COVID-19

  • COVID-19: 230 new cases take Nagaland’s tally above 3000
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | August 10 COVID-19 cases on Monday surged past the 3,000 mark with 230 persons testing positive in Nagaland. The first cases in the state were reported on May 25 and it took only 74 days to reach the figure of 3011. With the confirmation of 3 cases on May 25, it took nearly 2 months (57 days) cross the 1000-mark on July 20. However, it took just took 14 days to cross 2000 cases on August 3.  The duration to cross 3000 was further ha
  • Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million: Reuters tally
    Reuters Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections. The respiratory disease has infected at least four times the average number of people struck down with severe influenza illnesses annually, according to the World Health Organization. The death toll from COVID-19, meanwhile, at more than 728,000 has outpaced the upper range of annual dea
  • Nagaland to distribute pen drives loaded with study materials among rural students
    Kohima, August 10 (PTI): The Nagaland government has decided to distribute pen drives loaded with study materials among students of classes 5 to 12 residing in rural areas where poor network connectivity hampers their online education, a senior official said on Monday. Two phases of online education have been completed since the closure of the schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The pen drives will contain the syllabi covered in the online classes held since May 1, Principal Direc
  • IPL to be staged in UAE after BCCI gets government clearance
    (Reuters): This year's Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place between Sept. 19 and Nov. 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) received government clearance, the Twenty20 league's chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Monday. The league was originally scheduled to begin in late March but had to be put off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the BCCI staring at a potential $534 million loss in revenue. But Patel confirmed t
  • Atletico resume training as rest of squad test negative for COVID-19 after two positives
    MADRID, August 10 (Reuters): Atletico Madrid's fears of further disruption to their trip to the Champions League 'Final Eight' tournament in Lisbon have been eased after the rest of the squad tested negative for COVID-19, following two positives the previous day. The club's morning training session was postponed due to the positive cases and their plans to travel to Lison were put on hold, but the club said in a statement they would have one final session before
  • I was worried at the beginning: Halep on COVID-19
    Prague, August 10 (IANS): Current World No.2 Simona Halep has admitted that tennis had taken a backseat for her in the initial days when the world was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Halep was out of action due to an injury even before the pandemic disrupted the tennis calendar. Halep is now making her comeback to tennis at the Prague Open. "It was a shock for me to see that everything was shut down," Halep told WTA. "I'm used to traveling so much and suddenly
  • COVID-19: 230 new cases take Nagaland’s tally above 3000
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | August 10 The COVID-19 cases in Nagaland crossed the 3000-mark with the confirmation of 231 new infections from the virus on August 10, official updates informed.   “Out of 828 samples tested, 230 new +ve cases have been detected,” Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom updated on Twitter Monday afternoon.  The new cases included 104 from Dimapur, 104 from Kohima, 18 from Mon and 4 from P
  • Frontline worker dies in Mon; not COVID-19 death, says DC
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 10 A frontline worker who was in institutional quarantine in Wangkhao Government College, Mon reportedly died in his sleep on August 9. Confirming the news of the death of the frontline worker, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mon told The Morung Express that it was not a COVID-19 death. The deceased had earlier tested positive for COVID -19 but he had recovered. He had tested negative on July 31 and August 9, the DC informed. “Since he w
  • Russia plans to register 1st Covid vaccine this week
    Moscow, August 10 (IANS):  Russia is reportedly going ahead with its plan to register the world's first Covid-19 vaccine this week before it starts mass vaccination in October, despite safety concerns raised from several quarters, including the WHO. Russia's Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev recently revealed plans to register a Covid-19 vaccine on August 12, Sputnik news agency reported. Russia is the fourth worst-hit nation after the US, Brazil and India. The vac
  • India records 62,064 new corona cases, record over 1,000 deaths
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANS): India, the third country worst hit by COVID-19 pandemic, recorded a spike of 62,064 coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing the total tally to 2,215,074. The country tested a record over 1,000 deaths in a single day. The number of recoveries mounted to over 15 lakh, more than twice the active cases. Out of the total cases, 6,34,945 are active cases, 1,535,743 have recovered from the disease while 44,386 people have lost their lives in the fight against
