India Covid Variant Could Be of Global Concern According to WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified the coronavirus variant first found in India last year as a "variant of global concern".

It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study.

The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says.

Twenty-two Covid Patients Die in Indian Hospital Due to Oxygen Leak

At least 22 Covid patients have died in a hospital in India after they lost oxygen supply due to a leak.

The incident occurred on Wednesday while an oxygen tanker was refilling a storage tank at the Zakir Hussain hospital in Nashik city. It's unclear how the accident happened and why it interrupted supply to patients.

Hospitals in India Overloaded as Country Sees Another Record Peak in Covid-19 Cases

New coronavirus cases in India are 273,810, with 1,619 deaths on Monday, which is a new daily record amid a second wave of the pandemic. Hospitals and health care infrastructure is overburdened.

The latest peak brought the total cases to 15 million, with 178,769 deaths so far, stated Indian Health Ministry.

IQAir Report:Romania - 15th in rankings of most polluted countries in Europe; Bucharest - 51st worldwide

Romania ranked 15th in the rankings of the most polluted countries in Europe in 2020, and the capital city of Bucharest ranked 51st in the world in this regard, in a hierarchy led by Delhi, India, reveal the latest data centralized in the global platform on air quality IQAir, informs Greenpeace Romania, in a release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

Indian Citizen Who Forced Emergency Landing of Air France Plane in Sofia Removed from His Court Hearing

The court removed from the court hearing the Indian citizen, who was detained for violent actions on board an Air France plane, flying over our country on a route from Paris to Delhi.

  On Friday night, the plane landed at Sofia Airport because of the troubled passenger, who was detained and taken into custody.

India Arrested Civil Activist Related to Greta Thunberg's Movement Fighting against Farming Reforms

On Monday Police took Disha Ravi to the capital from her home in the southern city of Bengaluru to question her over the accusation that she disseminated the document during the months-long protest on the outskirts of Delhi.

Covid Canceled New Year Celebrations

Restrictions are being placed on New Year festivities around the world as many countries struggle to curb new spikes in coronavirus cases.

Fireworks displays and other public gatherings have been cancelled from Sydney to New York.

Festivities are being particularly muted in Europe, amid fears over a new more contagious strain of the disease.