Pandemic

No clear link between school opening and COVID surge, study finds

International News       Oct 01, 2020

  LONDON: Widespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found, but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days.The analysis, by the Zurich-based independent...

India's coronavirus infections rise to 6.31 million

Indian News       Oct 01, 2020

  BENGALURU: India’s coronavirus case tally increased by 86,821 in the last 24 hours to 6.31 million by Thursday morning, data from the health ministry showed, as the country eased more restrictions to combat the economic hit from the pandemic. Deaths from coronavirus infections rose by...

Unlock5: Centre permits schools, colleges, cinemas to reopen from October 15

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines for permitting more activities in areas outside the containment zones that include opening up cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15. States and UT...

COVID-19 controls turn Asia into global surveillance hotspot, analysts say

International News       Sep 30, 2020

  KUALA LUMPUR: Asia has become the world's surveillance hotspot and is at risk of serious privacy breaches as measures rolled out to contain the spread of COVID-19 become permanent in many countries, researchers warned on Thursday. The Right to Privacy Index (RPI) published by British-based...

India's coronavirus infections surge to 6.23 million

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

BENGALURU  India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 6.23 million after it reported 80,472 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Wednesday. Deaths from coronavirus infections rose by 1,179 in the last 24 hours to 97,497, the ministry said....

World Bank seeks board approval for $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan

International News       Sep 30, 2020

WASHINGTON: World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday he is seeking board approval for a $12 billion (£9.33 billion) coronavirus vaccine financing plan to help poor and developing countries secure a sufficient share of vaccine doses when they become available in the coming months....

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older adults: study

Facts       Sep 30, 2020

  CHICAGO:- Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc's MRNA.O coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on...

Lloyd’s launches “first-of-its-kind” parametric business interruption insurance policy for SMEs

International News       Sep 30, 2020

London: Lloyd’s has launched a new “first-of-its-kind” business interruption policy for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), specifically designed to protect them against IT disruption or downtime. Parametrix Insurance offers simple and reliable coverage by removing the traditional indemnity trigger that most insurance policies today...

UK watchdog sets Wednesday deadline for agreement on business insurance claims

International News       Sep 29, 2020

LONDON: Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority said on Tuesday it has filed for an expedited appeal in its business interruption test case as a precaution against insurers not agreeing by Wednesday to pay out on claims made during the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of mainly small...

Single-day COVID-19 cases in India below 75,000, recovery rate rises to 83.01 pc

Indian News       Sep 29, 2020

  New Delhi: Daily COVID-19 cases in India dropped below 75,000 and less than 1,000 deaths were reported in a day after nearly a month, while total recoveries crossed the 51 lakh-mark, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Tuesday. The total coronavirus cases...

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