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When an epidemic of a highly contagious disease spreads across a large region (even worldwide) it is called a pandemic. It is different from a widespread endemic disease that infects a sizable population across the world simultaneously, such as influenza. It is different from a disease like cancer, which also has thousands, but is not contagious. Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General and interim for Health Security and Environment, WHO, has said: “An easy way to think about pandemic ... is to say a pandemic is a global outbreak. Then you might ask yourself ‘what is a global outbreak?’ A global outbreak means that we see both the spread of the agent ... and then we see disease activities in addition to the spread of the virus.” The Black Death or Plague, which ravaged the world in the 14th century, is believed to have been the most fatal pandemic in history; it killed approximately 75 to 200 million people. Some other pandemics that affected a huge population across the world are tuberculosis, the Russian flu, the Asian flu, Cholera, the Hong Kong flu, and the most recent and ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25 percent. “The information we have now about the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s mental health is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. More

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  • More than 12,000 Indian startup employees lost their jobs in 2022: Report Jul 04, 2022 07:04 PM IST

    More than 12,000 Indian startup employees lost their jobs in 2022: Report

    As startups in India keep sacking their employees to navigate through the "funding winter", the country is expected to witness more than 60,000 job losses in 2022 alone.

  • Diesel sales soar 35%, petrol demand rise 29% YoY in June Jul 03, 2022 01:45 PM IST

    Diesel sales soar 35%, petrol demand rise 29% YoY in June

    The start of the cropping season helped diesel demand register a double-digit growth over the pre-pandemic period — a record in recent years.

  • Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai most affordable housing markets in India: Knight Frank Affordability Index Jul 02, 2022 01:38 PM IST

    Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai most affordable housing markets in India: Knight Frank Affordability Index

    The affordability index tracks the EMI (Equated Monthly Instalment) to income ratio for an average household

  • Jet Airways likely to sign deal for new planes in next couple of weeks: Sources Jun 28, 2022 05:58 PM IST

    Jet Airways likely to sign deal for new planes in next couple of weeks: Sources

    At the moment Jet Airways has not made a final decision on the type of aircraft it wants to procure and the contract is mostly going to depend on the manufacturer’s ability to deliver planes in a timely manner.

  • EU regulator considers clearing smallpox shot for monkeypox Jun 28, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    EU regulator considers clearing smallpox shot for monkeypox

    In a statement on June 28, the EU drug regulator noted that the vaccine, known as Imvanex in Europe but sold as Jynneos in the US, is already cleared for use against monkeypox by American regulators.

  • Hunger is getting worse since the pandemic Jun 24, 2022 04:34 PM IST

    Hunger is getting worse since the pandemic

    As war and inflation make food more expensive and harder to get, US lawmakers must accept that hunger isn't a passing problem but an enduring reality for the country.

  • WHO holds meeting on monkeypox: Top 5 developments Jun 24, 2022 03:55 PM IST

    WHO holds meeting on monkeypox: Top 5 developments

    There are over 3,200 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

  • Sanofi, GSK Covid-19 vaccine found effective against Omicron Jun 24, 2022 01:23 PM IST

    Sanofi, GSK Covid-19 vaccine found effective against Omicron

    In a trial involving 13,000 adults, when given as a first dose the vaccine demonstrated an efficacy rate of 64.7% in people with symptomatic COVID, and 72% efficacy against infections specifically caused by the Omicron variant.

  • Coronavirus Update | India adds 12,249 COVID-19 infections, 13 deaths; active cases up by over 2300 Jun 22, 2022 10:01 AM IST

    Coronavirus Update | India adds 12,249 COVID-19 infections, 13 deaths; active cases up by over 2300

    The latest updates pushed the country’s overall Covid numbers to 4,33,31,645 cases, 5,24,903 deaths and 81,687 active cases

  • Omicron less likely to cause long Covid than Delta variant: Lancet study Jun 21, 2022 12:40 PM IST

    Omicron less likely to cause long Covid than Delta variant: Lancet study

    Long Covid is defined as having new or ongoing symptoms four weeks or more after the start of the disease, according to researchers.

  • Government to start discussions this week on removing airfare price caps Jun 20, 2022 03:09 PM IST

    Government to start discussions this week on removing airfare price caps

    The lower end of the fare band was put in place to help airlines that had been struggling financially due to travel restrictions. The upper limit was imposed so that passengers are not charged huge amounts when demand for seats is high.

  • Airfares likely to rise by 2-4 percent every month if jet fuel prices keep rising: Airline officials Jun 17, 2022 05:34 PM IST

    Airfares likely to rise by 2-4 percent every month if jet fuel prices keep rising: Airline officials

    Airlines might not increase prices all at once, partial increments of Rs 300-600 every month are likely to pass on the cost of rising fuel prices.

