Mumbai has reported 463 fresh COVID-19 cases on October 20, taking the total active cases to 4,550. Besides, the city reported 4 deaths, taking the death toll to 16,192. Reportedly, the number of active cases in the metropolitan city stands at 7,51,957. Further, as many as 40 buildings have been sealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to avoid virus spread due to the ongoing pandemic.
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After two unsuccessful visits of WHO officials to China, WHO is set to relaunch probe into investigation of the origin of the pandemic. The new team of 20 members ranges experts from scientists, specialists, animal disease experts to geneticists. In absence of a concrete response from China, the new team is likely to face stiff resistance from Chinese authorities. However, after over two years, collecting raw data remains a challenge.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has officially been declared the deadliest pandemic in the history of the United States of America. This is because the death count of Covid-19 surpassed the death count of the 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu. According to reports from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Covid-19 has claimed 6,76,076 lives, whereas the Spanish Flu claimed 6,75,000 lives.
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Researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi found higher cortisol levels in the hair of mothers and children. These families from Jordan & Syria bore the brunt of the pandemic the most, which is evident from their higher hair cortisol concentrations. Cortisol is a stress hormone released during fight-or-flight situations indicative of reducing current activity. The study is published in Child Development … read-more
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Shoppers Stop owned 'Crossword Bookstore' has been sold to its Pune-based franchise Agarwal Business house on August 31. However, the owner wanted to exit the non-core business and concentrate on other businesses. The gross business valuation for the bookstore was Rs 41.62 crore. “Under the agreement, ABH will take over all the assets and brand. Any liabilities will be adjusted for arriving at the final consideration,” said the company.
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The 144th Rath Yatra has started without public participation at Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad on July 12. However, considering the Coronavirus pandemic a curfew has been imposed on the route ''Ashadhi Beej'' and the duration of the procession is also reduced to about four-five hours from the usual 12 hours. Although people are restricted from reaching the route, the govt has made arrangements to telecast the yatra on TV… read-more
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has made a demand to Narendra Modi government that 'Indian doctors' should be conferred India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. On Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, ''Indian doctors' means nurses and paramedics. This will be a true tribute to the martyred doctors...The whole country will be happy with this.'' According to the reports, around 798 doctors have succumbed to COVID-19 in the second wave.
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United Kingdom has awarded an honorary Membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to a Bengaluru-based public health doctor, Dr Ananda Giri Shankar. Acknowledged for his fight against COVID-19 as Incident Director of Public Health Wales, Dr Shankar will receive award by the Queen of England. "The award is a great privilege," said the doctor who has spent about three decades of his life in Bengaluru.
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At least 26 inmates locked in various jails across Maharashtra eligible for parole have denied it. The issue surfaced in a meeting held by the state committee created to recommend suggestions to decongest the jails. While some are worried over their survival in the lockdown others fear of becoming burden on the family. Interestingly, the Bombay HC recently held that no inmates can be forced to take parole/temporary bail.
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Announcing numerous COVID-19 support measures, the Centre on May 29 promised pension to families that lost their sole bread-earners due to the pandemic. The government also stated that it had "enhanced and liberalized" the insurance compensation policy under Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme to support such families. Moreover, the benefit will be available retrospectively to cover COVID casualties from 24.03.2020 till 22.03.2022.
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