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Hansal Mehta gets abusive when offered a ticket to Pakistan

19 Apr 2021

Hansal Mehta gets abusive when offered a ticket to Pakistan

Director Hansal Mehta engaged in an abusive argument with a Twitter user recently.

Clinical features, CT scans will rule out false negatives: Experts

19 Apr 2021

Clinical features, CT scans will rule out false negatives: Experts

Amid a staggering surge in COVID-19 cases, India's top experts on Monday said RT-PCR tests detect coronavirus in around 80 percent of the cases, so clinical features and CT scans/chest X-rays should be used to rule out false negatives in symptomatic patients followed by a repeat test after 24 hours.

Wearing two fitted masks may double protection against COVID-19: Study

19 Apr 2021

Wearing two fitted masks may double protection against COVID-19: Study

Wearing two tightly-fitted face masks can double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer's nose and mouth and causing COVID-19, according to a study.

Medical team going to COVID-19 patient's house attacked

19 Apr 2021

Medical team going to COVID-19 patient's house attacked

Three government medical personnel, including two doctors, and their driver were injured after their car was attacked by a group of people when they had gone to a village in Ballia district to give medicines to a COVID-19 patient.

British PM cancels his India visit due to COVID-19 crisis

19 Apr 2021

British PM cancels his India visit due to COVID-19 crisis

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled his planned visit to India next week due to the coronavirus situation in the country, Downing Street said on Monday.

Centre to provide fresh insurance cover to 'COVID-19 warriors'

19 Apr 2021

Centre to provide fresh insurance cover to 'COVID-19 warriors'

The Union Health Ministry on Monday announced that all claims of "COVID-19 warriors" under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package will be settled till April 24 after which a fresh insurance policy for them will become effective.

Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India till May 3

19 Apr 2021

Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India till May 3

Hong Kong has suspended all flights connecting it with India from Tuesday to May 3 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, aviation industry sources said on Sunday.

COVID-19: What leads to a false negative RT-PCR test?

18 Apr 2021

COVID-19: What leads to a false negative RT-PCR test?

India is presently in the middle of a dreadful second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as lakhs of fresh cases are being reported daily.

India's COVID-19 surge: Could 'double mutant' variant be blamed?

18 Apr 2021

India's COVID-19 surge: Could 'double mutant' variant be blamed?

India is now reporting more coronavirus infections than any other nation, yet it continues to see a daily record rise in cases.

Modi busy with Bengal polls, says Thackeray; BJP leaders react

17 Apr 2021

Modi busy with Bengal polls, says Thackeray; BJP leaders react

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office has claimed that he had contacted the Prime Minister's Office to discuss the shortage of medical oxygen and the anti-viral drug Remdesivir but was told that PM Narendra Modi was busy campaigning for elections in West Bengal.

24,000 COVID-19 cases in Delhi, short on oxygen, beds: Kejriwal

17 Apr 2021

24,000 COVID-19 cases in Delhi, short on oxygen, beds: Kejriwal

Delhi recorded as many as 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in the past 24-hour period, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.

US ban on export of vaccine material hampering production: CPI(M)

17 Apr 2021

US ban on export of vaccine material hampering production: CPI(M)

The CPI(M) urged the US on Saturday to lift its ban on the export of vaccine material, alleging that it has hampered the production of vaccines in India due to a shortage of such materials.

Delhi: Bureaucrats deputed in private hospitals for better COVID-19 management

17 Apr 2021

Delhi: Bureaucrats deputed in private hospitals for better COVID-19 management

Seeking better COVID-19 management, the Delhi government has deputed bureaucrats in private hospitals also in view of the raging pandemic in the city, officials said on Saturday.

Lucknow: COVID-19 patient's family complains about shortage of hospital beds

17 Apr 2021

Lucknow: COVID-19 patient's family complains about shortage of hospital beds

A shortage of hospital beds in Lucknow seems to have kept a 65-year-old COVID-19 patient waiting for proper treatment.

Kumbh pilgrims will distribute coronavirus as 'prasad,' says Mumbai Mayor

17 Apr 2021

Kumbh pilgrims will distribute coronavirus as 'prasad,' says Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai's Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Saturday criticized those visiting the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand, saying they will bring coronavirus as prasad to their respective states.

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering three million

17 Apr 2021

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering three million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering three million people on Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign.

COVID-19: Railways develops policy to transport liquid medical oxygen

17 Apr 2021

COVID-19: Railways develops policy to transport liquid medical oxygen

The Railways has formulated a policy for the transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after a plea by the government of Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states by the coronavirus, to combat the pandemic.

Do not go outdoors unnecessarily: Noida COVID-19 officer to residents

17 Apr 2021

Do not go outdoors unnecessarily: Noida COVID-19 officer to residents

Noting that the COVID-19 second wave is emerging out to be more severe than the first one, Gautam Buddh Nagar's COVID-19 nodal officer Narendra Bhooshan, on Friday, asked residents to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.

Rajasthan government prepared for second wave of COVID-19: Gehlot

17 Apr 2021

Rajasthan government prepared for second wave of COVID-19: Gehlot

Calling the ongoing second wave of coronavirus infection destructive, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday called upon people to follow all COVID-19-related guidelines strictly and said the government is prepared to meet any challenge.

Weekend curfew brings life to a halt in Delhi

17 Apr 2021

Weekend curfew brings life to a halt in Delhi

Weekend curfew is currently underway in Delhi to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

Noida: Over 5,500 fined for not wearing face masks

17 Apr 2021

Noida: Over 5,500 fined for not wearing face masks

Over 5,500 people were fined for not wearing face masks in public places in Noida and Greater Noida on Friday, even as Gautam Buddh Nagar Police Commissioner Alok Singh hit the ground to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols, officials said.

