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China offers to help build Covid-19 hospitals in India March 28, 2020 12:24

With the consistently increasing number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in India, situations might get alarming if the necessary steps aren’t taken on time. According to a Chinese daily, it was mentioned that the Chinese government is ready to lead a lending hand to the Indian government for building Covid-19 hospitals in India much like they did in Wuhan to combat the further spread. The Global Times quoted saying, “Chinese companies working on existing projects in India, with sufficient supply networks in place, can take over the construction of makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan upon India's invitation.” This salient proposal came in with the decision of lockdown in India to further contain the spread of the virus. The possible introduction to the makeshift Covid-19 hospitals was proposed by China Railway Construction Corporation which is an integrated engineering contractor and construction groups with annual revenue of $100 billion. Zeng Guang, the Chief epidemiologist with Chinese CDC mentioned in the Global Times that the key to fighting the coronavirus pandemic for India is to prevent the imported cases and at the same time, contain the spread domestically. By Somapika Dutta

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Grocery shopping tips during coronavirus breakout – what can you do? March 27, 2020 14:43

The coronavirus pandemic has left everyone in a constant state of panic. People are either sweating about the lack of supplies or the lack of toilet paper in the departmental store. But, do you even realise that the store that you are shopping around could be a potential bearer of the coronavirus. Hundreds and thousands of people come in and out of the departmental store every day. Given the fact that the virus does have a longer incubation period, it is likely that you might be infected but shows no symptoms. In such cases, you enhance the risks of transmission. So, grocery shopping is something you need to be very alert about. There are a few readiness tips that we would love to share with you that can help minimise the risks of the virus contraction for you. Be prepared When you need to go grocery shopping, the one thing that you absolutely can’t take for granted is a list. Thinking the items on the top of your head and thinking that you will pick up anything that you see is completely foolishness. If you want things to go smoothly, it is necessary that you do keep an eye out on the items that you need in your house and need to stock up on. Having a list ensures that you can plan things accordingly. This also does come in handy especially when you are trying to stock up for a few weeks. Don’t panic buy but at the same time, ensure that you have enough to last you a week or two to reduce the grocery visits. Sanitise When you are going for grocery shopping to a local departmental store, it is very important that you sanitise the cart that you will get the vegetables in. Remember that this is important. Carry a sanitiser or rubbing alcohol with you and sanitise the entire cart. You never know who took the cart before you, so it is always better that you sanitise it to reduce the risks of contraction. Additionally, you can also carry some gloves with you, if you find the extra need but sanitising the cart is more than enough. Maintain distance We know it is necessary to go get groceries, which is why we won’t stop you from doing that but ensure that you maintain 1-2 m distance with other people while in there. This helps prevent any transmission and keeps you safe. While checking out, make sure that you maintain that distance instead of going all up against the person in front of you. You don’t know the person in front of you and you don’t know where they have been, so it is your responsibility to practice caution. Keep them in the garage If you stay in a house with a garage, experts suggest that you keep all your bought groceries in the garage for 3 days or even outside on the porch for a few days before you get it inside. This allows to destroy the virus before you take it inside. Another trick is to bring the item and run it under the water and wash it with some non-toxic soap to get rid of the possible risks of virus. Doing this with all the perishables and non-perishables help keep you safe from the virus. Wipe down the counter Wiping the counter before and after the cleaning of the groceries is important. You need to keep the surface clean before to ensure the least transmission and you need to keep the same clean after to ensure that there are no possible trace of the virus left behind on the counter. You don’t have to use anything fancy, just a regular surface cleaner is more than enough to keep you safe from the possible risks. Be mindful When it comes to buying groceries, you need to be mindful throughout the process. While several people do have the priviledge to buy in bulk and not worry about the surge in prices, there are people who don’t have that luxury. As a citizen, it is important that you think of everyone and yourself during these times of crisis and don’t panic buy. Buy just what you need and what you think will be sufficient for you and your family. Don’t overdo the same. Leave things for others. By Somapika Dutta

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This South Korean web series from 2018 predicted Coronavirus March 27, 2020 11:02

