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Covid third wave ‘inevitable’ in India, say health experts

New variants are contributing factor behind country’s vicious second wave with likelihood of more variants emergingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts have warned that a Covid-19 third wave is “inevitable” in India, as evidence grows that new variants are a contributing factor behind the country’s vicious second wave.India broke global records again on Thursday, recording 412,784 new cases and 3,980 deaths over 24 hours. Experts believe the real figure to b...
Tags: Science, India, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delhi, Coronavirus


Vaccine shortages blight India’s efforts to contain Covid crisis

Indian government accused of complacency, with shortage of jabs likely to continue ‘for months’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSevere Covid-19 vaccine shortages have hampered India’s plan to administer jabs to all adults, with fewer then half of India’s states able to begin vaccinating over-18s amid warnings the shortfall could last months.Over the weekend, more than 600 million Indians became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in a policy that was introduced in the...
Tags: Science, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covering India’s Covid crisis: ‘Hundreds of journalists have lost their lives’

Our South Asia correspondent reflects on a catastrophe that is now affecting the lives of almost everyone in the countryYou recently lost a close colleague, Kakoli Bhattacharya, to Covid-19. Can you tell us about her and the important work that she did? Kakoli was the Guardian’s news assistant over here and had worked for us since 2009. She could find any number or contact I needed and smoothed over any and all of the bureaucratic challenges that working in India can present. She made reporting ...
Tags: Science, Biology, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, The Guardian, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Membership, South Asia, Coronavirus, Kakoli Bhattacharya


How many more images of Covid disaster does it take to jolt rich countries into action? | Nesrine Malik

The crisis in India forced the west to respond. But without an ambitious global plan, other nations may suffer similar fatesAs the number of Covid-19 cases rose dramatically in Europe and the US during the early part of last year, something strange seemed to be happening in the global south. South Africa’s entire death toll was less than 100 at the same time that Britain was losing more than 1,000 lives a day. India’s death rate during this period was so low that it was termed a “mystery”. More ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, India, Africa, US, World news, US news, Britain, South Africa, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Kenya, Madagascar, Nesrine Malik, Coronavirus


Explainer: why is getting medical oxygen for Covid patients in some countries so difficult?

As India’s hospitals struggle to keep pace with demand, the pandemic has exposed global market failures, lack of knowledge and anticipationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew waves of the Covid-19 pandemic in countries, such as India and Kenya have exposed the poor management of oxygen supplies. Prof Trevor Duke, editor of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on oxygen therapy for children, answered questions on what countries with limited resources can do t...
Tags: Science, India, South and Central Asia, Kenya, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus, Trevor Duke


UK Covid vaccine supply hit as rise in Indian cases diverts doses closer to home

Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccines supplier, asked by Delhi to keep more supplies in the country as demand and coronavirus cases growCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn office worker in India’s Maharashtra state develops flu-like symptoms - and upsets the vaccination plans of a British forty-something in lockdown thousands of miles away.Such is the butterfly effect of the global scramble for Covid-19 vaccines, with a surge in Indian cases over the p...
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Matt Hancock tells MPs retest on Covid doses and delays in India will hit UK jabs

Health secretary says timetable will not change, but government expert warns infections may rise because of delay vaccinating the under-50s Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies had been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations will not cha...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, India, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock


What price a child's life? India's quest to make rare disease drugs affordable

Parents whose only hope was finding foreign sponsorship or a clinical trial are now looking for homegrown breakthroughsFor three years, Vidya tried to find the cause of her son’s recurrent fevers and low cognitive development. When she found out, she was devastated.Vineeth, 10, has an incurable illness – mucopolysaccharidosis type 2 – that affects his organs. Afflicting just one in a million, the enzyme-replacement medication that can help stop the illness getting any worse costs £100,000 a year...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, India, Society, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Global development, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vidya, Global Health, Children's Health


Indian hesitancy sets back world's biggest Covid vaccination drive

Low uptake fuelled by fears over safety of vaccine and spread of misinformation Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia’s Covid-19 vaccine drive has been hampered by turnout as low as 22% in some states, as fears over the safety of the vaccine and the spread of misinformation has fuelled widespread hesitancy.On Saturday, India launched the world’s largest vaccination programme as it began the massive task of vaccinating its 1.3 billion citizens against coronavirus. Cont...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, India, Society, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Sri Lankan holy man’s ‘miracle’ potion for Covid turns sour

