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Pragmatic governor Armin Laschet elected to lead Merkel’s party – Times of India
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Pragmatic governor Armin Laschet elected to lead Merkel’s party – Times of India

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party on Saturday chose Armin Laschet, the pragmatic governor of Germany's most populous state, as its new leader- sending a signal of continuity months before an election in which voters will decide who becomes the new chancellor. Laschet defeated Friedrich Merz, a conservative and one-time Merkel rival, at an online convention of the Christian Democratic Union. Laschet won 521 votes to Merz's 466. A third candidate, prominent lawmaker Norbert Roettgen, was eliminated in a first round of voting. Saturday's vote isn't the final word on who will run as the center-right candidate for chancellor in Germany's Sept. 26 election, but Laschet will either run for chancellor or will have a big say in who does. Merkel, who has been chancellor since ...
Study finds commonly used blood pressure medications safe for Covid-19 patients
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Study finds commonly used blood pressure medications safe for Covid-19 patients

Medications to treat high blood pressure did not affect outcomes among patients hospitalized with Covid-19, found an international team of researchers.The study, led by researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first randomized controlled trial to show there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for Covid-19.As part of the Replace Covid trial, investigators examined whether ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) -- two classes of medications to treat high blood pressure -- could help mitigate complications or lead to more severe symptoms. More than 49 million U.S. adults take medication to treat hypertension, and among t...
Cutting Covid-19 infectious period even by one day could prevent millions of cases: Study
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Cutting Covid-19 infectious period even by one day could prevent millions of cases: Study

A vaccine or medication that could shorten the infectious period of Covid-19 in patients, even by one day, may potentially prevent millions of cases and save billions of dollars, according to a new modelling study. The research, published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, noted that some vaccines and drugs may have subtler effects by which even if they cannot prevent or cure Covid-19, they may still reduce how long an infected person is contagious. In the study, scientists including those from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health in the US, assessed the potential value of shortening the infectious period in Covid-19 patients. The researchers created a computational model that simulates the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 and used it...
Tourists trickle back to Havana despite tough Covid-19 protocols
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Tourists trickle back to Havana despite tough Covid-19 protocols

Cuba is slowly opening Havana and other cities to tourism after doing the same with beach resorts in November, eager to breathe life into the devastated industry shuttered last March by the pandemic.Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, said on Tuesday around 1,000 visitors were entering the country daily, the majority bound for resorts where Covid-19 protocols have proved effective but a trickle headed to the Cuban capital, some after visiting the beach. Cuba, like other Caribbean countries, depends heavily on tourism, which represented about a tenth of its gross domestic product in 2019. Its economy suffered an 11% decline last year.“A month ago there were no foreign tourists to be seen,” said Luis Enrique Gonzalez, who runs a private...
Here’s how heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay
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Here’s how heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay

A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off our devices is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of Covid-19 restrictions.Previous academic studies have indicated how being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health by promoting more positive body image, and lowering levels of depression and anxiety.Jointly led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK, the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Austria, and Perdana University in Malaysia, this new research examined how levels of happiness during a national lockdown were affected by being outdoors, the amount of daily screen time (use of TV, computer and smartphone) and feelings of loneliness.Using an experience sampling method ...
UK imposes mandatory Covid tests on all incoming travellers
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UK imposes mandatory Covid tests on all incoming travellers

All passengers arriving in the U.K. will be required to prove they do not have coronavirus, showing a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey.Under new rules announced by the British government, anyone failing to produce the evidence of a negative test will be hit with an immediate fine of 500 pounds ($678). Travellers arriving from countries that are not on the government’s open travel corridor list will be required to isolate at home for 10 days, regardless of their test results.The measures, set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, will come into force next week for passengers arriving at a British port by plane, boat or train. The plan is aimed at stopping new strains of Covid-19 coming into the U.K., such as those seen in Denmark a...
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane self-isolating | Football News – Times of India
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane self-isolating | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is isolating after a close contact of his tested positive for COVID-19, Spanish newspaper ABC said on Thursday. Real did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. The story in ABC said Zidane learned of the contact testing positive on Thursday morning and subsequently did not attend Real Madrid's training session ahead of Saturday's La Liga game away to Osasuna. The report added that the Frenchman had undergone a COVID-19 test and is awaiting the result, although La Liga must approve his return to work as its protocols dictate that a person should isolate for three days and then get a negative test before returning to training or take part in a match. Source link
Ensure access to justice in a post-Covid world
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Ensure access to justice in a post-Covid world

