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Lockdown: Centre issues guidelines for 'reopening'; cinema halls can open

30 Sep 2020

Lockdown: Centre issues guidelines for 'reopening'; cinema halls can open

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for reopening of more activities as India emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

NewsBytes Briefing: Outage hits Apple App Store, iCloud, and more

30 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Outage hits Apple App Store, iCloud, and more

Last night, in a rare incident, Apple suffered from a major outage that left many of its services down, including Apple App Store, Music, Apple TV+, Photos, and iCloud.

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 62 lakh with 80k+ new cases

30 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 62 lakh with 80k+ new cases

On Tuesday, India witnessed a spike of over 80,000 fresh coronavirus infections, bringing the nationwide tally to 62.23 lakh. Over 1,100 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours also pushed the death toll to 97,558.

Soon, Microsoft Teams will offer a 'virtual commute' experience

30 Sep 2020

Soon, Microsoft Teams will offer a 'virtual commute' experience

From Together Mode to Breakout Rooms, Microsoft has announced some pretty unique features for its Teams work collaboration platform.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for COVID-19

29 Sep 2020

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for COVID-19

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19. The 71-year-old had been found positive for the novel coronavirus during a routine test for the viral disease.

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

29 Sep 2020

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

India has the highest number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the world, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Over five lakh sharks could be killed for COVID-19 vaccine

29 Sep 2020

Over five lakh sharks could be killed for COVID-19 vaccine

While the entire world is looking forward to positive news about a COVID-19 vaccine, global vaccination could mean the death of half a million sharks, an advocacy group has warned.

NewsBytes Briefing: Microsoft 365 suffered an outage, and more

29 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Microsoft 365 suffered an outage, and more

Last night, Microsoft 365 suffered a major outage due to an internal change and left essential web services down for hours, including Microsoft Office 365, Teams, and Outlook.

Coronavirus: India records September's lowest spike; tally reaches 61.43 lakh

29 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India records September's lowest spike; tally reaches 61.43 lakh

On Monday, India reported just under 70,000 fresh coronavirus infections, the lowest single-day spike in about a month. The nationwide tally has climbed to 61.43 lakh while the death toll crossed 96,000.

Unlock 5.0: Relaxations for tourism sector, cinema halls reopening likely

28 Sep 2020

Unlock 5.0: Relaxations for tourism sector, cinema halls reopening likely

As the fourth phase of "unlocking" from the coronavirus lockdown nears its end, India awaits the central guidelines for 'Unlock 5.0'.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok granted injunction against US ban, and more

28 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok granted injunction against US ban, and more

Over the weekend, TikTok won a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration, which prevents the hit video service from getting banned in the US.

Civil services exams cannot be postponed, UPSC tells SC

28 Sep 2020

Civil services exams cannot be postponed, UPSC tells SC

The upcoming civil services examinations cannot be postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court on Monday.

PM's vaccine arrangements will take care of all: Adar Poonawalla

27 Sep 2020

PM's vaccine arrangements will take care of all: Adar Poonawalla

As India's COVID-19 vaccine strategy becomes a point of debate, Adar Poonawalla has expressed confidence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to protect Indian citizens from the ongoing pandemic.

Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine induces strong immunity

26 Sep 2020

Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine induces strong immunity

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine has shown promise in early-to-mid-stage clinical human trials.

Coronavirus: Global deaths near one million; a million more 'likely'

26 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: Global deaths near one million; a million more 'likely'

The global death toll in the coronavirus outbreak is fast approaching the one million mark. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday warned that the number could double without a concerted global effort to control the viral spread.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalization up again in France

25 Sep 2020

Coronavirus cases and hospitalization up again in France

In France, where new coronavirus cases remained in control for a few months, the infections are rising again and hospitals are inundated with serious patients, in what serves as a rude reminder of the bygone spring.

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away due to COVID-19 complications

25 Sep 2020

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away due to COVID-19 complications

Veteran playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, fondly known as SPB, has passed away. He was 74 years old.

Active coronavirus cases are declining, India gets slim hope

25 Sep 2020

Active coronavirus cases are declining, India gets slim hope

Although newer coronavirus infections are rising worryingly across India, the trend in the last few days has offered hope, albeit temporary — the number of active cases is declining and the reproductive number (R) has dipped to less than 1 for the first time since March.

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 58L with nearly 86k new cases

25 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 58L with nearly 86k new cases

India on Thursday reported nearly 86,000 fresh coronavirus infections. The nationwide tally has now climbed to 58.1 lakh cases. Over 1,100 fresh fatalities were reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 92,339.

Manish Sisodia, admitted to hospital with COVID-19, diagnosed with dengue

24 Sep 2020

Manish Sisodia, admitted to hospital with COVID-19, diagnosed with dengue

The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, was on Thursday diagnosed with dengue.

Google Maps will show region-wise COVID-19 data for safe navigation

24 Sep 2020

Google Maps will show region-wise COVID-19 data for safe navigation

As COVID-19 cases are surging exponentially, it is more important than ever to be fully aware of the situation prevailing in your local area.