Minister who publicly drank syrup touted as coronavirus cure tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA self-styled Sri Lankan holy man’s supposed miracle potion to prevent Covid-19 has turned sour after a minister who publicly drank it was taken to hospital with the virus.Thousands defied public gathering restrictions to swamp a village in central Sri Lanka last month to get the syrup made by Dhammika Bandara. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Sri Lanka, Coronavirus, Dhammika Bandara Continue


Spider-Man-style medical gun spins out 'skin substitute' for burns

Israeli firm claims device allows patients to move freely and does away with painful dressingsDoctors in Europe, India and Israel have begun using a medical gun that spins out a protective web to cover burns and wounds, hoping the breathable “skin substitute” will help patients recover without the need for painful bandage changes.Nanomedic, an Israeli company that designed the Spincare system, claims its device gives patients increased mobility – often essential for burn rehabilitation – and eve...
Tags: Europe, Science, India, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe India


India's approval of covid vaccines triggers mass immunisation drive

Green light for Oxford vaccine alongside domestic Covaxin hailed as ‘decisive turning point’ by PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has granted emergency approval to both the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and the domestically developed Covaxin, signalling the start of one of the largest Covid-19 immunisation drives in the world.At a press conference on Sunday, the drugs controller general of India said the decision to approve both the Oxford vaccine and C...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Bharat Biotech, Coronavirus, Covaxin


Taj Mahal reopens as coronavirus cases continue to rise in India

Monument in northern city of Agra opens to visitors after being closed for six monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has reopened its famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as authorities reported 86,961 new coronavirus infections with no signs yet of a peak in the number of infections.A Chinese national and a visitor from Delhi were among the first to step into the white marble tomb built by a 17th-century Mughal emperor for his wife when it opened at sunrise o...
Tags: Science, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Delhi, Agra, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: India's coronavirus cases pass 5 million

Concerns India figures don’t give full picture; Trump says Covid-19 will ‘go away’ because of ‘herd mentality’; pandemic only beginning, says WHOCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia’s total coronavirus cases passed 5 million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic extended its grip on the vast country at an ever faster rate.With its latest million cases recorded in just 11 days, a world record, India now has 5.02 million infections. Only the United...
Tags: Science, India, World news, United States, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Trump, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Concerns India


Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after catching coronavirus

Bollywood star idolised in India discharged three weeks after contracting ‘mild’ symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.Bachchan’s actor-son, Abishek, who was admitted at the same time, remains in hospital. His daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter Aaradhya were discharged last week. Conti...
Tags: Science, Film, India, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, Bachchan, Aaradhya, Aishwarya Rai, Coronavirus outbreak, Abishek


The week in wildlife – in pictures

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including hillstar hummingbirds and one-horned rhinos Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Indonesia, Germany, Animals, India, Environment, UK News, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Wildlife, Conservation, Bangladesh, Zoology


Global wrap: Hong Kong 'critical' as Covid cases rise worldwide

Lam says situation out of control, while Melbourne makes face masks compulsoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus situation in Hong Kong is “really critical”, with a record 100 new infections recorded on Sunday, the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, said, as Melbourne became the first city in Australia to make wearing masks compulsory in response to a resurgent and aggressive outbreak there.Hong Kong was held up months ago as a model for its success in keepi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Science, Australia, World news, Australia news, Medical Research, Czech Republic, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Bangladesh, Melbourne, Carrie Lam, Lam, Coronavirus outbreak


Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll – as it happened

Sweden death rate now higher than France; Pakistan records largest single day rise in new infections; global deaths pass 380,000. This blog is now closedFollow the latest global coronavirus live blog here 12.26am BST We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Related: Coronavirus live news: Germany reveals major stimulus plan as global cases grow by 100,000 a day 11.52pm BST At least three people were reported dead as coronavirus-hit Mumbai appeared to escape the worst of Cyclone N...
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Coronavirus live news: Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll

Sweden death rate now higher than France; Pakistan records largest single day rise in new infections; global deaths pass 380,000Exclusive: governments and WHO changed Covid policy bases on suspect data from tiny US companyArchitect of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy admits too many diedAir pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may followUK coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 6.13pm BST If you like all your daily coronavirus world news wrapped into one nea...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Biology, France, China, India, Africa, Americas, US, Eu, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research


Coronavirus live news: Sweden passes France's death rate as virus chief admits room for improvement