With the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown imposed on several of the countries, majority of the people are Netflix and chilling and that is where they stumbled upon this South Korean web series that was released in 2018 and predicted the incidence of the Coronavirus pandemic. While it might sound like a reach, it is actually true. The series named, “My Secret, Terrius” is one of the spookiest things to exist now. Once the short clip discussing about the coronavirus started circulating on majority of the other streaming platforms, people started getting more and more intrigued by it. The series consists of ten seasons and 32 episodes in total and is available for you to stream online on Netflix. But, it is not available in India and a few other countries. Brushing that aside, the one factor that did make this the show stealer was possibly the mention of the word by word coronavirus mutation and the fatalities in the first episode of the 10th season. During the conversation between the two characters, one being a doctor, she informs that it is a mutant type of coronavirus. When the other character asks whether it is similar to MERS, the doctors says that even though SARS, MERS and every coronavirus come from the same family, the one that infected the victim was a mutant form of the coronavirus, meaning that its new. Aside from that, the doctor also mentioned that while the MERS epidemic had a fatality rate of just 20%, the efficacy of this mutated coronavirus can kill 90% of the infected people. The kind of parallels that this scene draws from what is actually happening around the world in reality is what left people speechless and in a complete shock. The end notes of the first episode witnessed people talking about the possible impacts of a “biomedical terrorist attack” and every single person who watched the series or the clips have been in complete shock, questioning every possible scenario in question. The South Korean web series witnessed a sudden surge in its view time and started trending on all the social media platforms and had one of the maximum search results. By Somapika Dutta

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Suspected COVID-19 patient commits Suicide at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi March 19, 2020 13:28

A man of 23 years old and who is suspected to be a patient of the deadly novel coronavirus infection has committed suicide as he had jumped from the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where he has been admitted on Thursday. A statement has been made by the Delhi police where in it has said that the deceased has been admitted at 9 in the evening after he has returned from Sydney, Australia. A spokesperson of the Health Ministry has said that the patient who has been living in Sydney for the past one year has arrived in Delhi on Thursday through an Air India flight and has complained of headache in his self reporting form, after he has reached the airport. The patient has jumped off from the seventh floor of the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where he has been taken for admission and evaluation. The spokesperson if Health Ministry has added saying that the patient was not in the room when the doctors have reached the room for a check and that the body has been found lying on the ground at the same time, at around 9:15 pm by a doctor who was coming out of the building. She has immediately reported about the body lying on the floor in the ground floor and the patient has been discovered dead. The government has started medical screening of all the passengers at the international airports as a move in taking precautionary measures for the deadly novel coronavirus that has been spreading at an alarming rate all across the globe. Some suspected cases are being quarantined based on their assessment of risk, by the Health officials where as most of them are being asked to stay at home for 14 days. Nearly 14 lakh people have undergone screening at the airports since the start of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak in the Wuhan city of China in the month of December. So far, 166 confirmed cases of people being infected by the novel coronavirus have been recorded in India. Currently, the deadly novel coronavirus which has officially been named as COVID-19 and which has been started in the Wuhan city of China has infected 2,19,555 cases across the globe and has also claimed the lives of several people with the number being recorded as 8,972 in number the number of recovered cases have been recorded to be 87,751 in number. By Shrithika Kushangi

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Services of Yes Bank Resume Today March 18, 2020 17:11

The shares of the ailing private lender Yes Bank has been trading higher on Wednesday as the Yes Bank is set to resume the services starting evening. The shares of Yes Bank which has surged significantly on Tuesday has failed in holding gains due to the volatile market conditions but a substantial recovery has been made by the Yes Bank over the past two days in the market, compared to the time when it has been placed under a moratorium for thirty days. However, the revival plan for the Yes Bank has been finalized in a quick time as it has been promised by the Reserve Bank of India. When the State Bank of India (SBI) along with a group of investigators had agreed in investing in the ailing bank which is the Yes Bank shares have crawled up on the stock market. The stocks of the Yes Bank have surged again with the liquidity assurance of Reserve Bank of India. Prashant Kumar who is the Chief Executive Officer designate of the Yes Bank has announced earlier that there are no worries on the liquidity front at the moment and that the services would be restored from 6 in the evening. The Chief Executive Officer designate of Yes Bank has also said that the complete normalcy would be restored and he has also added that the branches of the Yes Bank would remain open during the upcoming weekend if there exists too much rush, as said by Prashant Kumar on Tuesday. However, the4 shares of Yes Bank could face hiccups on the stock markets tomorrow as a withdrawal of savings or cash from the bank might be done by a large number of account holders or the depositors of the Yes Bank. Although the ailing bank which is the Yes Bank has been under pressure for a few years, it would now be remained to see if the bank would manage in getting back on its heels under Prashant Kumar’s watch. By Shrithika Kushangi

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Third casualty due to COVID-19 in India March 18, 2020 12:01

