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07 July 2020 Current Events India Records Over 7 Lakh Covid-19 Infections, First Phase Human Trials to Begin

For the first phase of human trials for COVAXIN, nearly 1,100 people are expected to be enrolled. COVAXIN is India's first Covid-19 vaccine which is developed by Bharat Biotech. The first phase of the vaccine is scheduled to start next week with July 13 set as the date for participant enrollment. After the results from a Phase I will further determine the start of the next phase of testing. ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has selected 12 institutes to conduct these trials including AIIMS in Delhi and Patna and directed that these be fast-tracked. However, it is still unclear if Covid-19 vaccine can be released right after the first phase trial.


Saudi Arabia Announced New Measures for Post Coronavirus Haj Yatra

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Saudi Arabia announced health protocols for the 2020 Haj season. The country has decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Haj to around 1,000. As per the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will also be prohibited from touching during the Haj. Social distancing norms have also been implemented. Further, access to sacred sites at Mona, Muzdalifah, and Arafat will also be limited to those with Haj permits, which will start from Sunday, July 19 till August 2, 2020. Also, wearing masks has been mandated for both pilgrims and organizers.


India Records Over 7 Lakh Covid-19 Infections, First Phase Human Trials to Begin

For the first phase of human trials for COVAXIN, nearly 1,100 people are expected to be enrolled. COVAXIN is India's first Covid-19 vaccine which is developed by Bharat Biotech. The first phase of the vaccine is scheduled to start next week with July 13 set as the date for participant enrollment. After the results from a Phase I will further determine the start of the next phase of testing. ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has selected 12 institutes to conduct these trials including AIIMS in Delhi and Patna and directed that these be fast-tracked. However, it is still unclear if Covid-19 vaccine can be released right after the first phase trial.

Saudi Arabia Announced New Measures for Post Coronavirus Haj Yatra

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Saudi Arabia announced health protocols for the 2020 Haj season. The country has decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Haj to around 1,000. As per the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will also be prohibited from touching during the Haj. Social distancing norms have also been implemented. Further, access to sacred sites at Mona, Muzdalifah, and Arafat will also be limited to those with Haj permits, which will start from Sunday, July 19 till August 2, 2020. Also, wearing masks has been mandated for both pilgrims and organizers.

India's First Covid-19 Vaccine to be Launched by August 15

India's first Covid-19 vaccine COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech gets a nod for human clinical trials from the Drug Controller General of India. This is in collaboration with ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and NIV (National Institute of Virology) and was instrumental in the development of the vaccine as per the officials from the company. The trial will be done in Phase I and Phase II for SARS - CoV - 2, which is approved after preclinical studies demonstrated by safety and immune response, which would start across the country from next month. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare granted permission to initiate Phase I and II human clinical trials after the company submitted results generated from preclinical studies.

PM Modi Lands in Leh, A Morale Booster for Soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Leh, Ladakh early this morning, along with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. This visit is the first for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Leh, after the June 15 clash between the Indian and the Chinese troops in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred. The PM will review the ground-level security situation. The Prime Minister will interact with soldiers, which will be a morale booster for the troops. He will also meet the injured soldiers at the military hospital. PM Modi will return to Delhi later today.



Total Coronavirus Cases in India Crossed 6 Lakh Mark

The total number of Coronavirus cases in India crossed 6 lakh mark after 19,148 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. As per health ministry reports, active cases in India stands at 2,26,947, while 3,59,859 patients have recovered, and total cases have gone up to 6,04,641. The death toll in the country went up to 17,834 after adding 434 fatalities in 24 hours. The recovery rate in India is at 59.51%. And the gap between recovered patients to actives cases now stands at 1.32 lakh. As per ICMR, over 90.5 lakh samples have been tested so far in the country for Coronavirus as of July 1. 

PM Modi Extends Free Ration for 5 More Months

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address the nation where he announced the extension of the scheme to provide five kg foodgrains and one kg of pulses for free to 80 crore beneficiaries for another five months. He further said that the five-month extension would cost around Rs 90,000 crore, taking it to Rs 1.5 lakh crore altogether. Under the National Food Security Programme, low-income families are entitled to 5 kg grains every month, and the government is extending the entitlement also by topping it up with matching quantity with pulses. However, other elements of the same scheme have ended on Tuesday.

