COVID-19: News

16 Jun 2024

Babri Masjid

NCERT chief defends textbook revisions, rejects accusations of saffronization 

Dinesh Prasad Saklani, the director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), has responded to allegations of saffronization in its textbooks.

15 Jun 2024


US military ran secret anti-vax campaign during COVID-19 pandemic: Report 

The United States military launched a secret operation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to stymie China's increasing influence in the Philippines, which was badly affected by the virus, Reuters reported.

03 Jun 2024

Narendra Modi

PM pens letter to citizens after 45-hour meditation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday concluded a 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari.

25 May 2024


Netflix's 'The Society' may return! Christopher Keyser discusses potential revival

Christopher Keyser, the creator of the Netflix series The Society, has revealed that he is in "consistent conversations" about potentially reviving the show.

21 May 2024

Akasa Air

India's domestic air passenger traffic grows 2.4% YoY in April

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has released data showing a 2.4% year-on-year increase in domestic passenger traffic for April.

'Poor methodology': ICMR dissociates itself from Covaxin safety study 

The Indian Council of Medical Research has disassociated itself from a Covaxin vaccine study conducted by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

18 May 2024


Singapore facing new COVID-19 wave

Singapore is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections, with cases steadily escalating over the past two weeks.

13 May 2024


Chinese journalist imprisoned for Covid reporting to be released 

Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer and independent journalist from China, is expected to be released on Monday after serving a four-year prison sentence.

09 May 2024


How Australia's new student visa rule change affects Indians

Australia has revised its student visa rules, making it more challenging for international students to gain entry.

08 May 2024


AstraZeneca says it will withdraw Covid-19 vaccine globally

The United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, on Tuesday said that it has initiated a worldwide recall of Covid-19 vaccine.

02 May 2024


Should I be worried if I have taken AstraZeneca's Covishield?

AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company behind the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine, recently acknowledged the potential risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) as a side effect.

02 May 2024

Asit Modi

Asit Modi expresses concern over Gurucharan Singh's sudden disappearance

Asit Kumarr Modi, the producer of the popular comedy series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (TMKOC), recently voiced his shock over actor Gurucharan Singh's sudden disappearance.

30 Apr 2024


Explained: What's TTS, rare condition caused by AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine 

In a significant development, AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of the Covishield vaccine, has acknowledged in legal documents that its vaccine may trigger a rare side effect known as Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS).

29 Apr 2024


CRISIL forecasts slowest Q4 growth for India Inc since 2021

CRISIL's analysis predicts a sluggish revenue growth of 4-6% for India Inc (top companies of India) between January-March 2024, marking the slowest quarterly growth since the COVID-19 pandemic recovery began in September 2021.

30 Mar 2024

Bill Gates

Why PM Modi asked citizens to clang utensils during COVID-19

On March 22, 2020, lakhs of Indians stepped into their balconies to clang their utensils and blow conches when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.

06 Mar 2024

Coronavirus Vaccine

'Hypervaccinated' man gets 217 COVID-19 jabs for 'private reasons'

A 'hyper-vaccinated' German man—who received 217 COVID-19 vaccine jabs over 29 months—has been declared free of any side effects.

18 Feb 2024


1,000-year-old Japanese 'Naked Festival' ends due to aging population

The ancient Hadaka Matsuri festival, more commonly known as "Naked Festival," has come to a poignant end due to Japan's aging population.

US GDP exceeds expectations with 3.3% growth in Q4

The US economy showed its strength in the last quarter of 2023 with a GDP growth of 3.3%, convincingly beating the 2% prediction.

17 Jan 2024


China's population declines for second consecutive year

China experienced a population decline for the second year in a row in 2023, with the total number of people dropping to 1.409 billion, a decrease of 2.75 million from the previous year.

09 Jan 2024

Narendra Modi

Maldives tourism body condemns anti-Modi comments amid India diplomatic row

The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) on Tuesday condemned the derogatory remarks by some now-suspended Maldivian ministers against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India.

