Coronavirus Outbreak Discussions

EXCLUSIVE: We have just received word that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were tested positive for the coronavirus. Both were down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. The two-time Oscar winner Hanks is set to play Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker in the project.

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  2. NBA To Suspend Games After Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus
    The test result was reported shortly before Utah’s game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City was to begin, and that game was abruptly postponed.

    US Suspends All Travel From Europe For 30 Days Amid Coronavirus Scare
    This move comes day after World Health Organization (WHO) called the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, issuing a grim warning that the global spread and severity of the illness was due to “alarming levels of inaction”.



    The govt said all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, have been suspended till 15 April
    The govt also said all incoming travelers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany, will be quarantined for minimum 14 days


  4. Foreign players, stadium crowd: Question mark over Badminton Open and IPL
    As many as 63 foreign players from countries like Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean are drafted to compete in the IPL.

    Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya said he spoke with Chief Secretaries of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and asked them to ensure that mass gatherings are avoided at the matches. The ODI series between India and South Africa begins in Dharamshala Thursday, followed by a match in Lucknow on March 15.

    If implemented by states, this will be the first time in the country that an international match will be held behind closed doors. The India Open badminton championship, too, is likely to be hit following the government’s revised advisory, which may also put some of the country’s top players who are competing abroad into a 14-day quarantine.

    Earlier in the day, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and BAI had said the tournament will “go ahead as planned” and were exploring the possibility of conducting it without spectators. Even if the tournament goes ahead, the bigger concern for BAI, which is headed by BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma, would be the availability of all the shuttlers.

    More than half of the players will have to go into a minimum 14-day quarantine upon their arrival in Delhi, including top Indian stars like Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth as per the advisory issued today. Indian shuttlers had taken part in the Barcelona Open, which was held from February 18-23, and are currently in Birmingham, competing in the All England Championships.

    Really tricky situation. If no tickets are sold, how will they generate revenue and visuals for the tv?

    And films can be released through streaming services! And if Coronavirus lessens its impact, they can be exhibited in theatres afterwards!


  5. Tom and Rita, Get Well Soon.


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  8. Italy coronavirus death toll surges past 1,000:
    16:15 GMT – Canada’s Justin Trudeau in self-isolation after wife shows symptoms
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications chief, who met Donald Trump during an official weekend visit to the US leader’s Florida resort, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said.
    15:25 GMT – Bahrain accuses Iran of ‘biological aggression’
    17:11 GMT – US health official says coroanvirus testing system is ‘failing’


    • I hate adding to the chorus but this thing is real.

      Every year 500-600,000 people die of influenza or the common flu. COVID-19 has at least a 10x higher mortality rate.

      If the vaccine doesn’t arrive within a year, we can easily see 5-6 million people dying. The panic is there for a reason!

      The US response is pathetic, to say the least.


      • The mortality rate in China is > 3%

        In Italy, it’s greater than 6.7%, partly because Italy boasts of a much higher elderly population.

        The common flu has a mortality rate of 0.1%, in comparison.

        There is a silver lining though — South Korea. The country has a fatality rate of 0.7%, much below the norm. They are also the ones who are testing for COVID19 the most, per capita that is. It seems this is the way out, for the lack of a proper vaccine.


      • It’s real but the panic in supermarkets is really pathetic. People buying up the very things that can protect them from catching it from others. The elderly are not able to binch shop or online shopping so they suffer, catch it and pass it around. It would be more sensible to stop selling santizers in bulk and just ration to one per X amount of shop. Let’s see if people will spend then! The response from US has been atrocious and if the virus hits them hard a lot of people are in trouble with their healthcare system. China has done well. Japan too. India’s measures seem sound.


        • Agreed. I can’t find alcohol-based hand sanitizers anywhere. Entire shelves are empty and I dread what it means for the elderly.

          Even after rationing measures have been announced, the situation remains grim.


      • Look who we have president…


  9. It’s getting really bad in Iran, and Qom especially
    Last week, CNN reported that dozens of dead Iranians were laid in black body bags on the floor of a Qom morgue. It’s unclear how many of those people were were killed by the virus, if any. But it underscored how the city, a place considered holy in Shia Islam and a major center of Shia Islamic learning, is struggling to contend with a major crisis.

    Two medical workers in Qom told CNN that worries over the coronavirus have led to a stop in traditional Islamic burials, which include washing the body with soap and water before laying it to rest. Instead, those bodies are being treated with calcium oxide — lime — so they don’t infect the soil with the virus.

    Ali Ramezani, the director of the Behesht-e Masoumeh morgue in Qom, told state-run television at the time that there was now a “pile up” of bodies at the facility as they await testing.

    It’s unclear if the regime will get a handle on the crisis any time soon. In the meantime, Qom is aware of what’s at stake.

    Correction: A previous version of the article said the photos were first reported on by the Washington Post. The New York Times was first.


  10. Arsenal manager Mike Arteta tests positive for coronavirus
    The club’s Hale End training centre has been temporarily closed.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League club said on Thursday, with the first-team squad set to self-isolate as a result.

    The club’s Hale End training centre has been temporarily closed.

    “Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff,” Arsenal said in a statement.


  11. ROME — The mayor of one town complained that doctors were forced to decide not to treat the very old, leaving them to die. In another town, patients with coronavirus-caused pneumonia were being sent home. Elsewhere, a nurse collapsed with her mask on, her photograph becoming a symbol of overwhelmed medical staff.

    In less than three weeks, the coronavirus has overloaded the heath care system all over northern Italy. It has turned the hard hit Lombardy region into a grim glimpse of what awaits countries if they cannot slow the spread of the virus and ‘‘flatten the curve’’ of new cases — allowing the sick to be treated without swamping the capacity of hospitals.

    If not, even hospitals in developed countries with the world’s best health care risk becoming triage wards, forcing ordinary doctors and nurses to make extraordinary decisions about who may live and who may die. Wealthy northern Italy is facing a version of that nightmare already.

    “This is a war,” said Massimo Puoti, the head of infectious medicine at Milan’s Niguarda hospital, one of the largest in Lombardy, the northern Italian region at the heart of the country’s coronavirus epidemic.


    • He also said the region was working with Italy’s civil protection agency to study the possibility of using an exhibition space abandoned by canceled conventions as a 500-bed intensive care ward.

      But, he said, the region needed doctors, and respirators.

      “The outbreak has put hospitals under a stress that has no precedents since the Second World War,” said Massimo Galli, the director of infectious diseases at Milan’s Sacco University hospital, which is treating many of the coronavirus patients. “If the tide continues to rise, attempts to build dams to retain it will become increasingly difficult.”

      Dr. Galli pointed out that while the government’s emergency decrees had sought to boost the hiring of thousands of doctors and health workers — including medical residents in their last years of medical school — it took time to train new doctors, even those transferred from other departments, who had little experience with infectious diseases. Doctors are also highly exposed to contagion.

      Matteo Stocco, the director of the San Paolo and San Carlo hospitals in Milan, said 13 members of his staff were home after testing positive for the virus. One of his primary emergency room doctors was also infected, he said, “after three weeks of continuous work, day and night on the field.”

      Dr. Puoti, of Niguarda hospital, said the doctors kept distance from one another in the cafeteria, wore masks during staff meetings and avoided gathering in small rooms. Still, he said, some had been infected, which created the risk of greater personnel shortages.

      “We’re trying to keep a humanly sustainable level of work,” he said. “Because this thing is going to last.”

      Carlo Palermo, president of the association representing Italy’s public hospital doctors, said the system had so far held up, despite years of budget cuts. It also helped, he said, that it was a public system. Had it been an insurance-based system, there would have been a “fragmented” response, he said.


  12. Have little.interest in what’s happening in Italy.
    Lets share genuine advises and precaution methods. Need those.


    • Italy has become the template for europe and western countries which may face similar situations.

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    • 1. Keep distance (at least 6 feet).
      2. wash hands with warm water and soap for 30 seconds with good rubbing.
      3. Keep doing above two whenever you are out (probably less if you are inside house).
      4. Don’t touch face, eye and nose without washing hands.
      4a. sneeze in elbow than hand.
      4b. If you don’t have access to soap, like travelling, in car, use hand sanitizer.
      5. In case you have symptoms, you need to see doctor. and make sure stay away from everyone including family members.

      My daughter’s school:
      Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds;
      Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
      Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
      Stay home when you are sick;

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  13. Aus and NZ are playing ODI in Sydney with no audience.


  14. Top Coronavirus Doctor Explains Who’s At Higher Risk of Dying
    Of a group of 170 patients who died in January in Wuhan — the first wave of casualties caused by a pathogen that’s now raced around the world — nearly half had hypertension.

    “We’ll keep an eye on old people and those with high blood pressure. They are the key focus,” said Du.

    Besides the hypertension factor, Du’s other insights into treating the disease are:

    Move Aggressively to Ventilate

    Du said that doctors should not hesitate to escalate measures for patients facing respiratory distress, as organ failure can set in quickly after. That means doctors should intervene aggressively with invasive ventilation measures — inserting a tube into a patient’s throat or cutting the throat open to create an airway — when low blood oxygen levels can’t be improved by less invasive measures.

    Almost half of the patients who require invasive mechanical ventilation end up dying, but most of those who recover are those who were put on invasive ventilation early, said Du.

    “Patients need to use invasive ventilation as early as possible, there’s no point of doing it late,” he said.

    Respiratory therapists — doctors that specialize in ventilation and oxygen treatment — are becoming all the more important in treating patients critically ill with Covid-19 as they are more knowledgeable and can fine-tune ventilators to suit patient conditions.
    No ‘Magic Bullets’ in Drugs

    There is growing anticipation over drugs being developed to treat the virus, with investors adding billions to the market value of pharmaceutical companies testing treatments now. But Du said drugs alone cannot save patients, especially those in severe condition.

    The experience of SARS, the epidemic 17 years ago that sickened almost 8,000 people, showed that most patients can be cured without a specific anti-viral drug, said Du. And the abundance of antibiotics has not prevented deaths by bacterial infections, he added.

    “When there’s a virus infection, we hope there’s a drug that can kill the virus and change the clinical outcome. But there’s no magic bullet.”

    Instead, teamwork among specialists and nurses in intensive care units can be more crucial in keeping patients alive, he said. “An ICU doctor should work like a conductor in an orchestra to provide life-sustaining treatment while taking into consideration different specialist views,” he said.

    “From what we known, infected pregnant women do not get into a serious situation with the coronavirus,” Du said. “With influenza, pregnancy is a high risk factor that can cause severe symptoms and lead to bad outcomes, but not this time.”

    Children infected with the coronavirus also seem to experience only mild symptoms, said Du. He has not seen any child infections deteriorate to a state which requires intensive care.

    Take these observations with a pinch of salt. They have little backup.


  15. Bengaluru: Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, has urged the Karnataka government to take steps to shut malls and theatres, saying the coronavirus multiplies in air-conditioned areas.
    In a letter to the government, she said preventive measures should be taken to control the spread of coronovirus before it gets worse.

    She suggested closure of all schools and colleges with immediate effect, malls, theatres and “all air-conditioned areas where the virus multiplies”, and allow only essential services like pharmacy, grocery and petrol bunks.

    “It is not scientifically proven that the virus dies in high temperature,” she said pointing to spread of the virus– despite heat — in peak summer in Australia and Singapore, which have “summer all 12 months”.


  16. Agree or Disagree?

    “Non Democratic values led to spread of Covid-19.

    Covid-19 pandemic was left unattended for a long time by Chinese government. Agreed that they have been super efficient in controlling the spread in China, but the initial denial, pointing the fingers to USA, etc and then the subsequent last minute acceptance of the virus, cost the world a crucial 2 months to react.

    Being a closed society and tightly controlled ‘regimental’ environment made China to control the spread, but is also the reason why it wasn’t revealed initially.

    A more democratic, free media and whistle blower encouraging country would not have seen this going beyond an outbreak within a small geography in China.Now the world, its economy and humanity suffers. “

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    • Agree but must say China has resolved it it seems. New cases yesterday were 15 so they have created the problem but swiftly moved to finish it. There capacity to do things is greater. Also I suspect they panicked less than many other countries.


      • Yeah…more like raaita phaila ke man laga ke saaf kiya. Bravo.


      • “Also I suspect they panicked less than many other countries.”

        They did panic, then tried to hide, blamed the americans for calling it outbreak…they did everything that a bad foul irresponsible country would do.


      • The west has by in large delayed responses. People have panicked more than government giving proper leadership. The carnage in Italy is a reminder that this thing can bring a 50mn+ populated country to its knees. Having to choose between who lives and who doesn’t is genuinely happening there according to reports. In China they built a hospital in days. China took it lightly in December and the world panicked since mid Feb but swift moves like banning travel, rationing etc only happened in last 10 days.

