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Published on: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 05:09 PM IST

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California is exempting San Francisco from a rule that takes effect Wednesday requiring all people to wear masks indoors in a bid to contain a troubling rise in new coronavirus cases.
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15 December 2021 05:09 PM IST

EU regulator says Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine can be used as booster

The European Union's drug regulator on Wednesday recommended that a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine may be given at least two months after a first dose in those 18 years and older. A J&J booster dose may also be given after two doses of one of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded

15 December 2021 05:09 PM IST

Kolkata: 7-year-old boy is Bengal’s first reported Omicron case

West Bengal reported its first case of Omicron Wednesday as a seven-year-old boy tested positive for the variant of the coronavirus in Kolkata. The child, a resident of Murshidabad, had come to Kolkata via Hyderabad from Abu Dhabi a few days ago with his parents. Both parents have tested negative. The boy is undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Murshidabad district.

15 December 2021 04:56 PM IST

More than a million in UK will be isolating on Christmas after catching Covid

More than 1 million people in the UK are likely to be isolating with Covid on their own on Christmas Day, the latest data suggests, Daily Mail reported.

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15 December 2021 04:56 PM IST

MP collector's warning for staff over missed vaccination target

Gwalior district collector in Madhya Pradesh has purportedly told employees concerned that they will be "hanged" if they fail to take enough efforts which include "prostrating" before people to convince them to get jabbed, sitting in their houses for 24 hours and like.

15 December 2021 04:04 PM IST

Omicron: For 2nd year, no parties & big gatherings during Christmas-New Year Eve in Mumbai

For the second year straight, the state government will not permit parties or big gatherings during the Christmas-New Year Eve week owing to the spread of Omicron in the country's commercial capital, Mumbai Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh said here on Wednesday.

15 December 2021 04:04 PM IST

Gujarat govt tampered with COVID-19 deaths figures, claims Congress

The Gujarat Congress on Wednesday accused the state government of tampering with the COVID-19 death figures, and demanded that it to create a proper mechanism to collect the actual data and provide compensation to the kin of all those who died due to the viral infection.

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15 December 2021 04:04 PM IST

Philippines confirms first 2 Omicron cases

The Philippines has recorded its first two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in two travelers from Nigeria and Japan respectively, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

15 December 2021 03:01 PM IST

Africa's Covid-19 cases pass 8.99 mn

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa reached 8,993,087 as of Tuesday evening, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

15 December 2021 03:01 PM IST

Pfizer, Moderna, J&J's Covid vax less effective against Omicron: Study

Vaccines developed by US drugmakers Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson against Covid-19 have proved to be less effective against the new super mutant Omicron variant that has now spread to 77 countries.

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15 December 2021 03:01 PM IST

Journalist on Blinken trip to Asia tests positive for virus

The State Department says a journalist accompanying US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on a trip to Britain and Southeast Asia has tested positive for COVID-19.

15 December 2021 03:01 PM IST

Himachal collecting information about Covid-19 deaths

The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday informed the Assembly that it is collecting information about the actual number of people who died due to Covid-19 in the state.

15 December 2021 03:01 PM IST

Vaccine alliance chief says Omicron could trigger 'Inequity 2.0'

The head of vaccine alliance Gavi, which is leading a UN-backed push to get COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, said that he's seen early signs that rich countries are beginning to withhold donations out of fears about the omicron coronavirus variant - warning any new hoarding could lead to "Inequity 2.0.

15 December 2021 01:50 PM IST

Karnataka: Three from UK test positive for Covid

Three international passengers, who arrived from the United Kingdom, including a nine-year-old boy tested positive for Covid-19 at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, Health Department sources said on Wednesday.

15 December 2021 01:50 PM IST

German police conduct raids over alleged COVID death threats

Police in eastern Germany carried out raids Wednesday in an investigation of alleged threats to kill a state governor and others by opponents of coronavirus restrictions and vaccinations.

15 December 2021 01:50 PM IST

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tested for Covid-19 late Tuesday after coming into a casual contact.

15 December 2021 01:50 PM IST

Flowers, attractive decorations and cartoon characters welcomed students back to classes 1 to 7 of civic schools in Mumbai on Wednesday after being shut for over 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 December 2021 12:31 PM IST

Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate says WHO

WHO Director General Tedros A. Ghebreyesus said that a total of 77 countries have reported Omicron cases so far but the reality is that this variant is probably yet to be detected in some countries.

15 December 2021 12:31 PM IST

India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 134.61

The administration of 68,89,025 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, the cumulative vaccination coverage of India has exceeded 134.61 crore, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday.

15 December 2021 12:31 PM IST

Hyderabad: 2 from non-risk countries test positive for Omicron

15 December 2021 10:57 AM IST

California exempts San Francisco from COVID indoor mask rule

California is exempting San Francisco from a rule that takes effect Wednesday requiring all people to wear masks indoors in a bid to contain a troubling rise in new coronavirus cases.

15 December 2021 11:00 AM IST

India reports 6,984 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours

India reported 6,984 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to data from the health ministry as of 0800 IST. The daily tally of cases remained below 8,000 for the fifth consecutive day.

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