As of May 28, the global Covid-19 cases have reached 169.6 million, with more than 3.52 million deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The latest update from the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) showed that the US has the world’s highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths at 33,999,680 and 607,726, respectively.  India follows in the second place in terms of infections (with 27,547,705 cases) and Brazil comes second in terms of deaths, with 456,753 fatalities.

Published : May 28, 2021 9:00 am | Updated:May 28, 2021 2:40 pm


15:49 IST 28 May

India extends suspension on international flights till June 30

 International commercial flight operations to and from India will remain extended till June 30, 2021, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular issued on Thursday. Domestic flight services had resumed from May 25.

14:36 IST 28 May

Delhi to ease lockdown restrictions from Monday in slow, phased manner

Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has said that Delhi will begin unlocking gradually from Monday in a slow and phased manner. He thanked the two crore people of the city for helping to bring under the COVID-19 situation under control. “In the past 24 hours, the positivity rate has been around 1.5 per cent with only 1,100 new cases being reported. This is the time to unlock lest people escape corona only to die of hunger,” Mr Kejriwal said and added that the unlocking’s focus, at least initially, ought to be on daily wagers and the sectors that involve such labour. Beginning Monday, productive units will be allowed to function in industrial areas within confines or manufacturing premises. In specified compounds, workers will also be allowed to carry out construction activities.

13:26 IST 28 May

UP may soon have 14 more drive-in vaccination centres

The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to open more drive-in vaccination centres in 14 cities of the state, following the positive response to such a centre in Noida. These drive-through facilities will be free of cost for the beneficiaries. The Department of Family Welfare has asked for a proposal from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the same. The proposal will be approved only if there is adequate parking facility at the proposed site to enable vaccinated people to wait inside their vehicle for half an hour after the dose is administered.

13:18 IST 28 May

Now DNA vaccines for COVID-19 tested for efficacy

Researchers from Taiwan have successfully developed a vaccine that uses DNA encoding the coronavirus’ spike protein, instead of the currently available mRNA vaccines. Though these vaccines are often hard to deliver into cells, researchers used electroporation to help with vaccine delivery. When tested in mice, these vaccines showed the development of long-lasting antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Currently available COVID-19 vaccines rely on mRNA strands to teach the human immune system to recognize the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

13:08 IST 28 May

Lucknow's historic Chhota Imambara to be converted into vaccination centre

The Chhota Imambara in Lucknow, a historic monument and a a major tourist attraction managed by the Hussainabad and Allied Trust, will be converted into a vaccination centre.  A team of health officials including, chief medical officer and district immunization officer visited the Imambara on Thursday night along with Majlis-e-Ulama-e Hind general secretary Maulana Kalbe Jawwad. Earlier, it was decided that the Aishbagh Eidgah will also double up as a vaccination centre and this became functional on May 20. The vaccination centre at Chhota Imambara is expected to encourage the minorities in particular, to take the jab.

09:16 IST 28 May

Antibody cocktail to fight India's double mutant coronavirus variant: Hyderabad hospital studying its efficacy

AIG Hospitals in Hyderabad is studying the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies cocktail against India’s double mutant variant of coronavirus, B.1.617. AIG Chairman Dr D. Nageshwar Reddy told media persons that monoclonal antibodies-based treatment has the potential to increase mutant variants and so irrational use of these antibodies’ cocktails should be absolutely discouraged.

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