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Karnataka police personnel are tested for Covid-19 at a station in Bengaluru | Representational image | ANI

Karnataka villages lock themselves in amid Covid surge, impose Rs 5,000 fine for violations

Villages in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district have imposed barricades on roads leading towards them with Covid cases surging from 0 to 78 in a month.

Remdesivir to HCQ: What works against Covid-19, and what doesn’t

A physician and scientist writes about the drugs and treatments that have worked against the coronavirus, and busts some myths.
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Apple users catch TikTok spying on iPhones, recording password and sensitive mails

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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High productivity, less gossip, but no work-life balance — WFH tales of Bengaluru techies

Covid lockdown has transformed how IT sector works, with firms making quick transition to work from home to sustain operations. But the experiment has got mixed reviews.
Bright circles drawn at a Mumbai market to maintain social distancing | Representational image | ANI

How many Covid cases in Maharashtra? State govt and civic bodies can’t make up their minds

Stark differences stalk the Covid case tallies issued by state govt and civic agencies of Mumbai & six satellite towns. In Kalyan-Dombivli, the difference was 4,744 on 2 July. 
Remdesivir has been developed by US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences | Representational image | Pixabay

Govt ‘reviewing’ remdesivir use for Covid after hospitals report liver damage in patients

Remdesivir, allowed for use among Covid patients in India as an ‘investigational therapy’, is not advised for those with signs of liver damage.
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NEET, JEE now postponed to September amid increasing Covid-19 cases

Students had demanded a further postponement of the exams after they had already been rescheduled from April-May to July due to the pandemic.
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Recovery rate crosses 60%, over 2.41 lakh tests, 379 deaths: India’s latest Covid numbers

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.
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ICMR wants Covid vaccine by 15 August but documents show it’s a 15-month trial

Health experts express concern about crunched timeline, investigators involved in the trial give conflicting responses and data inconsistent with letter.

Comply with Covid orders or chief secretary will be summoned: HC to Telangana govt

Telangana HC has said the state is far behind in data collection and sample testing, and fixed 15 July as deadline to comply with its directions.

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Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.
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India should spend more to revive demand, not worry about deficit: Economy expert Martin Wolf

Speaking at ThePrint's OffTheCuff, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times Martin Wolf said India can afford to increase its debt-to-GDP ratio to 90%, but should avoid borrowing in foreign currency.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

LAC row began April, 5,000 Chinese troops sent to Pangong in May, claims state broadcaster

Published by CGTN, the report is first Chinese acknowledgment about the number of troops mobilised in the Pangong Lake area amid tensions with India.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.