‘Unprecedented’ measures like lockdowns saved over 50,000 lives from coronavirus in Europe: Study

A study conducted by experts at the Imperial College, London has found that non-pharmaceutical government interventions like lockdowns may have averted scores of Covid-19 deaths – saving nearly 60,000 people in over 10 European nations. The report published on March 30 studies the effects of “unprecedented non-pharmaceutical interventions including case isolation, the closure of schools […]

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Covid-19 crisis worsens in US, WHO says pandemic far from over in Asia: Key developments

The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 800,000 people across the globe and claimed more than 40,000 lives worldwide, the World Health Organization states. From China, the virus spread quickly to the rest of the world, finding a new epicentre in Europe and the United States. For the first time for any country, US Covid-19 […]

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Prominent Indian-origin virologist in South Africa dies from coronavirus

World-renowned virologist Gita Ramjee has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus that has killed five people in the country. Ramjee, a stellar vaccine scientist and an HIV prevention research leader, had returned from London a week ago but reportedly showed no symptoms of COVID-19. Ramjee, 64, was […]

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Global coronavirus cases cross 800,000 after US sees deadliest day

The coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday infected more than 800,000 people all over the world, with the global death toll crossing 40,000. The twin developments came as the total number of deaths in the US surpassed China’s toll of 3,305. The US, Italy, Spain, China and Germany are now the five most affected countries in terms […]

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Covid-19: Indian-origin UK lawmaker Virendra Sharma discharged, says ‘recovering at home’

Senior Labour MP Virendra Sharma, who last week tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalised when his condition deteriorated, said on Tuesday that he has now been discharged and is “recovering well at home”. Hailing from Jalandhar district, Sharma, 72, is among nearly 30 MPs who have gone into self-isolation with symptoms or tested positive. […]

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Coronavirus found in sputum, faeces of patients with negative Covid-19 pharyngeal swabs

Chinese doctors have found the novel coronavirus in the sputum and faecal samples of some patients with negative pharyngeal swabs for COVID-19. The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that some patients had positive, real-time fluorescence polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results for SARS-CoV-2 in the sputum or faeces after the […]

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Employers trusted more than govt and media, says global survey on Covid-19

People rely upon the major news outlets, nearly twice as much as global health organizations WHO or social media for information about the Covid-19 pandemic. But when it comes to credible information, people trust their employers more than the government or the news media, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer special survey. The online survey […]

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Covid-19: Countries complain about quality of China-made equipment

A number of European countries have complained about the quality of the equipment being supplied by China to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Over the weekend, The Netherlands recalled thousands of masks imported from China because of quality issues, while Spain complained about defective imported test kits supplied by a Chinese manufacturer, media reports […]

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Russian doctor who met Putin last week diagnosed with coronavirus

A doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital last week said on Tuesday he had himself been diagnosed with the virus. Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital last Tuesday where he chatted to the doctor, Denis Protsenko. Neither man was wearing protective equipment during their conversation, TV footage from […]

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