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Centre Sets Up High-Level Panels to Restore ‘Normalcy’ Post Lockdown

Centre Sets Up High-Level Panels to Restore ‘Normalcy’ Post Lockdown

New Delhi: The government on Sunday constituted 11 empowered groups to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce the misery of people as quickly as possible post the 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. These empowered groups have been constituted to ensure a comprehensive and integrated response […]

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Congress Slams ‘Thoughtless’ Lockdown, Links It to Demonetisation

Congress Slams ‘Thoughtless’ Lockdown, Links It to Demonetisation

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday slammed the lack of preparedness by the Modi government before announcing the “thoughtless” lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak, alleging it was making “hasty” decisions in the same manner as it did during the 2017 demonetisation exercise. “Unfortunately, history is repeating itself today,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. “The lockout […]

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Assam doctor who took anti-malaria drug amid Covid-19 outbreak dies

Assam doctor who took anti-malaria drug amid Covid-19 outbreak dies

A doctor in Assam, who health officials say took an anti-malaria drug that has apparently shown some effect against the coronavirus disease Covid-19, has died due to a heart attack, his colleagues said. It was not clear if the use of hydroxychloroquine is connected to the death of Utpaljit Barman, 44, a senior anaesthetist at […]

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India assesses Covid-19 sample pooling for tests, says top scientist. How it helps

India assesses Covid-19 sample pooling for tests, says top scientist. How it helps

India is looking at increasing the capacity of testing for coronavirus disease Covid-19 by pooling of samples. The effort was announced on Twitter by India’s principal scientific adviser Vijay Raghavan. “Efforts to increase test capacity by the ‘pooling’ of samples are being evaluated. This is not simple and needs the development and testing of optimization algorithms so […]

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Govt Says No Plan To Extend 21-Day Coronavirus Lockdown

Govt Says No Plan To Extend 21-Day Coronavirus Lockdown

The government on Monday said there was no plan to extend the 21-day lockdown which came into force last week in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 1,000 people in the country. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting tweeted, saying Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has […]

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Coronavirus update: Pregnant woman, her husband forced to walk over 100km without food; rescued by locals

Coronavirus update: Pregnant woman, her husband forced to walk over 100km without food; rescued by locals

An eight-month pregnant woman and her husband were offered monetary help and an ambulance in Meerut to cover the rest of their journey from Saharanpur to Bulandshahr after they were forced to walk over 100 kms on their way home without food when the latter’s employer turned them out without any money. Local residents Naveen […]

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Coronavirus: Confirmed Cases Cross 1000-Mark In India, Death Toll Rises To 27

Coronavirus: Confirmed Cases Cross 1000-Mark In India, Death Toll Rises To 27

The nationwide tally of confirmed Coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000-mark and the death toll reached 27 on Sunday. Two fresh deaths were reported on Sunday evening from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, Health Ministry said. Total deaths increased by eight since Saturday. The total number of positive cases has increased by 106 in the last […]

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Why Modi, Trump & others are angry at WHO’s handling of Covid-19 crisis

Why Modi, Trump & others are angry at WHO’s handling of Covid-19 crisis

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO), the agency that handles health within the United Nations, is facing a lot of global criticism, and even in India, over how it has handled this Covid-19 crisis. It does seem that it took too long in reacting to the pandemic and gave China a long pass. It was […]

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Here’s A Cure For Coronavirus, But It Has A Statutory Warning…

Here’s A Cure For Coronavirus, But It Has A Statutory Warning…

After US President Trump and WhatsApp forwards endorsed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to fight COVID-19, authorities and chemist associations have cautioned people against buying it—and other antiviral drugs. On March 24, the Delhi drugs control department sent out an advisory to chemists after observing that “some consumers were buying the medicines for prophylactic use”. […]

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Restrict sales of chloroquine & other Covid-19 drugs: Chemists’ lobby tells members

Restrict sales of chloroquine & other Covid-19 drugs: Chemists’ lobby tells members

New Delhi: In a bid to prevent hoarding amid the coronavirus pandemic, India’s top pharmacists’ lobby has warned over 8.5 lakh chemists it represents across the country to restrict the sales of drugs which are being used for the treatment of Covid-19. The sales of drugs like azithromycin, hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, lopinavir and ritonavir have shot up after their […]

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