        It is impossible to predict what is best strategy but I think you can have measures to stop panic. People buying santizers for £1 and selling on Ebay for £100 for example. Even the markets are clearly shorting to make long term profits. All this while 2-3 countries are begging for help.


        • No doubt a controlled regimental society is well equipped to handle a disaster.

          My point is a disaster is also more likely to begin in such society as there will be a tendency to hush hush by brute force.

          In last 3 decades, more disaster has come out of China than any other country.


          • No doubt I agree. It’s polarized basically whereas a democratic system is not like a peak/trough, more steady.
            I worked in credit before and my leader always said – there will always be some kind of recession every 10-15 years, just don’t expect me to know what will trigger it. It could be economic, oil, war or whatever. Now it’s a worldwide health issue. These things are unpredictable.
            I agree with you that China has a lot to be accountable for.


        • West have always been poor to responses despite its resources. They have a standardised system which doesn’t allow abnormal spikes to be handled. They take time but do it properly. The delay causes lot of damages too. The market driven mindset leads to hoarding and unusual cheating behaviour.

          Comparatively the dilapidated and unorganised Indian system shows extraordinary disaster management where it is disasters like tsunami or earthquakes or now the Covid-19 scare. Somehome people get together quickly and make things happen. Media, etc play a big role too. Government become more responsible. The lack of check and balance lead to quick reaction. Downside is that it leaves few scars open which is then sucked by the corrupt and illegal agencies.


          • I might be biased but Indian culture overall is the best. We eat with not only our families but also feed others. Yes we panic. But overall we have the emotional intelligence to work together. By the way Italians more specifically Sicilians are not far off in terms of cultural make up.


          • I will go out on a limb and bat for vegetarianism. I’m a vegetarian by choice, not because of religious practices.

            The whole epidemic has started because of eating wild animals. So there’s that, but also the fact that by becoming vegetarian one also reduces greenhouse gases as fewer animals will be reared for human consumption. It will save the planet too!

            It’s also a very ethical stance because animals are basically tortured for mass human consumption.

            Besides, there’s core scientific evidence that being vegetarian makes one live longer.

            So, being vegetarian makes one live longer, prevents epidemics arising from wild animal species and saves the planet that we inhabit. What’s there to not like?

            And being vegetarian doesn’t mean one’s strapped for eating choices either. It’s a WIN-WIN in every possible way.


          • Some of the best athletes in the world have become vegan! And have reported increased performance.

            Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, and Virat Kohli are just three names of the top of my head.


          • Saket I agree with you but I cannot give up chicken. The issue fundamentally is in the soil. It is full of chemicals so even those people going organic are under threat. The diet 50 years ago was better, too much food is processed – even soya, quorn.
            Plus healthy foods come with an unnecessary premium. They should be cheaper than McDonald’s.

            Lesson the cost – better health benefits and less pressure on health care.


          • Of course I can give up chicken but I don’t want to. It’s not something I eat daily and tbh the gujju diet is 90% vegetarian even if you eat meat.


          • The cost can only go down if more people turn towards healthier choices.

            Vegetarianism isn’t by itself popular. Being Vegan though has become the new fad — and I don’t mind the extra premium either. You are paying for your own longevity, just like a gym membership. Can’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish, especially when it comes to one’s own health.


          • It is a new fad but overall it’s benefits are huge. I disliked walking through Chinatown and Hong Kong – dead animal carcasses on every shop window. It’s one thing to eat it but to flaunt it put me right off.
            I like the vegan diet. Vegan beetroot burgers are so tasty!


          • The local pub I frequent has a vegan burger too. And it’s not more expensive than the regular dishes.

            By the way, I don’t drink alcohol either. Don’t smoke as well. Again, by choice and for reasons related entirely to personal health.


          • I don’t smoke or drink. Never have except the odd shot. I’m trying sugar free now for few months and it’s gone easier than expected.


          • Yep, been sugar-free in terms of coffee for a few years now. My only weakness is crisps!

            And Indian Bhujia — somehow can’t find a way to cure this addiction.


          • You mean Maru bhajjia? Hahaha that’s my favourite food!


          • Crisps, samosas, Chevro, dhokra, chips, I find it hard with these foods to say no. Now my wife’s family are proper food junkies, they would hyperventilate without a meal. Plus they are all huge and obese, I mean just yokozuna types. I’m glad I can go without as with them around I’ll have 20 health issues.


          • LOL.

            Yes, Indian families are like that. I used to enjoy street food in India so much (I still do) — Delhi is a heaven for foodies. And all of it vegetarian as well.

            I went to Leicester once and it had the most amazing Gujju food. Dhoklas with green chilies are my favourite.


          • In Leicester go to hot potato, notorious for its jacket potatoes! Gujju food rocks!
            I avoid roti’s now but rice I have to eat. But in terms of vegetarian give me daal and rice every meal!


          • In Wembley, ealing road try Maru house – it’s been around for years. Or as my dad would say go to his house and eat my mums Maru bhajjia, they are awesome. As many indian families did they cooked and sold in 80s. My mum did too and she’s a great cook. It was easier when you were 8 or 9 and could have 20 samosas but now the days of binge eating are over.


          • Try Frankie and Benny’s vegan beet. It’s my favourite dish there, even over chicken. I only eat chicken if it’s north India curry style. Otherwise on a average 2 meals out of 21 a week would have chicken or fish. Don’t eat pig or beef. Lamb only occasionally. I agree with Naveen on China with respect to meats. It’s not conventional meat diet it’s the extravagant exotic stuff like snakes, cats and dogs etc. Poultry, fish, pigs etc have been eaten for centuries so by humans own evolution I doubt it’s killing us beyond wider concerns on environmental matters.


          • Through spending time with Europeans and living with them, travel etc Italians and The Irish are my favourites, also Spanish. Won’t comment on Germans or French.


          • The situation here is not due to eating non veg responsibly. Chicken and fish are quite good for health and vegans have all the health problems too. There are surely advantages to be a vegetarian but Covid-19 is not the time to talk about it as it dilutes the main reason.

            The food habit of chinese-

            Here the culture of chinese upper middle class to eat exotic wild animals is to be blamed. According to chinese, there are several aphrodisiacal and drug like sexual benefits when you eat wild animals. There is a big demand for these animals esp among the rich chinese population. In Late 70s, China nationalised all the wild animals and allowed its people to rear and sell wild animals. All kind of animals are reared, sold and eater in China. This is what we call the last mile before humans turn into cannibals.


          • and vegans have all the health problems too

            Kuch bhi…!

            At least provide some evidence to make a claim like that.


          • If you are vegetarian , you most likely will have B12 and/or Iron deficiency.

            I prefer to be vegetarian (I can eat chicken if there are no choices)..couple of years ago doctor diagnosed me with B12 deficiency. Googled found that it is common in vegetarians. Iron from meat is easily absorbed compared to other sources.



          • There are fortified cereals available for Vitamin B12. Vegans have to take B12 supplements, it’s quite normal.

            If Vegans can thrive, not just survive, I don’t think there’s any excuse for us 🙂


          • “and vegans have all the health problems too

            Kuch bhi…!

            At least provide some evidence to make a claim like that.”

            That’s easy to provide and will do once cure for the virus comes. The current situation and discussion gets diluted as.things are beyond and above this topic.


          • A few such news items have circulated today. One from Israel and another from India.


  17. Coronavirus: Malls, Cinemas Closed In Mumbai, 4 Other Maharashtra Cities

    Uddhav Thackeray said that whenever possible, companies should allow employees to work from home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
    Movie theatres, malls, gyms and swimming pools will be shut in Mumbai and four other cities in Maharashtra from 12am tonight till further orders as a measure to counter the novel coronavirus, the state government announced today. The four other cities where the safety measure will be implemented are Pune, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur and Pimpri Chinchwad, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced in the state assembly.
    The Maharashtra government’s move came as the number of coronavirus cases in country rose to 81 with 14 cases from Maharashtra. The state follows Delhi and Kerala where schools and movie theatres have been shut. Schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will also remain shut till further orders. Class 10 state board exams will however be conducted as per schedule.

    Uddhav Thackeray also said that whenever possible, companies should allow employees to work from home to avoid the spread of the virus.

    The state government had earlier banned ticket sales for the 2020 Indian Premier League opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The match was to be held on March 29.

    Well, Maharashtra or Mumbai is the financial hub of India.
    Hope the local trains where the crowds are almost into one another also get some attention. The white collared can work from home while the others can be allowed to travel only for the urgent needs of business and services.


    • This mask will not save you if nearby person has Coronavirus!

      Either you maintain 6 feet distance and have decent surgical mask or you need N95 rated mask.

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      • no mask will save anyone from coronavirus. only person infected should wear masks so as to not transmit to others.

        wearing a mask to protect one from cv puts the user at risk since they will keep on adjusting their masks.


        • Clinical experts need the masks. People who panic bought have bitten the hand that can save them!


          • How is Covid-19 transmitted?

            The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.




    Cool Prime Minister?

    The reason the UK has held off stricter “social distancing” measures appears to be rooted in the government’s prediction that the outbreak may not peak until 14 weeks from now — and that people will not be willing to drastically alter their ways of life and stick to the new rules for over three months, so there’s little point imposing more restrictions just yet.



    This lady is young and obviously frightened. She should have been counselled by the doctors and nurses properly. By her act, she has put many others into difficult situations and might have infected fellow travellers and contacts. This could have been avoided.
    Not only this lady, some others are also fled in Nagpur and Kerala. But all were caught and put back into isolation wards. Among them an American couple too.


  20. “Ready”: Pak After PM Modi Asks SAARC For Video Call To Fight Coronavirus
    As per data from the World Health Organisation, there are 126 cases in the SAARC region, which includes Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh; Pakistan has 20 cases


  21. India Declares Coronavirus A “Notified Disaster”, Lists Compensation
    As per a letter from the Home Ministry, Rs 4 lakh will be given to the families of those whose deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus


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    Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip To Be Moved Out Of Buckingham Palace Over Coronavirus
    “She is in good health but it was thought best to move her,” a royal source was quoted by “The Sun” as saying.
    WorldPress Trust of IndiaUpdated: March 15, 2020 04:41 pm IST


  24. Coronavirus scare in India: Film, TV and web series shooting to be put on hold from March 19
    Film bodies in India on Sunday decided to put shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to March 31.


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  26. Be prepared for the worst for the next 15-20 days my fellow Indians. Tough times ahead. However, hopefully by mid April the worst would be past us and with the onset of summer coupled with stringent distancing measures we as a society might just be successful in flattening the curve and getting the situation under control. Stay safe.


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    Explained: Once treated for coronavirus infection, can a patient relapse?
    There have been cases in China, South Korea and most recently Japan, where treated patients were rediagnosed with COVID-19 after discharge.

    There could also be laboratory-related factors responsible for a second positive test — a human error in testing, contaminated swab samples, an oversensitive nucleic acid test during re-testing, or discharge given to a person still infected, without following proper protocol. “The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test amplifies and picks the virus. But it is possible the sample got contaminated; also sensitivity of the test is not 100%,” said Dr Tanu Singhal, infectious diseases expert in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

    In many cases, a coronavirus infection causes lifelong immunity. In several other cases, however, the antibodies produced against the virus may not prove effective if there is a mutation in the virus. In such cases, there will be reinfection.


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      • Man, I’ve been in US for 40 years and have never seen a reaction like this.

        Last week, i was thinking that media is over hyping this, kind of thinking on same line as trump and the right wing radio hosts were saying like more die with flu so why do we need to worry about couple people dying from this new virus.

        But now seeing how the whole world is reacting, i think there’s lot more that government isn’t telling us.


  31. Coronavirus kindness: The people offering help as the virus spreads


  32. A Northern Italian hospital in Brescia, one of the worst hit areas in coronavirus-stricken Italy, ran out of replacement valves for a reanimation device as the supplier had run out and was unable to procure any at short notice.

    This is where a 3D company stepped in and printed replacement valves at short notice, saving lives.

    Italy’s Coronavirus Victims Face Death Alone, With Funerals Postponed
    As morgues are inundated, coffins pile up and mourners grieve in isolation: ‘‘This is the bitterest part.’’


  33. A section of media is attacking Trump for calling it “Chinese Virus”.

    I don’t think he is factually wrong here, though i don’t understand too much of the USA politics to make an inference.


    • Who this this is a racist comment and why?


    • Liberal media before Wuhan virus hit US shore called it Chinese virus freely but then Trump hate and Chinese PR money kicked in .
      It is Chinese virus and those who call it racist or question it should ask what about these racist viruses :

      Ebola – from ebola river in Congo
      Zika : Zika forest in Uganda
      Mers : Middle east
      Viruses carry the name of origin.


      • is Amazon company from Brazil? The Seattle based giant should change its name.


