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Coronavirus: Global deaths near 1 million; a million more 'likely'

26 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: Global deaths near 1 million; a million more 'likely'

The global death toll in the coronavirus outbreak is fast approaching the 1 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.

UK planning "challenge trials" that deliberately expose volunteers to COVID-19

24 Sep 2020

UK planning "challenge trials" that deliberately expose volunteers to COVID-19

With the world waiting for a coronavirus vaccine with bated breath, the United Kingdom is looking to launch an unusual trial — one wherein volunteers would be intentionally infected with the virus to judge how effective a vaccine is.

Donald Trump tears into China for unleashing coronavirus; demands accountability

23 Sep 2020

Donald Trump tears into China for unleashing coronavirus; demands accountability

The raging coronavirus pandemic took center stage at the UN General Assembly with US President Donald Trump blaming China directly for unleashing the virus onto the world and also urging world leaders to hold Beijing accountable.

China: Bacterial disease infects thousands, can leave men infertile

18 Sep 2020

China: Bacterial disease infects thousands, can leave men infertile

Even as the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of other potentially scary outbreaks are lurching at the corner.

China shifting narrative from coronavirus origins to Wuhan's "success story"

08 Sep 2020

China shifting narrative from coronavirus origins to Wuhan's "success story"

As criticism against China on the global forum mounts, the country is working tirelessly to highlight its success against the coronavirus pandemic, rather than addressing questions about the disease's origins.

US won't participate in WHO-led global coronavirus vaccine effort

02 Sep 2020

US won't participate in WHO-led global coronavirus vaccine effort

The United States, the worst-affected country in the pandemic, on Tuesday said it won't be participating in the global effort to develop and distribute coronavirus vaccine because it is led by World Health Organization (WHO).

HK man gets reinfected by coronavirus: What does it mean

25 Aug 2020

HK man gets reinfected by coronavirus: What does it mean

A 33-year-old man in Hong Kong has contracted COVID-19 twice this year in what is said to be the first documented case of reinfection, according to preliminary research.

All you need to know about WHO's global COVAX initiative

25 Aug 2020

All you need to know about WHO's global COVAX initiative

With little hope that the coronavirus pandemic is going to slow down any time soon, all eyes are on the development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

Hope world eradicates COVID-19 faster than Spanish Flu: WHO chief

22 Aug 2020

Hope world eradicates COVID-19 faster than Spanish Flu: WHO chief

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a statement on Friday, said that he hopes that the world gets rid of COVID-19 in less than two years, faster than what it took to eradicate the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Lav Agarwal, government's face during press meets, tests coronavirus positive

15 Aug 2020

Lav Agarwal, government's face during press meets, tests coronavirus positive

Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the Health Ministry, the Centre's face in efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Surgical, N95, or cloth: Which mask should you be wearing?

11 Aug 2020

Surgical, N95, or cloth: Which mask should you be wearing?

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, experts have repeatedly underlined the importance of physical distancing, frequently washing hands, and wearing face masks or coverings.

Experts fear measles outbreak as coronavirus impacts immunization efforts

10 Aug 2020

Experts fear measles outbreak as coronavirus impacts immunization efforts

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, as the healthcare system stands disrupted, experts fear that we could be staring at an impending measles outbreak.

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be registered this week

09 Aug 2020

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be registered this week

Russian health officials are set to register a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, as early as this week.

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.