India reported third case of death caused by being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus where in a 63 year old COVID-19 patients from Mumbai has died on 17th of March which led to the authorities tightening the regulations which includes the screening facilities and the isolation facilities for the individuals. India has currently 147 confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus with the highest number of cases reported in Maharashtra. The at least victim who has died due to the deadly novel coronavirus has not disclosed his travel history to Dubai. The Union Health Ministry has made a statement where in he has mentioned that the COVID-19 patients has been in a private hospital for five das where he has been subsequently referred to the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai. The Ministry has added saying that the patient had a travel history to Dubai which he has not disclosed at the time of his admission to the private hospital. It has also been said that the wife of the patient was also been tested positive for COVID-19 and is said to be stable. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, it has been said that the patients has arrived in Mumbai from Dubai on the 5th of March has gone straight to his home after which he had complained of breathlessness and chest pain for which he has been taken to the Hinduja Hospital, as said by the officials. It has been said that the patient has been tested positive for coronavirus after the doctors has sent him for the tests at the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai prior to carrying out a corona procedure on him. He has been admitted to Kasturba Hospital on the 12th of March where he has been undergoing treatment. Rajesh Tope who is the Health Minister of Maharashtra has told to the reporters that it is still to ascertain whether the reason behind the death of the patient is due to being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus or due to the pre- existing ailments. The minister has added saying that the patient who who has been admitted in the hospital in a serious condition was responding well to the treatment but there has been a steady increase in his heart rate and the patient has died at 7 in the morning on the 17th of March. The doctors, nurses and the other personnel at the Hinduja Hospital who has come under contact with the patient during the course of the treatment have been kept under quarantine. Two nurses are at the isolation ward in the Kasturba Hospital and more than 85 people who have dealt with the patient have been advised of home quarantine, as said by the officials. By Shrithika Kushangi

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COVID-19: Telangana considers Shutdown until March 31 March 14, 2020 18:17

The state government of Telangana has decided to order for shut down of the educational institutions, shopping malls and theatres until 31st of March, in the move to contain the spreading of the deadly novel coronavirus. The government has also initiated precautionary ,measures and has urged the people to avoid public gatherings and to have marriages and other functions with less gathering.The high- level committee meeting has been chaired by K Chandrashekhar Rao who is the chief minister of the Telangana state. The committee meeting has been chaired in the State Assembly complex on Saturday and has decided in expediting the precautionary measures after examining the measures which have been taken by various other states in order to curb the spreading of the deadly novel coronavirus.The health experts have been learnt to have recommended for the shutting down of various shopping malls, theatres where many number of people would be attending. This move has been made in order to reduce the people gathering at a place and therefore the people of the state of Telangana have also been advised to avoid the functions and get- togethers.The Cabinet meeting which has been scheduled today in the evening has been attended by Eetala Rajendar who is the Health Minister, Somesh Kumar who is the Chief Secretary, DGP M Mahender Reddy and also by the officials from various other departments.By Shrithika Kushangi

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COVID-19 in India: 83 infected, 2 dead March 14, 2020 13:05

India has reported its first death caused by being infected by the deadly coronavirus on the 12th of March which was regarding the death of a 76- year- old man in Kalaburgi of Karnataka died of coronavirus, said the officials. The case of casualty due to coronavirus in India has also been recorded on the next day i.e., the 13th of March which was of a 68 year old woman from Delhi, said the health officials.It has been said by the Union Health Ministry that a total of 83 people have been confirmed as being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus in India and that three people have been cured and discharged.The government of India has suspended all the visas excluding a few categories such as diplomatic and employment till the 15th of April, in the view of the coronavirus pandemic and the increase in the number of cases of people being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus in the country.The government of India has also advised its citizens to avoid traveling abroad and the facility of visa- free traveling that which has been granted to the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders has also been kept in abeyance till the 15th of April.According to a statement, all the travelers who are coming to India which also includes the nationalities of India who ave been arriving or have visited the countries like China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Spain, France and Germany after the 15th of February would be quarantined for a minimum of two weeks.With the increase in the number of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus in the country, the state governments and the Union territories have taken a number of various preventive measures and the governments of Kerala and Delhi have shut down the schools and the cinema halls in order to prevent the mass gatherings.The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered the closure of primary schools and the anganwadi centers and also to shut down the cinema halls across the region till the 31st of March while the government of Karnataka has also issued a temporary regulation which has asked all the hospitals of private as well as the government hospitals to have flu corners in order to screen the suspected cases of being infected by the deadly novel Coronavirus.The regulation also says that, no person or institution would be using print or electronic media for spreading the false information on coronavirus with no prior permission of the Department of Health & Family Welfare. It has added saying that if any person has been found in indulging in any such activities would be punished.A campaign called as ‘Namaste over Handshake’ has been started by the government of Karnataka which would be encouraging the people to greet in the traditional Indian style of namaste in order to curb the spread of the deadly novel COVID-19 virus.The Ministry of Shipping has said that only the international cruise ships which had intimated their call to the ports by the 1st of January of the year 2020 would be allowed and that they would be allowed only at the ports which have the facility of screening for the passengers as well as the members of the crew.It has been said by the government of India that a total number of 11,71,061 passengers have been undergone the screening at the airport so far.By Shrithika Kushangi

