Today's News in 5: June 8 (2020)

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Today's News in 5: June 8 (2020)

National

Delhi's Lt Gov Overrules CM's COVID Testing Order

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday overruled CM Arvind Kejriwal's order to test only symptomatic cases for COVID-19. Directing to follow the ICMR guidelines, the governor's order stated that asymptomatic cases and high-risk contacts of confirmed patients would also be tested "between Day 5 and Day 10 of coming into contact".

47, 74, 434 COVID-19 samples have been tested : ICMR

Currently, India has 2,56,611 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with 1,25,381 active cases and 1,24,094 recoveries. While the national death toll is at 7,135 as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the death toll in Rajasthan rose to 241 on Monday after another fatality. As of June 8, till 9 am, the ICMR declared having tested 47, 74, 434 COVID-19 samples, with 1,08, 048 samples having been tested in the last 24 hours alone.

China’s Rigid Stance on Sovereignty Issues to Stay: Jayadeva Ranade

Jayadeva Ranade, former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat,  and President of Centre for China Analysis and Strategy expressed doubts over China's leadership ever returning to the status quo. Mr Ranade believes that the US Trade War and current economic instability might have caused China's leadership to take a tougher stance on sovereignty issues to regain credibility. Disagreeing with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Mr Ranade believes that the recent intrusions are not subject to a difference of perception of the LAC, as Galway Valley, one of the main points of confrontation, has not witnessed an intrusion in the last 20 years.

J&K Records Biggest COVID Spike

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration revealed having recorded the highest spike of coronavirus cases on Sunday, with 620 new cases. 37 of these were recorded in the Jammu division and 583 in Kashmir division. The spike drove the total count of the UT to 4,087.

Religious Places of Worship Maintaining Social Dist

Pictures show devotees visiting religious places of worship all over India since their reopening on Monday after 75 days. Keeping social distancing measures in mind, squares or circles have been made on the floor. The pictures show devotees wearing masks and being screened for temperature when they enter. As per government guidelines, devotees aren't allowed to touch the holy books or idols.

Global

China Defends its Fight against COVID, says US was Informed

China on Sunday defended its actions on fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it "wasted no time" in sharing information on the virus with WHO. The Chinese Centre for Disease Control informed its US counterpart about the unknown virus as early as 4 January 2020. US President Donald Trump's administration has accused China of cover-ups and lack of transparency regarding the pandemic.

“Did a little Dance when I heard New Zealand was COVID-19 free” said PM Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she "did a little dance" when she heard the country was COVID-19 free. Ardern announced that her government would abandon all restrictions except border controls from midnight tonight, adding, "There's no denying this is a milestone." She also praised New Zealanders for having "united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus".

'Black Lives Matter' Painted on US Street Visible on Apple Maps

Apple Maps has updated its satellite imagery to show 'Black Lives Matter' painted on streets stretching to two city blocks near the White House. It also updated the road labels to read 'Black Lives Matter Plaza'. The words on the street were approved by the Mayor of Washington DC in response to the military action seen in recent protests.

US Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, to Dismantle Police Dept

Nine out of the 12 members of the Minneapolis City Council in the US on Sunday pledged to dismantle the police department and promised to create a new system of public safety. This comes amid protests over the killing of George Floyd, the black man who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

Pakistan Editor Praises UP govt's handling of COVID-19 Crisis, Shares Graph

Pakistan daily Dawn's editor Fahd Husain praised Uttar Pradesh government's handling of the COVID crisis and shared a graph comparing Pakistan with the state. "Look at this graph carefully...UP was strict with lockdown. We were not. See diff in death rate," he tweeted. "We must know what UP did right & Maharashtra did wrong to learn the right lessons," he further wrote.

City

Sonu Sood Meets with Mumbai CM on Facing Flak from MP Sanjay Raut

After receiving heavy criticism from  MP Sanjay Raut, Sonu Sood met with the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and state Fisheries Minister Aslam Shaikh, on Sunday evening. Aaditya Thackeray posted on Twitter expressing a desire to work alongside Sonu Sood and "assist as many people through as many people". Sood didn't acknowledge the criticism, rather thanked the state government for extending support in assisting migrant worker

Body of Deceased Released Without Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

The Cardinal Gracious Hospital in Vasai is being held responsible for releasing the body of a deceased, without waiting for COVID-19 test results. While the patient had been admitted for reasons other than the virus, the protocol states that tests need to be conducted before returning a body to its family members, so that prior instructions can be given to the family members, to safeguard their well-being. The patient, who died of liver failure, was cremated in the presence of more than 40 people, all of whom have been quarantined.

Mumbai Witnesses Massive Traffic Jams on Reopening Offices

As per the "Mission Begin Again" initiative by Maharashtra government, private offices have resumed work with 10 percent employees from Monday, and government offices are set to function with 15 percent of the workforce. The decision to resume working of private and government offices caused massive traffic jams in Mumbai on June 8. Despite two-wheelers being prohibited from carrying pillion-riders, many two-wheelers were spotted openly flouting the rules.
While Mumbai's local train remains closed, BEST decided to ply buses on multiple routes outside Mumbai as well.

Government of Maharshtra Strikes an Expensive Deal for Remdesivier Antiviral Drug, to Fight COVID-19

The Government of Maharashtra is set to secure 10,000 vials of Remdesivir from Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd, at 160 USD(Rs 12,000) apiece. Eskayef Pharmaceuticals is a Bangladesh-based Pharma company which is allowed to produce any patented medicine without obtaining prior permission, under WTO agreements, due to Bangladesh's status as a UN Least developed Country. While the Health Minister Rajesh Tope tweeted that Remdesivir will be made available for needy and poor patients, the antiviral drug with proven record of efficacy has mostly been made available to people with deep pockets and influence, on compassionate grounds.

Devendra Fadnavis calls for financial aid for Nisarg victims

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of financial aid announced by CM Uddhav Thackeray for Nisarg victims. Senior BJP leader Fadnavis called for better financial packages and urged the Maharashtra government to restore electricity and infrastructure. The former CM also complained about lower testing levels, saying that the current range of testing was within 10,000 while the state machinery have the capacity for 35,000. However, he agreed on the current CM's decision to reopen the economy.


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