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Health workers from Kolkata's SSKM Hospital on their way to conduct Covid-19 testing | Photo: ANI

Single use PPEs lead to waste crisis, California’s tryst with pandemic & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

New studies show novel coronavirus could have been in Europe as early as March 2019

Wastewater is a key to understanding coronavirus outbreaks in a region as the virus is found in faeces.
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Italy had coronavirus in sewage systems as early as December, study says

The study by ISS National Health Institute found traces of SARS-Cov-2 in samples of waste water taken in Milan and Turin on 18 December and in Bologna on 29 January this year.

India records more Covid-19 cases than Italy, becomes 6th worst-hit nation

With a total of 2,36,657 cases and 6,642 deaths, India ranks behind the US, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A doctor works in a coronavirus isolation wing in a hospital in Rome, Italy. | Bloomberg

Italy says 96% of virus fatalities suffered from other illnesses

Although the average age of virus cases is 62 years old, about 30% of those infected are under 50. Still, fatalities point to a wider generation gap.

Why Saudi Arabia is on shopping spree, payback time for Thailand’s rich & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Pedestrians wear protective masks in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The study was conducted across six hospitals in the city | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

China minister defends ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats, Italians return to farming & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
An empty Corso Umberto street, on the sixth day of an unprecedented lockdown in Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus in Naples Sunday | ANI vie Reuters

Italy to open its borders, allow citizens to travel freely from 3 June

PM Giuseppe Conte’s announcement came hours after Italy's daily virus-linked death fell to 242 Friday, the lowest in four days.
Representational image | An employee stacks protective face masks on the personal protective equipment (PPE) production line | Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

You can’t put a price on face masks in this crisis. Italy did, and it’s learning a hard lesson

With Italy capping the price at a low mark, pharmacists say they are struggling to replenish stocks as foreign producers prefer to sell their goods elsewhere.
Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Covid puts euro at risk as it widens gap between EU’s rich North and poor South

When Covid hit, Italy, Spain and France's public finances were already under strain, while German-dominated north had more fiscal firepower to ride out the crisis.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.