COVID-19

  • Tripura’s COVID-19 tally rises to 20,699 with 521 fresh cases
    Agartala, September 17 (PTI):  At least 521 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally in the state to 20,699, a health official said.  The death toll has risen to 222 with five more fatalities, he said. West Tripura district, which also comprises state capital Agartala, accounted for 122 of the COVID-19 deaths, the official said.  The state now has 7,498 active cases. With the discharge of 521 patients from G B Pant Hospital
  • Mizoram govt providing equal treatment facilities to COVID-19 patients: Health Minister
    Aizawl, September  17 (PTI):  A day after the BJP blamed the Mizoram government for promoting "VIP culture" by setting up a separate COVID-19 Care Centre for them, state Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana rubbished the claim, saying equal treatment facilities are being provided to all coronavirus patients, irrespective of their age, gender and class. He termed the allegations levelled by the opposition party as "baseless". "A 28-bedded new MLA h
  • Meghalaya reports 161 new COVID cases, 3 fresh fatalities
    Shillong, September 17 (PTI):  Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload rose to 4,357 on Thursday as 161 more people tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the state''s coronavirus death toll to 32, a senior Health department official said. Health Services, Director, Aman War said three persons have died due to COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, taking the death toll to 32. "Two persons died due to COVID-19 last night. Another person died to
  • Manipur govt provides Rs 1 lakh financial assistance to journalist for medical treatment  
    Imphal, September 17 (PTI): The Manipur government has provided financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to a journalist for her medical treatment, an official release said on Thursday. Financial assistance under the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS) was provided to Sorensangbam Soniya Devi, a reporter of ''Poknapham'' daily, it said. A cheque of Rs 1 lakh was handed over to Soniya Devi for medical treatment by Deputy Director of Directorate of Information a
  • Middlesbrough boss Warnock tests positive for COVID-19
    (Reuters): Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for COVID-19, the Championship (second-tier) club said on Thursday. Middlesbrough said in a statement that Warnock, 71, will self-isolate in line with government and league protocols. "Neil is in good spirits and we look forward to welcoming him back after his period in isolation," the club said. Warnock took charge of Middlesbrough in June, replacing Jonathan Woodgate who was sacked with the club
  • Wearing eyeglasses may lower the risk of Covid-19: Study
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS): A small yet significant study from China has found that people who wear eyeglasses may be at a lower risk of contracting Covid-19 as the virus may enter the body via eyes. The study involving 276 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in Suizhou, China, found that the proportion of daily wearers of eyeglasses was lower than that of the local population (5.8 per cent vs 31.5 per cent). "We hypothesized that eyeglasses prevent or discourage wearers
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID-19
    New Delhi, September 16 (IANS): Union Minister of of Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has self-isolated himself. Gadkari took to Twitter and said, "Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested Covid-19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself."
  • Golf: Australian PGA Championship postponed to February due to COVID-19
    MELBOURNE, September 16 (Reuters): The Australian PGA Championship has been postponed until February 2021 in the hope strict COVID-19 controls can be lifted by early next year, organisers said on Wednesday. The tournament was scheduled to take place on the Gold Coast in December but organisers said they had made the "difficult decision" to push it back to Feb. 18-21 after consulting government and stakeholders. "We have investigated numerous contingency plans
  • Pandemic makes tackling global woes more critical than ever - Bill Gates
    The pandemic has highlighted the need to address global inequality in education, pay and health care access, philanthropist Bill Gates said. NEW YORK, September 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out progress on lofty goals such as ending world poverty and hunger in the next decade, but the economic damage of COVID-19 shows how badly such global development is needed, philanthropist Bill Gates said. Across the world, the virus has deepened social
  • DTF Peren deliberates on check gate monitoring
    Peren, September 15 (MExN): Peren District Task Force on COVID-19 meeting was held on September 14 at Deputy Commissioner's chamber, District Hq Peren under the chairmanship of DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, NCS who is also the DTF Chairman. According to a DIPR report, after reviewing the new cases of COVID Positive in the district, the DC cautioned key workers to avoid lapses in managing cases and contact tracings. The meeting decided that medical staff will be temporarily withdra
  • Coronavirus re-infection is very rare: ICMR DG
    New Delhi, September 15 (ANI): The Indian Council of Medical Research DG Dr Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday said that re-infection with coronavirus is very rare. "Re-infection is very rare with COVID-19. We have seen re-infection occurs in case of measles and (if) someone gets measles, he needs to be protected all his life from measles even though he generates certain anti-bodies," Dr Bhargava said at a press conference.  "Similarly, we can have re-infection i
  • Vaccines won't end pandemic quickly unless delivered equitably: Gates
    New York, September 15 (IANS): Even as the world is rushing for solutions to fight Covid-19, developing and manufacturing vaccines will not end the pandemic quickly unless they are delivered equitably, warn Bill and Melinda Gates. According to a projection by Northeastern University, if rich countries buy up the first two billion doses of vaccine instead of making sure they are distributed equitably, then almost twice as many people could die from Covid-19. "Researchers are
  • Nagaland: ‘Fear of disease turning into stigma’
    Zunheboto CMO sensitizes on anti-stigma and discrimination on COVID-19 Zunheboto, September 14 (MExN): A one day sensitisation meeting cum anti-stigma and discrimination on COVID-19 was held at Suruhoto block, Zunheboto on September 13.  Dr K Akaho Sema, Dy CMO, Zunheboto speaking on the meeting stated mentioned about the three main factors causing the stigma associated with COVID-19, namely lack of adequate information, fear of the disease, rumours and misinformation.
