Coronavirus: News

WHO names COVID-19 'Eris' strain as 'variant of interest'

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday identified the EG.5 or "Eris" strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in India and other parts of the world as a "variant of interest."

13 Apr 2023


What is 'Arcturus,' new COVID-19 variant with different symptom

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently keeping tabs on a new COVID-19 variant that is reportedly causing a new symptom that is rarely seen in other Omicron sub-variants.

10 Apr 2023


IMA lists 3 reasons behind COVID-19 surge in India

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has warned citizens that the recent increase in daily COVID-19 cases could be due to three major factors.

10 Apr 2023


Nationwide COVID-19 preparedness mock drill at hospitals today, tomorrow

Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India, the Centre has ordered a mock drill in private and public hospitals on Monday and Tuesday to test the preparedness of health facilities in the event of a further surge in infections.

09 Apr 2023


States adopt strict measures amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Following a high-level COVID-19 review meeting, the government of Kerala has decided to make masks mandatory for all vulnerable individuals, including the elderly and pregnant women, amid the recent surge in coronavirus infections nationwide.

08 Apr 2023


India records 6,100+ new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity nearly 6%

India recorded 6,155 new daily COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours—with the daily positivity nearing 6% on a national average—the Union Health Ministry revealed on Saturday morning.

02 Apr 2023


India records nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases—highest in 6 months    

India recorded nearly 4,000 new daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday—the highest single-day rise in 184 days—the Union Health Ministry revealed on Sunday.

27 Mar 2023


UP: CM Yogi Adityanath meets Team 9 amid COVID-19 resurgence

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath chaired a review meeting with the state's Team 9 to take stock of the preparedness of healthcare facilities amid rising COVID-19 cases.

25 Mar 2023


India records nearly 1,600 daily COVID-19 cases—highest in 5 months

India reported nearly 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest in 146 days, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Saturday.

22 Mar 2023

Narendra Modi

PM Modi to hold high-level meeting amid rising COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a high-level meeting on Wednesday at 4:30 pm to review the present situation and the preparedness of public health services in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

22 Mar 2023

COVID-19 India

India reports highest daily COVID-19 cases in 2023: Check tally

For the first time in 2023, India reported more than 1,100 COVID-19 daily cases, triggering fresh concerns among people about the recent outspread of the novel virus.

20 Mar 2023


COVID-19 subvariant XBB 1.16 cases rise in India; guidelines revised

The Centre has issued revised guidelines amid the continuous daily COVID-19 case spike in the country.

WHO lambasts China for allegedly hiding data on COVID-19's origin

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday rebuked China for allegedly hiding scientific research that might reveal the origin of COVID-19, according to the news outlet The New York Times (NYT).

18 Mar 2023


India records over 800 daily COVID-19 cases after 126 days

India's single-day COVID-19 case tally crossed the 800 mark after 126 days on Saturday as the country reported 5,389 active cases, according to data from the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

17 Mar 2023


COVID-19 origin from raccoon dogs in China, not bats: Study

Ever since the spread of COVID-19, the possible sources of its origin have puzzled scientists.

17 Mar 2023


Cases of new unidentified COVID-19 variant reported in Israel

While the world thought it might have seen the back of COVID-19, Israel's health ministry announced the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, which may be a combination of two Omicron sub-variants of the novel virus.

14 Mar 2023


China to resume issuing visas to foreigners after 3 years

Gradually doing away with its COVID-19 restrictions, China is set to resume issuing visas to foreigners from Wednesday, according to a statement by the Chinese embassy in the United States (US).

7th Pay Commission: Government employees may soon receive salary hikes

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) is reportedly planning to increase the Dearness Allowance (DA) and fitment factor for nearly 50 lakh government employees.

27 Feb 2023


COVID-19 outbreak origin likely from 'lab leak' in China: Report

The United States (US) Energy Department has reportedly determined that the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak likely started in China from an accidental lab leak.

09 Feb 2023


China: No new variants found since zero COVID-19 policy lifted

China reported no new COVID-19 variants during the recent spike in cases since the country relaxed its strict zero-COVID policy, according to a study released in the medical journal The Lancet.

22 Jan 2023


COVID-19 outbreak has infected 80% of Chinese population

A prominent government scientist claimed on Saturday that the possibility of a major COVID-19 rebound in China in the coming two or three months is unlikely, as the virus has infected 80% of its population.

