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A rickshaw puller wearing a mask dozes off during a COVID-19 lockdown

This is the strategy behind Yogi govt locking up Covid-19 ‘hotspots’ in UP

The containment strategy implemented in UP’s Covid-19 ‘hotspots’ is similar to the one employed by China in Wuhan, where the pandemic originated.
Medics conduct a door-to-door thermal screening of residents in Mumbai | PTI File Photo

773 new infections, 32 deaths due to Covid-19 in last 24 hours in India: Health Ministry

1,21,271 tests for COVID-19 have been done in the country so far, an ICMR official said in the briefing.
A doctor works in a coronavirus isolation wing in a hospital in Rome, Italy. | Bloomberg

Vaccine candidates from engineered viruses and ancient tobacco plants — latest on Covid-19

From research on how loss of forests can raise risk of diseases to study identifying which Covid-19 patients need ICU care, ThePrint brings you the latest on Covid-19.
Apparatus to administer the BCG vaccine in Japan (representational image) | Photo: ThePrint Team | Commons

ICMR studying BCG vaccine for Covid-19, won’t advise without enough evidence: Top scientist

ICMR scientist Nivedita Gupta says task force discussed using BCG to build immunity among at-risk groups, but there’s ‘miniscule’ evidence of its efficacy.
Medical staff with a patient of Covid-19 | Imran Nissar | ANI

Pune reports 5 new Covid-19 deaths, toll rises to 13

Pune Municipal Corporation said the recent deaths have occurred in the last 12 hours, and all the patients had some co-morbid health conditions.
Medical workers remove a body from a refrigerator truck outside of the Brooklyn Hospital in New York on March 31. Photo | Bloomberg

Air pollution levels and Covid-19 mortality rate are linked, claims new Harvard study

Covid-19 patients in regions with a history of high air pollution are more likely to succumb to the disease, claims the new study by Harvard University.
Children at the main gate of village school that has been converted into an isolation centre | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

20 men, 1 bucket and a Dettol soap cut in two — life in quarantine for UP migrant labourers

There are 20 labourers lodged at the quarantine centre in Pimpri-Shadipur village, who say they are not being provided food by authorities and have to sleep on mattresses.
A phlebotomist demonstrates how swab collection is done during a drive-through Covid-19 test, at Delhi's Punjabi Bagh Central Market. | Photo: ThePrint

India’s first drive-through Covid-19 test site in Delhi promises more tests and privacy

Dr Dangs Lab, one of the first private labs allowed to test for coronavirus, has operationalised a drive-through test site in Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh.
A mother with her infant child at a Delhi Metro station

Total Covid-19 cases in Delhi reaches 576, death toll rises to 9

Delhi Health Department said 51 fresh cases and two deaths were reported in a day, while 3,120 people are in quarantine at various govt facilities.
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Is coronavirus mutating in India? If yes, how? CSIR starts genetic sequencing to find out

Over the next couple of weeks, once more Covid-19 samples are available, two CSIR institutes will sequence over 100 samples from different locations.

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A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.


Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.