The researchers affiliated with the University of Oxford posted findings ahead of peer review to medRxiv, drawing on data from the UK Biobank.
"Recoveries shot up to 26,10,157, with 10,685 patients discharged across the state in the last 24 hours, while 5,983 positive cases on Wednesday increased Covid tally to 27,90,338.
The researchers, including Ravindra Kolhe from Augusta University in the US, found that an innovative protocol that processes saliva samples with a bead mill homogeniser before real-time PCR (RT-PCR) testing results in higher sensitivity compared to NPS samples.
Public Health England (PHE), which has been tracking VOCs on a weekly basis, said that the cases of the Delta VOC have risen by 29,892 to hit 42,323 in the country – an increase of around 70 per cent.
As many as 393 deaths were reported in the state today, taking the total tally of fatalities to 1,03,748 in Maharashtra.
While the positivity rate- the proportion of samples tested that return positive for COVID-19 continued its sharp decline to 0.46 per cent today.
The state government has held two "Tika Utsavs" in the past involving all panchayats and municipal councils.
The study is titled, Antibody Response after Second-dose of ChAdOx1-nCOV (CovishieldTM) and BBV-152 (CovaxinTM) among Health Care Workers in India: Final Results of Cross-sectional Coronavirus Vaccine-induced Antibody Titre (COVAT) study published in MedRxiv.
People will have to learn to live with the infectious disease, as there will be new variants emerging. This will be "the pattern for the futurea the Guardian quoted Nabarro as saying to Sky News.
The study, led by Baton Rouge General Medical Center, in Louisiana, found that people who experienced low intensity of bitter tastes or no bitter tastes, classified as "non-tasters" were significantly more likely to be hospitalised once infected.
However, they said the study could not look into the role of the Covid-19 virus in causing immunity disturbance leading to mucormycosis.
According to the weather department, the new western disturbance is active in Haryana and adjoining areas. Due to this effect, there is a possibility of gusty winds and rain in Bikaner, Churu, Nagaur and Hanumangarh districts on Saturday and Sunday.
Meteorology would be partly responsible for this trend, but it could also be a reflection of weakening of pollution control-measures and efforts in the city and region, it said.
It said 14,20,288 people between 18 and 44 years received the first dose of vaccine and 27,203 beneficiaries of the same age group received the second dose on Thursday.
The community policing initiative has been started under the Yuva scheme of the Delhi Police, they said.
Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif announced a Covid-Free Village Competition with fat cash prizes to be implemented across the state soon.
The findings, published in the journal Environmental Research, provide a strong evidence for potential environmental benefits through larger scale policy implementation.
The shops, markets can remain open, other relaxation will be in place, as per the earlier government direction from 6 am to 12 noon