      • There’s a difference between calling it Ebola virus and calling it African Virus.

        Let’s say a virus breaks out from the river Ganges, calling it “Ganges Virus” is different from calling it “Indian Virus” or “Hindu Virus”.

        As far as “Liberal Media” is concerned, there should be some difference between media and President of the USA.

        It’s another story that Trump is like 5 year old in a 70 year old body who has family history of being raciest which is on display at every turn, every time he opens his mouth. But a Right Wing won’t see it.


        • People don’t like to get associated with bad things. There are good things in NYT (posted in this thread) but they also have following:

          “Over the weekend, a well-known Hindu nationalist group held a cow urine drinking party, saying that the urine had medicinal properties and drinking it could ward off the coronavirus. A lawmaker in Mr. Modi’s party has uttered similar things, leaving many people wondering if it could be true. Other party leaders continue to hold large rallies, with people flocking in.”

          I am pretty sure people believing this crap is minuscule but it is written as many adhere to this which is a problem. If you have 130 crore people, you will always find nutcases. But you high light these in article, it shows more on journalistic intelligence and bias than anything else.

          ps – My dad forwarded bitter Gourd juice helping Corona virus!
          ps1 – How many times Modi showed up in article, only 3 above mentioned snippet. All good work is mentioned for Govt (neutral) but when they need to show something bad (Modi is invoked). There is no harm in criticism but journalists have become too biased.


          • Agree 100%, but it’s a product of society. Remember that dialogue from Devgan movie Gangajal? something to the effect of you will get the type police based on how the people are…

            Media is an extension of society.

            It would a good debate/discussion (if we can keep current politics/thoughts out of the way), are we a society better or worse than what we were 40 years ago.

            I think we are definitely worse than what we were 40 years ago in many ways and the biggest problem now is that more people are and want to be part of the problem versus the solution.


          • But old generation always says new setup is bad? But change is constant in society. Who would have thought Gays would be welcomed 30 years ago? Sex before marriage would not be frowned?


          • True, i had posted a comment few days ago that there’s a dialogue in Dilip Kumar film Amar by the lady playing dilip mother, “aaj kal ke naujawaano ko kya ho gaya hai”, that was like 70 years ago 🙂

            I don’t think the new genaration is bad, it’s different. and different is good or bad based on ones view.

            To bring another layer, lets look at all the remix of old songs and how it’s displayed. I have opinion that the remix itself is bad where they do lousy job, the picturisation is bad. The fact they have to remix tells me that the new generation is bankrupt of ideas, but now even if i go back 25 to 30 years, nadeem-shravan, anu malik, anand-milad, jatin-lalit did same thing. they copied songs from pakistan and other part of the world and presented it as their own, but at least there was some effort into it to make it look and sound good.


          • Copy/inspired even the most talented have done that..For example RDs Mehbooba

            There is similarity between Ace of Base and Taal song (Kahin aag) hook.

            But you can see they have added something more to make it their own but I agree most of remixes nowadays are blatant copy with no value addition.

            It is also a fact that new generation is more consumeristic/materialistic..You want to get results quickly. It is not bad thought but when you want to do things quickly, you will make mistakes and take short cuts; Sometimes you are on right side and sometimes on wrong side.

            Social media a product of new generation; it could be used to raise awareness but at same time could be used as tool to propagate venom. Fortunately/Unfortunately you have to live with both.


        • I don’t indulge in prose. Evidences not eminence,

          Spanish flu ( though origin was China)
          Japaneses Encephalitis
          German Measles

          Middle eastern respiratory syndrome ( Mers)

          Just to name few which carry name of country.


    • Here is liberal media before Trump hate and chinese money kicked in


  34. 3rd corona death in India from Mumbai reported.


  35. Valencia, the first Spanish football club to report coronavirus infections, said Monday that 35 percent of players and staff members have tested positive for the disease. The club said the virus spread among the squad following last month’s trip to Milan, “an area confirmed as ‘high risk’ by the Italian authorities days afterwards”, for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atalanta.

    “All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.” On Sunday, Valencia announced that five of the club’s players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19, including Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.


    Actor Idris Elba tested positive for coronavirus. In a video, he released on Twitter, Elba revealed he ‘didn’t have any symptoms’ but he took the test because he was ‘exposed to someone who was tested positive.’ Elba also said that ‘social distancing’ and ‘transparency’ is the need of the hour. Elba signed off the video urging people to ‘stay positive.’

    Karnataka doctor who treated India’s 1st patient to die of Covid-19 tests positive
    India had reported its first case of coronavirus death after the man from Kalburgi, who had returned from Saudi Arabia, succumbed to the illness on March 12.



  36. The usual suspects are craving for a severe outbreak in India.


    • I read the entire article. Actually they praised India and are trying to find out the reasons.

      According to them, India has younger people who outnumber older people. Younger people have more resistance.

      India took preventive measures from the beginning starting from Kerala.

      India produces the largest amount of generic drugs and anti biotics and they are available over the counter generally and which can be used for treating secondary symptoms of coronavirus or covid 19.

      And we live in a warmewr climate.

      Apart, my own observations.
      Our food habits also help. Even non vegetarians dont consume non veg on a daily basis due to high cost or for some religious reasons.

      And our immunity is much better because we are able to survive inspite of unhealthy surroundings. While persons who live in very clean surroundings cant survive a lesser clean atmosphere and get sick easily.



    Wildlife eating is practised across China. Animal parts are also used for medicinal purposes, with traders legally selling donkey, dog, deer, crocodile and other meat.

    It is widely accepted that one of the reasons why wildlife consumption became popular in China is the Great Leap Forward, an economic and social campaign enforced by dictator Mao Zedong between 1958 and 1962.

    While the objective of the programme was to transform China from an agrarian economy to an industrialised state, a brute implementation of maligned policies led to the deaths of an estimated 18 million to 45 million people due to starvation, disease, and violence.

    Food shortages reigned during this era. In a 2007 paper in the journal China Information, Peter J Li, a researcher at the University of Houston-Downtown, says, “To tide over the man-made “tyranny of scarcity,” government offices, soldiers, and ordinary citizens went on a hunting spree of indiscriminate killing.”

    In the year 1960, 62,000 deer were wiped out in the Sichuan province, and the Mongolian gazelle was hunted to near extinction.

    Wildlife eating, which was originally practised by a limited number of people in southern China, spread to the rest of the country. The country went on to have the world’s largest wildlife domestication operation. Wildlife farming and trade became state-monopolised operations. In 1988, China enacted a Wildlife Protection Law, but enforcement remained poor.


  38. Here is what’s driving more fear!!

    Police department asking for all criminal activities to be halted amid coronavirus pandemic

    Police department requesting criminals to stop!!!!


  39. Great turnout despite Corona fear.

    Biden is rolling all over Sanders, clean sweep yesterday. Now i hope Sanders takes the high road and gets out of the way and starts backing Biden and the party. something he didn’t do in 2016 and instead got caught up too much in the fake stories posted by russian trolls and right wing talk shows.


    • I read Biden as Bin Laden.. LOL


    • I have some colleagues who like Sanders for education and healthcare.

      Biden candidature is more of democratic establishment putting its weight behind him and making the case. It is possible, more passionate Sanders vote base may not show up or dislike for Trump overcome that; we will see in Nov 2020.


      • “I have some colleagues who like Sanders for education and healthcare.”

        Yes, my daughters and nieces loves sanders, and i have to explain to my daughters that there is no such thing as free. Someone will have to pay for it and as expensive as colleges and healthcare is, how do you make that free???

        And where there is free things like some country has free health care, go see the level of care and compare it to what you get here. Any little thing, you call a specialist and you get an appointment within couple weeks provided you have a good insurance. In those free healthcare country, you’re waiting in the line.

        My uncle has Medicaid, he has hard time first finding a doctor and then getting an appointment from that doctor.
        My parents have Madicare with Supplemental Plan F and they get calls from doctors office on when are they coming in for a checkup.

        “dislike for Trump overcome that”
        I think this time they’ll back the party and more are behind Biden than they were for Hillary. Sander rise in 2016 was more to do with lots of Dems not liking Hillary and of course the russian trolls than the number of fanbase sanders had. It created false hood that sanders was in it. And it got to this head, this time the voters are coming out and showing the results.

        As far as Trump is concerned:
        Trump Casinos – Bankrupt
        Trump University – Bankrupt
        Trump Steak – Bankrupt
        Trump Clothing line – Bankrupt
        and many more bankrupt ventures.

        No USA bank will give him a loan, think about that. What if no bank in India will give a loan to Modi, what would that say about Modi?

        Deutsche bank with plenty of russians money in it gave him plenty of loans, hmm, wonder why???

        But i do tell all of my friends that Trump becoming prez was one for the history book, how you can use hate and raciest views to swing the votes…


        • I think many don’t want to address the point when Obama is so popular …how Trump got elected? Though he won 3 sates with less than 80k votes. But there was undercurrent which was not resolved in 2016.

          Trump University was bankrupt?



          • Obama took a recession economy and converted into a thriving economy, which trump was benefiting from.

            ” Though he won 3 sates with less than 80k votes”
            This is where i blame sanders because his fan base didn’t go out and vote for Hilliary and stayed home, this time those same people saw what they caused in 2016 and got smarter this time around, and you can see the result in primaries already.

            Electrol was set up to benefit repubs.

            Dems are position to have House (which they already have), senate and prez.


          • this discussion ain’t about cv anymore. please move it to the generic thread.


  40. Why you should hope you don’t get a toothache amid coronavirus
    The Indian Dental Association has recommended to dentists across the country to suspend non-essential and non-urgent dental care up to March 31.

    Dentists work extremely close to the mouths and throats of patients, and use instruments that generate spray and droplets from patients’ mouths. Experts say that it is highly difficult to minimise the risk of getting infected by the novel coronavirus, despite using best practices and protective clothing to minimise aerosols and droplets.


  41. Member of Congress from Florida!


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    • There is no concept of social distancing; you need to stand some six feet apart even in that line..
      I am afraid cases no go up if people don’t heed to instructions.


      • six feet apart or six feet under? where do you wanna be?


        • I don’t think young people are facing problem overcoming symptoms. But they may be passing it to older folks where you have more fatalities.


  43. I don’t think any folks be so dump than these people in this situation. Protesting that gyms are closed and working out together on the road. Social distancing be damned!


  44. Awesome.
    Corona Ka Panchnaama



    This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus
    Mitigation can buy us time, but only suppression can get us to where we need to be.

    2:42 PM ET
    Aaron E. Carroll
    Professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine
    Ashish Jha
    Professor of Global Health at Harvard University


  46. “We need to make sure the sea of new treatments will get the right drug to the right patients at the right dosage at the right time,” Dr. Hahn said, citing the importance of establishing the safety and efficacy of possible treatments. “As an example we may have the right drug but may not be near appropriate dosage form right now and that may do more harm than good.”

    There is no proven drug treatment for the new coronavirus, and doctors around the world have been desperately testing an array of medicines in the hopes of finding something that will help patients, especially those who are severely ill.

    During the briefing, the president and Dr. Hahn said that the F.D.A. had approved the use in coronavirus patients of the prescription drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which have been used for malaria. There have not been clinical trials to determine whether those drugs actually work for the disease, and Dr. Hahn did not explain why the F.D.A. is supporting their use.

    Doctors in China and France have said there were indications they might help, and many hospitals in the United States had already begun using them.

    Dr. Hahn also said the F.D.A. was considering the use of “convalescent plasma,” meaning blood from people who have recovered from the disease, which contains antibodies against the coronavirus that might be able to help other patients fight the virus.

    Mr. Trump and Dr. Hahn also said they planned to allow patients to gain access to an experimental drug, remdesivir, through a policy known as “compassionate use.” Compassionate use is typically used to grant access to not-yet-approved experimental drugs to give potentially lifesaving treatments to patients who might otherwise die.


  47. Hyderabad: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board has decided to close the famous Lord Venkateswara Swamy or Balaji temple to devotees as a precautionary measure to control the spread of coronavirus.
    The decision was taken after an emergency meeting was called today. TTD Board chairperson YV Subba Reddy told NDTV that a devotee from Maharashtra had taken ill with fever, cough and cold inside the temple and had to be shifted to hospital.

    “Though for the last few days we have been asking devotees to avoid coming to the temple, the situation now is such that we have to close the temple. The daily puja rituals will be carried out by the archakas,” Mr Reddy said.

    The patient who is now in Sri Venkateswara Ruia Hospital had come along with a group of about 100 pilgrims who had visited several other temples across the country. His sample has been sent for testing positivity to coronavirus.

    The worry is that before being detected at Tirumala temple, the man may have been exposed to many pilgrims here and elsewhere. All of them may need to be identified and monitored.



