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Fountains in Trafalgar Square are lit with blue lights to show support for the NHS in London, on January 7, 2021.(AP)

Covid-19: UK trial finds 2 more drugs reduce deaths, ICU stay

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:41 AM IST
Two widely available drugs typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis – tocilizumab and sarilumab – reduce the risk of death from the coronavirus disease by 24% and reduce stay in the intensive care unit by up to 10 days
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The government has announced an extra 7 billion pounds ($9.31 billion) for its Covid-19 testing and contact tracing system.(Bloomberg)
The government has announced an extra 7 billion pounds ($9.31 billion) for its Covid-19 testing and contact tracing system.(Bloomberg)

UK testing error wrongly tells 1,300 people they have coronavirus

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | London
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 03:53 PM IST
The NHS Test and Trace system has been heavily criticised after a series of high-profile failures since its launch earlier this year, and ministers concede it has not performed as well as they had hoped.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) insignia (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) insignia (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US agencies, including FBI, warn of ransomware attack on healthcare system

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Boston
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 11:41 AM IST
The alert has been co-authored by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services, besides FBI. The three agencies said “malicious groups are targeting the sector with attacks that produce data theft and disruption of healthcare services.”
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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, agreed Wednesday with the timeline of 700 million doses by April.(REUTERS)
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, agreed Wednesday with the timeline of 700 million doses by April.(REUTERS)

Covid vaccine to be widely available by April, says CDC chief

By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 11:19 PM IST
Robert Redfield said at a Senate health committee hearing Wednesday that about 700 million vaccine doses should be available by April, echoing a timeline laid out by Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff at the Department of Health and Human Services, last week.
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Reporters speak to a traveller arriving from Madrid at the Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London.(REUTERS)
Reporters speak to a traveller arriving from Madrid at the Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: UK announces stricter lockdown rules for England ahead of Eid

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2020 02:44 PM IST
The rules include a ban on households from mingling together indoors and comes just ahead of the Eid festival, which usually involves different households getting together.
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US President Donald Trump had called coronavirus testing a “double-edged sword.”(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump had called coronavirus testing a “double-edged sword.”(REUTERS)

Trump hasn’t asked us to slow testing: US Covid-19 task force members

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | New York
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 10:14 AM IST
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that better US testing has led to a higher number of identified coronavirus cases across the country, and at a political rally on Saturday he said he had asked for a slowdown in testing. The White House made clear on Monday that no such request was made.
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For the Trump administration, this is the latest in a series of steps to revoke newly won protections for LGBTQ people.(PTI)
For the Trump administration, this is the latest in a series of steps to revoke newly won protections for LGBTQ people.(PTI)

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era health care protections for transgenders

By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 07:13 AM IST
The Department of Health and Human Services, rewriting Obama-era regulation that sought a broader understanding shaped by a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination, said it will enforce sex discrimination protections “according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”
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The novel coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan city last December, has claimed over 160,000 lives and infected over 3.7 million people across the world so far.(HT Photo)
The novel coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan city last December, has claimed over 160,000 lives and infected over 3.7 million people across the world so far.(HT Photo)

Indian mission looking for alternative accommodation for coronavirus-affected expats in UAE: Reports

By Press Trust of India | Dubai
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 02:22 PM IST
The ambassador said the mission will work with the UAE authorities to plan smooth repatriation of Indians. He said priority would be given to those who need to leave early.
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The United States is working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus(via REUTERS)
The United States is working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus(via REUTERS)

US working with drug firm on new coronavirus treatment

By Agence France-Presse | Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 07:34 AM IST
The partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Regeneron will develop monoclonal antibodies to fight the infection, a different line of treatment to the antiretrovirals and flu drugs that have also emerged as possible defenses against the disease.
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Scrub typhus continues to claim maximum lives in HP

By Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 11:31 PM IST
According to the data available with the department of health and family welfare, this year till October 5, the death toll in the state has been 12, while 9,477 were tested of which 1,148 tested positive.
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A woman cooks inside her house destroyed by the cyclone ‘Fani’ in the Pratap Purushottampur village area of Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on May 10, 2019.(AFP file photo for representation)
A woman cooks inside her house destroyed by the cyclone ‘Fani’ in the Pratap Purushottampur village area of Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on May 10, 2019.(AFP file photo for representation)

Cyclone Fani: Odisha govt distributes free sanitary napkins in Puri

By Asian News International | Puri
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 08:06 AM IST
As part of post-cyclone restoration measures, the Odisha government is distributing free sanitary napkins to all households in Puri district and will continue to do so for the next two months.
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Two persons who tested positive for the Zika virus died over the past week, as the number of positive cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 84.(AP)
Two persons who tested positive for the Zika virus died over the past week, as the number of positive cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 84.(AP)

Zika virus kills two in Madhya Pradesh, 84 affected in state

By Shruti Tomar | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 11:25 PM IST
Two persons who tested positive for the Zika virus died over the past week, as the number of positive cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 84. State health department officials familiar with the matter, however, said on Saturday that the deaths were not because of the virus but other diseases.
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