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Milkha Singh’s condition turns critical: Hospital sources | More sports News – Times of India
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Milkha Singh’s condition turns critical: Hospital sources | More sports News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh's condition turned critical on Friday evening as he developed complications, including fever and dropping of oxygen saturation level, after a bout with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital here. The 91-year-old, who contracted COVID-19 last month, tested negative for the virus on Wednesday and shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital. "His condition has turned critical," PGIMER sources said. He was being closely monitored by a team of doctors. Earlier, Milkha, popularly known as 'Flying Sikh', had suddenly developed fever Thursday night and his oxygen saturation levels dipped. Milkha had been "stable" before this. "It's been a slightly rough day for Milkha Ji. But he is battling away," read a statem...
Coronavirus mutated and citizens let down guard, leading to second wave: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Coronavirus mutated and citizens let down guard, leading to second wave: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: While the coronavirus mutated and evolved, citizens let their guard down and all this led to a spike in cases, snowballing into the second wave, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday. Vardhan made these remarks after distributing masks among frontline workers at the Union health ministry. He stated that although this gesture was symbolic, people from various industries and corporate houses, and political leaders holding office could start a virtuous chain by emulating the exercise, eventually amplifying the Jan Andolan to protect everyone from Covid-19 through Covid appropriate behaviour, a health ministry statement said. The aim of the exercise in the health ministry is to distribute masks to all employees, starting with the frontline workers and eventually movi...
WHO-AIIMS seroprevalence survey outcome ‘positive’; larger nationwide sample size needed for comprehensive results: Guleria | India News – Times of India
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WHO-AIIMS seroprevalence survey outcome ‘positive’; larger nationwide sample size needed for comprehensive results: Guleria | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: AIIMS Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria on Friday said that the outcome of the joint survey by the World Health Organization-AIIMS, which found out that Covid-19 seroprevalence was 55.7 per cent and 63.5 per cent in the age group below 18 and above respectively, is "positive". However, he has pointed out the need for a larger nationwide sample size for comprehensive results. "The outcome of the survey is positive. It is very reassuring that if it is happening here, it will also happen in other parts of the country," Dr Guleria told ANI. The study has underlined that there was no statistically significant difference in prevalence between adult and children. Speaking on this, Dr Guleria said, "This study also looked at sero surveillance among children who did not know that th...
Coronavirus: Do COVID survivors have stronger reactions to vaccines?  | The Times of India
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Coronavirus: Do COVID survivors have stronger reactions to vaccines? | The Times of India

From the observations which have been seen, not only can the side-effects be on the harsher side for those who have recently recovered, they may also be more commonly felt in comparison to someone who may have not contracted COVID-19.While side-effects tend to be usually on the milder side and resolve on their own, intense side-effects may take a long while to resolve and impact your routine. Recovered patients who have got the jab attest to the fact that side-effects, such as pain at the site of injection, headaches and malaise could last longer than expected too. Should this be worrisome? Most experts say not. One of the prime reasons why more robust (or intense) side-effects may be more common with COVID-19 recovered patients could also be because their immune system is already prime...
Corona cases update: India reports 62,480 new Covid cases, 1,587 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India
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Corona cases update: India reports 62,480 new Covid cases, 1,587 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Friday reported 62,480 daily new Covid cases, pushing the country's total tally to 29,762,793, according to the data updated by the Union health ministry at 9am. This is the 11th day in a row when the daily new cases are below 1 lakh. Yesterday, the country reported 67,208 new cases. In good news, the daily deaths have fallen below 2,000 mark, after two months. The 1,587 new deaths reported in a span of 24 hours has brought country's total death toll to 3,83,490. Meanwhile, the country's active caseload has fallen to 7,98,656, which is below 8 lakh after 73 days. With 88, 977 patients recovered during the last 24 hours, daily recoveries have overtaken the number of daily cases for the 36th consecutive day. The daily positivity rate stands at 3.24%, which is less ...
Blowhorn develops real-time tracking platform for delivery of donated medical aid – Times of India
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Blowhorn develops real-time tracking platform for delivery of donated medical aid – Times of India

