COVID-19

  • Nagaland Government revokes COVID-19 cess on petroleum products
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 23 Following the growing demands from various sections to abrogate the COVID-19 cess on petroleum products, the Nagaland Government on September 23 has decided to revoke the cess imposed since the last week of April.   “The Government has decided to revoke the COVID Cess on petroleum products,” informed a press release from the State Finance Department on Wednesday, following a State Cabinet meeting.  A total o
  • UN should hold China responsible for COVID-19 pandemic: Trump
    United Nations, September 23 (IANS): US President Donald Trump lashed out against China on Tuesday demanding that the UN should hold Beijing responsible for the consequences of unleashing the plague of COVID-19 on the world. Speaking at the General Assembly's high-level meeting in a pre-recorded address, he said, "The Chinese government and the World Health Organization -- which is virtually controlled by China -- falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-huma
  • 60 new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 22  60 new COVID-19 cases were registered on Tuesday, with 35 in Dimapur, 22 in Kohima, 2 in Mon and 1 in Tuensang. According to an update from State Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom, necessary contact tracing has been activated by the state IDSP team. The tally of positive cases in Nagaland was 5604 while recovery was 4491 and active cases were at 1072, according to the Nagaland COVID-19 bulletin.  
  • Daily Covid recoveries more than new cases for 4th day: Govt
    New Delhi, September 22 (PTI): With India recording the highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world, the government on Tuesday said that for the past four consecutive days the number of daily recovered cases surpassed the new infections reported per day. Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India has the highest number of recovered cases in the world at 44,97,867. "India's COVID-19 cases share is 17.7 per cent of global
  • Immediately withdraw COVID cess: CNCCI, DCCI to Nagaland govt
    Dimapur, September 22 (MExN): The Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI) today stated that with the imposition of COVID-19 fuel cess and weight bridge, the transportation cost of essential goods has shot up by 35-40%. “Consequently the price of essential commodity will shoot up abnormally in coming weeks in many parts of the state including the state capital,” CNCCI, Chairman, Dr Khekugha Muru and General Secretary, Dr Seyievilie Mor stated in
  • Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19
    RIO DE JANEIRO, September 22 (Reuters) - A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against COVID-19. The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, and shared exclusively with Reuters, compared the geographic distribution of coronavirus cases with the
  • Chorus for abrogation of COVID-19 cess gets louder 
    Dimapur, September 21 (MExN): Demands for the state government to revoke the COVID-19 cess on petrol and diesel got louder on Monday as three more organisations under the banner of the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), extended their support to the ultimatum issued by the DNSU. In a joint press statement, the organisations—Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD), Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation (DUCCF) and GB’s (Sadar) Union, along with the NCD said that the COVID-19 cess has
  • Nagaland University online exams begins
    Lumami, September 21 (MExN): The Nagaland University on September 21 successfully conducted first day of online exam for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses, an official update informed.   The Vice-Chancellor appreciates the dedication of the Students, the efforts of the Faculties, staff and the support from the State Govt and service providers for the success of the exams, informed an update by the University on official Twitter handle.    In a notifi
  • Taj Mahal gets first visitors as coronavirus infections climb
    AGRA, September 21 (Reuters): India reopened the Taj Mahal after six months on Monday, with the first visitors trickling into the famous monument as authorities reported 86,961 new coronavirus infections across the country, with no signs of a peak yet. The white marble tomb in the city of Agra, built by a 17th-century Mughal emperor for his wife, was opened to the public at sunrise, and a Chinese national and a visitor from Delhi were among the first to enter. Daily visitor
  • Over 78% people used connections to get Covid-19 ICU bed: Survey
    New Delhi, September 21 (IANS):  Only four per cent patients were able to get a Covid-19 ICU bed through the routine process, while 78 per cent had to use connections and clout, a survey revealed on Monday. The number of Covid cases in India has mounted to 54 lakh and the country has been recording on average over 90,000 cases daily for the last two weeks. Hospitals now are seeing more critical patients than they did in May-June this year. With the rise in critical cases, the a
  • Certain cancer treatments up death risk from Covid-19: Study
    New York, September 20 (IANS): A team of US researchers has found that certain treatments for cancer may increase the chance of death if they contract Covid-19. The study by the researchers at the University of Cincinnati, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Virtual Congress 2020, shed light on ways standard anti-cancer treatments may impact outcomes for patients with both cancer and the coronavirus. "Patients with cancer are susceptible to infection from
  • Drug with potential to fight Covid-19 identified
    London, September 19 (IANS): Scientists have identified a new drug that could prevent or mitigate the consequences derived from infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19. Preliminary results of the study conducted on animal models showed that the drug 4-Phenylbutiric acid (4-PBA) fully curbs mortality caused by respiratory failure derived from cellular stress, showed the research published in the journal Cytokine and Growth Factors Review. The inflammatory proce
  • Explainer: When will COVID-19 vaccines be generally available in the US?
