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Five of a family consume poison fearing COVID-19, mother-son die

A23-year-old woman and her three-year-old son died after consuming poison allegedly due to the fear of catching Covid-19 infection in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.

As many as five people in the family including the mother and brothers of the deceased woman consumed poison allegedly fearing the infection. While three of them survived, the woman and her three-year-old child were found dead by police.

According to a report published in The Times of India, the mother Lakshmi was unable to cope with the loss of her husband Nagaraj. The husband, a daily wage worker had died of natural causes in December. The family is said to have been deeply affected by the death of Nagaraj.

The deceased, Jothika was separated from her husband and was living with her mother. Jothika reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 on January 8 and conveyed the same to her mother. The family is said to have consumed poison fearing the infection spreading amongst them.

The neighbours alerted the police the next day who rushed three members of the family to a government hospital. Jothika and her son had died when the police arrived.

A case has been registered and investigation is underway. The police suspect that the family feared contracting Covid-19 and its consequences so they decided to end their life. Health officials have urged residents not to panic and seek medical help.



Air India to be officially handed over to Tata Group today

Air India

After a long journey of 69 years, Air India is set to be officially handed over to Tata Group on Thursday. Sources said that Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekhar is in Delhi to witness the formal transfer.

“Officially, Air India hands over to Tata Group today in the afternoon. Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran will be in the ministries for the official handover process,” a senior government official said.

A formal announcement from the Tata Group regarding the official handover process will be made today.

Maharaja is Air India’s official mascot, operating globally apart from domestic operations. According to the available data in 2020, “Air India operates around 101 destinations including 57 domestic operations including 33 countries on four continents worldwide.”

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Aviation experts say that Air India is carrying a substantial number of the latest aircraft in its fleet from Airbus and Boeing, which is Air India’s strength.

Air India code share with Star Alliance and operates 172 wide and narrow-body aircraft with Air India Express globally, including domestic operations.

Recently, Vinod Hejmadi, Director Finance, Air India, emailed employees and said, “Air India disinvestment has been decided to take place on January 27, 2022. The closing balance sheet on January 20 is to be provided today, January 24, so that Tata can review it and any changes can be made on Wednesday.”

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Centre Likely to Cap COVID Vaccines at this Price: Details Inside

The price of Covishield and Covaxin, the Covid vaccines, which are expected soon to get regular market approval from India’s drug regulator, is likely to be capped at Rs 275 per dose plus an additional service charge of Rs 150, official sources said.

According to them, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has been directed to start working towards capping the price to make the vaccines affordable.

Covaxin is priced at Rs 1,200 per dose, while Covishield costs Rs 780 in private facilities. The prices include Rs 150 service charge. Both the vaccines are only authorised for emergency use in the country.

A Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on January 19 recommended granting regular market approval to Covid vaccines Covishield and Covaxin for use in the adult population subject to certain conditions.

“The NPPA has been asked to work towards capping the price of the vaccines.

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The price is likely to be capped at Rs 275 per dose along with an additional service charge of Rs 150,” an official source said.

Prakash Kumar Singh, the director (government and regulatory affairs) at Serum Institue of India, had submitted an application to the Drugs Controller General of India on October 25, seeking regular market approval for its Covishiled vaccine.

A couple of weeks ago, V Krishna Mohan, the whole-time director at Bharat Biotech, submitted complete information on the chemistry, manufacturing and controls, along with the pre-clinical and clinical data while seeking regular market authorisation for Covaxin.

Covaxin and Covishield were granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) on January 3 last year.

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India reports over 2.86 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 19.59%; 573 deaths

India recorded 2,86,384 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 573 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday (January 27), the country saw 3,06,357 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.23 per cent total recoveries data reached 3,76,77,328.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have risen to 22,02,472 (5.46 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,91,700. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 19.59 per cent today.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,21,66,248 samples have been tested up to January 25 for COVID-19. Of these, 14,62,261 samples were tested on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Wednesday sounded positive about the reopening of schools in the capital. He said that ‘excessive caution can harm children, which is why reopening schools is necessary to prevent further damage to the socio-emotional well being of students.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has called a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on easing the curbs in the national capital because of the improved situation of COVID-19. The issue of reopening schools is also on the agenda.

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Covid-19 Stats

27 Jan 2022, 11:00 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,620,197 Total Cases
492,356 Death Cases
37,677,328 Recovered Cases


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