Saturday, 20 August, 2022

Topic: Wuhan

French lab scientists couldn’t make bat virus mutate to become like SARS-CoV-2. Why it matters

Scientists at Pasteur Institute in France conducted experiments with bat virus similar to SARS-CoV-2 & tried to spur evolution of a mutation that could cause it to adapt to human cells.

2022 Winter Olympics less than a month away, China’s zero-Covid policy is being tested

A journalist's diary documenting her lockdown experiences in Xi'an city was swiftly censored by China after people began comparing it to a diary on Wuhan lockdown.

Fatigue, hair loss, depression — study on long Covid shows what Wuhan patients suffer a year on

A study published in The Lancet says almost half the Covid survivors in Wuhan are still suffering from at least one sequela, commonly known as long Covid.

Half of hospitalised Covid patients have persisting symptoms after a year, Lancet study says

Shortness of breath & lung impairments lasted the longest – 1 in 3 people experienced them, especially if they had severe Covid, study says.

Forget Covid origin, the new question is when the first coronavirus case was

A series of articles in journals report circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in different countries way before officially recorded. US House Committee addendum has added to the chorus.

WHO forms new expert group to continue research into origins of Covid in Wuhan

The new advisory group, SAGO, will also be responsible for advising WHO on development of a global framework to study emergence of future emerging pathogens with pandemic potential.

‘Does not respect common sense’ — China rejects WHO call for another probe into virus origins

While China has consistently rejected lab leak theory, officials Thursday signaled Beijing won’t engage on the origin hunt if the theory remained in play.

Mysteriously deleted Wuhan Covid gene sequences found, US confirms removal from database

About a year ago, genetic sequences from over 200 virus samples from Wuhan’s early Covid cases disappeared from online US database where these were posed on request of Chinese researchers.

Wuhan and 58 other labs handle world’s deadliest pathogen. Only some score high on safety

Biosafety level 4 labs are built so that researchers can safely work with the most dangerous pathogens– ones that can cause serious disease and have no vaccines.

High time Indian foreign policy jettisons ‘don’t annoy China’ notion & supports virus probe

If coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab, it needs to be investigated. But India must come on board for science, not politics.

On Camera


Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.