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Community transmission of COVID-19 in India?

The Union Government has seemingly confirmed “limited community transmission” of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in India but said the country is not in the third stage of the COVID-19 outbreak yet. The current scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic in India is local transmission with limited community transmission. This acknowledgement came in standard operating procedure guidelines outlined […]

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COVID-19 pandemic: 700,000+ cases and rising

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to arrest the attention of policymakers, the public, and the global health community with the global case count now numbering well in excess of 700,000.  At the time of writing, there are 735,336 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide with 34,818 people having lost their lives. India saw its case count cross the

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Disease Profile: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan but has since breached that epicentre, spreading to scores of other territories worldwide and resulting in large-scale lockdowns effectively shutting off major cities and even whole countries from the rest of the world. India is far from immune to this trend. To slow

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Health workers face a massive struggle

During the Janata Curfew, throngs of Indians broke out in applause and other displays of gratitude in a mass felicitation of the country’s health workers manning the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. However, for many doctors, nurses, and other healthcare personnel, the reality of the pandemic is grim.  Numerous reports have

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Deaths from COVID-19 now more than 20,000

More than 20,000 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported, including fourteen confirmed fatalities in India.  The number of confirmed cases globally number at 489,547 worldwide with 22,150 deaths from COVID-19 at the time of writing. In India, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 716. Globally, there are 349,789 active cases as 139,758 people

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COVID-19 treatment covered under Ayushman Bharat

The Centre’s flagship health insurance programme Ayushman Bharat will extend coverage to beneficiaries for COVID-19 treatment.  The announcement was made by the National Health Authority (NHA), the agency responsible for overseeing implementation of Ayushman Bharat – officially known as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). Under the plan, both COVID-19 treatment and testing will

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Indian pharma to get US$1.3 billion boon

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, a US$1.3 billion fund will be established to bolster Indian pharma and promote domestic manufacturing to reduce import dependency.  The report, published in BloombergQuint, identifies “supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic” as the rationale behind the decision, noting that Indian pharma’s reliance on China

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Janata Curfew sees health workers praised

The Janata Curfew which saw millions of Indians nationwide self-quarantine for fourteen hours led to an outpouring of thanks for the country’s health workers. The mass felicitation witnessed Indians across the nation who heeded Modi’s call for the Janata curfew to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic to applaud and ring bells in honour of the healthcare

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