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  • Europe has half of world's 4 million new virus cases but sees hope Nov 18, 2020 08:51 PM IST

    Europe has half of world's 4 million new virus cases but sees hope

    Pockets of Western Europe have shown signs of turning a corner, particularly in the lowlands near the English Channel.

  • COVID-19 Impact | Dolly Parton: Singer, songwriter, pandemic saviour? Nov 18, 2020 07:36 PM IST

    COVID-19 Impact | Dolly Parton: Singer, songwriter, pandemic saviour?

    Her contribution, which became known as the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund, helped pay for the first part of the vaccine research.

  • Regular mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds, UK study reveals Nov 18, 2020 06:16 PM IST

    Regular mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds, UK study reveals

    During a 30-second exposure, two rinses containing cetylpyridinium chloride and a third with ethanol/ethyl lauroyl arginate eliminated live virus.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw asks govt to let companies use CSR funds to vaccinate employees Nov 18, 2020 05:51 PM IST

    EXCLUSIVE: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw asks govt to let companies use CSR funds to vaccinate employees

    Her suggestion could possibly lessen the burden on the government, which is grappling to get a measure of the exact cost to vaccinate the entire country and getting the logistics and supply chain in place to administer the vaccine. It is estimated that it could cost a minimum of Rs 50,000 crore to vaccinate the country.

  • Coronavirus vaccine | Pfizer, Moderna raise hopes – a look at who scores over the other and what’s next Nov 18, 2020 05:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine | Pfizer, Moderna raise hopes – a look at who scores over the other and what’s next

    Based on initial data Pfizer’s vaccine has proved more than 90 percent effective in preventing coronavirus whereas Moderna has claimed that its experimental vaccine was 94.5 percent effective, based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial. Take a look at some of the key points of both the vaccines.

  • Will there be another lockdown in Delhi? Here’s all you need to know Nov 18, 2020 04:46 PM IST

    Will there be another lockdown in Delhi? Here’s all you need to know

    As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, no state or union territory can impose restrictions over and above those imposed by the Centre. Yet, The Delhi Chief Minister’s statement has triggered fears among Delhiites that the National Capital is headed for a lockdown again.

  • Working to ensure no third wave of COVID-19 hits Mumbai, focused on creating awareness: Aaditya Thackeray Nov 18, 2020 04:32 PM IST

    Working to ensure no third wave of COVID-19 hits Mumbai, focused on creating awareness: Aaditya Thackeray

    Thackeray on November 18 held a review meeting Deputy Municipal Commissioners (DMCs) of BMC along with the Collector and Additional Municipal Commissioner.

  • Number of companies, members registered with EPFO fall in October: Report Nov 18, 2020 03:58 PM IST

    Number of companies, members registered with EPFO fall in October: Report

    Contributing establishments with the EPFO have dropped by 30,825 from September to October, official data shows

  • Global daily coronavirus deaths cross record of 10,733 single-day deaths Nov 18, 2020 02:54 PM IST

    Global daily coronavirus deaths cross record of 10,733 single-day deaths

    The previous record of global daily deaths was 10,733, registered on November 4, according to the Reuters tally.

  • Railways providing coaches with 800 beds to Delhi for COVID-19 treatment: MHA Nov 18, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Railways providing coaches with 800 beds to Delhi for COVID-19 treatment: MHA

    The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is going to add 250 additional ICU beds to the existing 250 ICU beds in addition to creating 35 BIPAP beds in the next 3 to 4 days at its COVID-19 hospital near the Delhi airport.

  • India to get Feluda paper strip test for COVID-19 by November-end Nov 18, 2020 01:44 PM IST

    India to get Feluda paper strip test for COVID-19 by November-end

    The Feluda paper strip test for COVID-19 diagnosis has been developed by CSIR-IGIB and was earlier approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for a commercial launch.

  • South Australia orders six-day statewide lockdown against fresh virus outbreak Nov 18, 2020 01:40 PM IST

    South Australia orders six-day statewide lockdown against fresh virus outbreak

    As of midnight, a series of wide-ranging mobility restrictions will be imposed on homes and businesses for six days to allow "breathing space" for contact tracing, South Australia state Premier Steven Marshall said.

