Why countries have abandoned the ‘Zero Covid’ strategy

When SARS-CoV-2 virus began spreading globally early last year, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, like mainland China, adopted a “Zero COVID” strategy. A few countries have already abandoned this strategy with the Delta variant changing the ground reality. When SARS-CoV-2 virus began spreading globally early last year, Singapore, Vietnam, … Continue reading Why countries have abandoned the ‘Zero Covid’ strategy

Coronavirus: How Kerala achieved the much acclaimed zero cases

While active involvement of all the stakeholders who compliment each other especially during the crisis has worked in Kerala's favour, these are not measures put in place to fight coronavirus but has been a legacy of the State. It’s a success born out of decades-old social revolution and development. With containment strategies in place even … Continue reading Coronavirus: How Kerala achieved the much acclaimed zero cases

Coronavirus: Lessons India should have learnt from Singapore’s dormitory spread

It took just 12 days for novel coronavirus cases to double to two million and another 12 days to cross three million. As the spread has slowed down in Europe, there is an uptick in Africa and South America, while it continues spread wildly in the U.S. India failed to learn despite Singapore offering the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Lessons India should have learnt from Singapore’s dormitory spread

War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

The large religious congregation held in mid-March by Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into a large cluster of novel coronavirus. The organisers should have been aware how their congregation in Malaysia in February led to a spike in cases there. But Delhi government is also equally culpable. Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into … Continue reading War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

Besides Italy, Spain, Germany and France reporting very high number of cases, all other countries in Europe have recorded at least one case so far, thus shifting the epicentre of the pandemic from China to Europe. With 1,08,399 cases reported from outside mainland China as on March 17, there are more number of people infected … Continue reading Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

Singapore develops antibody test to detect novel coronavirus infection

Unlike the currently used molecular test that uses oral swab samples, the antibody test developed by Duke-NUS Medical School has several advantages — it can detect past infection in people who have now recovered, it relies on blood samples, and can identify asymptomatic cases. Using an antibody test developed by the Duke-NUS Medical School that … Continue reading Singapore develops antibody test to detect novel coronavirus infection