The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an advisory expanding the pool of people to be given hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic to prevent them from contracting the virus.

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With a vaccine still a long distance away, efforts to repurpose old medications used for other ailments provide hope of an early counter to COVID-19, say scientists, placing the antiviral remdesivir on top of the list of possible contenders. In the biggest ever spike, Karnataka has reported 196 new Covid-19 cases and a related fatality, taking the total number of infections in the state to 1,939 and the death toll to 42, the health department said on Saturday. Domestic flight serviceswill resume from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) from May 25 as per the instructions of Union Civil Aviation Ministry. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri: "Don't understand the need for quarantine of passenger who has green status on Aarogya Setu app": PTI The United Nations disarmament chief has warned that cyber crime is on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports AP. Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday that the coronavirus crisis is moving the world toward increased technological innovation and online collaboration. The high representative for disarmament affairs said growing digital dependency has increased the vulnerability to cyberattacks, and it is estimated that one such attack takes place every 39 seconds. Around 4,000 migrant workers from Manipur gathered at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Saturday morning for registration to return, Karnataka minister K Sudhakar told ANI. The already-struggling tech giant's new CEO Arvind Krishna warned investors last month of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the company made a “tough decision” to withdraw revenue projections for the rest of 2020, reports AP. Even as medical journal The Lancet published a paper on Friday saying there were no confirmed benefits of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) being given to Covid-19 patients, the Union health ministry issued an advisory expanding the pool of people to be given the medicine as a prophylactic to prevent them from contracting the infection.

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