Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: COVID-19

30% lose Covid immunity 6 months after 2nd jab, age a factor: Indian study on vaccine efficacy

Non-peer-reviewed study by Hyderabad’s AIG Hospitals & Asian Health Foundation focuses on these 30%. AIG head says 70% who retain antibodies can benefit from booster after 9 months.

India registers 3.17 lakh fresh Covid cases in last 24 hours, highest in 249 days

While 491 fatalities were reported during the same time, taking the total death toll to 4,87,693, national recovery rate decreased to 93.09 per cent.

Covid centres, constant watch, doctors on duty — how crammed Delhi prisons are tackling 3rd wave 

Compulsory tests, quarantine for all new inmates, new oxygen plant installed in Tihar. A total of 99 prison inmates & 88 staffers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the third wave.

India logs 2.82 lakh fresh covid cases, 441 fatalities in last 24 hours

Active cases have climbed to 18,31,000, highest in 232 days, and comprise 4.83 % of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has decreased to 93.88%.

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.

‘Mishandling Covid eroded support for populist govts like Modi’s’: Cambridge democracy study

Modi among populist leaders who responded early with ‘wide-ranging, far-reaching’ policies, but approval still declined. Study adds 'no renewed faith' seen in liberal democracy.

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.

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.

WHO recommends two new Covid drugs, in discussions to secure ‘equitable access’

Extent to which Baricitinib & Sotrovimab will save lives depends on how available, affordable they will be, says WHO. New guidelines advise against use of Remdesivir, Ivermectin.

Did Djokovic lie about Covid test in Serbia? Report casts doubt on player’s claims

According to an investigation by ‘Der Spiegel’, Novak Djokovic’s claimed dates for his Covid tests don’t match up. He is now set to be deported from Australia after losing his appeal.

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.