• Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million: Reuters tally
    Reuters Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections. The respiratory disease has infected at least four times the average number of people struck down with severe influenza illnesses annually, according to the World Health Organization. The death toll from COVID-19, meanwhile, at more than 728,000 has outpaced the upper range of annual dea
  • Over one million: India joins US, Brazil in grim coronavirus club
    MUMBAI, July 17  (Reuters):  India on Friday became the third country in the world to record more than one million cases of the new coronavirus, behind only the United States and Brazil, as infections spread further into the countryside and smaller towns.   Given India's population of around 1.3 billion, experts say, one million is relatively low - but the number will rise significantly in the coming months as testing increases, further straining a healthc
  • Biocon secures approval to use drug on coronavirus patients
    July 11 (Reuters) - India's Biocon Ltd has received regulatory approval for its drug Itolizumab to be used on coronavirus infected patients suffering from moderate to severe respiratory distress, the biopharmaceutical company said in a statement on Saturday.   The drug, which is also used to cure the skin disease psoriasis, was cleared by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for usage in India.   "The randomised control trial indicated that all the
  • Pandemic exposes scientific rift over proving when germs are airborne
    CHICAGO, July 11 (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century - to the very origins of germ theory.   The Geneva-based World Health Organization acknowledged this week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod to more than 200 experts in aerosol science who publicly complained that the U.N. agency had failed to warn the public about th
  • Global coronavirus deaths top half a million
    SYDNEY/BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters): The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.   The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among the 501,000 fatalities and 1
  • Mutation in new coronavirus increases chance of infection - study
    Reuters   A specific mutation in the new coronavirus can significantly increase its ability to infect cells, according to a study by U.S. researchers.   The research may explain why early outbreaks in some parts of the world did not end up overwhelming health systems as much as other outbreaks in New York and Italy, according to experts at Scripps Research.   The mutation, named D614G, increased the number of "spikes" on the coronavirus - whic
  • ‘One mistake not enough?’  Zeliang takes on Govt over Peren  
    Dimapur, June 4 (MExN): Following the case of sending off COVID-19 positive patient ‘mistakenly’ along with other returnees to Jalukie from Dimapur on June 3, the Leader of the Opposition TR Zeliang came out blasting the State Government today.  In a series of tweets, he said that the present case, on the heels of a similar incident in Tuensang recently, “is proof enough of how ill prepared the State is to combat this pandemic.”   &ldquo
  • Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally increases to 58; most patients in 18-44 age bracket
    Kohima, June 3 (MExN): Nagaland reported 9 new COVID-19 positive cases numbers on June 3 taking the total number of infection in the state to 58.   “Out of 115 samples tested, 9 more returnees from Chennai tested Covid-19 positive,” Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom informed in a tweet on June 3.   The status is as of 8:15 am, June 3.   The new cases include 5 from Dimapur and 4 from Kohima. All the active cases are
  • Nagaland registers 6 new COVID-19 positive cases, total rises to 49
    Kohima, June 2 (MExN): After a lull on Sunday, Nagaland reported 6 fresh COVID-19 positive cases on Monday morning taking the total number of infections to 49.    “Out of 90 samples tested from Chennai returnees, 5 Male & 1 Female has tested  COVID-19 +ve. All cases are from Dimapur,”  Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom informed in a tweet on June 2.    Out of the 49 cases, Dimapur has reported 31, K
  • CM to chair reconstituted COVID-19 committee
    Cabinet for converting Dimapur Tourist Lodge into COVID-19 hospital   Morung Express News Kohima | June 1 The Nagaland state government on June 1 constituted a High Powered Committee (HPC) for COVID-19 response replacing the existing Empowered Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sentiyanger Imchen.  Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio told the media today in Kohima that the new empowered committee will be headed by him as chairperson and Deputy Chief Minist
  • Loss of Canada elders to coronavirus threatens indigenous culture
