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The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The first case of the virus was identified in December 2019 and was linked to a seafood market in Wuhan. Since then, the COVID-19 has been impacting lives without any end in sight. India also faced multiple waves and lost over 5 lakh lives so far, around 7 million deaths have been recorded globally. So far there have been several variants of the virus -- B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, Delta, B.1.617.2, BA.5. Omicron BF.7 strain is driving the current wave of Covid infections in China. As of now, India reported four cases of the Omicron sub-variant BF.7 which is a sub-lineage of the previous Omicron variant BA.5 and has one of the highest transmissibility amongst all COVID variants so far. 

The new Omicron variant is expected to infect 60 per cent of people in China in the coming three months. Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, and can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and body aches. The virus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented measures such as lockdowns, travel restrictions, mask mandates, and social distancing guidelines. Vaccines have been developed and are being distributed globally, but it is important to continue following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated to help bring the pandemic under control. 

Cases yesterday - 226, Deaths yesterday - 1, Total deaths - 5,30,693, Total cases -  4,46,77,106 (Source  - https://www.mygov.in/covid-19)

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Another pandemic ‘absolutely inevitable’: Top UK scientist's warning

The Covid-19 pandemic raged between 2019 to 2021, following which small waves of the virus were witnessed across the world.

An illustration of the novel coronavirus seen next to a health care worker at a Covid-19 testing centre
Published on May 28, 2024 02:14 PM IST

38-year-old murderer who jumped parole in April ’20 held

In March 2014, Tinku Singh and a woman named Shashi Bala, who were in an extramarital relationship, killed her husband, Inder Pal Singh, in New Usmanpur. Singh jumped parole during Covid-19 pandemic

The accused, after killing the victim, chopped his parts and dumped them in different drains in eight tranches. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 28, 2024 06:28 AM IST

Covid pandemic cut global life expectancy by nearly two years: WHO

Global life expectancy fell 1.8 years to 71.4 years, the same level as it was in 2012, according to a WHO annual world health statistics study.

The logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva. (AFP)
Published on May 24, 2024 10:48 PM IST
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Covid-19 eliminated decade-long gains in global life expectancy: WHO

Covid-19 rapidly emerged as a leading cause of death, ranking as the third highest cause of mortality globally in 2020 and the second in 2021

The Americas and Southeast Asia were hit hardest with life expectancy dropping by approximately 3 years. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on May 24, 2024 06:53 PM IST

'Unusual' form of cell death underlies lung damage in Covid patients: Study

Study finds that unusual form of cell death is linked to a Covid patient's lungs suffering extreme damage, potentially resulting in life-threatening conditions.

In this study, researchers analysed human tissues and collected autopsies of patients who died of respiratory failure caused by Covid-19 infection. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 21, 2024 06:24 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New Delhi
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