Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicCovid variant

Topic: Covid variant

Maharashtra reports 21 cases of Delta plus Covid variant

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the samples have been collected since 15 May and highest of 9 cases were reported from Ratnagiri district and two cases were detected in Mumbai.

As world learns to live with Covid, it may also stop counting every positive case

If hospitalisations & deaths stay low, Covid could begin to look less like an unmanageable pandemic & more like a seasonal disease like influenza. For policy-makers, that’s the goal.

US CDC classifies Covid Delta variant, first identified in India, as ‘variant of concern’

The variant of concern designation is given to strains that are believed to be transmissible or can cause severe disease. Vaccines, treatments may also be less effective against it.

Covid immunity lasts for a year, vaccine boost helps fight variants, study says

The study in journal Nature says ability of vaccine-induced antibodies to neutralise variants of concern was comparable to or greater than that against the original strain.

New Delta plus variant not yet ‘variant of concern’, been in Europe since March: govt

NITI Aayog Member V K Paul said the govt is keeping track of how Delta plus variant progresses in other countries, and if it is present in India, to search where all it is there.

India’s Delta Covid variant 60% more transmissible than Alpha, say UK experts

UK data shows over 90% of new Covid cases in the UK are of the Delta variant, and health experts are of the opinion that it may resist effectiveness of vaccine to some extent.

This is what makes India’s Delta variant of coronavirus so worrisome

It has about a 40% higher transmission rate compared with alpha, which already had a 50% higher transmissibility than the original Covid strain, based on data coming out of the UK.

Gangrene, hearing loss indicate India’s Delta variant of Covid is more severe, doctors say

According to a recent study by a Modi govt panel, Delta variant was 'primary cause' behind India's second wave and is 50% more contagious than the Alpha strain first spotted in UK.

Older people may need 3rd shot to stay protected against Delta Covid variant: Lancet study

UK study says single-dose recipients of Pfizer vaccine are likely to be less protected against 3 coronavirus variants of concern —  B.1.617.2 (India), B.1.351 (South Africa) and B.1.1.7 (UK).

Delta variant behind India’s 2nd wave, 7 strains circulating in & around Varanasi, study finds

Study conducted by CCMB and BHU finds that Delta variant is the most dominant and widespread coronavirus strain in India right now. 

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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Shehbaz Sharif on 7 April | Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

The four-point plan to revive Pakistan’s economy—from land reform to real estate

Pakistan must reduce non-productive expenditures like defence. The country's political economy has been overdetermined by the imperative of 'national security'.

Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.