Today's News in Five: 28 May, 2020

From a 36-day-old baby beating COVID-19, to the BMC preparing to install 1.5 Lac beds by mid-June, 'The Watchdog News' curates and brings five of today's top news stories. Read on to stay informed.


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Today's News in Five: 28 May, 2020

1.) Infant Beats COVID-19!

Infant (Representational Image)

A month-old-baby has defeated the Coronavirus and returned home from Mumbai’s Sion Hospital. This recovery by a 36-day -old baby breaks away from the gloom surrounding the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city, and the state, which has witnessed the highest single day surge in Coronavirus cases.

This is not the first time an infant made a full recovery in the city during this ongoing pandemic, a two-month-old had been successfully discharged after making a full recovery.

2.) Locust Hoard Now Enters Maha’s Bhandara Dist.

Swarm of Locusts

Following the hoard of Locusts entering Maharashtra, through the Amravati district yesterday, the locust hoard has now reached the Bhandara district. The state agricultural departments officials claim that the swarm has reduced from 17 Kms from Monday to around 1-2 Kms in length as of Wednesday.

Officials maintain that there is no significant damage to crops. The locusts had entered the eastern side of Maharashtra after ravaging fields in Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

3.) SC Directs States to not Charge ‘Migrant Workers’

Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court of India has directed the state governments to not charge ‘migrant workers’ travelling. The apex court headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan has directed originating states to ensure meals and water, and Railways to provide the same during their journey.

4.) Cyclone Formation over the Arabian Sea Unlikely to Affect Mumbai; IMD Report

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The cyclone formation over the Arabian sea is unlikely to affect the coastal city of Mumbai. This is according to a report by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) published on 27 May 2020. The report reads,

“The cyclonic circulation over the Arabian sea extending up to mid tropospheric levels. Under its influence, a low-pressure area is very likely to form over the same region around May 29.” The report further states, “Mumbai, Thane likely to witness rain or thunder clouds on May 31 and June 1.”

5.) BMC to Prepare 1.5 Lac Beds by Mid-June; 1.75 Lac Patients Tested in City

BMC Hospital

Amidst the ongoing surge in Coronavirus cases in Mumbai, the city's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is aiming to prepare 1.5 lakh COVID-19 beds in the city by the middle of June. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has said,

“The city is preparing 1.5 lakh COVID-19 beds for mid-June.” The commissioner added there was an aggressive approach now in “Chasing the virus,” which could see a surge in more cases in Mumbai.

The senior civic official also praised the city’s testing infrastructure with over 1.75 lakh patients tested so far with a positivity rate of 18 %. He added that the lockdown has given the civic body enough time to prepare for contingencies for when the lockdown is lifted.


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