Saturday, 22 January, 2022
TopicCovid cases

Topic: Covid cases

Omicron pushes Japan to consider treating Covid like the flu

PM Fumio Kishida has pushed back against his predecessor Shinzo Abe and others who have made similar calls. Kishida said it’s too early to downgrade the virus given the omicron caseload.

Covid booster dose offers effective antibody protection against Omicron, Lancet study finds

The study found that the overall antibody levels were nearly 2.5 times higher against Omicron after three doses of Coved vaccine as compared to after two jabs.

South Africa is done with Covid ‘token gestures’. Its new tack is working and makes sense

South Africa learnt that contact tracing was ineffective in controlling Covid. It explains the new focus on healthcare facilities.

Jitendra Tyagi arrest, exodus from BJP in UP & Covid surge — what made Pg 1 news in Urdu press

ThePrint’s round-up of how the Urdu media covered various news events through the week, and the editorial positions some of them took.

Polish scientists ‘discover gene that more than doubles risk of severe Covid, even death’

Research from Medical University of Bialystok estimates gene could be present in 27% of Indians. It’s the 4th most important factor determining severity of illness, it says.

India registers 1,59,632 new Covid cases, highest in 224 days

With 327 new fatalities, the death toll climbed to 4,83,790 Sunday. An increase of 1,18,442 cases has been recorded in active caseload in 24 hours, according to health ministry.

Delhi records 20,181 new Covid cases, 7 deaths in last 24 hours, positivity rate at 19.6%

Nearly 1,586 patients are admitted to hospitals, with 375 patients on oxygen support, of which 27 are on ventilator, according to data by Delhi's health department released Saturday.

Delhi’s Covid cases may shoot up to 20k with positivity rate of 20%, says Satyendar Jain

Maintaining that the city government is well prepared, Delhi's health minister said infrastructure has been augmented keeping in mind the high number of Covid cases.

India’s R value recorded at 4, Covid peak expected in first half of Feb, says IIT Madras

R indicates number of people an infected person can spread Covid to, and depends on transmissibility probability, contact rate and expected time interval in which infection can happen.

India makes 7-day home quarantine mandatory for international arrivals, Covid test on 8th day

The guidelines will come into force from 11 January. Previously, travellers coming from 'at risk' countries had to get their Covid test done upon arrival and wait till results were out.

On Camera

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BBC is Britain’s only imperial legacy with purpose, UK must value it to remain in soft-power war

It’s deeply worrying that the Johnson govt, filled with defenders of the country’s imperial past, seems intent on rendering this last great British asset valueless.

Mahindra expects strong recovery in auto sales as supply chain constraints ease

According to Mahindra, the auto industry is poised for a very strong rebound because it has been buffeted by a number of factors over the last 2-3 years.

Defence

File image of German Ambassador to India Walter J. Lindner | Twitter | @AmbLindnerIndia

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.
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.
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