The intra-city logistics firm Blowhorn has developed a real-time tracking platform to aid the National capital in the fight against COVID by helping ensure timely delivery of life-saving medical equipment like Oxygen Concentrators to hospitals and patients. The QR Code based OC Tracking platform is claimed to have been created in a span of just 72 hours. According to the company, it has been helping the Delhi Government keep a real-time track of the donated oxygen concentrators by bringing them on to a centralized platform. The platform helps track inventory of oxygen concentrators across 18 hospitals in Delhi. The company is said to be in talks with the state governments in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Source link
International debate on ‘vaccine passports’ must focus on ‘vaccine equity’: India ‘ | India News – Times of India
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International debate on ‘vaccine passports’ must focus on ‘vaccine equity’: India ‘ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said the ongoing global debate on 'vaccine passports' for international travel needs to be linked to the issue of vaccine equity as many developing countries have not been able to vaccinate a large percentage of their population against Covid. The assertion by India comes after Japanese government announced that it will make 'vaccine passports' available from next month for Japanese travellers. Asked about Japan's decision, its implications and whether India would be issuing such 'passports', Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said there was no information with him about India issuing any 'vaccine passport'. There is an ongoing global debate on the issue of "so-called vaccine passports", he said and added that India feels that this has ...
SC accepts, gives go ahead to schemes of CBSE, CISCE for evaluating Class 12 students – Times of India
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SC accepts, gives go ahead to schemes of CBSE, CISCE for evaluating Class 12 students – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the formula of CBSE and CISCE to evaluate the Class 12 students, whose board examinations were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A special bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshari said "after perusing the scheme presented by the concerned Boards, prima facie, we have no hesitation in accepting the same and permit the Boards to proceed on that basis". The Centre told the bench that CBSE will be adopting 30:30:40 formula to evaluate class 12 students based on the results of Class-X, XI and XII examinations respectively. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said that for evaluating Class XII students, after their board examinations were cancelled for the academic year 2020-21, it has entered into consultativ...
Coronavirus | New symptoms of Delta COVID Variant: “It may feel like a bad cold or a funny off feeling”
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Coronavirus | New symptoms of Delta COVID Variant: “It may feel like a bad cold or a funny off feeling”

In mild COVID infections, fever, cough, fatigue and loss of sense of smell and taste, remain to be some of the most common symptoms, however, due to the involvement of the variants, there have been some new symptoms that have emerged, according to experts.According to Prof. Tim Spector, the lead reseacher of Zoe Covid Symptom study, people who have contracted the Delta Variant experience symptoms that feel "more like a bad cold."He says, "People might think they've just got some sort of seasonal cold and they still go out to parties and they might spread it around to six other people.""We think this is fuelling a lot of the problem.""The message here is that if you are young, you are going to get milder symptoms anyway.""It might just feel like a bad cold or some funny 'off' feeling - b...
Covid-19: India reports 67,208 new cases, 2330 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19: India reports 67,208 new cases, 2330 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday reported 67,208 daily new Covid cases, pushing the country's total tally to 2,97,00,313, according to data updated by Union health ministry at 9am. This is tad more than what the country reported on June 15 (60,471) and 16 (62,224). This is also the tenth day in a row when the daily new cases are below 1 lakh. The daily deaths have been on a decline but have remained above 2000 mark for the fourth day in a row. With 2,330 deaths in the last 24 hours, the country's total death toll has reached 3,81,903. Daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 35th consecutive day. During the last 24 hours, 1,03,570 patients recovered. India's active caseload has declined to 8,26,740, which is the lowest in 71 days. Weekly positivity rate remaine...
Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms Group Starts Vaccination Drive For Staff
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Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms Group Starts Vaccination Drive For Staff

Producer Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms Group has commenced a vaccination drive to inoculate its staff members at Balaji Telefilms, ALTBalaji and Balaji Motion Pictures Private Limited. The drive is being held at two centres on Thursday, namely the Balaji house and Killick Nixon Studios, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The programme will cover two shots of the vaccine for all their on-roll and off-roll staff."One of the biggest fights the country is currently facing is against the novel Coronavirus. As a step towards safeguarding our staff, we have initiated a Covid-19 vaccination drive at two centres," Zulfiqar Khan, Group COO, Balaji Telefilms, said.He added: "As an organisation, we have always believed that our peop le are our biggest assets, and we'll continue to look out ...
Shocked by Covid deaths, young Indians rush for life insurance | India News – Times of India
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Shocked by Covid deaths, young Indians rush for life insurance | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Like many other twenty-somethings in India, Beverly Coutinho kept postponing buying a life insurance policy, until a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths made her confront her own mortality. "I saw people my own age dying, which prompted me to get life insurance immediately," says Coutinho, a 24-year-old senior executive at a public relations agency in Mumbai. "I wouldn't want my family to be in situation where they have to scramble for funds if something happens to me." The official count puts the number of deaths due to Covid-19 at 380,000, the third highest after the United States and Brazil, though experts say India's numbers are grossly underestimated due to the low levels of testing for the virus and more people have probably died in India than anywhere else in the world....
Doctors diagnose the first case of Green Fungus (Aspergillosis) in India – Times of India
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Doctors diagnose the first case of Green Fungus (Aspergillosis) in India – Times of India

