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Covid-19 in India: A spike with 42,015 infections and 3,998 deaths

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Covid-19 in India: A spike with 42,015 infections and 3,998 deaths

On Wednesday, according to the data of Union Health Ministry, the country witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases with 42,015 new infections. Also, in the last 24 hours, India recorded 3,998 deaths due to the Coronavirus.

The top five states which have registered maximum cases are Kerala with 16,848 cases, followed by Maharashtra with 9,389 cases, Andhra Pradesh with 2,498 cases, Odisha with 2,085 cases and Tamil Nadu with 1,904 cases.

77.89 per cent of the new cases are reported from these five states, with Kerala alone responsible for 40.1 per cent of the new cases.

Maximum casualties due to Covid-19 were reported in Maharashtra with 3,656 deaths, followed by Kerala with 104 daily fatalities.

The Health Ministry said that the country’s recovery rate now stands at 97.36 per cent.

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Airborne transmission of Covid-19 random, social distancing alone not enough to control spread: Study

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A new study new study has shown that the airborne transmission of Covid-19 is highly random and suggests that social distancing alone is not effective in controlling its spread, reiterating the importance of vaccination and face masks.

“One part of the way that this disease spreads is virology: how much virus you have in your body, how many viral particles you expel when you speak or cough,” said Dr Shrey Trivedi, the Indian-origin first author of the study published in the journal ‘Physics of Fluids’ this week.

“But another part of it is fluid mechanics: what happens to the droplets once they’re expelled, which is where we come in. As fluid mechanics specialists, we like the bridge from virology of the emitter to the virology of the receiver and we can help with risk assessment,” explained Trivedi from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

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France likely to announce Covid-19 booster shots for all adults: Report

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As per reports, France is expected to announce that Covid-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults, as well as stricter rules on wearing face masks and more stringent health pass checks to curb a new wave of infections.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday said it would focus on tougher social distancing rules and a faster booster shot programme and that it wanted to avoid the lockdowns being imposed once more by some other European countries.

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Air pollution linked to increased risk of getting sick from Covid-19: Study

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According to a study conducted in Spain, long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an increased risk of developing Covid-19 among people who get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The research, published in the journal Environment Health Perspectives on Wednesday, provides further evidence on the health benefits of reducing air pollution, and highlights the influence of environmental factors on infectious diseases.

“The problem is that previous studies were based on reported cases, which had been diagnosed, but missed all the asymptomatic or undiagnosed cases,” said study first-author Manolis Kogevinas from Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain.

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