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Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Editorial Director Vaihayasi Pande Daniel has reported on news, business, travel and lifestyle for 30 years.
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'We have tided over the crisis in this part of the country, hopefully'

'We have tided over the crisis in this part of the country, hopefully'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'In the second wave, probably due to the mutants, probably due to COVID-19-inappropriate behaviour, we are seeing it coming in the younger population, say from ages 30 to 50.' 'Also, we've seen that sometimes they deteriorate pretty rapidly and therefore we may need to keep a closer watch on the symptoms and on the oxygen levels at home.'

COVID-19: How to Prevent Third Wave

COVID-19: How to Prevent Third Wave

Rediff.com3 days ago

'It is important for all of us to understand to have 1. COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, even after vaccination and 2. to try to increase the vaccination drive.'

'Not enough beds, not enough ventilators'

'Not enough beds, not enough ventilators'

Rediff.com24 Apr 2021

'The only way to contain this is to see that a lesser number of people are affected.'

'So many deaths are happening all around you'

'So many deaths are happening all around you'

Rediff.com24 Apr 2021

'Your family, your kith and kin are also under stress, some of your relatives will die, without getting appropriate treatment.'

'People are losing relatives because...'

'People are losing relatives because...'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2021

'...of the non-availability of doctor expertise or appropriate treatment.' 'That's because of the nature of the disease at this point of time, it is very difficult to contain.'

COVID-19: Take the first available vaccine to you

COVID-19: Take the first available vaccine to you

Rediff.com21 Apr 2021

'All the vaccines that are available in most countries, right now, are all highly effective and safe.'

'Covid response is highly dependent on leadership'

'Covid response is highly dependent on leadership'

Rediff.com21 Apr 2021

'If you don't have a strong political leadership, however much expertise a country may have, in pandemic preparedness or infectious disease, will not matter.' 'It's really about having strong political leadership, that is proactive, that prioritises taking the right action.' 'And if you don't have that, then you will have a much worse pandemic experience.'

'Why did the government delay the vaccine?'

'Why did the government delay the vaccine?'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2021

'The government had a vaccine from January.' 'The government should have given the vaccine to all population above the age of 45, right from the start.' 'Each state has its own problems, but as far as vaccine coverage in India is concerned, there have been mistakes.'

'COVID-19 may cause a massacre in India in 2021'

'COVID-19 may cause a massacre in India in 2021'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2021

'We are already exhausted, but we can't give up.' 'The battle is still on.' 'We will see some respite by December 2021.'

'None of the politicians mask'

'None of the politicians mask'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2021

'In spite of all the sermonising from the political class, when they come in public, the ministers don't follow their own rules.' 'They don't mask.' 'If you look at the West Bengal election campaigning, if you look at the Assam election campaigning or if you look at Kerala election campaigning, they are not setting an example.'

'Only if you have enough vaccines can you vaccinate everybody'

'Only if you have enough vaccines can you vaccinate everybody'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2021

'There are only two bottlenecks for universal vaccination.' 'One, is availability of the vaccine.' 'Two, is the logistics for administering the vaccine.'

'Severity, deaths not higher, but more transmissible'

'Severity, deaths not higher, but more transmissible'

Rediff.com2 Apr 2021

'People are just putting the mask below their nose.' 'They are only protecting the mouth, but not the nose.' 'People need to understand that it is the nose which has to be protected.'

'Today it is a fight head on'

'Today it is a fight head on'

Rediff.com2 Apr 2021

'This year, we know the virus. Last year we didn't know anything about it.' 'The best part is that for the Indian population there has been some amount of cross protection.'

'One must be cautious, not scared, of the new variants'

'One must be cautious, not scared, of the new variants'

Rediff.com31 Mar 2021

'SARS-CoV-2 is going to change to avoid/overcome any thing thrown at it.'

Why are COVID-19 cases increasing?

Why are COVID-19 cases increasing?

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

'We really need to look seriously to see if there are any local variants.'

When should you take Covishield/Covaxin?

When should you take Covishield/Covaxin?

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

'You can still acquire the COVID-19 virus even if you are vaccinated.' 'But if you develop the disease, (after being vaccinated) the likelihood is that it will be mild.' 'It just makes sense to continue to take precautions, because you may be around a lot of unvaccinated people.'

COVID-19: 'Maharashtra is putting up a fight'

COVID-19: 'Maharashtra is putting up a fight'

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

'But to see the effects of that, it will take a week or two more.'

'Maharashtra hasn't been able to say we have 0 cases'

'Maharashtra hasn't been able to say we have 0 cases'

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

'The pandemic basically started with Maharashtra.' 'And then it spread across to the rest of India.' 'Now it is again Maharashtra.'

What we LEARNT about COVID-19

What we LEARNT about COVID-19

Rediff.com17 Mar 2021

'If you delay the diagnosis even by 24 hours, in that 24 hours individuals would have affected more people.' 'So, contact tracing, testing, isolation, quarantine needs to continue.'

How we can DEFEAT COVID-19

How we can DEFEAT COVID-19

Rediff.com17 Mar 2021

'If people are not cooperating and do not follow policies laid down by the government or follow scientific infection control management, then all will be lost.'

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