Coronavirus Information Bulletin – Times of India

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  • India Sunday reported 3,116 Covid cases and 47 deaths. The cumulative number of cases is 42,990,991 (38,069 active cases) and 515,850 deaths.
  • Worldwide: Over 456.78 million cases and over 6.04 million deaths.
  • Vaccination in India: Over 1.8 billion doses. Worldwide: Over 10.68 billion doses.
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The arrival of Deltacron, and it’s no longer a lab error
The arrival of Deltacron, and it's no longer a lab error
  • As the third wave recedes and Indians become increasingly lax with Covid protocols, here’s some bad news that could throw a wrench in any summer travel plans to come.
  • Researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris have shared the “first strong evidence” of a Delta-Omicron recombinant virus with GISAID, the main database on SARS-CoV-2. It would combine the omicron spike protein with the “body” of a delta variant.
  • Recombinant strains emerge when two variants infect the same host cell and swap parts of their genomes. The new recombinant is a mixture of the AY.4 and BA.1 sublines.
  • It has been identified in several regions of France as well as in Denmark and the Netherlands. Experts say it is too early to assess the transmissibility and severity of Deltacron due to lack of adequate data.
  • But given the deadly nightmare that was the delta and the highly transmissible nature of omicron, a mix may be bad news. “Structural analysis of the recombinant spike suggested that its hybrid content may optimize viral binding to the host cell membrane,” reads the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.
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Is migraine a side effect of the Covid vaccine?
Is migraine a side effect of the Covid vaccine?
  • Headaches are a common side effect of Covid vaccination, but when it comes to migraines, the available data shows that only people with a history of this condition need be concerned.
  • Migraine is a chronic condition causing recurrent episodes of throbbing or throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. More than a billion people in the world and 16% of Indians suffer from this disease.
  • A 2021 study of 841 migraine patients found that 66.47% and 60.15% of respondents reported an episode of migraine after the first and second dose of vaccine, respectively. An attack would occur within 24 hours of being bitten. It is also possible that it is more severe or longer than the normal migraine.
  • This doesn’t bode well for migraine sufferers, who know how debilitating a regular attack can be. According to the Global Burden of Disease, migraine is the second most common neurological disorder in the world and is responsible for more disability than all other neurological disorders combined.

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