Coronavirus COVID-19

Ahead of mega evacuation of stranded overseas Indians, MEA holds meeting with foreign missions

There are about 1.20 crore Indians around the world and about 9 million in the Gulf countries, where nearly 10,000 Indians have been infected with the coronavirus.

May 05, 2020, 22:06 PM IST

Israel isolates COVID-19 antibody, makes 'significant breakthrough' against coronavirus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have ordered the institute to devote resources to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 on February 1.

May 05, 2020, 16:57 PM IST

Lockdown 3.0 extended in India for 14 more days to contain coronavirus pandemic; here's why

The first reason is that the country has attained success in the fight against coronavirus in the past 6 weeks but if the lockdown is removed on May 3, the possibility is that the COVID-19 cases could surge rapidly. 

May 02, 2020, 00:31 AM IST

Coronavirus lockdown extended till May 17: Here's what is allowed in Red, Orange and Green Zones

Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in the Red Zones. These include print and electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc., as mentioned earlier. 

May 01, 2020, 19:05 PM IST

Tamil Nadu sees surge in coronavirus COVID-19 cases; 36 districts fall under Red Zone, only one in Green

According to the state government data, 26 districts fall under Red zones, 10 under Orange, and only Krishnagiri district come under the green zone.

May 01, 2020, 17:54 PM IST

Distribution drive of masks and meals by 6 kids

6 youngsters launched an initiative C3 - Corona Control Corner which is being led by MCD South Zone. They urged designers to step in and make use of leftover material which is there in their boutiques to make face masks. To their surprise, not only Indians, in fact, US citizens too aid them now.

May 01, 2020, 13:44 PM IST

Delhi High Court says no to Air Conditioners to prevent spread of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

The use of fans in the court was considered as a measure suggested by PWD engineers to foil the apprehension that the centralized ACs may infect others with coronavirus if droplets of an infected remain in the air.

Apr 30, 2020, 23:23 PM IST

UK to deploy 7 more flights to evacuate COVID-19 stranded British travellers from India

All the new flights are between Amritsar and London to cater to the thousands still stranded in Punjab, with a daily flight planned every day between May 5 and 11.

Apr 30, 2020, 20:13 PM IST

Smokers are less vulnerable to coronavirus COVID-19, suggests review of 28 scientific studies

Commenting on the matter, Linda Bauld, a professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, said 'there's something weird going on with smoking and coronavirus'.

Apr 30, 2020, 18:32 PM IST

AIIMS provides teleconsultation facility to help follow-up patients amid COVID-19 lockdown

The facility to book appointments on phone will be available from 8:30am to 2:30pm on all working days i.e., from Monday to Saturday.

Apr 30, 2020, 16:26 PM IST

Government is planning to increase COVID-19 testing capacity to one lakh per day: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

In the next few days, one lakh people will be tested for coronavirus on a daily basis, Vardhan said, adding "Now, about 60,000 samples are being tested every day in 385 government and private labs."

Apr 29, 2020, 21:51 PM IST

Centre allows return of migrant workers, tourists, students to their home states with conditions

The MHA revised advisory has asked states and Union Territory authorities to allow stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, and students to move with conditions during the lockdown. 

Apr 29, 2020, 18:54 PM IST

14 traders test positive for coronavirus at Delhi's Azadpur Sabzi Mandi; 600 people screened

The administration has sealed as many as 14 shops, but traders working here are facing a dilemma of facing the crisis of livelihood due to the deadly virus.

Apr 29, 2020, 16:03 PM IST

WhatsApp doubles number of participants in video, voice calls

Over the last month, people on average are spending over 15 billion minutes talking each day on WhatsApp calls, well above a typical day before the pandemic, said the company.

Apr 28, 2020, 22:00 PM IST

Building where a COVID-19 patient has been found can be used after proper disinfection, says Health Ministry

Lav Aggarwal said that the only requirement is that the particular building or facility should be properly disinfected if it has to be used. 

Apr 28, 2020, 19:14 PM IST

ADB approves $1.5 bn loan to India to fight COVID-19 pandemic

ADB is fully committed to supporting the Government of India in its response to this unprecedented challenge, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said.

Apr 28, 2020, 16:32 PM IST

Coronavirus may change face of Indian elections; mega rallies, long voters' queue likely to be history

After the coronavirus outbreak, it would be almost impossible to call millions in rallies. A new rule of social distancing may be added to the model code of conduct in the upcoming elections. 

Apr 28, 2020, 00:14 AM IST

Tamil Nadu returns 24,000 Rapid Test Kits for COVID-19 after ICMR's revised advisory

India procured around five lakh rapid antibody test kits from the two Chinese firms, Guongzhou Wondfo Biotech and Livzon Diagnostics, and they were distributed to several states reporting rising cases of the coronavirus infection.

Apr 27, 2020, 21:31 PM IST

Over 80% wheat crop harvested; majority of 'mandis' operational now amid COVID-19 lockdown: MHA

Talking about the activities that have been allowed by the government to ensure essential supplies and that works go on during the ongoing lockdown, Srivastava said the procurement of pulses and oil seeds is going on. 

Apr 27, 2020, 20:21 PM IST

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for COVID-19 lockdown extension till May 21, seeks clarity on MHA shops reopening order

Mamata Banerjee said, "From today's meeting with Prime Minister the sense I got from what he had to say is that this lockdown would continue, but certain relaxations must be given."

Apr 27, 2020, 18:43 PM IST