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Coronavirus test kits (representational image) | Photo: Commons

West Bengal govt alleges Covid-19 kits supplied by ICMR-NICED are defective

The ICMR-NICED authorities said it could be possibly because the kits have not been standardized and is considering the matter very seriously.
Representational image of the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 | Photo: PTI

These 10 cities have over half of India’s Covid-19 cases. Ahmedabad, Indore among top 5

The 10 cities account for 8,958 of total 17,265 cases in India as of Monday. Most of the 170 districts identified as hotspots across the country are in these cities.
Medics arrange samples of a new fast test (Rapid test) for coronavirus at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital during a nationwide lockdown on 18 April 18 | R Senthil Kumar | PTI

AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital begin testing bodies for Covid-19 before conducting autopsies

Bodies are being tested to ensure doctors aren't exposed to the virus during an autopsy. It also ensures the body is disposed without exposing families to risk.
A doctor wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) places a saliva swab into a test tube for analysis during coronavirus symptom tests (Representational Image) | Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

45-day-old baby is India’s first infant fatality due to Covid-19, leaves doctors surprised

Director of Delhi’s Lady Hardinge Medical College says now the infant’s parents are being tested and their contacts are being traced.
File photo of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan at Parliament House | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Covid-19 patients doubling rate 9.7 days for past 3 days: Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan said Covid-19 figures in India are improving with each passing day and the doubling rate is slowing down.
A newborn baby's feet | Representational image | Pixabay

One-and-a-half-month-old infant dies of Covid-19 in Delhi

The baby died at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital attached to the Centre-run Lady Hardinge Medical College.
Medical staff with a patient of Covid-19 | Imran Nissar | ANI

Covid-19 cases in India cross 15,000, death toll climbs to 507

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state, with 3,651 cases, followed by Delhi with 1,893 cases.
As many as 300 foreigners from 16 countries had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi in March (representational image) | Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

30% of India’s Covid-19 positive caseload linked to Tablighi Jamaat meet, says govt

The states worst affected by the March congregation of Tablighi Jamaat are Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Give Covid-19 health workers a rest period

WHO informed that in some countries, 10% of the health workers are getting infected by the coronavirus and training is required for their protection.
A medic collects swab from the mouth of a woman resident for COVID-19 test in a containment zone at Kurla, Mumbai, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. | PTI

India to get over 3 lakh PPE this month, Reliance, TikTok, Red Cross among major donors

A consignment for 2 lakh PPE from Singapore is on its way while Reliance Industries and Red Cross together have donated over 60,000 equipment this month.

On Camera

A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

The disappearance of ‘samanvaye’ from Indian politics 

Farmers today are facing what students, Muslims and Kashmiris have just faced: unilateral policymaking that does not believe in creating consensus. 
A man holds a Rs 2000 banknote | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Are people holding on to cash after lockdown? New RBI data seems to suggest so

Data shows a sharp increase in cash holding after the lockdown was imposed in March. The demand for Rs 2,000 notes has surged, say bankers.

Defence

Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

China, India signal each other on might in Indian Ocean Region, amid tensions on land

A PLA Navy task force is understood to have entered Indian Ocean Region as China seeks to project its dominance. India is keeping a close watch on waters around the country.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.