wuhan puts one district under lockdown after detecting four COVID-19 cases

Reports say nearly one million people in Jiangxia district have been put under lockdown as authorities in the past year have struggled to contain COVID-19 flareup in various cities.

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How China tried to spin Covid origins theory when world pointed at Wuhan

From the start, China has shown signs of apprehension whenever the Wuhan market was blamed for the Covid pandemic. When the US and other countries sought to probe and asked for data, Beijing…

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Two new studies confirm COVID-19 virus originated from Wuhan animal market

Though the scientists took different approaches, both arrived at the same conclusion—Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was most likely the epicentre for the Covid.

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White House bats for next-gen Covid vaccines

Vaccines that are available right now offer strong protection against Covid. But evolution of the virus is reducing their effectivness

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COVID-19: India reports 20,279 new cases in 24 hours, govt to focus on vaccination campaigns

The central government has been assisting the States and UTs by giving them free Covid vaccines as a part of its national vaccination push

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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.

Millions develop long-lasting problems with sense of smell or taste after COVID-19: Study

Coronavirus: The lost sense of smell has been one of the major symptoms that act as an identifier for Covid. However, experts are probing how often symptoms like this occur or how…

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UK scientists eye single jab to tackle all coronavirus variants

The White House this week held a summit to push forward its plan for the “next generation” of COVID-19 vaccines as Anthony Fauci said the Biden administration is looking forward to “pan-…

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Wuhan puts one district under lockdown after detecting four COVID-19 cases

Reports say nearly one million people in Jiangxia district have been put under lockdown as authorities in the past year have struggled to contain COVID-19 flareup in various cities.

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How China tried to spin Covid origins theory when world pointed at Wuhan

From the start, China has shown signs of apprehension whenever the Wuhan market was blamed for the Covid pandemic. When the US and other countries sought to probe and asked for data, Beijing…

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Two new studies confirm COVID-19 virus originated from Wuhan animal market

Though the scientists took different approaches, both arrived at the same conclusion—Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was most likely the epicentre for the Covid.

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White House bats for next-gen Covid vaccines

Vaccines that are available right now offer strong protection against Covid. But evolution of the virus is reducing their effectivness

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COVID-19: India reports 20,279 new cases in 24 hours, govt to focus on vaccination campaigns

The central government has been assisting the States and UTs by giving them free Covid vaccines as a part of its national vaccination push

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Man claims he had monkeypox and coronavirus at the same time

Mitcho Thompson developed lesions on his body last month showing signs of the monkeypox virus and claimed that doctors were certain he also had COVID-19

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How would the world deal with future pandemics? Countries decide there needs to be legally binding accord

Thanks to the economic instability and the millions of lives lost during the coronavirus crisis, new worldwide defences that are powerful enough to stop such a nightmare in the future have been…

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Tokyo's daily COVID cases cross 30,000 for first time in pandemic

Despite few serious cases and deaths, Toky officials warned hospitals were starting to feel the pressure from rising numbers of Covid cases

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Child labour? This Australian government wants 10-year-old do unpaid work. Here's why 

Earlier this year some legal organisations, including Community Legal Centres NSW, had written to the premier asking for Covid fines to be abolished for minors aged 10 to 17

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Chinese officials say sorry for breaking into houses of quarantined Covid patients

The move sparked a massive outcry among people who slammed the officials for taking 'heavy-handed' virus-prevention measures, prompting the Liwan District government to issue an apology for the '…

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COVID-19: Australian government encourages people to 'work from home'

Till now, 95 per cent of adults above the age of 16 have received two doses so far, which has limited Australia’s overall Covid cases to under 9 million and its Covid deaths reported at 10,845,…

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COVID-19: Macau to extend its partial lockdown for one week

All residents are required to remain at home, with the exception of going shopping for daily essentials and getting themselves tested for the virus

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Indian government commemorates 75th independence day with 75 days of free Covid precaution dose

Rajesh Bhushan, the union health secretary, also urged states and union territories to hold special vaccination clinics on different Yatra routes as well as office buildings, railway stations,…

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COVID-19 pandemic led to a 'child health crisis', millions went without basic immunisation: Unicef

In recent months, there have already been indications of increased vaccination-preventable illness rates, including a 400 per cent increase in measles cases in Africa by 2022

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COVID-19: India reports over 20,000 cases for first time in 145 days, free booster shots on cards

However, of the 38 fatalities reported, 16 were from Kerala, 10 were from Maharashtra, four were in West Bengal, three were in Delhi and one each from Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and…