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India suspends all Tourists Visas from March 13 to April 15 March 12, 2020 12:50

The government of India has imposed stringent travel curbs as it has suspended all the tourist visa in order to prevent the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus in the country, as said by the government in a statement on Wednesday.According to the statement, it has been said that all the existing visas, except the diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, would be suspended till the 15th of April of 2020 and the order is said to be come into effect from 1200 GMT on the 13th of March. The decision of suspending the tourist visas has been taken at a meeting of a group of ministers which was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Harsh Vardhan who is the Health Minister and the meeting included Hardeep Puri who is the aviation minister, S Jaishankar who is the foreign minister and also a committee of secretaries chaired by secretary of the cabinet.The facility of visa- free travel which has been granted to the OCI card holders is also kept in abeyance till the 15th of April.The statement that has been released has also said that any foreign who intends to travel to India for any compelling reason may have to contact the nearest Indian Mission and that all the travelers coming to India which also includes the nationalities of India who have visited or are coming from China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after the 15th of February would have to undergo the quarantine period for a minimum period of two weeks.The Health Ministry has advised the Indian nationals to avoid the non- essential travel to overseas and they have been told that a quarantine period of minimum two weeks would have to be undergone after they return to the country India. This move has been taken by the government of India after the World Health Organization has classified the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus as global public health emergency on the 30th of January.The coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID- 19 has been spreading across 114 countries with 126,380 confirmed cases of people being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 and the deaths that have been caused due to being infected by the virus has increased to 4,634 in number until now.The number of people infected with the deadly novel COVID- 19 in India has been recorded as 73 until now with no confirmed deaths that have caused by being infected by the virus.By Shrithika Kushangi

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India to evacuate Kashmir pilgrims and students from Iran March 11, 2020 18:54

The government of India has said that it is in the process of evacuating 1,400 nationalities of India from Iran which is the worst affected by the outbreak of the deadly novel COVID-19 after China. Among the 1,400 Indian nationals stranded in the Iran, most of the people are said to be residents of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.A statement has been tabled before the Rajya Sabha, S. Jaishankar who is the Minister of External Affairs has said that of the 6000 Indian nationals who are living in Iran, around one thousand are said to be pilgrims mainly from Ladakh, Jammu & Kahmri and Maharastra and around 300 students are said to be mostly from Jammu & Kashmir and one thousand have been identified to be fishermen from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.According to the records, around 9000 people have been infected with the deadly novel COVID-19 all across Iran.New Delhi has temporarily suspended direct flights between India and Iran with the increase in the number of confirmed cases of people being infected by the deadly novel coronavrus in Iran. The suspension of direct flights between New Delhi and Iran has been temporarily suspended from the 27th of February.It has been said by the minister that the Indian embassy in Tehran and the consulates in Bandar Abbas and Zahindan had reached out immediately to the nationalities of India in Iran in order to ascertain the welfare of the Indian nationals and are staying in touch with them.The Minister of External Affairs has told the House that the initial focus is on the visiting pilgrims and that many of the visiting pilgrims are said to be in Qom where the incidence of the coronavirus is strong and also the Indian students are being focused.The minister S Jaishankar has added saying that the southern province of Iran which include the cities of Asaalouyeh, Chiruyeh and Kish where most of the fishermen are said to be located have not been severely affected and therefore these factors would be guided by being approached in the further coming days.With the increase of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus is increasing at an alarming rate in Iran, a team of six health officials of India has been deputed to the coronavirus- hit Iran in order to set up the facilities of testing and sampling in Iran.The first batch of samples received in India have been tested where in it comprised of 108 samples and were received in India on the 7th of March . among the samples that have been tested, fifty- eight Indian pilgrims which include 25 men, 31 women and two children have been tested negative and they have been repatriated in special IAF C-17 flight on the 10th of March, as said by the minister of external affairs S Jaishankar.The government of India has also received the samples of another 529 Indians at the National Institute of Virology which is located in Pune, for testing.S Jaishankar has said that collection of samples in Tehran would be continued and the aim is to ensure the earliest possible return of all the Indian nationals after being appropriately tested and are screened. The minister had added saying that the government of India is working with the authorities of Iran in order to operate some limited commercial flights which would be used for facilitating early return of the Indians who are remaining in Iran.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Karnataka man dies, could be first COVID-19 casualty in India March 11, 2020 16:28

