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Indian NHS doctors call for urgent measures to ease pressure

INDIAN doctors in the UK on Thursday (19) called for urgent measures to address the mounting coronavirus pressure on the NHS, including cancellation of all non-urgent surgeries. The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) wrote to England’s Chief Medical Officer Prof. Chris Whitty, saying Indian doctors stood “shoulder to shoulder” alongside other frontline […]

Two US lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

TWO US Congressmen tested positive of the coronavirus as the country battles to contain the disease. Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida became the first American lawmaker to have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to his office, Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache, last Saturday and later he was tested positive […]

Modi urges Indians to observe ‘Janta curfew’ on Sunday

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi has on Thursday (19) urged the country to observe ‘Janta Curfew’ (social distancing) on Sunday (March 22) by staying indoors to combat coronavirus. The curfew will be in place from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday, March 22, Modi said in a special address to the nation on Thursday […]

UK businesses demand support as Covid-19 hits economy

BRITISH manufacturers demanded an immediate deferment of tax and social security payments. They warned the UK government that thousands of layoffs were imminent as the coronavirus crisis hits the economy. Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive of Make UK, said on Thursday (19): “There are alarm bells going off right across the manufacturing sector with the prospect of substantial […]

Indian minister’s ‘Go, Corona’ chant gets trance, dub and Carnatic versions

INDIAN MINISTER Ramdas Athawale has become a ‘corona-viral’ sensation, with his “Go, Corona” chant getting trance, dub and Carnatic remix versions. The Union minister of state for social justice, who was re-elected to Parliament on Wednesday (19), is a Dalit activist known for his wit and poetry. A video clipping of Athawale chanting “Go, Corona…Corona, […]

COVID-19: India reports fourth death from Punjab

INDIA reported fourth death due to coronavirus from Punjab, northern India. The 72-year old victim had a history of travelling to Germany and Italy, health ministry said on Thursday (19). He died at a hospital in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district after severe chest pain on Wednesday. The patient had diabetes and hypertension and tested positive after […]

Measures to protect energy-poor from Covid-19 get government nod

THE UK government has agreed to the new emergency measures imposed by the energy industry to protect the domestic energy supply of those most in need during the disruption caused by Covid-19. From Thursday (19) onwards, customers with pre-payment meters who may not be able to add credit can speak to their supplier about options to keep […]

India mulls up to £1.38bn plan for aviation after Covid-19: Sources

INDIA is planning a rescue package worth as much as $1.6 billion (£1.38bn) for the aviation sector, which has been battered after the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak forced countries to close borders and brought air travel to a near-halt, two government sources told. The finance ministry is considering a proposal that includes temporary suspension of most […]

UK closes schools as coronavirus deaths rise

Britain announced on Wednesday (18) it would be closing schools in the coming days to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100 and Londoners braced for tougher measures to tackle the outbreak. Prime minister Boris Johnson had held off following the lead of other European countries in shutting schools, because of […]

Robots join Kerala’s battle against coronavirus

THE South Indian state of Kerala’s moves to contain the cornonavirus outbreak have caught wide attention with two robots joining the ‘battle’. Parliamentarian Shahsi Tharoor was among the first to tweet about the new recruits. Robots dispensing sanitiser & #COVID2019 advice. In Kerala!! pic.twitter.com/TlBETlxXel — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 17, 2020 The interactive robots developed […]