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‘3,523 Air India employees infected with Covid till mid-July, 56 died’ | India News – Times of India
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‘3,523 Air India employees infected with Covid till mid-July, 56 died’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: More than a third of Air India’s 9,000 employees have so far been infected with Covid-19 and 56 of them them have lost their lives. “A total of 3,523 employees of Air India have been affected by Covid-19. Out of (them), 56 employees succumbed to this pandemic till July 14, 2021,” Union minister of state for civil aviation V K Singh said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Air India had just over 9,000 employees last March. The airline has been at the forefront of operating flights to first bring back Indians stranded abroad during the pandemic, a process which began last January when it flew two jumbo jets from Delhi to Wuhan to fly back Indians, mainly students, from there. General (retired) Singh said AI has taken various measures to safeguard the int...
Coronavirus: Can fully vaccinated people develop long COVID?  | The Times of India
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Coronavirus: Can fully vaccinated people develop long COVID? | The Times of India

Vaccines considerably bring down the risk of infection. That being said, they do not fully protect you, and given the variants in circulation right now, there's a high risk that exists for someone who has just been partially vaccinated.Post full vaccination, when the immunity is said to peak, the risk of infection, as well as outcomes minimize well. From a low risk of hospitalization to severe disease, vaccination can very well save you from a lot of ill-effects. However, there very much is the risk of catching the infection, developing some symptoms is possible and hence, in theory, it is absolutely possible to develop long COVID too.However, there isn't evidence-backed data present to determine the risks, and the chances yet.Despite this, scientists do remain hopeful that COVID vaccin...
UK PM Boris Johnson asked to apologise to over-80s after ex-aide’s Covid claims – Times of India
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UK PM Boris Johnson asked to apologise to over-80s after ex-aide’s Covid claims – Times of India

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Wednesday asked to apologise in Parliament to the country's elderly following his former top aide's claims that he dismissed the need for a second lockdown last year as those dying from Covid were "essentially all over 80". Appearing for his weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons remotely from his self-isolation at his country residence of Chequers, Johnson was confronted by the opposition with the allegations made by Dominic Cummings in a BBC interview on Tuesday. Johnson did not deny making the comments, in October last year, when he said the government was making "incredibly tough balancing decisions" at the time. "Nothing I can say from this virtual despatch box or nothing I can do, can make up for...
Dramatic drop in Covid deaths but US must stay vigilant about Delta variant: Joe Biden – Times of India
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Dramatic drop in Covid deaths but US must stay vigilant about Delta variant: Joe Biden – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has said that even though the United States has seen a dramatic drop in the number of Covid-19 deaths due to its vaccination programme, the people must remain vigilant about the more virulent Delta variant that is spreading fast in the country. Stressing the need for people to get vaccinated, he said "virtually all" of the Covid deaths and hospitalisations in the country are among the unvaccinated. The highly contagious Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was first detected in India in December and is spreading quickly across the globe. In some parts of America, the Delta strain accounts for more than 80 per cent of new infections, including some Midwestern states like Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Earlier this month, the Centres for Disease Control and ...
1,19,000 Indian children lost caregivers to Covid during first 14 months of pandemic: Report | India News – Times of India
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1,19,000 Indian children lost caregivers to Covid during first 14 months of pandemic: Report | India News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: More than 1.5 million children in 21 countries, including 1,19,000 from India, lost their primary and secondary caregivers to Covid-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to a study published in The Lancet. The study funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that 25,500 children in India lost their mother to Covid-19 while 90,751 lost their father and 12 lost both their parents. The study estimates that 1,134,000 children lost a parent or custodial grandparent due to Covid-19. Of these, 10,42,000 children lost their mother, father or both. Most lost one, not both parents. Overall, 1,562,000 children are estimated to have experienced the death of at least one parent or a custodial o...
68% of Indians have Covid-19 antibodies, 1/3rd vulnerable | India News – Times of India
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68% of Indians have Covid-19 antibodies, 1/3rd vulnerable | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At least one-third of Indians are still vulnerable to Covid-19 infection, health officials have said, while sharing the findings of the fourth national sero survey, which shows 67.6% of the general population have antibodies against the SARS-CoV2 virus. While the high sero-positivity gives rise to hope that a majority of people have developed antibodies, the officials cautioned that the findings should not be extrapolated to draw conclusions at district and state levels as many areas in the country still have a high positivity rate. Moreoever, the distribution of persons with antibodies is not likely to be even. “The findings clearly show that there is a ray of hope but there is no room for complacency. We have to maintain Covid-appropriate behavior and community engagement,”...
Britain’s Covid-19 cases up by nearly 41% over past week – Times of India
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Britain’s Covid-19 cases up by nearly 41% over past week – Times of India

