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Increase Covid testing in strategic manner immediately, Centre asks states

Additional Health Secretary Arti Ahuja cited a decline in Covid testing in the states and said strategic testing can avert the progression of the disease to a severe category.

TB now officially a Covid comorbidity, disease compromises lungs that virus also targets

The latest clinical management guidelines, released Monday, include seven categories of people who are at 'high risk' of severe Covid or mortality because of it. These include TB patients.

Blanket travel ban can be counterproductive, adopt risk-based strategies: WHO’s India head

WHO India lead Roderico H Ofrin stressed that the risk-based approach 'remains a wiser public health practice to counter the pandemic' in the country.

India logs over 2.38 lakh new Covid cases in last 24 hours, active tally highest in 230 days

The active Covid cases comprise 4.62% of total infections, while the national recovery rate has decreased to 94.09% with 310 fresh fatalities, the health ministry said.

Govt details use of drugs and therapies for Covid treatment in revised guidelines

The new guidelines continue to recommend emergency use of remdesivir in patients with 'moderate to severe' disease and those with no renal or hepatic dysfunction.

‘Very poor demand for boosters’ — why 3rd shot numbers have dipped sharply in 1st week

Vaccine hesitancy and surging infections among healthcare workers believed to be likely reasons for fall in booster demand. Numbers fluctuating for frontline workers & senior citizens.

Investors search for safe havens as Omicron takes hold in Asia

Many remain positive, however, about Asia’s ability to weather the storm as its best-performing nations kept the number of Covid deaths at levels far lower than countries elsewhere.

India records 2.58 lakh new Covid cases, positivity rate surges to 19.65%

The active Covid cases have risen to 16,56,341, the highest in around 230 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,86,451 with 385 daily fatalities, according to health ministry.

Stretched to breaking point, say govt hospital doctors in Delhi, call for better quarantine

Doctors say shortage happened primarily due to delay in the NEET PG 2021 counselling. But crisis was aggravated by the explosion in Covid infections among government doctors.

No one can be forced to get vaccinated against their consent, Modi govt tells SC

In response to a plea seeking door-to-door Covid vaccination for persons with disabilities, the Centre said the inoculation guidelines do not envisage forcible vaccination.

On Camera

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File photo of pedestrians walking down a road in Shanghai on the day of the Lunar New Year last year. | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Ladakh standoff cost China more. Look at its ‘chocolate soldiers’, big tech failure

Despite a host of ‘peace agreements’ over the last 3 decades, China’s costs have been mostly intangible but intensely damaging and acute.
File photo of Mukesh Ambani | Photographer: Prodip Guha/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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