COVID-19 pandemic

  • Meghalayan village life, comes alive on Triebor Mawlong's woodcuts
    New Delhi, January 12 (IANSlife): Visualising how the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing affected the social map of Mawbri, a small matriarchal Meghalayan village, an intricate woodcut titled 'Circles' presents an intriguing introduction to the body of work of Treibor Mawlong, an emerging artist from the Khasi hills of the northeastern state. In a village "already locked away from the rest of the world even before the pandemic", as the artist says, the dignity of
  • UK now at worst point of COVID-19 pandemic, warns senior UK health official
    London, January 11 (PTI): The UK will go through the "most dangerous time" as it enters "the worst" weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, England's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said on Monday as he urged the public to strictly follow the stay-at-home lockdown to help curb the transmission of infections. Professor Chris Whitty, who is also the face of a series of awareness campaigns about following lockdown rules, said the only way to help an already overwhelmed Nati
  • Sisters from Kashmir make snow sculpture as tribute to corona warriors
    New Delhi, January 10 (PTI): As a white winter and COVID-19 pandemic keep the people homebound, two sisters from Kashmir -- one a doctor and the other a lawyer by education -- have warmed hearts with their tribute in snow to the corona warriors. A steady stream of visitors was seen at the lawn of their residence at Athwajan in the city where Dr Quratul Ain Zohra and Aiman Zohra have made a snow sculpture. The snow art has models of a lady doctor, a syringe loaded with COVID vacci
  • Meghalaya: Night curfew extended in East Khasi Hills
    Newmai News Network Shillong | December 6  East Khasi Hills district magistrate, Isawanda Laloo on Sunday, issued prohibitory orders and extended the night curfew in the entire district from December 7 to December 13, as part of preventive and mitigation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. According to the order, the night curfew will start from 11 pm to 5 am. In view of the prevailing situation, the order has prohibited assembly or gathering without due pe
  • Nagaland Government issues advisory for events
    The organizer must informed to the local police or administrative authorities well in advance as notified by the District Task Force before hosting an event Dimapur, November 17 (MExN): The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory for events such as weddings and other social events to prevent transmission of COVID-19 on November 17.  While the advisory encouraged the use of digital platforms to minimize contact, it listed out a set of specifications to be
  • Emptier cities, fewer babies? Coronavirus can have 'dramatic' impact
    BANGKOK, October 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): An exodus of workers from big cities and families opting to delay having babies because of the coronavirus may trigger a demographic shift in some countries, providing authorities an opportunity to rebalance their economies, urban experts said. Lockdowns and concerns about health and safety have seen a surge in remote working worldwide, and with it, a movement from big cities to suburbs and smaller towns. Up to 23 million Ame
  • Spain enters six-month state of emergency to tackle pandemic
    MADRID, October 29 (Reuters): Spain will be under a state of emergency until early May, giving regions legal backing to decide curfews and restrict travel to try and contain rampant COVID-19 contagion. Spain is one of Europe's worst COVID-19 hot spots, with over 3 million infections. Its response to the pandemic has often been hampered by political wrangling, but the government this time managed to gather enough votes for parliament to back extending an initial two-week
  • EU leaders seek common ground on COVID tests as virus spreads
    BRUSSELS, October 29 (Reuters): EU leaders aim to make progress on common testing and vaccination strategies at a video conference on Thursday and step up coordination in fighting the fast-expanding COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The late-afternoon e-meeting is the first of a planned series of video conferences leaders will dedicate in the coming weeks to the health crisis, with one official saying two more may take place before an EU summit scheduled for mid-December. A
  • Europeans refocus on new curbs as COVID surges across continent
    ROME, October 27 (Reuters): European governments moved on Tuesday to set new curbs in motion to try to rein in a fast-growing surge of coronavirus infections and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. World leaders face an increasingly difficult task holding the disease at bay while keeping their economies afloat as they pin their hopes on as-yet unproven vaccines. The United States, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland and other countries have registered r
  • DC Dimapur calls meeting to discuss resumption of NST services
    Dimapur, October 27 (MExN): The Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Rajesh Soundarajan, IAS has called for a meeting on October 29 at 11:30 am in the DC’s Conference Hall to discuss matter relating to COVID-19 in view of the resumption of NST services from October 29 onwards and to identify alternative arrangements. Therefore, the following officers are requested to attend the meeting positively: Commissioner of Police; DMC Administrator; Chief Medical Officer; Medical Superintend
  • Alarmed Europe prepares for more COVID pain amid rising discontent
    ROME, October 27 (Reuters): European governments prepared on Tuesday to introduce new restrictions to try to curb a growing surge of coronavirus infections across the continent and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. Eight months into the crisis, world leaders face an increasingly difficult task holding the disease at bay while also trying to keep their economies afloat as they wait for a vaccination that should mitigate the contagion. The United S
  • Canada's Atlantic region closed out world to beat COVID-19, and the economy has done OK
    OTTAWA, October 25 (Reuters): Chef Emily Wells was unsure what to expect as she opened the doors of her seasonal restaurant in rural Prince Edward Island the same day Canada's four Atlantic provinces bubbled together, allowing travel between them while keeping their borders restricted to everyone else. The result was far better than she could have imagined. "It was a remarkable summer, I was floored by it," Wells said. "The bubble made all the difference.
