India reports 26,041 new Covid-19 cases, 276 deaths


Guwahati: India Sunday reported 26,041 new Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths. Kerala continues to be the area of concern with 15,951 cases and 165 deaths. The active infection in the country fell below three lakh after six months. Of the 2.99 lakh active cases, 1.63 lakh of these are in Kerala

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. The university said most life expectancy reductions across different countries could be linked to official COVID-19 deaths.

In the 81st edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged everyone who are not yet vaccinated to take their shot. “I request those who are not yet vaccinated to take their shot. But we cannot let out guard down even after vaccination,” he said. Nearly a week after the country administered a record number of Covid vaccines in a single day on PM Modi’s birthday, he also lauded the country’s efforts in combating the pandemic.