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Delhi: Despite Covid-19 cases increasing, vaccination continues to drop

Despite the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases – Delhi recorded 1,506 new cases with a positivity rate of 10.6% on Tuesday – the number of vaccine doses administered in the city has gradually gone down in the last two weeks. Across the national capital, 1.6 lakh doses were administered over the previous seven days, as compared to 2.05 lakh during the seven days before that, and 2.07 lakh the week before that. “Usually there is an increase in the number of people coming to get vaccinated whenever the cases start going up, but that has not happened this time. The number of people coming (to get vaccinated) has remained almost the same. This could be because now in most cases only precaution doses are pending,” said an official from Delhi’s health department. District officials had e...
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Dhawan, Shreyas among four team members test positive ahead of WI series

Four Indian team players, including Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, and three support staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ahmedabad, with the three-match ODI series against West Indies starting on February 6. The Indian Express understands that Dhawan, Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Navdeep Saini (who is a reserve player) tested positive along with three support staff. The Indian board conducted RT-PCR tests on January 31, February 1 and February 2. It is learnt that Dhawan and Saini tested positive after the first test while Gaikwad and Iyer were found infected in the second and third tests respectively. There is no clarity at the moment whether the BCCI will name replacements of the above players, or wait for a few days. However, a BCCI release stated that Mayank Agarwal was added ...
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SL pacer Nuwan Thushara tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of team’s T20I tour of Australia

Uncapped Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Thushara has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team’s tour of Australia starting next week, the country’s cricket board said on Monday. The 27-year-old was a part of the 20-member Sri Lanka Squad to tour Australia for a five-match T20 International Series between February 11 to 20. Dilshan Fonseka, the team trainer, has also tested positive for the virus. “Both were found to be positive during a routine PCR test conducted among the squad and the support staff, who are currently remaining in a Bio-Secure Bubble ahead of the team’s departure to Australia,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. “Both of them are currently undergoing Covid-19 protocols and will rejoin the squad on the 10th of February, upon completion of the protocols.” The...
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No bubble is foolproof around the world: AIFF president Patel

All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Sunday denied that the bio-bubble for the Women’s Asian Cup was weak as several COVID-19 cases among the home team’s players led to the cancellation of their match against Chinese Taipei. The dozen positive cases of COVID meant that India’s campaign in the premier continental tournament was over. “Unfortunately, this happened to us despite the best measures put in place, and it is sheer bad luck that it happened to us. Let there be no fingers pointed at any. We need to understand this is a pandemic situation, and no bubble is foolproof around the world,” Patel said in a statement. Apart from the COVID cases, two players were also laid low by injuries. Unfortunately, this happened to us despite the best measures put in place, and i...
Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed
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Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The Ranji Trophy & Col C K Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the senior women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February. The BCCI press release stated, “BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly.” 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy, Co...
CAB president Avishek Dalmiya tests positive for Covid-19
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CAB president Avishek Dalmiya tests positive for Covid-19

Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya was on Tuesday admitted to a city hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He developed COVID-19 symptoms like fever and his RT-PCR report “has come positive with high viral load”, he stated in a Facebook post. “As a precautionary measure, he was shifted to the Woodlands Hospital where he will receive Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy and is currently in a stable condition,” an official told PTI. Last week, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly too was admitted to the same hospital where he was treated for four days after testing positive. Former Bengal captain Shukla also tests positive Laxmi Ratan Shukla (File) Former Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is also the current Under-23 coach of the state team, ha...
BCCI begins clearing dues of affected players after domestic season was curtailed due to Covid
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BCCI begins clearing dues of affected players after domestic season was curtailed due to Covid

The BCCI has started clearing the long-standing dues of the domestic cricketers who suffered financially after the 2020-21 season was curtailed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Many Indian cricketers struggled financially after the Ranji Trophy was not held last year for the first time in its history. The women’s T20 games were also curtailed due to the pandemic. “BCCI has started clearing the compensation amount due for not having the red ball tournament last season,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “A lot of players have started receiving money and there are still lot of players who would be getting the payments. The process is expected to be completed in next few weeks.” In September last, the BCCI had said that the cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 season will be...
I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19
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I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19

I-League was on Wednesday suspended for at least a week after COVID-19 breached its bio-bubble as eight players and three officials have tested positive for the dreaded virus. Five players and three team officials from Real Kashmir FC, one player each from Mohammedan Sporting, debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC and Aizawl FC returned positive in the tests conducted on Tuesday. “The next round of matches (on December 30 and 31) will be rescheduled. We will review the situation on January 4,” I-League Chairman Subrata Dutta told PTI after an emergency meeting. The first round matches were played on Sunday and Monday while the third round games are scheduled for January 4 and 5. Sreenidi, Mohammedan Sporting, NEROCA and Aizawl FC have matches scheduled for Thursday while RKFC have...
Covid-19 outbreak claims another Premier League match
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Covid-19 outbreak claims another Premier League match

A coronavirus outbreak at Everton has forced the postponement of the club’s match at Burnley, the Premier League said Friday. It’s the third match of the Boxing Day lineup to be postponed as part of a Sunday program that still features six games. The Premier League has now called off 13 matches because of coronavirus issues in two weeks, with players having to isolate after testing positive or if they are unvaccinated and a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Everton’s request to postpone their Boxing Day away fixture at Burnley has been approved following a Premier League Board meeting this morning More details: https://t.co/oNHwf360qZ#BUREVE pic.twitter.com/Laf0S4Ay0g — Premier League (@premierleague) December 24, 2021 Everton had asked for the postponement citing virus ca...
Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak
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Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak

The Premier League lost another match to a COVID-19 outbreak in a squad when Aston Villa’s home game against Burnley was postponed around two hours before kickoff on Saturday. Villa said it did not have enough players to field a team following more positive tests in its squad that were reported early Saturday. The league approved Villa’s request to postpone the match “based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.” Five matches scheduled for this weekend had already been called off because of coronavirus outbreaks in squads amid a worsening health emergency in Britain as the omicron variant spreads. Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within ou...
Emma Raducanu positive for Covid; US Open champ out of exhibition
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Emma Raducanu positive for Covid; US Open champ out of exhibition

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu tested positive for COVID-19 and pulled out of an exhibition match in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. Organizers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship announced Raducanu’s withdrawal, saying the British teenager is isolating and following protocols. A replacement for Raducanu is being sought to fill in and play Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi. Mubadala World Tennis Championship organisers regrettably confirm that @EmmaRaducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from this week's Championship. (1/4)#MWTC pic.twitter.com/tNuF2Jb09V — Mubadala World Tennis Championship (@MubadalaWTC) December 13, 2021 Raducanu won the U.S. Open in September to become the first qualifier to claim a Grand Slam singles title. Ranked just 150th ...