59 Chinese Apps Banned in India including TikTok

On Monday, the government of India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country. A day after the announcement, the Apple app store and Google Play store have removed the apps. Tik Tok is one of the most downloaded apps in India, which had nearly 119 million active users. Though users who still have the app can continue to use, it can't be downloaded anymore. However, most of the other Chinese apps which are banned in India are still available for download. Meanwhile, Tik Tok has responded to the move saying that the app has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarification.

J&K: Three Terrorists Killed In an Encounter on Monday

As per the reports, three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces on Monday. The incident took place in Khulchohar area of Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. On the matter, the police said that their identities are being ascertained and the search operation is still underway. Earlier on June 26, three terrorists were shot down in an encounter in Tral by security forces. The information about the terrorists was given to security forces from Jammu and Kashmir Police about the presence of terrorists in Chewa Ullar village.

Telangana: First Batch of Covid-19 Drug Has Been Shipped to Five Worst-Affected States

Hyderabad-based drugmaker Hetero dispatched its first 20,000 vials to five states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu, which are the worst affected states in the country. The drug is an experimental Covid-19 drug which has approval. The drug is being marketed under the brand name COVIFOR in India. The drugmaker is based in Telangana's capital city Hyderabad and will soon receive the first consignment. Hetero stated that a 100-milligram vial of the drug would cost around Rs 5,400. The recommended dose is 200 mg on day 1, followed by once a day of 100 mg of the drug for five consecutive days. The next batch of the drug is scheduled to be shipped in cities like Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Kochi, Trivandrum, and Goa.



Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Fairness Products in India

After the recent debate on skin colour which came into the spotlight after the murder of George Floyd, the American multinational company Johnson & Johnson have decided to stop selling its Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream completely. The product is being sold in Asia and the Middle East and Clean and Clear fairness cream which is being sold in India. A spokesperson from the company said in a statement that some of their products have been highlighted of promoting fairness and white skin which was not their intention. Hence, they have taken the decision. Further, the company has also removed all fairness product links from its website and retailer pages. Though, the Indian market is still dominated with fairness products like Fair & Lovely, Hindustan Unilever etc.

Covid-19: All Symptomatic Person Maybe Tested As Per New Strategy

The Covid-19 testing strategy has been revised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday, which includes "all symptomatic individuals in every part of the country." As per the new strategy, testing is advised for all symptomatic individuals "without any qualifiers." Earlier, as of May 18, testing was limited to all symptomatic individuals in hospitals, containment zones, and hotspots, contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case, healthcare, and frontline workers, and those with history of international travel. ICMR further said that test, track and treat is the only wat to prevent the spread of the infection and save lives.

Delhi: 20 Transformers to Provide Power to COVID-Facility Centre in Delhi

BRPL spokesperson confirmed on Monday that a large-scale infrastructure that is capable of enduring an 18-MW loan, which also consists of underground cables and 20 transformers, will power the Covid-19 quarantine facility of 10,000 beds at the Radha Soami spiritual center in South Delhi. The move is being endorsed as the largest in the world. Coronavirus cases are rising in Delhi, which calls for an urgent need to increase hospital beds and isolation facilities. The temporary set up is being structured over a covered area of 12,50,000 square feet, approximately the size of 22 football fields. The preparation is being assessed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia. Further, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) has been tasked to putting together the power infrastructure in a record time of 15 days, said the BRPL spokesperson.



Covid-19: India Records Fresh Hike with 15,372 Infections in Past 24 Hours

India records a fresh single-day spike yet again with 15,372 infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country's total to 4,26,397. Also, for the first time, the country's daily fatality count crossed the 400 mark taking the country's cumulative death toll is 13,695. Maharashtra primarily contributes the spike in both death rate, and increased number of cases as the state has reached 1,32,075 with 3,870 new cases. Delhi, on the other hand, witnessed a drop in both death toll and a recent number of cases; 3,000 tested positive against Saturday's 3630, deaths on Sunday were 63 against 77 the previous day. The cumulative total in Delhi is 59,746.