COVID-19: WHO urges travelers to mask up amid XBB.1.5 spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged countries to advise the use of masks to travelers, especially on long-haul flights from countries with heavy transmission, in view of the rapid spread of COVID-19's Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant in several nations.

27 Dec 2022


COVID-19: Mock drills across India to test preparedness; more updates

Amid a COVID-19 surge in neighboring China, a mock drill is being conducted at hospitals/healthcare centers across all Indian states and union territories on Tuesday to check the operational preparedness for dealing with a potential COVID-19 wave.

26 Dec 2022


COVID-19: China-like BF.7 wave unlikely; PM Modi emphasizes following protocols

Amid the reported spurt of cases in neighboring China, the government has been issuing COVID-19 alerts and urging people to stay cautious.

25 Dec 2022


Agra: China returnee tests COVID-19 positive; virus variant being determined

A 40-year-old man, who recently returned from China, has tested positive for COVID-19 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.

24 Dec 2022


China suppresses health official's rare remarks on COVID-19 numbers: Report

China reportedly censored a senior health official's rare remarks that "half a million people" are being infected with COVID-19 every day in Qingdao city, AFP reported.

24 Dec 2022


COVID-19 test mandatory for arrivals from China, 4 other countries

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has released a six-point advisory for states to deal with any COVID-19 emergency amid a spike in cases in China.

23 Dec 2022

Omicron variant

Omicron BF.7: Symptoms, precautions, and what we know so far

COVID-19 is posing yet another danger to public health in the form of the new Omicron sub-variant BF.7.

23 Dec 2022

COVID-19 India

Here's how states are gearing up for possible COVID-19 outbreak

Amid concerns over the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BF.7 that reportedly triggered a new wave of cases in China, several states are ramping up testing, ordering local authorities to be vigilant and recommending COVID-appropriate behavior for citizens.

22 Dec 2022


Coronavirus: Precautions for Christmas and New Year gatherings

Amid the rising threat of Coronavirus infection due to the latest spike in positive cases in China, enjoying the upcoming Christmas and New Year won't be that easy.

21 Dec 2022

Omicron variant

4 cases of China's COVID-19 'BF.7' sub-variant found in India

Four cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7, believed to be the main strain triggering the current spike in COVID-19 cases in China, have been detected in India.

20 Dec 2022


COVID-19 may engulf 60% of China's population in 3 months

China is facing a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, with healthcare and crematorium facilities becoming overwhelmed, according to reports.

17 Dec 2022


China may witness over 1 million COVID-19 deaths in 2023

As per the latest estimate from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in the United States (US), the sudden lifting of China's strict COVID-19 restrictions could cause a spike in cases.

25 Nov 2022


Urban unemployment rate dropped in July-September 2022: NSO report

India's unemployment rate in the July-September quarter of 2022 in urban areas slowed down to 7.2%, which is comparatively lower than the 7.6% recorded during the April-June quarter.

WHO to identify 'priority pathogens' capable of triggering future pandemics

After witnessing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to focus on its long-term goal of mitigating future pandemics.

25 Oct 2022


COVID-19: India reports 862 cases, lowest tally in 6 months

India recorded its lowest number of daily COVID-19 cases in 196 days, or more than six months, with a three-digit tally of 862 on Tuesday.

19 Oct 2022


Emergence of new Omicron sub variants put government on toes

The emergence of new Omicron sub variants in India has alerted government as the Ministry of Health has said that they were "monitoring key data."

18 Oct 2022


India's 1st case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1 reported from Pune

India's first case of the Omicron subvariant BQ.1 of coronavirus—considered to be dangerous—was reported from Pune, Maharashtra, on Monday during the genome sequencing of a patient's sample.

11 Aug 2022


Delhi makes masks mandatory, Rs. 500 fine imposed on violators

Amid a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Thursday made wearing masks mandatory in public places.

07 Jul 2022


New COVID-19 sub-variant BA.2.75 detected in India: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has found a new sub-lineage BA.2.75 of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in India and some other countries, PTI reported.

17 Jun 2022


How long does immunity last after COVID-19?

Experts have warned that exposure to the coronavirus, through vaccination or infection, does not mean that you are completely protected from future infections.

16 Jun 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: Why experts believe 4th COVID-19 wave is not coming

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital Delhi, experts have opined this spike doesn't indicate a fourth COVID-19 wave.

10 Jun 2022


COVID-19: India logs 7,584 fresh cases, 24 more fatalities

India on Friday reported over 7,500 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of around 300 cases from the previous day.

