As coronavirus cases rise in Europe, an economic toll returns

Europe’s already fragile economic recovery is threatened by a fourth wave of coronavirus infections now ravaging the continent, as governments impose increasingly stringent health restrictions that could reduce foot traffic in shopping centres, Can discourage travel and reduce crowds at restaurants, bars and skis. Resorts Austria has taken tough measures, made vaccinations mandatory and implemented … Read more

World must strengthen WHO and agree on pandemic treaty, says expert panel

The World Health Organization (WHO) should be strengthened through a new treaty with more funding and greater capacity to investigate the pandemic, an independent panel said on Monday, ahead of a conference of health ministers next week. Efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic have been uneven and fragmented, marked by limited access to vaccines in … Read more

Odisha allows opening of auditoriums, cinema halls, records 239 new COVID-19 cases

With the coronavirus situation improving significantly in the state, the Odisha government on Saturday allowed opening of cultural gatherings, auditoriums and cinema halls following the COVID-19 protocol. The state on Saturday recorded 239 new COVID-19 cases, including 37 children and adolescents, taking the tally to 10,46,798, while two fresh fatalities took the coronavirus death toll, … Read more

COVID-19: 11,919 new cases reported in India, 470 more deaths

With 11,919 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has gone up to 3,44,78,517, while the number of active cases has gone up to 1,28,762, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The death toll due to the viral disease has risen to 4,64,623, with 470 more deaths, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am. … Read more

India resumes export of COVID-19 vaccine; the fear of shortage persists

India has resumed vaccine exports eight months after the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Iran becoming the first recipients. The Center had halted exports of the vaccine due to rising coronavirus cases, and eased restrictions only after India administered close to a billion doses. While the focus has been … Read more

Punjab may see 300% increase in COVID-19 cases by November end

If estimates are to be believed, Punjab’s caseload could rise by 300% by the end of this month, after two months of lull on the coronavirus transmission rate. Covid-19 cases in Punjab started rising after Diwali – the state registered a growth of 4.2% on November 8 – and continued to rise for five consecutive … Read more