    COVID-19: What nature seems to be telling us
    Ram Nath Kovind
    MARCH 20, 2020 00:05 IST
    UPDATED: MARCH 20, 2020 01:18 IST

    Nature may be the next lesson intended for us. Homo Sapiens is the only organism that has overpowered all other animals, taken control of the whole planet, and even set foot on the moon. Now it stands humbled by a microorganism. We would do well to keep in mind the fact that at the end of the day we are merely biological organisms, dependent on other organisms for survival. Humankind’s craving to control nature and exploit all its resources for profit can be wiped out in a stroke by an organism we cannot even see with the naked eye.

    Let us remind ourselves that our ancestors saw nature as mother, and asked us to respect it. At some point in history, we forgot ancient wisdom. When pandemics and abnormal weather phenomena are becoming the norm, it is time to pause and wonder where we lost the way, and how we can still make a comeback.


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  50. tom and rita wilson discharged in queensland for self quarantine.


  51. very informative


  52. Can anyone say with an authority when can we relax and get rid of this deadly virus?


    • I don’t see end in 2-3 months..Initially I was thinking 2-3 weeks lock down at my end.


    • Things will have to slowly start getting back to functional ways in 2-3 weeks. A country like India cannot survive a lock down for >1 month considering the economic catastrophe it might incur. That being said, I guess a relaxation would need to be done in a phases with essential services like Railways, Airways, Govt & Private offices etc returning back to work first followed by other non essential services like malls, restaurants, cinemas etc. In all, I’m looking at 2-3 months to return to complete normalcy. Here’s something that’s interesting if you’re based in India :


      • this will change employee-employer style of working. why isn’t wfh a regular in India?


        • You need following for WFH:
          1. In office, You work mostly on desktop.
          2. Your company has VPN infrastructure.
          3. Employee has good internet connection at home.
          4. You need collaborating software like Webex, Zoom.

          If you are missing any you will have problem.

          In my office, everyone is working from home. If you have to go to office, you need VP’s permission and no overlapping.


        • Firstly, India’s private sector especially the IT/BT is heavily based on BPO work structure. Which pretty much rules out wfh on most occasions (even now a lot of the agents are having a hard time obtaining static ip’s to make outbound calls). Second, even at the operations/managerial level, a wfh in a country like India rife with power and network issues is a near impossible task. As for the government offices and PSU’s, a wfh is a near impossibility anyways.


  53. Admin.. may i know why my comments are going in moderation despite being an old member?


  54. Top politicians go into self-quarantine after singer Kanika Kapoor tests positive for coronavirus

    Here’s what sent many politician into a tizzy:

    On March 15, from 7 pm to 1 am, two parties were organised — one at former BSP MP Akbar Ahmed Dumpy’s Gokhle Marg residence and at another party in Cantonment, said a person in the know of things.

    Kanika attended Dumpy’s party, which had lot of attendees who also attended the second party at BJP MP’s place. UP health minister Jai Pratap Singh, Vasundhara Raje, her son Dushyant Singh were all present at Dumpy’s party. Dushyant attended the Parliament for at least two days after the party.

    After the news of her testing positive, Vasundhara Raje tweeted that she and Dushyant have gone into self-quarantine.

    After Vasundhara’s tweet, two MPs — Derek O’Brien, who had sat next to Dushyant in Parliament on March 18 and Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel, who was at another event with Dushyant, tweeted that they had placed themselves into self-quarantine.

    Dushyant also attended the lunch hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for MPs from UP and Rajasthan. President Ramnath Kovind and the defence minister were at the lunch.

    A UP government spokesperson confirmed that the health minister Jai Pratap Singh has gone into self-quarantine. The spokesperson added that though the minister was feeling absolutely normal, his samples have been collected for tests.

    Jai Pratap Singh’s presence at the party has rung the alarm bells in the Yogi Adityanath government as Singh had attended the UP cabinet meeting with Yogi Adityanath, on March 17.

    The next day Singh had a lot of intermingling with Yogi Adityanath along with his two deputies Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya.

    Congress leader Jitin Prasada, who was also present at one of the parties, has also gone into self-isolation.

    How is health department tracking people?

    First, the ones who were in direct contact with the singer will be screened and put under home quarantine, even if they do not have symptoms. Samples of those with symptoms will be tested for corona virus.

    If any one of the secondary contacts shows symptoms of coronavirus they will also be screened and their samples tested. The department will keep on expanding the list unless it is ensured that no one is left carrying the virus and this will take up to 28 days of tracking.


  55. Dushyant Singh Trail = Virus Panic: Met Mary Kom, Hema Malini, Other MPs

    Dushyant Singh has self-isolated and so has his mother, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who attended the same party on Sunday.

    The President has cancelled all appointments.

    “The coronavirus outbreak has forced us to keep a respectful distance from others. This isolation, self-imposed or medically mandated, can be taken as an ideal opportunity to ponder our journey so far and the future path,” the President tweeted.

    Health department officials are tracking everyone Dushyant Singh met after attending the party in Lucknow.


  56. India is waiting to explode:


  57. Everyone be safe. Be isolated. Be connected.


  58. View this post on Instagram

    I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly.Seasonal I thought?but it felt unusual/different… Two weeks later,March 15th,I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?😬 I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16.He said NO,I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country&I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive.I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store,the pharmacy,hair salon,etc.I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies&bleach wipes,dry goods.extra food etc. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin’! A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits,which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17.First I was tested for the flu-which was negative.Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results,which would take 3-7 days(in S.Korea it takes two hours) is day 5 and I just found out.Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already.Its very “morphy”.One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I’m tough. I can breath,and I’m going to heal here,in my own home!My family is under quarantine for 14 days.They have no symptoms.I think we all had it possibly already?Who knows. Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones.Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome

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  59. The World should close all doors with these Chinese. More power to Trump

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  61. Prediction Time

    Date when GOI will confirm Covid-19 is in control – Mid April
    Date when Covid19 panic will stop in India – Mid May
    Date when day to day life will be normal – May end.


    • If anyone’s willing to follow astrology, since this is the only science which is giving us specific answers for now. March 30-April 14, a slow return to partial normalcy with Jupiter (the knowledgeable guru) leaving its association with Ketu (incidentally the 2 were aligned during 9/11 2001 too) and enters the house of Capricorn where it joins Saturn (associated with ancient medicine and ayurveda). April 14th onwards the Sun enters the house of Aries and since the Surya plays a major role in Indian mythology and astrology, its shine upon us might help us get our lives back to normal although the entire period would last till somewhere around Mid May. There’d be another slight hiccup between July 1st and Sep end where Jupiter might retrograde but the repercussions would not be anywhere near what we’re witnessing now. These are estimations of course.

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  62. Health officials in Nigeria have issued a warning over chloroquine after they said three people in the country overdosed on the drug, in the wake of President Trump’s comments about using it to treat coronavirus.

    A Lagos state official told CNN that three people were hospitalized in the city after taking the drug. Officials later issued a statement cautioning against using chloroquine for Covid-19 treatment.

    A case of wrong use and overdosing without consultation?


  63. Was so happy to see that with 15 minutes speech Modi United the entire Nation . This is the power of a true leader .
    Jai Hind !!


  64. DAY 4397
    Jalsa, Mumbai Mar 21/22, 2020 Sat/Sun 10:57 AM

    An intention .. an instruction .. a plea .. a necessity ..
    And discipline ..
    An entire country on the accountability of its pride safety and well being ..
    Remains shut ..
    One day in the lives of India , we remain closed, quiet, in order ..
    To save .. ONE ANOTHER ..
    PEACE ..
    What an exemplary example we have set for the entire World ..
    We .. we the India .. we the people .. we the nation .. we set example for the rest of the World ..
    Nothing more to say , except that 5 pm today my entire family and staff of my home shall stand on our balcony, windows, doors , gates and ..
    shall ..
    Clap .. ring temple bells .. blow the shank .. to applaud and honour those that work ceaselessly , under the most trying and extenuating circumstances to work on all the essential services , so we can remain indoors and safe .

    – Amitabh Bachchan


  65. An Arizona man died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to protect himself from becoming infected with the coronavirus. The man’s wife also ingested the drug and is under critical care.

    The drug chloroquine is used to treat malaria, and some early research suggests it may be useful in treating COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

    No drugs are approved to prevent or treat the coronavirus.

    If medications are taken without any clear benefit proven by science, “they have the potential for a lot of harm,” said Dr. Ben Singer, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, who was not involved with Arizona couple’s case.


  66. “For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol,” Paul said in a statement. “The current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested.”
    Paul’s office announced on Sunday that he tested positive for the virus and that he was “feeling fine,” but some senators and aides are angry at him for not doing more to self-quarantine earlier and for potentially exposing senators to the coronavirus. In the wake of Paul’s diagnosis, Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah self-quarantined on Sunday.
    GOP senators told CNN Paul was in the gym with colleagues Sunday morning, and several pointed out how close Paul had sat to others during Senate lunches in recent days. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said he saw Paul in the Senate swimming pool Sunday, according to a source in the GOP lunch.


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  68. Stay Safe all of you.. I will come back when theatres re-open …


  69. Hantavirus Death In China Spooks Twitter: All You Need To Know
    Hantavirus: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this virus is a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes.


  70. This is somewhat funny:


  71. Like

  72. Bolsonaro slams ‘scorched-earth’ virus quarantines
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out Tuesday at what he called “scorched-earth” quarantine policies to contain the coronavirus pandemic, saying they risked wrecking the economy. He condemned the containment measures taken by authorities in places such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, saying they risked killing people’s jobs in a misguided effort to save lives.

    “Some state and local authorities need to abandon the scorched-earth concept: blocking transport, closing businesses and confining people en masse. We need to preserve jobs and families’ livelihoods,” Bolsonaro was quoted as saying by AFP.

    Malaysia’s medical glove factories, which make most of the world’s critical hand protection, are operating at half capacity just when they’re most needed, AP reported. Health care workers snap gloves on as the first line of protection against catching COVID-19 from patients, and they’re crucial to protecting patients as well. But medical-grade glove supplies are running low globally, even as more feverish, sweating and coughing patients arrive in hospitals by the day. Malaysia is by far the world’s largest medical glove supplier, producing as many as three out of four gloves on market.

    Italy on Tuesday received more reassuring evidence that its coronavirus infection rate was slowing thanks to a painful lockdown that other nations are starting to apply at great economic cost. Health officials across the ravaged Mediterranean country are poring over every new piece of data to see whether two weeks of bans and closures have made a dent in the crisis. The harshest restrictions are theoretically due to expire on Wednesday evening — although the government is all but certain to extend them in some form for weeks or even months. Italy’s 743 new deaths broke two days of successive declines that had taken the number down to 601 on Monday. It set a world record of 793 fatalities on Saturday.


  73. As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, Chinese students from wealthy families are persuading their parents to pay tens of thousands of dollars for seats on private jets to get home.
    The alternative, in a world of locked borders and grounded commercial planes, is 60-hour flights with multiple transit hops over the Pacific. Jeff Gong, a lawyer in Shanghai, asked his daughter, a high school student in Wisconsin, if she wanted 180,000 yuan ($25,460) as pocket money or a ticket on a private flight home.”My daughter begged me to get her back home. She said ‘No papa, I don’t want the money, I want to go home’,” he told Reuters.

    U.S.-based Chinese students are scrambling to get home as U.S infections top 50,000 while new cases in China – where the flu-like virus emerged in humans late last year – have fallen to zero.The sense of urgency is further heightened by the dramatic cutback in flight capacity

    On Tuesday, 3,102 out of 3,800 planned commercial flights to and from China were cancelled, according to aviation data provider VariFlight.”(Education) agents and schools are the ones making contact on behalf of the Chinese families looking to group together to arrange a private charter, given the lack of airline flights,” said Annelies Garcia, commercial director for Private Fly, a global booking service for charter flights.


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  75. Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Says Buckingham Palace
    The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms of COVID-19 “but otherwise remains in good health”, Clarence House said in a statement.
    WorldAgence France-PresseUpdated: March 25, 2020 04:22 pm IST


  76. Why Hrithik Roshan And Ex-Wife Sussanne Khan Are Sharing A Home During Lockdown
    Hrithik and Sussanne got married in the year 2000 but divorced in 2014

    In his post, Hrithik Roshan wrote: “This is a picture of dear Sussanne (my ex-wife), who has graciously volunteered to temporarily move out of her home so that our children are not disconnected indefinitely from either one of us. Thank you Sussanne for being so supportive and understanding in our journey of co-parenting.” He added, “Our children will tell the story we create for them.”


  77. Covid-19: Why it will be difficult for India to emulate Hubei lockdown
    China deployed thousands of volunteers who signed up to help communities during the lockdown of Hubei province.



