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An empty Taj Mahal in Agra | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Hotels shut, taxis sold, guides ‘begging’: How Covid devastated tourism in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

Lack of foreign tourists has hit tourism sector in Delhi-Agra-Jaipur ‘golden triangle’ hard, while lockdowns have meant even domestic tourist numbers are yet to match pre-pandemic figures. 
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Unvaccinated people 29 times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid, CDC report finds

Population-level analysis by the US's Centers for Disease Control makes a powerful case for vaccines as a means not just to reduce serious illness but also reduce chances of infection.
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505 paediatric Covid cases in Bengaluru in first 10 days of August, only 3 hospitalised

The remaining 502 were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, with Bengaluru officials also saying proportion of paediatric cases in total Covid pool has been constant for last 2 months. 
A doctor checks the temperature of a person as part of the Covid-19 screening process. | Representational Image | Praveen Jain | ThePrint, source of ‘legitimate’ Covid data since Feb 2020, decides to shut shop

Analytical platform says those who work for it are volunteers who have to return to normal lives, and hence it will shut down by 31 October. 
Children in masks at a centre distributing masks and hand sanitizer in New Delhi | Representational image | ANI Photo

‘No more than 6 days to recover’ — Study in Lancet finds ‘long Covid’ rare in children

Adults have reported experiencing prolonged illness after Covid-19 — termed as long Covid — where symptoms persist for four weeks or longer. 
File photo of the Talapady border in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district | ANI

New Karnataka Covid restrictions trigger protest as many refused entry at Kerala border

Karnataka has barred entry of people from Kerala & Maharashtra unless they produce a negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours, or a vaccination certificate.
A health worker takes swab sample of a passenger for Covid-19 testing at Dadar railway station in Mumbai on 26 July 2021| PTI

India’s Covid cases have plateaued for 37 days. Here’s why this isn’t all good news

Since 21 June, India’s daily Covid numbers have remained in the 30,000-50,000 bracket, even though the number jumped by about 50% Wednesday morning to 43,654 new cases.
A perimeter fence of Odaiba Marine Park, venue of the triathlon and marathon swimming events during the Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on 9 July 2021 | Akio Kon | Bloomberg

No cheering, singing, whistling — All that is different as Tokyo gets ready for Olympics

Already postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic, Tokyo is set to host one of the biggest sporting events even as cases rise in Japan.
ICMR doctors take blood samples for a study in Dharavi, Mumbai, on 30 May 2021 | ANI Photo

Maharashtra’s 23,000 ‘backlog’ deaths skew India’s fatality rate, but it isn’t only offender

While Centre says reporting of backlog deaths helps better understand Covid spread, it wants Maharashtra, other states to provide details such as dates & districts to get a more comprehensive picture.
A medical worker collects a sample for Covid-19 testing in New Delhi | Representational Image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

R-value rises for 1st time in 2 months, increase likely driven by Kerala, Maharashtra

R-value has risen to 0.88 from 0.78 in June. With R still below 1, active cases continue to decline, but the rise means the decline is now slower than before.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.