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Sunday, May 31, 2020


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.


A Danish club uses Zoom as fans attend game virtually, but in real time

May 31, 2020 1:15 pm

The stands remain empty, but the club says thousands of faces will continue to flicker across the three giant screens — the world’s first ‘virtual grandstand’.

PM Modi's Mann ki Baat: Poor hit hardest by lockdown

May 31, 2020 1:40 pm

In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Modi said that all classes of people have suffered during the pandemic but the poor who have suffered the most.

Uttar Pradesh: Patients in new hotspots register better recovery rate

May 31, 2020 1:05 pm

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that migrant workers had recovered faster as they worked hard and had the natural capacity to fight the virus.

Coronavirus numbers explained: More recoveries on Friday, but don't read it literally

May 31, 2020 1:07 pm

Recoveries being more than new infections is a sign of an epidemic on decline. This is what we hope to see when the current Coronavirus epidemic begins its downhill journey after having reached a peak. But we are nowhere close to that stage as of now.

Lockdown 5.0 LIVE Updates: Unlock 1.0 to play out differently in most states

May 31, 2020 12:31 pm

Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines & Rules, Coronavirus India Lockdown Unlock 1.0 Guidelines LIVE News Updates: The unlock 1.0, however, will play out differently in most states as they have been given the freedom to prohibit certain activities if they deem fit. But they cannot water down the Centre guidelines.

EU urges US to reconsider decision to break ties with WHO

May 31, 2020 12:01 pm

“Global cooperation and solidarity through multilateral efforts are the only effective and viable avenues to win this battle the world is facing,” according to a joint statement Saturday from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the bloc’s chief foreign envoy, Josep Borrell.

54-yr-old Delhi cop dies of COVID, second fatality in city police force

May 31, 2020 11:32 am

The ASI served in the Indian Army for a few years before joining the Delhi Police in 2014. He hailed from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.

Tourism hit by Covid-19, Kerala hopes its fight will trigger revival

May 31, 2020 11:14 am

For a population that has been under strict lockdown for the past two-and-a-half months, the urge to travel remains high on priority. While flying abroad or even to other states at the moment is fraught with dangers, travelling to driveable distances within the state is an idea that tour operators and hoteliers are willing to capitalise on.

Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30, public transport to resume partially

May 31, 2020 1:26 pm

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the curbs on religious places, inter-state bus transport, and metro and suburban rail services will continue.

Panchkula: Roadside barber shows the way, wears PPE kit to avoid close shave with coronavirus

May 31, 2020 9:55 am

The barbers also ensure that other grooming equipment like scissors, combs, and blades are clean and sanitized.


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.

Jumbo medical centres come up in Mumbai to treat Covid-19 cases

May 26, 2020 3:52 pm

Maharashtra accounts for more than one-third of all the coronavirus cases in the country, reporting a total of 52,667 cases, including 1,695 deaths. In the last ten days, more than 40 per cent of new infections detected in the country have come from Maharashtra.

How Bengal, Odisha look after cyclone landfall

May 20, 2020 8:37 pm

Cyclone Amphan, which has now weakened from Super Cyclone to an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm is the second super cyclone to have had formed over the Bay of Bengal in two decades.

Home is still a long walk away for migrants

May 19, 2020 3:37 pm

Weary of waiting for their names to appear on lists for trains or just running around for the required documentation, many migrants have decided to walk to their homes as the country extended the nationwide lockdown till 31 May.

Migrants continue to walk thousands of miles to reach home

May 17, 2020 6:58 pm

In a bid to ferry more migrants, the Railways on Monday decided to carry around 1,700 passengers on board its ‘Shramik Special’ trains instead of the current 1,200.

Trains provide some relief, but many continue long walk home

May 09, 2020 6:43 pm

On May 1, 2020 the first train carrying migrant labourers set off from Lingampally in Telangana for Hatia in Jharkhand. Nine days on and dozens of trains later, however, some workers are still choosing to go home by foot.

First curfew, then lockdown: The unique struggles of Kashmiri athletes

May 06, 2020 2:20 pm

Kashmir has seen back-to-back lockdowns - first when the Central government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, followed by the shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Long queues at liquor shops as states peg hopes on reviving economy

May 04, 2020 5:55 pm

Long queues are seen outside liquor shops as they set to reopen across the country on the first day of lockdown 3.0. With the exception of containment zones, liquor shops will be allowed to open everywhere else.