COVID-19

  • Assam breaches 500-mark in COVID-19 cases; 122 new infections
    Guwahati, May 25 (PTI): Assam recorded its highest single-day spike of 122 cases on Monday, taking the total past the 500-mark, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. With these fresh cases, the total number of COVID-19 infections has gone up to 514 in the state, of which 445 are active cases, Sarma said in a tweet. "Alert ~ 48 new cases of #COVID19+. 16 Karimganj, 8 Lakhimpur, 8 Ghy Qrnt, 5 Cachar, 4 Hailakandi, 3 South Salmara, 2 Nalbari, 1 each M
  • NMA seeks Governor’s attention to help the stranded
    Kohima, May 25 (MExN): The Naga Mothers Association (NMA) on Monday submitted a representation to the Governor of Nagaland seeking immediate attention on the plight of stranded citizens who are anxious to return and the condition of health facilities in all districts, among others. In the representation, the NMA urged that “the State Government take full responsibility for bringing back our stranded Naga children who are willing to return home and anxiously await arrangement
  • Naga leaders in Manipur working to ensure safe passage for transporters
    Newmai News Network Imphal | May 25  In order to allay apprehension and also to help and give safe passage to transporters and stranded people who are returning from outside the State of Manipur, Naga leaders have started their tour along the Imphal-Jiribam road on Monday, May 25. “We have done massive mobilization along the Imphal-Jiribam road so that transporters and stranded people can have safe passages,” a Naga leader who is among the team informed Ne
  • DDGBA questions ‘delay’ in setting up Dimapur BSL-2 lab
    DIMAPUR, MAY 25 (MExN): The Dimapur District GBs Association (DDGBA) today questioned the “delay” in installing the Bio Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory in Dimapur. A press release from the DDGBA expressed apprehension that “because of this delay and lackadaisical attitude, we never know how much the threat are going undetected and are let loose and as a result people are being exposed to this impeding and imminent danger.”  The government needs
  • Engendering solidarity 
    Nagaland officially reported its first COVID-19 cases with three persons testing positive for the virus on May 25. According to the State Health officials, these cases are not local but ‘imported’ referring to the returnees from various states outside Nagaland. It was likely that there could be positive cases in the state with the arrival of stranded citizens from outside as has been the case with other neighbouring states.  Thereafter, a health official
  • Domestic flights take off amid chaos, confusion
    NEW DELHI, MAY 25 (IANS): Passengers were seen harried across airports, including the national capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), on Monday as many domestic flights were cancelled due to the limit on arrivals and departures by state governments.   On the first day of resumption of domestic passenger flight services after two months' suspension, the IGIA witnessed over 80 flight cancellations.   According to industry insiders, the IGIA is
  • With suitcase and bikini emojis, Spain urges tourists back from July
    MADRID/BARCELONA, May 25 (Reuters): Spain urged foreign holidaymakers on Monday to return from July as one of Europe's strictest lockdowns eased, though tourism businesses were sceptical about salvaging the summer season.   The world's second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, imposing a two-week quarantine on overseas visitors. But that requirement will be lifted from July 1, a government statement said.