LONDON: Britain has reported 46,558 new cases of Covid-19, government data showed on Tuesday, meaning the rise in cases between July 14 and July 20 stood at 40.7% compared with the previous seven days. A further 96 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19. A total of 46.35 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus by July 19 and 36.24 million people had received a second dose. Source link
Unfair to compare organisation of 60 IPL games to 2000 plus domestic games: BCCI secretary Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India
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Unfair to compare organisation of 60 IPL games to 2000 plus domestic games: BCCI secretary Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: There is a world of difference between organising 60 Indian Premier League matches and 2000-plus domestic games, said BCCI secretary Jay Shah as he rejected "unfair and unwarranted" criticism that the Board priortised the cash-rich event over national tournaments like the Ranji Trophy. Last year, the blue riband Ranji Trophy as well as junior cricket were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league. "I feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as well, in the middle of the pandemic, we conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Vijay Hazare to...
Jharkhand logs 61 new Covid cases, no fresh fatality | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand logs 61 new Covid cases, no fresh fatality | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally rose to 3,46,649 on Sunday as 61 fresh cases of infection were reported from various parts of the state, the health department said in a bulletin. The death toll due to coronavirus remained unchanged at 5,120 as no fresh fatality was registered in the last 24 hours, it said. Altogether 3,41,192 patients have recovered so far and the state currently has 337 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 60,579 samples were tested for coronavirus in the state. Source link
US Olympic gymnast who tested positive is team alternate | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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US Olympic gymnast who tested positive is team alternate | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: One of the alternate, or replacement, gymnasts for the US team has tested positive for the coronavirus, but the main team has moved to separate accommodation and is continuing preparation for the Olympics, USA Gymnastics said on Monday. A Japanese official had earlier said one member of the US gymnastics delegation in her teens had tested positive and had one close contact, but declined to give further details. "One of the replacement athletes for the women's artistic gymnastics team received a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18," USA Gymnastics said. It added that the local government had determined that the athlete, whose name wasn't given, and one other replacement athlete needed to be subject to further quarantine, so the rest of the team has moved to alternative accommod...
Tokyo Olympics: USA female gymnast tests Covid positive | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: USA female gymnast tests Covid positive | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO (Japan): A female gymnast from the United States has tested positive for the Covid-19 at her pre-Tokyo Olympic training camp. The athlete was training in the city of Inzai, Chiba Prefecture ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, as per Kyodo News. The name of the athlete has not been revealed as of now but it is being reported that the female gymnast is a teenager. Earlier on Monday, the Czech Republic's beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic came out Covid-19 positive ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Ondrej is currently asymptomatic and is in isolation according to the rules. This was the second case in the Czech team after an official was revealed to be COVID positive (by a test) after the contingent's arrival at the airport. On Sunday, eight members of Great Britain's Oly...
Indian athletes start training ahead of Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Indian athletes start training ahead of Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Indian athletes hit the ground running as they started their pre-Olympic training a day after landing here, hoping to live up to massive expectations in the pandemic-hit Games. The first batch of Indian athletes arrived on Sunday morning and checked in to the Games village after fulfilling the COVID-19 related protocol requirements. The likes of archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, table tennis players G Sathiyan and A Sharath Kamal, ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth and lone Indian gymnast in fray, Pranati Nayak, started their training on Monday. While archery couple Atanu and Deepika started sharpening their skills at the Yumenoshima Park this morning, paddlers Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal too began their preparations in search of an elusive Olympic medal in the sport. ...
Recovered from Covid, boxer Satish Kumar eyes Tokyo podium | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Recovered from Covid, boxer Satish Kumar eyes Tokyo podium | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Grit and perseverance defines boxer Satish Kumar, India's first ever +91 kilogram super heavyweight entrant at an Olympic Games. Having missed out on crucial training time after testing positive for coronavirus, earlier this year, Satish claims to have finally got his mojo back, thanks to the exposure trip in Assisi, Italy. A day ahead of the Indian boxing contingent's departure to Tokyo, Satish spoke to TOI exclusively on his training since his arrival in the Italian city, besides disclosing a small prayer ahead of his maiden Olympics. Recounting his ordeal with the Covid-19, Satish said only people affected by the virus can describe how it breaks the person from inside. "A couple of days after returning from Noida, where I was being treated for a shoulder injury, I experie...
Nepal’s new PM wins trust vote amid Covid-19 crisis – Times of India
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Nepal’s new PM wins trust vote amid Covid-19 crisis – Times of India

