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US Drugmaker To Donate 400,000 Covid Treatment Tablets To India

The drugmaker said it will work urgently to increase the supply multifold over the coming weeks.

Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday it would supply 400,000 tablets of its COVID-19 treatment, to be used with Gilead’s remdesivir, to India as the country fights a raging pandemic that has morgues and hospitals overflowing.

With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose 3,449 for a count of 222,408, health ministry data showed.

The drugmaker said it will work urgently to increase the supply multifold over the coming weeks.

On Monday, the country’s drug regulator gave emergency use approval to Lilly’s treatment, baricitinib, for its use in hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring supplemental oxygen, invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

The drug will be used in combination with Gilead Sciences’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir.

Lilly is offering donations of its rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib for COVID-19 treatment to the Indian government through aid organization Direct Relief.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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India’s Daily Covid Cases Fall Below 3 Lakh, First Since April 21

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India’s Daily Covid Cases Fall Below 3 Lakh, First Since April 21

Covid-19 Updates: India has recorded over 2.7 lakh deaths so far.

New Delhi:

India’s daily Covid cases dropped below 3 lakh for the first time since April 21 with 2.81 lakh fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours. 4,106 Covid patients have died since yesterday.

The country has been recording more than 3,000 deaths every day due to Covid since April 28. More than 2.7 lakh people have died so far. The positivity rate this morning stood at 17.88 per cent. 

While vaccine shortage has dampened the world’s biggest vaccine drive, launched in January, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that over 51 lakh doses of vaccines will be received by the states and union territories in the next three days.



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Women’s Champions League: Barcelona thrash Chelsea in the final to win first-ever title

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Barcelona became the first Spanish side to win the Women’s Champions League with a stunning performance to thrash Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg on Sunday.

The La Liga champions scored all four goals inside 36 minutes as a Melanie Leupolz own goal, Alexia Putellas’s penalty and simple finishes from Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen killed the game as a contest.

Barca have romped to the Spanish title with a 100 percent record after 26 games in La Liga, boasting a 123 goal difference.

“Congratulations, champions, you are unstoppable,” tweeted Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

“You are a reference. You are an example. You are one of the big reasons that make Barca more than a club. You moved us with your magnificent victory.”

Chelsea had been on course for a quadruple, but even the big-spending English champions were no match for the Catalans’ speed of thought and movement.

“Today was difficult because the game was over before it began,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.

“We will learn from because this is the next step up. I thought we showed some naivety at times.

“We’re not quite European champions yet, but we are the second best team in Europe and I’ll take that as a step in the right direction.”

The Blues were rocked after just 33 seconds when after Lieke Martens’s shot came back off the crossbar, Fran Kirby’s attempted clearance looped into her own net off the unlucky Leupolz.

Chelsea had the chance to hit back immediately as Pernille Harder, who cost a world record transfer fee when she arrived in London from Wolfsburg in September, fired over from close range.

Jenni Hermoso pulled another big chance wide for Barca before Harder was denied again by a last-ditch tackle in an end-to-end start.

But Chelsea were shell-shocked once Hermoso went down under Leupolz’s challenge and Putellas confidently slotted home the spot-kick.

A brilliant team move made it 3-0 as Martens fed Hermoso, who drilled a pass into the path of Bonmati and she beat Ann-Katrin Berger from close range.

Martens was toying with Chelsea right-back Niamh Charles and the Dutch international laid the fourth on a plate for Hansen to tap into an empty net.

Two years ago it was Barca who found themselves 4-0 down after just 30 minutes against a dominant Lyon side in the Champions League final in Budapest.

“We deserve it. It has been a lot of work since the final in Budapest. We had a goal to get back to the final and win it and we’ve done it,” said Bonmati, who won player of the match.

The French giants had won this competition for the past five seasons, but their reign was ended by Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals, who were then eliminated by Barcelona in the last four.

Chelsea will be hoping to show similar resilience to come back and win the competition for the first time as they missed out on becoming the first English side to become European champions since Arsenal in 2007.

Sam Kerr missed a number of chances to pull a goal back for Hayes’s women in the second-half.

But Barca could afford the luxury of withdrawing Hansen and Hermoso as they cruised towards the title and set a new record winning margin in a women’s Champions League final.





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Bengal Minister Says Being Arrested In Narada Bribery Case, Taken Away

New Delhi:

Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim, taken away by central security personnel this morning, alleged that he was being arrested in the Narada bribery case without proper sanction.

Central forces arrived at his home this morning and took him away.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had earlier sanctioned CBI investigations against Firhad Hakim along with three others, state minister Subrata Mukherjee and former ministers Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee.

The case involves a sting operation by Narada, in which Trinamool leaders were on camera accepting bribes.

In 2014, a journalist from Delhi came to Kolkata, posed as a businessman planning to invest in Bengal, gave wads of cash to seven Trinamool MPs, four ministers, one MLA and a police officer as bribe and taped the entire operation.

The so-called “Narada tapes” were released just before the 2016 assembly elections in the state.

Madan Mitra, a Trinamool MLA, was not named minister in the new Mamata Banerjee government, and Sovan Chatterjee left Trinamool in August 2019, joined the BJP but quit in March. He did not contest the recent polls.



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