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  • Second wave of COVID19 has hit India 'like a tsunami' says Kiran Mazumdar Shaw May 06, 2021 12:06 PM IST

    Second wave of COVID19 has hit India 'like a tsunami' says Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

    India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

  • COVID-19 | Virologist Gagandeep Kang says surge in cases could taper off by the end of May May 06, 2021 11:57 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Virologist Gagandeep Kang says surge in cases could taper off by the end of May

    According to the Union health ministry's latest update, India reported a record single-day surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, with 4.12 lakh new cases and 3,980 deaths.

  • In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details May 06, 2021 10:55 AM IST

    In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details

    India reported more than 4.12 lakh COVID-19 new cases, according to the May 6 update, recording the highest ever single day spike. Active cases rose to 35.66 lakh mark; over 16.25 crore vaccinations administered till date.

  • US pharma body disappointed over decision to support COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver May 06, 2021 10:24 AM IST

    US pharma body disappointed over decision to support COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

    PhRMA which represents America's leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies has said that the "decision will sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines.

  • Coronavirus update: India adds record 4.12 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, 3,980 fatalities May 06, 2021 10:10 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India adds record 4.12 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, 3,980 fatalities

    Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 35,66,398 comprising 16.92 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.99 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • Tragic COVID-19 situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us: UNICEF May 06, 2021 09:36 AM IST

    Tragic COVID-19 situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us: UNICEF

    United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has sent additional critical lifesaving supplies to India, including 2 million face shields and 200,000 surgical masks.

  • The real estate sector will need government support to revive  May 06, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    The real estate sector will need government support to revive 

    The industry already has an unsold inventory of 7.05 lakh units, which would take four years for the developers to sell 

  • COVID-19 Second Wave | Rs 8 lakh crore package needed to support lower income groups: Azim Premji University Report May 06, 2021 09:18 AM IST

    COVID-19 Second Wave | Rs 8 lakh crore package needed to support lower income groups: Azim Premji University Report

    The university report has recommended a cash transfer of Rs 5,000 for three months to as many vulnerable households as can be reached with the existing digital infrastructure, including but not limited to Jan Dhan accounts.

  • Google to move to 'hybrid' work week, says CEO Sundar Pichai May 06, 2021 09:04 AM IST

    Google to move to 'hybrid' work week, says CEO Sundar Pichai

    Google will also offer its employees the option to work remotely completely, based on their role and team needs.

  • India appreciates Joe Biden administration's decision to back TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines May 06, 2021 07:47 AM IST

    India appreciates Joe Biden administration's decision to back TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

    For the past several weeks, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with the diplomats from South Africa, had been meeting US lawmakers and officials regarding the proposal.

  • US backs giving poorer countries access to COVID-19 vaccine patents, reversing stance May 06, 2021 07:36 AM IST

    US backs giving poorer countries access to COVID-19 vaccine patents, reversing stance

    Biden voiced his support for a waiver - a sharp reversal of the previous U.S. position - in remarks to reporters, followed swiftly by a statement from his top trade negotiator, Katherine Tai, who backed negotiations at the World Trade Organization.

  • Coronavirus India News Highlights | Goa suspends all permissions issued for shooting of films, serials May 06, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus India News Highlights | Goa suspends all permissions issued for shooting of films, serials

    Coronavirus India News Highlights: Passengers entering West Bengal via long-distance trains, inter-state buses must carry RT-PCR negative report, says CM Mamata Banerjee.

  • Big18+ jab drive: 3.5 crore beneficiaries registered for vaccine in one week, only 6.6 lakh got it May 05, 2021 10:41 PM IST

    Big18+ jab drive: 3.5 crore beneficiaries registered for vaccine in one week, only 6.6 lakh got it

    Since vaccination for the 18-44 age group started on May 1, less than two percent of the beneficiaries got their jab.

