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After bubonic plague death, China seals off Inner Mongolia village

08 Aug 2020

After bubonic plague death, China seals off Inner Mongolia village

Authorities in China have sealed off a village in the Inner Mongolia region after the death of a patient of bubonic plague.

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

04 Aug 2020

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.

Coronavirus: Who will be first in line for the vaccine?

04 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: Who will be first in line for the vaccine?

Amid global expedited efforts to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, experts are debating who should be the first to be vaccinated.

Young people not entirely safe from coronavirus, WHO reiterates

31 Jul 2020

Young people not entirely safe from coronavirus, WHO reiterates

With the seventh month of battling the coronavirus pandemic over, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday repeated that guard can't be let down and blamed the younger population for driving the surge in some countries, adding that they aren't "invincible."

How soon could there be a vaccine for COVID-19?

25 Jul 2020

How soon could there be a vaccine for COVID-19?

Since the coronavirus outbreak started late last year, researchers have been racing to develop a vaccine against the virus, SARS-CoV-2.

Maharashtra: After winning coronavirus battle, Dharavi leads in plasma donation

24 Jul 2020

Maharashtra: After winning coronavirus battle, Dharavi leads in plasma donation

Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, gave sleepless nights to the government after coronavirus cases rose alarmingly there.

This device can 'disinfect' your home products with UV light

23 Jul 2020

This device can 'disinfect' your home products with UV light

The scare of contracting COVID-19, which has been exploding in India, has got everyone worried.

US: Squirrel tests positive for Bubonic plague

15 Jul 2020

US: Squirrel tests positive for Bubonic plague

While the United States (like the rest of the world) battles coronavirus pandemic, a new disease, which is as infectious, has made a landfall there.

Your AC could be spreading COVID-19: Here's how

12 Jul 2020

Your AC could be spreading COVID-19: Here's how

A few days back, the World Health Organization suggested COVID-19 could be spreading through airborne particles breathed out in closed, indoor spaces.

Now, WHO says airborne coronavirus transmission is a possibility

08 Jul 2020

Now, WHO says airborne coronavirus transmission is a possibility

Ever since COVID-19 started spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained that the disease primarily spreads through respiratory droplets.

Scientists say coronavirus is airborne in letter to WHO

06 Jul 2020

Scientists say coronavirus is airborne in letter to WHO

Over 200 experts have written to the World Health Organization, urging the health agency to recognize airborne transmission of the coronavirus and change its recommendation.

WHO calls off Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 treatment: Here's why

05 Jul 2020

WHO calls off Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 treatment: Here's why

Anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and anti-HIV drug combination lopinavir/ritonavir will no longer be explored as potential treatments for COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO finally admits China didn't report about coronavirus outbreak

04 Jul 2020

WHO finally admits China didn't report about coronavirus outbreak

More than six months after the initial cases of coronavirus were reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally acknowledged that China didn't inform it about the highly-contagious disease.

Coronavirus: Goldman Sachs says face masks can save US economy

01 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: Goldman Sachs says face masks can save US economy

Destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic, the United States can save itself by following one small practice — wearing masks. Leading investment bank Goldman Sachs declared that masks can not only save lives but rescue the economy too.

New virus with 'pandemic potential' emerges in China

30 Jun 2020

New virus with 'pandemic potential' emerges in China

While the world is grappling with coronavirus, which originated in China, worrying details of a new virus have emerged.

Coronavirus killed one patient every 18 seconds this month

29 Jun 2020

Coronavirus killed one patient every 18 seconds this month

On Sunday, the world reached a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic — the death toll topped half a million. A total of 504,466 have died of the virus since it originated in China last year.

COVID-19 vaccine: What are the latest updates?

21 Jun 2020

COVID-19 vaccine: What are the latest updates?

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, the entire scientific community is progressing forward with the efforts to develop a vaccine that could finally end the pandemic.

Confirmed! Dexamethasone drug can be 'life-saving' for COVID-19 patients

17 Jun 2020

Confirmed! Dexamethasone drug can be 'life-saving' for COVID-19 patients

As the race to develop vaccines and anti-viral treatments for COVID-19 continues, researchers in the UK have confirmed that Dexamethasone, an existing and pretty affordable drug, can prove 'life-saving' for critical cases of the disease.

Health Ministry adds loss of smell, taste to COVID-19 symptoms

13 Jun 2020

Health Ministry adds loss of smell, taste to COVID-19 symptoms

The Health Ministry has expanded the list of symptoms of COVID-19 to include the loss of smell and taste.

Amid lockdowns, WHO says asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is rare

09 Jun 2020

Amid lockdowns, WHO says asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is rare

COVID-19 has wrecked several major countries and is still nowhere near stopping or even slowing down.

