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Covid-19: Amid Omicron surge, centre warns states to amp up monitoring of international travellers, raises alarm over declining mask usage

Meanwhile, one Omicron case is found in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. Currently, the number of Omicron cases in India has now reached 25.




By Kritika Bobal

The coronavirus outbreak does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. With the emergence of the highly contagious Covid variant, Omicron, the country is hustling to control the cases. Currently, the number of Omicron cases in India has now reached 25. The government is making significant efforts to prevent the third wave, as the number of cases is currently exceeding the number of cases recovered on a daily basis.

ICMR on Covid-19 situation in India

Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, said that regular meetings are being held to maintain track of global scenarios as well as the Covid situation in India, with an emphasis on Omicron. We need assistance in order to avoid spreading panic. He further added that the limitations at the district level would be applied when positivity exceeds 5 per cent.

Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that surveillance, effective screening, monitoring of international travellers and health infrastructure upgradation is being done. States have been warned to amp up their monitoring and actively test travellers arriving from other nations.

Adding further he said that the overall positivity rate stood at 0.73 per cent in the country last week. Less than 10,000 daily cases in the last 14 days. Active cases are highest in two states- Kerala and Maharashtra with over 43 per cent active cases in the former and over 10 per cent in the latter. Aggarwal said that there are overall 25 Omicron cases in the country so far. All detected cases have mild symptoms. Less than 0.04 per cent of total variants were detected.

Aggarwal further adds that 2 countries had reported Omicron cases till 24th November and now 59 countries have reported cases of Omicron. These 59 countries have reported 2,936 Omicron cases. Besides this, 78,054 probable cases were detected whose genome sequencing is underway.

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WHO on Covid-19 scenario

WHO highlighted that public health measures should be abided by on a continual basis, besides vaccination. Adequate precautions have to be followed.

NITI Aayog on increasing Covid-19 cases in India

As far as protection capability is concerned, we are now operating at a risky and unacceptable level. Mask usage is declining. We have to remember that both vaccines and masks are important. We should learn from the global situation, said Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog.

Meanwhile, one Omicron case is found in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. The person had returned from Tanzania. He is now admitted at SevenHills Hospital, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).


10 food items to keep your heart healthy

Adding healthy and nutritious food items to your diet can not only boost heart health but also can make you stay fit.



10 healthy foods items

Heart diseases are one of the leading problems nowadays that occurs due to bad heart health. Recently, several youngsters died due to sudden cardiac arrest.

When it comes to heart health, your diet plays a major role for keeping your heart healthy. In fact, your diet can do it all, as it can help in controlling your blood pressure, and protect you from a variety of heart diseases. Adding healthy and nutritious food items to your diet can not only boost heart health but also can make you stay fit and healthy in your daily lifestyle.

As per a recent studies, one-third of the population’s deaths happen because of heart diseases alone.

Here are some common food items that can be your heart’s new best friend.

1. Green leafy vegetables

Eating green leafy vegetables can never go wrong. For example, spinach is highly beneficial to the heart due to its fibrous nature. It can also help with low blood pressure which is considered as one of the primary causes of heart disease.

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2. Tomatoes

Another food item that can help in improving your heart is Tomatoes as they are rich in lycopene, which is a natural plant-based pigment filled with antioxidant properties. That can protect you from any oxidative damage or inflammation. Lycopene is also linked to reducing the risk of having a heart attack, and even a stroke.

3. Whole grains

Whole grains are another healthy food item for your heart that you must add to your daily diet to promote a healthy heart. Consumption of whole grains like brown rice, barley, and oats works well to protect your heart.

4. Avocados

Avocados are a source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Avocados are considered as one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats that are considered to be good for the heart.

5. Berries

Eating any type of berries can be beneficial when it comes to a healthy heart. Including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and even blackberries in your diet is the right choice to keep your heart healthy.

6. Dark chocolate

This belove food item which can also be used as a snack is really helpful as it can improve your heart health. Even studies claim that consuming less than 5-6 servings of unsweetened dark chocolate per week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

7. Green tea

Green tea has a number of health benefits. From boosting a fat-burning metabolism to improving insulin sensitivity, green tea is no less than a elixir. According to recent studies green tea works to protect the soundness of heart health.