29 Dec 2023

Health & Wellness

New COVID symptoms emerge as JN.1 variant cases spike

The new JN.1 COVID-19 variant, responsible for a surge in US cases since September this year, is now detected and spreading in India.

India reports 412 new COVID-19 cases; Kerala top contributor

India registered 412 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 4,170, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Tuesday.

24 Dec 2023

Stock Market

Key risks to watch on Dalal Street next week

As 2023 draws to a close, Indian markets face challenges such as low trading volumes, a potential increase in COVID-19 cases, and growing uncertainty in the Red Sea.

20 Dec 2023

Mansukh Mandaviya

India witnesses COVID-19 surge, health minister calls for mock drills

India on Wednesday witnessed a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, with 614 new cases reported in the last 24 hours—reportedly the highest daily tally since May 21. This increase is attributed to the coronavirus sub-variant JN.1.

17 Dec 2023

S Jaishankar

UNSC becoming increasingly ineffective in confronting key issues: Jaishankar

India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar said that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is "like an old club," and its set members don't want to let go of control.

16 Dec 2023


What is JN.1? New COVID-19 variant detected in Kerala

Kerala has detected a case of COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1, official sources confirmed on Saturday.

15 Dec 2023


Tired of battling long COVID, woman applies for assisted suicide

A woman in Canada has reportedly applied for assisted suicide after losing the ability to enjoy simple things in life due to her ongoing battle with long COVID or post-COVID-19 conditions.

Government dismisses reports linking AIIMS cases to China's pneumonia surge

The Centre has debunked media reports linking seven bacterial cases found at Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to the recent increase in pneumonia cases in China. It labeled such reports as "misleading and ill-informed."

29 Nov 2023

Central Government

5 states on high alert over China's respiratory illness surge

Authorities in at least five states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, have put their healthcare systems on alert due to a rise in respiratory illnesses among children in China.

27 Nov 2023


China's pneumonia outbreak: What we know so far

China is currently experiencing a rise in respiratory illnesses, said to be pneumonia mainly affecting children, amid the winter onset and a spike in flu cases.

26 Nov 2023

Union Health Ministry

Centre asks states to review preparedness amid China's pneumonia outbreak

The Union Health Ministry announced on Sunday that it has asked state and union territories (UTs) to review hospital preparedness in light of the recent surge in pneumonia cases in China.

23 Nov 2023


China: WHO requests details on 'mysterious' pneumonia outbreak affecting children

While China is still recovering from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mysterious pneumonia outbreak is reportedly sweeping through schools in the country.

14 Oct 2023

New Zealand

Christopher Luxon wins New Zealand elections, to be next PM

Christopher Luxon, the leader of the center-right National Party, will be New Zealand's 42nd Prime Minister as incumbent Chris Hipkins conceded that his Labour Party had lost the general election, The Associated Press reported.

05 Oct 2023

Kashmir Valley

NewsClick allegedly distorted India's map, showing Arunachal, Kashmir as disputed

NewsClick pushed a "global agenda" to show that Arunachal Pradesh and Kashmir are not part of India, the Delhi Police's special cell said in its remand application for the arrest of the news portal's owner and Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha, India Today reported.

18 Sep 2023

S Jaishankar

Get over 'West is bad guy' syndrome: Jaishankar to China

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Sunday took an indirect swipe at China, saying that there was a need to move beyond the "syndrome" of seeing the West as the "bad guy."

12 Sep 2023


'The Vaccine War' trailer promises half-baked drama with mixed-up narratives

Vivek Agnihotri has become a famous name after the success of The Kashmir Files. His upcoming film The Vaccine War is in the buzz and now the makers have released the trailer of the same.

12 Sep 2023

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un arrives in Russia amid Ukraine tensions

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly reached Russia on Tuesday to discuss possible defense cooperation and an arms deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid escalating tensions over the Ukraine war, BBC reported.

07 Sep 2023

Joe Biden

Biden to be under 3-layer security blanket during G20 visit

United States (US) President Joe Biden is set to arrive in India on Friday evening to attend the much-awaited G20 Summit, which is scheduled to take place later this week on Saturday and Sunday in Delhi.

