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On December 31, 2019, China reported a new virus to the World Health Organization (WHO), which later came to be known as COVID-19 -- the “CO” stands for coronavirus, “VI” for virus and “D” for disease. The coronavirus itself is called “nCoV-2019”. The virus, which causes symptoms ranging from an itchy throat to pneumonia, has killed thousands globally and infected millions. Several countries, including India, have implemented lockdown measures and other restrictions in a bid to stop the tranmission of the coronavirus. There are global efforts to find a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus, with several studies underway and in different stages of development. Scientists are also trying to understand the origin of the virus and how it is transmitted. An indigenous vaccine for the coronavirus is being developed in the country by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited (MMIL). India initiated a lockdown on March 24 due to the coronavirus, and has gradually eased restrictions in phases. The country stopped rail and air services to contain the coronavirus. The Centre announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package to that would largely benefit the unorganised sector workers, especially daily wage earners and the urban and rural poor. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also taken several relief measures to mitigate the economic fallout due to the coronavirus. The Centre initiated Shramik Special trains in May to help stranded migrants, tourists students and others return to their home states. It announced the Vande Bharat Mission and Operation Samudra Setu to help Indian nationals abroad return to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic is altering beviour across the world. From social distancing to wearing masks, from washing hands to working from home, people have been forced to change their habits. And not just humans, the coronavirus pandemic has led to cleaner air, blue skies and a change in animal behaviour.


Ram temple 'bhoomi pujan' not required amid pandemic: Raj Thackeray

July 31, 2020 2:47 pm

"The bhoomi pujan is not required at this time as people are in a different mindset right now. It could have been held after two months when things normalise. People would have enjoyed the ceremony then," the MNS chief said.

Explained: How Apple grew in the middle of a pandemic

July 31, 2020 2:49 pm

Apple’s growth can be attributed primarily to its launch of the iPhone SE even as most of its markets were in the middle of a Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown.

Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing

July 31, 2020 2:02 pm

While experts say the drop in influenza infections has reduced the strain on healthcare systems and lowered the number of influenza fatalities, there’s also concern that the unprecedented drop in cases could have a negative impact on immunity levels in following seasons.

Coronavirus global updates, 31 July: Brazil's first lady tests positive; Philippines extends coronavirus restrictions in capital

July 31, 2020 4:18 pm

Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: Globally, over 17.29 million people have tested positive and 671,480 have died while over 10.13 million recoveries have been recorded.

India coronavirus numbers explained: Scare in Andhra, second day with over 10,000 cases

July 31, 2020 3:36 pm

India Coronavirus Cases: Andhra Pradesh looks set to overtake Delhi on Friday, and become the state with the third highest caseload in the country.

Hyderabad: 11 Vande Bharat passengers from Saudi detained for allegedly smuggling gold

July 31, 2020 12:17 pm

The seized gold bars, around 28 in number, weigh about 3.11 kg and are valued at Rs 1.66 crores, said officials.

SC tells Centre to ensure timely payment of salaries to healthcare workers battling Covid

July 31, 2020 3:37 pm

When the Centre, in response to the direction, placed the onus on state governments, the apex court ordered it to take steps under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Latest hotspot Ludhiana critically short of beds for critical Covid care

July 31, 2020 11:13 am

Civil Surgeon says district plans to increase Level 3 beds to 1,000.

First dog that tested positive for COVID-19 dies in New York

July 31, 2020 11:02 am

Buddy's health declined steadily after he developed breathing problems and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanised on July 11 after he started vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys told National Geographic.

Capt says all patients will be supplied plasma free-of-cost

July 31, 2020 10:51 am

After making the announcement to give plasma free-of-cost Thursday, the Chief Minister also appealed to the recovered Covid patients to come forward to save the lives of others. He urged DCs and Health Department officials to motivate such patients to donate plasma.


Healthcare experts speak of uncomfortable, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits

July 28, 2020 8:34 pm

The Ministry’s standards required PPEs only to be “impermeable to blood and body fluids.” And experts say several manufacturers achieved this with lamination that allowed no breathing at all.

As India's Covid-19 tally touches 1,038,716, some snapshots of virus testing across country

July 18, 2020 9:59 pm

At present, there are 3,58,692 active cases in the country, while 6,53,750 people have recovered so far and one has migrated.

'Happy Hour' in Great Britain as pubs reopen

July 05, 2020 1:51 pm

England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months.

Coronavirus vaccine update: India okays use of remdesivir and other developments

June 14, 2020 1:47 pm

With nearly 12,000 new cases, COVID infections in India on Sunday rose to over 3.2 lakh. The death toll also crossed the 9,000-mark.

Indian Army | Passing out Parade in the time of Covid-19

June 14, 2020 4:01 pm

The passing out parade was conducted with restricted attendance and parents were not invited because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a defence release stated.

Life comes out of hiding as the world begins to unlock

June 12, 2020 11:10 pm

Glimpses from public places in the coronavirus-affected countries across the world after lockdown curbs are relaxed.

India readies for Unlock 1.0: Malls, religious places to reopen from June 8

June 07, 2020 5:01 pm

According to the fresh SOPs for Unlock 1.0 released by the Health Ministry, shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship will be allowed to open from June 8.

Honouring the dead amid Covid-19

May 30, 2020 3:35 pm

As Covid-19 cases soar, migrants wait for special trains

May 29, 2020 10:23 pm

Ahmedabad comprises more than 70 per cent of the state’s total after the district total crossed 11,000 following 256 new cases on Wednesday.

Migrant workers continue to leave Delhi - on foot and trains

May 28, 2020 2:18 pm

Around 2.71 lakh migrant workers and their family members have left the national capital on 214 Shramik special trains.