Today's News in 5: June 3, 2020

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Today's News in 5: June 3, 2020


Delhi: Highest Single Day Surge in COVID-19 Cases
Over 1,298 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the country’s capital in the last 24 hours. This development marks the highest single day rise so far. The number of total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Delhi has spike up to 22,132 while the number of fatalities has reached 556. As of now the number of active cases in Delhi stands at 12,573.

Big Boost to Make in India: MoD to Purchase 156 Upgraded BMP Infantry Combat Vehicle
In a major boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government, Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) with the approval of Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, has today placed an Indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for supply of 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army. Under this Indent, the ICVs will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak in Telangana at an approximate cost of Rs 1,094 crore.

The BMP-2/2K ICVs are going to be powered by 285 horsepower engines and are lower in weight which will make them highly mobile to meet all tactical requirements of mobility in the battlefield. These ICVs will be able to reach a speed of 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) with easy steering ability in cross country terrain. They will have amphibious capabilities to travel at 07 kmph in water. These are designed to overcome slope of upto 35° cross obstacles of 0.7 metre and have lethal firepower capability.

Indian power market moves closer to real time
R. K. Singh, the Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy & Minister of State (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship), launched pan-India Real Time Market in electricity through video conference in New Delhi, on 3 June 2020. This has placed Indian electricity market amongst a league of few electricity markets in the world, which have real time market. While speaking at the event, the Power minister highlighted that real time market is an organized market platform to enable the buyers and sellers pan-India to meet their energy requirement closer to real time of operation.

US to Ship 100 Ventilators to India
Amidst the spread of COVID-19, United States President Donald Trump in a conference call told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the US will be ready to ship the first batch of 100 donated ventilators to India next week, the White House has issued a statement saying "The two leaders discussed the G7, the Coronavirus response, and regional security issues," an official said.

India: COVID-19 Cases & Recoveries Cross a Lakh
India’s active COVID-19 cases have reached 1,01,497 and number of patients who have been cured/ discharged is now at 1,00,302. The total number of Corona cases have reached a staggering 2,07,615, with biggest 24 hours jump of 8,909 cases. Meanwhile, COVID-19 death toll in the country has spiked up to 5,815.

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US Pharma Company Begins Human Trials for COVID-19 Antibody Therapy
Unites States based Pharmaceutical firm Eli Lily and Company initiated human trials for the first COVID-19 antibody therapy. The first phase of the trial will be to determine whether the therapy is safe for the human subjects. The results of phase one are expected to come out towards the end of this month. Patients in the first phase of this trial have been dosed with the pharma company’s LY-CoV555 antibody treatment.

Colleague of COVID-19 Whistle-blower Dies Undergoing Corona Treatment
On Friday, Hu Weifengg, a doctor from, COVID-19 epicenter, Wuhan and colleague of Coronavirus whistle-blower Li Wenliang died after undergoing COVID-19 treatment, announced a China Central Television (CCTV) broadcaster today. The deceased was a 42-year-old urologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital. The deceased's photographs were doing the rounds in April, showing the doctors skin tone turn dark blue, because of liver damage as a result of contracting the virus. His Fellow doctor Yi Fan showed similar symptoms but recovered.

COVID-19 “Still a Killer Virus” Says WHO in Response to Italian Doc’s Claims
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in statement made yesterday, 2 June 2020 said that COVID-19 is “still a killer virus” following a leading Italian medical professionals claim that "the virus clinically no longer exists" in the country. WHO's Mike Ryan in response said. "We need to be exceptionally careful not to create a sense that, all of a sudden, the virus, by its own volition, has now decided to be less pathogenic,"

George Floyd's Last Words Displayed on Banners Across Skies in 5 US Cities
Following protests over the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, massive banners displaying George Floyd's last words flew across five American cities. This development was initiated by Jammie Holmes, a Dallas-based artist. The project was intended as an "act of social conscience and protest…to bring people together in their shared incense at the inhumane treatment of American citizens", Holmes said.

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Says “Trump Cannot alter G7 Format”
Foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell of the European Union (EU) has said US President Donald Trump, as G7 chair, does not possess the power to alter the format of the G7 summit. This statement by the official comes after Donald Trump said he wanted to invite other nations to the G7. Trump expressed his desire to invite Russia which was removed from the group in 2014 after its annexed Crimea.

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Maha CM: “Don’t Step out for two days”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has urged residents of Mumbai to refrain from stepping outside their homes for the next 48 hours, amidst Cyclone Nisarga. The CM has advised citizens keep their electronic devices on charge as there is a likelihood of power cuts.

47 Cops Contract COVID-19 in Past 24 hrs
47 more police personnel from the Maharashtra State Police test positive for COVID-19 today, informed the police department in a statement. This surge cases come within a span of 24 hours. The total number of front line policemen who have contracted the virus stand at 2,556, with 29 fatalities.

Cr.PC Section 144 Imposed Ahead of Cyclone; BMC Advises Citizens to Carry Hammers if Travelling
Prohibitory orders under Section  144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.Pc) have been issued in the city, ahead of Cyclone Nisarga. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has urged citizens traveling in four wheeler's owing to unavoidable reasons to carry a hammer or any object heavy object that can help break the glass. “A Hammer would help break the glass if car doors get jammed due to electronic failure during heavy rainfall” said the civic body.

Docs from Civic-Run Hosp Take to Twitter Highlighting Glaring Staff Shortages
Doctors from the civic run KEM Hospital took to Twitter to highlight the “glaring shortage of class-4 workers, and their challenges during the ongoing pandemic.” The medical establishment, located in Parel is one of Mumbai’s most significant civic-run hospitals, providing facilities for both Coronavirus and non COVID-19 patients.

Coast Guard Deploys 8 Disaster Relief Teams to Maharashtra
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Region (West) has mobilised eight Disaster Relief Teams for Maharashtra to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief arising due to impending landfall of Cyclone Nisarg this afternoon. Teams have been deployed in Mumbai.

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