Former US President Barack Obama has been tested positive for the COVID-19. On March 13, he tweeted, “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days, but am feeling fine otherwise". Obama also encouraged others to get vaccinated even if the infections have decreased to more than 35,000 in number than last month. Notably, Barak Obama's wife Michelle Obama tested negative for COVID-19.
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India reported 5,476 new COVID-19 cases, on March 6. The Union Health Ministry has confirmed 9,754 recoveries and 158 deaths in the last 24 hours. While the active caseload stands at 59,442, taking the total caseload to 4,29,62,953. Furthermore, the current recovery rate in the country stands at 98.66%. However, IIT Kanpur has predicted fourth wave Covid-19 in June. Moreover, as of now, India has administered 178.83 crore vaccine doses.
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Two plate ICC World Cup U-19 matches have been cancelled as nine players from team Canada tested positive for COVID-19. As per reports, the players were isolated soon after they turned positive, and their welfare will be monitored by the medical team of the event. Notably, plate play-off semifinal match of Canada and Scotland has been cancelled on January 29.
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Amid surge in cases in several parts of country, Actor and former cricketer Harbhajan Singh's wife Geeta Basra tested positive for COVID-19. She informed her fans about her diagnosis through instagram, and posted a picture of her resting on bed. Geeta is best known for her role in Emraan Hashmi's 'The Train' movie, and is married to Harbhajan Singh since 2015.
At least 4,570 fresh COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Andhra Pradesh in last 24 hours, taking overall percentage to 15%. In addition, 669 COVID-19 patients recovered, & one died in 24 hours. The health department, on January 16, confirmed 21,06,280 positive cases, 20,65,000 recovered, and 14,510 deceased cases. Also, the active caseload increased to 26,770, with hotspots in Chittoor & Visakhapatnam, with 1,124 and 1,028 fresh… read-more
Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, 42 doctors and paramedics of the Government Medical College Srinagar tested COVID-19 positive taking tally there to 249 in 15 days. According to officials, a majority of staff are isolated. Principal of the Medical College has however said that hospital will continue to run as normal on January 17, as authorities decided to keep all the hospitals under its control for patient-care.
Amid rise in COVID-19 cases and Omicron concern, 12 employees of Municipal Council in Kashmir's Sopore have tested positive, following which they have been asked to self-isolate. Officials said that the preventive measures were being taken by the authorities even as rest of the employees have been asked to go for testing. Notably, 184 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours in Sopore town of Kashmir.
World number one men's singles tennis player Novak Djokovic on January 10, won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing decision to cancel his visa. Australia's Federal circuit and Family court quashed the cancellation of Djokovic's visa and confirmed that he will he permitted to stay in Australia. Notably, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to enter Australia, because he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The first case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in Uzbekistan, following which pandemic restrictions are tightened in the country, Health Ministry said on January 9. They said that the case was confirmed after a foreign citizen arrived Uzbekistan on January 7, turned infected with the variant. The country has so far registered 200,341 COVID cases and 1,494 related deaths.
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In the Jammu region, two senior IAS officers among 288 have been tested COVID-19 positive, where six more micro-containment zones were declared on January 7. Amid the rise in cases, all kinds of leaves of health-workers, other staff in Jammu Govt Medical College, and Associated hospitals were cancelled. Reportedly, Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh is going to take a review of the emerging COVID-19 situation.