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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus

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.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

EU green deal and how it plans to balance climate concerns and fix economy

May 28, 2020 8:33 pm

The European Commission upholds the vision of the “European Green Deal” of achieving climate neutrality and economic growth by ensuring that no investment made for the sake of recovery can harm the bloc’s climate efforts, said Marcus Dufour, head of the Brussels office of climate think tank E3G.

12 IndiGo passengers who travelled on four flights test positive for COVID-19

May 28, 2020 8:00 pm

Domestic passenger flights resumed in India from Monday. Since then, 16 passengers of three different airlines have tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite court rap, Telangana Covid-19 numbers are aimed to conceal more than they reveal

May 28, 2020 7:52 pm

Amid criticism about the absence of vigour in testing for the spread of infection among the public, which prompted the High Court to censure the state government, the medical bulletin from the director of Public Health and Family Welfare often appears like a 'puzzle' aimed at minimum sharing of information.

Microsoft India funds two IIT-Delhi projects on COVID-19 test kits

May 28, 2020 7:41 pm

If successful, the second test kit can help people diagnose themselves at home, claims the IIT. Both the test kits will offer an "effective, quick, robust, and affordable diagnostic solution to COVID-19 outbreak," as per the institute. 

MP: Curbs at Raj Bhavan after peon, five others test Covid-19 positive

May 28, 2020 7:11 pm

The peon who tested positive had entered the main Raj Bhavan. The quarters where the infected persons lived have been declared containment zones and employees ordered to work from home.

Aarogya Setu and patient tracking tools: A serious infringement of digital privacy

May 28, 2020 6:46 pm

BECIL tender wants bidding companies to offer surveillance instruments that eye suspects, not just patients. We have no information on where this data is being stored, the period of storage, and whether the data will be deleted after the COVID-19 crisis passes.

Stay Home, But Stay Safe - Security in Times of Remote Working

May 28, 2020 6:26 pm

Remote workers accessing their corporate systems from personal, sometimes unsecure devices makes it a field day for hackers to wriggle their way in, uninvited.

Term-end exams of final year students will definitely take place: HRD Minister

May 28, 2020 6:03 pm

For final year students, the minister said the term-end exams will be conducted. "If the situation does not improve by July then for then, new dates or modes of conducting exams can be thought about but the exam will take place for final year students," he said.

Self reliance and FDI dependence

May 28, 2020 6:08 pm

Privatisation does not make a self-reliant nation. A decentralised, people-centric approach to development will help

Trying to calm nerves 24x7, this team at NIMHANS needs nerves of steel

May 28, 2020 8:36 pm

"We want to go out and help people but we can’t. The only option is to listen to the problems and solve through tele-psychiatry intervention."

CORONAVIRUS PHOTOS

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.

Jumbo medical centres come up in Mumbai to treat Covid-19 cases

May 26, 2020 3:52 pm

Maharashtra accounts for more than one-third of all the coronavirus cases in the country, reporting a total of 52,667 cases, including 1,695 deaths. In the last ten days, more than 40 per cent of new infections detected in the country have come from Maharashtra.

How Bengal, Odisha look after cyclone landfall

May 20, 2020 8:37 pm

Cyclone Amphan, which has now weakened from Super Cyclone to an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm is the second super cyclone to have had formed over the Bay of Bengal in two decades.

Home is still a long walk away for migrants

May 19, 2020 3:37 pm

Weary of waiting for their names to appear on lists for trains or just running around for the required documentation, many migrants have decided to walk to their homes as the country extended the nationwide lockdown till 31 May.

Migrants continue to walk thousands of miles to reach home

May 17, 2020 6:58 pm

In a bid to ferry more migrants, the Railways on Monday decided to carry around 1,700 passengers on board its ‘Shramik Special’ trains instead of the current 1,200.

Trains provide some relief, but many continue long walk home

May 09, 2020 6:43 pm

On May 1, 2020 the first train carrying migrant labourers set off from Lingampally in Telangana for Hatia in Jharkhand. Nine days on and dozens of trains later, however, some workers are still choosing to go home by foot.

First curfew, then lockdown: The unique struggles of Kashmiri athletes

May 06, 2020 2:20 pm

Kashmir has seen back-to-back lockdowns - first when the Central government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, followed by the shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Long queues at liquor shops as states peg hopes on reviving economy

May 04, 2020 5:55 pm

Long queues are seen outside liquor shops as they set to reopen across the country on the first day of lockdown 3.0. With the exception of containment zones, liquor shops will be allowed to open everywhere else.

Back in business: Shops, restaurants, beaches open in some countries

May 04, 2020 11:44 am

With lockdown restrictions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease being eased in some parts of the world, people stepped out of their homes to shop, eat out and hit the beaches.

Desperation, hope as migrants wait to take trains home

May 02, 2020 9:35 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss a second stimulus package for sectors adversely affected by the nationwide lockdown, news agency PTI reported.