8. Seeds

Seeds like chia, pumpkin and flax seeds are rich in omega3 as well as fibre are the ideal properties of heart-healthy foods. Even these seeds can be used as the perfect snack material to chew while you complete your daily tasks. All you need to do is first dry roast them separately or together and keep them in an air-tight container. Then, grab a handful for a quick and healthy snack option.

9. Garlic

This food item can be easily found in every household as it adds essence and taste in almost every dish. According to studies, it has plenty of health care benefits. Eating raw garlic is the most beneficial for your health.

10. Almonds

Almonds are also a nutrient-rich healthy snack that works to benefit heart health. They are rich in all kinds of vitamins and minerals and eating almonds daily can reduce cholesterol levels.

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The wonder cure for Stress is here, 7Senses Astaxanthin, the master of all antioxidants




Stress-induced fatigue is one of the major causes of lifestyle disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Imagine a person coming home after a strenuous day and having no energy left to do anything. Despite the food and supplements, the routine for beating stress is not just enough, right?

Keeping this in view, Bryogen Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, which has served the industry since 12 long years,  launches India’s best antioxidant 7Senses Astaxanthin, which contains xanthophyll carotenoids to beat stress 6000 times more effectively than Vitamin C.

7Senses Astaxanthin (https://instagram.com/7senses.ind), is an antioxidant which helps lower fatigue and stress as it scavenges the free oxygen radicals, which act in a bad way to induce stress in a human being. Out of all the natural resources of carotenoids known, Astaxanthin has proved to be much more potent. It’s

  • 6000 times better than Vitamin C
  • 110 times more potent than Vitamin E
  • 560 times more beneficial than green tea extract
  • 800 times more powerful than Co-Enzyme Q10

Reduced stress leads to many health benefits due to Astaxanthin. This wonder drug is all set to create peace in a life full of hustle. Adding India’s best supplement 7Senses Astaxanthin into your regime helps you gain a myriad of health benefits.

7Senses Astaxanthin Health Benefits

1. Diabetes Control

Astaxanthin can also help patients manage diabetes. In a 2018 study, researchers discovered that Astaxanthin can help lower high blood pressure and improve the metabolism of sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes.

2. Maintains Heart Health

Astaxanthin can help prevent or reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It lowers bad cholesterol. A dangerous combination and risk factor for cardiovascular disease is the body’s having high levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol) and helping to increase levels of HDL (the good cholesterol). It regulates blood lipids and enhances blood flow and circulation, thereby reducing the oxidative stress in the blood.

3.Anti-aging & Anti-wrinkle

Astaxanthin has been proven to lock the moisture in your skin, leading to a youthful glow. The reduced oxidation helps in reducing wrinkles and tightening the skin, giving it a natural charm. In fact, it’s is the secret of glowing Korean skin-type. It gives the skin a Korean tone and softness. Studies show that Koreans consume more Astaxanthin through their diet and supplements.

4. Increase Male Fertility

Astaxanthin has been found to increase libido and sperm in men. Stress being a major factor in male sexual health, 7Senses Astaxanthin also helps to reduce the risk of testicular and prostate glands.

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Apart from these, India’s best antioxidant 7Senses Astaxanthin has been found to help with many other diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and to manage many mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

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Covid-19: Delhi reports 2,202 cases, highest in six months; India logs over 20k cases

The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.




The coronavirus has started to raise its ugly head in the country once again. There is currently concern about the fourth wave in India, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing continuously for more than a week.

India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 infections and 70 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the daily positivity rate in the country reached 5.14 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 percent. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

India’s tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 4,41,07,588 and the death toll has climbed to 5,26,600. The active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 1,35,364.

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The capital registered 2,202 cases, which is the highest in six months. The health department data shows the positivity rate in the capital reached 11.84 percent. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 2,073 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 percent. The active cases in Delhi are 6,175.

Maharashtra reported 1,862 cases and seven deaths. Assam logged 431 new cases and two fatalities and Odisha recorded 836 new cases. The five states with the most active cases are Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

In response to the rising number of Covid cases and low booster dose uptake throughout India, the Union Health Ministry has offered free booster doses to all eligible individuals over the age of 18 at government-run vaccination centers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was started in the country on 16 January 2021, since then 2,055,947,243 vaccine doses have been administered across India.

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