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INSACOG Confirms BA.4, BA.5 Variants Of Omicron In India

New Delhi: The existence of Omicron subvariant BA.4 and BA.5 in India was confirmed by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in a press statement issued on Sunday. Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 may be found all over the world. In South Africa, both the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants have been linked to the fifth Covid wave, and reports from the US and Europe have just surfaced. INSACOG is a collaboration between the Union Health Ministry, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). A genomic monitoring programme in Hyderabad discovered India's first instance of the BA.4 subvariant of the Omicron strain of coronavirus. The instances discovered in Ind...
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IPL 2022: Top ICC officials to arrive in India for playoffs | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: A couple of top officials of the International Cricket Council are coming to watch the IPL playoffs in Kolkata and Ahmedabad in the coming week, at the invitation of the BCCI, essentially to "discuss the upcoming media rights of the ICC" with their counterparts in the Indian Board. "Greg Barclay, the ICC chairman, will attend the Qualifier 1 (May 24) and Eliminator (May 25) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, while Geoff Allardice, the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC, will be present during the Qualifier 2 on May 27 and the final on May 29 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They are likely to discuss the upcoming media rights of the ICC with the BCCI officials during their trip," a source in the know of developments said. The BCCI is in the process of selling its IPL medi...
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Joe Biden says US offered Covid vaccines to North Korea but no response

US President Joe Biden said Saturday his country had offered to provide coronavirus vaccines to North Korea, which has imposed a sweeping lockdown and other restrictions during its first confirmed outbreak, but there had been no response from Pyongyang. He made the remarks at a joint news conference with South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, following their first summit in Seoul. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); fbq('init'...
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Tamil Nadu Reports First Omicron Subvariant BA.4 Case

Chennai: Tamil Nadu's first Omicron subvariant BA.4 has been detected in a patient in Navalur of Chennai, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Saturday. However, he also said that the patient has recovered from the infection and none of his contacts tested positive for the virus.  On Saturday, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said, “Till now, there are no COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospitals. We are testing and tracking only COVID clusters and sending their samples for genome sequencing.” “Likewise, one of the samples sent as part of a cluster tested positive for Omicron subvariant BA.4. As soon as the results arrived, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Radhakrishnan rushed to Navalur to check on the patient's health status. However, the patient recovered and...
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Covid Update: 2,323 Fresh Corona Cases Reported In Last 24 Hours, Active Cases Stand At 14,996

New Delhi: Active Covid-19 caseload in the country has dropped to 14,996 in the last 24 hours, which is a decrease of 48 cases. However, 2,323 new cases were reported during the same period said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its bulletin released on Saturday, May 21.  The cumulative number of recoveries in India is 4,25,94,801, which is 98.75 percent recovery rate. COVID19 | 2,323 new cases recorded in India in the last 24 hours; Active caseload at 14,996 pic.twitter.com/Mx7ACCKi3F — ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2022 The death toll climbed to 5,24,348 with 25 fresh fatalities, which is 1.22 per cent according to the MoHFW data released Saturday at 8 am. The new fatalities include 23 from Kerala and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Mizoram. The number of ...
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Mumbai News Live: City logs 213 Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; cloudy sky, max temperature of 34°C likely

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray instructed ministers from the Shiv Sena to speed up various development works the party legislators’ constituencies and be prepared to fight and win the party’s second Rajya Sabha seat and the upcoming local body polls. The raft of meetings in a matter of days has sent out a clear message to the party rank and file that the CM, who had been unwell for almost six months after a spinal surgery in November, has regained full fitness and is back in action. Meanwhile, the BMC has planned to install flood gauges with sensors across the city to measure waterlogging levels during the monsoon. Initially, the civic body will install these flood gauges at around 100 locations. The project is likely to be kicked off this monsoon. As per the data available...
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IPL 2022: Changed action helping Natarajan add pace | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: T Natarajan is in the midst of a dream spell for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing IPL 15. The 31-year-old left-arm pacer missed a major portion of last season due to knee injury and Covid, but has made a strong comeback and has so far taken 12 wickets from 6 games for the Kane Williamson-led side. He has troubled the batsmen with pace and delivered yorkers consistently at the death. However, Natarajan admitted that there were nerves ahead of his first IPL game this season. "I was (nervous) as I had been away from competitive cricket for the last few months. But once I began to bowl and got into my rhythm, things fell into place," Natarajan told TOI on Monday. Natarajan played just two games for SRH during the first leg in India last year before injuring his left knee which re...
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IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals player Mitchell Marsh tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to hospital

