On Thursday, the Centre issued directives to all states and Union Territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all international travellers coming from or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana from where the new COVID-19 variant has been reported.
All the Covid-19 infected students have been fully vaccinated and their symptoms are not serious.
The new variant of COVID-19, feared to have a high amount of spike mutations unseen before, has been detected in South Africa, with authorities there confirming 22 positive cases associated with it on Thursday.
The South African news outlet reported that with Gauteng emerging as the epicentre of the fourth wave of the pandemic once again, it's no surprise that the province has recorded the most number of infections from the B.1.1.529 variant.
The Union ministry of health and family welfare said earlier that nearly 100 countries have agreed to the mutual acceptance of vaccination certificates of India's Covid-19 vaccines and the vaccination process.
The new variant has been red-flagged by scientists over an alarmingly high number of spike mutations that might make the virus more resistant to vaccines, increase its transmissibility and lead to more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
An increase of 193 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The nine months period proposed by the European Commission gives an additional three months to EU member states to administer a booster dose on time.
The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,544,882 infections and 466,980 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,055,238 infections and 613,642 deaths).
All the students are pursuing their MBBS at the SDM Medical College in Dharwad city. Sources said that about 200 students attended a get together in the premises of the college a few days ago. All the students had reportedly taken both doses of the vaccine and were showing no symptoms of Covid-19.
Covid symptoms have changed, Can’t afford laxity, says Odisha Health Services Director.
British experts have sounded the alarm over a new Covid variant believed to have emerged in 'Botswana' that is the most mutated version of the virus yet, Daily Mail reported.
A decrease of 1,541 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,535,763 infections and 466,584 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,043,112 infections and 613,339 deaths).
The RDIF in the Webinar also announced the real-world data of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of San Marino on the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, demonstrating it is 80 per cent effective against coronavirus infection from 6 to 8 months after administering the second dose.