Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his October 20 address, urged Indian citizens to celebrate the upcoming festivals with responsibility. The PM reminded that only the lockdown has gone but the battle against the virus is still not over. He requested the citizens to wear masks always and wash hands regularly to remain protected from the virus. He mentioned that efforts to develop the COVID-19 vaccine have been intensified, and assured to… read-more
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Goa government has permitted watersports and river cruises in the state after releasing standard operating procedures (SOP) for the same. The SOP has mandated the thermal screening and regular sanitisations. Besides, boats will be allowed for only 50% occupancy and passengers should compulsorily observe physically distancing. Reportedly, only the visitors, who have not contracted the virus in the last 28 days, will be allowed to participate… read-more
Israel has announced it will begin human trails of its COVID-19 vaccine, named 'Brilife', by the end of the October. Reportedly, the vaccine was developed in August, and now will go through the regulatory processes. It is being developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIRB). However, it has not been communicated that by when the trials will be concluded or when the… read-more
With increased infection rate, global count of COVID-19 cases has breached the 40-million mark on October 19. The Reuters' data suggested that the recent surge in the cases can highly be attributed to the European countries, which reported over 1,50,000 cases a day. However, the US, Brazil, and India are still leading the chart in overall cases. Besides, at least 1.1 Million COVID fatalities have been recorded as of now.
According to a government committee, 50% of the Indian population could get infected with COVID-19 by February 2021. The committee further asserted that about 30% of the population is already infected. Explaining the method of analysis, a member of the committee said the model explicitly takes into account unreported cases. Moreover, experts opined that this could increase further if people fail to follow COVID-19 norms sincerely.
Speaking about the developments on COVID vaccines, Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan said the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech may soon start late stage trials of an intranasal vaccine for COVID-19. However, he said the pharmaceutical companies are yet to receive regulatory approval and added that the late stage trials usually include over 30,000 participants. According to WHO, none of the intranasal vaccines for COVID-19 have… read-more
China has witnessed a 4.9% surge in the economy during the July-September quarter 2020 as compared to the same quarter last year. Cabinet adviser, Qiu Baoxing stated, “By focusing on domestic circulation, we are actually enhancing our own resilience.” Another advisor Justin Lin Yifu said China's economy is expected to improve in the coming months, making it a global power-house accounting for "not less than 30%" of the world's economy.
In an exceptional instance, Nortosce town of Italy has just two residents and still they are following strict COVID-19 protocols. Giovanni Carilli (82) and Giampiero Nobili (74), making up the town’s population with no neighbours, not only wear masks, but also they hardly leave the town. While Carilli, afraid of the COVID-19 virus, said there is nobody to look after him if he gets sick, Nobilli advocated to follow the rules.
For the recent spurt in COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on October 18 blamed the state government for showing laxity during the Onam celebrations. Citing this, the minister asked other states to take lessons from Kerala and take care ahead of the festive season. Reportedly, Kerala's Health Minister K K Shailaja had said that carelessness against COVID-19 was observed on the public's part during Onam.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has announced the Indian domestic cricket season will begin from January 1, 2021. The decision was taken during the BCCI Apex Council meeting on October 17. The matches are likely to be held in four different centers, dividing the four groups into A, B, C, and Plate in order to reduce travel. Ganguly also mentioned that the Ranji Trophy, junior and women's tournament will be held next year.