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Netherlands detects first case of ‘more contagious’ Centaurus Covid subvariant

The BA.2.75 variant subvariant, called Centaurus,  first emerged in India in May and has since been detected in 14 other countries

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‘Covid pandemic still not over’, WHO warns as new cases emerge

WHO Director-General Tedros said the number of new cases worldwide has risen by 30 per cent in the last two weeks

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COVID-19: European Union advises second booster for people above 60 years

In order to tackle the BA.1 Omicron variant, vaccine manufacturers including Moderna Inc. and partners Pfizer Inc. and BioTech have been testing modified versions of their coronavirus vaccines

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Infants separated from parents as China reports new coronavirus cases; Is Xi's 'Zero-Covid' policy a failure?

Taking to social media Chinese citizens vented their frustrations on social media, sparking a public outcry against Xi's Zero-Covid policy. Some reported that children, even infants were forcibly…

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North Korea lifts mask mandate after 'victory' over COVID-19

North Korea had recorded nearly 4.8 million COVID-19 cases identifying it as 'fever' while reporting just 74 deaths even as experts and the World Health Organization questioned the country's real…

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COVID-19 fourth wave fears: Delhi makes masks mandatory in public places

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Delhi has been above 2,000 in the past one week with active virus cases at 8,205.

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China's ex-Covid patients live under 'dark shadow' of stigma

Rights groups say the strict rules are feeding Covid-related discrimination and shutting out thousands of people from China's already bleak job market -- with migrant workers and young people hit…

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WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

The WHO said that the omicron subvariant BA.5 remains dominant globally, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of all virus sequences shared with the world's biggest publicly available virus database…

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COVID-19 fourth wave in Delhi? India's capital reports spike in virus cases

India's national capital reported seven deaths due to the virus on Wednesday which is the highest in nearly 180 days, according to the health department.

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Omicron BA-2.75: All you want to know about the new Covid subvariant in Delhi

Reports claim the first Omicron sub-variant BA-2.75 case in India was detected in May.

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Kim Jong Un declares North Korea's 'unprecedented miracle' of a victory over Covid

North Korea declared victory despite having no known vaccination programme in place. The nation claims that instead, it used lockdowns, homegrown medical procedures, and what Kim referred to as…

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New Zealand: Coronavirus is now equal leading cause of death for the first time

Otago University epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said as quoted by NZ Herald, "For the first time, Covid-19 has probably become the leading cause of death in New Zealand" 

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After COVID-19 outbreak, more than 80,000 tourists trapped in Chinese resort city of Sanya

With authorities halting train ticket sales, all flights out of the city were cancelled over the weekend after Hainan reported 483 cases

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Chinese beach holiday city imposes lockdown as Covid cases spike

COVID-19 virus has been resurging in Sanya with 257 cases registered on Friday from just 11 two days earlier. Authorities said they had detected the Omicron subvariant BA.5.1.3

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South African with rare neurological disorder dies after getting inoculated by Johnson & Johnson's vaccine

A causal link has been established between the patient's death and the Janssen vaccine according to South Africa's health regulator

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COVID-19: WHO’s recent report states new cases fell by 9% globally, deaths remain steady

As per WHO, two subvariants of Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5, were responsible for the recent Covid waves

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COVID-19 can rebound even in those who haven't taken Paxlovid: Study

Around 12 per cent of people who have tested for coronavirus, had a "viral rebound", which means days after testing negative, they tested positive again 

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Covid-related loss of smell might be linked to cognitive impairment: Study

COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s: Preliminary findings of a study suggest that there may be a link between Covid-related loss of smell might be linked to cognitive impairment 

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‘Paxlovid rebound’: Why is this Covid drug given to Biden controversial? Check details

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had earlier issued an update on return of the virus for those using Paxlovid, stating that the medicine is recommended for early stage treatment…

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New Zealand reopens border to all visitors for first time since Covid pandemic  

The country ended the process of reopening the borders last night with international visitors, students and non-visa waiver countries, such as China and India, now allowed to visit New Zealand

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‘Our fight against Covid is still on’: Indian PM urges folks to follow guidelines in his show ‘Mann ki Baat’

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India registered 19,673 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,40,19811

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North Korea reports no new COVID-19 cases

The state media claimed 204 patients were under treatment until Friday with 74 people having succumbed to the virus. The low death toll has also become a contentious issue due to the lack of…

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Millions develop long-lasting problems with sense of smell or taste after COVID-19: Study

Coronavirus: The lost sense of smell has been one of the major symptoms that act as an identifier for Covid. However, experts are probing how often symptoms like this occur or how…

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Inside high-security Swiss lab tasked to stop next pandemic

The Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland is known for its detective work on chemical, biological and nuclear threats since World War-II.

