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A manufacturing technician assembles kits for COVID-19 virus testing at a Mesa Biotech Inc. facility in San Diego, California,USA. Photo: Bing Guan | Bloomberg

Coronavirus makes America seem like a civilisation in decline

No advanced nation has responded as poorly as the US. Perverse regulation, a bungled government test & fragmented supply chains held back testing for crucial weeks.
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

Trump warns 100,000 Americans could die, drops plan to end virus restrictions for Easter

Trump’s about-face came after his top medical advisers presented alarming new projections that millions of Americans may wind up infected.
A member of the media wears protective gloves during a briefing by US president Donald Trump on the administration's response to coronavirus, on 16 March 2020 | Oliver Contreras | Sipa via Bloomberg

The coronavirus isn’t Trump’s Katrina. It’s his Vietnam.

Trump’s disastrous mismanagement of Covid-19 has been compared with Bush’s inaction in advance of Hurricane Katrina. But Bush didn’t have months to prepare.
President Trump Departs White House For Walter Reed

Hoarding chloroquine won’t cure coronavirus

US President Donald Trump's advocacy of older malaria drugs, chloroquine & hydroxychloroquine, with limited evidence of efficacy in Covid-19, is arguably dangerous.
Passengers at the Prayagraj Railway Station wear masks as a preventive measure for coronavirus, on 16 March 2020 | PTI

Will the armchair coronavirus experts please sit down

These armchair epidemiologists believe they can project the trajectory of Covid-19 but it's serious science.
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Trump wants the lockdown to end by Easter. Big mistake.

Easing restrictions and letting people get back to work won't simply restore the economy to its former health as the disease would come roaring right back.
Medics wearing protective masks inside the novel coronavirus isolation ward of Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu | PTI

Use hydroxychloroquine with caution: ICMR warns amid confusion over use of drug for Covid-19

ICMR epidemiology chief Raman Gangakhedkar calls hydroxychloroquine usage ‘experimental’, says it should not be used without doctor's supervision.
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

Trump signs order to prevent hoarding of masks, santisers as COVID-19 cases rise to 43,700

The country saw a spike of over 10,000 confirmed cases and 130 deaths Monday, taking the total number of coronavirus fatalities in the US to 550.

COVID fight: Modi’s ‘no Indian left behind’ mantra runs into ‘stay where you are’ diplomacy

As the coronavirus claimed hundreds of lives in Europe and made its way to the US, Modi government sought to redefine the Latin phrase, ‘nemo resideo’.

Joe Biden says no need to postpone US presidential elections due to coronavirus

The former US Vice-President said the US has held elections through World War I and II, and even civil war, and hence saw no reason to postpone the November elections.

On Camera

A technician doing an experiment in University of Hong Kong | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

Covid-19 shows that our selective visions of world order stand exposed

The void of meaningful inter-state cooperation on biosecurity during Covid-19 crisis should make us rethink the concept of world order.

Mass exodus of migrants: Are they the Covid-19 lockdown violators or victims?

The Union home ministry has ordered the states to seal borders and quarantine people who have violated the coronavirus lockdown for 14 days.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Soldiers failing to disclose Covid-19 information will invite action under Army Act

Army advisory says not disclosing Covid-19 symptoms, travel details or contact with suspected patient will be treated as 'willful concealment' & breach of discipline.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.