Explainer: What is the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19?

Scientists worry the mutation, coupled with other existing features of the Delta variant, could make it more transmissible. India on Wednesday said it has found about 40 cases of the Delta coronavirus variant carrying a mutation that appears to make it more transmissible, and advised states to increase testing. Here is what we know about […]

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India says COVID Delta Plus ‘variant of concern’, 22 cases found

DEVELOPING STORY Variant, first identified in Europe, now found in India’s Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh states, health ministry says. India has declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern after nearly two dozen cases had been detected across the country so far. The variant AY.1, identified locally as Delta Plus and first identified […]

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Brazil probes vaccine contract with India’s Bharat Biotech

Prosecutors cite the drug’s high price, speedy talks and pending regulatory approvals as red flags for the contract. Brazilian federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into a contract worth 1.6 billion reals ($320m) for 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech, according to a document seen by Reuters. The prosecutor-general’s […]

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India’s first-day record vaccination pace unsustainable: Experts

Experts say the rate is not sustainable, a day after India administered a record 8.6 million doses of COVID vaccine. Health experts say India’s vaccinations over the next few weeks could fall short of the blistering pace set on the first day of a federal campaign unless it makes inroads in a vast hinterland and […]

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Dating apps find users want friends, not sex, in post-COVID world

I’ve just come out of a long-term lockdown. Can we be friends? Amorous entanglements are not what is uppermost in the minds of many people emerging from long periods of pandemic isolation. Instead, they crave the friendships and social groups they have been starved of over the past year. That is the verdict of dating […]

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Kashmir leaders to urge India’s Modi to restore region’s autonomy

Kashmiri politicians set to meet Indian PM on Thursday for the first talks since he revoked the region’s special status two years ago. Kashmiri politicians will urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy when they meet him on Thursday for the first talks since he revoked the region’s special status […]

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‘I have sacrificed a lot’: Growing up LGBTQ+ in India

Listen to this story: Like most parents, Sourav’s would like to see him “settled”. In India, however, this is a loaded concept. Being happy, healthy and financially secure are all important, but making a good marriage is the cornerstone of “settling down”. Indeed, 26-year-old Sourav, an IT professional in one of India’s metro cities, would […]

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Free COVID jabs for all Indian adults as Modi hails yoga ‘shield’

India opens up free vaccination to all adults as PM Narendra Modi kicks off a muted International Yoga Day. India has opened up free vaccinations to all adults in an attempt to bolster its inoculation drive, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicks off a muted International Yoga Day, hailing the practice’s “protective” properties against the […]

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Attack on Muslim man: India police charge journalists for tweets

Several press bodies have condemned police in the northern Uttar Pradesh state for filing cases against journalists and a news portal for their tweets and reports on the attack of an elderly Muslim man earlier this month. In separate statements, the press bodies demanded an immediate withdrawal of first information reports (FIRs) against three journalists […]

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