COVID-19: News

22 Mar 2023

Health & Wellness

The mystery of face blindness: Decoding prosopagnosia

Recent research found that prolonged COVID-19 symptoms may be linked to issues with facial recognition, a rare condition known as prosopagnosia (or, face blindness), and navigational problems.

20 Mar 2023

Union Health Ministry

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.

18 Mar 2023

Union Health Ministry

H3N2 cases surge in India; Maharashtra on high alert

With the growing risk of the H3N2 influenza outbreak amid the change in weather conditions in parts of India, hospitals across Maharashtra have been instructed to be on high alert.

18 Mar 2023

Kapil Sharma

Box office: No takers for Kapil Sharma-Shahana Goswami's drama 'Zwigato'

Shutters may have already been closed for Kapil Sharma-Shana Goswami's drama Zwigato, which was released theatrically on Friday.

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.

15 Mar 2023


H3N2: Experts advise caution as deaths and ICU admissions rise

Amid the continuous rise in H3N2 cases and deaths linked to the virus in India, experts have issued an alert for people to follow COVID-19-like precautions and mask up to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. They also advised people against spreading panic over the issue.

H3N2: ICMR expert recommends influenza vaccine for low immunity people

With respiratory illnesses due to H3N2, COVID-19, and other viruses reportedly witnessing a steep rise over the last week in India, experts have issued caution and recommended precautionary measures.

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).

12 Mar 2023


H3N2 cases rise in India, experts say virus not life-threatening

Amid a steep rise in infections linked to Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 in India, experts said the outbreak was normal, and the virus was not life-threatening even as six people have died in the country.

11 Mar 2023


H3N2 claims 6 lives in India; case decline expected soon 

At least six persons have died due to the Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 in India so far, India Today reported.

11 Mar 2023


China: President Xi Jinping's confidant Li Qiang appointed new premier

China's parliament has formally elected President Xi Jinping's confidant and close ally, Li Qiang, as the country's new premier.

US legislators unanimously vote to declassify intelligence on COVID-19 origins

The United States (US) House of Representatives on Friday voted unanimously to declassify information on possible links between the COVID-19 pandemic and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China, reported AP.

07 Mar 2023


President Xi Jinping's aide Li Qiang to become China's premier

Li Qiang—said to be Chinese President Xi Jinping's close aide who brought about Shanghai's strict two-month COVID-19 lockdown last year—is likely to formally become China's next premier at the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) this week.

06 Mar 2023

Novak Djokovic

Here's why Novak Djokovic has pulled out of Indian Wells

Serbian ace Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the upcoming Indian Wells Masters after he was denied entry into the United States.

06 Mar 2023

Health & Wellness

Study: 'Long Covid' associated with increased risk of heart diseases

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on March 3 found that people with long COVID-19 had a higher risk of developing severe heart diseases including stroke.

04 Mar 2023

COVID-19 India

India records over 300 COVID-19 cases after nearly 100 days

India reported over 300 new COVID-19 cases after 97 days, as per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

Did not abandon plans to trace origins of COVID-19: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it has not abandoned its efforts to establish the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged all nations to share what they know about it.

04 Mar 2023


Russian scientist behind Sputnik V vaccine strangled to death: Report

A murder probe has been launched after Andrey Botikov, who worked on the development of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, was allegedly murdered in Moscow, Mirror reported.

28 Feb 2023

Hong Kong

Hong Kong to end mask mandate after 3 years

Hong Kong will lift the mask mandate in public places, its last major COVID-19 restriction, on Wednesday after nearly three years.

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.

25 Feb 2023


Ericsson to axe 8% of its workforce; 8,500 employees affected

After the tech industry, it is now the telecom sector's turn to be hit by layoffs.

23 Feb 2023


Gurugram: Woman confined herself, son for 3 years fearing COVID-19

A woman and her 10-year-old son were rescued on Tuesday after three years of self-imposed confinement following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

17 Feb 2023

COVID-19 Vaccine

IIT Delhi develops new COVID-19 vaccine using immune cells

Researchers from IIT Delhi have developed a "nano-vaccine" for COVID-19, which has yielded promising results in animal studies.

17 Feb 2023


Individuals affected by COVID-19 could be at risk of diabetes

A study, published in JAMA Network Open journal, suggests that individuals who have previously been infected with COVID-19 could be at an increased risk for diabetes—a chronic disease that affects how the body processes glucose.

13 Feb 2023

Central Government

India lifts negative RT-PCR mandate for passengers from China, others

In light of the global decline in COVID-19 cases, India lifted COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from six countries, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, and Japan, on Monday.

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.

08 Feb 2023


Zoom fires 1,300 employees due to "uncertainty of global economy"

Companies are on a firing spree, and Zoom is no exception. The communications technology firm announced that it is axing roughly 15% of its global workforce or around 1,300 employees.

06 Feb 2023

H-1B Visa

US reduces visa backlog; appointments for Indians at overseas embassies

To clear the piling backlog for visa appointments, the United States Embassy in India announced on Friday that people will now be able to seek appointments through other American embassies and consulates in select countries.

31 Jan 2023


Kerala: Man gets 3 life-terms for raping, impregnating minor daughter

A Kerala court on Monday sentenced a man to three life terms for repeatedly raping his minor daughter and impregnating her, PTI reported.

Amid global slowdown predictions, IMF calls India 'bright spot'

India is likely to see some economic slowdown in the fiscal year 2023, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its January update of the World Economic Outlook released on Tuesday.

26 Jan 2023


India's 1st nasal COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech launched

Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya and Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday launched Bharat Biotech's iNCOVACC, which is reportedly India's first intranasal COVID-19 vaccine.

23 Jan 2023

Travel And Tourism

Have you heard about the travel trends for 2023 yet

With the COVID-19 pandemic being almost over in India, the tourism industry is all set to witness a new normal this year with people looking for new ways to travel and explore the world.

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.

21 Jan 2023

Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand: Chris Hipkins likely to be next Prime Minister 

Chris Hipkins will likely replace Jacinda Ardern as the 41st prime minister of New Zealand after being nominated by fellow MPs, Reuters reported.

19 Jan 2023


Singapore: Trial against accused for racially abusing, kicking Indian woman

The trial of the man, who allegedly racially abused and kicked an Indian-origin woman for not masking up properly nearly two years ago, began in a district court in Singapore on Wednesday.

US doubling embassy staff to expedite Indian visas: Reports

The United States is considering doubling the recruitment at the Indian embassy and engaging diplomatic spouses to expedite the visa process, said a US official, per The Economic Times.

17 Jan 2023


China's economy grows 3% in 2022, second-lowest in nearly 50yrs

China's economy in 2022 grew at the second slowest rate in nearly 50 years, raising concerns about the impact of the downturn on the global market, AFP reported.