Jill Biden gets COVID-19 ahead of President Biden's India visit

United States (US) First Lady Jill Biden (72) reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday (local time) and is experiencing mild symptoms, according to her spokesperson.

02 Sep 2023


Mysterious respiratory virus spreading in Hyderabad; know symptoms and prevention

A mysterious respiratory virus with symptoms similar to Swine Flu, influenza, and Adenovirus is reportedly causing concern in Hyderabad.

27 Aug 2023

Narendra Modi

B20 Summit: PM Modi lauds industries for Chandrayaan-3 success 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday credited Indian industries, private companies, and the MSMEs for the success of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission.

New COVID-19 BA.2.86 strain highly mutated compared to 'Eris': WHO

The newly classified BA.2.86 sub-variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is "highly mutated" compared to the original strain and the newly identified EG.5 or "Eris" strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

11 Aug 2023

Health & Wellness

Anosmia: Symptoms, causes, and treatment options

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many people realized that not being able to smell or taste things could mean they had caught the virus.

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."

08 Aug 2023

Health & Wellness

Hand sanitizers: Here's how to make them at home

Hand sanitizers have been available in the market for a long time, but their demand surged significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

07 Aug 2023

Health & Wellness

Types of coughs and what they mean

Coughing is a common reflex that helps clear the airways.

COVID-19 begins to rise again in US, warns CDC 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States (US) warned there has been a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country this summer.

26 Jul 2023


Assam: Engineer's COVID-19 lockdown love story ends in triple murder

In a shocking development, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer killed his wife and her parents before surrendering to the police with his nine-month-old son in his arms.

20 Jul 2023


Genetic quirk behind why some people don't get COVID-19 symptoms

It has been a little over three years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed the lives of nearly seven million people.

19 Jul 2023


Chinese province deletes COVID-19 mortality data: Report

China's Zhejiang province has deleted mortality data that showed the impact of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions last year on its death toll, reported the Financial Times.

18 Jul 2023


Global childhood immunizations recover after COVID-19: Report

The latest data released by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows the recovery of immunization services in many countries post-COVID-19.

04 Jul 2023


Curse of 35: Jobseekers above that age unwelcome in China

There's quite a stir in China about something called the "curse of 35," and it is widely discussed in the country.

28 Jun 2023


'Bioweapon': Wuhan researcher claims China created COVID-19 to infect humans 

In a shocking development, a researcher from the Wuhan Institute of Virology revealed that China purposely created the COVID-19 virus to infect humans, according to ANI.

24 Jun 2023

Uddhav Thackeray

Probe PM CARES Fund: Uddhav Thackeray hits out at ED

Shiv Sena (UBT) supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday reportedly lashed out at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for taking action against his close aides in the alleged jumbo COVID-19 facility scam.

23 Jun 2023


Mumbai COVID-19 scam: ED seizes valuables worth Rs. 3 crore

In the raids conducted in an alleged money laundering case linked to the Mumbai COVID-19 scam case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized Rs. 68.65 lakh in cash along with jewelry worth Rs. 2.46 crore.

Mumbai COVID-19 field hospital scam: ED raids Thackeray's, Raut's aides

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday raided 15 locations in Mumbai and surrounding areas in an alleged money laundering case linked to the COVID-19 field hospital scam case.

19 Jun 2023


Phone addiction: Girl plots parents' murder after mother snatches mobile

A 13-year-old girl in Ahmedabad, Gujarat reportedly plotted the murder of her parents after her mother snatched her phone and refused to give it back, The Times of India reported.

13 Jun 2023


Delhi-Mumbai flight costs Rs. 14,000: Why airfares are soaring

The airfares for one-way flights from Delhi to Mumbai, one of India's busiest routes, have recently seen a significant price surge.

10 Sep 2021


WFH or WFO? Which is more preferable 

Numerous companies shifted to the work-from-home (WFH) mode after the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns worldwide.