COVID-19 spread: Goal to ensure minimum loss of life, PM Narendra Modi tells state CMs; testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine to remain areas of focus

Underscoring the importance of coordinated action and the need to avoid overlaps in efforts of stakeholders, the Prime Minister spoke about the need of setting up crisis management groups at the district level and appointment of district surveillance officers. He said that data must be taken from the accredited labs for testing – this will […]

Health Ministry identifies 20 existing, 22 potential COVID-19 hotspots

The advisory highlights major areas where enhanced deployment of human resource is required such as surveillance activities at grass root level, supervisory management of containment operations, laboratory testing and clinical management of suspect/confirmed cases in isolation wards.

Indian restaurants tweak operations for the COVID-19 lockdown

Her team has tried to get back on its feet as quickly as possible by restarting the bakery a few days ago. “We had an overwhelming response. “On the first day we went live, despite no advertising, we did the same value of sales in four hours that we did over the whole of February,” […]

COVID-19 | Police, medical personnel attacked while trying to collect samples

The state government has intensified the process of collection and testing of samples. All those who returned to Bihar from abroad by mid-March or who have come from other parts of the country are being tested, irrespective of whether or not they are having any symptoms.

COVID-19 in US: Six-week-old newborn dies, death toll crosses 5,000

The fast-spreading virus that has affected 213,372 and caused over 5,000 deaths in the United States is believed to be more dangerous for older adults, though increasingly it appears to be also sending younger patients to hospital as well.

Fan actor Shikha Malhotra goes back to nursing during Covid-19 outbreak: ‘Couldn’t sit at home after PM’s address’

Talking about how she is dealing with the situation, given that hospitals are brimming with people infected by the virus, Malhotra, 25, says,“I’m a little upset as we even have patients as young as seven months as corona positive in our hospital. I feel bad when I see people roaming in the streets, even after […]

Covid-19: Air India suspends contract of 200 employees including pilots, who were re-employed after retirement

The national carrier has already cut the allowances of all employees, except cabin crew, by 10 per cent for the next three months in order to save money amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the health ministry, death toll due to coronavirus touched 50 on Thursday. Total number of positive cases has risen to 1,965 […]

COVID-19: Private labs face home testing hiccups

Handling Rush Difficult Neuberg Diagnostics has been approved to test for Covid-19 in Chennai and Gujarat. The Gujarat government has even issued show-cause notices to private labs asking them why they were taking samples at home. But the Tamil Nadu government has said private labs can only collect samples from government institutions for testing. “We […]

Maharashtra to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests for early detection, to use blood samples instead of swabs

The Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to expedite the detection of coronavirus cases, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The state government will use blood samples instead of swabs in rapid tests for coronavirus detection, Tope said. Talking to reporters after Prime Minister Modi held a video conference with […]

WHO expects Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases to peak in mid-April

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in mid-April and there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on April 2. Based on available data, the WHO Country Office has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalised […]