pandemic

  • 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
  • Global coronavirus deaths top half a million
    SYDNEY/BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters): The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.   The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among the 501,000 fatalities and 1
  • Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million
    North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of cases, while Asia and the Middle East have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to a Reuters tally   BEIJING, June 28 (Reuters): Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.   The figure is roughly double the nu
  • Politicking during a pandemic
    Imlisanen Jamir A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic gives the leading lights of society, including the political class, a chance to redeem themselves. The pandemic presented our politicians a great opportunity to reinvent themselves as responsible, empathetic leaders dedicated to the service of the people. However, ever since the outbreak of the pandemic and it reaching Nagaland State, like in the rest of the country, a political slugfest has continued at every level of politic
  • Beijing confirms 6 new COVID-19 cluster cases
    Beijing, June 13 (IANS): Beijing confirmed six new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases after the Chinese capital recorded its first domestic infected earlier in the week in almost two months, authorities said on Saturday.   Apart from the two confirmed cases who are both employees of the China Meat Food Research Center in Fengtai district and were reported earlier on Friday, another four cases were reported between 4 p.m. and midnight, Xinhua news agency reported. &nb
  • Record 9,987 cases take India's Covid tally to 2.66 lakh
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANS): India on Tuesday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike in novel coronavirus cases at 9,987, a Health Ministry data revealed. At least 331 corona patients died in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total fatalities to 7,466.   Now, India is the fifth most corona-affected country as it overtook Spain on Sunday, with its total corona cases at 2,66,598. It is behind the United Kingdom, which has a total of 2,88,834 cases.   Of the to
  • Markets in Agra open but customers reluctant to move out
    Agra, June 9 (IANS): Such is the level of scare from Covid-19 that though malls and bazaars in Agra are now open, customers are reluctant to move out of their homes.   The Covid-19 has definitely given a big boost to home delivery services. "From medicines to vegetables and grocery items, we now prefer to get our supplies at home. It is too much of a hassle to stand in long queues maintaining social distancing," says senior citizen Sudhir Gupta of Vijay Nagar Colon
  • China to strengthen global cooperation in COVID-19 vaccine trials
    BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters): China will strengthen international cooperation in future COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials, building on earlier collaboration in vaccine development, the science and technology minister said on Sunday.   China is expending great efforts in the global scramble to develop a vaccine for the new coronaries epidemic that began in its central city of Wuhan, with Chinese researchers conducting five separate clinical trials on humans, or half of all s
  • China to strengthen global cooperation in COVID-19 vaccine trials
    BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters): China will strengthen international cooperation in future COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials, building on earlier collaboration in vaccine development, the science and technology minister said on Sunday.   China is expending great efforts in the global scramble to develop a vaccine for the new coronaries epidemic that began in its central city of Wuhan, with Chinese researchers conducting five separate clinical trials on humans, or half of all s
  • Odisha reports highest single day spike in Covid-19 cases
    Bhubaneswar, June 6 (IANS): As many as 173 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 2,781 in the state, informed the Health department on Saturday.   This is the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the state so far.   Out of the 173 cases, 150 were reported from quarantine centres and 23 are local contacts.   Ganjam reported the highest of 64 new cases followed
  • India's COVID-19 cases rise to 2.36 lakh, surpass Italy
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS): With the biggest-ever jump of 9,887 new cases and 294 deaths in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 2,36,657 on Saturday, a Health Ministry data revealed. The country has now overtaken Italy, which has recorded 2,34,531 cases.   The surge comes amid the first phase of unlock after a two-month shutdown even as the government plans to open religious places from next week.   Of the total cases, 1,15942 are active, and 1,14
  • Bollywood star, Michelin chef come to the rescue of India's stranded migrants
    MUMBAI. June 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): It was past midnight on Sunday when tailor Faruk Mansoori, his last savings exhausted by the coronavirus lockdown, made up his mind to cycle from Mumbai to his village 1,500 kilometres away.   In a last-ditch cry for help, his friend tweeted actor Sonu Sood after seeing pictures on Facebook of the Bollywood star with migrant workers boarding a bus. Minutes later, Sood replied - promising that Mansoori would be going home by b
  • Zyfra to offer Indian firms digital solutions to reduce Covid risk
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 (IANS): Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider for heavy industries, Zyfra, on Tuesday announced it will offer Indian companies a comprehensive product to reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) at industrial and other facilities.   In a statement, the company said, the product, based on artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision, allows automatic mask monitoring with the help of video analytics, monitoring of the safe distance between
  • UK doctors to trial ibuprofen in COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulties
    LONDON, June 3 (Reuters): British doctors are trialling a formulation of anti-inflammatory ibuprofen to see if it reduces respiratory failure in patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.   The trial involves a particular formulation of ibuprofen, which researchers said had been shown to be more effective than standard ibuprofen for treating severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARCS), a complication of COVID-19.   The formulation is already licensed fo
  • India approves emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients
    BENGALURU, June 2 (Reuters): India's government said on Tuesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients.   Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and has received approval by Japanese health regulators.   "(Remdesivir) approv
  • One held for spreading fake news
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 1 (MExN): Dimapur Police today informed that one person has been traced for circulation of fake news regarding a missing patient from the COVID-19 District Hospital. In a post on Twitter, the Dimapur Police informed that appropriate legal action is being initiated against the individual.   
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • Iraqi militiamen drop guns to dig graves for coronavirus victims
    NAJAF, Iraq, June 1 (Reuters): Iraqi paramedic Sarmad Ibrahim cut his teeth treating fellow Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in the war against Islamic State. Now, he buries COVID-19 victims - an exhausting task where he must also get to grips with both Muslim and Christian burial rites.   "So far, we're coping," Ibrahim said as fellow volunteers from the Imam Ali Combat Brigade prepared to handle a coffin just sent from Baghdad. "But if we start receivi
  • New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says
    ROME, June 1 (Reuters): The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.   "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's coronavirus contagion.   "The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load