News in Five: June 18 (2020)

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News in Five: June 18 (2020)


Biggest Single-Day Spike Recorded in India

With over twelve thousand new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, India witnesses the biggest single-day spike in Coronavirus cases. This has taken the current toll to 3,66,946 cases, including 1,60,384 active cases. An increase in the death toll by 334 cases takes the total count to 12,237 deaths by COVID-19.

India Set to Represent the Asia-Pacific Group in UNSC as Non-Permanent Member

As of today, India has been elected once again, as the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, securing 184 out of the 192 votes. This marks the eighth time India has secured the aforementioned position for the representation of the Asia-Pacific group in the Security Council. India's term is set to begin from January 2021 and shall last for two years.

Body of 82-year-old Coronavirus patient found in the toilet at Jalgaon Civil Hospital

Jalgaon Collector Dr Avinash Dhakne has been transferred by the Maharashtra Government, along with suspending five senior doctors at the Jalgaon Civil Hospital on Wednesday. The orders come after an 82-year-old COVID-19 patient was found inside the toilet of the hospital. Hospital authorities had reported the body missing and nowhere to be found for eight days.

Zoom, TikTok, ShareIt among Chinese apps being analysed by Indian Intelligence

Indian intelligence agencies are analysing the dangers attached to more than 52 mobile applications linked to China, and have released a list of the same, asking the government to advise against usage of these apps. According to those who are watching the process unfold, apps such as Xender, ShareIt, TikTok, UC Browser, Zoom and BeautyPlus have been extracting data outside India.

The recommendations by the Indian Intelligence have been supported by the National Security Council as well, gaining momentum. Discussions on banning the apps continue.

GalwanMartyr was Supposed to get Married this Year

Sepoy Ganesh Ram Kunjam, martyred in the violent Galwan Valley face-off, was only 28 years old and engaged. Hailing from a tribal family who own paddy fields, late Sepoy Ram Kunjam was set to come home on a leave, for his wedding later this year.


100-Year- Old Defeats COVID 19 in MUMBAI.

After spending nearly a month at Rajawadi Hospital, 100-year Old Ramlal Mali, was discharged on Tuesday evening after recovering from Covid 19. Ramlal Mali, a resident of a chawl in Vikhroli Parksite was admitted to Ghatkopar’s Rajawadi Hospital on May 21 after he developed cough fever and breathlessness. The hospital staff applauded as he left with his daughter on Tuesday evening.

2.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hit North of Mumbai

An earthquake of magnitude 2.5 on the Richter scale struck 103 km north of Mumbai on Wednesday. "An earthquake of 2.5 magnitudes was recorded 103 km north of Mumbai, Maharashtra at around 11:51 am," said National Center for Seismology. There were no immediate reports of any loss of life of damage to property.

52-Year-old Constable Dies of COVID-19, Fourth Cop this Month

A constable of the Mumbai Police succumbed to Covid-19 on Tuesday night, taking the toll in the city police department to 30. Head Constable Uday Shinde was posted at Nirmal Nagar police station in Khar (East). The 52-year-old was the police station’s karkoon at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Bandra (East). Shinde had gone on leave earlier this week after falling ill and had tested positive on June 7, said a senior police official.

Bhiwandi Struggles to Contain Outbreak due to Inadequate Infrastructure, Lack of Medical Stuff.

The Bhiwandi-Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) is struggling with inadequate infrastructure and lack of medical staff and funding even as the number of Covid 19 cases in Bhiwandi touched 651 on Tuesday. The civic body has been struggling to admit patients for treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi, which has a capacity of 100 beds and is under incredible pressure to treat symptomatic patients, according to Dr Anil Thorat, dean of the hospital.

Three Days after IMD Announces Monsoon Onset, Widespread Rain gives Mumbai a Miss

On June 14, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Mumbai. However, on Sunday – three days later – the city is yet to receive widespread rainfall. While some parts in western suburbs recorded short but intense spells of rain on Monday, on Tuesday, the city recorded 0.8 mm of rain, in the 12 hours ending at 5:30 pm. On Wednesday, trace rainfall (which cannot be measured by a rain gauge) was recorded. As per the new onset dates classified by the IMD, the normal date for monsoon to cover Maharashtra is between June 10 and June 15. Monsoon in Mumbai arrived three days late from its normal onset date of June 11. However, the monsoon progression will not likely be called delayed as a standard deviation of five days is considered by the IMD.

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