Monday, 17 January, 2022

Topic: Coronavirus

Modi govt says no to Parsi demand for Covid last rites exemption, over ‘concern of virus spread’

In affidavit filed in SC, Centre says if Surat Parsi Panchayat Board's demand is met, infection could spread, so cremation or burial are the only ways to dispose of bodies.

Covid-19: Chinese cities on alert ahead of Lunar New Year & Cathay Pacific in hot water

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Mere 29% travellers got refunds from airlines for cancelled plans during 3rd wave, survey says

LocalCircles asked people about their travel plans between January and March this year, and if they were able to get a refund in case they cancelled. This is what it found.

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.

Achieving COVID-19 vaccine equity is a long road. Overcoming hesitancy is the first step

While high-income countries now have vaccination rates well above 60%, in the poorest countries, the distribution and supply have been badly delayed.

Delhi is conducting Covid tests 3 times the number recommended by ICMR, says Satyendar Jain

Jain told reporters that Delhi is expected to register 17,000 cases Sunday. He added, restrictions by the govt has impacted the spread of Covid and have plateaued hospital admissions.

India registers 2,71,202 new Covid cases, active cases highest in 225 days

The death toll has climbed to 4,86,066 with 314 fresh fatalities, while the national recovery rate has decreased to 94.51 per cent, the health ministry said.

Election Commission extends ban on public rallies and roadshows till 22 January

While announcing schedule for Assembly election in five states UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab EC had banned public rallies, roadshows, and physical campaigning till 15 January.

On Camera


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.


HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
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.