Delhi Capitals all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19, following which he has been admitted to a hospital. The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely monitoring Marsh’s condition, the IPL franchise said on Monday. “A few more members from the Delhi Capitals bio-bubble, including support staff members, have returned positive tests as well. Though they are all asymptomatic, their condition is being monitored closely by the franchise.” “All remaining members of the bubble are currently in isolation in their respective rooms, and will be tested regularly,” the statement concluded. OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Delhi Capitals all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested positive for COVID-19, following which he has been admitted to a hospital. The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely...
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No quarantine but bio-bubble to be maintained at Women’s Senior T20 Trophy, knock-outs in Surat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The players will not have to undergo mandatory quarantine, a norm over the past two seasons, but a bio-bubble will be maintained as Women's Senior T20 Trophy gets underway across six venues from April 18. Players had to undergo a five-day quarantine ahead of the Ranji Trophy which took place in February-March after a two-year gap. Its second phase will be held post IPL. With COVID caseload coming down drastically over the last couple of months, the BCCI has decided to do away with the quarantine protocol but bio-bubble will be in place and testing will take place regularly. Majority of the India players who were part of the Women's World Cup squad in New Zealand are expected to take part in the domestic T20 competition. In a communication to state units, the BCCI operations t...
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New Zealand’s Brooke Halliday ruled out of last ODI against India women due to close contact with Covid-19 case

New Zealand all-rounder Brooke Halliday was on Tuesday ruled out of the fifth and final women’s ODI against India after being forced into quarantine due to her partner testing positive for Covid-19. The 26-year-old returned a negative result for the virus on Monday. She will be tested again on day five of her isolation. “Halliday dined outside with her partner, who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, and was therefore required to isolate in her hotel room for seven days,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement. “Halliday returned a negative Covid-19 test yesterday. She will be tested again on day five of her isolation and if she returns a second negative test, can finish her isolation period and re-join the team on Friday.” Halliday missed the fourth ODI on Tuesday and will ...
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Washington ruled out of WI T20Is following hamstring strain, Kuldeep named as replacement | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Spin-bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar was on Monday ruled out of the three-match T20 International series against the West Indies owing to a hamstring strain, adding to his never-ending woes. The All-India senior selection committee has named Kuldeep Yadav as Washington's replacement, the BCCI said in a statement. "All-rounder Washington Sundar suffered a left hamstring muscle strain during fielding in the third ODI against the West Indies played at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. He is ruled out of the upcoming three-match Paytm T20I Series to be played in Kolkata from 16th February," the BCCI said. 🚨 NEWS 🚨: Washington Sundar ruled out of @Paytm #INDvWI T20I series. The #TeamIndia all-rounder suffered a left h… https://t.co/UlJ3ZaXG3X— BCCI (@BCCI) 1644856287000Wash...
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Focus is always to win for my team: Shaik Rasheed | Cricket News – Times of India

VISAKHAPATNAM: The celebrations continued till late in the night and by the time Shaik Rasheed returned to his room in Antigua around 9.20 am IST, the feeling was yet to sink in. Still, the ICC U-19 World champion's medal is a testimony to the 17-year-old Guntur's lad's rising stock in Indian cricket. More so after his stellar role in the four-wicket win over England in North Sound on Saturday night. The Indian vice-captain, who scored 50 in the final, said the joy of winning the World Cup cannot be described in words. "Winning the World Cup U-19 title is memorable as it has made my parents proud. They have sacrificed a lot in their lives to see me in this position. I will never let them down," Rasheed told TOI just before he called it a night. Rasheed was one of the five Indian cricket...
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Olympics: Six German athletes test positive for Covid on arrival in Beijing