Pakistan records largest single day rise in new infections; global deaths pass 380,000; Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bnExclusive: governments and WHO changed Covid policy bases on suspect data from tiny US companyArchitect of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy admits too many diedAir pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may followUK coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 4.29pm BST Donald Trump, the US president, said he will seek a new state to host t...
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Coronavirus live news: Sweden virus chief says 'we could have done better'; Austria scraps land border checks

Global deaths pass 380,000; Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Australia sinks into recession; global cases pass 6.3mExclusive: governments and WHO changed Covid policy bases on suspect data from tiny US companyArchitect of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy admits too many diedAir pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may followUK coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 2.33pm BST The links between obesity and the risk of becoming dangerously ill with cor...
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Coronavirus live news: Sweden virus chief says 'we could have done better'; global deaths pass 380,000

Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Australia sinks into recession; global cases pass 6.3mArchitect of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy admits too many diedAir pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may followGlobal report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to ParisUK coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 10.25am BST Berlin’s senate has switched one of the three “Corona traffic lights” in its pandemic warning system to red, after the R nu...
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Coronavirus live news: global deaths pass 380,000 as Australia sinks towards recession

Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Australian treasurer admits first slump in 30 years is inevitable; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cycloneBrazil deaths pass 30,000 after record daily riseChina withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings revealGlobal report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to ParisCoronavirus latest: at a glance 6.28am BST We reported yesterday about the death of a d...
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Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Australia 'in recession'

Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Zoom profits double; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cycloneBrazil deaths pass 30,000 after record daily riseChina withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings revealGlobal report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to ParisCoronavirus latest: at a glance 5.20am BST The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 342 to 182,370, data fro...
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Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Brazil deaths pass 30,000

Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Zoom profits double; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cycloneChina withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings revealGlobal report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to ParisCoronavirus latest: at a glance 12.22am BST At least 100,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, were being moved to safer locations according to officials Tuesday, as India...
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Pakistan doctors beaten by police as they despair of 'untreatable' pandemic

Lack of equipment, dysfunctional government and conflicting messages are impeding country’s efforts against virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDoctors in Pakistan have warned of “deplorable” conditions on the frontlines of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, describing the pandemic as untreatable in one region and accusing police of brutally suppressing protests over working conditions.One doctor who took part in a sit-in on Monday to protest against a lack of perso...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Hospitals, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live news: rise in Italy, US and France deaths takes global confirmed toll past 40,000

Worldwide confirmed cases pass 800,000 as Spain and Russia also report record single-day death tolls and Mexico wakes to state of emergencyUK coronavirus - latest updatesUS coronavirus - live updatesChina and Korea delay college exams to get lid on coronavirusNew study reveals increased risks from middle ageSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.27pm BST A group of 28 spring break tourists who returned to Texas from the Mexican beach resort of Cabo San Lucas have tested positive for coronavirus,...
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Coronavirus live news: rise in Italy and US deaths takes global confirmed toll past 40,000

Worldwide confirmed cases pass 800,000 as Spain and Russia report record single-day death tolls and Mexico wakes to state of emergencyUK coronavirus - latest updatesUS coronavirus - live updatesChina and Korea delay college exams to get lid on coronavirusNew study reveals increased risks from middle ageSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.24pm BST The US has more confirmed cases of coronavirus infection than China, according to official statistics given by both countries that in all likelihood...
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Coronavirus live news: World Bank warns of 'unprecedented shock' as global confirmed cases pass 800,000

Spain reports record single-day death toll; Vietnam enters lockdown; Russia records biggest daily rise in cases for seventh day runningUK coronavirus - latest updatesCoronavirus epidemic ‘far from over’ in Asia-Pacific, warns WHONew study reveals increased risks from middle ageAt a glance: latest key developmentsSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.12pm BST The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection around the world has passed 800,000, with more than 38,000 deaths, according to the...
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Coronavirus live news: Spain reports record single-day death toll; World Bank warns of 'unprecedented global shock'

Global cases pass 750,000; Vietnam enters lockdown; Russia records biggest daily rise in cases for seventh day runningUK coronavirus - latest updatesCoronavirus epidemic ‘far from over’ in Asia-Pacific, warns WHONew study reveals increased risks from middle ageLas Vegas parking lot turned into homeless ‘shelter’ with distance markersSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.26am BST Ireland has issued guidelines on safe sex during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Rory Carroll in Dublin. Only be se...
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