Thursday, Oct 06, 2022


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.


5 reasons why young people should get a Covid-19 booster shot

September 13, 2022 11:03 am

It's reasonable to ask why young adults should bother having a Covid-19 vaccination, let alone additional booster shots. Here are some of the reasons they should.

Is Covid-19 winding down? Scientists say no

September 08, 2022 9:22 am

Why has Covid-19 lasted this long? Well, it's gotten better and better at getting around immunity from vaccination and past infection.

Nasal vaccine gets emergency use nod, how will it help combat Covid-19?

September 07, 2022 1:31 pm

Intranasal vaccines help overcome potential difficulties with mass vaccination and reduce the cost by doing away with the need for needles and syringes. But how do such vaccines work? We explain.

Bharat Biotech's intranasal Covid vaccine gets DCGI nod for restricted emergency use

September 07, 2022 6:18 am

Called iNCOVACC and manufactured by Bharat Biotech, the company behind Covaxin, the new vaccine has been approved for primary immunisation — it can be administered only to the unimmunised.

Traditional health practices helped India reduce Covid death toll: Yogi

September 02, 2022 1:41 am

Citing that the US witnessed double the COVID-19 deaths in India despite having one-fourth of India's population, Adityanath said traditional practices, recognised as Ayush, played a big role in limiting the death toll here.

'Updated' booster shots for Omicron. Here's all you need to know

September 01, 2022 3:39 pm

The FDA is calling the new vaccines "updated boosters", and Americans could start getting the shots as early as next week. The US is still seeing 90,000 new infections and 475 deaths from Covid-19 every day on average.

FDA authorizes two COVID boosters targeted at Omicron subvariants

August 31, 2022 10:49 pm

Experts have said that the updated vaccines will be important for older people and those who are immunocompromised but said there is limited data to support the level of protection the government has promised.

Delhi: After sudden spike in first half of August, Covid-19 cases decline

August 27, 2022 4:26 pm

Doctors say the number of hospitalisations has reduced to 50 per cent in the last five days.

Covid distress? Sharp surge in surrender of insurance policies

August 27, 2022 12:20 pm

A national lockdown announced by the government on March 24, 2020, following the Covid-19 outbreak, had forced many people out of jobs across the country, resulting in loss of livelihood and salary cuts.

Covid-19 cases rising: here's what you need to know

August 20, 2022 8:46 am

What do the current data on Covid-19 show? Is the infection more widespread than the official figures suggest? Which variant of the virus is driving the current surge?


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.