Coronavirus pandemic

  • Tuensang DTF meets with Advisor L Khumo
    TUENSANG, JUNE 11 (MExN): Advisor for Fisheries, Evaluation, Economic and Statistics, L Khumo held a meeting with the Tuensang District Task Force for COVID-19 at the DC’s Bungalow on June 11.  The Advisor while appreciating the efforts of the Tuensang DTF fighting against the pandemic COVID 19 also donated a sum of Rs. 2 lakh to Tuensang DTF. The house discussed on the forth comings challenges and strategies to dealt the global pandemic. He also appreciated the frontli
  • Nagaland COVID-19: Seven more recover
    Morung Express News Dimapur | June 11 Seven more patients tested negative for COVID-19 in their second test in Nagaland on June 11.  Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom informed this in an update on Twitter on Thursday evening.  “All patients are from Dimapur and are being kept at COVID-19 care centre for observation,” the Minister added. With this, Nagaland now has 130 positive cases, which includes the two who teste
  • Indonesia's hundreds of suspected child virus deaths highlight danger
    JAKARTA, June 11 (Reuters): Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world's highest rates of child deaths from the novel coronavirus that experts around the world say poses little danger to the young.   Paediatricians and health officials in the world’s fourth most populous country said the high number of child deaths from a disease that mostly kills the elderly was due to un
  • Russia rolls out first approved COVID-19 drug as infections pass 500,000
    MOSCOW, June 11 (Reuters): Russia on Thursday rolled out a drug approved to treat patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, its state financial backer said, as the number of infections there surpassed half a million.   The first deliveries of the new antiviral drug, registered under the name Avifavir, were made to some hospitals and clinics across the country, Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund said in a press release. RDIF has a 50% share in a joint venture w
  • Coronavirus boosts community spirit - and nationalism
    LONDON, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The coronavirus pandemic is boosting both nationalism and community spirit, unleashing shifts in attitudes that would usually takes years to trickle down, according to a survey released on Thursday.   The survey of six nations from across the globe reveals that COVID-19 has also prompted more people to want to work for organisations committed to social improvement, researchers said.   "People are more and more awa
  • Widespread mask-wearing could prevent COVID-19 second waves - study
    LONDON, June 10 (Reuters): Population-wide face mask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics, and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns, according to a British study on Wednesday.   The research, led by scientists at the Britain's Cambridge and Greenwich Universities, suggests lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but that even homemad
  • Brazil must publish COVID-19 data in full, says Supreme Court justice
    BRASILIA, June 9 (Reuters): Brazil's top court waded into the controversy surrounding official reporting of coronavirus death and infection rates, as a Supreme Court justice ruled the Health Ministry must revert to releasing the full set of data it had previously made available.   Over the weekend, the Health Ministry abruptly removed troves of detailed coronavirus data and said it would no longer publish cumulative totals, causing outrage across the political spect
  • Gilead's remdesivir shows promise in COVID-19 study on monkeys
    Reuters Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug, remdesivir, prevented lung disease in macaque monkeys infected with the new coronavirus, a study published in medical journal Nature showed on Tuesday.   Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 in human trials, and its progress in clinical studies is being closely watched as nations look for a treatment for the disease, which has infected more than 7 million people and killed over 400,000.  
