News in Five: June 22 (2020)

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News in Five: June 22 (2020)

Too much news is noise! 'The Watchdog News' curates and compiles the day's top global, national, and citywide developments into one comprehensive, easy to read article.


Karnataka might gain 25,000 active COVID-19 cases by mid-August

Karnataka might reach 25,000 active cases by August 15, if the growth rate doesn't deteriorate. Chief of Karnataka COVID-19 War Room Munish Moudgail stressed on the need to adhere to social distancing roles and the use of masks or face shields. Currently, Karnataka has 3,395 active coronavirus cases.

Final-year MBBS students to be deployed to help hospitals in Haryana fight COVID-19

The Haryana Government has decided to get more hands-on-deck to fight the coronavirus pandemic, by asking final-year MBBS students studying in private and government colleges to be deployed on the field. Currently, Haryana's infection tally has risen to 10,635 and 160 recorded deaths. As per the director- general of medical education and research in Haryana, 1,106 such final-year students from 11 private and government medical colleges have been called down for COVID-19 duties.

Mizoram faces two earthquakes in 12 hours; no casualties reported so far.

Mizoram witnesses two earthquakes within a short span of 12 hours. Mizoram CM Zoramthanga took to Twitter to inform the masses of the same and noted that damage assessment is already underway. "Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far", he said. After the incident, Mizoram was assured of assistance by Prime minister Narendra Modi.

Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal strategize to contain coronavirus in Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held meetings with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, deputy minister Manish Sisodia, lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and other senior officials, to come up with a new strategy for improving existing infrastructure for healthcare.

Union home minister Amit Shah has held several meetings with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and senior officials to discuss the action plan and augment the city’s health care infrastructure amid the pandemic. Delhi plans to use social distancing, detecting infections and inclusion of epidemiologists for better containment policies.

Delhi Government to send details report on each COVID-19 death in the city

The Delhi Government was instructed to submit a detailed report of every death in the city caused by COVID-19, by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday. The Delhi government was also instructed to identify all the households lying outside the containment zones and describe the existing containment zones afresh. The aforementioned meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.


BMC executive engineer, SRPF sub-inspector succumb to COVID

A 54-year-old executive engineer from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday afternoon. So far about 75 frontline civic workers have succumbed to Covid-19 and over 1,800 are infected. This is the second death among senior civic officials after deputy municipal commissioner Shirish Dixit succumbed recently. A 50-year-old sub-inspector, Raju Rana, posted in the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), also passed away on Sunday, 20 days after testing positive for Covid-19.

Nair Hospital Dental College: Parents told to sign letter, take responsibility for dentistry students taking final year exams

The Nair Hospital Dental College last week asked parents of the final year dentistry students to submit, by June 12 consent letters, taking responsibility of their child’s health conditions when they arrive in Mumbai to appear for their annual year exams starting July 16. So far, the college has received two letters, sources said.

2006 Local train serial blasts: Convict seeks interim bail, says jail overcrowded amid pandemic

Sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2006 Mumbai local train blasts case, Mohammed Sajid Ansari has sought interim bail before the Bombay High Court citing the Covid-19 pandemic. In his plea, Ansari has said that having spent 14 years in jails, he has “already undergone substantial police and judicial custody, with the current (pandemic) scenario, the present applicant (Ansari) can quarantine himself at his home for a period of at least two months to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease inside the prison,” the plea stated.

Mumbai sees protests against school fee hike, ban on online classes

Parents groups on Sunday protested against the fee hike by a national school chain that runs six schools in Mumbai. Another group of parents and teachers also staged an “online protest” over ban on online classes for primary and pre-primary students. Several parents of Vibgyor International held an online protest on Zoom against the school management for refusing to roll back the fee hike. Over 400 parents have signed a letter on the issue and sent it to the management.

Mumbai Police uses 'Vada Pav, Bhurji Pav' to explain the importance of wearing a facemask to protect against Covid-19 to Mumbaikars
In an interesting post, Mumbai Police has used Mumbai's favourite Vada Pav, Bhaji Pav, Bhurji Pav and Kheema Pav to send across the message. The tweet says just like these delicacies are incomplete without 'pav' (bread) every person is incomplete without 'pav' (bread) every person is incomplete without a facemask. "Always be pre'pav'ed! #NoMaskaOnlyMask," Mumbai Police tweeted

Mumbai has Water for 42 Days; BMC says ‘Do not panic’

The seven lakes and dams that supply drinking water to Mumbai have water stock that would last only 42 days. Since it hasn’t rained much in the catchment areas of these lakes, there is no increase in the water stock even as only eight days are left in June, the first month of monsoon.However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said there is no need to panic yet and added that since a good monsoon has been predicted, water will be available when it rains.

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