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  • Half a lakh cases in a single day, India’s COVID 19 cases spike up.

Around 50,000 cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, recording the highest number of cases in the country. The number of active cases existing is 4,85,115, and around 9,17,567 number of people were discharged being cured. The fatality number also increased, leading to 32,771 deaths. The recovery rate is around 63.18%.


  • PM decides to launch rapid testing facilities in Mumbai, Noida, and Kolkata.

PM Narendra Modi decides to launch rapid testing facilities in Kolkata, Noida, and Mumbai, which will help in testing more than 10,000 individuals on a daily basis.

ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida; ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai; and ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata are working in order to perform the tests regularly.


  • Parents in favor of longer online classes for their children in Karnataka.

Even though the Central government said to take three hour-long online classes, parents are more supportive of the state’s decision to conduct longer online classes for students. In Karnataka, Delhi, as well as Tamil Nadu, parents showed a keen interest in a longer period of online classes. On the other hand, parents from West Bengal supported the decision of the central government to conduct three hour long classes.


 


  • Lockdown extended up to August 1 in Sikkim.

The ruling government of Sikkim extended the lockdown up to August 1 in order to combat with COVID 19 cases happening there. It’s been around six months, and the coronavirus is still undefeated; to keep situations under control, the Sikkim Government took the decision of extending the lockdown and imposed heavy laws for people not obeying the rules as well.


  • Hong Kong combats coronavirus by shutting down dining in facilities in restaurants.

Due to the rising number of COVID 19 cases in Hong Kong, the government took the decision of banning dine-in facilities in restaurants form Wednesday. Monday, they declared and said more rules would be declared in the upcoming days as well. Wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing is mandatory for now.


  • Hurricane Hanna expected to bring discomfort and hard situations for Texas amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Hanna, the first hurricane of 2020, set foot on the Texas coast on Saturday with excessive rainfall and flood situations. It caused an extremely chaotic situation for Texas when it was already fighting with the COVID 19 crisis.


 


  • Sivasankar taken to Kochi for questioning regarding the gold smuggling case.

The secretary of Kerala CM M. Sivasankar, after being accused of getting involved with the UAE consulate related gold smuggling case, was taken by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the second time. Sivasankar will be questioned by NIA in Kochi regarding the case.


  • Mosque trust in Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi to be constituted.

Due to the pandemic, the physical possession of the land given to the Sunni Central Waqf Board is delayed. The Waqf board was allotted 5 acres of land beside the land where Babri Masjid stood. But the land has not yet been given to the board to start the construction yet, whereas the UP government will be inaugurating the Ram Mandir there in the upcoming month.


  • SC scrapped off Section 66 A in favor of retaining the right to freedom of speech.

The Supreme court finally scrapped off the Section 66A considering it unconstitutional and violating Article 19 (1) A. hence from now on, and nobody is entitled to get arrested for posting anything on social media platforms. Earlier, people could get arrested by the police for writing their opinion on the government or other situations, but due to the scrapping of 66A, freedom of speech is retained.


  • Pondicherry CM, MLAs and Ministers undergo testing for COVID 19.

After an AINRC MLA tested positive for coronavirus, Pondicherry CM, including 32 Ministers, will now be undergoing testing as well.