28 Apr 2022


COVID-19: India logs 3,303 new cases; 39 more deaths

India on Thursday reported over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of over 300 cases from the previous day.

09 Apr 2022


COVID-19 XE variant reported by Gujarat; detected in 67-year-old man

Gujarat's health department authorities on Saturday confirmed that the XE variant of the novel coronavirus was detected in a patient who had tested positive about a month ago.

07 Apr 2022


COVID-19 survivors at risk of developing serious blood clots: Study

A new study has found people infected with SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—are at a higher risk of developing serious blood clots for up to six months, even in the case of mild infections.

26 Mar 2022

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19: India reports 1,660 new cases, 4,100 more deaths

India on Saturday reported over 1,660 new COVID-19 cases, a slight decline from the previous day.

24 Mar 2022


COVID-19: India reports 1,938 new cases; 67 more fatalities

India on Thursday reported over 1,900 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of around 200 cases from the previous day.

COVID-19: Cases surge in Asia, Europe; WHO issues warning

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over as cases are rising significantly in many southeast Asian and European countries.

17 Mar 2022

South Korea

South Korea logs record-high 6 lakh daily COVID-19 cases

South Korea's daily COVID-19 case count has shattered the previous record on Thursday, recording over six lakh new cases for the first time ever since the pandemic broke out.

13 Mar 2022


COVID-19: China sees 3x rise in new daily symptomatic cases

Mainland China has seen a three times increase in the number of COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.

11 Mar 2022


Global COVID-19 death toll may be 3 times higher

The COVID-19 epidemic may have killed 18.2 million people worldwide, more than three times the reported deaths, according to a report in The Lancet medical journal.

28 Feb 2022

Union Health Ministry

When will fourth wave of COVID-19 hit India?

A fourth wave of COVID-19 cases may hit India between June and October this year, according to a study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur.

24 Feb 2022

COVID-19 India

COVID-19: India reports 14,148 new cases; 302 more fatalities

India on Thursday reported over 14,000 new COVID-19 cases, a decline of around 1,000 cases from the previous day.

BA.2 strain not more severe than original Omicron: WHO

The BA.2 sub-variant of the Omicron variant of coronavirus is not more severe than the original strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

22 Feb 2022


Is COVID-19 becoming an endemic? Here's what experts say

The United Kingdom has done away with the mandatory isolation for people with COVID-19 as part of a plan to live with the virus.

19 Feb 2022

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh lifts night curfew as COVID-19 cases drop

The government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to lift the night curfew imposed due to COVID-19, with effect from Saturday (February 19).

18 Feb 2022


Maskne: What is it, treatment and how to avoid?

Keys, ID card, wallet, sanitizer, and a face mask have become the new step-out checklist.

Pandemic not over, new variant can arise anywhere: WHO scientist

The World Health Organization's Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has said the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, as some people suggest.

India gets first nasal spray for COVID-19 treatment

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has launched a nasal spray in India for the treatment of COVID-19 in adult patients.

06 Feb 2022


COVID-19: India reports over 1 lakh new cases; 865 deaths

India on Sunday reported over one lakh new COVID-19 cases, a sharp decline of over 20,000 cases from the previous day.

Third wave to wane in Delhi, Maharashtra by February-end: ICMR

The ongoing third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India will likely wane in the national capital Delhi, Maharashtra, and West Bengal by the end of February, according to Dr. Samiran Panda.

New Omicron subvariant found in 57 countries, WHO says

A subvariant of the highly-infectious Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in 57 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Omicron sub-variant BA.2: What do we know so far?

A new sub-variant of the highly-infectious Omicron variant of coronavirus has emerged in dozens of countries, sparking fears.

22 Jan 2022

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, 3 months after recovery: Centre

The central government on Friday said people who have had lab test proven coronavirus infection will have to wait for three months after recovery to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose.

20 Jan 2022


Scientists develop COVID-19 diagnosis test using X-rays, claim 98% accuracy

Scientists in Scotland have developed a new technology to detect the presence of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in a patient using X-rays.

Delhi shuts private offices amid COVID-19 surge; essential services exempt

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday tightened curbs in the national capital in view of the COVID-19 situation.

11 Jan 2022

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19 deaths increase but stay lower than in second wave

Deaths related to the coronavirus have started rising in India amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases over the past couple of weeks.

10 Jan 2022


Which states have imposed fresh curbs amid COVID-19 surge?

The Delhi government has decided to impose a 100% work from home rule for private office employees, reports said citing sources.