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Published on: Monday, December 13, 2021, 10:50 PM IST

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished South African President Cyril Ramaphosa a speedy recovery from COVID-19.
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13 December 2021 09:33 AM IST

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests Covid positive

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild Covid-19 symptoms after testing positive for the virus, an official statement said on Monday.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi wished South African President Cyril Ramaphosa a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

"Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend, President @CyrilRamaphosa," PM Modi tweeted.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

India reports 7,350 new cases, 202 deaths and 7,973 recoveries in the last 24 hours

India reports 7,350 new cases, 202 deaths and 7,973 recoveries in the last 24 hours; Active caseload stands at 91,456; lowest in 561 days: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Israel adds UK, Belgium, Denmark to travel ban list amid surge in COVID-19 Omicron variant

Amid a surge in COVID-19 Omicron variant, Israel on Sunday added the UK, Belgium and Denmark to the travel ban list.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

S.African labs agree to reduce cost of PCR tests

South Africa's Competition Commission has reached an agreement with two major laboratories Ampath and Lancet to reduce the price of Covid-19 PCR test prices from 850 to 500 rand ($53 to $31).

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Over 140.28 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far says Centre

More than 140.28 crore (1,40,28,94,550) COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far, of which, more than 17.83 Crore (17,83,30,021) crore balance and unutilized doses are still available with them to be administered, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

China reports spurt of Delta strain 'sub-lineage' cases

China has reported a sudden flare-up of COVID-19 cases in Zhejiang Province which registered 138 locally-transmitted confirmed cases stated to be that of Delta strain "sub-lineage AY.4", prompting officials to bar millions of people in the eastern province from travelling outside.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Omicron variant could replace Delta strain globally claims Head of Russian Gamaleya Institute

The Omicron strain of the coronavirus could eventually replace the Delta variant, as it is already happening in South Africa, Alexander Gintsburg, the director of Russia's Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, told Sputnik.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Puducherry logs 7 new cases; no fatalities for fourth straight day

The union territory of Puducherry witnessed a steep fall in number of fresh coronavirus cases with only seven being reported in the last 24 hours, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Monday.

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13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Arunachal logs one new COVID-19 case, tally at 55,306 Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh on Monday registered a single fresh case of COVID-19, raising the tally to 55,306, a senior health department official said.

The death toll remained at 280 as no fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Lobsang Jampa said.

13 December 2021 12:12 PM IST

Mumbai Police registers FIR against organisers of AP Dhillon's concert over violation of COVID-19 norms

A day after 'Brown Munde' fame AP Dhillon hit the stage in Mumbai, police registered an FIR against the concert's organisers for alleged violation of COVID-19 norms.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

30% of America's 43 Omicron cases had booster shots

Amid renewed calls for booster doses to prevent the transmission of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that a third of the 43 cases of the super mutant strain in the country had taken the third dose.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

Australia to open for travelers from South Korea, Japan on Wednesday

Australia will open its borders on Wednesday to travelers from South Korea and Japan, as well as for skilled workers and students from all over the world after the pause caused by the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

One-time financial aid of Rs 5,000 given to 21,235 families that reported deaths due to COVID-19: Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and justice MS Karnik on Monday remarked that the state of Maharashtra was one of the pioneers in successfully tackling the crisis that ensued because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

Society, not social networks, is to blame for COVID-19 misinformation, Andrew Bosworth, a key executive at Facebook, said in an interview with Axios on Monday.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

Indonesia to start vaccinating children aged 6-11 against COVID-19

Indonesia will begin to vaccinate children between the ages of 6 and 11 against COVID-19 from Tuesday, the acting Director-General of Disease Prevention and Control of the Health Ministry, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, said on Monday.

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

'Want to know about govt policy', Supreme Court asked Central government on plea seeking revival of vaccine PSUs

The Supreme Court on Monday sought Centre's response on a plea seeking revival of vaccine public sector units, to boost Covid-19 vaccination amid the pandemic.

A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A.S. Bopanna said: "We want to know what the policy of the government is."

13 December 2021 03:43 PM IST

Vaccines, previous infection may offer some stronger than basic protection against Omicron claims Study

A new study has found that people previously infected with COVID and those vaccinated will have some 'stronger than basic' defence against the Omicron strain of COVID-19.

13 December 2021 04:51 PM IST

Karnataka: Four held for providing fake RT-PCR report to Covid positive S. African

The Karnataka police have arrested four persons in connection with providing a fake RT-PCR certificate to a 66-year-old South African national who tested positive for Covid-19, sources in the Health Department said on Monday.

13 December 2021 04:51 PM IST

UK PM warns of 'Omicron tidal wave', sets new booster target

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the nation will see a 'tidal wave' of Covid's Omicron variant, even as the country's coronavirus alert level was raised to four due to the spread of the super mutant strain of the lethal virus.

13 December 2021 10:50 PM IST

Long queues form as UK starts booster blitz against omicron

Long lines formed at vaccination centers in Britain on Monday as people heeded the government's call for all adults to get booster shots to help withstand a coronavirus "tidal wave" driven by the omicron variant.

In a televised announcement late Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everyone 18 and up would be offered a third vaccine dose by Dec. 31 - less than three weeks away, and a month earlier than the previous target.

13 December 2021 10:50 PM IST

Beaches to be out of bound for public on Dec 31

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced banning public gathering at all beaches in the state on December 31 and January 1, effectively curbing new year celebrations, as part of its Covid-19 prevention measures.

Announcing certain relaxations, Chief Minister MK Stalin said classes for students from Standard 6-12 and higher education institutions will no more be held on rotational basis but will be 'normal' from next month.

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