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Headlines: First Case Of Monkeypox Detected In A Nigerian Woman In Delhi.

Monkeypox Cases On Rise: First Case Detected In A Woman In Delhi

On Wednesday, a Nigerian woman living in Delhi for over a month tested positive for monkeypox disease. With this detection, the city’s tally for monkeypox disease surged to four, and the country’s overall tally reached nine patients. So far, the virus has been detected in males only, and this is the first case where a woman has shown symptoms of the said virus.

At the global level, too, the cases of monkeypox have been reported mainly in males. “We are looking after the cases that are largely focused on men… There have been some cases reported in women and children, but their numbers are negligible,” said Andy Seale, advisor on sexually transmitted infections at World Health Organization, in a visualized interview.

The woman identified with monkeypox disease had not travelled abroad in the last 21 days. Similarly, the other three cases identified in the city had no international travel history. This raised significant concern for health officials. In contrast to Delhi cases, the five cases identified in Kerala had a travel history to UAE in the past.

China To Seal Off Taiwan’s Water And Airspace

In retaliation to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, the Chinese military will start one of its largest ever exercises in waters off Taiwan from Thursday onwards for four days. The purpose of these exercises is to seal off Taiwan’s both water and airspace effectively. The Chinese military said it would start large-scale military exercises in six areas in the waters and airspace to the north, east, southwest, and southeast regions around Taiwan’s island at noon on Thursday. The exercise will also involve live-fire drills and missile tests.

According to experts, the four-day military drills will disrupt Taiwan’s shipping and aviation industry. The official notice published on Wednesday involved, “For safety reasons, the movement of vessels and aircraft to the above-mentioned sea and airspace is prohibited till further orders“. 

Taiwan’s defence ministry, too, responded the same, citing, “China sent 27 aircraft to Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taipei following a high-stakes visit”. Also, the movement of military aircraft continued on Thursday, as around six J-11 fighter jets, five J-16 multirole fighter jets, and 16 Su-30 multirole fighters entered the air defence zone so far.

India Will Host UNSC Meet On Counterterrorism in October

For the first time, India will host diplomats and officials from all 15 countries of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a special meeting on terrorism in Delhi and Mumbai in October. According to officials, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) meeting will mainly focus on challenges such as terror financing, cyber threats, and the use of drones, among others.

Through this meeting, New Delhi is expected to highlight cross-border threats from Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is noteworthy that India’s membership as an elected member of the UNSC (2021-22) will end in December. So, it is the best time when India can insist that UNSC members decide on effective measures to counter rising terrorism across the globe.

Commonwealth Games 2022: India’s Performance On Day 6 Of The Event

On the sixth day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Tejaswin Shankar scripted history by winning the first-ever medal for India in the high jump event. He bagged the bronze medal to end the day on a high. Meanwhile, Judoka Tulika Maan claimed the silver medal in the women’s 78 kg category after losing against Sarah Adlington of Scotland.

Lovepreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh won bronze medals in weightlifting events taking India’s total tally in weightlifting events to 10 medals.

Similarly, Ace India Squash star Saurav Ghoshal gave a sensational performance against England’s James Willstrop to bring the first bronze in Squash Singles at CWG since the inclusion of the Squash event in 1998.

As of now, India’s overall medals tally includes 18 medals. Out of these, 5 are gold, six silver, and seven bronze.

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 19,893 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.50%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 19,893 new covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,36,478 Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases registering 20,419 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,34,24,029. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 4.94% and 4.64%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.67 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 205.22 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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