No evidence so far to link surge in Covid cases to new variants: ICMR
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 () Even as some states witness a sudden spike in Covid cases, the scientific evidence so far does not suggest any link between new variants of coronavirus detected in the country and the rise in cases, the ICMR said. The comments come in the wake of concerns that the spike in Maharashtra and some other states could be because of new strains seen to be harder to control with higher transmissibility.
Alex Salmond has said there is a failure of leadership in Scotland as he attacked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In his opening statement to a Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government's unlawful investigation of sexual harassment claims made against him, Scotland's former first minister accused his successor Ms Sturgeon of using a Covid press conference to "effectively question the result of a jury".
Mr Salmond is testifying on the botched government investigation which was found to be "tainted by apparent bias" by the court.
He was acquitted of 13 charges of sexual assault in a criminal trial, and he successfully challenged the lawfulness of the government investigation.
The current Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted there was no conspiracy against Mr Salmond, and she is due to appear before the committee to give evidence next week. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Election Commission announces poll dates for five states/UT. The Ministry of Home Affairs extends COVID-19 guidelines till March 31. Prime Minister Modi says the centre will continue with its reform process during his virtual address on aspects relating to financial services in this year’s budget. GDP grows 0.4% after two quarterly declines. But the experts say that the recent resurgence in Covid19 cases raises concern. The Petroleum Minister says the fuel price will decrease by the end of winter. All this and more news at 9 pm.
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On February 26, total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,10,63,491. The country reported 16,577 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stand at 1,55,986 . With new 12,179 discharges, total number reached to 1,07,50,680. 120 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,56,825. 1,34,72,643 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India. According to ICMR, total number of samples tested up to Feb 25 is 21,46,61,465 including 8,31,807 samples tested yesterday.
On February 25, the total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,10,46,914. The country reported 16,738 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stands at 1,51,708. With new 11,799 discharges, total number reached to 1,07,38,501. 138 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,56,705. 1,26,71,163 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across India. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 21,38,29,658 samples tested up to 24th February.
Health Ministry Joint Secretary Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari informed that the five highest vaccinating states today are Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Bhandari said that total 51 persons have been hospitalised till date out of which 27 have been discharged, one person is under treatment and 23 people died so far.
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning..
For the second day in a row, the state on Thursday reported over 8,000 cases and the city added over 1,000. Maharashtra reported 8702 cases and 56 fatalities,... IndiaTimes Also reported by •Mid-Day •DNA