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Inmates at Koklata's Presidency Correctional Home stitch masks for the police force and jail staff | Photo by special arrangement

West Bengal prison inmates are giving protection to police, jail staff — by making masks, PPEs

In two months, inmates across 12 correctional facilities have stitched over 1 lakh masks and more than 1,000 PPE kits.
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 flight attendant in PPE gear gives safety instructions | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Experience what taking a flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad is like during Covid, in photos

ThePrint documented their journey from the airport at Delhi to Ahmedabad, encountering thermal scanners, flight crew in PPE kits and social distancing at all times.
A medic conducts door-to-door testing in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Rude customers, long hours, PPE in Delhi heat: A day in life of frontline Covid paramedics

Paramedical staff involved in collecting and testing samples for Covid face big risk of infection but their work is crucial in the fight against the pandemic.
Salon employees wear PPE kits to attend to customers | Photo: ANI

Eyebrow threading device, kaadha instead of tea: Mumbai’s beauty salons reopen with tweaks

At some salons, customers can only get their nails painted if they buy the whole bottle of colour. At others, both clients and staff wear PPE kits.
PPE kits being distributed to essential services workers in New Delhi | Representational image | ANI

Modi govt to allow PPE, ventilator exports as Indian companies are mass-producing them now

Govt is learnt to be working on a proposal to allow PPE, ventilator manufacturers to export surplus equipment after domestic demand has been taken into account.
A representational image of sanitiser dispenser pumps. | Photo: Flickr

Chinese sanitiser dispenser — big hurdle in India’s path to self-reliance in Covid battle

MSME ministry is working with firms to see how India can manufacture sanitiser dispenser pumps within the country and at competitive pricing.
Max Hospital in New Delhi's Saket | Photo: ANI

Patients say Delhi pvt hospitals charging huge PPE fees, hospitals say it’s within norms

Patients call the fees ‘exorbitant’ but hospitals explain they need nearly 8 PPE kits per patient per day. Delhi govt has allowed them to charge according to their discretion.
The full PPE suit | Photo: Soniya Agarwal | ThePrint

Defence Ministry patents low cost PPE developed by Navy in move toward mass production

The low cost PPE has been developed by a Navy doctor posted at the new Innovation Cell at Institute of Naval Medicine Mumbai, said a statement issued by the Navy.
PPE kits being distributed to essential services workers in New Delhi | Representational image | ANI

Delhi HC rejects plea alleging authorities failure to provide PPEs to health workers

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula observed that the Centre and Delhi government are doing satisfactory work and the Supreme Court has already dealt with the issue.

On Camera

People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

Herd immunity might be a temporary state of affairs. The coronavirus-induced economic & social changes may induce a rotation of potential superspreaders.
Dubai

Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.