COVID-19 pandemic

  • Despite Covid pandemic, Kaziranga attracts 1.11L tourists
    Guwahati, February 16 (IANS): The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown could not dampen the spirit of 1.11 lakh tourists, including 175 foreigners, from visiting the UNESCO world heritage site Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR), considered as one of the best conserved wildlife reserves in the country. The authorities of KNP & TR, extending across Assam's five distrcts -- Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Karbi Anglong -- along the Arunacha
  • Still wiser to wear mask, prevent COVID-19
    Masks work best when everyone wears one Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | February 7 Wearing of mask can be uncomfortable, besides impairing facial recognition. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more a norm than an imposition. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends that masks should be used as part of the comprehensive strategy and measures to suppress transmission and save lives&
  • Hard hitting documentary nails Chinese misinformation on virus
    New Delhi, January 30 (IANS): Forewarned is forearmed. This was exactly what China suppressed when it came to the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan and other parts of its country. Bringing this crucial aspect of deliberate camouflage by her native country is the well-known Chinese director Nanfu Wangs latest documentary "In The Same Breath". The film goes on to add to the infinitely growing list of atrocities committed by China in the past including the Tiananmen Squ
  • Towards self sufficiency: Nagaland CM calls for revival of work culture
    •    Farmers market in all district HQs •    Sechü Zubza Village Council Hall inaugurated Our Correspondent Kohima | January 28 Nagaland Chief Minister (CM) Neiphiu Rio today said that COVID-19 pandemic has taught lessons on the need to attain self sufficiency in the Agri and allied sector and called for a revival of work culture in the society. The CM said that everyone has to live up to the principle of ‘work and eat&rsquo
  • Nagaland health sector to focus on a robust system
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | January 21 While the COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked Nagaland’s pitiable health care system, it has also served as a catalyst for much needed transformation by propelling both the government and the department to make expeditious amends in response to the pandemic. Now, the challenge is to build the momentum of ‘reformation and transformation’ in the health care sector to deliver better health care services and also build a
  • 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 .