  • Over 3 lakh COVID-19 cases being added daily, but India nowhere close to achieving herd immunity: Experts May 05, 2021 08:48 PM IST

    Over 3 lakh COVID-19 cases being added daily, but India nowhere close to achieving herd immunity: Experts

    The last sero survey that was conducted in India has revealed that over 21 percent of the country’s adult population have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

  • WHO to start a global hub for pandemic and epidemic intellgence based in Germany May 05, 2021 08:39 PM IST

    WHO to start a global hub for pandemic and epidemic intellgence based in Germany

    The project will involve a global collaboration of countries and partners worldwide.

  • COVID-19 | Delhi fixes short-term hiring remuneration for doctors at Rs 1 lakh/ month, Rs 40K for nurses May 05, 2021 06:46 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Delhi fixes short-term hiring remuneration for doctors at Rs 1 lakh/ month, Rs 40K for nurses

    Such doctors and other healthcare professionals may be hired directly from the panels made for Mohalla clinics/ DSHM, or through walk-in interviews by the CDMOs, the Delhi government said in a statement.

  • Roche's COVID-19 antibody cocktail receives Emergency Use Authorisation, Cipla to distribute the drug May 05, 2021 06:01 PM IST

    Roche's COVID-19 antibody cocktail receives Emergency Use Authorisation, Cipla to distribute the drug

    "The production process for this biologic medicine is very complex and Roche, as one of the largest biologics manufacturers in the world, was selected by its partner Regeneron to expand worldwide production capacity," Roche said.

  • COVID-19 Third Wave inevitable, not clear on what time scale it will occur: Vijay Raghavan, GOI's Principal Scientific Advisor May 05, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    COVID-19 Third Wave inevitable, not clear on what time scale it will occur: Vijay Raghavan, GOI's Principal Scientific Advisor

    As per Raghavan, a third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country.

  • COVID-19 | Mumbai's first drive-in vaccination opens at Dadar May 05, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Mumbai's first drive-in vaccination opens at Dadar

    The Kohinoor Parking Lot at Dadar West, Mumbai has been converted into a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

  • How Natco Pharma put US drug giant Eli Lilly under pressure for COVID-19 drug through compulsory licensing filing May 05, 2021 04:27 PM IST

    How Natco Pharma put US drug giant Eli Lilly under pressure for COVID-19 drug through compulsory licensing filing

    The Indian company says it has offered 7% royalty to the US drugmaker for Baricitinib. Natco has filed for compulsory licensing, arguing that Eli Lilly’s small distribution network won’t be able to serve India’s population and the 14-day, Rs 42,000 per-patient treatment regimen for the US drug is too expensive.

  • COVID-19 Second Wave | Partial lockdown in West Bengal: What is allowed, what is not May 05, 2021 04:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 Second Wave | Partial lockdown in West Bengal: What is allowed, what is not

    A partial lockdown has been imposed in West Bengal as the state continued to add over 17,000 fresh coronavirus infections over the past few days.

  • MCA allows firms to use CSR funds for healthcare infra for COVID care May 05, 2021 03:56 PM IST

    MCA allows firms to use CSR funds for healthcare infra for COVID care

    MCA also clarified that companies, including government companies, may undertake the activities or projects or programmes using CSR funds, directly by themselves or in collaboration as a shared responsibility with other companies.

  • N440K coronavirus strain not new, is fading away now, say CCMB scientists May 05, 2021 03:48 PM IST

    N440K coronavirus strain not new, is fading away now, say CCMB scientists

    Dismissing media reports that the N440K variant is responsible for the second wave, CCMB scientists have said the B1617 strain is dominating in most parts of the country.

  • COVID-19 | Centre moves Supreme Court against Delhi HC's show cause notice over oxygen shortage May 05, 2021 03:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Centre moves Supreme Court against Delhi HC's show cause notice over oxygen shortage

    The Chief Justice NV Ramana-led Supreme Court bench directed that the Centre's plea be listed before another bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud.

  • Facebook partners with government to launch tool to find nearest vaccine centres May 05, 2021 02:52 PM IST

    Facebook partners with government to launch tool to find nearest vaccine centres

    In a post, Facebook said it is “partnering with the Government of India” and that the app will be available in 17 languages “to help people identify places nearby to get the vaccine”.

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