Indian doctors warn against cow dung as COVID cure

Reuters 05/11/2021

Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. The…

India turns to ex-army medics as COVID surge sparks calls for lockdown

Reuters 05/10/2021

MUMBAI  -India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide…

Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID deaths hit record high

Reuters 05/09/2021

CHENNAI — India on Saturday reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll, as cases continued to rise and states imposed stricter lockdowns. India’s health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall…

Six travelers from India test positive for COVID-19 — DOH

Catherine Gonzales 05/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Six travelers from India, who have arrived in the Philippines before the travel ban, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the…

‘Last resort’: Desperate for oxygen, Indian hospitals go to court

Reuters 05/05/2021

NEW DELHI — A court in India’s capital New Delhi has become the last hope for many hospitals struggling to get oxygen for COVID-19 patients as supplies run dangerously short while government officials bicker over who is…

Populist tragedy: India, Brazil, PH

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 05/04/2021

Over the past years, from Brazil to India and the Philippines, millions of voters have placed their faith in charismatic strongmen who thrive on apocalyptic rhetoric and who promised to single-handedly address complex 21st-century challenges. Recently, however,…

Two men who sold fire extinguishers as oxygen tanks arrested

Inquirer.net 05/03/2021

Two men in Dwarka, India were arrested for allegedly selling fire extinguishers as oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients. Police identified the suspects as 19-year-old Ashutosh Chauhan and 22-year-old Ayush Kumar, The Indian Express reported on Thursday, April 29. Five…

Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge

Reuters 05/03/2021

NEW DELHI — A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who…

Strong quake hits India’s Assam state

Agence France Presse 04/28/2021

NEW DELHI — A strong earthquake hit Assam in northeastern India early Wednesday, damaging buildings, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, residents said. The US Geological Survey said the quake was of magnitude 6.0 with…

WHO says Indian COVID variant found in at least 17 countries

Agence France Presse 04/28/2021

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a variant of COVID-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries. The UN health agency said…

India reports record 352,991 new COVID-19 cases

Reuters 04/26/2021

BENGALURU — India on Monday set a global record for a rise in daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day, while deaths from COVID-19 also jumped by an all-time high over the last 24 hours. With…

Indian hospitals turn away patients in COVID-19 ‘tsunami’

Reuters 04/25/2021

NEW DELHI — Overwhelmed hospitals in India begged for oxygen supplies on Saturday as the country’s coronavirus infections soared again overnight in a “tsunami” of disease, setting a new world record for cases for the third consecutive…

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