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Today’s News Headlines: Covid-19 Cases Go Slightly Up; Daily Fatalities See A Jump

Covid-19 Bulletin: Active Caseload Go Slightly Up; Daily Fatalities See A Jump

According to the data released by the union health ministry, India witnessed a slight rise in active covid-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, with 1,32,788 more people testing positive. The number stood at 1,27,510 on Tuesday. The fatalities have also seen a jump by around 400 in 24 hours, and a total of 3,207 people have succumbed to death. Though India recorded a slight rise in covid-19 cases, the daily recoveries continue to surpass the daily recorded case. The recovery rate now stands at 92.09%. The cumulative caseload of covid-19 in India has reached 2,83,07,832.

Dharmendra Chatur Appointed As Twitter’s India Grievance Redressal Officer

After High Court sent a notice to Twitter against a plea filed due to the non-compliance of the microblogging site to the new IT rules 2021, Twitter has now appointed an interim grievance redressal officer for India as per the requirements of the IT rules. Dharmendra Chatur has been appointed to the post of India Grievance Redressal Officer. However, there has been no information on appointing of a compliance officer and a nodal officer. The Delhi High Court said that Twitter would have to comply with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 if they have not been stayed.

The United States May Provide 8 Crore Covid-19 Vaccine Doses To Other Countries

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said that The United States would soon announce how it will distribute and supply eight crore covid-19 vaccine doses to other countries and reveal the criteria and details of the vaccine distribution process within the next two weeks. The US President, Joe Biden, had said that they would send at least 2 crore doses of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and 6 crore doses of AstraZeneca Plc-Oxford University vaccines to other countries. To curb the spread of covid-19 in countries such as Brazil, and India, the US administration has been under pressure to share vaccines with other countries.

WHO: The Covid-19 Delta Variant Detected In India Is The Only Strain Of Concern

On Tuesday, The World Health Organisation has said the only one strain of covid-19 found in India is now of concern while downgrading the other two strains. The triple mutant variant (B.1.617) has been blamed for the outbreak of the deadly second wave of the covid-19 pandemic in India. During its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic, the WHO said: “It has become evident that greater public health risks are currently associated with B.1.617.2, while lower rates of transmission of other lineages have been observed”. The B.1.617.2 variant remains the “variant of concern”.

Delhi High Court Asks Centre To Save Younger People While Framing The Mucormycosis Drug Policy

The High Court, while hearing a batch of pleas regarding the management of covid-19 and black fungus cases in the capital, a division bench consisting of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh asked the central government to frame the mucormycosis drug policy on the distribution of the Liposomal Amphotericin B. The High Court added that the centre should save young people who have a better chance of surviving than older ones who lived a whole life. However, the court, while clearing its stance, added: “We are not for a moment discounting the emotional support that the older generation provides families, particularly Indian families that are so closely bonded.”

Russia’s Sputnik Light May Be The First Single-Dose Vaccine Administered In India

According to the sources, there is a possibility that the Sputnik Light from Russia will be launched very soon in India and an application seeking regulatory approval for the vaccine is expected to be filled up soon. Dr Reddy Laboratories is already in talks with the government of India to bring Sputnik Light in the country, as per the sources. Sputnik Light may become the first single-dose vaccine to be launched in India. The trials and approval of Sputnik Light have already started in other countries, and the vaccine shows 79.4% efficacy against the covid-19 virus after 28 days of taking the jab. Recently, Apollo hospitals announced that it would start administering Sputnik-V vaccine doses from the second week of June at an approximate cost of INR 1,195 per dose.

Arjun Kapoor Speaks About His Relationship With Malaika Arora; Says She Knows Everything About Me

There had been many speculations about the relationship of Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor, and the couple confirmed it in 2019 by making their first public appearance. In an interview with radio host Sidharth Kanan, Arjun Kapoor was asked about who knows him well, to which Kapoor replied, “My girlfriend knows me inside out from that way,” Adding further, the actor said that even if he is having a challenging time or hiding something, Malaika instantly spots it. Arjun and Malaika do keep their fans updated by sharing regular pictures on their social media handles.

Marathi Blockbuster Film Sairat’s Music Crosses 1.2bn Views On YouTube

The music of Marathi blockbuster film Sairat is composed by the national award-winning composer duo Ajay-Atul and the film released in the year 2016. Calling it a trendsetter, Ajay-Atul said: “It is overwhelming to see the audiences appreciating and loving the music album even today. We have now been able to cross the benchmark that this album has set not only in Marathi cinema but in the entire Indian film industry. We are grateful to our audiences who have showered the soundtrack with so much love,” Film Dhadak, which released in 2018 starring Jahnvi Kapoor and Ishan Khattar, is the Hindi remake of the film Sairat. The dance number ‘Zingaat’ was also recreated in the Hindi remake of the film.

Female Actor Kajal Aggarwal Shares A Stunning No Makeup Picture On Her Twitter Account

To kick in some mid-day week motivation, female actor Kajal Aggarwal took to Twitter and shared a stunning no-makeup picture captioning it as “Sometimes all you need to do is breathe.” Through social media, Kajal Aggarwal is sending a lot of positive vibes as India fights the ferocious battle with the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic. On the professional front, Aggarwal will soon be sharing space with South superstar Chiranjeevi in the film Acharya directed by Siva Koratala.

BCCI Will Host The 2021 T20 World Cup, Says ICC

On Tuesday, ICC said that the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup might be moved from India to the United Arab Emirates while adding that the final decision will be taken later this month on the October-November event. However, ICC added that BCCI would retain the hosting rights regardless of where the event takes place. ICC, in a statement, said: “The ICC board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East. A final decision on the host country will be taken later this month. The Board also confirmed that the BCCI would remain the hosts of the event regardless of where the event is played.” Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked ICC to give time to make a decision if India can stage the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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