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  • UK looking at all possible solutions to tackle India coronavirus variant May 13, 2021 07:46 AM IST

    UK looking at all possible solutions to tackle India coronavirus variant

    "It may be more transmissible ... maybe even considerably more transmissible. We are looking at all the potential solutions for the surges we're seeing in Bolton and elsewhere," he told parliament.

  • Coronavirus India News Live Highlights: West Bengal reports highest single-day spike of 20,839 COVID-19 cases, 129 deaths May 13, 2021 07:32 AM IST

    Coronavirus India News Live Highlights: West Bengal reports highest single-day spike of 20,839 COVID-19 cases, 129 deaths

    Coronavirus India News Live Highlights: According to the ICMR, 30,94,48,585 samples have been tested up to May 12 with 18,64,594 samples being tested on Thursday.

  • Vaccine Update | Mumbai civic body BMC floats global tender to acquire 1 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines May 12, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    Vaccine Update | Mumbai civic body BMC floats global tender to acquire 1 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines

    MCGM has issued a global bid to acquire 1 crore COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate the citizens of Mumbai at the earliest possible on a massive scale, MCGM Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal said.

  • Maharashtra COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group to resume after SII sends 1.5 crore Covishield doses May 12, 2021 08:15 PM IST

    Maharashtra COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group to resume after SII sends 1.5 crore Covishield doses

    Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said COVID-19 vaccination for the 18-44 age group has been suspended temporarily due to vaccine shortage.

  • COVID-19 | BMC allows walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens, people awaiting Covaxin 2nd dose May 12, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 | BMC allows walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens, people awaiting Covaxin 2nd dose

    As per BMC’s latest COVID-19 vaccination guideline for the next week, from May 17-23, walk-in vaccination will be allowed at government-run or BMC vaccination centres on May 17,18, and 19 for 60+ years age group, people waiting for the second dose of Covaxin, and differently-abled vaccine beneficiaries.

  • Sun Pharma to pay two years' salary to families of employees who died of COVID-19 May 12, 2021 06:22 PM IST

    Sun Pharma to pay two years' salary to families of employees who died of COVID-19

    The company also assured that the school/college fees of children of the demised employee will be paid up to their graduation.

  • COVID-19 | We must act with great speed on all fronts, these actions must be based on good science: Azim Premji May 12, 2021 06:16 PM IST

    COVID-19 | We must act with great speed on all fronts, these actions must be based on good science: Azim Premji

    Premji, who is also known for his philanthropic work, emphasised that during this period it is imperative that the country come together as one.

  • COVID-19 pandemic was avoidable had leaders acted promptly: WHO Commissioned Report May 12, 2021 05:20 PM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic was avoidable had leaders acted promptly: WHO Commissioned Report

    The report reprimands global leaders and calls for major policy changes to bring the pandemic to an end and ensure it cannot happen again.

  • Future Wise | Here's why that pharmacy degree is so relevant amidst COVID-19 May 12, 2021 05:01 PM IST

    Future Wise | Here's why that pharmacy degree is so relevant amidst COVID-19

    In this episode of Future Wise, Moneycontrol's M Saraswathy talks to Dr Bala Prabhakar, Dean, Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, NMIMS about the rising need for pharmacy professionals amidst the pandemic

  • Proactive steps taken to ensure 24x7 power supply to oxygen plants: Govt May 12, 2021 03:25 PM IST

    Proactive steps taken to ensure 24x7 power supply to oxygen plants: Govt

    The ministry is monitoring the power supply to 73 major identified oxygen plants across the country out of which 13 plants supply oxygen to NCR, it said in a statement.

  • Maruti Suzuki extends free service, warranty period amid COVID-19 second wave May 12, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    Maruti Suzuki extends free service, warranty period amid COVID-19 second wave

    The extension would be applicable to the free service and warranty period expiring between March 15, 2021, to May 31, 2021, the company said in a statement.

  • No 'Indian variant': WHO frowns on national nomenclature for COVID-19 types May 12, 2021 02:48 PM IST

    No 'Indian variant': WHO frowns on national nomenclature for COVID-19 types

    The virus strains are referred to by the organisation by their scientific names, WHO said. For instance, it is the B.1.617 coronavirus strain and not the "Indian COVID-19 variant".

