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Headlines- Huge Third Wave Of Covid-19 Unlikely To Hit India: AIIMS Director

Huge Third Wave Of Covid-19 Unlikely To Hit India: AIIMS Director

On Tuesday, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, while speaking at the launch of the book “Going Viral: Making of Covaxin – The Inside Story” hinted that the third wave of covid-19 with the same magnitude as the first and second wave is unlikely to hit India. He also underlined that there is no surge in covid-19 cases currently, which indicates that covid-19 vaccines are working against the virus, and there is no need for a booster dose. AIIMS director said that the chances of any huge wave comparable to previous waves of covid-19 are fading away with each passing day. Dr Guleria said: “It is unlikely that the third wave of Covid-19 of a magnitude comparable to the first and second will hit India. With time the pandemic will take an endemic form. We’ll continue to get cases, but the severity will be highly reduced,” NITI Aayog Member (Health) DR VK Paul said that though the pandemic is far from over, it can take the form of endemic in future. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 9,283 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.33%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 9,283 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,11,481, which is the lowest in 537 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases by recording 10,949 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country have reached 3,39,57,698. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.80% and 0.93%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 63.47 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 118.44 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Two Doses Of Covaxin 50% Effective Against Symptomatic Covid-19 Says Lancet Study 

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal revealed that two doses of Covaxin are 50% effective against the novel coronavirus as per the first real-world assessment of the covid-19 vaccine. The study involved 2,714 hospital workers of AIIMS Delhi who were symptomatic and underwent RT-PCR test for covid-19. “The unadjusted effectiveness of two doses of BBV152 against symptomatic RT-PCR confirmed SARS-CoV-2 with an interval of at least 14 days between administration of the second dose and day of testing, was 53%. After adjustment, the effectiveness was estimated to be 50%. The adjusted effectiveness of two doses administered at least 28 days before testing was 46% and administered at least 42 days before testing was 57%,” said the study. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization approved Covaxin for emergency use. 

Allahabad HC: Oral Sex With Minor Does Not Come Under ‘Aggravated Sexual Assault’ Of POCSO Act

The Allahabad High Court, while listening to a case of a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year old boy, observed that oral sex with a minor does not come under the definition of ‘Aggravated Sexual Assault’ mentioned in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) act. While reducing the convict’s jail term from 10 years to 7 years, the Allahabad HC said that the convicted man could be charged with Penetrative Sexual Assault mentioned under Section 4 of the POCSO act but not section 6 of the same law. In 2016, an FIR was filed against a man in the Jhansi district for having oral sex with the 10-year-old son of the complainant in exchange for Rs 20. 

US President Invites India To Virtual Democracy Summit In December

US President Joe Biden invited around 110 countries, including India, to a virtual summit on democracy scheduled to be held in December. The world’s richest country, China, is missing from the list of participants; however, Taiwan has been invited by the US. Turkey, which is a member of NATO, has not been invited yet. In middle eastern countries, only Israel and Iraq have been invited, and all the traditional allies of the US, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, are not invited to the virtual summit. 

Did Ayushmann Khurrana Just Confirmed Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal Wedding Dates? 

There have been strong speculations going on about Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding. Fans have been eagerly waiting for an official confirmation about the Katrina-Vicky wedding. Well, there’s a good news for you all. Recently, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana seems to have put a validation on Katrina-Vicky’s relationship. While promoting his film Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Ayushmann spoke about Katrina and swiftly mentioned Vicky in his statement. The RJ asked Ayushmann about the female actors he would like to do ‘Aashiqui’ with and took Katrina’s name to which Ayushmann replied: “Listen, I can’t dance like her. I don’t know, man, Katrina Kaif, but ya, Vicky (Kaushal) is a Punjabi na, so I’m sure there’s some Punjabi connect for sure (sic).” Well, Ayushmann’s subtle hint did indicate that Katrina and Vicky are dating each other. Before Ayushmann, actor Harshvardhan Kapoor also confirmed Katrina-Vicky’s relationship. 

Priyanka Chopra Brutally Roasts Jonas Brothers In A Netflix Show

After Priyanka Chopra dropped her last name ‘Jonas’ from her social media profiles, her action sparked a storm on the internet and divorce rumours started coming in. In fact, netizens started predicting that its the end of Nickyanka. Amid separation rumours, Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram and shared the teaser of Jonas Brothers Family Roast. In the short video, Priyanka brutally roasts Jonas Brothers and sarcastically takes a dig at the 10-year age gap between Priyanka and his husband, Nick. “We teach each other things. He showed me how TikTok works, for example, and I showed him what a successful acting career looks like,” says Priyanka in the uber-cool video as Jonas Brothers burst out laughing. In the full video, Priyanka explains the kind of criticism she faced for marrying Nick Jonas and says that how people thought that the Priyanka-Nick wedding was a mere publicity stunt. 

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