India officials deny claims hospital staff died from vaccine Jan 19, 2021 0 412 12345 dpa New DelhiIndian officials on Monday were at pains to stress that the death of a government hospital employee was unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine he had received 24 hours earlier.Mahipal Singh, 46, a ward attendant in the Moradabad district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh died on Sunday after complaining of chest pain and breathlessness.Relatives said he had been unwell before receiving the shot on Saturday but that his condition subsequently deteriorated.District chief medical officer MC Garg said a post-mortem examination report released on Monday found Singh had died of a heart attack.“The report reveals the cause of death as cardiogenic and septicaemic shock. The death has no link with the coronavirus vaccination, all workers who got the vaccination are healthy and well,” Garg said.Singh had been on night duty overnight on Saturday, he added.But Singh’s son Vishal told reporters the family believed he had died from side-effects of the vaccine.“He already had a bit of pneumonia, the usual cough and cold, but started feeling worse after returning home,” he said.India on Saturday began inoculating front-line workers in what is expected to be the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccination programme.More than 224,000 people had received the shot by Sunday night, with 447 minimal adverse reactions, the Health Ministry said.Of these, three were hospitalized, two of whom were quickly discharged.India has the second largest coronavirus caseload after the US with a total of more than 10.5 million infections and 152,419 related deaths. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Tunisia arrests 632 people, army deployed amid violent protests Jan 19, 2021 0 314 Indonesia quake death toll rises to 84 Jan 19, 2021 0 273 At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region Jan 19, 2021 0 327 Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rockets Tel Aviv/Gaza City: Israeli fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the radical Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in response to two rockets fired out of the enclave, the army said in a .. 10 Afghanistan soldiers killed in Taliban attack dpa Kabul Ten members of the Afghan army were killed in a Taliban attack in the country’s northern Baghlan province, officials said on Monday. The militants attacked a military base on the Baghlan-Samangan highway .. Afghanistan launches first polio vaccination drive of 2021 Kabul: Afghanistan launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to give polio vaccination does to 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Public Health Ministry announced. Around 65,000 health workers are assigned .. China willing to share new moon samples ... after laying down rules Beijing: The first rocks brought back to Earth from the moon in decades will be shared with researchers in other countries, provided diplomats can abide by China’s rules for the process of lending and returning the .. Stranded Indian sailors leave China coast after 7 months dpa New Delhi A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said on Monday. The ..