Health

Coronavirus triggers major dislocation in global supply chains

International News       Feb 17, 2020

  February 2020 will come to be remembered as a period of historic disruption to physical supply chains the world over, as the coronavirus wrecks trade.   Dozens of export sailings to ship China-made goods to consumers from the U.S. to Europe -- think handbags, flat-screen TVs,...

Coronavirus: China tries 3,000-year-old traditional remedy to treat patients

Facts       Feb 16, 2020

  SHANGHAI/BEIJING : China is administering its centuries-old traditional medicine on patients affected by the coronavirus disease, a top health official said.   Treatment in Wuhan hospitals combine Traditional Chinese Medicine, popularly known as TCM, and western medicines, said Wang Hesheng, the new health commission head in...

COVID-19 coronavirus:Locking people up to stop virus spread could prompt legal fights

      Feb 16, 2020

  LONDON : The UK health secretary on Monday morning authorized an unprecedented policy for stopping possible carriers of the coronavirus: Lock them up. It was the first time in modern British history that such a move has been made in response to an epidemic --...

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

International News       Feb 15, 2020

  BEIJING: China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.   Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, then seal and store...

COVID-19 coronavirus:Chinese tourist in France, first such death in Europe

International News       Feb 15, 2020

  Brussels:  An elderly Chinese tourist in France has died after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus, becoming the first fatality outside of the Asia-Pacific region in an epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in mainland China.   The 80-year-old man, who was from the central Hubei...

Sitharaman to meet industry bodies to assess coronavirus impact

Indian News       Feb 15, 2020

  New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet industry bodies on Tuesday to asses the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Indian trade and businesses.   The virus outbreak in China has claimed nearly 1,500 lives and infected over 60,000. The deadly virus has spread to...

Insurers rush to exclude Coronavirus epidemic from event-cancellation protection

International News       Feb 14, 2020

  Businesses looking to buy cancellation insurance for events around the world will not be able to get cover for the new coronavirus outbreak, industry sources said, as insurers rush to exclude the epidemic from their policies.   The Shanghai Grand Prix and the Mobile World Congress...

Coronavirus epidemic could infect two-thirds of World’s population: WHO Scientist

International News       Feb 14, 2020

  As the number of coronavirus cases jumps dramatically in China, a top infectious-disease scientist warns that things could get far worse: Two-thirds of the world’s population could catch it.   So says Ira Longini, an adviser to the World Health Organization who tracked studies of the...

Irdai expresses concern over high hospital tariffs plans to standardise charges

Indian News       Feb 14, 2020

Kolkata: Insurance sector regulator Irdai on Friday expressed concern over rising tariffs in hospitals and has planned to standardise charges for some medical procedures, an official said.      It has been noticed that rate of inflation of hospital charges at present is around 10-15 per cent...

Indian pharma cos may face supply shortages from China if coronavirus drags on

Indian News       Feb 14, 2020

  Shortages and potential price increases of generic drugs from India loom if the coronavirus outbreak disrupts suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients in China past April, according to industry experts.   An important supplier of generic drugs to the world, Indian companies procure almost 70% of the active...

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