  • Newspapers in collective fight against COVID-19 pandemic
    COVID-19 impact on newspaper industry in Nagaland- Part III Morung Express News Dimapur | August 9 Among the catastrophic effects the COVID-19 pandemic has left in its wake, misinformation and fake news seem to be one of the major challenges faced by newspapers all over the world. In Nagaland, the scenario is no different. In this three-part series, The Morung Express has attempted to explore the way the pandemic has left newspapers in Nagaland trying to stay afloat financ
  • Low recovery rate due to ‘stricter’ discharge policy in Nagaland 
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 9 Nagaland has one of the poorest recovery rates in the country with 32.5% as against the national average of 68.78% as on August 9. However, the State Health Department’s weekly bulletin issued on Saturday said that a major cause for the lesser recovery rate is the stricter policy of discharge in the State where a negative test is still mandatory. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Mo
  • NPYC questions Centre on unemployment
    KOHIMA, AUGUST 9 (MExN): The Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) today questioned the BJP led Central Government on various issues with regard to  employment.  A press release from Vilhousielie Kenguruse, NPYC President questioned the Centre “where are the 2 Crore jobs promised by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during 2014?” It said that under this government, “unemployment rate is the highest than it has ever been in 45 years.” “2 out of
  • Video speech competition on thanking frontline heroes
    Kohima, August 9 (MExN): The Phek district administration and DLCW- Mahila Shakti Kendra (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao) Phek will be conducting 3 minute video speech competition 2020 under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao on the topic “Thank You COVID -19 Frontline Heroes.” This contest is only for girls from Class 2 to 5 and should be a citizen of Phek district. The length of the video should not exceed 3 minutes and minimum 2 and half minute. All entries should be submitted in local
  • ‘Virtual’ on paper
    The outbreak of COVID-19 has upended lives across the world and governments as well as the populace across the globe, have had been struggling to cope with the unprecedented pandemic. One area of concern is education, specifically the question ensuring the normal flow of learning, with the face-to-face interaction either limited or completely curtailed. Several alternatives have had been tested and offered, and the rush for education online or virtual learning, understandably, ha
  • Serena turned into bit of a recluse during COVID-19
    (Reuters): Serena Williams said on Saturday the COVID-19 outbreak has not only given her a much needed stretch of downtime with her family, it has also turned her into a bit of a "neurotic" and "a recluse" given her past health scares. The 23-times Grand Slam champion, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, said she has not taken the virus situation lightly and that her health has been her top priority ahead of her return to competition.
  • India records 64K+ cases in 1 day, tally now at 21,53,011
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) India, the third-worst COVID-hit country globally, recorded a single-day spike of 64,399 coronavirus cases, pushing its total tally to 21,53,011. Out of the total 21,53,011 cases, 6,28,747 are active cases, 14,80,884 have recovered from the deadly virus while 43,379 people have died. A total of 53,879 persons recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours, while, 861 others lost their lives while battling the virus in just one day. The government
  • Nagaland DoHFW issues guidelines on rational use of COVID-19 testing
    Kohima, August 8 (MExN): In order to sustain the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, it is pertinent to utilize the resources optimally, effectively and rationally. Considering the unfolding challenges the Department of Health & Family Welfare (DoHFW) has issued the following guideline on rational use of COVID-19 Testing as given below, for strict adherence & compliance by all concerned stakeholders with immediate effect:  •    Testing criteria shall be
  • Olympics: Japanese trampolinist bounces back after pandemic scuppers dream
    SAITAMA, Japan, August 8 (Reuters): Japanese trampolinist Tetsuya Sotomura was pushing for his country's final qualification spot for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year but his dream was shattered when the Games were postponed. At 35, he had already decided that the Olympics would be his last event and when organisers made the decision to postpone the Games until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sotomura knew his body wouldn't hold up for another year. &
  • Couple, aged 93 and 79, beat COVID-19 in Nagaland
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 8 Globally, elderly patients are considered to be at high risk of fatality from COVID-19, due to many factors, including pre-existing medical conditions.  But there was good news from Nagaland on Saturday as an elderly couple has recovered from the infections at the COVID-19 hospital in District Hospital Phek, according to state health officials. The unnamed couple was discharged in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner Phek an