Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: covid

‘Stealth Omicron’ — how Covid sub-variant with ‘no difference in disease’ got its nickname

Designated BA.2, the new sub-variant has been found in sequences in over 40 countries globally. In India, it has been found in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra, among other states.

How desi Dolo became India’s favoured paracetamol brand in pandemic, beat global pharma giants

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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.

Modi can’t speak? Tech glitch during WEF speech triggers bogey of ‘teleprompter PM’

A few seconds into his WEF address Monday, PM Modi could be seen pausing before looking to his left. He eventually had to restart his speech after a near 2-minute interruption.

Modi govt says no to Parsi demand for Covid last rites exemption, over ‘concern of virus spread’

In affidavit filed in SC, Centre says if Surat Parsi Panchayat Board's demand is met, infection could spread, so cremation or burial are the only ways to dispose of bodies.

Covid-19: Chinese cities on alert ahead of Lunar New Year & Cathay Pacific in hot water

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

SubscriberWrites: Introducing self-counting of breath in home isolation guidelines crucial for public health

Without adequate awareness regarding how to prevent the disease from worsening, many Covid patients require hospitalisation and overwhelm healthcare systems, writes Chitra Pandya.

Full results of Delhi’s 6th serosurvey out — antibodies among 81.7% children over 5 by Oct 2021

Team from Maulana Azad Medical College collected blood samples from 27,811 participants in Delhi between 24 September & 14 October 2021. Report on findings shared with govt earlier.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

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.