Coronavirus India updates

  • How coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation in India Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A host of new innovations, some emerging from start-ups that have been incubated by universities, have appeared in recent weeks….read more
  • Coronavirus: 14 projects in 8 cities lead India’s vaccine hunt Reiterating that India, which supplies vaccines for various diseases to about 150 countries, is truly a global vaccine hub, 14 big government-backed projects — by both private firms and academic institutions — are leading the country’s Covid-19 vaccine hunt. Spread across eight cities from eight different states, one of these projects has entered the trial stage, while another four are in advanced stages, the department of biotechnology (DBT) and department of science and technology (DST) have confirmed….read more
  • COVID-19 could cost 135 million jobs, push 120 million people into poverty in India: Report Following the COVID-19-induced economic disruptions, up to 135 million jobs could be lost and 120 million people might be pushed back into poverty in India, all of which will have a hit on consumer income, spending and savings, says a report….read more
  • Made-in-India Coronavirus test swabs to cost only one-tenth of imported ones As COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly, India faced twin challenge – short supply of testing swabs and those imported from China at a steep price of ₹ 17 per stick were proving to be inferior. A solution was fixed in 10-days combining the expertise of Johnson & Johnson of manufacturing a similar product in earbuds, and Reliance Industries providing custom-made polyester staple fiber that resulted in the cost of swabs coming down to just ₹ 1.7 per unit…read more
  • IISc develops antimicrobial composite material and testing protocols for PPEs A team from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc) has developed a three-layered antimicrobial composite material of low-cost for making masks. And another team, including members from IISc, is involved in testing masks and developing a way of recycling them….read more
  • Why dead bodies do not spread novel coronavirus The virus is like a pen drive. Within itself, a pen drive contains a memory storage chip, a USB controller, some more ‘tiny nuts and bolts’ and sometimes a mini LED light . All this is encased within a metal or plastic case. It is a compact device and the only part that juts out of the case is the USB connector which can fit into the port of a desktop or laptop….read more
  • Aiming to achieve herd immunity naturally is ‘dangerous’, WHO warns The World Health Organization has condemned the “dangerous” concept of herd immunity for managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic….read more
  • COVID-19 test kits: China urges India to step up communication with Chinese firms to resolve issue China on Tuesday urged India to step up communication to “properly resolve” the issue with the two Chinese firms which supplied the COVID-19 antibody rapid test kits, subsequently found faulty by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)read more
  • Traditional belief and today’s science The union minister in charge of the National Mission for Clean Ganga approached the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct research on the use of Ganga river water (Ganga Jal) as a cure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus infection….read more
  • India turns to reforms to keep coronavirus from sinking its economy India will open up its space facilities, mineral blocks and power distribution to private companies, as it seeks new investments to help shore up an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic….read more