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Pandemic: India steps up coronavirus fight

The Union Government has elected to effectively shut India off from the rest of the world, coming on the heels of the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has reached pandemic proportions.  The global scope of the coronavirus pandemic Speaking yesterday, World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom […]

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Coronavirus pandemic a ‘very real’ threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the threat of a full-blown novel coronavirus pandemic is ‘very real’ – lending further credence to fears that a coronavirus pandemic could manifest as the foretold ‘Disease X.’ In light of the continued coronavirus outbreak in India, the Union Government is urging a number of ministries to

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AIIMS Delhi on frontline against COVID-19

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi and its counterparts in other areas of the country are to be positioned on the front line in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The premier facility has been requested by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to dedicate a portion of

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Coronavirus outbreak continues as Indian cases rise

The novel coronavirus outbreak continues to affect India, as cases in the country rise.  At the time of writing, there are forty active cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in India. The other three cases are of individuals who have since recovered. All three were students who had returned to India from the Chinese city

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Homoeopathy: Telengana’s answer to COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has the world in the grip of panic. This has resulted in people the globe over taking precautionary measures ranging from handwashing to the wearing of face masks to even foregoing forms of physical contact such as hugging and shaking hands. Reasonable precautions such as these have been taken up

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COVID-19 infections cross the 100,000 mark

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections have crossed the 100,000 mark as fresh cases continue to pour in. At the time of writing, the world has reported 100,242 COVID-19 infections with the death toll currently standing at 3,408. There are 40,848 active cases, of which 34,568 (85 percent) are of individuals considered to be in mild condition.

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APIs: No shortages yet, but pharma still has misgivings

The Union Government has sought to quell concerns over an imminent shortage of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and medicines in the country due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, individuals from the pharmaceutical sector are still disconcerted.  The outbreak has had a kn0ck-on effect on multiple industries in India. As well as pharma, chemicals,

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Namaste: A safeguard against coronavirus?

India may be curbing exports of pharmaceutical products due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, it may make a different export with potential public health benefits: the traditional greeting of Namaste.  Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, has urged citizens of his country to forego handshakes and instead greet each other with Namaste or

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New COVID-19 cases reported

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have hit thirty in India, with more new cases reported.  A man hailing from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh became the latest person to test positive for the virus which has spread across the globe since it first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. At the time of

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Export ban amidst COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has triggered an export ban on a number of pharmaceutical products including antibiotics and vitamins amidst fears of disruptions to the supply chain.  The restrictions shall apply “with immediate effect and till further orders,” read a notification from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, an agency of the Ministry of

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