  • Coronavirus vaccine update: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij offers to volunteer for Covaxin trial Nov 18, 2020 01:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine update: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij offers to volunteer for Covaxin trial

    Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij has offered himself to be the first volunteer in the third phase clinical trial of Covaxin, a potential vaccine against COVID-19 being developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • Back to classrooms: Teachers ask for Covid-19 insurance as schools reopen Nov 18, 2020 01:20 PM IST

    Back to classrooms: Teachers ask for Covid-19 insurance as schools reopen

    Close to 50 schools have already purchased group health policies since October. India has 1.5 million schools but only about 0.3 percent of these schools cover staff with insurance. Industry executives say that only a handful of international schools actively provide health insurance to all staff.

  • Unproven COVID-19 vaccine? No problem in China, where people are scrambling for shots Nov 18, 2020 01:01 PM IST

    Unproven COVID-19 vaccine? No problem in China, where people are scrambling for shots

    China has made its unproven coronavirus vaccine candidates widely available to demonstrate their safety and effectiveness to a country that has long been skeptical of vaccines after a spate of quality scandals.

  • Cipla enters pact with Belgium-based Multi-G to distribute 10-minute COVID-19 antibody test kit Nov 18, 2020 11:09 AM IST

    Cipla enters pact with Belgium-based Multi-G to distribute 10-minute COVID-19 antibody test kit

    Cipla will be selling the RAT kits under brand name Covi-G, which will detect both IgM and IgG antibodies, using a single-prick blood test. The kit gives results within 10 minutes.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Nov 18, 2020 10:52 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 38,000 new cases according to official update, on November 18, continuing the streak for the 11th consecutive day of registering less than 50,000 new cases of novel coronavirus. Active cases in India continue to fall--reaching below 4.5 lakh cases.

  • Gold inches lower as COVID-19 vaccine optimism weighs on appeal Nov 18, 2020 10:46 AM IST

    Gold inches lower as COVID-19 vaccine optimism weighs on appeal

    Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,877.39 per ounce by 0344 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,875.30.

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally November 18: COVID-19 recoveries in Odisha cross 3 lakh Nov 18, 2020 10:27 AM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally November 18: COVID-19 recoveries in Odisha cross 3 lakh

    India has recorded more than 89 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 1.3 lakh deaths so far.

  • Coronavirus update: India's COVID-19 caseload breaches 89-lakh mark; recovery rate above 93% Nov 18, 2020 10:12 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India's COVID-19 caseload breaches 89-lakh mark; recovery rate above 93%

    The total coronavirus cases mounted to89,12,907 with 38,617 infections being reported in a day while the death toll climbed to1,30,993 with 474 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • 3 reasons why India’s COVID-19 cases may spike in coming days Nov 18, 2020 09:56 AM IST

    3 reasons why India’s COVID-19 cases may spike in coming days

    While COVID-19 cases being reported on a daily basis have been falling consistently since early October, there are concerns that India could witness a second wave of infections like Europe.

  • COVID-19 vaccine distribution: Bill Gates warns against 'dysfunctional' approach Nov 18, 2020 09:44 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine distribution: Bill Gates warns against 'dysfunctional' approach

    On Donald Trump administration's response to the pandemic, Bill Gates said that White House "muffled the public health voices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention".

  • Congress wants total lockdown in Delhi to control COVID-19 spike Nov 18, 2020 09:01 AM IST

    Congress wants total lockdown in Delhi to control COVID-19 spike

    Congress senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the COVID situation in the national capital is "very bad" as "one in every five persons" infected by COVID-19 is from Delhi.

  • Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine induces quick immune response: Study Nov 18, 2020 08:45 AM IST

    Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine induces quick immune response: Study

    While the early to mid-stage trials were not designed to assess the efficacy of CoronaVac, researchers said it could provide sufficient protection, based on their experience with other vaccines and data from preclinical studies with macaques.

  • Third peak is over but third wave is not over yet: Satyendar Jain Nov 18, 2020 08:07 AM IST

    Third peak is over but third wave is not over yet: Satyendar Jain

    Interacting with reporters, he said a large number of people are coming from outside to get tested in Delhi.

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