Today’s News Headlines: Covid-19 Cases Decline In Cities, Rises In Villages
18 States Including Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Shows A Decline In New Covid-19 Cases
Trends show a dip in covid-19 cases in states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat; the health minister cautioned the states to maintain covid-appropriate behaviour in the states and emphasised on the importance of containment zones. Some districts have shown declined positivity rate despite increased testing for the virus. States like Kerela, West Bengal, Punjab and Goa continue to report an increase in daily cases, with 26 states still having a positivity rate of more than 15%.
Bharat Biotech’s Vaccine Covaxin Given Approval To Start Phase 2/3 Clinical Trials On 2 To 18 Year Old
According to sources, Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, has been given approval by an expert panel to conduct phase 2/3 clinical trials on 2-18 year old. The trial is set to take place at various sites, including AIIMS Patna, AIIMS Delhi and Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur. The expert panel has recommended for the trials subject to the condition that the firm will have to submit an interim safety of phase II clinical trial and DSMB recommendations before proceeding for phase III.
While Cases Decline In Cities, Covid-19 Cases Surges In Small Towns And Villages
Rural India is witnessing a rise in covid-19 cases, as cases grow faster in small towns and villages. Data shows how the novel coronavirus has now shifted to attacking the rural areas, with 65% of the total cases in Uttar Pradesh and 89% in Chhattishgarh being reported from the state’s rural areas. There are many districts where every second person being tested is covid positive, indicating the positivity rate shooting up to 50%. The underreporting of cases and lack of healthcare infrastructure in rural India makes the covid-19 stronger in small towns and villages.
Bihar And UP Engage In A Blame Game For Bodies Found In Ganga
Many videos of half-burned and decomposed corpses floating down the Ganga river has been going viral on social media. Neighbouring states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are blaming each other for dumping bodies in the river. Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has condemned the act and termed it unfortunate. No official statement has been received about the number of bodies washed up on the banks of the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
We have taken serious note of the issue of dumping dead bodies in River Ganga and instituted measures for the prohibition of the same.
The Centre through the NMCG and district authorities will ensure all unidentified bodies are disposed as per the protocol. pic.twitter.com/lfKBiGA0vE
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) May 11, 2021
International Assistance Continues To Pour In For India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic
While Luxembourg sent 58 ventilators to India, gulf country, United Arab Emirates had sent 5 lakh favipiravir tablets to India yesterday. The Republic of Korea has also extended their support by sending a consignment of medical equipment, including 200 oxygen concentrators. India’s covid death count has reached an all-time high, with 4,205 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
Cooperation with Republic of Korea continues. Consignment of medical equipment including 200 oxygen concentrators arrives. Appreciate this support from our partner 🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/1X1DBHgulQ
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) May 11, 2021
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Says That The State May Have Over 2,000 Cases Of Mucormycosis
Last week, Delhi reported cases of mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection in covid recovered patients. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that an increase in covid-19 cases would mean an increase in mucormycosis cases. Tope has informed that the state government will use hospitals attached to medical colleges as treatment centres for black fungus infection cases. Nasal or sinus infection, headache, fever, and pain under the eyes are some of the symptoms of mucormycosis.
Nargis Fakhri Enjoying Time With Her Boyfriend and American Chef Justin Santos
Rockstar fame Nargis Fakhri is currently spending the lockdown time with her boyfriend and American Chef Justin Santos. While sharing a glimpse of their couple time on Instagram, Fakhri wrote, “When he loves to cook & you love to eat. @justin_the_kitchen.” The couple also had a movie night and what one can see from the quick snapshot is that the movie is Sean Penn starrer Mystic River.
Zareen Khan Speaks About The Experiencing Of Portraying A Lesbian Character In The Web Series “Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele”
Female actor Zareen Khan, who entered Bollywood with the 2010 film ‘Veer’, will play the role of a lesbian on screen for the first time. Talking about the same, the actor said, “Because I am not a homosexual, I shouldn’t end up doing something unknowingly, saying or portraying something that might offend the LGBTQ community, I just had to be honest to the emotion of love and just portray it on screen with all honesty,” You can stream Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
Abhishek Bachchan Shares a Heartwarming Video On International Nurses Day; Salutes Nurses For Their Undying Spirit To Fight Covid-19
Actor Abhishek Bachchan penned down a heartfelt note on his social media account for International Nurses Day “The nurses have kept humanity above everything else working long hours & risking their lives to protect their patients. This #InternationalNursesDay, I salute their relentless efforts & their undying spirit to fight Covid-19. We’ll always be indebted to you all,” On the work front, Bachchan will be next seen in Dasvi along with Yami Gautam and Nimrat Kaur.
Football: Manchester City Crowned Winners Of Premier League Title For The Third Time
Manchester City has won the 2020-21 Premier League title for the third time in four seasons after United lose to Leicester City 1-2. Manager of Premier League club Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, said, “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other, this was the hardest one. We’ll always remember this season for the way that we won. I’m so proud to be managing this group of players!”
This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other, this was the hardest one. We'll always remember this season for the way that we won. I'm so proud to be the managing this group of players! 💙
Pep celebrates the title! 🏆⬇️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 11, 2021