Japan PM Fumio Kishida Covid Positive Amid Spike In Cases In The Country

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has tested positive for Covid-19. He is currently resting at the prime minister’s official residence. Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been infected with COVID-19 and is recuperating at his official residence, his office said on Sunday. Fumio Kishida, just returned from week-long vacation, was due to restart work on Monday. He developed a cough and fever on Saturday, and took a PCR test on Sunday morning, which confirmed the positive result in the afternoon, a Cabinet spokesperson said. Japan has endured a record…

North Korea says COVID-19 outbreak began with ‘alien things’ near border with South

North Korea claimed on Friday the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak began with patients touching “alien things” near the border with South Korea, apparently shifting blame to the neighbor for the wave of infections that hit the isolated country. Announcing its probe results, the North ordered its people to “vigilantly deal with alien things coming by wind and other climate phenomena and balloons in the areas along the demarcation line and borders.” According to the state media KCNA, an 18-year-old soldier and a five-year-old kindergartener who contacted the unidentified materials “in…

COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 15M globally, including indirect deaths: WHO

The World Health Organization is estimating that nearly 15 million died directly or indirectly from COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. WHO provided a range of 13.3 million deaths to 16.6 million between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, deaths that it said Thursday was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deaths were calculated by finding the difference between the number of deaths that occurred and the number expected if there was no COVID-19 pandemic based on data from previous years. WHO calls the deaths “excess mortality,” which includes deaths…

2 new Omicron subvariants behind recent COVID-19 spike in South Africa: WHO

The World Health Organization‘s (WHO) director-general said Wednesday that two Omicron COVID-19 subvariants are behind a recent spike in cases in South Africa. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said that it is too soon to know if subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause more severe symptoms, but they are “another sign the pandemic is not done with us.” WHO began tracking BA.4 and BA.5 in mid-April. They are in addition to previously discovered subvariants BA.1 and BA.2, the latter of which is now dominant around the world. South Africa reported 2,650 COVID-19…

IPL 2022: Mitchell Marsh, Tim Seifert get well from Covid-19, rejoin Delhi Capitals camp

IPL 2022: Mitchell Marsh and Tim Seifert rejoined the Delhi Capitals camp ahead of their crunch contest against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 28. The two players had contracted Covid-19 last week. Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, April 27 welcomed Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter Tim Seifert back to their camp. The two cricketers, who had contracted Covid-19 last week, have recovered after completing the mandatory quarantine. Mitchell Marsh and Tim Seifert were seen training with the Delhi Capitals side on the eve of their crunch IPL 2022…

Hard lockdown fears trigger panic buying in Beijing amid Covid surge

Fears of a hard lockdown have led to panic buying in Beijing, even as mass testing was underway in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the Chinese capital. Fears of a hard Covid lockdown sparked panic buying in Beijing on Monday, as long queues for compulsory mass testing formed in a large central district of the Chinese capital. China is already trying to contain a wave of infections in its largest city Shanghai, which has been almost entirely locked down for weeks and reported 51 new Covid…

2,527 fresh COVID-19 Infections Push India’s Tally Of Cases To 4,30,54,952

New Delhi, With 2,527 COVID-19 infections being reported in a day, India’s total tally of cases rose to 4,30,54,952, while active cases have increased to 15,079, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll has climbed to 5,22,149 with 33 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.75 per cent, the health ministry said. An increase of 838 cases has been recorded in the…

IPL 2022: Ricky Ponting’s pep discussion gave Delhi Capitals confidence, says Axar Patel

Delhi Capitals star Axar Patel revealed how head coach Ricky Ponting’s message had charged up the complete squad earlier than the match towards Punjab Kings on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals received the sport towards Punjab Kings by 9 wickets after chasing down a goal of 115 as PBKS had been bowled out with 10.3 overs. David Warner scored 60 runs off simply 30 deliveries (unbeaten) whereas DC all-rounder Axar Patel (4-10) starred for the franchise within the bowling assault, with the bottom economic system fee of two.50 and a pair of…

Delta to allow back nearly 2,000 passengers barred over COVID-19 mask violations

Delta Air Lines DAL.N said on Wednesday it plans to restore flight privileges to about 2,000 customers who were barred from flights after failing to comply with COVID-19 mask rules. The Atlanta-based airline told Reuters it will restore passengers “only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us. Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list.” The change will not impact a separate list of about 1,000…

Covid-19 booster dose for all adults: When should you take it, how to book an appointment

The Union health ministry on Friday announced that precautionary, or booster, doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be made available to all those above 18 years of age from 10 April, Sunday. “All those who are more than 18 years of age and have completed nine months after the administration of the second dose, would be eligible for precaution dose. This facility would be available in all private vaccination centres,” said the ministry,” the statement said. The official statement also mentioned that about 96% of population who are 15 years of…