Post-COVID recovery requires a lot of care and caution. Not paying enough attention to your body after recovering from COVID can lead to various other problems. Mucormycosis aka black fungus has been one of the deadly infections which have been troubling many people after their recovery. After mucormycosis, cases of white fungus and cream fungus were also detected. Now, a 34-year-old COVID-19 survivor has been diagnosed with green fungus infection in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He has been shifted to another hospital in Mumbai for better treatment. Dr Ravi Dosi, HOD of Chest Diseases Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) said that the man who recovered from COVID-19 underwent a test as he was suspected to have the deadly mucormycosis infection. But he was instead found to h...
WHO says working more than 55 hours/week is leading to a rise in premature deaths! – Times of India
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WHO says working more than 55 hours/week is leading to a rise in premature deaths! – Times of India

Several studies have reported that people are putting in more hours and facing bigger workloads during COVID. The ‘always on’ syndrome just adds to the overall stress. People are working through sickness, taking smaller lunch breaks, in fact mostly eating while working. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) shared that people working for longer hours are at higher risks of ischemic heart disease and stroke. This is applicable for people working 55 hours per week or more, as compared to people who work for between 35–40 hours/week. Dr. Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai shared, “Long working hours are a serious health hazard and are known to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart di...
Study finds more reliable rapid tests for Covid-19 – Times of India
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Study finds more reliable rapid tests for Covid-19 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: During a recent study, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) developed two rapid diagnostic tests for Covid-19 that are nearly as accurate as the gold-standard test currently used in laboratories. Unlike the gold standard test, which extracts RNA and uses it to amplify the DNA of the virus, these new tests can detect the presence of the virus in as little as five minutes using different methods. The findings were published in the journal Nature Protocols. One test is a Covid-19 molecular diagnostic test, called Antisense, which uses electrochemical sensing to detect the presence of the virus. The other uses a simple assay of gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present. Both tests were developed by Dipanjan Pan, PhD, Pr...
Covid-19: Precautions key, warns govt as positivity rate declines to 4.8% | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19: Precautions key, warns govt as positivity rate declines to 4.8% | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the weekly positivity rate down to 4.8% between June 8-14 and restrictions being eased across states, the government has cautioned that precautions are critical to ensure that gains made so far are not lost and there is a need to identify hotspots and implement localised containment strategies. The health ministry warned that lessons from the second wave show that the virus is highly transmissible and prevention is critical even as the data reflects some respite. Almost 85% decline in daily new cases has been noted since the peak on May 7 when cases touched 4,14,188. On June 14, this was down to 60,471. Active cases fell below 10 lakh after 65 days. This is a decline by 75.6% from the peak of active cases on May 10 across the country. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the ...
WTC Final: India has kept the bar really high, will be a tough opposition, says Ross Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC Final: India has kept the bar really high, will be a tough opposition, says Ross Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India

SOUTHAMPTON: Senior batsman Ross Taylor on Tuesday said India has set the bar really high and considering their bench strength, it will be an extremely tough battle for his team during the World Test Championship final beginning June 18. "You go through the Indian line-up, all world-class players all through and whatever side they do decide to go with, they will leave out some world-class players as well. We know whatever XI we face will be very tough," Taylor said during a virtual press conference. "India has been a world no.1 side and they have kept the bar really high for a long period of time, everyone in the world had to catch up to and I don't see any difference, yes we had a couple of Tests here but playing India in home, away or neutral venue will be a tough opposition." Taylor ...
Childhood obesity rates on the rise in India, 51% Delhi kids have poor BMI: Study – Times of India
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Childhood obesity rates on the rise in India, 51% Delhi kids have poor BMI: Study – Times of India

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the population of India both directly and indirectly. People either became a victim of this disease or were a form of collateral damage. While children continue to be an affected age group in the second wave of the pandemic, new reports have found that kids in India are overweight, largely lead a poor lifestyle and showcase poor health and fitness levels. A survey conducted by the Sportz Village Schools on Delhi children has now revealed that over 51% of the kids have an unhealthy BMI, meaning that every 1 in 2 children suffer from poor lifestyle habits and may be overweight. Not only is obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle a leading risk factor during COVID times, childhood obesity is also tied to a lot of worrisome disorders in the later years. What's als...
2 vaccine doses ‘highly effective’ in reducing Delta variant hospitalisation: UK analysis – Times of India
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2 vaccine doses ‘highly effective’ in reducing Delta variant hospitalisation: UK analysis – Times of India

LONDON: New analysis by Britain's health experts concludes for the first time this week that two doses of Covid-19 vaccines are "highly effective" against hospitalisation from the Delta variant – the B1.617.2 extremely transmissible variant first identified in India. Public Health England (PHE), which has been conducting regular analysis of Covid-19 variants of concern (VOC), said on Monday that the latest analysis shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 96 per cent effective against hospitalisation after two doses and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 per cent effective against hospitalisation after two doses. These figures are comparable with vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation from the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the Kent region of England and was prev...