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Iranian officials squabble over toll as COVID-19 sweeps West Asia

Meanwhile, Chinese federal government to increase funds to local governments even as world races to develop a vaccine

24 Feb 2020 6:33 pm
COVID-19: Is South Korea new epicentre outside China

World Health Organization hints at possible pandemic

23 Feb 2020 12:52 am
China close to measles-free status: WHO report

No deaths from measles were reported in China for the last 18 months

22 Feb 2020 1:53 pm
WHO receives only 2% of more than $600 million sought to fight COVID-19

More international economic groups confirmed initial assessments that  China's economy is going to dip because of the COVID-19 outbreak  

21 Feb 2020 6:36 pm
Revealed: Protein spike that lets novel coronavirus pierce, invade human cells

Knowing the structure of the virus’s spike protein gives us crucial information about exactly how the virus infects host cells

20 Feb 2020 6:50 pm
Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities

The new coronavirus crossed the animal-human divide at a market in Wuhan, one of the largest Chinese cities and a major transportation node

18 Feb 2020 1:05 pm
Canadian scientists develop new antibiotic that prevents cell division

Older antibiotics like penicillin kill bacteria by preventing their cell wall from being built in the first place

14 Feb 2020 1:25 pm
Call novel Coronavirus 'COVID-19', says WHO

Current outbreak's death rate in epicentre estimated at 18%; it was 10% globally for Sars in 2002-03

12 Feb 2020 2:11 pm
Coronavirus outbreak: A new mapping tool that lets you scroll through timeline

To provide a clearer picture of an evolving story, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has developed a new outbreak-mapping tool

12 Feb 2020 1:55 pm
False information fuels fear during disease outbreaks: There is an antidote

Editors and journalists no longer control the flow of news and opinion. Anyone can generate and distribute text, images, sound clips and video on social media

10 Feb 2020 1:17 pm
Coronavirus: 'Difficult to talk of trajectory but should die down by May

Down To Earth interviewed Eric Fiegl-Ding, epidemologist with Harvard Chan School of Public Health, on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Edited excerpts:

6 Feb 2020 11:44 pm
Novel Coronavirus: Whats in a name?

World bodies have to be extremely careful when naming a new disease

6 Feb 2020 4:54 pm
Why its so difficult to end female genital mutilation

Knowledge of local culture crucial, argues author of Global Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls

6 Feb 2020 1:50 pm
Novel coronavirus outbreak not a pandemic: WHO

It is only an epidemic with multiple foresides as most cases are concentrated in China, says UN body

5 Feb 2020 10:59 am
Coronavirus: Kerala count now three

The Shanghai Composite Index went down on February 3 even as third generation transmission was confirmed

3 Feb 2020 4:04 pm
What needs to happen for better cancer prevention and control in Kenya

major weakness: Bringing sectors together for stronger policies

3 Feb 2020 3:09 pm
Do not travel to China: Indian govt to citizens

Issuance of Indian e-visas to Chinese passport holders or foreign nationals living or travelling from China has been temporarily suspended

2 Feb 2020 11:05 pm
Second case of coronavirus confirmed in India

The patient, again from Kerala, has been quarantined and is being monitored

2 Feb 2020 9:51 am
Economic Survey 2019-20: Health 'achievements' tell less, hide more

Document takes credit for several measures initiated by government in health sector but does not show that targets have not been met overall

31 Jan 2020 11:48 pm
WHO declares coronavirus outbreak as global health emergency

After Vietnam, Germany and Japan; US too confirms human-to-human transmission in their countries

31 Jan 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus: How will govt test over 43,000 China-returned travellers?

Govt labs at the moment have equipment to test only 5,000 people

30 Jan 2020 9:57 pm
Coronavirus hits India: One confirmed case in Kerala, says Centre

Patient stable, under observation in isolation

30 Jan 2020 1:52 pm
Are enough kits for coronavirus sampling available with NIV?

Global tally of cases crosses 6,000-mark, 132 dead

29 Jan 2020 8:10 pm
How contagious is the Wuhan coronavirus and can you spread it before symptoms start?

How bad is it? Why does it spread so fast? A biosecurity expert answers common queries on coronavirus

28 Jan 2020 5:59 pm