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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

Coronavirus infecting African-Americans at ‘alarming rates’ in some US states: NYT report

According to data analysed by The New York Times, Covid-19 has led to disparate rates of infection and deaths of African-Americans as compared to their white counterparts.
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.
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Over 29 million hydroxychloroquine doses to fight Covid-19 bought from India, says Trump

Over a phone call last week Donald Trump requested PM Modi to lift the hold on the American order of hydroxychloroquine, of which India is a major producer.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledges $1 billion for Covid-19 relief in biggest donation yet

Dorsey pledged $1 billion of his stake in Square Inc., the payments firm he co-founded, to coronavirus relief efforts.

US Navy secretary quits after calling aircraft carrier captain stupid over Covid-19 crisis

Secretary Modly had relieved Captain Crozier of his command for pleading in urgent terms for all but a skeleton crew to be removed from the USS Roosevelt.
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UK heads into peak of Covid-19 outbreak with PM Johnson still in ICU

With signs of pandemic turning the corner in Spain & Italy, Britain is moving into its most critical phase and had highest daily death toll Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference on 17 March 2020. Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, is seen to his right | Kevin Dietsch | Bloomberg

Donald Trump announces hold on funding to WHO, accuses it of being China-centric

Saying US pays majority of money to WHO, Trump also said the global health body had been wrong about many things in matters regarding the Covid-19 crisis.
A platform attendant stands on duty at a metro station in Wuhan | Bloomberg

Wuhan is finally open and its residents are rushing to take planes, trains, driving out

Lockdown’s end doesn’t mean Wuhan has returned to normal. Restrictions & fear of resurgence in infections means many can’t or won’t go anywhere.
People wearing protective face masks kiss while standing on a platform as a subway train approaches a station, operated by MTR Corp., in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. As fears of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) spread across the region, pharmacies and supermarkets in Hong Kong are running out of basic supplies like toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and especially masks. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

The world is beginning to love face masks in the struggle to stop coronavirus

The newfound embrace of face mask comes after WHO moderated its stance, saying home-made masks may make it less likely that asymptomatic carrier spreads virus.
Rwanda

Rwanda finds mass graves that could contain 30,000 bodies, 26 years after genocide

The discovery comes more than a quarter century after Rwanda witnessed the genocide in which over 8,00,000 people, mostly from the ethnic Tutsi community, died.

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File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

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.