Friday, 21 January, 2022

Topic: COVID-19

Mumbai doctors ‘fatigued, overwhelmed, anxious’ as they fill in for colleagues down with Covid

According to Maharashtra resident doctors' body, since 1 January, nearly 500 of them have tested positive across major govt and municipal hospitals in Mumbai.

Omicron is driving 3rd wave, but don’t use other countries’ data for Indian trends: CCMB chief

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology director Vinay K. Nandicoori says ‘hybrid immunity’ studies are needed to detect the kinds of population getting infected in every wave.

From Goa to Maharashtra, what Covid deaths say about states’ non-communicable disease burden

Data suggests Covid-19 may have killed 1 in every 500 people in Goa, and 1 in every 1,000 in Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi & Puducherry. Number is 1 in 10,000 for UP, Bihar & 5 other states.

Delhi’s biggest Muslim cemetery says out of space for Covid bodies, city officials disagree

ITO-situated Jadid Qabristan Ahle Islam says it isn’t accepting bodies anymore as its 5-acre space earmarked for Covid burial is filled. SDMC says cemetery can’t refuse bodies.

Delta was predominant Covid variant among children too during 2nd wave, ICMR study finds

ICMR study, yet to be peer-reviewed, analysed paediatric samples collected between March & June 2021 and highlighted importance of genomic surveillance among Covid-infected children.

India’s Covid R value hits all-time high of 2.89, UP’s shoots up to 6.87 from 4.36 last week

R represents the average number of people who are likely to catch the disease from one infected person. India's overall R was 1.96 on 4 January.

India reports 2.47 lakh fresh Covid cases in last 24 hours, including 620 Omicron infections

The total active cases in India stood at 11,17,531, highest in 216 days and active cases comprised 3.08% of total infections. The national recovery rate further declined to 95.59%.

Doctors alarmed by ‘strange’ new ICMR rule that makes Covid test optional for hospital patients

New ICMR testing strategy, notified Monday, comes as Covid infections among doctors soar. In Delhi alone, 750 doctors at six major hospitals are reportedly infected with Covid.

Once in a lifetime Covid pandemic has reaffirmed importance of health sector, PM Modi says

While virtually inaugurating 11 govt medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, PM Modi also said that the future will belong to societies which invest in health care.

Every 2nd person says someone in close circle has tested positive for Covid, survey shows

LocalCircles survey notes that Covid numbers might be an understatement as 15% participants said they knew one or more people who are taking tests at home or not getting tested at all.

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Netflix’s outlook is disappointing. And it will need more than price hikes to win over investors

Netflix added 8.3 million new users globally, falling shy of the company’s projection of 8.5 million, admitting competition from other streaming companies may be affecting its growth.
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India’s bond market has Rs 2.25 trillion riding on index inclusion

Analysts expect the world’s last big emerging market to finally get the nod to join global indexes this year or early 2023 by providers such as JPMorgan Chase and FTSE Russell.


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Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.
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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.