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  • Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong become world's costliest cities  — check out how COVID has changed rankings Nov 19, 2020 05:43 PM IST

    Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong become world's costliest cities — check out how COVID has changed rankings

    The EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living is a biannual survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 138 products and services in more than 130 cities worldwide. The price of living was impacted by five main trends -- currency fluctuations, supply chain problems such as shortages of certain goods including pasta and toilet roll, action taken by governments such as price controls, consumers' more precautionary approach over fears their income could be hit, and changes in lifestyle.

  • Coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns reduced NO2 levels by nearly 20%, says NASA Nov 19, 2020 05:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns reduced NO2 levels by nearly 20%, says NASA

    NASA researchers have found that nitrogen dioxide, or NO2, (produced by combustion of fossil fuels) levels in the air have gone down by nearly 20 percent since February 2020 due to imposition of lockdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

  • Coronavirus vaccine tracker November 19 | Check out the latest developments from around the world Nov 19, 2020 04:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine tracker November 19 | Check out the latest developments from around the world

    Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker: Here are all the latest updates on the coronavirus vaccine candidates and their progress.

  • Govt reserves 5 MBBS seats under central pool for children of COVID-19 warriors Nov 19, 2020 04:22 PM IST

    Govt reserves 5 MBBS seats under central pool for children of COVID-19 warriors

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the move aims to dignify and honour the noble contribution made by COVID-19 warriors who have lost their lives due to the infection or died accidently on account of COVID-19-related duty.

  • World stocks ease further from highs, oil dips on COVID-19 count Nov 19, 2020 04:15 PM IST

    World stocks ease further from highs, oil dips on COVID-19 count

    Positive news about potential vaccines had helped push the MSCI World Index to a record high earlier in the week, only to see investors pull back as a host of countries announced record infection rates and tougher lockdowns.

  • Coronavirus in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal increases fine for not wearing mask to Rs 2,000 Nov 19, 2020 03:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal increases fine for not wearing mask to Rs 2,000

    Delhi is witnessing a third wave of COVID-19 infections. The national capital recorded 7,486 new cases on November 18, taking the overall tally to over 5 lakh.

  • Thyssenkrupp cuts 5,000 more jobs as CEO warns of more pain Nov 19, 2020 02:51 PM IST

    Thyssenkrupp cuts 5,000 more jobs as CEO warns of more pain

    The latest job cuts come after 6,000 reductions announced last year, and brings the total number of planned layoffs to 11,000, a third of which has already been realised, Thyssenkrupp said.

  • COVID vaccine: India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan Nov 19, 2020 02:36 PM IST

    COVID vaccine: India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan said the government will prioritise vaccination based on age and medical condition.

  • Coronavirus vaccine: Some countries may have to wait till 2024 to get their share – where does India stand? Nov 19, 2020 02:21 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine: Some countries may have to wait till 2024 to get their share – where does India stand?

    With richer nations snapping up doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines even before they are produced in large numbers, poorer nations would have to wait longer to inoculate a significant section of their population.

  • Deeply concerned over steel price rise due to COVID-19: Engineering Export Promotion Council of India Nov 19, 2020 01:27 PM IST

    Deeply concerned over steel price rise due to COVID-19: Engineering Export Promotion Council of India

    India's engineering exports have declined by 14 percent in April-October 2020-21 period, the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC India) said on Wednesday.

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine induces strong immune response in older people: Study Nov 19, 2020 01:19 PM IST

    Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine induces strong immune response in older people: Study

    An experimental shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine generated an immune response in older people, who are at highest risk of severe illness.

  • Japan on 'maximum alert' after record coronavirus cases: PM Yoshihide Suga Nov 19, 2020 12:31 PM IST

    Japan on 'maximum alert' after record coronavirus cases: PM Yoshihide Suga

    More than 2,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded across Japan on November 18, with nearly 500 in the capital Tokyo alone.

  • US COVID-19 deaths surpass 2,50,000 mark as infections surge Nov 19, 2020 12:27 PM IST

    US COVID-19 deaths surpass 2,50,000 mark as infections surge

    Over a seven-day average, the US is reporting 1,176 daily deaths, more than the daily average deaths in India and Brazil combined – the two countries next most affected.