  • New campaign on stories of India's courage amid Covid-19
    New Delhi, September 14 (IANSlife): Putting India's common citizens - tailors, kirana shop owners, autorickshaw drivers, teachers and more - at its centre, a new inspirational anthem titled 'Himmat Hai Toh Jeet Hai' launched on Monday, kickstarting with it a two-month-long campaign to celebrate 'himmat' or fortitude Indians are displaying in their fight against Covid-19. This celebration of stories of courage and hope amid Covid-19, has been launched by Populatio
  • India's parliament meets after six months as COVID cases surge
    NEW DELHI, September 14 (Reuters): India's parliament met for the first time in six months on Monday, as novel coronavirus cases across the country rose by more than 90,000 in the space of a day and the total number of infections neared 5 million. Members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wore masks and sat in seats enclosed by glass partitions designed to prevent the spread of the virus. The assembly's hours have been truncated; the lower house will sit in the mor
  • NagaWrestleMania unlikely this year
    Our Correspondent Kohima | September 13  3E Nagaland is likely to skip its annual NagaWrestleMania (King Of The Ring Series) event this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. When contacted 3E managing director Kethosituo Mepfhiio said that in the absence of corporate sponsorships, it is hard to imagine holding an event without spectators and ticket revenue. However, this is also a time for organizers like us to ponder upon other ways of marketing one's event, he said adding
  • Practice yoga, eat chyawanprash: Guidelines for recovered Covid patients
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): Yogasana, pranayama, meditation and intake of chyawanprash are among some of the suggestions given by the Union health ministry in its new management protocol for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Calling for a holistic approach for follow up care and well-being of all post-COVID recovered patients, the health ministry said such patients must continue COVID appropriate behaviour by use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing
  • Nagaland COVID-19 cases breach 5000 mark
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 12 The COVID-19 infection wave continues to be on the rise in Nagaland with the case count breaching the 5,000 mark on Saturday with the addition of 118 patients. Of the new cases, 113 have been reported from Dimapur, 2 cases each have been detected in Kohima and Peren districts while 1 case has been detected in the Mon district. The new cases included 106 armed forces/security personnel, five returnees, five traced contacts and two fro
  • Nagaland’s COVID-19 caseload crosses 5000-mark with 118 new cases 
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 12 Nagaland’s COVID-19 caseload crossed 5000 mark to reach 5064 with 118 new infections from the virus on September 12.  “118 +ve cases of COVID-19 have been detected out of 609 samples received. 113 in Dimapur, 2 each in Kohima and Peren & 1 in Mon,” Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom updated on Twitter. The Minister further informed that the State also recorded 31 recoveries on
  • Amazon sold some items at inflated rate during Covid-19: Report
    San Francisco, September 12 (IANS): Amazon sold several items including essentials such as toilet paper and hand sanitiser at inflated rate during the Covid-19 pandemic, said a report by US-based consumer rights group Public Citizen. Amazon set prices of products during the pandemic to levels that would be considered violations of price gouging laws in many states of the country, showed the findings of the report released this week. Numerous examples of price increases were found