• 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
  • Romanian cobbler keeps people apart with size 75 shoes
    CLUJ, Romania/BUCHAREST, May 29 (Reuters): Soon after a two-month lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus eased in Romania in mid-May, Grigore Lup, a Romanian shoemaker from the Transylvanian city of Cluj, noticed people were not respecting the rules of social distancing.   So Lup came up with the idea of long-nosed leather shoes to help keep people apart. They come in a European size 75.   "You can see it on the street, people are not respectin
  • U.S. Asians, harassed over coronavirus, push back on streets, social media
    NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters): A spike in harassment of Asian-Americans since the coronavirus pandemic began has led community activists in the United States to fight back - forming street patrols, rallying on social media, and supporting each other online.   Asians of varying national backgrounds have suffered a surge of attacks this year, which activists linked to the pandemic's emergence in China. Some said they feared harassment could worsen in a U.S. election year
  • World leaders warn coronavirus could roll back progress for women
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said on Thursday.   A "wake-up call" is needed to protect women's and children's rights amid the pandemic, said the president of Estonia and former prime minister of New Zealand who held a virtual summit with leaders from Can
  • 'Coronavirus may remain active in high 40s C for 6-12 hours'
    By Sumit Saxena New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Temperatures in the high 40s Celsius (as in India these days) would not make much difference to the coronavirus. It may still be active at these temperatures for six to 12 hours, said leading virologist Shahid Jameel, who is also CEO of Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance.   Detailing on the peak of the viral infection, in an exclusive interview to IANS, Jameel insisted if on average 5,000 cases are reported daily, then in six weeks
  • COVID-19: 7 more positive cases in Nagaland, total rises to 25
    Four new cases in Kohima, 2 in Dimapur and 1 in Tuensang   Morung Express News Dimapur | May 29 The total active COVID-19 cases in Nagaland increased to 25 on May 29 with confirmation of  7 more positive cases according to the latest official update.   As per the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard, the latest tally of active cases in the state stood at 25 on Friday Morning. The new cases include 2 from Dimapur, 1 from Tuensang and 4 from Kohima. Accord
  • 'Lockdown generation' looms as pandemic risks robbing young of future
    NEW YORK, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Economic fallout from COVID-19 is hitting young workers so hard they risk becoming a "lockdown generation" scarred for life, with women the worst hit, the United Nations said on Wednesday.   A study by the U.N.'s International Labour Organization pointed to the "multiple shocks" young people now faced worldwide - losing work, education and training, income and the possibility of either finding or cha
  • Bezos says Amazon serious about warehouse workers' health
    SEATTLE, MAY 28 (IANS): Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has rebutted claims about Covid-19 health concerns at the warehouses, saying the ecommerce giant has taken this seriously from the very beginning.   In the annual shareholders meeting online on Wednesday, Bezos said thanked front-line warehouse and delivery employees, saying they've provided a "lifeline" to customers who've been stuck at home, reports CNBC.   "I am deeply grateful for
  • South Korea coronavirus spike stirs second wave concern, social distancing crackdown
    SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters): South Korea reported 79 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in nearly eight weeks, triggering the return of tougher social distancing curbs amid the spectre of a second wave of disease in a country praised for containing the first outbreak.   At least 82 cases this week have been linked to a cluster of infections at a logistics facility run by Coupang Corp, one of the country's largest online shopping firms, in Bucheon, west of Seoul
  • Five coronavirus patients die in Bangladesh hospital fire
    DHAKA, May 28 (Reuters): Five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a fire service official said.   It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, Rahman said.   Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation unit of the United Hospital treating COVID-19 patients, Rahman said. The dead included f
  • COVID-19: 9 more positive cases in Nagaland, total rises to 18
    The new cases include 6 from Dimapur and 3 from Kohima     Morung Express News Dimapur | May 28   The total active COVID-19 cases in Nagaland doubled to 18  on May 28 with confirmation of  9 more positive cases according to the latest official update. As per the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard, the latest tally of active case in the state on Thursday was 18, an increaseby 9 over yesterday's total.    The new cases include 6
  • 'Move on' - British PM Johnson tries to draw line under adviser row
    LONDON, May 27 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain on Wednesday to move on from what he described as a "very, very frustrating episode" when his closest adviser provoked outrage and scorn for travelling during the coronavirus lockdown.   Dominic Cummings has refused to quit after it was revealed that he had driven 400 km (250 miles) from London to northern England in March with his 4-year-old son and his wife, who was sick at the time, to be
  • Germany's Scholz sees 'very high' chances for EU compromise deal on Recovery Fund
    BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters): German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday welcomed the European Commission's plan for a 750 billion-euro ($824.55 billion) Recovery Fund and said he was confident member states would find a compromise deal to help countries most hit by the coronavirus pandemic.   "The discussion is not over yet, there needs to be an agreement among 27 member states. But it's safe to say already now that the chances are very high that there w
  • 'I was determined', says girl who cycled injured dad across India
    LUCKNOW, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A 15-year-old girl who won praise for carrying her injured father hundreds of miles across India by bike said on Wednesday she never thought of giving up after promising her mother she would get him home safely.   Jyoti Kumari's gruelling journey from the outskirts of New Delhi to their village 1,200 km (745 miles) away with her jobless father made headlines around the world and threw a spotlight on the plight of In
  • List pvt hospitals for free/cheap Covid-19 care: SC to govt
    NEW DELHI, MAY (IANS): Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, here on Wednesday, asked the Centre to consider free treatment for Covid-19 patients and identify hospitals where minimum or free of cost treatment could be provided.   The Justice Bobde-headed Bench, also comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking regulations for treatment of coronavirus patients at private hospitals.   The Chief Justice aske
  • India's HCQ pioneer slams WHO decision to suspend drug trial
    NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): One of the pioneers to initiate hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) therapy in COVID-19 positive patients, Dr Sudhir Bhandari, Principal and Controller, Sawai Madho Singh Medical College Hospitals, Jaipur has slammed the decision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to temporarily put on hold the HCQ trial.   Sharing his views with IANS, Bhandari said the WHO decision has drawn severe censure and flak from the medical fraternity across India.   Th