An N95 mask with built-in microphone to receive calls

24 Sep 2020

An N95 mask with built-in microphone to receive calls

COVID-19 has made masks more important than any other day-to-day accessories.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok files for injunction against ban, and more

24 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok files for injunction against ban, and more

As ByteDance's TikTok deal is likely to see more delays owing to China's pending approval, the video company is moving to prevent itself from getting banned by Trump administration.

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 57 lakh with 86k+ new cases

24 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 57 lakh with 86k+ new cases

India on Wednesday reported over 86,000 fresh coronavirus infections. The nationwide tally has now climbed to 57.3 lakh cases. Over 1,100 fresh fatalities were reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 91,195.

SDRF spending limit raised to 50%: Modi tells CMs

23 Sep 2020

SDRF spending limit raised to 50%: Modi tells CMs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven states and union territories where the number of COVID-19 cases is rising.

Brazilian study suggests dengue antibodies could offer protection against COVID-19

23 Sep 2020

Brazilian study suggests dengue antibodies could offer protection against COVID-19

A new study has found a link between past exposure to dengue and immunity against COVID-19.

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine goes into final human trials

23 Sep 2020

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine goes into final human trials

In a major development, American pharma giant Johnson & Johnson has launched the final trial of its COVID-19 vaccine.

Transfer news roundup: Luis Suarez leaves Barcelona, Morata joins Juventus

23 Sep 2020

Transfer news roundup: Luis Suarez leaves Barcelona, Morata joins Juventus

With less than two weeks to go for the summer transfer window to shut down, a lot is happening as far the movement of top players are concerned.

Mumbai: In four frontline warriors, coronavirus-reinfection becomes more severe

23 Sep 2020

Mumbai: In four frontline warriors, coronavirus-reinfection becomes more severe

The coronavirus re-infection turned out to be more severe in four frontline warriors in Mumbai, implying that nothing can offer much protection against the fatal disease, TOI reported today citing details from medical journal The Lancet.

Bharat Biotech signs deal for nasal COVID-19 vaccine: Details here

23 Sep 2020

Bharat Biotech signs deal for nasal COVID-19 vaccine: Details here

In a major move, Bharat Biotech has signed an agreement to license a nasal COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, United States.

NewsBytes Briefing: China won't approve TikTok deal, and more

23 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: China won't approve TikTok deal, and more

Even as TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart came close to finalizing a deal, China is not ready to let the service off the hook.

Emerging coronavirus hotspots identified in Delhi; CP, Lajpat on list

23 Sep 2020

Emerging coronavirus hotspots identified in Delhi; CP, Lajpat on list

To get ahead of the coronavirus curve, the Delhi government has identified 33 areas as "emerging hotspots". Localities like Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Model Town, Laxmi Nagar, and Paschim Vihar featured on the list, HT reported.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 56.4 lakh; death toll crosses 90,000

23 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 56.4 lakh; death toll crosses 90,000

India on Tuesday reported over 83,000 new coronavirus infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 56.43 lakh. The death toll surged past 90,000 with over 1,100 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Delhi government order reserving 80% ICU beds stayed by HC

22 Sep 2020

Delhi government order reserving 80% ICU beds stayed by HC

Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's order directing 33 private hospitals to reserve 80% of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus: Amid second-wave fears, UK PM to encourage remote working

22 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: Amid second-wave fears, UK PM to encourage remote working

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will, in an address to the nation on Tuesday, tell his countrymen to work from home in the foreseeable future. Evidently, this is seen as an effort to handle the second wave of coronavirus.

Vaccine expected by early 2021; nationwide immunization a challenge: Scientist

22 Sep 2020

Vaccine expected by early 2021; nationwide immunization a challenge: Scientist

A vaccine for COVID-19 is likely to be ready by early 2021, a leading vaccine scientist has said. However, the real challenge for India would be conducting a vaccination drive for its population of 1.3 billion.

Getting COVID-19 and flu together increases risk of death: Experts

22 Sep 2020

Getting COVID-19 and flu together increases risk of death: Experts

With the world still scrambling to find a vaccine for coronavirus, experts have warned that the impending flu season could make matters worse.

Indore: Rodents attack COVID-19 victim's body, probe ordered

22 Sep 2020

Indore: Rodents attack COVID-19 victim's body, probe ordered

A family in Indore, who lost a member to the coronavirus, was given another shock when they saw that his body was seemingly eaten by rodents.

Coronavirus: India sees lowest spike in September; tally reaches 55.6L

22 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India sees lowest spike in September; tally reaches 55.6L

India on Monday reported over 74,000 new coronavirus infections, the lowest single-day spike in September.

Coronavirus: What is the 'Feluda' test? How does it work?

21 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: What is the 'Feluda' test? How does it work?

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved for commercial launch of a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19, called 'Feluda'.