Danish study reveals that coronavirus may be almost 20 TIMES less deadly than WHO predicted

Research on a group of blood donors in Denmark points to its Covid-19 mortality rate being well below one percent of the number of people infected with the disease, according to a team at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Tests were carried out on 1,487 samples from Danish blood donors at...

China rejects news report about Covid-19 origin, says WHO found ‘no evidence’ virus was made in lab

China’s Foreign Ministry has said that claims about the novel coronavirus originating in a lab are not based on science, citing the WHO as it rebuked the latest news story on Covid-19 ‘patient zero.’ “I want to remind you that the head of the has repeatedly stated that there...

Trump says US conducting ‘very thorough’ probe into Covid-19 origins, refuses to dismiss ‘sources’ pushing Chinese lab narrative

US President Donald Trump hinted that a probe into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic hasn't ruled out that it may have started in a lab in China, fanning the flames of a conspiracy theory that’s turning increasingly mainstream. Asked to comment on reports stating the US government had “high...

Mandatory masks in public places, fines for spitting: India issues revised Covid-19 guidelines as PM Modi extends lockdown

The Indian government has updated its rules for combatting Covid-19 after the nationwide quarantine was extended to May 3 as the infection continues to spread across the country. All Indians must wear masks or other face covers in public places and at work, the Hindu reported, citing an order from...

Covid-19 ‘avalanche’ in Africa & India could lead to FOUR waves of virus hitting Europe & US, health expert...

A WHO public health expert has warned that if the coronavirus is allowed to “march through” Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian sub-continent unarrested, the rest of the world risks being hit by repeated bouts of Covid-19. Professor Lawrence Gostin, director of the World Health Organization’s Center on Public Health and...

‘People abandoned to die of hunger & disease’: France summons Chinese envoy over criticism of West’s response to Covid-19...

Paris has summoned its Chinese envoy after the embassy published a blistering critique of the West’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, accusing leaders of failing to act and abandoning vulnerable citizens to death and starvation. “Certain publicly voiced opinions by representatives of the Chinese Embassy in France are not in...

Lockdown extended, but tests lagging: Where does India stand after 21 days of shutdown?

India is embarking on an 18-day extension of total lockdown as confirmed cases of Covid-19 broke the 10,000 mark — but have efforts to curb the spread of the virus been working and are the official numbers truly accurate? PM Narendra Modi appealed to 1.3 billion Indians on Tuesday to...

‘The value of your lives is supreme’: Modi extends India’s nationwide Covid-19 lockdown until May 3 as country tops...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an extension of the country’s coronavirus lockdown, noting that while social distancing is working, another month of restrictions is needed as the nation fights the pandemic. The prolonged lockdown came on Tuesday morning, with the PM telling citizens in a national address that...

Spain lifts lockdown for non-essential workers amid harsh debate & fears of new wave of Covid-19 cases

Staff in food distribution, communications, sanitation and other non-essential sectors are now allowed to go to work in Spain, despite the country’s status as the world’s second-largest Covid-19 hotspot with over 17,000 deaths. These workers will be able to return to work this Monday following a 14-day self-isolation regime that...

PM spoke about extending lockdown till April 30, West Bengal also on same page: CM Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken about extending the nationwide lockdown till April 30, as the next two weeks are going to be "crucial and critical" in battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Banerjee said West Bengal, too, is in favour of continuing...

Cuba enraged over ‘cruel & genocidal’ US blockade impeding anti-coronavirus efforts

The suffocating sanctions in place for almost six decades make it extremely difficult for the island nation to import essential supplies needed to battle the coronavirus, Cuban health officials say. “The United States’ economic-financial blockade is the most unfair, severe, prolonged system of sanctions of all time by one country...

Locked down, literally: Indian officials PUT LOCKS on homes of quarantine violators to prevent them from sneaking out

Local authorities in two towns in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh went to great lengths to stop the spread of coronavirus, sealing quarantine violators in their homes, while ensuring they have food and essentials delivered. With India in a state of complete lockdown since March 25, state officials are...

Singapore BANS teachers from using Zoom after lessons get ‘porn-bombed’

Singapore has ordered educators to stop using the video chat program Zoom after hackers ‘spiced up’ school lessons with pornography. The move comes as the app’s security woes led to a ban by NASA and others. In one recent incident, a student’s mother said hackers commandeered a Zoom stream, posting...

Lights, Camera…Corona! Filmmakers already cashing in on Covid-19 pandemic (Video)

While major Hollywood studios are pushing their film production and releases back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, independent movie makers are rushing to cash in with films like ‘Corona Zombies.’ Full Moon Features, responsible for horror franchises such as ‘Puppet Master,’ debuted the trailer for ‘Corona Zombies’ on Wednesday in...

‘There may be retaliation’: Trump says India may face US wrath if PM Modi fails to overturn export ban...

US President Donald Trump has warned that Washington may retaliate against New Delhi over a decision to bar exports of an experimental treatment for Covid-19, not long after asking his Indian counterpart to reverse the move. Though India on Saturday imposed a blanket ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine – an antimalarial...

‘Don’t politicize the matter’: India allows export of drugs linked to Covid-19 treatment to ‘badly-hit’ countries amid row with...

New Delhi has agreed to ship Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the nations most impacted by Covid-19 and urged not to “politicize” the issue after US President Donald Trump threatened “retaliation” for its drug export ban. “In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would...

TIGER tests positive for Covid-19 as 6 more big cats develop ‘dry cough’ at Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo has announced that one of its big cats tested positive for Covid-19, apparently infected by a caretaker. Three other tigers and three lions developed a dry cough, but are expected to recover. “Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with...

