• Singaporean gets four months jail for COVID-19 Facebook post
    SINGAPORE, May 27 (Reuters): A taxi driver was jailed for four months in Singapore on Wednesday over a Facebook post in which he falsely claimed food outlets would close and urged people to stock up due to impending COVID-19 restrictions, local media reported.   Kenneth Lai Yong Hui, 40, deleted the message sent to a private Facebook group with around 7,500 members after 15 minutes, court records show, but the public prosecutor called for a punishment that would deter o
  • "Repair and Prepare": EU unveils 750 billion euro plan for coronavirus recovery
    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters): The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday a plan to borrow on the market and then disburse to EU countries 750 billion euros in grants and loans to help them recover from their coronavirus slump, giving an immediate boost to the euro.   Much of the money is to go to Italy and Spain, the worst affected by the pandemic, which together would receive 313 billion euros in grants and loans.   The aim is also to protect the European U
  • RT-LAMP kits soon for COVID-19 diagnosis: Harsh Varshan
    NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, a constituent lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is to develop and scale up a new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) based COVID-19 diagnostic kit.   The lab has partnered with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the venture.   Taking it to Twitter, the Mini
  • Health Ministry includes RMNCAH+N activities in essential services
    NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday categorised RMNCAH+N activities in the essential services category.   These activities are related to pregnancy care management, newborn care and childhood illness management, immunisation services, management of severe acute malnutrition in children, family planning services, comprehensive abortion care services and adolescent health services as essential.   The Ministry said that in
  • Border closures, pre-travel tests of little use against COVID-19 spread - EU agency
    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters): Border closures do little to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the European Union's public health agency said, as EU states weigh lifting some travel restrictions imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.   The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said measures such as testing travellers before departure or temperature screening on arrival are also largely ineffective, though it confirmed that travelli
  • With black masks and silence, Spain mourns its coronavirus dead
    MADRID, May 27 (Reuters): Grieving Spaniards wore black and fell silent across the nation at midday on Wednesday at the start of 10 days of mourning for more than 27,000 dead from the coronavirus crisis.   Some people donned black face masks as parliament stopped for a minute, the royal family stood outside the Zarzuela Palace and flags flew at half-mast to honour those lost during one of Spain's most traumatic episodes in its modern history.   "
  • Coronavirus outbreak at South Korea e-commerce warehouse drives spike in new cases
    SEOUL, May 27 (Reuters): South Korea reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 49 days on Wednesday, as one of the country's largest e-commerce companies battled an outbreak linked to a now-shuttered logistics facility.   The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 40 new cases as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the country's total number to 11,265. A day earlier the country recorded 19 new cases.   So far, a
  • WHO says hydroxychloroquine safety findings expected by mid-June
    ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters): The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a safety team would review data on hydroxychloroquine by next month, a day after officials cited safety concerns that prompted them to suspend use of the malaria drug in a global trial in COVID-19 patients.   The WHO called time on using the drug in its multi-country trial, called Solidarity, after a study published in British medical journal The Lancet found patients randomised to get hy
  • Dutch PM did not visit dying mother until end due to coronavirus rules - statement
    AMSTERDAM, May 26 (Reuters): Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte did not visit his 96-year-old mother for more than eight weeks until hours before her death this month due to lockdown measures in the Netherlands, his office said on Tuesday.   Mieke Rutte-Dilling died on May 13, Rutte's office announced on Monday. She did not have the coronavirus, although there were COVID-19 infections at the nursing home where she lived.   "The prime minister complied w
  • Spain declares 10-day official mourning for coronavirus victims
    MADRID, May 26 (Reuters): The Spanish government declared a 10-day official mourning period from Wednesday to honour the nearly 30,000 people who died from the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world's worst-hit countries, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said.   During the mourning period, flags will fly at half-mast all over the country's public buildings and navy ships, she told a news briefing after a cabinet meeting.   The period will
  • 99 stranded citizens depart for Nagaland from Punjab 
    Dimapur, May 26 (MExN): A total of 99 stranded citizens of Nagaland have started their journey home in 3 buses from Punjab.  Adviser to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Abu Metha informed on a Twitter update that they embarked on the 3-day journey after “availing transportation assistance” from the State Government.   “We pray for their safety & wish them safe travels,” Metha added.  Further details are awaited.  &nb
  • Coronavirus spreads in Brazil's oilfields, as five offshore operators register cases
    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 26 (Reuters): Norway's Equinor ASA and Anglo-French firm Perenco are among at least five oil producers that have registered coronavirus cases among employees or contractors at facilities off the coast of Brazil, according to industry and regulatory sources.   Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Brazil's Enauta Participacoes SA have registered one case each, and hundreds of cases have been recorded at oilfields operated by state-run Petrobras.  
  • COVID-19 Horticulture Special Drive team visits villages under Dimapur district
    Dimapur, May 26 (MExN): The COVID-19 Horticulture Special Drive team led by District Horticulture Officer, Temsu Longkumer visited farmers of different villages under Dimapur district, with the message “Grow More! Produce More! Earn More!”   According to a DIPR report, the special drive visit which began on May 18 is still continuing and the officials led by DHO Temsu will be visiting many more villages to educate and encourage the farmers.    Dur
  • China's Xi urges preparedness for military combat amid coronavirus epidemic - state TV
    BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters): President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.   China's performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the
  • Child labour, marriages on rise in Yemen as COVID spreads - UN agency
    GENEVA, May 26 (Reuters): The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday its work in Yemen was near a "potential breaking point" as coronavirus spreads in the war-damaged country, with rising numbers of families resorting to begging, child labour and marrying of children.   Around 80 percent of Yemen's malnourished population relies on humanitarian assistance, making it the world's biggest humanitarian crisis even before coronavirus.   Last week, t
  • Catholic Association of Nagaland donates 7 lakh towards COVID-19 relief fund 
    Kohima, May 26 (MExN): The Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) donated a sum of 7 lakh “to partake in shouldering the transportation cost of passengers stranded in other states being brought home in hired buses.”    The CAN in a letter addressed to the Chief Minister of Nagaland said, “We understand that the enormity of your responsibility has increased much more by the weight of COVID-19 pandemic. We come forward to remind you that we are with you
  • Valley View Colony Council welcomes support 
    Dr Y G Zhimo, Dr Elika Zhimo and Tinakali Sumi distributed soaps and rations to the needy, migrant labourers and stranded people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at Valley View Colony, Dimapur. The Valley View Colony Council has appreciated the selfless work done by them on an individual level. (Photo Courtesy: Valley View Colony Council, Dimapur)  
  • 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
  • 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