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the Indian judiciary to adopt digital processes at an unprecedented speed and scale. With a lockdown being imposed on March 25 and the enforcement of physical distancing, courts across India started using video-conferencing to hear cases, accompanied by facilities for e-filing and e-payment, wherever possible. Although there has been media coverage of online hearings in the Supreme Court and a few high courts, the experiences of district court lawyers remain at the margins of public awareness. Given that the district courts are the first port of call for litigants, it is critical to understand the circumstances under which lawyers in these courts worked during this period.DAKSH undertook a rapid review of the experiences of 124 lawyers in nine ...
Covid-19 pandemic helped everyone to evolve, left imprint in different ways: Justice Hima Kohli
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Covid-19 pandemic helped everyone to evolve, left imprint in different ways: Justice Hima Kohli

Covid-19 pandemic has helped everyone to evolve and left an imprint on their lives in different ways, Delhi High Court Judge Hima Kohli Monday said.Justice Kohli was speaking at her farewell from the Delhi High Court on her elevation as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.The Delhi High Court, which has been functioning through video conferencing since March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, conducted a virtual farewell for its senior judge.Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel, other judges and lawyers bid farewell to 61-year-old Justice Kohli, who became judge in May 2006 and will be the first woman Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.Justice Kohli described the Covid-19 pandemic as a testing time and thanked Justice Patel for his valuable guidance and suppo...
Will pandemic telework boost women’s careers in Japan, S.Korea?
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Will pandemic telework boost women’s careers in Japan, S.Korea?

Covid-19 could be a tipping point in the push to retain more women in the workforce in Japan and South Korea and for them to have families with new flexible work arrangements expected to stay, according to researchers and recruiters.The pandemic has disproportionately hit women’s careers across the globe, with studies finding they are more likely to work in sectors badly impacted by Covid-19 and are picking up a heavier load of unpaid childcare and chores than men.But in Japan and South Korea, where employees are often under pressure to work long hours in the office with reports of death by overwork, more flexible working could make women rethink leaving jobs to start a family.“If women are given such choice (of flexible working), they will likely utilise the opportunity,”...
Good news for people with wanderlust: Frequent travellers 7 per cent happier
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Good news for people with wanderlust: Frequent travellers 7 per cent happier

People dreaming of travel post-Covid-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A recent study has found that frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all.The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, conducted a survey to find out why some individuals travel more frequently than others and whether or not travel and tourism experiences have a prolonged effect on happiness and wellness.The results of his analysis show individuals who pay more attention to tourism-related information and frequently discuss their travel plans with friends are more likely to go on regular vaca...
Alberta Premier punishes lawmakers for holiday travel abroad
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Alberta Premier punishes lawmakers for holiday travel abroad

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney took disciplinary action against a number of lawmakers and officials who defied Covid-19 travel guidelines over the holidays, as the leader of Canada’s oil-rich province tries to stem a growing scandal.In a statement posted on Twitter Monday, Kenney announced that one cabinet minister, Tracy Allard, along with his chief staff will be stepping down from their posts after revelations the two travelled abroad in recent weeks. The premier also unveiled sanctions against five other lawmakers who left the country, revoking their legislative or government roles.It’s a dramatic response to what has become a major public embarrassment to Kenney’s United Conservative Party. But the controversy transcends Alberta politics. In recent days, Canadians have b...
Blood vessel damage, inflammation in Covid-19 patients’ brains: Study
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Blood vessel damage, inflammation in Covid-19 patients’ brains: Study

A team of researchers from National Institutes of Health, in an in-depth study of how Covid-19 affects a patient’s brain, have consistently spotted hallmarks of damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in tissue samples. These damage hallmarks were spotted in patients who died shortly after contracting the disease.In addition, they saw no signs of SARS-CoV-2 in the tissue samples, suggesting the damage was not caused by a direct viral attack on the brain. The results were published as correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine.“We found that the brains of patients who contract the infection from SARS-CoV-2 may be susceptible to microvascular blood vessel damage. Our results suggest that this may be caused by the body’s inflammatory response to the...
Study: Individuals recovering from Covid-19 helpful for Sustained cellular immune dysregulation
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Study: Individuals recovering from Covid-19 helpful for Sustained cellular immune dysregulation

