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  • Odisha issues fresh guidelines to avoid surge in COVID-19 cases Feb 22, 2021 01:18 PM IST

    Odisha issues fresh guidelines to avoid surge in COVID-19 cases

    "Public awareness through loudspeaker announcements is to be made frequently in all marketplaces, haat and other places," the new guidelines stated.

  • Combined vaccination and physical distancing may prevent future COVID-19 surges, study finds Feb 22, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    Combined vaccination and physical distancing may prevent future COVID-19 surges, study finds

    The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, can help policy-makers and public health authorities to identify appropriate levels of intervention to keep COVID-19 outbreaks in check over time.

  • New travel rules for international arrivals in India from today: Check details Feb 22, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    New travel rules for international arrivals in India from today: Check details

    The travel rules for international arrivals in India will come into effect on February 22 from 11:59 pm and will be in force till further orders.

  • UK PM Boris Johnson eyes lockdown end as COVID-19 vaccines reach one-third of adults Feb 22, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    UK PM Boris Johnson eyes lockdown end as COVID-19 vaccines reach one-third of adults

    The United Kingdom was the first nation to begin a mass vaccination campaign, in December 2020, but surging COVID-19 cases forced a return to lockdown in early January after easing of curbs over Christmas.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Feb 22, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    Active cases rise for the fifth day, as India reports over 14,000 new COVID-19 infections on February 22. Active cases have again risen above the 1.50 lakh-mark. More than 1.1 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated till date.

  • Coronavirus update: Active cases increase to 1,50,055 with 14,199 new cases reported in 24 hours Feb 22, 2021 10:34 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: Active cases increase to 1,50,055 with 14,199 new cases reported in 24 hours

    The total coronavirus cases have increased to 1,10,05,850, while the death toll increased to 1,56,385 with 83 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal tests positive for COVID-19 Feb 22, 2021 10:28 AM IST

    Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal tests positive for COVID-19

    Chhagan Bhujbal is the seventh minister to be infected by the novel coronavirus this month.

  • 547 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district, 3 more deaths Feb 22, 2021 10:24 AM IST

    547 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district, 3 more deaths

    The virus also claimed the life of three more persons, raising the death toll in the district to 6,238, he said.

  • 189 caught without masks in Maharashtra's Palghar in 2 days Feb 22, 2021 10:21 AM IST

    189 caught without masks in Maharashtra's Palghar in 2 days

    In the wake of a spike in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Palghar Collector Manik Gursal and other officials inspected 66 public places over the last two days, a release from the district administration said.

  • Coronavirus variants deliver fresh blow to Europe’s open borders Feb 22, 2021 09:40 AM IST

    Coronavirus variants deliver fresh blow to Europe’s open borders

    Countries are again rushing to limit travel. That’s become a standard measure in the face of COVID-19 threats, raising questions about whether a pillar of European Union integration can survive.

  • Maharashtra imposes fresh restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike: All you need to know Feb 22, 2021 09:29 AM IST

    Maharashtra imposes fresh restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike: All you need to know

    Maharashtra reported 6,971 new coronavirus cases on February 21. This is for the third consecutive day that the number of cases has gone past the 6,000-mark.

  • Coronil: WHO has not certified COVID-19 medicine, Patanjali clarifies Feb 22, 2021 08:46 AM IST

    Coronil: WHO has not certified COVID-19 medicine, Patanjali clarifies

    "We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India," Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna said.

  • Nepal gets 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine bought from India Feb 22, 2021 08:36 AM IST

    Nepal gets 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine bought from India

    Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) which has collaborated with Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for making the vaccine.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.1 crore Indians vaccinated so far Feb 22, 2021 08:09 AM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.1 crore Indians vaccinated so far

    The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination is being given to those who have completed 28 days after receiving the first dose.

  • US nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths as Joe Biden plans commemoration Feb 22, 2021 07:48 AM IST

    US nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths as Joe Biden plans commemoration

    While the number of COVID-19 cases fell for the fifth straight week and officials scrambled to inoculate the population, the nation was poised to reach 500,000 deaths from the highly infectious respiratory disease.

  • Coronavirus News Highlights: Schools in Haryana to reopen for classes 3 to 5 from February 24 Feb 22, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Schools in Haryana to reopen for classes 3 to 5 from February 24

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 334th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Airtel to offer hybrid solutions for remote and office work models: Report Feb 22, 2021 03:27 AM IST

    Airtel to offer hybrid solutions for remote and office work models: Report

    CPO Adarsh Nair also hinted at Airtel launching "adtech in a big way" in order to "monetise demand for digital services from premium customers."

  • Fauci says it is possible Americans will still be wearing masks in 2022 Feb 21, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    Fauci says it is possible Americans will still be wearing masks in 2022

    Fauci, Biden’s top medical adviser, told CNN that the approaching deaths tally was “a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country.”

  • COVID-19 Maharashtra update | Uddhav Thackeray announces 'I'm responsible' campaign, curbs; here's all you need to know Feb 21, 2021 08:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 Maharashtra update | Uddhav Thackeray announces 'I'm responsible' campaign, curbs; here's all you need to know

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requested all citizens to follow safety protocols issued by the state, to avoid any lockdown being announced on a short notice.

  • Maharashtra witnessing COVID-19 resurgence, will take call on lockdown after 8 days: Uddhav Thackeray Feb 21, 2021 07:20 PM IST

    Maharashtra witnessing COVID-19 resurgence, will take call on lockdown after 8 days: Uddhav Thackeray

    The state has begun rigorously imposing fines on those not wearing face masks in public, Thackeray said. All large-scale social, political and religious events would be restricted in the state from February 22, he added.

  • COVID-19 Maharashtra update: One-week lockdown in Amravati from February 22, only essential services allowed Feb 21, 2021 05:25 PM IST

    COVID-19 Maharashtra update: One-week lockdown in Amravati from February 22, only essential services allowed

    A day earlier, Amravati recorded 894 new coronavirus cases, making the district the second highest contributor of single-day COVID-19 count in Maharashtra.

  • COVID-19 norms: New curbs announced in Pune ; schools and colleges to remain shut till February 28 Feb 21, 2021 03:44 PM IST

    COVID-19 norms: New curbs announced in Pune ; schools and colleges to remain shut till February 28

    There will be some restrictions on weddings and other social and political events.

  • Azim Premji: Government can immunise 500 million people in 60 days by involving private sector Feb 21, 2021 02:05 PM IST

    Azim Premji: Government can immunise 500 million people in 60 days by involving private sector

    Speaking at an interactive session organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), Ajim Premji told Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that deploying and administering the vaccine in large proportion was a key requirement.

  • Maharashtra government mulls night curfew amid spike in COVID-19 cases Feb 21, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    Maharashtra government mulls night curfew amid spike in COVID-19 cases

    On February 20, Maharashtra reported more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day.

  • Adar Poonawalla urges countries please be patient, Serum directed to prioritise India needs Feb 21, 2021 12:11 PM IST

    Adar Poonawalla urges countries please be patient, Serum directed to prioritise India needs

    Apart from making efforts to meet the requirements of India, the company is also trying its best to balance the needs of the rest of the world, he added.

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