Health

Tens of millions have plunged into poverty in Covid ravaged India

Articles       May 08, 2021

Anirban Nag & Swansy Afonso After dipping into his savings to weather India’s snap pandemic lockdown last March, Manoj Kumar was just getting his head above water again earning 600 rupees ($8) a day as a construction worker in the tourist hotspot of Goa. He’d...

India sees record 4,187 COVID-19 deaths, 4,01,078 new cases: Govt

Indian News       May 08, 2021

New Delhi: India saw a record 4,187 fatalities due to COVID-19 in a single day, taking the country's death toll to 2,38,270, while 4,01,078 new infections were reported in a day, pushing the tally to 2,18,92,676, according to the Union health ministry data updated on...

After Asiatic lions test COVID-positive in Hyderabad, Punjab closes zoos till May 31

Indian News       May 08, 2021

Chandigarh: Days after eight Asiatic lions in the Hyderabad zoo tested positive for COVID-19, authorities in Punjab announced that all zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in the state will remain closed till May 31 as a precautionary measure. Zoo officials said animals were being closely monitored....

Covid-19 treatment now covered under Goa government's health scheme

Indian News       May 08, 2021

  Panjim: The Goa government on Thursday brought Covid-19 treatment under its flagship medical insurance scheme, which covers the entire population of the state. The move will allow patients to avail benefits under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 in...

Pharma has limited legal options if vaccine patents waived

International News       May 07, 2021

  A potential World Trade Organization waiver of patent and trade secret protections for Covid-19 vaccines would leave pharmaceutical companies with limited legal avenues to recover costs. The U.S. on Wednesday expressed support for a temporary waiver, sending shares in several vaccine makers down the next...

Delhi's popular autorickshaws become COVID-19 ambulances

Facts       May 07, 2021

  New Delhi: It's not the most conventional way to get to hospital, but with Delhi running short of ambulances, authorities have turned some of the city's ubiquitous three-wheeled autorickshaws into makeshift ambulances to ferry COVID-19 patients. Actual ambulances are hard to come by as a...

Surging India virus cases may derail recovery but ratings outlook stable-S&P

Indian News       May 07, 2021

S&P Global Ratings said on Friday its outlook on India's sovereign debt remained stable, even though surging COVID-19 cases could threaten the strong economic recovery it has seen so far. The rating agency, however, said the second wave should not hit the economy as hard...

Moderna vaccine 96 percent effective in 12-17 year-olds, study shows

Facts       May 07, 2021

Moderna said Thursday its Covid-19 vaccine is 96 percent effective among youths aged 12 to 17, according to the results of its first clinical trials. Two-thirds of the 3,235 participants in trials in the United States received the vaccine and one-third were given a placebo....

EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

International News       May 07, 2021

  BRUSSELS: The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to...

RBI's Rs 50K cr liquidity facility can augment hospital bed capacity by 20%: Crisil

Indian News       May 07, 2021

  Mumbai: Reserve Bank's Rs 50,000-crore liquidity window can help augment the bed capacity at hospitals by up to 20 per cent as credit will be available at cheaper costs, credit ratings agency Crisil said on Friday. The window to banks under priority-sector lending to augment...