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Japan’s COVID-deaths are at an all-time high. What’s age got to do with it?
In January, Japan logged a whopping 10,124 COVID-19 deaths, the highest ever in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Experts state that the growing number of elderly people, who have lower immunity, is driving the fatality count up
German doctor gets jail term for issuing mask exemptions
A three-year work ban and payment of the 28,000 euros ($29,550) she had earned for providing the medical certificates were also imposed on her in addition to the prison term
Explained: How desperate Chinese are illegally procuring India-made meds amid COVID scare
A shortage of antiviral drugs such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid has propelled people into turning to the black market as China battles a COVID-19 outbreak. Users are sharing information and tips on social media on where to get illegally imported India-made generic drugs
Why are Chinese workers fleeing Foxconn-run iPhone factory?
The exodus began after a lockdown was imposed in China’s Zhengzhou, which has reported 264 COVID-19 cases since 19 October. Workers began fleeing ‘iPhone City’ after being confined to their dormitories and facing a shortage of food
Women better at mask wearing than men, Mumbai best performing city with 76.28% mask adherence, finds study
The non-profit think-tank conducted a mask adherence study among different age groups at public places across 11 cities - Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jammu, Delhi, Guwahati, Raipur, Chandigarh, Shimla, Chennai and Pune
COVID-19 case counts may be losing importance amid Omicron variant threat
Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, said that for each new infection detected, the US is missing two cases.
Odisha defers decision to reopen schools for classes 1 to 5 amid sharp rise in COVID cases
Education minister SR Dash said the decision was taken after officials visited various primary schools across the state and held discussions with stakeholders
Italian dentist who presented fake silicone arm for COVID-19 vaccine gets jab for real this time
Dr Guido Russo faces possible criminal fraud charges for having worn an arm made out of silicone when he first showed up at a vaccine hub in the northern city of Biella
Measures used to counter Delta COVID-19 variant should work for Omicron: WHO
Continuing to push for higher vaccination rates, abiding by social-distancing guidelines, and wearing masks are among other measures, said WHO Regional Emergency Director Dr Babatunde Olowokure
COVID-19 vaccines may partially work on new variant Omicron, says ex-ICMR scientist Dr Gangakhedkar
Gangakhedkar said the public has an important role to play by following the basic rules of wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing
Centre asks Bengal and Assam to enforce strict COVID-19 measures amid surge in positivity rates, decreasing testing
Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, Arti Ahuja, highlighted increase in weekly new COVID-19 cases since 20 October till 26 October and early signs of rise in positivity since the last four weeks till 25 October
Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich still unvaccinated due to 'personal concerns'
According to German daily Bild, Kimmich is one of five Bayern players who are unvaccinated. Kimmich says he has reservations about getting vaccinated, "especially with regard to the lack of long-term studies".
Premier League: Nearly seven in 10 players double-jabbed against coronavirus
"The Premier League can confirm today that 81 percent of players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, with 68 percent now fully vaccinated," the league said in a statement.
NBA: Vaccine sceptic Andrew Wiggins says he was forced to get COVID-19 jab
"I guess you don't own your body. That's what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision," Wiggins said.
World Cup qualifiers: Germany's Thomas Mueller unsure how to interact with fans amid pandemic
Mueller caught COVID-19 in February while playing for Bayern Munich at the Club World Cup in Qatar. He flew back to Germany and quarantined in the cellar of his home near Munich to avoid infecting his wife.
Hockey India withdraws teams from Birmingham CWG citing COVID concerns, discriminatory quarantine rules
Hockey India's decision comes a day after England's withdrawal from the junior men's World Cup in Bhubaneswar over similar reasons.
FIFA World Cup 2022: World football body in talks with Qatar to ease vaccine mandate
Qatar's PM had announced in June that it would require any fans wanting entry into next year's tournament to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus, but has said nothing about the policy for players yet
Indian Wells Masters: Aryna Sabalenka to miss out of event after contracting coronavirus
Aryna Sabalenka was due to be top-seeded for the 4-17 October tournament at Indian Wells after No. 1-ranked Wimbledon champion Ash Barty withdrew to rest at home in Australia
Conspiracy theories, religious reasons, personal freedom: Why some NBA players are resisting vaccination
Conspiracy theories, religious reasons, personal freedom: Firstpost Explains why convincing some NBA players to take vaccines is proving to be tricky
Champions League: N'Golo Kante out of Chelsea's tie against Juventus with coronavirus
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he does not know how many of his squad have been vaccinated but revealed he has received the jab himself. He said players must retain personal choice over COVID-19 vaccines.