    Reuter U.S. President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week disagreed about when a COVID-19 vaccine would become widely available. Trump said on Friday that enough vaccine would be available for every American by April, while the CDC director said vaccines were likely to reach the general public around mid-2021, an assessment more in line with most experts. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A VACCINE TO BE GENERALLY AVAILABLE? General
  • Rajya Sabha passes bill to punish those attacking medics
    New Delhi, September 19 (PTI): The Rajya Sabha Saturday passed a legislation that provides for up to seven years in jail for those attacking doctors and healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak or during any situation akin to the current pandemic. The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in the Upper House on Saturday. The Bill was supported by the members across party lines, however, some suggested to add in its purvi
  • 51 COVID-19 cases detected in Nagaland
    29 more patients recover DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 18 (MExN): Nagaland reported 51 more cases of COVID-19 out of 544 samples tested on September 18. Of the new cases, 23 are in Kohima, 20 in Dimapur, 4 in Mokokchung, 2 in Mon and 1 each in Peren and Tuensang.  The State also reported 29 recoveries of COVID-19 patients, which include 14 from Dimapur, 8 from Kohima and 7 from Mon. Of the new cases reported on September 18, 17 are from the armed forces/security personnel, 9 are travel
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
    Reuters Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Past the 30 million mark Global coronavirus cases exceeded 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing. India was firmly in focus as the latest epicentre, although North and South America combined still accounted for almost half of the global cases. The south Asian nation, the world's second-most populous country, has been reporting more new
  • Another Maharashtra Minister infected by Covid
    Mumbai, September 18 (IANS): Maharashtra Congress leader and Energy Minister Nitin Raut tested Covid-19 positive here on Friday. The minister made the announcement in a tweet and urged all those who had come in contact with him in the past few days to get themselves tested. "I have been tested positive for Covid-19 today. I would like to request all those who had come in contact with me in the past few days to get themselves tested as a precautionary measure. Stay safe every
  • Tips for managing mental health during COVID-19
    NEW YORK, September 17 (Reuters):  Months in, the pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health. As part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series, Reuters gathered a group of experts to share their tips on coping with isolation, caregiving and more. Below are edited highlights. How does isolation affect mental health? What are some strategies we can use to find community during a lockdown? “Before the pandemic, we were already in the middle of a mental healt
  • Nagaland: 43 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 5,306
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 17 Nagaland’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 5,306 after 43 new cases were reported on Thursday. According to a DIPR report, out of the 43 cases, 24 were in Dimapur, 18 in Kohima and 1 in Mon. Meanwhile, total recoveries so far are 4,079 and active cases are 1,193. ]As per the severity of symptoms, 1,163 active cases are asymptomatic, 27 active cases are mild and 3 active cases are moderate, the report added. There have been 10 C
  • COVID-19 and mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Nagaland
    Health department shares key findings of Nagaland Mental Health Survey, 2020 Kohima, September 17 (MExN): The prevalence of Somatization (anxiety leading to physical pain) was highest among the respondents of a survey on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Nagaland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online survey carried out from June 12 to July 15 by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare stated that the prevalence of Somatization/Somatic symptoms (Medium, High, Ver