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Women better at mask wearing than men, Mumbai best performing city with 76.28% mask adherence, finds study
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Beijing Winter Olympics: IOC urges teams to ask for more vaccines ahead of next year's Games
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Beijing Winter Olympics: IOC urges teams to ask for more vaccines ahead of next year's Games

Health officials in China said this week that more than one billion people, or 72 percent of the country's 1.4 billion citizens, have been fully vaccinated.

Serie A: Striker Olivier Giroud tests positive for COVID-19, announce AC Milan
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Serie A: Striker Olivier Giroud tests positive for COVID-19, announce AC Milan

Milan also said that Giroud "has not had contact with the rest of the team since the league match against Cagliari".

Delta variant of COVID-19 doubles risk of hospitalisation than Alpha, finds Lancet study
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Delta variant of COVID-19 doubles risk of hospitalisation than Alpha, finds Lancet study

In the study, researchers analysed healthcare data from 43,338 cases in England between 29 March and 23 May, 2021. Only 1.8% of the cases, regardless of variant, had received both doses of the vaccine, 24% had been vaccinated once and 74% were unvaccinated

As Delta variant sweeps across US, fake COVID-19 vaccine cards keep college officials on edge
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As Delta variant sweeps across US, fake COVID-19 vaccine cards keep college officials on edge

Across the internet, a cottage industry has sprung up to accommodate people who say they won't get vaccinated for either personal or religious reasons