  • We are able to predict pandemic based on changes in virus, other signals: Bharat Biotech founder Jun 16, 2022 10:02 PM IST

    We are able to predict pandemic based on changes in virus, other signals: Bharat Biotech founder

    Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, announced on Thursday that his business can now forecast a pandemic based on changes in viral and related signals.

  • India better placed than many other economies to avoid stagflation, says RBI article Jun 16, 2022 07:08 PM IST

    India better placed than many other economies to avoid stagflation, says RBI article

    According to an RBI paper on the condition of the economy, India is better positioned than many other countries to avoid the hazards of probable stagflation in the face of an increasingly hostile external environment.

  • India should do away with import bond to increase global presence in shipping industry: Christian Roeloffs Jun 16, 2022 06:02 PM IST

    India should do away with import bond to increase global presence in shipping industry: Christian Roeloffs

    The political and economic uncertainties in Sri Lanka and congestion at Colombo port have created an opportunity for India to increase transshipment traffic in the country. And in order to take advantage of this opportunity, the Indian government should adopt digitisation to improve the efficiency of its ports and look to incentivise global shipping to set up base in India, Roeloffs said.

  • Joe Biden to unveil plan for next pandemic Jun 15, 2022 07:03 AM IST

    Joe Biden to unveil plan for next pandemic

    A senior administration official, speaking under the condition of anonymity as the strategy has not yet been released, said that the government has paid close attention to research that suggests there’s a 50/50 chance of another Covid-like pandemic — or one that is more deadly — over the next 25 years.

  • Railways to invest Rs 50 crore in startups annually Jun 13, 2022 09:45 PM IST

    Railways to invest Rs 50 crore in startups annually

    As part of the new policy, the government will provide a grant of up to Rs 1.5 crore, to selected startups, on an equal sharing basis with the provision of milestone-wise payment.

  • More than 44% India-based software developers may call it quits this year: Report Jun 13, 2022 08:14 PM IST

    More than 44% India-based software developers may call it quits this year: Report

    These software developers were driven by two motivating factors to switch jobs -- better compensation and fully remote or flexible work environments.

  • Three cases of BA.4 and 1 of BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of coronavirus found in Mumbai Jun 13, 2022 07:16 PM IST

    Three cases of BA.4 and 1 of BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of coronavirus found in Mumbai

    The Maharashtra health department said on Monday that three individuals with BA.4 and one with BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of coronavirus were detected in Mumbai and that all of them had recovered from the infection.

  • Tata Group may invest $75-100 mn in Air India Express in next 5 years to expand international operations Jun 13, 2022 05:22 PM IST

    Tata Group may invest $75-100 mn in Air India Express in next 5 years to expand international operations

    Will invest $15-20 mn annually for next 5 years; investment to be mostly for adding aircraft.

  • How India’s routine immunisation bounced back from disruptions of COVID pandemic Jun 13, 2022 04:25 PM IST

    How India’s routine immunisation bounced back from disruptions of COVID pandemic

    According to the officials, in the last 2.5 years, the number of disease surveillance labs for measles and rubella have almost doubled; earlier there were 14 labs and now India has 27 labs.

  • Travel and tourism industry likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022: MakeMyTrip Co-Founder & Group CEO Rajesh Magow Jun 10, 2022 08:33 PM IST

    Travel and tourism industry likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022: MakeMyTrip Co-Founder & Group CEO Rajesh Magow

  • MMT used the last two years to prepare for growth after the pandemic: MakeMyTrip Co-Founder & Group CEO Rajesh Magow Jun 10, 2022 07:36 PM IST

    MMT used the last two years to prepare for growth after the pandemic: MakeMyTrip Co-Founder & Group CEO Rajesh Magow

    Magow said that MMT has not only expanded its core business, taking its operations to 400 more cities in the past two years, but it has also added six new verticals to its business. He added that the entry into the six new businesses was done using in-house staff and very little investment.

  • We expect international tourism to revive in the second half of FY23 and add to our profitability: Thomas Cook MD Madhavan Menon Jun 10, 2022 05:17 PM IST

    We expect international tourism to revive in the second half of FY23 and add to our profitability: Thomas Cook MD Madhavan Menon

    The domestic tourism market will return to pre-pandemic levels by the July-September period, says Menon.

  • UK plans to burn billions in wasted pandemic protective gear Jun 10, 2022 03:24 PM IST

    UK plans to burn billions in wasted pandemic protective gear

    In a report, the accounts committee found that the Department of Health lost 75% of the 12 billion pounds it spent on PPE in the first year of the pandemic to inflated prices and faulty products.

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