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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.


Mansukh Mandaviya to hold review meeting with southern states over high Covid figures

January 28, 2022 2:54 pm

According to a one-week data, currently, Karnataka, which is reporting the maximum number of cases, is contributing 16.25% of the total active cases in the country.

Delhi has given precaution doses to one in four eligible beneficiaries

January 28, 2022 10:49 am

The capital has administered 248,029 precaution doses to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and persons over the age of 60 years with comorbidities since the drive was opened up on January 10.

Open schools, all-India wave dip early February, says genomics institute head

January 28, 2022 9:26 am

🔴 Speaking at the Explained.Live event of The Indian Express, Dr Anurag Agrawal, director of Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, made a strong argument for the reopening of schools, at least in areas where the Covid curve has begun to go down.

Karnataka Covid wrap: 185 new Omicron cases in Bengaluru, state tally dips

January 27, 2022 10:28 pm

The total active cases in the state are now 328,711, of which 189,853 are in Bengaluru.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tests positive for Covid-19

January 27, 2022 8:04 pm

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar had taken part in a virtual event — The French Presidency: EU-India Partnership in the Indo Pacific — along with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Delhi schools to remain shut till further notice: DDMA

January 28, 2022 9:25 am

DDMA has decided to relax some of the  COVID-19 curbs that were imposed in the national capital earlier, but no restrictions were removed regarding reopening of schools in the city.

Delhi lifts weekend curfew, odd-even restrictions at markets; night curfew to continue

January 28, 2022 1:12 am

🔴 Schools and other education institutions will continue to remain closed. According to sources, their reopening is likely to be considered in the next DDMA meeting.

Explained: BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron - not new, rise mainly in Europe

January 28, 2022 12:33 am

Several countries have reported the discovery of BA.2, a sub-variant of Omicron. What do we know about this sub-variant? Is it present in India? Is it more harmful?

Coronavirus Omicron India Live: Bharat Biotech gets DCGI nod for intranasal booster dose trials

January 28, 2022 1:57 pm

Covid-19 Active Cases India Jan 28 LIVE Updates, Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus 3rd Wave, Covid-19 Vaccine Dose Status, Omicron Corona Cases Today Updates: With 627 deaths and 3,47,443 recoveries, active cases declined to 21.05 lakh (21,05,611). The daily positivity rate is now at 15.88 per cent.

Looking back at the pandemic to plan ahead

January 27, 2022 5:36 pm

🔴 Kavery Nambisan writes: We must record every detail of these years, so that we, and generations after us, can look again at the scourge and the devastation, applaud triumphs, accept failures and rethink the future


Tourists flock to hill stations to beat Covid blues, but officials call for vigilance

July 10, 2021 1:37 pm

With daily case detections still above 40,000 and reports and pictures of blatant violations of social distancing norms coming from tourist spots, officials warn that daily cases could explode if people behave recklessly.

Amid the pandemic and rise of multiplexes, Kolkata's single screen cinemas struggle to stay afloat

June 26, 2021 2:59 pm

Amidst rampant modernisation and the emergence of lush multiplexes, Kolkata's single screen cinema halls struggle to stay afloat.

24 crore people vaccinated so far, Govt says over 25.87 crore doses provided to states

June 12, 2021 3:07 pm

Dr V K Paul, who heads the country’s Covid task force, said the US decision will not have any regulatory impact in India.

After pandemic pause, Avengers swing, soar into Disneyland

June 05, 2021 10:54 am

A Spider-Man ride that lets visitors blast bots with virtual webs from their bare hands and a show of strength from the royal guard of Wakanda are among the highlights of the new Avengers Campus at Disney's California Adventure Park, whose debut was paused for about a year by the coronavirus pandemic before it opens to the public Friday.

Spirometers, yoga exercises part of daily routines at Covid-19 care centres

May 29, 2021 1:57 pm

Nurses, doctors and volunteers have started making patients do yoga, and a few stretching exercises known to provide better care as the virus hits. Due to the nature of the virus, monitoring breathing patterns and focusing on lung health has become vital.

How Muslims across the world marked last week of Ramadan amid Covid protocols

May 07, 2021 7:46 pm

Amid a surge of Covid-19 cases and curfews, Muslims across the world marked last week of the holy month of Ramadan.

From the Covid-19 pandemic frontlines in Gujarat

April 29, 2021 12:38 pm

Gujarat reported 14,120 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday and 174 deaths, the highest single-day increase in fatalities so far. The state's coronavirus tally has now risen to 5,38,845. The overall toll is 6,830.

In Lucknow, Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals, crematoriums

April 23, 2021 9:03 pm

As India continues to fight the second wave of coronavirus infections, Lucknow, like many other cities, is grappling with oxygen shortage in hospitals.

Crematoriums struggle as Covid deaths spike across India

April 22, 2021 10:04 pm

With Covid-19 situation worsening everyday, a number of states across India are reporting record number of single-day deaths.