Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s hometown declared Covid-19 hotspot

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home district Kannur has been declared a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hotspot after a review of data on Monday. The state reported 49 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, including two prisoners and healthcare workers each, state health minister KK Shailaja said. Of the 49 new cases, 14 and 10 are […]


HT City spotlight: Stay happy, healthy as you age

It is essential, at times like these, to adhere to the basics of social distancing — reduce contact, wear masks and avoid stepping out. However, when it comes to the elderly (above 65 years), special care is vital, for they are more prone to Covid-19, owing to a weak immunity and chronic diseases such as […]


Oral cancer screening suspended due to Covid-19 risk

The Union health ministry has temporarily suspended oral cancer screening under its National Cancer Screening Programme due to high risk associated with the examination of the oral cavity as saliva is high in Sars-Cov-2 viral load that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19). “Due to the high risk associated with the examination of the oral cavity, oral […]


As Gujarat reopens with conditions, COVID-19 mortality rate spikes

On Monday, 366 infections and 35 deaths were reported from the State Amid a spike in the COVID-19 mortality rate, with 35 deaths on Monday increasing the toll to 694, the Gujarat government has relaxed lockdown norms allowing the reopening of shops, State buses, autos and private cabs. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday said […]


At WHO, India joins 61 nations to seek source of coronavirus

It asks the WHO chief to work with the World Organisation for Animal Health to conduct “scientific and collaborative field missions” and “identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population, including the possible role of intermediate hosts”. India is among 62 countries that have moved a proposal […]


US retail sales dropped 16% in April amid coronavirus crisis

US retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail purchases showed a sector that has collapsed so fast that sales […]