Six German athletes who arrived in Beijing on Thursday have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to seven cases among them so far, the team said.”Three teams of Team D (Germany) are affected,” the Germany team said in a statement on Friday, without naming the people or sports teams affected. “The team members are without symptoms and have been initially separated from the rest of the squad. There will be further PCR tests to confirm the results. The process from here on will be decided by the results.”The other 78 athletes who arrived on the same flight had tested negative. German figure skater Nolan Seegert has already tested positive for COVID-19 twice in Beijing and is isolating in a hotel, forcing Germany to drop out of the figure skating pairs in the te...
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Team India Covid: COVID outbreak in India camp; Dhawan, Gaikwad, Shreyas and multiple non-coaching staff test positive | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A COVID-19 outbreak hit the Indian cricket team on Wednesday as three players -- senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, reserve opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer -- tested positive for the virus during their mandatory isolation period before the start of West Indies series. The Indian team assembled in Ahmedabad on January 31 for the upcoming white-ball series against the West Indies and were going through a three-day isolation period post their break from the South Africa series. "Three players -- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan have tested positive. However there are multiple COVID positive cases among non-coaching administrative support staff. It could be between two to four people," a veteran BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonym...
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Coach Justin Langer refuses “morally inappropriate” bonus due to CA’s massive COVID job cuts

Australia’s T20 World Cup and multiple Ashes winning coach Justin Langer has refused a handsome bonus offered by his cricket board as he found it “morally inappropriate” to accept it at a time when the organization witnessed massive job cuts due to COVID-19. “Australian cricket coach Justin Langer secretly knocked back a six figure sum in bonuses because he felt it would be morally inappropriate amid Covid job cuts,” eminent cricket writers Robert Craddock and Peter Lalor reported for the Australian newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “It is understood Langer privately informed his bosses he could not, in all good conscience, accept bonus payments while other staff members had been made redundant. Neither side has made the matter public,” the report further stated. Cricket Australia had se...
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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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Use this as fuel, come back stronger: Australian star to Indian players

In a heartfelt message, Australian football team star Sam Kerr on Wednesday empathised with the Indian players after a COVID-19 outbreak led to the country’s ouster from the ongoing women’s Asian Cup here, urging them to “use this as fuel” to come back stronger. Hosts India were forced out of the tournament on Sunday after a dozen COVID-19 cases among their players led to the cancellation of a group match against Chinese Taipei minutes before kickoff, leaving the players of the home team shattered. “Hi girls, this is Sam Kerr from the Australian national team. Just wanted to send you guys a message and say how sorry I am for the situation you guys are in right now. I am so disappointed for you guys, I know you had been working so hard for this tournament. Use this as fuel, come back str...
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Women’s football hopes to overcome Asian Cup setback

Dalima Chibber was expressing her state of mind but the otherwise cheery right-back might as well have been speaking for the entire Indian team, whose matches in the AFC Asian Cup were declared null and void by the continental body on Monday, following a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad. A day after the hosts were forced to withdraw from the tournament after they were unable to field a team for their group stage match against Chinese Taipei on Sunday, it is learnt that two more Indian players tested positive, taking the total number of infected players to 14. The players and members of support staff have been kept in isolation at the team hotel in Navi Mumbai, where seven other teams and tournament organisers are staying in a bubble and are on ‘high alert’. India is not the only team...
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No bubble is foolproof around the world: AIFF president Praful Patel | Football News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: 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. Patel also said that the girls were heartbroken and urged everyone t...
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U-19 World Cup: India’s Vasu Vats approved as COVID replacement player

The ICC’s Event Technical Committee of the ongoing U-19 World Cup on Saturday approved all-rounder Vasu Vats as a replacement for Manav Parakh in the India squad. Vats is a temporary replacement for Parakh who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing a period of isolation. “A COVID replacement can be temporary, in that once the player has recovered he would be eligible to return to the squad in position of the player that replaced him,” the ICC said in a statement. The Indian camp had been hit by the virus ahead of the team’s second match on Wednesday. Six players including skipper Yash Dhull, his deputy Sheikh Rasheed had tested positive for COVID-19. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement can be offic...