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Ebola, Nipah and now COVID-19 — why bats transmit so many deadly viruses

According to some studies, bats were the original hosts of the novel coronavirus strain that has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will India’s experience with previous outbreaks help it tackle coronavirus better?

India now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus. PM Modi has asked people to not “panic” and said “different ministries and states were working together”.
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus

How Kerala’s experience in tackling Nipah in 2018 will help it contain coronavirus

Kerala govt’s initiatives & swift action successfully contained the Nipah outbreak. It now says coronavirus will be dealt with the same way.
A thermal screeening device checks passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong in view of outbreak of Novel coronavirus (CoV) in China | PTI

China gives us hope why coronavirus won’t be as deadly as SARS in 2003

The outbreak of coronavirus emanating from China’s Wuhan city reminds one of the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic that had spread around the world.
Ebola virus

If Ebola, Zika and Nipah can cross borders, so can technology. That’s where solution lies

A good example of dealing with infectious diseases is how Kerala handled the Nipah outbreak.
Hospital staff removes the waste of an isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College, Kochi. | ANI Photos

As Nipah virus strikes again, here are the symptoms, how it spreads and its fatality rate

Nipah virus is not fatal until it affects the brain, but it has influenza-like symptoms that can quickly intensify and progress into a coma or death.
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Kerala heaves sigh of relief as 6 test negative for Nipah virus

Kerala put 314 people under observation after a college student tested positive for the Nipah infection. The patient is currently stable and recovering, Kerala's health minister said.
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus

Nipah virus patient stable, fever subsiding, says Kerala health minister

Kerala urged citizens to not panic and issued a medical bulletin on precautions to take against the spread of the Nipah virus.

Kerala confirms one case of Nipah virus, puts 86 others under observation

The Kerala government said a 23-year-old student tested positive for Nipah but has not been put on any life-support systems.

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The BYJU'S learning app | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Byju’s raises $1 billion from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s company, others

The infusion that values the online-lessons platform Byju's at about $15 billion is among the largest recent capital increases in India.

Defence

Army tanks seen in eastern Ladakh, on 10 February 2021 | Photo: Indian Army

Chinese military says India should cherish ‘positive trend’ of disengagement in Ladakh

After the 11th round of military talks, Indian Army said that both sides held deliberation on disengagement of troops at remaining friction points & agreed to avoid new incidents.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.