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The new coronavirus strain, first discovered in the central city of Wuhan, has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. More

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  • Maharashtra: 5,000 quarantined after close contact with COVID-19 patients Apr 01, 2020 04:15 PM IST

    Maharashtra: 5,000 quarantined after close contact with COVID-19 patients

    Speaking to reporters, Tope said that 5343 people have been identified as high risk contact, because they were in close contact with the 162 COVID-19 positive patients in the state

  • Coronavirus pandemic| Tele-checkups to e-claims: Here’s how ICICI Lombard is managing the lockdown Apr 01, 2020 04:13 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic| Tele-checkups to e-claims: Here’s how ICICI Lombard is managing the lockdown

    The company is using tele-calling services for several services, including pitching policies to clients, renewal reminders as well as to ascertain medical history of prospective customers

  • Will coronavirus lockdown result in a surge of straight-to-OTT releases for Bollywood? Apr 01, 2020 04:12 PM IST

    Will coronavirus lockdown result in a surge of straight-to-OTT releases for Bollywood?

    A majority of films have a clause where these need to have a theatrical release first before arriving on the digital platform.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Worker crunch hits world's top medical glove maker as demand spikes Apr 01, 2020 04:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Worker crunch hits world's top medical glove maker as demand spikes

    The hiring drive has been hampered by Malaysia's month-long curbs on travel as well difficulties in flying in workers from countries such as Nepal, the company's main source of labour.

  • Coronavirus impact: Tata Steel suspends ops at downstream facilities, cuts production at integrated units Apr 01, 2020 04:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact: Tata Steel suspends ops at downstream facilities, cuts production at integrated units

    Tata Steel, however, didn't provide details on the quantum of production cuts.

  • Coronavirus impact: Hyundai sales fall 47% in March Apr 01, 2020 03:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact: Hyundai sales fall 47% in March

    The company had sold 61,150 units in the same month last year, HMIL said in a statement.

  • Spain reports more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, new daily death toll record Apr 01, 2020 03:50 PM IST

    Spain reports more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, new daily death toll record

    The number of cases rose to 102,136 on Wednesday up from 94,417 on Tuesday, the ministry said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Micro-financers stare at tough times ahead Apr 01, 2020 03:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Micro-financers stare at tough times ahead

    The coronavirus lockdown and the RBI's loan moratorium are building pressure on the segment.

  • In pics | Indian Railways steps in to combat coronavirus pandemic Apr 01, 2020 03:18 PM IST

    In pics | Indian Railways steps in to combat coronavirus pandemic

    Here are some pictures of isolation wards set up by Indian railways to meet the demand of beds for coronavirus patients.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Credit quality of Indian companies worsened in FY20: ICRA Apr 01, 2020 03:18 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Credit quality of Indian companies worsened in FY20: ICRA

    In its annual credit quality review after the end of the fiscal year, ICRA said it downgraded Rs 7 lakh crore of debt in FY20, as against Rs 3 lakh crore in the year-ago period, driven largely by actions against financial sector companies.

  • Coronavirus | ICA president asks players to brace for pay cuts, says BCCI may lose around Rs 300cr Apr 01, 2020 03:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus | ICA president asks players to brace for pay cuts, says BCCI may lose around Rs 300cr

    Malhotra said the pay cut will have to be "across the board, from the elite, current India cricketers to the domestic cricketers."

  • Coronavirus lockdown | India's fiscal deficit may shoot to 6.2% of GDP in FY21: Fitch Solutions Apr 01, 2020 02:59 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown | India's fiscal deficit may shoot to 6.2% of GDP in FY21: Fitch Solutions

    With businesses disrupted due to the lockdown and its ripple effects, revenue will come under "heavy pressure" and may force the government to look towards additional borrowing and/or a higher central bank dividend to fund its expenditure, Fitch Solutions said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | It's Startup Vs Covid-19 as techies, investors help states fight outbreak Apr 01, 2020 02:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | It's Startup Vs Covid-19 as techies, investors help states fight outbreak

    The 900-member strong body is pooling technology and resources to lend a hand to state governments in these trying times.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Olympic flame passed to Fukushima during low-key ceremony Apr 01, 2020 02:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Olympic flame passed to Fukushima during low-key ceremony

    The flame will stay on display in the J-Village until April 30 before being moved to Tokyo. Organisers have not yet decided where in the Japanese capital it will be displayed.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 250 Indians stranded in Iran tested positive for COVID-19, Centre tells SC Apr 01, 2020 02:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 250 Indians stranded in Iran tested positive for COVID-19, Centre tells SC

    The top court observed that it is thinking of asking the Indian embassy to constantly monitor the situation and be in touch with the stranded Indians in Iran.