  • Coronavirus may have spread in Wuhan in August, Harvard research shows, but China dismissive
    LONDON, June 9 (Reuters): The coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August last year, according to Harvard Medical School research based on satellite images of hospital travel patterns and search engine data, but China dismissed the report as "ridiculous".   The research used satellite imagery of hospital parking lots in Wuhan - where the disease was first identified in late 2019 - and data for symptom-related queries on search engines for
  • U.N. expert says some are 'starving' in North Korea
    GENEVA, June 9 (Reuters): A United Nations human rights expert voiced alarm on Tuesday at "widespread food shortages and malnutrition" in North Korea, made worse by a nearly five-month border closure with China and strict quarantine measures against COVID-19.   Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, urged the U.N. Security Council to reconsider sanctions imposed on the isolated country ove
  • Experts question WHO comment on 'rare' asymptomatic COVID-19 spread
    LONDON, June 9 (Reuters): Disease experts on Tuesday questioned a statement by the World Health Organization that transmission of COVID-19 by people with no symptoms is "very rare", saying this guidance could pose problems for governments as they seek to lift lockdowns.   Maria van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and the WHO's technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic, said on Monday that many countries undertaking contact tracing had identified asymptomatic
  • Returnees from Gujarat and Maharashtra arrive in Dimapur
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 9 (MExN): A special Shramik train carrying people of Nagaland from Gujarat and Maharashtra arrived at Dimapur Railway Station at around 1:00 am on June 9. A DIPR report informed that the passengers comprised of 357 people from Dimapur, 91 from Tuensang, 73 from Mon, 9 from Longleng, 45 Kiphire, 63 from Phek, 57 from Zunheboto, 41 from Mokokchung, 41 from Wokha, 67 from Peren, and 89 from Kohima. They were received at the railway station by APC, Kikheto Sema who
  • Indonesia resumes domestic air travel, coronavirus cases jump
    JAKARTA, June 9 (Reuters): Indonesia has resumed domestic flights for all passengers provided airlines operate at 70% capacity and follow strict rules brought into force on Tuesday, when the country announced its biggest daily rise in cases of the novel coronavirus.   Indonesia's Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the new regulations for flights followed discussions with airlines, the country's COVID-19 taskforce and the health ministry.   &quo
  • WHO head urges world not to drop guard as pandemic still growing
    GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters): The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, noting the pandemic was worsening globally and had not peaked in central America.   More than 136,000 cases were reported worldwide on Sunday, "the most in a single day so far", WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.   "More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for a
  • Lockdowns may have averted 3 million deaths in Europe by curbing COVID-19 - study
    LONDON, June 8 (Reuters): Wide-scale lockdowns including shop and school closures have reduced COVID-19 transmission rates in Europe enough to control its spread and may have averted more than three million deaths, researchers said on Monday.   In a modelling study of lockdown impact in 11 nations, Imperial College London scientists said the draconian steps, imposed mostly in March, had "a substantial effect" and helped bring the infection's reproductive rate b
  • Pakistan cracks down on safety breaches, coronavirus cases top 100,000
    ISLAMABAD, June 8 (Reuters): Authorities in Pakistan have stepped up enforcement of government safety measures after a rise in the daily number of coronavirus infections pushed total cases to more than 100,000.   Official statistics released on Monday showed 103,671 infections and 2,067 deaths from the virus. Record numbers of new infections over the last 10 days partly reflect increased testing.   The south Asian nation lifted its lockdown last month, puttin
  • U.S. coronavirus deaths top 110,000 as cases approach two million - Reuters tally
    Reuters   The novel coronavirus has killed more than 110,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday, as nationwide protests against racial injustice spark fears of a resurgence of the virus.   About 1,000 Americans have died on average each day so far in June, down from a peak of 2,000 a day in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths.   Total U.S. coronavirus cases are approaching 2 million,
  • Global coronavirus deaths top 400,000 as outbreak grows in Brazil, India - Reuters tally
    Reuters Global deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 400,000 on Sunday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally.   The United States is responsible for about one-quarter of all fatalities but deaths in South America are rapidly rising.   The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world's most deadly infectious diseases.  
  • Malaysia to reopen most economic activity with virus outbreak 'under control'
    KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Reuters): Malaysia on Sunday said it would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago as it moves to revive an economy battered by the pandemic.   Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced in a televised address the novel coranvirus outbreak was "successfully" under control and Malaysia would begin a new recovery phase until Aug. 31.
  • In warning sign for Trump, Republicans growing pessimistic about country's direction
    Washington, June 7 (Reuters): Republicans are more pessimistic about the country's direction than at almost any other time during Donald Trump's presidency, as a trio of crises – the coronavirus pandemic, an economic downturn and mass protests over police brutality – buffets his administration.   Only 46% of Americans who identify as Republicans say the country is on the right track, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last week. It is the first t