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World  /  Published 27.06.22

WHO tiptoes on monkeypox

Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation ruled on Saturday, although WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbrea...
By Reuters in London

India  /  Published 25.06.22

Monkeypox virus shows accelerated evolution

The monkeypox virus responsible for outbreaks in multiple countries over the past two months shows an excessive number of genetic mutations, indicating “accelerated evolution” and possible...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

World  /  Published 06.06.22

Monkeypox: WHO reports 780 cases

A total of 780 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported or identified since May 13 and as of June 2 from 27 countries across four WHO regions that are not endemic for the monkeypox v...
By Our Bureau, PTI in United Nations/Geneva

Opinion  /  Published 02.06.22

Mind the gap: Anomaly in Covid death figures

Asymmetries can be revealing. The Registrar-General of India’s report on medical certification of the causes of death in 2020 attributed 160,618 demises to Covid-19 even though India’s off...
By The Editorial Board

India  /  Published 31.05.22

Covid death certificates exceed toll

The RGI’s Civil Registration System (CRS) 2020 report too shows nine per cent excess deaths during 2020 compared with the average of 2018 and 2019, Jha said. Jha and other experts say the Centr...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

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India  /  Published 28.05.22

'Pollution limits not safe enough'

India’s current safe limit for the fine particulate matter called PM2.5, used to grade air quality, is not low enough to protect vulnerable people from illness and needs to be revised downwards,...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 17.05.22

Excess deaths: Centre's claims 'misleading', says lead author of study

Jon Wakefield was disappointed. India’s health ministry had issued a statement decrying the methodology adopted by the World Health Organisation to estimate excess deaths worldwide during the C...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

India  /  Published 16.05.22

Table key to death data missing from govt report

It is against this backdrop that, health experts say, the missing table assumes significance. The table, titled “Estimated events and level of registration”, has been published in every a...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 10.05.22

Commercialisation of folk art

Fair pay Sir — Folk art and craft are intricately linked to the history and culture of a region. However, they rarely get the respect they deserve. First, they are often kept out of the hallow...
By The Editorial Board

India  /  Published 09.05.22

Govt survey puts question mark on death data

The Union health ministry’s National Family Health Survey 2019-21 has suggested that India’s births-and-deaths recording system registered only 71 per cent of the country’s deaths ov...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi


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