  • Centre asks states to initiate action against foreigners who participated in Tablighi Jamaat event Apr 01, 2020 02:38 PM IST

    Centre asks states to initiate action against foreigners who participated in Tablighi Jamaat event

    The government said in a statement that foreigners who participated in the event had violated visa conditions.

  • Coronavirus impact | Here's how Gravity Payments has managed to stave off job cuts Apr 01, 2020 02:37 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | Here's how Gravity Payments has managed to stave off job cuts

    Launched in 2004, Gravity Payments gained recognition in 2015 when Price set Gravity's minimum salary at $70,000 after reading a study about income and happiness.

  • Coronavirus impact | Energy firms receive force majeure notices from customers: Report Apr 01, 2020 02:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | Energy firms receive force majeure notices from customers: Report

    Several small factories have sent force majeure notices to city gas distributors, who have consequently sent similar intimations to gas marketers such as GAIL, Indian Oil and GSPC.

  • Coronavirus can travel up to 8 metres from exhalation, linger in air for hours, MIT scientist says Apr 01, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus can travel up to 8 metres from exhalation, linger in air for hours, MIT scientist says

    Study author, MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, warned that droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet, or 7-8 metres, carrying the pathogen.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Thyrocare CEO Velumani says logistics is the biggest challenge for COVID-19 test kit suppliers Apr 01, 2020 02:28 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Thyrocare CEO Velumani says logistics is the biggest challenge for COVID-19 test kit suppliers

    Private lab chain Thyrocare has tied up with digital healthcare platform Practo to enable booking of COVID-19 test kits online.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: Death toll in India rises to 38 with 3 more fatalities; total cases rises to 1,637 Apr 01, 2020 02:18 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: Death toll in India rises to 38 with 3 more fatalities; total cases rises to 1,637

    As per the health ministry's updated data at 9 am, three fresh deaths were reported since the last update on March 31. However, it could not be known from which parts of the country these three fatalities were reported.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Indian manufacturers need to make over 1 lakh ventilators urgently Apr 01, 2020 02:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Indian manufacturers need to make over 1 lakh ventilators urgently

    Due to COVID-19, manufacturers have been told to produce around 1,00,000 to 120,000 ventilators urgently; India has about 50,000 ventilators at present

  • Coronavirus lockdown: Real estate developers take to AI to augment sales Apr 01, 2020 02:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown: Real estate developers take to AI to augment sales

    While the mid-segment and the first-time homebuyers are open to making decisions after experiencing the projects online, buyers closing a luxury property deal take longer and prefer visiting the site.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Lack of medical funds poses challenge in fight against COVID-19: Fitch Solutions Apr 01, 2020 02:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Lack of medical funds poses challenge in fight against COVID-19: Fitch Solutions

    "The continued lack of medical funding and healthcare infrastructure inform our view for the potential epidemic to be worse in India if it is not adequately contained. With 8.5 hospital beds per 10,000 population and 8.0 physicians per 10,000, the country's healthcare sector is not equipped for such a crisis," Fitch Solutions said.

  • India has building blocks for successful rollout of digital government transfers: Report Apr 01, 2020 01:59 PM IST

    India has building blocks for successful rollout of digital government transfers: Report

    "India has been at the forefront, digitising programmes like pensions and subsidies to buy cooking gas for poor families,” said Anit Mukherjee, a policy fellow at Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD), which released a report on Tuesday titled 'Citizens and States: How Can Digital ID and Payments Improve State Capacity and Effectiveness?'

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