  • Exclusive | Fewer people using credit cards as Covid-19 hurts consumption Nov 19, 2020 12:17 PM IST

    Exclusive | Fewer people using credit cards as Covid-19 hurts consumption

    Overall, card transactions in 2020 for merchant payments are down 17 percent compared to last year, with credit card swipes falling below those of debit cards, indicating consumers may be conserving their credit lines for emergency use.

  • Role of Indian drug makers to be ‘essential’ in COVID-19 therapy production, says public health expert Nov 19, 2020 11:57 AM IST

    Role of Indian drug makers to be ‘essential’ in COVID-19 therapy production, says public health expert

    MPP's executive director Charles Gore said most of the drug makers MPP is already working with to expedite access to coronavirus therapeutics are based within the South Asian country.

  • Joe Biden says delay in transition to put COVID-19 vaccination plan behind by 'weeks or months' Nov 19, 2020 11:43 AM IST

    Joe Biden says delay in transition to put COVID-19 vaccination plan behind by 'weeks or months'

    In a virtual roundtable with healthcare workers on COVID-19, Biden alleged on Wednesday that his transition team has not been receiving any cooperation from the Trump administration.

  • Coronavirus is airborne indoors. But we’re still scrubbing surfaces Nov 19, 2020 11:39 AM IST

    Coronavirus is airborne indoors. But we’re still scrubbing surfaces

    Scientists who initially warned about contaminated surfaces now say that the novel coronavirus spreads primarily through inhaled droplets, and that there is little to no evidence that deep cleaning mitigates the threat indoors.

  • COVID-19 has diverted scientific attention from killer diseases such as TB, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Nov 19, 2020 10:58 AM IST

    COVID-19 has diverted scientific attention from killer diseases such as TB, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan said COVID-19 has turned the clock back by many years, if not decades, in the fight against infectious diseases

  • Coronavirus daily update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Nov 19, 2020 10:29 AM IST

    Coronavirus daily update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 45,000 new cases according to official update, on November 19, continuing the streak for the 12th consecutive day of registering less than 50,000 new cases of novel coronavirus. Active cases in India continue below the 4.5 lakh mark.

  • Salman Khan isolates self after his driver, two members of staff test positive for COVID-19 Nov 19, 2020 10:22 AM IST

    Salman Khan isolates self after his driver, two members of staff test positive for COVID-19

    Salman Khan, along with his family, will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days as per a report.

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally November 19: Delhi's caseload breaches 5-lakh mark, death toll close to 8,000 Nov 19, 2020 10:09 AM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally November 19: Delhi's caseload breaches 5-lakh mark, death toll close to 8,000

    India has recorded more than 89 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 1.3 lakh deaths. Of these, more than 4.4 lakh are active cases while over 83 lakh have recovered.

  • 'Have to be alive to celebrate any festival': Delhi HC says no Chhath puja at public places amid COVID-19 pandemic Nov 19, 2020 08:57 AM IST

    'Have to be alive to celebrate any festival': Delhi HC says no Chhath puja at public places amid COVID-19 pandemic

    The Delhi High Court said the right to health of residents is supreme and granting permission to celebrate Chhath puja at public places like ponds, riverbanks and temples would necessarily result in the celebrations turning into a super spreader of the infection.

  • UAE suspends issuance of visit visas to Pakistan, 11 other countries Nov 19, 2020 08:32 AM IST

    UAE suspends issuance of visit visas to Pakistan, 11 other countries

    The decision by the UAE authorities is "believed to be related to the second wave of COVID-19," Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in a statement.

  • Coronavirus in Delhi: As national capital records most deaths in a day, this is what the Kejriwal-led government is doing Nov 19, 2020 07:51 AM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi: As national capital records most deaths in a day, this is what the Kejriwal-led government is doing

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an all-party meeting on November 19 as the national capital witnesses a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

  • International flights on November 19: Here are flights operated by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission Nov 19, 2020 07:39 AM IST

    International flights on November 19: Here are flights operated by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission

    International flights: Check flights leaving for and from India to bring back stranded Indians.

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