Lockdown extension meaningful if COVID-19 testing is intensified: Akhilesh

Lockdown extension meaningful if COVID-19 testing is intensified: Akhilesh

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that the extension of the ongoing nationwide lockdown will be meaningful only if COVID-19 testing is intensified and people get access to essential items. “The demand to extend the lockdown will be meaningful only if COVID-19 testing is intensified, health workers get protection and the public […]

Death toll rises to 242, number of cases climbs to 7,529: Health Ministry

Death toll rises to 242, number of cases climbs to 7,529: Health Ministry

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 242 and the number of cases in the country climbed to 7,529 on Saturday, an increase of 768 cases in 24 hours since Friday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 6,634, as many as 652 […]

WHO corrects report, says no Covid-19 community transmission in India

WHO corrects report, says no Covid-19 community transmission in India

NEW DELHI: The World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that one of its reports had shown COVID-19 community transmission in India due to an error which has now been fixed. The Indian government has maintained that community transmission has not yet started in India. The WHO rectified the mistake in its latest situation report on COVID-19 […]

Lockdown, social distancing most effective ‘social vaccines’ to fight COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

Lockdown, social distancing most effective ‘social vaccines’ to fight COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI: Given the size of India’s population, coronavirus testing needs to be scaled up in a manner that can be sustained, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said, noting that the lockdown and social distancing are the most effective “social vaccines” available to fight the pandemic. At the same time Vardhan, in an interview […]

PM to interact with CMs today; extension of COVID-19 lockdown on agenda

PM to interact with CMs today; extension of COVID-19 lockdown on agenda

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states on Saturday via video, where a call would be taken on whether the 21-day lockdown to check spread of coronavirus, ending next week, should be extended. The video conference comes amidst indications that the central government may extend the lockdown across […]

Cannot do covid tests free of cost: Private labs on SC directive

Cannot do covid tests free of cost: Private labs on SC directive

NEW DELHI: With the Supreme Court directing that private labs should conduct coronavirus tests free of cost, many laboratories expect the government to “come up with modalities” so that they can sustain testing facilities in the wake of burgeoning demand in the country. Owner of some labs also said the private laboratories “do not have […]

Hope govt has plan to deal with situation arising out of lockdown: Sonia Gandhi

Hope govt has plan to deal with situation arising out of lockdown: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: The Congress hopes that the government will come out with a plan to deal with the situation arising out of the prevailing lockdown, party president Sonia Gandhi said on Friday as she took stock of the party’s relief work for people reeling under the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. At a meeting with […]

Govt decides to export surplus hydroxychloroquine, says there is buffer stock for India

Govt decides to export surplus hydroxychloroquine, says there is buffer stock for India

NEW DELHI: Amid concerns over the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is being seen as a drug that may counter coronavirus, the government on Friday said India has received requests from several nations for the medicine and a decision has been taken to export the surplus drug, while keeping a sufficient buffer of stocks for the […]

India’s COVID-19 death rate lower than many developed nations like US, UK: Medical experts

India’s COVID-19 death rate lower than many developed nations like US, UK: Medical experts

NEW DELHI: Despite India reporting nearly 200 COVID-19 deaths in last one month, the country’s death rate of about 3 per cent is lower than the global rate, and also much lower than several European countries like the UK, Italy and Spain, according to some medical experts. India had reported its first COVID-19 death from […]

Pakistan to block India’s moves to fight virus by seeking COVID-19 initiatives under SAARC

Pakistan to block India’s moves to fight virus by seeking COVID-19 initiatives under SAARC

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is aiming to score narrow political goals by attempting to bring India’s initiatives to collectively fight the coronavirus pandemic in the SAARC region under the formal umbrella of the grouping, government sources said on Thursday. On Wednesday, Pakistan boycotted a video conference of trade officials of the SAARC countries to discuss ways […]