Uncertainity continues over the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) which was introduced as a game-changer to arrest the spread of COVID-19. With experts questioning the effectiveness of HCQ, a senior health official said the drug was under review “but no decision has been taken to drop it just yet”.
As a part of easing of restrictions in lockdown 4.0, 200 new trains will start plying from June 1, announced the Railways. The new trains would be in addition to the Shramik Special trains, whose numbers too would be increased.
The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded. Here is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.
Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.
Here are the latest updates:
9 am | USA
Hydroxychloroquine a ‘line of defence’ against virus, says Trump defending drug
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his taking antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a ‘line of defence’ against coronavirus.
“I think it’s worth it as a line of defence and I’ll stay on it for a little while longer. I’m just very curious myself, but it seems to be very safe,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House, a day after he disclosed that he has been taking the drug to ward off the deadly infection.
The U.S. president said the drug has gotten a bad reputation only because ‘he was promoting it’. However, opposition leaders slammed Trump for taking the unproven drug.
8.30 am | India
How safe are your grocery packages?
Ever since the spread of COVID-19, grocery runs are characterised by masks, sanitisers and gloves.
But, are you cleaning the groceries the right way? Here are a few points to remember as suggested by experts during and after grocery shopping.
8 am | Brazil
Brazil surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
Brazil’s daily death toll from the new coronavirus jumped to a record 1,179 on Tuesday as President Jair Bolsonaro doubled down on chloroquine as a possible remedy and U.S. leader Donald Trump said he is considering a travel ban from Brazil.
Mr. Bolsonaro, an ideological ally of Mr. Trump, has been criticised for his handling of the outbreak, such as opposition to restrictions on movement he sees as too damaging to the economy.
7.30 am | Tamil Nadu
Spike takes Tamil Nadu tally past 12,000
In yet another spike, Tamil Nadu recorded 688 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Chennai witnessed a sharp increase, accounting for 552, or 80% of the fresh cases. This took its total to 7,672, of which 5,691 are active cases. The city also accounted for 58 of the 84 deaths so far in the State.
In addition to Chennai, Chengalpattu reported 22 more cases and Tiruvallur eight cases. There were five cases in Kancheepuram, three in Thanjavur, two each in Kanniyakumari and Ramanathapuram, and one each in Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Nagapattinam, Ranipet, Theni, Thoothukudi and Tiruchi.
7 am | UK
Premier League confirms six positive COVID-19 cases after testing
The Premier League said that six people from three different clubs had tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample of 748 individuals. This includes three people from Watford F.C., and one from Burnley F.C.
The novel coronavirus tests were taken on Sunday and Monday ahead of the return to small group training. “Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days,” the league said in a statement.