COVID-19: News

05 Aug 2020

Zydus Cadila

Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine found safe, going into Phase-2 trial

Indian drug company Zydus Cadila has completed early-stage human trials with its indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine.

05 Aug 2020


Coronavirus: One death every 15 seconds; toll crosses 7 lakh

Over seven months after the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, the global death toll has crossed seven lakh. The total number of cases stands at 18.5 million.

WhatsApp's new feature will help you fact-check forwarded messages

In a bid to curb the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to check whether a text received on the messaging service is actually true or not.

04 Aug 2020


COVAXIN will cost less than water bottle: Bharat Biotech MD

Ever since companies started developing vaccines for COVID-19, one big question has been on everyone's mind: how much the final, approved shot would cost to the public?

Coronavirus: US scientists identify possible treatment for SARS-CoV-2

A study in the United States has found a potential therapeutic treatment for COVID-19, the viral disease that has afflicted over 18 million worldwide.

AIIMS vaccine trials: 80% volunteers found unfit for study

Nearly two weeks ago, AIIMS Delhi had started the Phase 1 human trial of COVAXIN — the first candidate vaccine developed indigenously in India to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus outbreak: T20I series between Australia and West Indies postponed

Cricket Australia, on Tuesday, confirmed that the T20I series between Australia and West Indies has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

03 Aug 2020


Karti Chidambaram tests positive for coronavirus; goes into home quarantine

Member of Parliament Karti Chidamabaram (48) on Monday revealed that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Chidamabaram, who represents Sivaganga (Tamil Nadu) in the Lok Sabha, is the latest among prominent political figures to have contracted the infection.

Domestic cricket resumption: BCCI issues detailed guideline to state associations

The BCCI has issued a detailed guideline, prepared by the board's medical team, to the state associations for the resumption of domestic cricket activities in the country.

02 Aug 2020

Amitabh Bachchan

COVID-19: Amitabh Bachchan tests negative, discharged from hospital

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has tested negative for the novel coronavirus and has been discharged from the hospital.

02 Aug 2020

Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah tests positive for coronavirus

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge in India, Union Home Minister Amit Shah revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

02 Aug 2020


No joke! Jodhpur restaurant selling 'COVID Curry' and 'Mask Naan'

The coronavirus pandemic has put a serious dent in the culinary business, but outlet owners are not letting their spirits bow down to it. In fact, the creativity meter has only gone higher.

02 Aug 2020


#TechBytes: Weird technologies that can protect you from COVID-19

In a span of six months, COVID-19 has turned the whole world upside down.

01 Aug 2020


Vinesh Phogat pulls out of proposed wrestling camp

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat is against the idea of holding a national camp with the cases of coronavirus increasing day by day.

01 Aug 2020


Chinese hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna: Report

Last week, the US Justice Department charged two China-linked hackers, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, with stealing valuable data from organizations in the US and around the world.

Coronavirus: SC orders Centre to ensure timely salaries for healthcare-workers

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Centre to ensure healthcare workers, leading the battle against coronavirus, are paid salaries on time, something which it had ordered earlier as well.

30 Jul 2020

Mohammad Amir

Haris Rauf to join Pakistan squad after negative COVID-19 tests

Pakistani cricketer Haris Rauf is all set to join the national team after two successive negative COVID-19 reports.

30 Jul 2020


Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 15.8L with over 52,000 new cases

India on Wednesday reported over 52,000 new coronavirus infections, the biggest spike yet, bringing the nationwide total to 15.84 lakh. The death toll crossed 35,000 with over 770 new fatalities.

29 Jul 2020

Uttar Pradesh

UP: Doctors on COVID-19 duty find worms in food

While the government has been advocating respect for the doctors leading the coronavirus fight from the front, a story from Uttar Pradesh has shown that is not the case.

29 Jul 2020


Coronavirus: What are the serosurveys not telling us?

Recently, several surveys have shown that the number of people who have been exposed to the coronavirus is higher than the number of "cases" reported.

29 Jul 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Big Tech goes on trial today, and more

In the updates since last evening, the Big Tech CEOs, who are set to appear for an antitrust Congressional hearing, released their opening statements, reiterating that they are good for America's economy and not a monopolistic force.

28 Jul 2020


Israeli study finds link between coronavirus and Vitamin D levels

A major study conducted by Israeli researchers has found a correlation between adequate levels of Vitamin D and the ability to fight off a coronavirus infection more quickly or effectively in people.

28 Jul 2020

Delhi High Court

Rapid testing shows false negatives, says Delhi HC; questions AAP

The Delhi High Court on Monday rapped the Aam Aadmi Party government over Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT), asking why it was being used as a primary test to judge coronavirus infection.

28 Jul 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Google extends work from home and more

A lot has happened in the world of technology since last evening.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine goes into final human trial stage

In a major development, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by biotech giant Moderna Therapeutics has gone into the third and final stage of clinical human trials.

27 Jul 2020


Chhattisgarh: Government extends lockdown till August 6 in worst-hit districts

As Chhattisgarh continues to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases, the state government on Monday announced that the ongoing lockdown in the worst-hit districts will be extended until August 6.

27 Jul 2020

Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi launches dedicated portal to help people find jobs

As the COVID-19 pandemic has left tens of thousands of people jobless, struggling for their monthly salaries, the Delhi government has embarked on a mission to help them get back to work.

26 Jul 2020


COVAXIN: First part of phase 1 trials complete; results encouraging

The first part of phase I trials of India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate has completed and the results are said to be encouraging.

26 Jul 2020

Narendra Modi

#MannKiBaat: Coronavirus still as lethal as before, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hosted the 67th episode of his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'.

25 Jul 2020

UEFA Champions League

Xavi Hernandez tests positive for coronavirus

Former Barcelona and Spain mid-fielder Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday that he has tested positive for coronavirus but was asymptomatic.

Study identifies 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

A recent study identified 21 existing drugs that could be used to treat COVID-19. The drugs can notably stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the study found.

25 Jul 2020


How local communities in the Northeast are helping fight COVID-19

While the major hotspots of Delhi and Mumbai are starting to control the spread of the coronavirus, the outbreak has been getting worse in the Northeastern states.

25 Jul 2020


As coronavirus cases surge, PM to meet CMs next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to convene a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers of all states on July 27, Monday, to discuss the coronavirus situation in their respective regions and the steps taken to mitigate the effect of the biggest health crisis in a century.

AIIMS Delhi starts human trials of India's first COVID-19 vaccine

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi has started human trials of COVAXIN, the country's first indigenously developed vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

24 Jul 2020


Coronavirus positive teen sexually assaulted by another patient in Delhi

A girl, merely 14 years of age, was sexually assaulted at the Sardar Patel COVID-19 Care Center in Chhattarpur, Delhi, by another patient, reports PTI.

24 Jul 2020

Oxford University

Meet Adar Poonawalla, the man bringing COVID-19 vaccines to India

In the fight against COVID-19, or should we say the worst health crisis of our time, several institutes/organizations are racing to develop vaccines, anti-viral treatments.

AIIMS Nagpur develops smart band to monitor COVID-19 patients

In a bid to help with COVID-19 containment efforts, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Nagpur, has developed a smart wrist band.

23 Jul 2020

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir returns two negative COVID-19 tests

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has returned two negative COVID-19 tests and is cleared to join the national side in England.

SA Women to start training ahead of proposed England tour

A 24-member South Africa Women's cricket squad will begin a week-long skills-based training camp from July 27.