, January 3 (ANI): A recent study has determined that Covid-19 patients might be helpful for clinicians to better understand how the unknown SARS-CoV-2 virus acts.According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, many infected patients remain asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. Others, especially those with comorbidities, can develop severe clinical disease with atypical pneumonia and multiple system organ failures.Since the first cases were reported in December 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 has surged into a pandemic, with cases and deaths still mounting. Ongoing observational clinical research has become a priority to better understand how this previously unknown virus acts, and findings from this research can better inform treatm...
Singapore will consider relaxing curbs for vaccinated travellers: government official
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Singapore will consider relaxing curbs for vaccinated travellers: government official

Singapore will consider relaxing travel restrictions for people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the co-head of the government’s virus taskforce said on Monday.The Southeast Asian travel hub has largely banned leisure travel, and has some limited business and official travel agreements with certain countries. Most returning residents have to isolate in designated hotels or at home for up to two weeks.“There are several ongoing studies on the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing transmission risk, and we are monitoring these very carefully,” Lawrence Wong said in parliament.“If there is clear evidence that transmission risks can be lowered significantly, we will certainly consider some relaxation to the SHN (stay home notice) regime for vaccinated travellers.”(Th...
Masks, hand sanitizers and vaccines may be protective but insufficient
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Masks, hand sanitizers and vaccines may be protective but insufficient

The Governments in several countries have made it clear that failure to wear face masks will result in the public being faced with hefty fines. The concept that a mask can prevent the spread of Covid-19 continues to remain debatable. Despite the curtailment of droplets in crowded places, there are disadvantages to wearing a face mask, especially for long periods.Since the beginning of the outbreak, there has been ambiguity with how effectual masks could contain the spread but in recent light of the evidence, several international experts have unanimously admitted that the face mask cannot completely eliminate the threat of Covid-19. Initially, it was gloving that health professionals deemed as potentially hazardous, now, masks also face the same critique posing severe risk...
Wildlife, land-use change and health infra: Scientists identify ways of preventing next pandemic  
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Wildlife, land-use change and health infra: Scientists identify ways of preventing next pandemic  

How to prevent the next pandemic? As 2021 begins with Covid-19 continuing its global spread, scientists have spotlighted three approaches to at least reduce the risk of pandemic potential diseases – screening animals, reducing land-use change and improving health infrastructure.There can be no one answer to the question at the centre of an anxious debate across a world coping with Covid-19 and wondering what will happen if another one comes, but the global scientific community has been working on multiple tracks to ensure that humankind is better prepared.Following several multidisciplinary studies in 2020, scientists now firmly believe a “perfect storm” for an outbreak with pandemic potential is created by the combined forces of land-use change, high population density an...
Haryana reports 239 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths
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Haryana reports 239 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

Haryana reported 239 new cases of Covid-19 infection while four patients died and 425 recovered in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases reached 2,62,850, 2,915 deaths and 2,56,811 recoveries. The number of active Covid-19 patients that continue to decline over the last fortnight reached 3,124 on Saturday night. According to the state’s Saturday evening Covid-19 bulletin, Gurgaon reported 64 new cases, Faridabad 20, Sonipat 10, Hisar four, Ambala 24, Karnal 16, Panipat 19, Rohtak six, Rewari two, Panchkula 20, Kurukshetra 11, Yamunanagar 15, Sirsa six, Mahendragarh one, Bhiwani one, Jhajjar three, Palwal one, Fatehabad five, Kaithal four, Jind three, Nuh one and Charkhi Dadri three. Among the four patients who died due to Covid-19, one each died in Pan...
Delta CEO sees some recovery from travel slump later in 2021
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Delta CEO sees some recovery from travel slump later in 2021

The leader of Delta Air Lines is telling workers that he expects some recovery from the coronavirus travel downturn by the spring.CEO Ed Bastian writes in a New Year’s Day memo to employees that he expects 2021 to start with travel deeply depressed like it was last year. But as vaccines become more widely available, he expects a turning point especially in business travel. He says Delta should generate positive cash flow by the spring.Bastian wrote that there is uncertainty over what travel demand will look like once significant numbers of people are vaccinated, and that Delta must be nimble and ready for change.“Just as we’ve never experienced a global pandemic in our history, we’ve also never had to create and execute a plan for recovery from one,” Bastian wrote. “Our su...