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Medics take samples for Covid-19 swab tests as people wait for their turn at a containment zone, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Guwahati, on 18 May 18 | PTI

India registers over 20,000 new Covid cases in a day, caseload rises to over 1.02 crore

The number of people who have recuperated from the virus surged to 97,82,669, pushing the national recovery rate to 95.83%, while the Covid case fatality rate stands at 1.45%.
Representational image of a vaccine being administered | Rawpixel

Covid protection with placebo too? Bharat Biotech’s pitch for volunteers raises concerns

Bharat Biotech has asked Covaxin trial sites to offer Covid protection as an incentive to draw volunteers. Experts say it is unethical.

Daily cases in India drop below 19,000 for the first time since July

Health ministry says India's total active caseload has fallen to 2.78 lakh — 'lowest after 170 days'. Delhi reported 655 cases in last 24 hrs — lowest since mid-August.
A security guard takes the temperature of a man wearing a protective mask at an entrance to a fresh produce market in Shanghai, China, on 15 February 2020 | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

‘State of emergency’ in Beijing as it records 13 Covid cases since 14 Dec after 134-day lull

Local authorities have said Beijing requires 'all districts, departments and companies to enter a state of emergency' and adopt more stringent measures to check Covid spread.

Can I get vaccinated if pregnant or breastfeeding? An immunologist answers

Covid-19 is more severe during pregnancy. A US study showed pregnant women were 3 times more likely to end up in the ICU.
A woman undergoes a Covid-19 test in Delhi | Photo: ANI

India’s Covid tally climbs to 1,01,87,850, recovery rate 95.82%

The death toll rose to 1,47,622 with 279 new fatalities in a span of 24 hours in the country, according to Health Ministry data.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Comorbidities linked to 6.26% lower risk of mortality in India compared to England — study

Study by Stanford & Johns Hopkins University was done to understand how Covid comorbidities affect mortality in lower-middle-income country like India, compared to high-income England.
Pregnant women wait for their turn to meet the doctor at Mohali Civil Hospital, a dedicated Covid facility in Punjab's SAS Nagar district | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

New study could point to critical windows in pregnancy when Covid vaccination most desirable

Scientists find evidence of lower than expected transfer of protective antibodies against Covid via the placenta from mothers who are infected in the third trimester.
Vials with Covid-19 Vaccine | Photographer: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Oxford Covid vaccine might become the first to get Centre’s nod for emergency use

The process of granting emergency use approval for Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' may take time as its phase 3 trials are still underway, while Pfizer is yet to make a presentation.
Representational image | Image by Omni Matryx from Pixabay

Covid immunity can protect against reinfection for at least 6 months, UK study finds

UK health dept study conducted at Oxford University Hospitals tracked 12,541 health workers over 31 weeks by constantly screening them for Covid with RT-PCR, antibody tests.

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