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A bust of the late Kannada actor Dr Vishnuvardhan seen with a mask during the Covid-19 lockdown, in Bengaluru Wednesday

Karnataka govt panel says no medical reason to continue lockdown, seeks phased withdrawal

Headed by Dr Devi Shetty, founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya, the panel has recommended continuing prohibitory orders in Covid-19 ‘hotspots’.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with MoS Health Ashwini Choubey in a press conference on novel coronavirus, in New Delhi | PTI

Centre approves Covid-19 emergency package for states & UTs, funds to be released in phases

The Health Ministry said the package will be implemented in three phases over the next four years, with funds for the first phase already released.
Rajendra Bhatt, the collector/district magistrate of Bhilwara, Rajasthan | Image: ThePrint Team

This 56-year-old IAS officer is the brain behind Bhilwara model of fighting Covid-19

Rajendra Bhatt isn’t ready to declare victory over coronavirus just yet, despite no new cases in 10 days. He says the Bhilwara model was ‘no rocket science’.
An aerial view of Mumbai during nation-wide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, 25 March | PTI

Why Maharashtra has India’s highest Covid-19 mortality numbers

At 72, Maharashtra death toll is significantly higher than other states with high number of cases, such as Tamil Nadu & Delhi that have reported 8 and 9 deaths, respectively.
A doctor wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) holds a saliva swab in a test tube during coronavirus symptom tests. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

Maharashtra reports 162 new coronavirus cases, highest in single day

Of the new cases, 143 reported were from the state capital Mumbai. The total number of cases reported from the state stands at 1297 with 72 deaths.
A suspected coronavirus patient shifts to the isolation ward of Safdarjung hospital after going through scanning at the airport, in New Delhi on 4 March | PTI Photo

2 Safdarjung Hospital doctors assaulted by man for ‘spreading’ Covid-19

The 42-year-old man, who assaulted two women resident doctors in New Delhi’s Gautam Nagar Wednesday, has been arrested by the Hauz Khas police.
A farmer in UP who is facing labour shortage to harvest his standing crop | By special arrangement

First, unseasonal rain and hail, now labour shortage: UP farmers’ troubles just keep piling up

This is peak harvesting season but the 21-day lockdown and the coronavirus fear have led to farm labour shortage in Uttar Pradesh.
The novel coronavirus | Pixabay

UV light booth, nasal gel & other innovations India’s working on to battle Covid-19

The science ministry's science & tech department has been pushing institutes to work on innovations that improve India's response to Covid-19.
Security forces cordon off the area during an encounter with militants at Sopore, in Baramulla District of South Kashmir, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist commander was killed in the encounter | representational image | PTI

Many in J&K’s Sopore booked for lockdown violation as they attend Jaish militant’s funeral

J&K Police says case was registered against the people for violating Covid-19 protocols and government advisories to maintain social distancing.
A representational image of a Delhi street. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

‘First quiet Shab-e-Barat, but for right reasons’: Delhi Muslims mark prayer night indoors

The 'night of forgiveness' is marked by Muslims visiting graveyards and mosques to pray for the deceased. But Delhi streets wore a deserted look Wednesday.

On Camera

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.

Defence

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.