Globally, the situation is worsening: WHO about coronavirus

09 Jun 2020

Globally, the situation is worsening: WHO about coronavirus

In a development that should worry all countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said the coronavirus situation was worsening globally, though some improvement was witnessed in Europe.

Coronavirus: WHO expert says India's 2-lakh cases 'modest', could explode

06 Jun 2020

Coronavirus: WHO expert says India's 2-lakh cases 'modest', could explode

Even as the coronavirus cases in India surpassed Italy's, top experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) said the outbreak is still "modest."

WHO takes a U-turn, resumes Hydroxychloroquine trials: Details here

04 Jun 2020

WHO takes a U-turn, resumes Hydroxychloroquine trials: Details here

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that it will be resuming the clinical trials of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine around the world.

Four dead amid new Ebola outbreak in Congo

01 Jun 2020

Four dead amid new Ebola outbreak in Congo

Four people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the nation's Health Ministry confirmed on Monday.

US is terminating relationship with WHO, announces Donald Trump

30 May 2020

US is terminating relationship with WHO, announces Donald Trump

United States President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the US is ending its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged his country.

30 groups in India trying to develop COVID-19 vaccine: Government

28 May 2020

30 groups in India trying to develop COVID-19 vaccine: Government

About 30 groups in India are trying to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Indian government, Prof K. Vijay Raghavan, said on Thursday.

COVID-19: ICMR defends Hydroxychloroquine's use after WHO halts trials

26 May 2020

COVID-19: ICMR defends Hydroxychloroquine's use after WHO halts trials

Hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended all ongoing trials of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has defended its use.

Bhopal: Doctors claim homeopathy cured coronavirus patients, experts unhappy

26 May 2020

Bhopal: Doctors claim homeopathy cured coronavirus patients, experts unhappy

At a time when the world is scrambling to produce a vaccine for coronavirus, a state-run homeopathy hospital in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, claimed it has treated six patients, drawing fire from health experts.

COVID-19 treatment: WHO halts Hydroxychloroquine trial over safety concerns

26 May 2020

COVID-19 treatment: WHO halts Hydroxychloroquine trial over safety concerns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended the trial exploring anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment of COVID-19.

We have 3 live coronaviruses; none match SARS-CoV-2: Wuhan lab

24 May 2020

We have 3 live coronaviruses; none match SARS-CoV-2: Wuhan lab

Claims made by the United States that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a Wuhan lab are "pure fabrication," said the lab's director.

Coronavirus cases cross 5 million globally; 'biggest one-day spike'

21 May 2020

Coronavirus cases cross 5 million globally; 'biggest one-day spike'

The number of coronavirus infections around the world has surpassed the 5 million mark, the latest figures suggested.

Tokyo Games would be canceled if not held in 2021

21 May 2020

Tokyo Games would be canceled if not held in 2021

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games would have to be canceled if it cannot take place next summer.

Harsh Vardhan to take charge as WHO Executive Board Chairman

20 May 2020

Harsh Vardhan to take charge as WHO Executive Board Chairman

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will take charge as chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board on Friday, May 22, reports said.

Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze, gives 30-day time

19 May 2020

Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze, gives 30-day time

The World Health Organization (WHO) hasn't served America's interests and it would be unfair to fund the body with taxpayers' money, United States President Donald Trump told the apex health body in a strongly-worded letter.

US Senator releases plan to hold China accountable for COVID-19

15 May 2020

US Senator releases plan to hold China accountable for COVID-19

As calls to probe the origin of the novel coronavirus have only grown stronger, a United States Senator has unveiled a plan to hold China accountable for the pandemic.

Why Sitharaman's stimulus package has left stock market unimpressed

14 May 2020

Why Sitharaman's stimulus package has left stock market unimpressed

Domestic stocks plunged on Thursday as the government's stimulus package to revive the economy left investors unimpressed.

Coronavirus "may never go away," warns World Health Organization

14 May 2020

Coronavirus "may never go away," warns World Health Organization

As the brightest minds and richest countries of the globe are working on a self-imposed deadline to find the cure for coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the deadly virus "may never go away".

WHO to launch COVID-19 app for countries that need one

11 May 2020

WHO to launch COVID-19 app for countries that need one

Ever since COVID-19 started spreading, health experts have been stressing on the importance of aggressive contact-tracing to fight the pandemic.

WHO denies reports that it delayed COVID-19 alert for China

10 May 2020

WHO denies reports that it delayed COVID-19 alert for China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday denied a report that it delayed a global warning on the coronavirus outbreak on the request of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Coronavirus: 2,099 dead in India; Maharashtra tally crosses 20,000

10 May 2020

Coronavirus: 2,099 dead in India; Maharashtra tally crosses 20,000

India reported over 62,000 cases of COVID-19 till Saturday while the death toll rose to 2,099, data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics showed.