COVID-19: News

22 Dec 2022

Narendra Modi

PM chairs high-level COVID-19 meeting, urges wearing masks, increased testing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday to review the COVID-19 situation in India.

COVID-19 precautions: IMA issues new guidelines on masks, public gatherings

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) issued an advisory in view of keeping an impending COVID-19 outbreak at bay.

22 Dec 2022


COVID-19 precautions return to Parliament as speakers, MPs mask up

Amid a global resurgence of COVID-19 cases, especially in neighboring China, the mask mandate was reimposed in Parliament on Thursday.

22 Dec 2022


Chinese singer Jane Zhang purposely contracted COVID-19; here's why

With COVID-19 cases on a rise again in China, bizarre news of a popular Chinese singer purposely getting infected with the deadly virus has come to the fore.

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.

'Very concerned' about COVID-19 situation in China: WHO chief

The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in China.

22 Dec 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: What is BF.7, Omicron sub-variant triggering China's COVID-19 spurt

Four cases of Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which is believed to be driving the current spurt of COVID-19 cases in China, were reported in India on Wednesday.

21 Dec 2022

Union Health Ministry

Mask up in crowded places: Centre advises after high-level meeting

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting with top officials on Wednesday to review India's COVID-19 situation as cases are seeing a resurgence globally, especially in China.

21 Dec 2022

Rahul Gandhi

Follow COVID-19 rules or suspend yatra: Health Minister to Rahul

In a letter to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has asked them to ensure that COVID-19 rules are followed in Congress's Bharat Jodo Yatra, or else they should suspend the march in "national interest."

21 Dec 2022

Union Health Ministry

Increase genome sequencing to track COVID-19 variants: Centre tells states

Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, and the US, the Union Health Ministry has asked all states and union territories to increase genome sequencing of positive cases to track variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.

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.

19 Dec 2022


Thai princess, who collapsed last week, on critical life support

The condition of the Thai king's eldest daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, is stable, Thailand's Royal Household Bureau said on Monday.

19 Dec 2022


Chinese residents hesitant of COVID-19 vaccine as cases rise: Reports

The number of COVID-19 cases is rising in China while a section of citizens, especially the elderly, is demonstrating vaccine hesitancy, reported Reuters.

17 Dec 2022

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs to layoff 4,000 'low performing' employees

Goldman Sachs, one of the leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firms, is planning to lay off as many as 4,000 employees.

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.

15 Dec 2022


China administers over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a day

China raced to vaccinate its most vulnerable citizens on Thursday, expecting another spike in COVID-19 infections as many analysts predicted an increase in the death toll after the recent ease of strict restrictions that kept the novel virus' outspread at bay for almost three years.

12 Dec 2022

Elon Musk

Elon Musk wants Dr. Anthony Fauci to be prosecuted

In a surprising tweet, Twitter owner Elon Musk has called for the prosecution of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the US's response to COVID-19.

06 Dec 2022

World Bank

India's economy 'resilient,' to grow 6.9% in FY23: World Bank

Upgrading India's gross domestic product (GDP) forecast from 6.5% to 6.9% for the current fiscal year, the World Bank on Tuesday termed India's economy as "more resilient" than 10 years ago.

05 Dec 2022


COVID man-made, leaked: US-based scientist who worked at Wuhan lab

In yet another sensational revelation, British tabloid The Sun quoted a US-based scientist saying that COVID-19 is a man-made virus and it was leaked from a government-run facility in China's Wuhan, where he worked.

02 Dec 2022


China: Many cities ease COVID-19 curbs following protests

Following widespread protests in China against COVID-19 curbs, some cities are reportedly easing restrictions regarding testing requirements and quarantine rules.

30 Nov 2022


Twitter is no longer enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy

Twitter has stopped enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy that was aimed at tackling the spread of misleading information about the pandemic. The platform will not take any action against accounts that spread fake news about COVID.

29 Nov 2022


China readies 2.5 lakh COVID-19 quarantine beds in 'hotspot' Guangzhou

Mass quarantine camps and makeshift hospitals are reportedly coming up in Guangzhou, China to accommodate nearly 2.5 lakh people amid the country's recent COVID-19 spike, according to AP.

29 Nov 2022

Rishi Sunak

'Golden era' of UK-China ties over, says PM Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday said that China posed a "systemic challenge to the values and interests" of the United Kingdom (UK).

Not liable for deaths by COVID-19 vaccine: Centre tells SC

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the government cannot be held accountable for the harmful consequences of the COVID-19 vaccination, HT reported.

29 Nov 2022

Gautam Adani

India's 100 richest amassed $25bn more wealth in 2022: Forbes

While the rupee has weakened, raising concerns of inflation and looming recession for the rest of the Indians, it has seemingly no effect on the country's richest bunch.

28 Nov 2022

Camil flu

Camel flu threat looms over FIFA World Cup; advisory issued

Football fever has gripped the world with the FIFA World Cup 2022—one of the largest global events—in full swing in Qatar.

27 Nov 2022

Xi Jinping

China: Fatal building blaze ignites protests against extreme COVID-19 curbs

Widespread protests erupted in China on Saturday against fresh COVID-19 curbs imposed by authorities, Reuters reported.

24 Nov 2022


China records highest daily COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

Despite strict restrictions, China on Wednesday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the outbreak in the country in December 2019, Agence France-Presse reported.

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.

19 Nov 2022


Zomato to fire nearly 3% employees in performance-based layoffs

Amid the layoff season across the globe, especially in the tech world, homegrown food aggregator and delivery platform Zomato has confirmed that it will lay off around 3% of its workforce across various departments, Livemint reported.

Masks no more mandatory during air travel, but advisable: Centre

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said the use of masks was not compulsory for passengers during air travel, PTI reported citing the official order.

15 Nov 2022

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic to be granted visa for Australian Open: Reports

Serbia's Novak Djokovic is set to receive his visa for the 2023 Australian Open.

12 Nov 2022


800 test COVID-19 positive on Australian cruise ship in Sydney

As several hundred people on board a cruise ship in Australia tested positive, Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil on Saturday tried to reassure the public that "COVID-19 protocols were adequate" to deal with the situation.

09 Nov 2022

DY Chandrachud

Meet new CJI Chandrachud, who bats for progressive, liberal values

Justice DY Chandrachud was sworn in as India's 50th Chief Justice on Wednesday.

31 Oct 2022


China: 'Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja' becomes COVID-19 protest song

A superhit song from Mithun Chakraborty's 1982 film Disco Dancer, Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja has become an unusual protest song for Chinese people frustrated with their government's COVID-19 restrictions.

26 Oct 2022

Arvind Kejriwal

Lakshmi-Ganesh pics on currency will revive economy: Kejriwal to Modi

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday appealed to the Centre to include photos of Hindu deities Lakshmi and Ganesh on currency notes along with Mahatma Gandhi's to revive India's economy and bring "prosperity."

25 Oct 2022

COVID-19 India

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.

22 Oct 2022


Government working on softening COVID-19 impact: PM at job fair

Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi during a job fair on Saturday said that his government is working on "softening the economic impact" of COVID-19.

19 Oct 2022


UK couple names daughter Lockie after COVID-19 lockdown

While the COVID-19 pandemic brought us fear, stress, and anxiety, it also gave us an opportunity to spend some precious time with our loved ones at home.

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.