  • 3 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 194
    Agartala, May 25 (PTI): Three more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Tripura, taking the virus count in the state to 194, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. All the three new patients had recently returned to the state from Delhi by the Rajdhani Express, he said.   Deb tweeted late on Sunday evening: "991 samples have been tested today in Tripura for COVID-19. Among them 3 persons found COVID19 positive. All of them have returned from
  • Nagaland no longer green state, reports 3 COVID-19 cases
     Kohima, May 25 (PTI) Nagaland reported its "first" COVID-19 cases on Monday, when three persons who recently returned to the state from Chennai were found infected with novel coronavirus, a health department official said. Nagaland government has not counted a person from the state who tested positive for coronavirus on April 13 in Assam after a private hospital referred him to a government facility in Guwahati. He later recovered from the disease.   Two
  • Domestic passenger traffic might bounce back in next 6 months: DIAL CEO
    NEW DELHI, MAY 25 (IANS): Inspite of several challenges posed by Covid-19, the top executive of national capital's IGI Airport estimates that domestic passenger traffic will bounce back in another 6 to 8 months.   The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the firm that operates the IGIA here, said the resumption of domestic operations with new safety procedures was the key turnaround point which allows for the eventual bounce back in traffic to happen.   Dom
  • German government, regions tussle over reopening from lockdowns
    BERLIN, May 25 (Reuters): Germany's central and regional governments were at odds on Monday over when and how far to ease contact distancing rules, with allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that scrapping them risks unleashing a new wave of coronavirus infections.   The row erupted after Bodo Ramelow, premier of the eastern state of Thuringia, said on Saturday he would scrap rules on mask-wearing and distancing, relying instead on local measures. The states se
  • Time to make online education like on-campus experience: UNSW Sydney
    New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Amid Covid-19-disrupted academic year, cancelled classes and examinations, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has taken a big leap forward in terms of online education for its global student community.   According to Amit Dasgupta, India Country Director, UNSW Sydney, at present, online platform is the most viable and robust platform to deliver to students seeking world-class education from a world-class institution.   &quo
  • Eid celebration low key affair in Arunachal Pradesh this year
    Itanagar, May 25 (PTI): The Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in Arunachal Pradesh remained a low key affair as people offered namaz at home with mosques remaining closed for congregational prayers in the wake of the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak. Abdul Hamid, a resident of Niti Vihar area here said that his family members stayed indoors in the interest of society amid the "coronavirus scare". "This morning I joined my elder brother and his son for offering Eid prayer via
  • With over 1.38 lakh cases, India among 10 worst COVID-hit nations
    The United States leads the world with more than 1.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.   New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): The total number of coronavirus infections in India rose to 1,38,845 on Monday with the highest ever spike of 6,977 positive cases in the last 24 hours.   With the biggest single day spike, India now has the 10th highest number of confirmed cases worldwide.   With 154 deaths reported in th
  • Nagaland to test all special train passengers
    •    Testing to be done according to risk assessment: Health Minister •    District surveillance units intensify surveillance activities •    All three positive patients undergoing treatment and are stable   Morung Express News Dimapur | May 25    Following the emergence of three COVID-19 positive cases in Nagaland on May 25, Nagaland Health Minister, Pangnyu Phom today stated that a “mass
  • Philippine leader answers call of workers begging to go home
    MANILA, May 25 (Reuters): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to process some 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers stuck for weeks on cruise ships or in coronavirus quarantine, so they can finally go home.   Thousands are aboard cruise vessels off Manila Bay or stuck in hotels and crowded health facilities, some growing frustrated having tested negative for the coronavirus and completed the mandated 14-day quarantine.   Overseas Fil
  • In Philippine slums, heat, hunger take a toll under lockdown
    MANILA, May 25 (Reuters): One by one, Michelle Asinto's six children take the plate of rice doused in soy sauce and eat their share before passing it on.   This is what a meal can look like in the slums around the Philippine capital Manila. Under lockdown since March 16, many families have lost regular incomes and forced to survive on government aid that can be sporadic and often not enough.   "Every day we just wait for our ration but it only comes
  • Special Shramik train from Gurugram reaches Nagaland 
    Morung Express News Dimapur | May 25  The Special Shramik train from Gurugram, Haryana carrying around 426 returnees from Nagaland reached Dimapur Railway Station on Monday morning.  The train had moved from Gurugram on May 22 with over 1300 North East-bound passengers and reached Dimapur around 10:27 am on May 25.  The passengers underwent a distressing experience on May 21, during a stopover at the Danapur railway station, near Bihar’s capital P
  • Don’t panic, urges State Govt as Nagaland officially reports 3 COVID-19 cases 
      Necessary protocol in place, assure CM, H&FW Minister, CS    Morung Express News Kohima | May 25  As Nagaland officially enter the list states infected with COVID-19 cases on May 25, the State Government urged the public not to panic and assured that the health department has started all requisite protocols and measures to tackle the situation. The state officially reported its first three confirmed cases of COVID-19 - two male
  • Nagaland reports 1st corona cases, Assam sees spike in 24 hrs
    Kohima/Guwahati/Agartala, May 25 (IANS): After Sikkim, Nagaland reported its first coronavirus case when three people, who returned from Chennai, tested positive on Monday while in neighbouring Assam 116 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the state's total tally to 466.   According to the ministers and officials, the exodus of thousands of people from southern and western regions of India to the Northeast region has led to a steep rise in Covid-19 posit