    Reliance Steps Up Against Coronavirus: Free JioFiber And 4G Data, Covid-19 Hospital & More


  79. When the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) released a statement on March 23 recommending use of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medicine for those who face a high risk of coronavirus infection, C. Banerjee, a 69-year-old resident of Delhi’s Kalkaji, says the news gave him the shivers. In the 1980s, as cases of malaria began to increase in India, chloroquine (which is closely related to hydroxychloroquine) was widely prescribed. “It is like swallowing death,” recounts Banerjee. Reported side effects of chloroquine include nausea, headache, mood swings, skin irritation, swelling, cramps, pale skin, muscle weakness, bleeding from nose and hearing problems. An overdose can result in death. Hydroxychloroquine too can lead to headaches, nausea, lowering of blood glucose, drowsiness, reduced appetite, depression, irreversible blindness, cramps and heart failure (if overdosed). “It leaves a horrible bitter taste in the mouth. I remember taking it and feeling faint, nauseous and terribly unwell. I hope the drug is different now,” adds Banerjee.


  80. This is driving me nuts. I’m in Connecticut, USA with population of about 3.5 million and we have more cases and death then India with population of over 1.3 billion.

    Government took the right step of closing down for 3 weeks, because there are lot more people who actually are walking around with corona than what’s being reported, which is around 600 cases.

    Unless india got super lucky where it had no travellers from Wuhan or around the world who had the virus.


    • Actually India’s first case was from Student from Wuhan.

      I think lockdown is tactical; NY cases are piling but comparatively Cali is less where you have more contacts with Chinese population. In Bay Area lockdown was declared on 16th; And there were many companies where people were doing WFH much earlier. I think NY delayed it and results are there.

      In India I think less count reasons:
      1. Less number of test done. But people with symptoms will go and get checked.
      2. India put more travel curbs early on.
      3. I think Indian immunity is better. (this is just a guess).

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  81. Chief Scientific Consultant On ‘Contagion’ Has COVID-19: ‘It Can Hit Anybody’
    Dr. Ian Lipkin, who directs Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, worked with actors in the 2011 film.
    By Jenna Amatulli, HuffPost US
    The chief scientific consultant on the 2011 film about a fictional pandemic, “Contagion,” has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Dr. Ian Lipkin, the director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, talked to Fox Business on Tuesday about what researchers have gleaned from recovered coronavirus patients in an effort to treat those now suffering from the disease. In the interview, Lipkin revealed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

    “I would just like to say on this show tonight that this has become very personal for me, too, because I have COVID as of yesterday. And this is miserable. [If] it can hit me, it can hit anybody,” he said.

    The professor has more than 30 years of experience in diagnostics, microbial discovery and outbreak response. According to his biography on Columbia’s website, he helped identify “West Nile virus as the cause of the encephalitis epidemic in New York in 1999” and has “discovered or characterized more than 500 infectious agents including Borna disease virus, West Nile virus, LuJo virus and human rhinovirus C.”

    Lipkin coached the actors in “Contagion” on “the practices and process of scientific research.”


  82. Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz, who was diagnosed with Coronavirus last week, died in New York on Wednesday. He was 59. After the news of his death, several Bollywood stars mourned the Indian-born chef, who was the owner of two popular Mumbai-based restaurants – Bombay Canteen and O Pedro. Rishi Kapoor, who spent nearly a year in New York for his cancer treatment, remembered Floyd Cardoz with these words: “RIP. Floyd Cardoz. Will cherish the meal you made for us at your restaurant ‘Paowala’ at Spring Street, NY (New York). And several times at the ‘Bombay Canteen’ (Phoenix Mills) and ‘O’Pedro’ (BKC), all in Mumbai.”


  83. Fact check: Did Kanika Kapoor meet Prince Charles in London? Their photos go viral as royal tests positive for coronavirus
    Soon after Prince Charles tested positive for novel coronavirus, pictures of singer Kanika Kapoor meeting him at an event went viral online, blaming her for infecting him.
    MUSIC Updated: Mar 26, 2020 08:22 IST
    HT Correspondent
    HT Correspondent
    Hindustan Times, New Delhi

    Singer Kanika Kapoor has been undergoing treatment for the coronavirus in Lucknow and was once again the target of trolls after Prince Charles tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. Soon after, a picture of them together at an event went viral as trolls blamed the singer for passing on the virus to the prince. However, this isn’t true as the picture, according to a Deccan Chronicle report, is from the royal event held in 2015.

    One of the viral pictures of Kanika, in an orange dress, chatting with Prince Charles, is from an event – the Elephant Family charity ‘Travels to my Elephants’ — hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2015. However, trolls went on to criticise Kanika. While it takes 14 days for the symptoms to show, it’s impossible the singer must have infected him several years ago, much before the coronavirus came into existence.

    She met him in 2015 and the trolls are blaming her for infecting him!


    • By the way Prince Charles looks like Naseeruddin Shah from some angles.


    • She has very strong PR; There is strong rebuttal to anything negative against her.

      Authorities have found 260+ who came in contact with her after she arrived; they have tested 60+ some people so far. So far all of them have been negative. But she herself has been tested positive thrice.


    • You should see his pictures from early 80s, they have same facial structure.


  84. A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 21,200 people around the world.

    There are more than 470,000 diagnosed cases of the new respiratory illness, known officially as COVID-19, spanning every continent except Antarctica, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

    With more than 68,500 diagnosed cases, the United States has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China. The virus has rapidly spread across every U.S. state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, killing at least 1,031 people.



    Clot-busting drug may work in Covid-19 emergency: Researchers
    The drug is the widely used protein called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is administered to people who have suffered a cardiac arrest or stroke to dissolve blood clots.
    INDIA Updated: Mar 26, 2020 19:27 IST
    Sanchita Sharma
    Sanchita Sharma
    Hindustan Times, New Delhi


  86. Coronavirus Cases:
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  87. San Francisco is practically empty ― and it’s looking a little like the set of a apocalyptic movie as people keep inside to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area shut down nearly everything save for essential services with a shelter-in-place order that took effect on March 17.

    And the residents of the City by the Bay seem to be taking those orders to heart.

    Drone footage, both above and below, shows a mostly empty city, punctuated only by an occasional pedestrian or vehicle.

    Huffington Post


    • People mostly follow rules; But I hear in city people congregated in parks over weekend and Governor closed those in no time.


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  90. Deepika Padukone shares a very relatable weekend travel plan
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Mar 28, 2020 – 9:55 am IST

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  91. Rishi said that amid the coronavirus lockdown, cops, doctors and general public will need alcohol to take the edge off. “Think. Government should for sometime in the evening open all licensed liquor stores. Don’t get me wrong. Man will be at home only what with all this depression, uncertainty around. Cops,doctors,civilians etc… need some release. Black mein to sell ho hi raha hai,” he wrote in his tweet on Saturday.


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    • Generous donation by akshay kumar.
      Where is Naveen?

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    • Unpretentious Nationalist are measured by action.

      This is wealth earned by other stars over 3-4 years (white money)


    • Canada ka passport
      India ka Tan,Man,Dhan

      Thats Akshay Kumar. India should accept dual citizenship for Akshay via parliamentary bill.


    • Awesome Akshay, having money is one thing but donating big amounts, you need a heart and Akshay has it…

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    • Actually this is a gigantic contribution. Inspired to donate myself based on this action and words by Twinkle.


    • that is only 50 % of amount from Aamir for pushing BP. What about Sooryavanshi?


  93. If akshay can do 25 cr. Aamir and salman should do atleast 100cr each as they are called mega stars giving atbb easpecially aamir earns 100-200 mn from china alone.


    • Admin,

      raghav post should be deleted. Not sure what’s the need to bring in religion into it.

      Who knows what they have donated including amitabh, devgan, Hrithik, saif, etc…

      PMCares is not the only way to donate, there are other avenues too…


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  96. Coronavirus outbreak: Back from Chennai, 7 youths quarantined on tree outside Bengal village
    These seven youths, all of them migrant workers, have been living on the tree ever since they returned from Chennai at a time when COVID-19 infections in the country are on the rise.


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  98. Salman Khan To Financially Support 25,000 Daily Wage Workers From The Film Industry Amid Lockdown

    Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has pledged to financially support 25,000 daily wage workers from the film industry in the wake of the national lockdown, according to Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), reported news agency PTI. The country is witnessing a 21-day lockdown, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to contain the spread of the virus. The daily wage workers across different avenues are badly hit by the lockdown. According to FWICE president B N Tiwari, Salman via his Being Human Foundation reached out to their organisation to help the workers. “Salman’s Being Human Foundation has come forward to help daily wage workers. They called us three days ago. We have about 5 lakh workers out of which 25,000 are in dire need of financial help. Being Human Foundation said they will take care of these workers on their own. They have asked for account details of these 25,000 workers as they want to ensure that money reaches them directly,” Mr Tiwari told PTI.
    “The remaining 4,75,000 workers can survive for about a month. We already have huge ration packets for all the workers but unfortunately due to lockdown they are not able to come here to collect it. We are thinking of ways how to reach out to them,” he added.

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    Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden’s unusual response to coronavirus
    By Maddy Savage


  100. 01:45 PM
    Houston hospital first in US to try coronavirus blood transfusion therapy
    A prominent US hospital in Houston has infused the blood of a patient, who has recovered from COVID-19, into a critically ill patient, becoming the first medical facility in the country to try the experimental therapy. The individual, who has been in good health for more than two weeks since being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, donated the blood plasma for what is known as the convalescent serum therapy at the Houston Methodist Hospital.


  101. Watching Contagion, how eerie is this movie to what is happening today.


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    Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh: With a name that rhymes with the coronavirus pandemic, villagers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district are a troubled lot. Residents of Korauna village say they have been facing discrimination ever since COVID-19 started spreading around the world and reached India.
    “No one is willing to come out; people are terrified in our village. When we tell people we are from Korauna, they avoid us. They don’t understand that it’s a village, not someone infected with the virus,” said Rajan, a resident of the village.

    “Other people are so scared that they don’t even want to answer telephone calls,” he said.

    “If we are out on roads and the police ask where we are headed to and we tell them that we are going to Korauna, they look unsettled. What can we possibly do if our village has such a name?” another local Sunil said.

    Ramji Dixiti, a resident, said, “When we telephone people and tell them that we are calling from Korauna, they immediately cut our calls thinking someone is playing a joke on them.”


  104. Watched The Shining which is about people stuck up in Quarantine type conditions with ghosts playing their part. Scary and very engaging movie. On netflix.


  105. Watched Special 26 on Netflix. Didn’t catch it when it first came out.

    Very good movie.

    SPOILER: surprised they didn’t jump on sequel a year later based on how it ended.


    • Neeraj pandey never went behind money. He could have done sequels after a wednesday or special 26. After baby, he was most anticipated director and crack was eagerly awaited. But, no sure what happened, he could have got any big actor with big budget at that point of time.
      He instead went for aiyarray, which is again Very interesting movie with great plot and i like it a lot but bad lead in form of sidhharth malhotra and poor editing and forced songs for commercial purpose spoiled it. Still, one of the better movies in recent times.
      I heard, special ops series is also very good.
      I don’t know what he is doing with His career. He can surely make big moolah anytime but unlike any other director his passion seems to be storytelling and thrillers.


      • Even in Special 26, the akshay romantic angle was not needed at all, didn’t serve any purpose to the film, would have been lot crisp and sharp and cut out 15 minutes from the movie.

        i hope Baby is on Netflix, will catch it this weekend.


        • It is on Hotstar.


          • Is subscription worth it? It’s $49.99 annually plus tax.

            I’ve seen most of the movies listed there.


          • is it like Netflix or you have to pay additional for other contents like sports, etc…


          • No. I pay $5 /month. They are Star channels of India.

            They have new releases like Tanhaji, Panga, Bala ,
            Recently saw Kaithi (Tamil). They have decent regional language movies.

            If you are into cricket then show any match played in India (including IPL).
            They have NEWS channels like NDTV, republic and couple of more

            I also have Sling but I am not sure, I get value out of what I am paying. HotStar value is good.


    • Liked these lines..

      “I visited the local shops. Although I had enough food in the house to last me for a few days, I had to struggle to overcome an almost irresistible urge to buy something, to buy anything, to reassert control over a frightening future. “


  106. People prepare to sleep in areas marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)


  107. sanjana Says:

    Azim Premji Foundation, Wipro commit Rs 1,125 crore to tackle Covid-19 crisis
    The fresh amount committed is in addition to the annual CSR activities of Wipro and philanthropic activities conducted by Azim Premji Foundation.


  108. sanjana Says:

    Actor Andrew Jack, best known for playing Major Ematt in ‘Stars Wars’ films, has died of coronavirus complications at the age of 76.

    Jack passed away at a hospital in Chertsey, England on Tuesday, according to his agent, Jill McCullough, reported Deadline.

    “Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough added.