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba won a vote of confidence in parliament on Sunday, days after the Supreme Court reinstated the legislature that was dissolved in May. The 75-year-old, who has held the office four times before, won 165 votes — exceeding the 136 required — with 83 votes against him, parliament Speaker Agni Sapkota said. Deuba faces the immediate task of procuring vaccines and controlling the spread of Covid, which the government says has infected 6,67,109 people and killed 9,550. Fewer than 4% of the country’s 30 million people have been fully vaccinated. “Combating Covid will be the first priority of the new government,” Deuba said in parliament. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Deuba on his success. “Best wishes for a successful tenure. I look forw...
Strive to fulfil public aspirations: PM Modi at NDA meet | India News – Times of India
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Strive to fulfil public aspirations: PM Modi at NDA meet | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the NDA would keep working to fulfil people’s aspirations and urged members of all constituents to work in tandem as he addressed a meeting of the alliance on Sunday, a day ahead of the beginning of the monsoon session of the Parliament. Covid-19 vaccine supplies, OBC reservation in NEET and Naga peace accord were among the issues discussed when floor leaders of NDA met to discuss floor strategy for the session. “Joined the NDA meeting. Our alliance will keep working for public good and fulfilling people’s aspirations,” PM Modi tweeted after the meeting. Those present in the meeting included home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi. Among the allies,...
Geeta Basra’s First Interview after son’s birth: I’d decided on his name while I was carrying our daughter – Exclusive – Times of India
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Geeta Basra’s First Interview after son’s birth: I’d decided on his name while I was carrying our daughter – Exclusive – Times of India

Geeta Basra is back home after delivering her second child- a son. Harbhajan Singh is dancing in the aisles. A few minutes ago, she spoke exclusively to ETimes. Excerpts from the conversation: Congratulations! Thank you so much! We are really very happy, touch wood! Did you want a daughter or son, this time? Just a healthy child. If it would have been a daughter again, I would have got another best friend. It's a son and now Harbhajan has got a best friend. But yes, I must tell you that I had an intuition that I'll get a son while I was carrying Hinaya. Have you completed your shopping- clothes, toys? Yes. Kapdon mein toh problem nahin hota, unisex stuff easily mil jaata hai and it's pretty standard. Normal or Cesarean? Normal. But it was a very nice experience. I am very thankful for...
Khushi Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor get matching tattoos, and they definitely ‘fit together’ – Times of India
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Khushi Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor get matching tattoos, and they definitely ‘fit together’ – Times of India

Looks like Arjun Kapoor’s sisters Khushi Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor, made an adorable new pact, and this time it was about getting matching tattoos. The sisters recently got themselves inked, inspired by the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Have a look : Anshula Kapoor took to her social media handle to share a glimpse of the same and also added a little note which read, ‘Love you to pieces @khushi05k hehe 👯‍♀️ #Punny #CozWeFitTogether’. Khushi Kapoor acknowledged her sister’s adorable display of affection and wrote, ‘Love you🥺🥺❤️❤️❤️’ Meanwhile, on the work front, Khushi is most likely to be launched in 2022 according to a source. She had completed a year of preparation in acting in New York in 2019, and had been wanting to join Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Janhvi too studie...
Czech Olympic team reports Covid case upon landing in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Czech Olympic team reports Covid case upon landing in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PRAGUE: An unnamed staff member of the Czech Olympic team tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Tokyo, the Czech Olympic Committee said in a statement on Saturday. "Unfortunately, despite all measures we could not avoid this situation," said Martin Doktor, the Czech Olympic team head. "All the other members of the team have tested negative and all athletes are OK in the Olympic Village," added the two-time Olympic champion in canoe sprint from Atlanta 1996. The staff member had a positive antigen test at the airport and the infection was confirmed by a subsequent PCR analysis. The man who has no symptoms of the disease is currently in isolation, just like several other team members identified as his close contacts from the plane. Organisers said they had registered the first Cov...
The Hundred players and staff urged to minimise social interaction | Cricket News – Times of India
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The Hundred players and staff urged to minimise social interaction | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The players and staff involved in the inaugural edition of the Hundred have been urged to avoid shops, pubs and restaurants during the competition as the organisers seek to curb the spread of COVID-19. A COVID compliance officer has also been appointed for each team to lessen the risk of whole squads being forced to self-isolate, which would leave the viability of Hundred fixtures in doubt, according to a report in 'ESPNCricinfo'. The UK government is set to relax its COVID-19 restrictions on Monday. However, the provisions surrounding cases, which require the close contacts of a person who tested positive to self-isolate for 10 days - will continue until August 16. "As a result, players and support staff involved in the Hundred have been told that they will not have to spend ev...
Olympics chief urges Japan to support Games as Covid hits Village | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Olympics chief urges Japan to support Games as Covid hits Village | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: IOC chief Thomas Bach urged the Japanese people to get behind the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday as the first coronavirus case hit the Games Village, prompting fresh jitters about the health risks posed by the giant event. Bach, who has faced scattered protests since arriving in Japan, appealed to the public to throw their support behind the athletes despite fears of a spike in cases as thousands of international visitors arrive. The International Olympic Committee president said he was "very well aware of the scepticism" surrounding the postponed 2020 Games, which have attracted low opinion-poll ratings for months. "I appeal to the Japanese people to welcome these athletes here for the competition of their life," Bach said, insisting the Tokyo Olympics were safe, calling them the "m...