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India now has more than 4.3 crore total reported cases and the world's highest number of recoveries. Worldwide, there are over 43 crore cases, with US recording the highest caseload.

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India reports 1,272 new Covid cases in last 24 hours, active cases at 15,515

The daily positivity rate is 1.02 per cent and the weekly positivity rate stands at 1.20 per cent, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

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WHO questions China on ‘delay & transparency’ as Covid data from 2020 is uploaded in 2023, then deleted 

WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus also says he is ‘confident that this year we will be able to say that Covid-19 is over as a public health emergency of international concern’. 

You can holiday in Bhutan again, but there’s a development fee of Rs 1,200/day

This 'sustainable development fee' being levied by Bhutan is meant to 'mitigate negative impact of tourism on cultural landscape and natural environment' of country.

New ‘SARS-CoV-2-like virus’ found in Russian bats can infect humans, says US study

Published in 'PLOS Pathogens', the study found the virus, 'Khosta-2', was resistant to available Covid vaccines, but also that it lacks the genes needed to develop into a disease.

Here’s why you caught that summer cold, again

Heatwaves, humidity fluctuations and pandemic-induced lockdowns across countries could be the culprit.

Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech for infringing its Covid vaccine patent

The company said the rival vaccine makers breached patents that covered its ‘foundational mRNA technology’.

CM Kejriwal urges Delhiites to get Covid precaution dose, says only 10% people have done so far

The chief minister said that the district administration will help school authorities to set up camps inside school premises for vaccination of children.

For those above 18, health ministry reduces gap from 9 to 6 months for Covid precaution dose

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) took the decision in view of the “evolving scientific evidence and global practices”.

Covid during pregnancy doubles babies’ risk of delay in speech, motor skills, study finds

The study could not assess the impact of vaccination because it examined records from pregnancies between March and September of 2020, before Covid shots were available.

Covid lab leak theory needs more research to investigate possibility, say WHO advisers

While the lab theory remains in limbo, mounting evidence suggests that a seafood market in Wuhan where early cases appeared was not the source of the infection, the WHO report said.

Maharashtra records highest Covid cases in 4 months, Mumbai sees 42% jump in 24 hours

On 28 May, for the first time in state, 4 patients of B.A.4 sub-lineage and 3 cases of B.A.5 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant were found.

How an airport nail salon chain became the frontline of US Covid testing systems

Through a partnership with US CDC, XpresSpa launched a surveillance operation to hunt for new and emerging Covid variants among international travellers in close to 50 of its locations.

With over 4,000 new Covid cases, India records highest single-day tally in almost three months

The daily positivity rate, or the confirmed Covid cases as a percentage of overall tests, stands at 0.95% while the weekly positivity rate has begun inching up, the data show.

Women were the worst-hit victim of Covid, climate change. Public-private partnership can help

The past two years created higher barriers for women to receive healthcare and educational opportunities while violence increased. More women must speak up.

India drops to 54th place in WEF’s Travel & Tourism Development Index, but tops in South Asia

According to a new study by the World Economic Forum, India's travel and tourism sector has shown ‘signs of recovery’ after two years of slowdown caused by the pandemic.