Maharashtra continues to add to Karnataka’s COVID-19 tally; 178 new cases reported

Other than returnees from Maharashtra, the 178 cases include five, who have come from Delhi, and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

With 47 deaths and 869 discharges, there are 1,793 active coronavirus cases in the state, the department said in its mid-day bulletin. News

Goa CM Pramod Sawant bats for lockdown extension; wants malls, gyms to open

The chief minister said Goa will pitch for relaxations like allowing reopening of malls, restaurants and gyms in the state during the lockdown period.

Sawant said the state government is waiting for fresh lockdown guidelines from the Union home ministry, which are expected to be announced on Saturday. News

Lockdown extension? HM Amit Shah meets PM Modi; briefs on CMs views on lockdown 5.0

During the meeting, Shah briefed Modi about the suggestions and the feedback he received from the chief ministers during his telephonic conversations on Thursday, a government official said.

The home minister's telephonic conversations with the chief ministers came just three days before the end of the fourth phase of the lockdown. News

COVID 19 and Latin America: Three months on, the struggle continues

Ecuador which became face of the epidemic and the epicentre in end March continues to have the highest number of death cases per capita in the region.

The response of the governments in the region has been resolute and timely to protect the lives of its people by imposing strict lockdowns and attempting to firewall damage to economies. News

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan cross 64,000-mark, death toll soars to 1,317

Meanwhile, a senior journalist died on Thursday due to the coronavirus in Peshawar, making him the first media casualty of the virus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The authorities conducted 11,931 coronavirus tests during the last 24 hours, taking the number of tests done so far to 520,017. News

Former Miss World Manushi joins hands with UNICEF to promote menstrual hygiene

On May 28, which is observed as the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Manushi participated in UNICEF global initiative called the Red Dot Challenge -- a symbol adopted by the world body to depict menstrual

Manushi, who runs her own initiative on menstrual hygiene Project Shakti' that works across several states in India, said it is important to raise awareness on the critical issue. News

COVID-19 could cause $8.5 trillion loss in global output, warns UN chief Antonio Guterres

He said the pandemic could usher in a loss of USD 8.5 trillion in global output  the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

He underlined the need for the world to respond to the unprecedented crisis with unity and solidarity. News

2 floors of Parliament Annexe building sealed after official tests positive for COVID-19

The sources suggested that there have been a few symptomatic cases of coronavirus among employees working in different secretariats and branches at Parliament and its adjoining buildings.

Two floors of the Parliament's Annexe building have been sealed, the sources added. News

Nearly 10% of diabetic patients hospitalised for COVID-19 may die: Study

Researchers, including those from the University of Nantes in France, analysed data from 1,317 COVID-19 patients admitted to 53 French hospitals between 10 and 31 March 2020.

The researchers noted that bad blood sugar control did not directly seem to impact a patient's outcome, but the presence of diabetic complications and old age increased the risk of death. News

Wearing face masks at home may help prevent COVID-19 spread in family: Study

Daily use of disinfectants, window opening, and keeping at least one metre apart were associated with a lower risk of passing on the virus, even in more crowded households, they said.

Each family had at least one laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 infection between late February and late March 2020, the researchers said. News

UN chief appreciates India’s assistance to other countries during COVID-19 pandemic: TS Tirumurti

India's seat as a non-permanent member on the 15-nation Council for the two-year term is assured as it is the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the Asia Pacific grouping.

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China reports five asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

No new suspected cases or deaths related to the disease were reported on Thursday, the National Health Commission said.

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Coronavirus pandemic: US to announce ‘certain decisions’ on China on Friday, says Donald Trump

The US over the last few days has expressed concerns over the new Chinese law on Hong Kong and has indicated taking steps against it.

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Tata BlueScope develops ready-to-install health structures to combat Covid-19

Tata BlueScope Steel has launched customised modular steel structures that can be put together in five to six days and function as quarantine units, sample collection booths and testing kiosks.

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Covid-19 crisis in capital: Rise of deaths in Delhi nearly twice as India’s rate

With 303 deaths from Covid-19, Delhi may not appear to be as severely affected as Mumbai or Ahmedabad, which have recorded 1,097 and 764 deaths. However, the data suggests that fatalities in the capit

Delhi has been averaging an 8.1% daily increase in deaths since the start of Lockdown 4.0. News

Hydroxychroloquine should be used as per guidelines, its benefits outweighs risks: Niti Aayog member VK Paul

The drug has been recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as prophylaxis for COVID-19 among healthcare and frontline workers, and also for clinical management of patients, he said

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Battling Covid-19: India acted as pharmacy of the world in response to coronavirus, says MEA

Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary (overseas Indian affairs and consular passports visas) in the External Affairs Ministry, said India has the ability to be a bridge between the developed and developing

As India moves into the top ten in the world in terms of number of cases, an inevitability given its large population, the question is where we go next. News

Decontamination device to check COVID-19 spread developed at Maker Village

"These include SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, germs causing different types of influenza and MS2 bacteriophage besides several strains of bacteria and fungi," Maker Village said in a statement here on Thursday.

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IIT Alumni Council to set up mega lab in Mumbai to conduct 1-cr COVID-19 tests a month

The council also said it will soon start identifying partners for the same through a global competition.

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

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

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COVID-19: Great move! India begins drug hackathon to find a cure against Coronavirus

The number of Coronavirus has been surging at a rapid rate in the last few days. However, the mortality rate in the country is relatively lower as compared to other countries that have been hit hard b

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Air passenger who took Bengaluru-Madurai flight tests positive for COVID-19

The passenger had observed all precautionary measures, including wearing face mask, face shield and gloves, like other passengers on the aircraft.

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Coronavirus cases in Pakistan cross 61,000-mark, death toll soars to 1,260

Sindh reported the maximum number of 24,206 cases, followed by 22,037 in Punjab, 8,483 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 3,616 in Balochistan and 2,015 in Islamabad.

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Coronavirus: 195 healthcare workers at AIIMS tested positive for COVID-19 so far

One of the AIIMS' sanitation supervisor, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died on Sunday, while a mess worker at the AIIMS had succumbed to the disease last week.

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How COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of doctors and nurses?

Even though burnout and depression are quite commonplace among doctors, the healthcare industry has done very little to provide them with institutional support.

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Symptomless COVID-19 infection may be more prevalent than thought: Study

The researchers believe that the WHO figure of 1 per cent for the number of COVID positive patients who have no symptoms falls far short of that found on the cruise ship.

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Half of COVID-19 cases may experience altered sense of taste: Study

The researchers said the drip of new information shows the need for more scientists to dig into the impacts of COVID-19.

Should case numbers be reported only as absolute numbers in international comparisons, without adjusting for differences in the population size of the countries? News
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