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Coronavirus infection in Nepal enters community transmission phase: Nepal Health Ministry
- In a press briefing, the country’s Public Health Advisor, Dr Suresh Tiwari said that Nepal has entered community transmission in 12 districts, including its capital Kathmandu.
- “…12 districts and out of them, 4 have more than 1000 active cases till today. Combining it with other 8 districts — these 12 districts hosts around 73 per cent of the active cases. This has signalled that these 12 territories, or the pocket areas which we also can call hotspots have been adversely infected, with this we have reached to the point that there has been Community Transmission in these areas,” Tiwari said.
US says it won’t join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine
- The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization.
- The decision to go it alone, first reported by The Washington Post, follows the White House’s decision in early July to pull the United States out of the WHO. Trump claims the WHO is in need of reform and is heavily influenced by China.
Vande Bharat: 153 stranded Indians depart from Thailand for New Delhi in Air India flight
- A special Air India flight from Thailand departed for New Delhi on Tuesday, carrying 153 stranded Indians, under the Vande Bharat Mission.
- “12th Vande Bharat Mission flight from Thailand to India – AI 335 from Bangkok to Delhi departed with 153 pax. Mission team sent off pax. Thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Thai Immigration, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India,” Indian Embassy in Thailand tweeted.
Now, weekend curbs only on Sundays in Noida, Ghaziabad
- All shops will remain closed and people’s outdoor movement restricted on Sundays in Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, according to a new order by the Uttar Pradesh government which has revised the curb timings in the state.
- The restrictions have been put in place in view of the outbreak of coronavirus, the order stated.
- The restrictions will begin from Saturday midnight and continue till the next 24 hours, local officials said.
No lockdown in Madhya Pradesh on Sundays
- There will be no lockdown in Madhya Pradesh on Sundays, an order by Madhya Pradesh Government government said on Tuesday.
- The order referred to a decision of August 6 which said lockdown will be imposed every Sunday. “The order to impose lockdown has been repealed by the government with immediate effect,” it said.
- The guidelines for Unlock 4 released by Home Ministry have come into force from September 1.
Mizoram issues new unlock guideline
- Night curfew will be clamped in all district headquarters, including state capital Aizawl from 8:30 pm to 4:30 am.
- All commercial activities in the state will function normally.
- Apart from maintaining the coronavirus safety protocol, all shops have to keep detailed records of their customers.
- Weddings, funeral and anniversary celebrations are allowed with a ceiling of 50 attendees and that of sports practice with 25 attendees.
- Passenger flights are allowed to operate only Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- Inter-state movement of people will be allowed only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Andhra govt focussing to reduce COVID-19 mortality rate: KS Jawahar Reddy
- The main focus of Andhra Pradesh government is to further reduce COVID-19 mortality rate, said Medical and Health Department Special Chief Secretary KS Jawahar Reddy on Tuesday.
- Speaking to the media, he said that the mortality rate in the state is under control and some districts registered fewer deaths in comparison to their past record. Nellore, Chittoor, and Prakasam districts have registered an increase in deaths while Anantapur, Guntur, Krishna, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts witnessed a decline.