  • In charts | What you need to know now about COVID-19 second wave May 12, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    In charts | What you need to know now about COVID-19 second wave

    India reported more than 3.48 lakh new COVID-19 cases, according to the government's May 12 update. Active infections drop by 11,122 cases to 37.04 lakh mark; more than 17.52 crore vaccinations are administered till date.

  • YES Bank enables reward points redemption to refill oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients May 12, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    YES Bank enables reward points redemption to refill oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients

    All the donations, either through reward points or using a debit or credit card, will be eligible for a 50 percent tax exemption under 80G.

  • SpiceJet to start vaccination drive for all employees from May 17 May 12, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    SpiceJet to start vaccination drive for all employees from May 17

    The drive will commence from Delhi and Gurugram, which is SpiceJet's headquarters, and will cover the airline's employees across all the stations on its network, a release said on Wednesday. SpiceJet said it has around 15,000 employees.

  • LG Electronics pledges $5.5 million to fight against COVID, to help 10 makeshift hospitals across India May 12, 2021 01:59 PM IST

    LG Electronics pledges $5.5 million to fight against COVID, to help 10 makeshift hospitals across India

    LG Electronics will provide financial assistance of USD 5.5 million, to set up medical infrastructure in these crucial times, when India is fighting against the second wave of the pandemic, the company said in a statement.

  • Post-pandemic travel | High-income millennials to spend big in 2021: Survey May 12, 2021 01:48 PM IST

    Post-pandemic travel | High-income millennials to spend big in 2021: Survey

    Among respondents who did not travel at all in 2020, 61 percent said they were comfortable doing so in 2021, according to a survey by TripAdvisor and Accenture.

  • ICMR chief: All districts with high rate of COVID infections must remain locked down for 6-8 weeks more May 12, 2021 01:35 PM IST

    ICMR chief: All districts with high rate of COVID infections must remain locked down for 6-8 weeks more

    Dr. Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said in an interview that lockdown restrictions should remain in place in all districts where the rate of infection is above 10% of those tested.

  • COVID variant B.1.617 is more infectious than other strains in India: WHO May 12, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    COVID variant B.1.617 is more infectious than other strains in India: WHO

    The variant B.1.617 has been detected in more than 44 countries and has now been declared as a variant of concern.

  • COVID-19 surge | Maldives bans entry of Indian, other South Asian tourists May 12, 2021 12:59 PM IST

    COVID-19 surge | Maldives bans entry of Indian, other South Asian tourists

    Maldives recorded over 1500 new infections on May 11 that took the total tally to over 38,000 cases.

  • Bharat Biotech says can't provide additional Covaxin doses to Delhi: Manish Sisodia May 12, 2021 12:57 PM IST

    Bharat Biotech says can't provide additional Covaxin doses to Delhi: Manish Sisodia

    The stock of Covaxin in Delhi has finished and as a result around 100 vaccination centres set up in 17 schools have been closed, he said.

  • Nursing staff at forefront of fighting COVID-19: PM Modi May 12, 2021 12:52 PM IST

    Nursing staff at forefront of fighting COVID-19: PM Modi

    International Nurses Day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.

  • Assam imposes more restrictions, all offices shut in urban areas for 15 days May 12, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Assam imposes more restrictions, all offices shut in urban areas for 15 days

    Issuing a new set of guidelines for the urban and semi-urban places in the periphery of 5 km of municipal areas, Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua said all standalone shops and commercial establishments shall shut down at 1 pm on all days.

  • COVID-19 treatment: Centre to boost availability of Amphotericin B to fight mucormycosis aka black fungus May 12, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    COVID-19 treatment: Centre to boost availability of Amphotericin B to fight mucormycosis aka black fungus

    The COVID-19 survivors in India are facing another major health concern as mucormycosis -- also called the black fungus

  • India opened up prematurely, Dr Anthony Fauci tells US Senators on COVID-19 crisis May 12, 2021 12:26 PM IST

    India opened up prematurely, Dr Anthony Fauci tells US Senators on COVID-19 crisis

    Dr Fauci, who is the Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is also the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.

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