  109. Astonishing scenes due to Lockdown

    Munna, using SS over mobile is no fun, especially the scrolling. Can we have a go to bottom or Leave a Reply section at the top as well?


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  111. Yuvraj Singh’s Clarification Over Supporting Shahid Afridi’s Foundation: “I’m An Indian & I Will Always Bleed Blue…”


  112. sanjana Says:

    Coronavirus fallout: India at the heart of global pharmaceutical worry
    Several countries including the US and SAARC members have requested India to ease ban on exports of pharmaceutical products as they stare at acute shortage of drugs in the middle of coronavirus pandemic.


  113. Shivaay Says:

    The pandemic would send the entire movie calendar into haywire. I don’t think any of the biggies Radhe, Laxmi Bomb, Prithviraj, LSC etc would release in 2020 now. Shooting’s gonna be stalled for months together and almost every film would be delayed by at least 8-10 months if not more. I don’t see theaters in India returning to capacity till at least July/August. Even thereafter, they might have to remove half the seats in every audi to confine to distancing norms.

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    • Yes, no chance in 2020.
      Dont think any movies scheduled in H2 is in shopting, so H2 releases are gone too.
      Will 2020 be the first year to have no Akshay Kumar release?


      • Sooryavanshi is ready so that’ll release by Independence Day or Diwali at max.


      • Shivaay Says:

        In an optimistic scenario we might just have Radhe & Laxmi Bomb release by Diwali/Xmas.


      • Yes and apart from Akshay and Salman,

        SRK will not have any release in 2021 too now.

        Aamir’s LSC may not resume shooting till Sep-Oct. So likely to.release in Christmas 2021. Vikram Vedha remake to now release in 2022.

        Mayhem for the industry.


    • Theatre owners are saying that they would not be able to open their screens till 3 months after the situation normalises.


    • sanjana Says:

      Interesting observations by Shivaay and Naveen. Seats being separated will really hit the collections. Down south many people are addicted to watching potboilers regularly and filmstars will be unemployed and underemployed for a while. The big money will elude them.
      Pollution will be less with less vehicles and controlled consumption. One plus point.
      The first casualty will be the poorest. And then slowly the others have to pay the price though they are quite smug as of now. Entire human kind which is running after materialism with no holds barred has to stop and change itself for the new world that will emerge once the covid 19 is controlled with effective medicines. We have to be on the lookout for signs like Wuhan and take precautions well in advance.

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  114. sanjana Says:

    Shah Rukh Khan contributes to PM-Cares, other Covid-19 relief funds: ‘This is a start’
    Shah Rukh Khan and his companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – are helping in the fight against the coronavirus.


  115. sanjana Says:

    1. PM – Cares Fund: Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL franchise co-owned by Gauri Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jay Mehta, has committed to contributing to the PM Cares Fund

    2. Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund: Red Chillies Entertainment owned by Gauri Khan and Shah Rukh Khan has committed to contributing to the Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund

    3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Providers: Supporting and protecting the health care workers is of paramount importance. They are the real heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect us! KKR & Meer Foundation will work with the WB and the Maharashtra governments and contribute 50,000 PPE kits. They will also work to raise awareness to encourage other contributions

    4. Ek Saath — The Earth foundation: Meer Foundation along with Ek Saath, will provide daily food requirements to over 5500 families for at least a month in Mumbai. A kitchen will also be set-up to send out 2000 freshly cooked meals every day to help households and hospitals whose daily needs aren’t being fulfilled

    5. Roti Foundation: Founded by Former Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Mr. D. Sivanandhan. During COVID-19, they have tied up with Mumbai Police and are providing meals to underprivileged people and daily wage labourers. Meer Foundation In association with Roti Foundation will provide 3 lakh meal kits with 10,000 people per day for at least a month.

    6. Working People’s Charter: Meer Foundation in association with them will provide basic essentials and grocery items for at least a month to over 2500 daily wage workers who have been identified across Delhi

    7. Support for acid attack survivors: Meer Foundation to provide a monthly stipend to over 100 acid attack survivors which will take care of their basic needs. The survivors identified are across UP, Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.


    • Thanks for putting this up Sanjana, I know some member had complained about SRK/Aamir/Salman not donating to PM Fund and as i had said, funding PMCare is not the only way to donate.

      What SRK is doing takes a lot of resource, coordination and planning. it’s not as simple as here’s the money and you’re done.

      There are many Indians thru out India helping out best they can.


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    Coronavirus lockdown: Govt prepares to monitor grid for possible power fluctuation on Sunday night
    Coronavirus lockdown: With a dip of 30% in demand for power due to the absence of commercial activity in the wake of the lockdown, a sudden change in grid frequency could lead to a potential power blackout,

    I think only lights will be switched off. Fans, ACs, Fridge will be running. And also computers and TV will be running and so are ventilators and hospital services.. Many households have inverters and other backups. And also important installations concerning our defence forces will be running.


  118. sanjana Says:

    In the fertile Satara district in western India, farmers are putting their cattle on an unorthodox diet: Some feed iceberg lettuce to buffalo. Others feed strawberries to cows.

    It’s not a treat. They can either feed their crops to animals or let them spoil. And other farmers are doing just that – dumping truck loads of fresh grapes to rot on compost heaps.

    The farmers cannot get their produce to consumers because of lockdowns that aim to stop the spread of coronavirus. In India, as in many parts of the world, restrictions on population movement are wreaking havoc on farming and food supply chains and raising concern of more widespread shortages and price spikes to come.

    Across the globe, millions of laborers cannot get to the fields for harvesting and planting. There are too few truckers to keep goods moving. Air freight capacity for fresh produce has plummeted as planes are grounded. And there is a shortage of food containers for shipping because of a drop in voyages from China.


  119. sanjana Says:

    As air gets cleaner, Himachal’s Dhauladhar mountain is visible from Jalandhar
    The elevation of the Dhauladhars ranges widely from 3,500 m to nearly 6,000 m. The range curves towards Mandi from the banks of the Beas river in Kullu. It then passes through Barabhangal towards the north and joins the Pir Panjal range after which it moves into Chamba.

    By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2020 10:47:39 pm


  120. sanjana Says:

    So now we have to stand 27ft. apart?
    This is getting ridiculous. Especially in densely populated countries like India. The solution is supplying maks and hazmat wear to everyone.


  121. sanjana Says:

    “We should rethink before switching off all the lights at the same time at our homes. This can lead to a grid failure and affect emergency services,” Dr Nitin Raut said.

    Explaining what he meant, he added: “Putting off the lights together at the same time can lead to a huge difference in demand and supply. Due to the lockdown, the demand has already decreased from 23,000 megawatt to 13,000 megawatt as factory units are not operating.”

    “If all lights are put off at the same time, it can lead to a potential blackout, which will also affect the emergency services. It may take up to 12-16 hours to restore services. In fight against coronavirus pandemic, electricity is an important tool,” he said.


  122. sanjana Says:

    Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Offer Their Personal 4-Storey Office As Quarantine Facility For Women, Elderly And Children
    “Let’s just make sure we all do our little bit to look after each other,” Shah Rukh Khan had written earlier
    EntertainmentWritten by Nilanjana BasuUpdated: April 04, 2020 01:31 pm IST


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    “The appeal of the Prime Minister is to simply switch off the lights in their homes from 9 pm to 9.09 pm on April 5. There is no call to switch off either street lights or appliances like computers, TVs, fans, refrigerators and ACs in the homes. Only lights should be switched off,” it said.

    “Lights in hospitals and all other essential services like public utilities, municipal services, offices, police stations, manufacturing facilities will remain on. The call given by the PM is to just switch off lights in residences,” the ministry said. “All local bodies have been advised to keep streetlights on for public safety.”


  125. Cinema Can Come Back Stronger
    Saturday 04 April 2020 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The coronavirus pandemic is looking to be the biggest shutdown ever for Hindi cinema with the worst seen before being in 2009 when there was no major release for around 2 months though small films did release on limited screens. This is going to be a longer shutdown if we go by China where cinemas have some chance of opening in a few weeks time which would mean a 3 month shutdown. It is being reported that the biggest theatre in Wuhan where the pandemic started was disinfected yesterday getting ready to open up.

    So with the huge problems in US and Europe the 3 minimum period looks a minimum for this shutdown and its not as if everything goes back to normal as soon as cinemas open up. There is fear in the industry that this will change cinema forever for the worse but thats an unlikely scenario. The only horrible scenario is that a vaccine for this pandemic proves hard to find as that will for sure change cinema forever but considering where medical science is around the world today you would expect someone somewhere to find one.

    Obviously the industry in this scenario takes the negative side as they see films with lower budgets and stars cutting fees to help out when that is not probably the need of the hour as the audience that was there has not run away but there is a huge global pandemic which does not allow socializing and eventually things will come back to how there were but there is no time frame. Its always weird the industry also expected stars to cut prices in bad times but that has never really happened. It is all supply and demand and these prices are not forced. Also its a totally star driven industry and until you find the technique or content to drive the industry then star prices will only go one way and that is up.

    The last shutdown in 2009 did see higher occupancy at multiplexes and that was even though 2009 did not have huge event films. But that was not a health scare also so the likely scenario is that the higher occupancy will come this time as well due to pent up demand but it will not be straight away and may take some time but eventually they will be higher as the health risks diminish.

    There have been four major shutdowns in the last fifty years or so and after each one there has been an uptick in average box office occupancy for a period. In March 1968 there was a shutdown of releases and shoots for 19 days due to high rental charges in North and CPCI Rajasthan. The mega BLOCKBUSTER Ram Aur Shyam was one week away from a silver jubilee in many theatres when this shutdown came. Post the shutdown there was a line of big HITS and successful films.

    In October 1986 there was a halt of releases in Mumbai due to huge taxes which were around 170% in Maharashtra. Films did continue to release in other circuits and Dosti Dushmani and Insaaf Ki Awaaz proved to be HITS in the strike and Nagina was a blockbuster released a week after the strike was halted. The tax was so bad that there were some films having a 10 lakh total GROSS collections and the share to the distributor was just one lakh. This bandh lasted 31 days.

    The tax problem in Maharashtra returned in January 1997 and there was a shutdown for a month with no major releases. The state government had bought down entertainment tax to 50% in September 1984 and it was going back to 100% from January 1997 which led to cinemas shutting in Maharashtra and no big releases. The casualty was Ajay which only had a one week run in Maharashtra. When the cinemas opened up in February there was a flood of grossers like Judwaa, Hero No.1, judaai, Ziddi and Koyla.

    Then in 2009 there was a longest strike due to a revenue sharing issue between multiplexes and distributors/ producers. The cinemas did remain open so there was no causalities but there was not a major release for almost 3 months. All the chains saw better average occupancy for six months after the strike then what they saw for six months prior to the strike.

    So there is hope cinema will come back stronger when the things are back to normal though it will take time as all the other closures were industry problems and here its a huge global issue. A good result will be if things get going sometime in the third quarter but due to westerns countries having the worst of the pandemic the fourth quarter may be when the bigger films come and there could be a line of them.


  126. sanjana Says:

    Industries shut, Ganga water quality improves
    IIT-BHU professor Dr P K Mishra attributed the improvement to the lack of industrial waste polluting the waters.


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  128. Shivaay Says:

    All said and done I’m sure most of us here would agree that lockdowns and social distancing measures are only a temporary solution to a long term problem that are neither viable and nor possible to implement for long durations of time. Ultimately there are 3 factors that matter the most :

    1) A possibility of a drug (or a series of drugs) within the next 2-3 months that allow fast track curing and discharging of patients (within 10 days of less) which would lessen the burden on healthcare systems exponentially.

    2) Extensive testing mechanisms (implying almost all private hospital chains in India need to have the infrastructure to test for Covid), isolation and extensive surveillance that can enable large scale contact tracing and isolation to allow the society and economy to function normally while the suspects are isolated.

    3) General basic social distancing habits that are here to stay. Not more than 200 people inside a shopping mall on a weekend, not more than 5-10 people in a gym at once, cinemas removing half their seats and maintaining a 1 meter distance between each seat, half the workforce in private companies working from home regularly, OLA/Uber sharing services being banned, flights doing away with the middle row and having just the window and aisle seat etc. These mechanisms might need to be in place for the entire of 2020 in all probability.


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  130. sanjana Says:

    A JNU lab is working on a revamped BCG vaccine with Covid-19 protein to fight pandemic
    Immunologist Dr Gobardhan Das believes countries with mass BCG immunisation, like India, have a better chance at fighting the novel coronavirus.


  131. sanjana Says:

    Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital Shuts, 26 Nurses, 3 Doctors Test COVID-19 +ve
    One of the most affected metro cities in India, Mumbai has recorded 458 of Maharashtra’s 745 coronavirus cases.


  132. sanjana Says:

    The doctor in the video explained how adopting the technique at the early stages of the infection can lead to an early recovery.

