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Grave diggers, the frontline workers of the 1898 bubonic plague that history forgot

The social stigmatisation of mortuary work explains the silence in the colonial archives. What archives choose to tell is equally revealing.
Pedestrians wear protective masks in Khan Market, New Delhi

After first coronavirus death, govt shares list of helpline numbers for all states & UTs

With a 76-year-old Karnataka man being confirmed as India’s first COVID-19 fatality, the government has stepped up efforts to contain the outbreak.
Camp Funston, at Fort Riley, Kansas, during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic | Commons

102 yrs before COVID-19, India braved The Bombay Fever pandemic that killed over 10 mn

The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 had claimed somewhere between 50 and 100 million lives worldwide, with India accounting for almost a fifth of the global death toll.
In this handout photo provided by ITBP, a Chinese boy undergoes screening tests for the deadly novel coronavirus at an ITBP quarantine facility in Chhawla, New Delhi. | PTI

Why a 3-year-old in Kerala being diagnosed with coronavirus is a crucial statistic

Early findings from China indicated that among the 44,000 known cases, less than 1% were aged younger than 10. The Kerala child is India’s first.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

CAPFs asked to prepare 5,400-bed quarantine facilities across India for coronavirus cases

As the number of confirmed cases in India reaches 43, the Union Home Ministry has asked for 75 isolation wards at 37 locations in the country.
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Seasonal flu far more common than coronavirus, but its vaccine is not popular in India

While vaccine for coronavirus will take another year to be developed, India needs to do more to prevent seasonal flu that kills despite having a vaccine, say health experts.
In this handout photo provided by ITBP, a Chinese boy undergoes screening tests for the deadly novel coronavirus at an ITBP quarantine facility in Chhawla, New Delhi. | PTI

China records 22 new deaths, 11 temporary hospitals closed as new coronavirus cases drop

The total death toll in mainland China reached 3,119. Officials said 40 new confirmed cases were reported Monday, the lowest number since January.
Salesmen at a chemist shop wear protective masks in wake of new cases of novel coronavirus being reported in India | PTI

Coronavirus cases rise to 43 after three-year-old from Kerala, J&K woman test positive

The child and its parents who arrived from Italy were subjected to thermal screening, and the samples of the parents have also been sent to lab.
People wearing masks walk at Central district in Hong Kong, China | Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Coronavirus got you working from home? Expect a pain in the neck

How well businesses function with large number of employees working from home could have a lasting impact on our approach to work.
People wear protective masks

Coronavirus becomes dangerous when it reaches the lungs

The virus can turn severe 'very, very quickly' and damaged lungs can starve vital organs of oxygen, impairing the kidneys, liver, brain and heart.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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