Mathura introduces strict COVID-19 curbs, 14-day quarantine for symptomatic visitors

17 Apr 2021

Mathura introduces strict COVID-19 curbs, 14-day quarantine for symptomatic visitors

The Mathura district administration, on Friday, introduced some curbs in the wake of rising coronavirus cases, saying people coming from other states would have to undergo screening for COVID-19.

COVID-19: List of states that have imposed restrictions

17 Apr 2021

COVID-19: List of states that have imposed restrictions

Amid an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases across India, several states and Union Territories have imposed partial lockdowns and night curfews to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Aurangabad: People flouting curbs to undergo COVID-19 test

16 Apr 2021

Aurangabad: People flouting curbs to undergo COVID-19 test

The civic body in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city has appointed 12 teams to take action against people roaming around in public without any valid reason despite the COVID-19 curbs, an official said on Friday.

UK finds cases of COVID-19 variant first found in India

16 Apr 2021

UK finds cases of COVID-19 variant first found in India

UK health authorities identified 77 cases of the highly infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus which causes COVID-19, first found in India, and designated it a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).

COVID-19: Black Caps set to be vaccinated this week

16 Apr 2021

COVID-19: Black Caps set to be vaccinated this week

In a major development, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will provide early vaccinations to the men's team this week.

Set up helplines informing about availability of hospital beds: Baijal

16 Apr 2021

Set up helplines informing about availability of hospital beds: Baijal

In the wake of an exponential rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Friday directed officers to set up helplines that inform the availability of beds in hospitals besides establishing help desks to assist patients and attendants, an official said.

PSUs asked to dedicate separate hospital wards for COVID-19 management

16 Apr 2021

PSUs asked to dedicate separate hospital wards for COVID-19 management

To augment hospital infrastructure for the management of severe cases of coronavirus, the Union Health Ministry has advised all central ministries to ask hospitals under their control or PSUs to set up dedicated hospital wards or separate blocks within hospitals for COVID-19 care.

SOP revised in Uttarakhand to battle second COVID-19 wave

16 Apr 2021

SOP revised in Uttarakhand to battle second COVID-19 wave

With a surge in COVID-19 cases in Uttarakhand which recorded its highest single-day spike in infections on Thursday, the state government issued a revised SOP, making it mandatory for cinema halls, restaurants, bars, and gyms to run at half their capacity.

Odisha: Weekend shutdown in ten districts from April 17

16 Apr 2021

Odisha: Weekend shutdown in ten districts from April 17

In a bid to break the chain of the COVID-19 infection, the Odisha government on Thursday announced a weekend shutdown in ten districts bordering Chhattisgarh where the number of active coronavirus cases crossed the one lakh mark, an official said.

Maharashtra CM urges Centre to consider COVID-19 a natural calamity

15 Apr 2021

Maharashtra CM urges Centre to consider COVID-19 a natural calamity

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has written a letter to the Centre, urging to consider the COVID-19 pandemic as a natural calamity, so that the government can use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to provide financial assistance to the affected people.

COVID-19: UP schools shut till May 15; night curfew imposed

15 Apr 2021

COVID-19: UP schools shut till May 15; night curfew imposed

All schools in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till May 15 while board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20 in view of the COVID-19 surge, the state government said on Thursday.

Foreign COVID-19 vaccines: Decision on EUA applications within three days

15 Apr 2021

Foreign COVID-19 vaccines: Decision on EUA applications within three days

India's drug regulator will make a decision on applications seeking approval for restricted emergency use of foreign-produced vaccines within three working days from the date of submission, the government said on Thursday.

Not yet thought of canceling Goa board exams: Pramod Sawant

15 Apr 2021

Not yet thought of canceling Goa board exams: Pramod Sawant

The Goa Government has not yet thought of canceling the state board exams of Classes 10 and 12 in the wake of the COVID-19 surge, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said.

Maharashtra: Officials told to monitor COVID-19-appropriate behavior amid curbs

15 Apr 2021

Maharashtra: Officials told to monitor COVID-19-appropriate behavior amid curbs

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked officials to closely monitor COVID-19-appropriate behavior among shop owners who have been allowed to operate during the new restrictions, as well as customers, and penalize the violators.

Long wait at crematoriums in Gujarat amid COVID-19 surge

14 Apr 2021

Long wait at crematoriums in Gujarat amid COVID-19 surge

Relatives of COVID-19 victims as well as those who died of other ailments are forced to wait for hours for performing the last rites as many crematoriums in Gujarat are witnessing a huge rush since the last week.

Government lifts restrictions on e-visas for 156 countries, excluding China

14 Apr 2021

Government lifts restrictions on e-visas for 156 countries, excluding China

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has lifted restrictions on e-visas, allowing nationals from 156 countries to avail e-medical visa, e-business visa, e-medical attendant visa, and e-conference visa, according to reports.

Rahul takes swipe at Centre over fast-tracking approval for vaccines

14 Apr 2021

Rahul takes swipe at Centre over fast-tracking approval for vaccines

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday cited a quote of Mahatma Gandhi to imply that the government's decision to fast-track emergency approval for foreign-produced anti-coronavirus vaccines had been prompted by his party's suggestions.

Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection: Study

14 Apr 2021

Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection: Study

A sedentary lifestyle is associated with more severe COVID-19 infection and an increased risk of dying from the viral disease, according to a large-scale study.

Is Madhya Pradesh under-reporting its COVID-19 death toll?

14 Apr 2021

Is Madhya Pradesh under-reporting its COVID-19 death toll?

Even as the dreadful second wave of COVID-19 continues unabated across India, the Madhya Pradesh government is allegedly under-reporting its daily death toll.