    “Five deep breaths in and each time you will hold the breath for 5 seconds, then breathe out. On the 6th breath, you will take it in and you will have a big cough covering your mouth. You will do this twice and then lay flat on your front, taking slightly deeper breaths for 10 minutes,” said the doctor.

    JK Rowling Shows Video That Helped Her Tide Over COVID-19 Symptoms
    Coronavirus: JK Rowling said she wanted to share a technique which could help one recover from the symptoms of the deadly contagion, which has infected over a million people across the globe.


  133. sanjana Says:

    Researchers develop antimicrobial coating for flu, say can kill COVID-19 also
    The technology has been developed by Prof Jayanta Haldar’s team at JNCASR and the compound that the scientists have synthesized for the coating is soluble in a range of solvents such as water, ethanol, methanol and chloroform.


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  135. sanjana Says:

    New Delhi: Amid rising pressure to allow exports of an anti-malarial drug being tested on patients infected with coronavirus, the government is likely to take a decision tomorrow and clear the move after calculating sufficient stocks for the country, sources have told NDTV.
    Last month, India had banned the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations of the malaria drug while experts test its efficacy in helping treat COVID-19 patients.

    There are currently no approved treatments, or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

    Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, is among the medications undergoing testing as a potential treatment for patients with the disease. India is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the medicine.

    American President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow exports of hydroxychloroquine amid a shortage in the US.

    On Sunday, the government held an inter-ministerial meeting and again met on Monday to assess the domestic requirement for the anti-malarial drug.

    “We have decided to go ahead with export of the drug after the Health Ministry gives its total domestic requirement plus 25 per cent extra to ensure buffer stocks are available,” a senior government official told NDTV.


  136. sanjana Says:

    “There’s another reason why we made this film. The Indian film industry is one, we are all one family. But there is another large family behind us which supports us and works with us, and that is our workers and daily wage earners, who are facing great difficulty due to the lockdown. We all have come together and teamed up with sponsors and TV channel to raise a fund. This fund will be distributed to our workers and daily wage earners to provide them some relief in these tough times,” he added.

    Amitabh ended on an optimistic note and said, “Don’t be scared. Don’t panic. Be safe. This, too, shall pass. This dark cloud shall pass. Namaste.”


  137. sanjana Says:

    President Donald Trump on Monday spoke of “retaliation” if India turns down his request to lift the hold on US orders of an anti-malarial drug, whose untested efficacy against the coronavirus he has personally championed as a “game-changer”, resulting from a blanket ban on export of certain medicines.

    The American leader went on to add to the threat his long-running grievances with India on trade issues, which have history of eluding resolution, including an ultimately failed rush by the two countries to stitch together a deal in time for Trump’s first state visit to India in February. This was the first time he had publicly brought up trade after the visit.


  138. sanjana Says:

    “It’s from our primary care givers – family that we learn how to tread the journey of life, how to walk, how to eat, how to socialize & then face the world,” Anushka wrote, adding, “This forms our initial conditioning that has a lasting impact on us. In the world we inhabit today, there is a lot of uncertainty and I’m sure a lot of you have found that solace & sense of familiarity with your families.”

    “Stay at home to take care of everyone precious in your lives. And also make the most of these moments … smile, laugh, share, show affection, clear misunderstandings, develop stronger/healthier bonds, discuss life and dreams and pray for a better tomorrow. We all have been moved deeply, we all have been affected deeply and hopefully we will carry forward these lessons in the days to come. And hopefully, we have all conditioned ourselves to relook at the world we inhabited before all of this happened…P.S. : It was a super close game of Monopoly


  139. sanjana Says:

    The government is trying its best to control the spread of COVID-19 and has converted most government hospitals, hotels, resorts, abandoned buildings into isolation wards where suspected patients have been kept under observation. But those ‘under observation’ here, feel it was better if they had died instead of being brought there, as conditions are deplorable, they say.

    Some also alleged that the doctors don’t pay attention to them. mid-day spoke to a few people who have been kept in isolation wards.

    “We did not get water with breakfast and got a water bottle of half litre each with lunch and dinner. I raised this issue with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) employee here and asked him, ‘Have we been kept in the isolation wards to remain thirsty? It would have been better if we were left to die’. The BMC official assured me we will get enough water to drink,” said a 37-year-old Kurla resident, who has been kept under isolation in a hotel in Sakinaka.

    ‘No food for 24 hrs’
    A 28-year-old businessman from Shireenbai Chawl in Mumbai Central and his nine relatives have tested positive and have been kept in different hospitals in Mumbai. Another relative of his has alleged that since being admitted 24 hours back, he has not been given food. “The businessman has been admitted to the civic hospital in Powai. It has been more than 24 hours since he was admitted, but neither has a doctor visited him nor has he been given food. He will die of starvation,” the relative said. He also claimed that neither of those admitted have been attended to by doctors. Their relatives have expressed their concerns on Twitter and tagged the chief minister, health minister and others but neither of them took cognisance of the tweet. Their relatives and other COVID-19 suspected patients have alleged that the condition of the isolation wards is extremely unhygienic. The beds and the floors are dirty and they were forced to use the common toilets and bathroom.

    No milk or food for kids
    Another person said that 10 of his relatives were admitted in Shatabdi Hospital’s isolation ward in Kandivli after the death of a 68-year-old relative who tested positive for COVID-19. Since April 1, he said seven members tested negative and were discharged, but three family members including two children – the younger child is 2-years-old – are still in the isolation ward. He claimed the hospital authorities told him to get milk and food for the children as they don’t have the facility for them.

    Another 40-year-old was isolated with his nine family members after the death of his father who tested COVID-19 positive on March 31, at Shatabdi hospital’s isolation centre. He and six family members tested negative but three other family members are still in the isolation ward.

    Speaking to mid-day, he said the condition of the isolation ward is terrible. “Suspected COVID-19 patients and isolated patients are kept in the same ward. In my four days of isolation neither was the ward was sanitised nor was the floor was cleaned. The food was sub-standard. In such conditions, a healthy person could also become ill.”

    The conditions are said to be similar at the ESIS Kamgar hospital isolation centre, where 63 nurses from Shatabdi hospital were isolated after the death of a COVID-19 positive patient. The nurses have put up videos and photos of the isolation ward on social media.

    Fortunately, for the 108 people of Worli koliwada, who have been kept in the isolation ward of MA Podar hospital, mid-day’s report on the quality of food given to them got them a visit by the mayor of Mumbai. After the visit, they have been getting decent food from Monday.

    ‘This is breakfast, and lunch’
    Powai’s MCMCBR (MCGM Centre for Municipal Capacity Building and Research) building has been turned into a quarantine centre with 50 people on one floor. People here said they don’t get food on time. Breakfast is available at 11 am and lunch at 3 pm.

    A 47-year-old man said, “Today we were given rajma-rice at 1 pm and told it is breakfast and lunch.”

    “My father was found to be COVID-19 positive, after which I was kept in the isolation ward here. I have been here for 10 days but the doctor has not told me anything so far,” he added.

    Another 36-year-old man said, “I was tested on March 30 and found to be positive but have not been tested after that. The doctors are not telling anything.”

    Despite repeated messages to him regarding the issue, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi was not available for comment.


  140. sanjana Says:

    06:30 GMT – Hundreds of animals die at Pakistan pet markets
    Abandoned when Pakistan’s largest cities went into lockdown, hundreds of caged cats, dogs and rabbits have been found dead inside pet markets hurriedly shuttered as the coronavirus spread.

    Animals still alive in the corner of Karachi’s sprawling Empress Market were rescued only after activists appealed to the authorities for access, AFP news agency reported.

    “When we got inside, the majority of them were dead, about 70 percent. Their bodies were lying on the ground,” Ayesha Chundrigar, who runs ACF Animal Rescue, told AFP.

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  141. sanjana Says:

    Indian-American journalist among victims of coronavirus in US
    New York and New Jersey, the two states that have the highest concentration of Indian-Americans in the US, are also the worst hit by COVID-19 in the country.


  142. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan may not have announced his contributions for relief against coronavirus, but the actor has already transferred funds to various organisations. A source close to the actor told us that the actor has made his contributions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-Cares fund, Maharashtra chief minister’s relief fund as well as film workers’ association and a few NGOs. Aamir has also extended support to the daily wage workers of his next film, Lal Singh Chaddha, during the lockdown.

    However, Aamir has chosen not to make his contribution public.



    In a late night action on Monday, the police shifted three senior state government officials including the principal secretary and the additional director of the health department to hospitals following an intervention by the CM, government officials said. These officers were insisting on being treated at home.

    The officials argued that since they didn’t have any symptoms of Covid-19 despite having tested positive, as per World Health Organisation (WHO)’s advisory they should be treated in their homes only while under quarantine.

    In a written statement on Tuesday night Commissioner, health services Faiz Ahmad Kidwai said, “An inquiry is being conducted to find out reasons behind a large number of Health directorate officials and employees having been infected with Covid-19. The district administration has been instructed to look into the contact history of affected persons and inquire into the order in which they have been affected. Tracing is necessary to know who met whom and from where it all started. After the inquiry responsibility will be fixed on persons concerned and necessary action will be taken.”


  144. sanjana Says:

    “It Only Sounds Good,” Says Couple Stranded In Maldives Due To Coronavirus
    “Everyone says they want to be stuck on a tropical island, until you’re actually stuck,” says Olivia De Freitas.


  145. sanjana Says:

    Pandas Use Lockdown Privacy To Mate After A Decade Of Trying In Hong Kong
    Like half the planet, Ying Ying and Le Le have only really had each other for company since coronavirus-caused lockdowns shut off the flow of guests to their theme park pad.


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  148. sanjana Says:

    What explains the U-turn in directions?
    To some extent, authorities are simply responding to a developing situation and updating their advisories. But many questions have been raised about why it took so long, particularly for the WHO, to change its directions regarding using of face covers.

    Early thinking about why masks should not be used, even though they have always been part of advisories for respiratory diseases, was that they would lead to shortages for healthcare workers who need them more. It was believed that ordinary people would not know how to use them without making things worse.


    • So that China and few other countries can hoarde for themselves and now sell back at thrice the price.


  149. sanjana Says:

    Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has started distributing 2000 packets of food daily to provide lunch and dinner to the needy across Mumbai amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This gesture in addition to providing monthly ration to one lakh households of daily wage workers associated with the All India Film Employees Confederation.

    The actor took to his blog to talk of his social service. “Meanwhile on the personal front .. 2000 packets of food are being given each day for lunch and dinner at various locations over the city .. and the larger bags of a monthly provision about 3000 bags, which would take care of at 12,000 mouths is in process,” he wrote.

    He even revealed the locations where the needy were being fed.

    “Most of the feeding is taking place at the Haji Ali dargah, the Mahim dargah, the Babulnath Temple, the slum in Bandra and a few other slums in the interior North of the city .. it is so difficult to cover as many as we may want to .. but…”

    The actor then highlighted the practical problems faced in transportation of supplies because of the nationwide lockdown.

    “The process has its problems .. the lockdown has now made it illegal to step out of the house and living areas .. so even though I have been able to get the bags ready its transportation causes problems,” he wrote.

    “One cargo vehicle can carry 50-60 bags of the essential package .. so 3000 packages would involve so many more vehicles .. the vehicles is not the problem , its their movement that is restricted.”

    The problem is not just in transportation but also during distribution of food, because slum-dwellers who have been starving over the past few days tend to get unruly and impatient during the distribution of food. This often creates a stampede-like situation.

    “The authorities are saying that when the package arrives , people , specially those in the slums for whom the material is specially packed , have not eaten for 3-4 days and they rush for the vehicle to pick up their package, which almost causes a stampede and the Police cannot allow that to happen , with the conditions of ‘social distancing’,”Big B wrote.

    The actor also revealed that he gives instructions to carry out the process the right way.

    “Even where the daily food is being distributed I have insisted that proper lines are formed keeping distances from one another .. the volunteers, thank the Lord are working tirelessly in extreme conditions to make sure of its proper functioning .. it is a tough task .. but what can be done .. the cues are large and with each passing day are getting bigger and bigger,” he said in his post.

    Lauding the people associated with the process, he expressed: “We try to provide .. but getting the provision to reach the needy is an exercise! Something will work out I hope and pray .. I get a video and pictures of all the procedures happening each hour so I can give instructions .. which is a great help .. and of course the team that works day and night is incredibly diligent.”

    Meanwhile, Big B also took to Twitter to express words of gratitude for supply warriors who are risking their lives to serve the nation in this hour of crisis.

    Follow @News18Movies for more



  150. Shivaay Says:

    The way things are going, i doubt film makers would be comfortable releasing movies even if cinemas reopen by August/Sep. High probability of a Sooryavanshi vs 83 clash this Christmas/New Year 2020 as both films have completed post production and are ready to release.


