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Thursday, February 25, 2021


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.


Explained: How does Johnson & Johnson single-dose Covid-19 vaccine work?

February 25, 2021 2:09 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that the single-dose vaccine for Covid-19 manufactured by Johnson & Johnson is safe and effective against the novel coronavirus. How does the shot work?

TN issues new guidelines for travellers entering the state by rail, air and road

February 25, 2021 12:53 pm

The announcement comes days after Health Minister J Radhakrishnan expressed concerns over the increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the Tamil Nadu.

India coronavirus numbers explained, Feb 25: Maharashtra has most active cases, led by Mumbai and Pune

February 25, 2021 11:37 am

India's coronavirus cases, numbers: Maharashtra now has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in India, thanks to the steep rise in the last one week, and also the fact that Kerala has been slowly, but steadily, slowing down.

Pune: COVID count nears 2 lakh as city adds 743 new cases

February 25, 2021 10:40 am

The PMC has directed the private hospitals to increase the bed capacity for treatment of Covid19 patients.

New coronavirus variant identified in New York: Research

February 25, 2021 10:04 am

A variant first discovered in California in December is more contagious than earlier forms of the coronavirus, two new studies have shown, fueling concerns that emerging mutants like this one could hamper the sharp decline in cases over all in the state and perhaps elsewhere

Coronavirus India Live Updates: 229 students in Maharashtra hostel test positive for Covid

February 25, 2021 12:59 pm

Coronavirus India Live News Updates: On Wednesday, India reported 13,742 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry. With this, the country's total caseload rose to 1,10,30,176, while the death toll surged to 1,56,567.

Next in line for vaccine on March 1: All above 60, 45-plus with comorbidities

February 25, 2021 7:43 am

While the vaccine will be available for free at the 10,000-odd government healthcare facilities, the beneficiaries will have to pay at the estimated 20,000 private facilities that are expected to be roped in.

Kerala-born scientist tests sewage in Sydney to map Covid spread

February 25, 2021 2:29 pm

All day in his lab, Sudhi Payyappat leads a team of 20 in carefully examining dozens of sewage samples collected from wastewater treatment plants across New South Wales (NSW) state in Australia.

Delhi: Covid test likely for those coming from some states

February 25, 2021 1:33 am

The five states to be included in the new norm are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, sources said.

Delhi HC allows UK-returnee family to stay in home quarantine

February 25, 2021 1:21 am

The family, which tested negative for coronavirus, had in their plea described the institutional quarantine as “illegal confinement”, and sought compensation from authorities.


Republic Day participants undergo Covid test before parade

January 22, 2021 7:40 pm

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Republic Day celebrations are likely to be truncated. Last year’s Independence Day celebrations had been scaled down as well.

Here's how India's second nationwide Covid vaccination dry run unfolded

January 08, 2021 9:48 pm

A second dry run for the Covid-19 vaccination rollout was conducted in select hospitals across the country on Friday, five days after the first mock drill was held. The nationwide exercise was done to understand the best way to administer the vaccine and plug loopholes in logistics and training.

Usual hustle and bustle back as local train services resume in Bengal

November 11, 2020 4:07 pm

Passengers expressed happiness over the resumption of the local train services, saying it will not only reduce their journey time but also save money.

A bleak Lakshmi Puja: Covid robs Kolkata's Kumartuli of festive cheer

October 29, 2020 11:30 pm

Artisans at Kumartuli say they had made far fewer idols than usual this year, but are still struggling to sell them. Some of the unsold Durga idols are now being repurposed into Lakshmi idols.

Kolkata pandal replaces Goddess Durga idol with migrant workers as tribute to their struggles amid Covid

October 22, 2020 11:11 am

The pandal, organised by Barisha Club Durga Puja committee in Behala, Kolkata, features a migrant worker mother in place of the goddess.

Here is a list of Union ministers who contracted Covid-19

September 17, 2020 1:06 pm

Here's a list of all the Union Ministers who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection.

Mind the gap: Metro services resume with physical distancing, thermal screening

September 07, 2020 6:25 pm

Barring Maharashtra, all states with metro connectivity began operations today in a limited manner.