A man of 76 years of age who was being treated as a suspect to have contracted the novel coronavirus has passed away. It has been said that if the reports of the tests show as positive as the deceased has been suffering from the deadly novel coronavirus, then it would be the first fatality of the country India caused due to the deadly coronavirus.The deceased has been identified as Mohammed Hussain Siddiq who was being treated at a hospital in Kalaburagi, Karnataka as he was showing symptoms like  cold, cough and breathlessness which are said to be the symptoms for contacting the deadly novel coronavirus.However, the health officials have said that it would be false if it is said that the death has been caused by being infected by the COVID-19 as the reports are yet to come.A statement has been made by a senior official at the Karnataka health department where in it has been said that the sample from the patient has been collected and are sent for testing for the deadly novel COVID-19. he has also requested the media to help the government in creating awareness but not in creating panic among the people.The samples that was collected from the patient have been sent to Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and the lab has told to test the throat swabs of the patient on priority.Sharat. B who is the Deputy Commissioner of Kalaburagi has said that the cause of the death should yet to be determined whether the death has been caused due to being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 or not.It has been said that the patient Mohammad Hussain Siddiq has been treated for around three days after which the family members of the patient have decided to take him to Hyderabad for further treatment.The Deputy Commissioner of Kalaburagi Sharat. B has said that the patient has been given symptomatic treatment when their family had taken a decision of shifting him to Hyderabad for further treatment.He had added saying that Mohammad Hussain Siddiq had died on his way back from Hyderabad in the ambulance during last night. The samples and blood of the patient have been taken and were sent to the National Institute of Virology which is located in Bangalore and the reports are not yet received and therefore the cause of death being caused due to being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 is just being suspected and not yet confirmed, said Sharat.Four cases have been reported in Bengaluru so far with Mohammed Hussain Siddiq being one among them, said the state health department information till Tuesday.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Kerala confirms 6 new cases of COVID-19 March 10, 2020 14:51

Pinarayi Vijayan who is the Chief Minister of Kerala has said that six more fresh cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state of Kerala on Tuesday.These announcements have been made by the Chief Minister at a press conference after a special cabinet meeting has been chaired where in Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the total number of patients suffering from the deadly novel COVID-19 in the state of Kerala has now increased to twelve and that nine out of the twelve are said to be in Pathanamithitta, two in Kottayam and one is said to be in Kochi.K K Shailaja who is the state health minister of Kerala has said that all the others except the one minor of 3 years of age in Kochi, has been infected through the three people who have come from the COVID-19 hit Italy dodging the state authorities, as said by the minister who has also attended the press conference.With an increase in the number of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly coronavirus, the state of Kerala has canceled all the public functions for a month and the classes for the children from one to seven are said to be suspended in all the schools across the state of Kerala.The government has also requested the theatres and the cinema halls to curb their operation for a temporary time period. The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also said in the press conference that all the functions, festivals and the wedding has to be deferred as there would be large numbers of people gathering. The people of the state have also been requested by he Chief Minister saying that the rituals can be conducted but to keep them limited at home. The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala has also suggested that the devotees avoid visiting the Sabarimala shrine which is said to be opening on Thursday for the monthly poojas.The deadly coronavirus which has been officially named as COVID-19 has been first identified in the Wuhan city of China and the novel coronavirus has been reported of spreading at an alarming rate across China and also across several other countries claiming lives of several thousands of people and also infecting many more. The first case of death being caused by getting infected by the deadly coronavirus that has been recorded, has been first reported in Philippines.Currently, the number of confirmed cases of being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19 has been recorded as the number being 114,542 in number and the number of deaths that have been caused by the deadly COVID-19 has been recorded to be 4,028.By Shrithika Kushangi

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