• AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be 90% effective, results show
    LONDON, November 23 (Reuters): AstraZeneca said on Monday its vaccine for the novel coronavirus, developed along with the University of Oxford, could be around 90% effective under one dosing regimen. "This vaccine's efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency," Pascal Soriot, Astra's chief executive, said in a statement. The British drugmaker's preliminar
  • With hugs, kisses and a drag duo, border between Australia's two largest states reopens
    SYDNEY, November 23 (Reuters): Australia's two biggest states reunited in emotional scenes on Monday as the border - shut for only the second time in 101 years due to the coronavirus pandemic - reopened and the first flights since July landed in Sydney from Melbourne. Friends, family and a musical duo in drag welcomed passengers as they disembarked Qantas flight QF401 at 7:20 a.m. (2020 GMT Sunday), the first of 26 flights scheduled between the two states on Monday. &quo
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to cost govts $25-$37 per dose: CEO
    Berlin, November 23 (IANS): Governments seeking to purchase Moderna's potential Covid-19 vaccine may have to shell out $25 and $37 per dose, depending on the size of the order, the company's CEO Stephane Bancel told German weekly 'Welt am Sonntag' (WamS). Bancel said that the price he quoted was a "fair price" and that the company was not interested in "maximum profit," according to the report on Sunday. The US pharma giant last week said that
  • Odisha Guv's wife dies of post Covid complications
    Bhubaneswar, November 23 (IANS): Sushila Devi, the First Lady of the State and wife of Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, has passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. She was undergoing treatment at the SUM Ultimate hospital due to post Covid-19 complications and died on Sunday night. "With profound grief and heavy heart, we inform that the First Lady of the State Smt Sushila Devi passed away yesterday night. Let us pray for the departed holy soul. Om Shanti!,"
  • PM Modi to review Covid situation with CMs on Tuesday
    New Delhi, November 23 (IANS): Amid the rising cases of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to review the situation on Tuesday with the Chief Ministers, sources said. Sources also said the Prime Minister will discuss the rollout of the vaccine programme in the states. He will hold virtual meetings with the Chief Ministers of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Kerala. After this meeting, the Prime Minister is schedul
  • COVID-19 shots could reach first Americans by mid-December, top health official says
    Reuters US healthcare workers and others recommended for the nation's first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government's vaccine development effort said on Sunday. Some 70% of the U.S. population of 330 million would need to be inoculated to achieve "herd" immunity from the virus, a goal the country could achieve by May, according to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientif
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 58.5mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, November 23 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 58.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Monday, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 58,542,174 and 1,386,454, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of c
  • With 44,059 new COVID cases, India’s tally over 91 lakh
    New cases stay below 50K in India for 16th day straight New Delhi, November 23 (IANS): With 44,059 new cases of Covid-19 infections, India's tally mounted to 91,39,865 on Monday. According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 511 new deaths occurred in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1,33,738. The total active cases stood at 4,43,486. Total recoveries were at 85,62,641 as 41,024 were discharged from hospitals and care centres in last 24 hrs.
  • Mizoram records 1st COVID-19 death
    Aizawl, October 28 (IANS): A 62-year-old man died of Covid-19 on Wednesday in Mizoram, the only state where until now there was no fatal cases even though India's tally touched 80,00,000 cases and 1,20,010 people succumbed to the virus since January 30, when the first case was reported in the country. "The first Covid-19 related mortality in Mizoram comes as a huge shock to the entire state," Mizoram's Directorate of Information and Public Relations tweeted. &qu
  • Almost half a million Americans contract COVID-19 in past week as infections surge
    CHICAGO, October 28 (Reuters): Nearly half a million people in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus in the last seven days, according to a Reuters tally, as cases and hospitalizations set fresh records in hot spots in the Midwest. More than 5,600 people died from the virus nationwide in the last week, with hospitalizations shooting up 13%, a Reuters analysis showed. Illinois, which has emerged as a hot spot in recent weeks, reported over 31,000 new cases i
  • COVID-19: Nagaland reports lowest daily spike since October 8 
    Morung Express News Dimapur | October 26 In a break from high spikes seen in the recent past, Nagaland saw the second lowest spike of COVID-19 for this month at just 37 fresh cases on October 26.  The lowest daily spike this month was on October 8 when 21 new cases were reported. Thereafter, there were considerable surge in daily cases, particularly during the last two weeks.   “A total of 37 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected today – 28 in Kohima,
  • Europe warns of bleak winter as second COVID wave swells
    MILAN, October 26 (Reuters): European leaders warned of a bleak winter as resurgent COVID-19 infections forced countries to impose new restrictions to try to curb a second wave of the pandemic, with the United States, Russia and France setting new daily records for cases. More than 42.9 million people are reported to have been infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,151,929​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has the highest number of deaths and inf
  • One more succumbs to COVID-19 in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | October 22 The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman on Wednesday, pushing the death toll in Meghalaya to 78. A resident of Nartiang in West Jaintia Hills, Fullmai Dhar passed away at Jowai Maternity and Child Health Hospital at 12.20 pm, said the Director of Health and Services (MI), Dr. Aman War. “The cause of death was due to cardiopulmonary arrest, type-I respiratory failure and COVID-19,” he said. The sta
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
    Reuters Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: South Korean deaths after flu shots prompt vaccine worries Officials refused to suspend South Korea's seasonal flu inoculation programme on Thursday, despite growing calls to do so following the deaths of at least 13 people who were vaccinated in recent days. Health authorities said they have found no direct links between the deaths, which include a 17-year old, and the vaccines being given under
  • COVID-19: India breaches 77L cases as daily spike declines
    New Delhi, October 22 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 55,839 coronavirus infections and 702 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Thursday stood at 77,06,946. In a respite, India has been registering less than 60,000 fresh cases per day over the last four days. Out of the total Covid cases, 7,15,812 are currently active, 68,74,518 have been discharged, while 1,16,616 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 88.81 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51
  • COVID-19 caseload in Nagaland breaches 8000-mark
    Morung Express News Dimapur | October 20 Barely 9 days after crossing the 7000 mark on October 11, COVID-19 caseload in Nagaland breached 8000 mark on Tuesday. 67 new COVID-19 cases were registered on October 20, taking the State’s tally to 8020. Dimapur had 38 new cases while Kohima had 13, Tuensang had 11 and Mon registered 5 cases respectively, according to State Health and Family welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom. Meanwhile, 60 recoveries were reported on Tue
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
    Reuters Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: 40 million cases worldwide Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally based on official reporting by individual countries. Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries. The Reuters data shows the pace of the pandemic continues to pick up. It too
  • COVID-19: Daily spike remains low, India's tally crosses 75-lakh mark
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): With a spike of 55,722 coronavirus cases and 579 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Monday crossed the 75-lakh mark with a total of 75,50,273 cases. Out of these, 7,72,055 are currently active; 66,63,608 have been discharged, while 1,14,610 lost the battle against the pandemic. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's active cases have fallen below eight lakh after six weeks and continue to slide further down. The
  • Global coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million milestone
    Reuters Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease. The Reuters tally is based on official reporting by individual countries. Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries. The Reuters data shows the pace of the pandemic c
  • Divided world is failing COVID-19 test, says frustrated UN chief
    LISBON, October 18 (Reuters): A divided world has failed to rise to the challenge of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday and warned concerted action was needed to prevent millions of people being pushed into poverty and hunger. The former Portuguese prime minister said far more could have been done if countries had worked together to combat the disease, which has killed more than one million people. "The COVID-19 pand