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Centre issues fresh guidelines as COVID-19 pandemic makes way to rural India

With the COVID-19 pandemic gradually making inroads in small towns and rural areas, the Union government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines to contain the spread of the virus. Notably, the development comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a review meeting called for strengthening the health infrastructure in rural areas along with door-to-door...

Provide a national plan on medical supplies, SC tells Centre amid raging COVID-19 pandemic

With the COVID-19 crisis aggravating with each passing day, the Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of the issue and issued a notice to the Union government seeking details regarding oxygen and medical supplies and method and manner of vaccination. Notably, the development comes after several high courts initiated suo motu proceedings in...

COVID-19: India’s recovery to death ratio at 96:4, claims govt

India has been witnessing a steady surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, but the rate of recovery is also improving rapidly in the country, the Union government has said. On Tuesday, when India recorded over 28,000 new cases, the government said that the recovery-to-death ratio stands at 96 to nearly four per cent. “The...

India’s COVID-19 case count rises to 2.75 lakh, death toll increases to 7,745

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 9,985 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported from the country in the last 24 hours ending Wednesday morning. The addition of the fresh cases has pushed the country’s COVID-19 case tally to 2.76 lakh. This apart, the ministry informed that over 270 fresh deaths...

India again reports biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases & deaths

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 9,851 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours ending on Friday morning. Also, 273 deaths were recorded due to the deadly virus during this period. This is the biggest single-day surge in both cases and deaths reported in the country....

Over 50 million Indians don’t have access to effective handwashing, claims study

More than 50 million people in India do not have access to effective handwashing, putting them at a greater risk of acquiring and transmitting the novel coronavirus, according to a study. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in the US found that without access to soap...

70% cash-strapped start-ups facing survival challenges: Nasscom

Industry body Nasscom on Tuesday said that the country’s famed start-up sector is facing serious revenue and cash flow issues, adding that 70 per cent have cash reserves that will last less than three months. The Nasscom e-survey, titled ‘Reviving the Indian start-up engine during COVID-19’, showed that about 90 per cent of start-ups in...

PM Modi holds meeting with chief ministers on lockdown extension

As India battles the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a video conference with chief ministers primarily to take their feedback on whether the 21-nation-wide lockdown be extended beyond April 14 to stem the tide of the infections. The Central government is understood to have also obtained views on the issue from...

Shortage of 5.7 million nurses worldwide by 2030: Report

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is testing the healthcare systems of countries across the world, many are focusing on the importance of doctors and their shortage while completely side-lining the crucial role played by nurses in the overall healthcare system. A report published by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Nursing...

ICMR report hints at community transmission of coronavirus in clusters in India

Random coronavirus tests on patients with severe respiratory diseases are showing that more and more people with no travel or contact history are contracting the virus. Data compiled by the Indian Council of Medical Research, the nodal body in the battle against the virus, showed that 38 per cent of such patients, who later tested...

Ahmedabad reports 59 coronavirus cases in 24-hours, Gujarat’s case tally touches 262

In what could be a major cause of concern for the Gujarat government, 76 fresh cases of the virus were reported in the last 24-hours—the highest rise in a day so far—taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 262 in the state. Out of the 76 cases, 59 cases are of Ahmedabad alone,...

Sensex, Nifty goes up as investors hopeful of a second stimulus package from government

Indian markets on Thursday rebounded strongly as investors remain hopeful of another government stimulus to aid small industries to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. BSE Sensex ended the day’s trading session higher by 1,265 points or over 4 per cent at 31,159.62. NSE Nifty was up 354 points or 4 per cent at 9,102. Some of the...