    • a lot of small and medium sized movies will be straight to digital platform now. if cinema seatd are halfed, prices can get impacted.

      How will government maintain social distancing in buses, trains and metroes. Maybe an online reservation system.


      • Alternate seating arrangement in public transport is essential. Along with thermal scanners and face masks. Even shopping malls will have a cap on the number of people entering them (if at all they’re allowed to open this year). If not, expect all biggies including Sooryavanshi to release straight in 2021. Big ask in a country like India but that’s how its gonna be at least till Diwali.


      • Hollywood’s gonna have it even tougher. Bond, Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow and many more are not the digital type. They’d all need to wait for at least a year.


  151. sanjana Says:

    In zero-case Nanded, a worry: 4,000 stranded Punjab pilgrims
    The pilgrims arrived between March 1 and March 20 and have been unable to head back. They have moved into the gurdwara’s five ‘hostels’ — a total of 1,200 rooms, in different sizes.


  152. Coronavirus: IIT Develops Device To Sanitise Bank Notes, Delivery Packages, Grocery Items
    Coronavirus India: According to the team at IIT Ropar, the trunk when commercialised, can be available at less than Rs 500. The device will take 30 minutes to sanitise the items and the team has recommended a 10 minute cooling off period before one takes the items out.


  153. Washington: More than 40 Indian-Americans and citizens of India have reportedly lost their lives due to the deadly coronavirus and the number of those having tested positive for the dreaded disease is likely over 1,500, according to community leaders in the US, now the global COVID-19 hotspot.
    The US has become the world’s first country to have registered more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day with 2,108 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, while the number of infections in America has crossed 500,000, according to latest Johns Hopkins University data.

    New York, which has emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 in the US, along with adjoining New Jersey, account for majority of the death cases reported so far. Notably, New York and New Jersey have one of the highest concentrations of Indian-Americans in the country.

    Among those who have died in the fight against the coronavirus, at least 17 are from Kerala, 10 from Gujarat, four from Punjab, two from Andhra Pradesh and one from Orissa. Majority of them are more than 60 years of age, except for one who was of 21 years of age.

    According to a list of COVID-19 deaths compiled by PTI from various community leaders, more than a dozen Indian-Americans have died in the State of New Jersey, mostly around the Little India areas of Jersey City and Oak Tree Road.

    Similarly, at least 15 Indian-Americans have reportedly died in New York.

    Reports of the deaths of four Indian-Americans have also come from Pennsylvania and Florida. There has been confirmed deaths of at least one Indian-American in both Texas and California.

    Reports indicated that at least 12 Indian nationals have died in the US due to the coronavirus, with a majority of them being from New York-New Jersey area.

    “We have not seen a situation like this in the past,” said Bhavesh Dave, who runs a commercial real estate business on the Oak Tree Road area of New Jersey often called as Little India.

    Among those who lost their lives were Hanmantha Rao Marepally, CEO of Sunnova Analytical Inc. He passed away in Edison, New Jersey. He is survived by wife and two daughters.

    Chandrakant Amin, a popular face at Indian Square in New Jersey City, and known for distributing flyers for businesses has also died of the novel coronavirus. He was 75.

    More than 50 friends and family members of Mahendra Patel, 60, joined his last rites through an online video platform this week, after city officials in New Jersey told them that not more than nine of them could attend the funeral in person. At least one Indian-American died inside his home in New Jersey.

    Community leaders said they estimate more than 400 Indian-Americans have tested positive in New Jersey and more than a 1,000 in New York. In New York City several Indian-American taxi drivers have tested positive.

    There are reports of several community leaders being tested positive for coronavirus, but most of them requested anonymity.

    Meanwhile, community leaders have started online and social media campaigns to find plasma donors so as to help in the treatment of those in serious condition. At least two of them were successfully able to find a plasma donor on Friday.

    One Neila Pandya in Jersey City shared a video on social media on Friday, urging community members not to take the virus pandemic lightly.

    Speaking in Gujarati, she said that all five of her family members are seriously ill, of which local hospital has admitted only two of them, as there were not enough beds.

    Rasik Patel, 60, from Jersey City who was taken off the ventilator a few days ago is reportedly in a serious condition.

    While there is sense of panic among Indian Americans, some of the community leaders have come out with a helping hand. For instance, Ajit, Sachin and Sanjay Modi from Rajbhog Sweets have been providing free vegetarian food at Jersey City Medical Center.

    Dave from Oak Tree Road in New Jersey has started a fund raiser campaign to donate 1,000 face masks to health care professionals and first responders.

    There are reports of several local restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Pennsylvania distributing foods to their nearest hospitals.

    World Hindu Council of America volunteers have been supplying free meals to Lowell General Hospital- ER workers in Boston and to first responders and doctors in Indianapolis. It also distributed 85,000 gloves to the local police, fire, and emergency medical technicians in New Jersey.


  154. Lockdown continues.

    Two feelings. Happy and unhappy.Relieved but worried.

    Will we be staring at another lockdown after April 30?

    My suggestions

    Please allow limited autos and cabs to ferry passengers going to and coming back from hospitals, grocery shops.

    .Allow electrical shops and plumber shops with limited staff to function so that household leakages, shortcircuits, repair work can take place. And also they can repair internet services and dish tv.

    Help disabled and senior citizens allowing doorstep delivery.

    Doctors recommend walking to stay healthy. And walking is prohibited. Unless you own big private bungalows with walking space. Physiotherapists are unable to tend to bedridden patients.

    Stray dogs are hungry and indoor licensed dogs are restless without their daily walk routines.

    People are feeling claustrophobhic. Mental illnesses sure to increase.

    What is the guarantee that lockdown will not continue? What is the guarantee that the curve will flatten? Lockdown and curve have become inter related.

    Meanwhile I am hearing that my relatives and friends in villages are having more freedom of movement due to their being part time farmers and there is also no shortage of vegetables, local fruits etc.

    Thanks for the smartphones and phone companies in these times. Thanks for the uninterrupted electricity and water supplies.Hope every citizen poor or otherwise enjoys these basic benefits while lockdown continues.
    Time to appreciate things that we take for granted.
    Hope for normalcy and normal life
    We can do without luxuries for the time being.
    The greatest luxury is to see a smile on the face of the poorest.


    • ‘ People are feeling claustrophobhic. Mental illnesses sure to increase.’
      This is the time to read bhagavatam, bhagavad gita, upanishads, so many vedic literatures that whole life can be spend reading and meditating on them.
      I am glad i am in touch with iskcon members and all the programs have become confrence programs and whole day engaged in transcendental pleasure that i wont mind whole life like this if bare minimum necessities are available.
      I would suggest others also to look into same direction. If somebody need help in connecting with these free programs and groups, I can help connect you to worldwide from any part of the world. Let me know.
      Watching too many movies will only create mental illness. Daily chanting on hare krishna maha mantra will bring all pleasure.
      Hare krishna


      • Thanks. Spirituality helps a lot. Good way of spending time reading and sharing spiritual knowledge and wisdom.


        • What about atheists?

          ps – Talked with my cousins in village and things are normal. They have plenty of grains, and seasonal vegetables are grown or bought from near by market.

          You have to start relaxing with some rules…


          • Well, atheists have their own groups. Time to question many beliefs and superstitions.
            Wondering how amish community is tackling coronavirus and its fallouts.

            Here is how


    • Commented elsewhere..

      I went out yesterday to do groceries, Homedepot and Taco Bell. There was decent crowd in each one of them. I saw majority of people with mask; and some with disposable gloves.

      I think we have some understanding (If not complete) of pandemic , how it spreads. In theory, I think we should reopen at end of April. At same time people should be mandated to use masks, gloves and more stricter personal hygiene. I think most of us will follow. There will be some who will not.

      We can have additional caution where we allow shopping time for older people. Say early 8-AM, designated area in restaurants (or take out only).

      The point is we have to change our habits.


    • Well the lockdown will ultimately be relaxed at some stage, that’s a given. But what’s most important is how and when the respective authorities decide to relax and ease the norms. We in India certainly cannot afford a situation of a second wave that’s as harmful (if not more) than the first. There is no way in the world that we can assume that things would be back to where they were 3 months ago anytime within the next 12-18 months. Even after relaxations we might need to keep malls and theaters shut till December (most single screens would shut down by then and just the plex chains like PVR, Inox etc would be hanging by the thread). Retail outlets across India would lose about 2 million+ jobs and even the one’s surviving would hardly be able to witness substantial footfall as the society at large must learn how to adapt to a new way of life that has them out shopping only when ABSOLUTELY necessary. Window shopping, hanging out in groups etc would and should be avoided for at least another year. Wearing face masks must be made mandatory, tourist hotspots might have to be shut till year end, ditto for places of worship. Cricket matches might need to be played in front of crowds with 1/4th the capacity (maybe even entirely empty). Hence even after a relaxation of the lockdown we ought to adapt to a perceptual state of distancing for a long time to come. Beyond all the government measures and advisories, its up to the people at large to understand the importance of living a sanitized, safe and healthy life instead of crowding up and creating chaos at the drop of a hat. Although all this is highly impossible in 80% of the Indian heartland, at least the remaining 20% metropolitan based society ought to make a beginning.


      • Even schools and colleges must be shut and wherever possible e learning can be facilitated. This full year has gone to waste due to coronavirus or covid 19.
        Train travel must be controlled or even banned because crowds and train travel go together. Even plane travel is not safe. Mumbai local trains and metro trains must take a break until the virus is eliminated or some vaccine is found.
        Big weddings are a no no.
        I just dont care for film releases because they are not important compared to daily necessities.
        One has to reach out to friends and relatives over phone more frequently to create togetherness and assurance.
        One can try their hand at story writing, poetry writing etc. if they have aptitude.
        Back to good old books.
        One can diet and exercise at home.


        • Schools/colleges cannot remain shut all year. Not in smaller towns of course and nor in the cities. They might need to work at 50% strength. Even flights & trains would need the same. They can’t be shut forever. I’m sure we’ll be in a better position 3-4 months from now to take a call on these.


        • Banning livelihood, education & travel for the rest of the year would make the cure much worse than the disease & would lead to 10 more epidemics in order to contain one. I’m sure they’d come up with a graded solution in a couple of months.


    • thanks for the internet for entertainment, information and recreation for the entire world during lockdown.


  155. The one country which contained this virus very well is Germany.
    Their meticulousness is being paid off.



    Covid lockdown shows Indian police isn’t all brutal. Some officers can sing for us, feed poor
    India’s police officers are more feared and hardly trusted by common citizens. But coronavirus lockdown has brought out a less seen, compassionate side of them.


  157. Lol


  158. Reliance-backed Fynd launches a game called Corona Striker
    Retail tech platform Fynd has announced a new, hyper-casual game called Corona Striker as part of its “Save the World” social initiative to spread awareness about coronavirus
    TECH Updated: Apr 13, 2020 23:09 IST
    Indo Asian News Service
    New Delhi



    Balcony birdwatching: Under lockdown, Delhi residents discover the joy of feathered friends
    Social media challenges have encouraged seasoned as well as new birders to participate in the activity – without leaving their homes.


  160. Actor Rita Wilson said she had “extreme side effects” from taking the malaria drug chloroquine when she was sick with the coronavirus, and warned people “to be very considerate” when deciding to use the medication for COVID-19.

    “I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo,” Wilson recalled. “I could not walk and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate about that drug. We don’t really know if it’s helpful in this case.”

    Wilson remembered feeling “very tired,” “extremely achy” and “uncomfortable” following her diagnosis, with chills “like I’ve never had before,” a loss of her senses of taste and smell, and a high fever.

    Hanks, who hosted the first stay-at-home edition of “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, had milder symptoms, she said, and he didn’t lose his senses or have such a high fever.


    • Once I had blurred vision and extreme anxiety after taking the medication. When you are traveling generally they recommend you start taking two week before departure and end dose, two week after end of journey. I believe it is once a week dose.

      I now don’t take it even when I am traveling to malaria infested region.


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  162. Not possible to evacuate Indians from overseas amid lockdown: Centre to Madras High Court
    Responding to a PIL about the status of 350 Indian tourists stranded in Malaysia, the Centre said it would ensure safety of Indian nationals abroad.
    PTI 16 April, 2020 7:41 pm IST


  163. The idea of something as basic as buying veggies from the subzi mandi excites more than Apple’s latest iPhone model launch.


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  165. Very articulate and well spoken.



    This can be made into a film.
    Lucky he did not encounter bandits, thieves, robbers or wild animals on the way!


  167. Some light hearted stuff about food during and after Coronavirus

    4am Dairy Milk, dancing prawns, langar — what coronavirus did to how we eat
    The first few days of lockdown were about discipline, then a dash of nihilism seeped in. Food won’t be the same in post-pandemic India.


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