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Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls | Photo: ANI

Satpal Maharaj, 23 family & staff members test Covid-positive, CM Rawat in self-quarantine

The Uttarakhand administration is in a tizzy as 3 ministers also self-quarantine and 1,500 secretariat staff refuse to come to work.
A pack of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate medication | Bloomberg

How Trump, Modi and a low price tag made 80-year-old HCQ a political hot potato

In episode 484 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains how HCQ, touted as a promising preventive and treatment for Covid-19, became politicised.
National Institute of Virology director, Dr. Priya Abraham | Photo: Soniya Agrawal | ThePrint

Woman scientist who took over at NIV just before Covid hit India & how she’s handling the crisis

In an exclusive interview with ThePrint, National Institute of Virology director Dr Priya Abraham talks about Covid characteristics & why it is difficult to predict how it will progress.
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

India registers biggest single-day spike of 8,392 coronavirus cases, 230 deaths

India is now seventh among the nations worst-hit by Covid-19 after the US, Brazil, Russia, UK, Spain and Italy.
Cancer cells

Let’s not forget cancer treatment – message from oncology summit held in the shadow of Covid

The cancer summit showed that even as drug industry races to identify virus treatments & vaccines cancer remains perhaps its most important business overall.
Max Hospital in New Delhi's Saket | Photo: ANI

Patients say Delhi pvt hospitals charging huge PPE fees, hospitals say it’s within norms

Patients call the fees ‘exorbitant’ but hospitals explain they need nearly 8 PPE kits per patient per day. Delhi govt has allowed them to charge according to their discretion.
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

ICMR to review ‘wonder’ drug combo used to treat Covid patients in Bangladesh

According to doctors in Bangladesh, the combination of ivermectin and doxycycline is an effective treatment against Covid-19, with patients recovering within four days.
Suspected Covid-19 patients arrive at a government hospital for tests in New Delhi | Photo: Kamal Kishore | PTI

Delhi sees highest single-day spike with 1,295 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 19,844

The health department said the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where primary cause of death is Covid-19, as per the Death Audit Committee report.
Representational Image | Source : John Phillps | Getty | Bloomberg

Why researchers are questioning Lancet study that linked HCQ to higher Covid death risk

More than a hundred scientists have raised questions about the dataset used in the study published by The Lancet, which led to WHO halting all trials of HCQ.
A medic works with a sample for a rapid antibody test in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha | Representational image | PTI

Odisha records highest single-day spike with 129 new Covid-19 cases, tally jumps to 1,948

Out of these new cases, 119 had recently returned to the state from various parts of the country and were in different quarantine centres across districts.

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

File photo of ships during the Malabar naval exercise

First phase of Quad members’ Malabar exercise from 3-6 November in Bay of Bengal

Last week, India had announced Australia will take part in the exercise along with US and Japan, making it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.