    TORONTO, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When Diane Janvier Dugan's mother was born in 1929, there were no roads or stores in her indigenous village in northwest Saskatchewan so as a child she learned how to hunt and trap for her food.   "I'm starting to realize how much my mother knows about being Dene," said Dugan, a teacher in the Canadian city of Saskatoon. "There aren't many people like my mum left anymore."   Her mot
  • Nagaland: No new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, State’s tally at 43 
    Dimapur, June 1 (MExN): With no new positive cases  in last 24 hours, the State’s total tally of COVID-19 infection stood at 43 Monday morning.    “No positive case of COVID-19 reported in 24 hours. Active case: 43...,” informed State’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom on Twitter.    As reported earlier, on Sunday morning, the total number of active COVID-19 cases rose to 43 following the confirmati
  • Spanish PM Sanchez to extend lockdown a final time to June 21
    BARCELONA, May 31 (Reuters): Spain's prime minister said on Sunday the country needed 15 more days of lockdown until June 21 "to finish with the pandemic once and for all", and he would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension to the stay home rule.   "We have almost set out what we set out to do," Pedro Sanchez told a press conference, as he expressed his intense relief that the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain, one of t
  • Defending lockdown easing, UK foreign minister says it's the 'right step'
    LONDON, May 31 (Reuters): British foreign minister Dominic Raab defended on Sunday the government's "careful" loosening of the coronavirus lockdown, saying it was the "right step to be taking at this moment in time".   Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire from some scientists for easing a lockdown put in place 10 weeks ago, with some saying it was a premature and risky move in the absence of a fully functioning system to track new out
  • Int'l flights not to operate till June-end, decision in July
    NEW DELHI, MAY 31 (IANS): The Centre on Saturday decided not to resume international air travel till June-end, and a decision to restart the services will be taken only in July, depending upon the circumstances prevailing at that time.   The development came as the fifth phase of the national lockdown was announced on Saturday, which will last in the containment zones from till June 30.   In the guidelines, the Centre said that only a limited number of activi
  • People more important than the economy, pope says about Covid crisis
    VATICAN CITY, May 31 (Reuters): Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are more important than the economy, as countries decide how quickly to reopen their countries from coronavirus lockdowns.   Francis made his comments, departing from a prepared script, at the first noon address from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square in three months as Italy's lockdown drew to an end.   "Healing people, not saving (money) to help the economy (is important)
  • RIL spearheads India's efforts in PPE manufacturing
    NEW DELHI, MAY 31 (IANS): Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is spearheading India's humanitarian export thanks to integrating technology, raw material, 10k tailors and diverting newly acquired Alok Industries "fully" into PPE manufacturing for the world.   Reliance Industries has redeployed its newly acquired manufacturing facilities in Silvassa, Gujarat for exclusively manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard India's doctors, nurses,
  • Nagaland: 11 new COVID-19 cases, total 36
    Morung Express News Dimapur | May 30   Eleven more positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Nagaland on May 30 morning, bringing the State's total tally to 36.   This was informed by Nagaland Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom in Twitter as of 7:39 am in the morning.   "Alert! 9 Male & 2 female, all returnees from Chennai tested COVID19 +ve. 8 at Dimapur & 3 at Kohima," the Health Minister posted on his twitter account informing
  • Trump says terminating US relationship with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO had essentially become a puppet organization of China.   Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats to eliminate American funding for the group, which amounts to several hundred million dollars a year. Trump said the WH
  • Sumi Hoho calls for retention of COVID-19 patients
    Dimapur, May 29 (MExN): Calling for a review of the decision to send COVID-19 positive patients to their respective districts, the Sumi Hoho on May 28 said that it is ready to bring back the returnees to its district, for which they need to have basic required equipment, facilities and manpower first. The Sumi Hoho thanked the Chief Minister for having personally inspected the condition and capacity of Zunheboto COVID-19 Hospital, where infrastructure, manpower and equipment &ldqu