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'Like Covid never happened': Thousands sway to music as Ibiza's nightclubs reopen - See pics

A crowd dances to the pulsing beat of electronic music, hands in the air, at the Pacha nightclub near the main marina on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza.

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In Pics | ‘Tearful relief’: Babies, toddlers get first Covid jabs in US

COVID-19 vaccination for babies and toddlers has finally started in the United States on Tuesday. Several children were given shots on thighs and arms.

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In pics: Japan eases Covid restrictions for foreign tourists

As countries slowly limp back to normal life after two years of brutal Covid lockdown, Japan seeks to balance its commercial interests and public safety.

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Saudi Arabia welcomes first foreign pilgrims after COVID-19 hiatus

Saudi Arabia on Saturday welcomed its first batch of hajj pilgrims since before the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted authorities to sharply restrict the annual ritual. (Text: AFP)

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In pics: North Korea deploys army to curb virus outbreak

North Korea has mobilised its military to distribute COVID medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients as it fights a sweeping coronavirus wave, state

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In pics| Thousands of faithful Catholics pray at Portuguese shrine despite fears of new Covid wave

Happy but cautious at being able to join a mass religious event for the first time since the pandemic began, thousands of Catholic faithful gathered at a sanctuary in Portugal on Friday, as authori

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In Pics: For first time, North Korea reports Omicron cases, goes for lockdown

North Korea confirmed its first-ever Covid cases on Thursday and declared a "serious emergency", with leader Kim Jong Un ordering lockdowns across the country. (Text: AFP)

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New Zealand welcomes Australian visitors with warm hugs, tears and Maori performers

New Zealand welcomed hundreds of travellers from Australia with emotional scenes on Wednesday as it opened its borders to its trans-Tasmanian neighbour for the first time since mid-2021.

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In pics: Beijing’s Temple of Heaven misses tourists during China's biggest holiday week

As the number of cases in Beijing increases day by day, here are a few before and after covid images which show how the pandemic affected this World Heritage Site.

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Taiwan to host Asian Pride Games after two years despite spike in COVID-19

Taiwan opened the inaugural Asian Pride Games with a colourful ceremony drawing hundreds of athletes and spectators.

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Visitors trickle back, but climbing mecca Nepal seeks more - see pics

Nepal is putting a 21st-century spin on a tourism sector dominated by activities unchanged for generations as it looks to boost a vital part of an economy decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic and soa

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COVID-19: Singapore lifts all covid restrictions except wearing masks

Office workers queued for trains, restaurants, and elevators and delivery riders raced from building to building as the buzz returned to Singapore's business district on Tuesday, its first day free

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In pics: Brazil holds first carnival after two years of pandemic

Rio de Janeiro's carnival, a glittering, sequin-studded festival of the flesh, exploded back to life Friday with the first famed samba school parades since Covid-19 hit Brazil.

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Covid fourth wave in India? Here's what we know so far

After reporting low cases, India is seeing a sharp uptick in new Covid infections, forcing the government to reintroduce some of the restrictions that were lifted a few weeks ago.

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Plastic everywhere: Hong Kong's zero-Covid facilities have become an environmental nightmare

Plastic is everywhere in quarantine hotels for Hong Kong arrivals: Cellophane wraps remote controls, the pillows are enveloped in plastic bags, and meals are served with plastic flatware.

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International cruise ships return to Australia after two-year Covid ban - see pics

After a widespread COVID-19 outbreak, a cruise liner docked in Sydney Harbour on a bright Monday morning (April 18) with a giant banner saying "We're home." (Source: AFP) 

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'Life on hold': Shanghai expands COVID-19 lockdown, testing lines grow

China's commercial hub of Shanghai ground to a halt on Friday after the government locked down most of the city's 26 million residents to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Pics: Even after two years, COVID-19 still torments the entire world

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak had become a pandemic. 

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Pics: People reunite as New Zealand opens border after two years of isolation

Tears, hugs, laughter echoed through the arriving halls of New Zealand, as the country has now finally opened its border and lifted its isolation requirements.

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The five stages of the covid Pandemic, as told by Dr Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, top medical advisor to the US President Joe Biden said we are still in the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci said there are five stages of the pandemic. Read Article
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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