  • WHO's Tedros says countries on "dangerous track" in pandemic
    GENEVA, October 23 (Reuters): The world is now at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday. "We are at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the Northern hemisphere," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. "The next few months are going
  • Spain mulls curfews to contain 'out-of-control' pandemic
    MADRID, October 22 (Reuters): Spain's health minister described a second wave of the coronavirus sweeping the county as "out of control" on Thursday as the government considered whether to follow France and other European countries in imposing curfews. A day earlier Spain became the first Western European country to record 1 million COVID-19 cases. The country's death toll stands at 34,366 people. "Not to take these measures would be irresponsible,&quo
  • Refusing to wear a mask in Ethiopia could cost you two years in jail
    ADDIS ABABA, October 22 (Reuters): Ethiopia can jail people for up to two years if they deliberately violate restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the attorney general's office said, amid concern that citizens are becoming lax after a state of emergency was lifted. The restrictions prohibit shaking hands, not wearing a mask in a public place, seating more than three people at a table or not keeping "two adult steps" - around six feet - apart .
  • In WHO overhaul push, EU urges changes to handling of pandemics
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN, October 22 (Reuters): The European Union wants the World Health Organization to become more transparent about how states report emerging health crises, a draft proposal on reforming the U.N. agency says, following criticism of China's initial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper, drawn up by the German government after discussions with other member states, is the latest to outline the EU's months-long plans to address the WHO's shortcomings
  • Spurred by COVID-19, African schools innovate to close learning gap
    DAKAR/JOHANNESBURG, October 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): In rural Sierra Leone, teenagers tuned into solar-powered radios for their lessons, while Kenyan students texted a code to receive free learning guides on their phones. As COVID-19 shut Africa's schools, governments and charities rushed to make learning accessible to millions of pupils without internet or even electricity, sparking innovations that could keep children learning long after the pandemic has passed.
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro says his government will not buy China's Sinovac vaccine
    BRASILIA, October 21 (Reuters): Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that his government will not buy China's Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19, one day after the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunization program. "For sure, we will not buy the Chinese vaccine," Bolsonaro said on social media, responding to a supporter who urged him not to buy the vaccine. The president said the issue would be clarified later in t
  • Pope wears mask for first time at public service
    ROME, October 20 (Reuters): Pope Francis wore a mask for the first time at a public function on Tuesday when he and other religious leaders attended a prayer service for peace around the world. The pope wore a white mask during the service at the Rome Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Previously he wore masks only in a car taking him to his weekly audiences in the Vatican. He had come under some criticism, particularly on social media, for not wearing a mask at his genera
  • Global HIV response found to neglect gay and bisexual men, trans women
    LONDON, October 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Funding to fight HIV among gay and bisexual men and transgender women is a fraction of what it should be, researchers said on Tuesday, with advocates blaming stigma for the shortfall. Gay and bisexual men account for about one in five new HIV infections, but they were only allocated 1% of the $57 billion in global donor funding to treat the virus and combat its spread between 2016 and 2018, Dutch HIV charity Aidsfonds found. A