Magic bullet for Covid-19? Scientists look to century-old plasma treatment, but there are some big ‘BUTS’

As the world seeks a Covid-19 panacea, treating patients with plasma harvested from those who have recovered from the virus is being touted as a possible cure – but big challenges still remain, scientists say. It's been months since the novel coronavirus started to rage across China, spilling over...

‘Africans aren’t guinea pigs’: Drogba and Eto’o slam ‘racist’ suggestions that Africa be used as coronavirus testing ground

African football icons including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have reacted with rage after doctors suggested the continent could be used as a testing ground during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht, a pair of medical experts in Paris, were speaking about the global health...

Europe coronavirus cases dramatically SURGE as worldwide death toll surpasses 25,000

The worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 25,000 and researchers have detected a huge spike in Europe with Spain, Germany and the UK reporting thousands of fresh cases. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center noted that the grim milestone had been reached on Friday. Professor Steve Hanke from the...

US overtakes China as country with highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases – Johns Hopkins University

The US has topped the list of nations with the most coronavirus cases, as the number of the infected within the country crept past 85,000 cases, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone was achieved on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University,...

Not enough rooms in hospitals, ‘many can’t make it and die at home’, says mayor at epicenter of Covid-19...

Hospitals simply lack the space and resources to help everyone, confining many to die from Covid-19 at home, warned Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, which was hit hardest by the virus. The healthcare system has been entirely overwhelmed by the outbreak, Gori told Il...

COVID-19: Blood banks in Bengal run dry due to lockdown

With various political parties, community clubs and NGOs having to stop organising blood donation camps due to the lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, blood banks in West Bengal are facing an acute shortage of supply, officials said on Wednesday. More than 80 per cent of blood...

HANTAVIRUS the next big killer… really? Twitter spreads groundless MASS PANIC as man in China dies from little-known disease

Reports about a Chinese man dying from a rare illness at a time when the international community is struggling to stem the spread of Covid-19 has caused panic on social media. But should we be worried? People around the world have been closely following the developments around the coronavirus pandemic...

Italian coronavirus cases seen ’10 times higher’ than official tally

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy is probably 10 times higher than the official tally, the head of the agency collating the data said on Tuesday as the government readied new measures to force people to stay at home. Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with...

Russian coronavirus vaccine passes first phase of development – expected to be ready in ’11 months’

As Covid-19 rapidly spreads, the world is united in hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. On Monday, some potentially good news came from Moscow where hopes are high that progress has been made on a vaccine. The head of the Russian Federal Biological Medical Agency (FMBA),...

‘Stay indoors & healthy’: India holds coronavirus ‘self-curfew drill’ as infections reach 300,000 globally

As a part of a drill to increase Covid-19 pandemic awareness and prepare for the worst, India has launched a 14-hour ‘self curfew’ to test Indians’ readiness for social isolation and quarantine. “Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against...

No need to test EVERYONE, but when lockdowns are lifted Covid-19 cases could JUMP back up, WHO warns

Countries affected by the Covid-19 epidemic may have to deal with a resurgence of the disease after they lift lockdowns, a top WHO official has warned. To create a vaccine could take at least a year, he said. "If we don't put in place the strong public health measures now,...

Convoy of Italian army trucks haul away corpses as local crematorium flooded with coronavirus dead (VIDEO)

The Italian military has been called in to help transport dead bodies as the northern city of Bergamo reels from the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The city’s crematorium is reportedly now working around-the-clock. The head of Lega Nord, Matteo Salvini, posted a photograph on Twitter showing a seemingly endless line of...

For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

Mainland China has had no new local coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours – the first time since the outbreak began in December. Beijing is still struggling to contain imported cases of the disease. Notably, the purported epicenter of the epidemic – Wuhan, in Hubei province – recorded no...

Coronavirus: IIT Dhanbad direct students to leave hostels, access to reading rooms, mess prohibited

Suspension of mess facilities, closure of libraries and common areas and restrictions on movements are some of the problems students may have to face as universities and educational institutions in the country advise them to leave hostels in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School...

Tsunami, earthquake & Covid-19: India officially gives ‘Notified DISASTER’ label to coronavirus outbreak

India has stepped up its efforts to tackle the coronavirus spreading throughout the country, labeling the virus a “Notified Disaster.” The designation allows local governments to tap into a special disaster-relief fund. Covid-19 virus, which has already infected over 80 people across India, was formally branded a “notified disaster” by the Ministry...

Covid-19 vaccine: Difficult, uncertain and far-off, microbiologist says

A US company which worked on the development of a MERS virus vaccine has begun a clinical trial to test a Covid-19 vaccine — but similarities between the two don’t mean the process will be easy, a microbiologist said. The potential new coronavirus vaccine is being developed by Moderna Inc.,...

Indian Sikhs protest at Pakistan’s diplomatic mission over hateful altercation in front of major Sikh site

Several Sikh groups have staged a demonstration at the Pakistani diplomatic mission in New Delhi, over a Muslim protest in front of Pakistan’s Gurdwara Janam Asthan which has triggered a diplomatic row between the two nations. The temple, also known as Gurdwara Nankana Sahib (named after the city in Pakistan’s...

Railway station filmed COLLAPSING on crowd in eastern India, fears of people trapped under rubble (VIDEOS)

The collapse of a railway station building in West Bengal, India has been captured on video. Several people are feared missing as the structure further caved in when a crowd of onlookers gathered to watch it fall. The freak incident occurred at Barddhaman railway station, located in the Indian state...

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