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Thursday, July 30, 2020


On December 31, 2019, China reported a new virus to the World Health Organization (WHO), which later came to be known as COVID-19 -- the “CO” stands for coronavirus, “VI” for virus and “D” for disease. The coronavirus itself is called “nCoV-2019”. The virus, which causes symptoms ranging from an itchy throat to pneumonia, has killed thousands globally and infected millions. Several countries, including India, have implemented lockdown measures and other restrictions in a bid to stop the tranmission of the coronavirus. There are global efforts to find a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus, with several studies underway and in different stages of development. Scientists are also trying to understand the origin of the virus and how it is transmitted. An indigenous vaccine for the coronavirus is being developed in the country by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited (MMIL). India initiated a lockdown on March 24 due to the coronavirus, and has gradually eased restrictions in phases. The country stopped rail and air services to contain the coronavirus. The Centre announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package to that would largely benefit the unorganised sector workers, especially daily wage earners and the urban and rural poor. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also taken several relief measures to mitigate the economic fallout due to the coronavirus. The Centre initiated Shramik Special trains in May to help stranded migrants, tourists students and others return to their home states. It announced the Vande Bharat Mission and Operation Samudra Setu to help Indian nationals abroad return to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic is altering beviour across the world. From social distancing to wearing masks, from washing hands to working from home, people have been forced to change their habits. And not just humans, the coronavirus pandemic has led to cleaner air, blue skies and a change in animal behaviour.


Tripura: Govt advocate, patient at Covid centre where doctor was assaulted, applies for anticipatory bail

July 30, 2020 11:05 pm

A complaint was filed in connection with the alleged assault of a health care worker who was harassed and spat at by patients at the Covid centre

Unlock 2.0 Diary, day 30: Widows send rakhis to 'brother' Modi; face masks among top fashion trends and more

July 30, 2020 10:44 pm

Here are some interesting stories on day 30 of Unlock 2.0.

Covid death toll in Maharashtra Police touches 100; total cases over 9,000

July 31, 2020 1:09 am

Of the 100 police personnel who have succumbed to the infection, eight are officers and 92 constabulary staff. A large portion of the police force continues to be deployed to enforce restrictions at containment zones and at hospitals and Covid Care Centres across the state.

Bihar extends lockdown till Aug 16, allows govt and pvt offices to work with 50% strength

July 30, 2020 9:21 pm

As part of the new restrictions which will come into effect on August 1, government and private offices will be allowed to function with 50 per cent workforce as against the total closure of government and private offices under the current lockdown till July 31.

Pune: KEM Hospital to conduct sero surveillance to monitor Covid transmission at Vadu

July 30, 2020 8:58 pm

The study is being funded by the RESPIRE unit of the University of Edinburgh along with Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI). The RESPIRE unit is a global health research unit focusing on respiratory health in Asia.

Scientists map how coronavirus spreads indoor via aerosol

July 30, 2020 7:15 pm

The researchers, including Jiarong Hong from the University of Minnesota in the US, modelled indoor airborne virus transmission via aerosols, which are tiny droplets ejected from people's mouths when they exhale, speak, or cough.

4 positive lab staff, but all 2,123 contacts 'negative': From Kerala, a validation of how masks cap spread of Covid-19

July 30, 2020 10:38 pm

The benefits of wearing face coverings and gloves have come to light after a total of 2,123 people are believed to have been spared from contracting the coronavirus infection after visiting a laboratory where four staff members tested positive for the virus.

'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself?

July 30, 2020 5:52 pm

The concern is that vaccine supply and allocation in this coronavirus pandemic will echo the last - caused by the H1N1 flu virus in 2009/2010 - when rich nations bought up the available supply of vaccines, initially leaving poor countries with none.

The low carbon path

July 30, 2020 6:13 pm

The science on climate change has never been clearer, but so are the solutions

Johnson & Johnson starts human safety trial for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate

July 30, 2020 5:44 pm

“This gives us confidence that we can test a single-shot vaccine in this epidemic and learn whether it has a protective effect in humans,” Dr. Paul Stoffels, J&J’s chief scientific officer, told Reuters in a telephone interview.


Healthcare experts speak of uncomfortable, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits

July 28, 2020 8:34 pm

The Ministry’s standards required PPEs only to be “impermeable to blood and body fluids.” And experts say several manufacturers achieved this with lamination that allowed no breathing at all.

As India's Covid-19 tally touches 1,038,716, some snapshots of virus testing across country

July 18, 2020 9:59 pm

At present, there are 3,58,692 active cases in the country, while 6,53,750 people have recovered so far and one has migrated.

'Happy Hour' in Great Britain as pubs reopen

July 05, 2020 1:51 pm

England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months.

Coronavirus vaccine update: India okays use of remdesivir and other developments

June 14, 2020 1:47 pm

With nearly 12,000 new cases, COVID infections in India on Sunday rose to over 3.2 lakh. The death toll also crossed the 9,000-mark.

Indian Army | Passing out Parade in the time of Covid-19

June 14, 2020 4:01 pm

The passing out parade was conducted with restricted attendance and parents were not invited because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a defence release stated.

Life comes out of hiding as the world begins to unlock

June 12, 2020 11:10 pm

Glimpses from public places in the coronavirus-affected countries across the world after lockdown curbs are relaxed.

India readies for Unlock 1.0: Malls, religious places to reopen from June 8

June 07, 2020 5:01 pm

According to the fresh SOPs for Unlock 1.0 released by the Health Ministry, shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship will be allowed to open from June 8.

Honouring the dead amid Covid-19

May 30, 2020 3:35 pm

As Covid-19 cases soar, migrants wait for special trains

May 29, 2020 10:23 pm

Ahmedabad comprises more than 70 per cent of the state’s total after the district total crossed 11,000 following 256 new cases on Wednesday.

Migrant workers continue to leave Delhi - on foot and trains

May 28, 2020 2:18 pm

Around 2.71 lakh migrant workers and their family members have left the national capital on 214 Shramik special trains.