 



14,516 Cases Reported in Past 24 Hours in India

India records the highest surge in infections in the past 24 hours, with 14,516 cases as per the Union Health Ministry. The new coronavirus cases in the country has risen to to 3.95 lakh cases, which are behind Russia in worldwide tally. On Friday, Amit Shah led Home Ministry declared that the cost of COVID treatment charged by private hospitals in Delhi be fixed. Committee recommended Rs 8,000 - 10,000, Rs 13,000 - 15,000 and Rs 15,000 18,000 for PPE costs for isolation, bed, ICUs without and with ventilator respectively to all hospitals. Further, in another development, the 12-day lockdown has started in Chennai and three other districts of Tamil Nadu from Friday. Neighbouring districts of Chennai, such as Chengapalet, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur, are also under lockdown. 

India to Witness Annual Solar Eclipse on Sunday from 10:12 am to 2 pm

As per the Ministry of Earth Sciences said that India would witness the annual solar eclipse on Sunday (June 21), and the celestial body will be visible in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttarakhand. The solar eclipse will begin at 10:12 am, and the phase of annularity will end at 11:50 am. The entire event will come to an end after 2 pm. Due to Coronavirus pandemic, any participation has been prohibited; at Kurukshetra, where the eclipse will be visible, the administration has decided to impose prohibitory orders from Friday. Furthers, violators would be charged under Section 188 of IPC ("disobedience to order duly promulgated by the public servant"). Barricades are being set up, and 'checkpoints' are being increased.



Anti-China Protest Erupts Across India, Delhi's Defense Colony Declares "War"

After 20 soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan valley on late Monday night, India calls to boycott China-made goods. As per reports by ANI and PTI, people are burning the Chinese flag, effigies of China's President, and Chinese products. In a posh locality of South Delhi's Defence Colony "declared war on China." A five-minute audio recording by the President of RWA, Major Ranjit Singh (retired), lashed out at the "brutal murder" of Indian soldiers and demanded that people boycott China-made goods. Worryingly, he further said, "Unfortunately, we cannot take up guns and bullets." The protest took place in other parts such as UP's Varanasi, Patna in Bihar and Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat in Gujarat as well.



India Records 10,667 Coronavirus Cases Past 24 Hours, Taking Country's Total To 343,091

As per the reports by Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, India records 10,667 new Covid-19 cases and 380 fatalities in the past 24 hours taking the total coronavirus cases in India to to 343,091 on Tuesday. However, the spike recorded today is lower than yesterday, which was at 11,502 in the country. Although, fatalities due to the infection are increasing, taking the country's total to 9,900. The number of active cases in the country stands at 1,53,178, while 1,80,013 patients have been cured so far. Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state in the country with 50,567 active cases, while 56,049 patients have been cured and discharged so far. Tamil Nadu and Delhi stand at 46,504 confirmed cases.



Vande Bharat Mission: Under Phase III, Nearly 156 Indians were Repatriated from Sri Lanka

Under the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, nearly 156 Indians in Sri Lanka, were flown back home to India on Monday. So far, over 1,000 Indians returned from Sri Lanka in several flights and the Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa, since the first phase of the evacuation mission starting May 27, 2020. Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met the Indian nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport to bid them a safe journey. The next Air India special flight from Colombo to Delhi, Lucknow and Gaya is scheduled on June 22 as per the release report.



'Chhichhore' Actor Sushant Singh Rajput Found Dead at his Mumbai Residence

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on June 14. The police intervened and informed that the actor died by suicide "He has committed suicide at his residence in Bandra. Our team is there," Manoj Sharma, Additional Commissioner of Police, Western Region. A statement was released from the actor's team reading "It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work as they have done so far. We request the media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief." Rajput was 34 and was suffering from depression as per the reports.



India Records Another Highest-Single Day Spike of 9,996 Cases, 357 Fatalities

India records another highest single-day spike with 9,996 cases till Thursday at 8 a.m. The additional new cases are taking the country's total tally to 2,86,579. The country also registered its highest fatalities with 357 deaths as per the Union Health Ministry. Further, the number of recoveries remained more than the active Coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day. As per the data, the number of active Coronavirus cases in the country stands at 1,37,448. In total, 1,41,028 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated to another country.




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