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Israel isolates antibody in ‘significant breakthrough’ for possible Covid-19 treatment

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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Israel develops key Covid antibody that ‘attacks and neutralises’ the virus in patient’s body

Israel Institute for Biological Research has isolated a monoclonal antibody that can neutralise Covid-19, but it is unclear if the vaccine has been tested on humans, reports Aneesha Bedi.

Lucknow Covid hotspots named after mosques, Yogi govt draws flak for ‘communalising’ illness

The Uttar Pradesh administration has named eight out of 18 coronavirus hotspots in Lucknow after mosques, an exercise that has raised concern among Muslims in those areas and drawn flak from opposition parties for allegedly adding communal colour to an illness, reports Neelam Pandey.

Locker room boys to IT cell men: India’s rape culture grows without shame or consequences

If Delhi school boys on Instagram privately plan to rape underage girls, then men from IT cells of political parties publicly threaten women on Twitter and Facebook, writes Jyoti Yadav.

Modi got all the credit for lockdown. Now, he wants states to share risk of unlocking India

Having won accolades for the bold decision to impose nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows that both extension and easing of it will now bring diminishing political returns, writes Rama Lakshmi.

If Railways refuses, make PM CARES pay fare: Swamy calls govt ‘moronic’ for charging migrants

Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy slammed the Narendra Modi government for charging rail fares from migrants seeking to return home amid the nationwide lockdown, reports Taran Deol.

Don’t stop at Raghuram Rajan. Here’s a list for Rahul Gandhi’s interviews

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi refuses to do a press conference to answer pressing questions over the Covid-19 situation, or any crisis for that matter, it was great to have former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan offer his expert views in a video chat with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, writes Zainab Sinkander.

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