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The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)
The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)

Expert panel to review Meril’s price exemption bid for stent

  • NPPA verified the company’s submissions and decided that the matter be sent to an expert body for re-examination
  • The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents

Photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills. (AP)
Photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills. (AP)

India biggest producer of 'game-changer' hydroxychloroquine drug

  • The country has the capacity to quickly ramp up the output of hydroxychloroquine
  • India manufactures 70% of the world's supply of hydroxychloroquine, according to Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) secretary-general Sudarshan Jain

A security guard walks through a deserted Red Fort during countrywide lockdown amid Coronavirous Pandemic, in New Delhi. (ANI)
A security guard walks through a deserted Red Fort during countrywide lockdown amid Coronavirous Pandemic, in New Delhi. (ANI)

Earth's crust is shaking less as people stay home

  • Data from a seismometer at the observatory show that measures to curb the spread of covid-19 in Brussels caused human-induced seismic noise to fall by about one-third
  • In Belgium, scientists report at least a 30% reduction in that amount of ambient human noise since lockdown began there

New Delhi: Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal addresses a press conference on �COVID-19: Preparedness and Actions taken�, in New Delhi, Monday, March 23, 2020. Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia and the DG, ICMR, Balram Bhargava are also seen. (PTI Photo)
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New Delhi: Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal addresses a press conference on �COVID-19: Preparedness and Actions taken�, in New Delhi, Monday, March 23, 2020. Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia and the DG, ICMR, Balram Bhargava are also seen. (PTI Photo) (PTI23-03-2020_000262A) (PTI)

As infections spike, ICMR allows CSIR labs to conduct Covid-19 testing

  • CSIR is India’s premier national research and development organization which operates a network of over 38 laboratories across the country
  • The approvals to start testing would be accorded only by the Secretary of the concerned departments as deemed appropriate

illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
illustration: Jayachandran/Mint

Opinion | Corona: A correlation tells a story of some hope

A study seems to suggest that countries that have a universal BCG vaccination policy have managed to protect more people from covid-19 infection

Medical staff are seen testing people. (REUTERS)
Medical staff are seen testing people. (REUTERS)

Potential Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in mouse study

  • Researchers around the world are working to develop potential treatments or vaccines against the respiratory disease
  • The team said they hope to start testing the vaccine candidate on people in clinical trials in the next few months

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A file photo of a temporary health camp in rural India. Photo: Mint
A file photo of a temporary health camp in rural India. Photo: Mint

Is India’s rural health infrastructure enough to tackle coronavirus?

  • Indian presently faces an acute shortage of primary health centres and community health centres, with highest dearth in West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and MP
  • More than 90% of India’s workforce is estimated to in the informal sector which includes both rural and urban

An Israeli medical worker wearing protective gear takes a swab from Jewish man for a coronavirus test, as part of the government's measures to stop the spread of the virus, in the Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP)
An Israeli medical worker wearing protective gear takes a swab from Jewish man for a coronavirus test, as part of the government's measures to stop the spread of the virus, in the Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP)

Israel lab reports 'progress' in designing coronavirus vaccine prototype

  • The IIBR is also involved in plasma collection from people who have recovered from infection with the new coronavirus
  • Scientific collaboration lifts veil on secret lab

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A woman with a walking stick walks past a sign in central Manchester as the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the world having a detrimental effect especially on older people, Manchester, Britain March 12 2020. REUTERS/Jon Super (REUTERS)
A woman with a walking stick walks past a sign in central Manchester as the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the world having a detrimental effect especially on older people, Manchester, Britain March 12 2020. REUTERS/Jon Super (REUTERS)

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

  • Senior citizens undoubtedly are the hardest hit by Covid-19
  • While death rates fluctuate wildly early in an outbreak, Italy has reported more than 80% of deaths so far were among those 70 or older

The group, based in Alexandria, Virginia, proposes that these symptoms be added to the list of screening tools for possible Covid-19 infection (Reuters)
The group, based in Alexandria, Virginia, proposes that these symptoms be added to the list of screening tools for possible Covid-19 infection (Reuters)

Have coronavirus and can’t smell? Harvard scientists explain why

Doctors around the world are reporting anecdotal Covid-19 cases in which patients have experienced an abrupt and unexplained total or partial loss of smell and taste

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A laboratory technician places a tag on a box containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kit at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad. (REUTERS)
A laboratory technician places a tag on a box containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kit at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad. (REUTERS)

Coronavirus infections near 500,000 as health systems buckle

  • India on Thursday began enforcing the world's largest coronavirus lockdown, trying to keep its 1.3 billion people indoors
  • As the virus spreads into new territory, many countries took drastic measures

Environmental activists wearing masks. (AP)
Environmental activists wearing masks. (AP)

Coronavirus may not spread through tears

  • Coronavirus: Researchers now claim it is unlikely that infected patients are shedding virus through eye fluid
  • The findings showed that when a sick person coughs or talks, virus particles can spray from their mouth or nose into another person's face

The new service, which is free to use, has been designed to answer questions from the public about coronavirus (AFP)
The new service, which is free to use, has been designed to answer questions from the public about coronavirus (AFP)

WHO launches Health Alert on WhatsApp

  • The WHO Health Alert will provide official information on topics such as how to protect yourself from infection, travel advice, and debunking coronavirus myths

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