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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.


Kolkata: Drive-in concept to combat Covid crisis this Durga puja

August 09, 2020 1:58 pm

Three Durga puja committees in the city, all crowd-pullers and located within one-km stretch in south Kolkata, have joined hands to introduce a drive-in 'darshan' concept.

Amit Shah tests negative for Covid-19, says Manoj Tiwari; deletes tweet later

August 09, 2020 2:06 pm

"Home Minister Amit Shah ji's Covid report showed he is negative," Tiwari had tweeted in Hindi.

India coronavirus numbers explained: Highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in the world

August 09, 2020 1:15 pm

India Coronavirus Cases Numbers: The United States and Brazil, two countries that have greater number of people infected by the virus till now, have been finding fewer number of new cases every day during this period, while India’s case numbers have been increasing steadily.

Coronavirus India Updates, August 9: Kejriwal says Delhi's COVID situation under control; Assam reports over 2,000 fresh cases

August 09, 2020 1:13 pm

Coronavirus India Updates: As many as 7,19,364 samples were tested on Saturday, the highest in a day. A total of 2,41,06,535 samples have been tested so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Global Coronavirus Updates, 9 August: US first to cross 5 million cases; 100 virus-free days in New Zealand

August 09, 2020 11:32 am

Coronavirus Covid-19 updates: Over 11.93 million people have recovered after testing positive for the virus, according to a John Hopkins University tally.

Hyderabad: To keep in sync with audience, Telugu bands take to live in-sync concerts

August 09, 2020 11:04 am

With the coronavirus-induced lockdown still putting a lid on cultural events, several Telugu regional music bands have now launched virtual concerts and live streamings on social media to connect with their audience.

Arjun Ram Meghwal, who endorsed papad brand in Covid fight, tests positive

August 09, 2020 12:37 pm

"I am fine but have been admitted to AIIMS as per medical advise. I request that those who have come in contact with me in the last few days to please take care of their health", the minister tweeted in Hindi.

New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

August 09, 2020 10:14 am

New Zealand got rid of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only about 100 people had tested positive for the disease.

Brazil makes grim milestone - 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

August 09, 2020 9:27 am

The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period.

10 dead in fire at coronavirus facility in Vijayawada hotel

August 09, 2020 12:58 pm

Vijayawada Coronavirus Facility Hotel Fire: At least seven patients panicked and rushed and jumped from the terrace as the flames spread to the upper floors. Two others were asphyxiated as thick fumes enveloped the hotel.


Migrant workers return to national capital as lockdown restrictions ease

August 08, 2020 12:44 pm

A large number of migrant workers left for their home states after a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 in view of the rising cases of novel coronavirus infection in the country.

Quixplained: What to keep in mind as gyms, fitness centres reopen

August 08, 2020 11:44 am

The government has allowed opening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums from August 5 as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ phase.

Quixplained: How ‘corona’ of the virus changes into a hairpin shape — and why

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 — the ‘corona’ in the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease — has just revealed new secrets. Researchers have found that the spike protein changes its form after it attaches itself to a human cell, folding in on itself and assuming a rigid hairpin shape.

Healthcare experts speak of uncomfortable, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits

July 28, 2020 8:34 pm

The Ministry’s standards required PPEs only to be “impermeable to blood and body fluids.” And experts say several manufacturers achieved this with lamination that allowed no breathing at all.

As India's Covid-19 tally touches 1,038,716, some snapshots of virus testing across country

July 18, 2020 9:59 pm

At present, there are 3,58,692 active cases in the country, while 6,53,750 people have recovered so far and one has migrated.

'Happy Hour' in Great Britain as pubs reopen

July 05, 2020 1:51 pm

England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months.

Coronavirus vaccine update: India okays use of remdesivir and other developments

June 14, 2020 1:47 pm

With nearly 12,000 new cases, COVID infections in India on Sunday rose to over 3.2 lakh. The death toll also crossed the 9,000-mark.

Indian Army | Passing out Parade in the time of Covid-19

June 14, 2020 4:01 pm

The passing out parade was conducted with restricted attendance and parents were not invited because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a defence release stated.

Life comes out of hiding as the world begins to unlock

June 12, 2020 11:10 pm

Glimpses from public places in the coronavirus-affected countries across the world after lockdown curbs are relaxed.

India readies for Unlock 1.0: Malls, religious places to reopen from June 8

June 07, 2020 5:01 pm

According to the fresh SOPs for Unlock 1.0 released by the Health Ministry, shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship will be allowed to open from June 8.