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  • 57% of the Mumbai slum population already developed antibodies to fight against coronavirus.

According to a ser-survey conducted in the Mumbai slum areas, it was found that 57% of the slum populations have already developed antibodies to fight against the virus. This is quite good news for the state and the country as well since Maharashtra has been producing the highest number of cases per day in the country till now.


  • Global air passengers number not match the pre-COVID levels even till 2024.

According to a survey conducted, it was seen that passenger traffic globally will not match the pre-COVID numbers until 2024. People are still skeptical of traveling, and moreover, major countries are restricting flight movements. Domestic flight bookings have decreased up to 86% in June 2020 when compared to what it was a year ago.


  • Alternative lockdowns declared in West Bengal till August 31.

CM Mamata Banerjee declared a whole day lockdown on selective dates in the month of August in West Bengal. Lockdowns will be maintained on August 5, 8, 17, 24, and complete lockdowns on 16, 23 and 30 as well. This step is taken with the hope that cases might decrease to a certain amount. Schools will be closed till August 31, after that if situations seem to improve the restrictions might get decreased.


 


  • Strict rules to be imposed on Ecommerce companies regarding product information.

Strict rules are implemented for eCommerce companies regarding disclosing information about products sold on their site. Ecommerce companies will have to show proper information about where the products are being manufactured. Also, companies will have to show the total price of the products with the proper breakdown of charges. Violation of such rules will cost companies penalties under the consumer protection Act 2019.


  • “Just because you cannot see the protests, don’t think there isn’t any anger prevailing here,” said Omar Abdullah.

After the scrapping of Article 370, J&K has been left in turmoil. The ban on 4G internet is again a huge reason which is keeping Jammu and Kashmir far away from the eye of the rest of the country. Omar Abdullah stated that just because no protests are seen here, that doesn’t mean anger does not exist in people’s hearts. Apart from a few political parties in the country, everyone seems to forget about Jammu and Kashmir.


  • Hong Kong to experience a huge number of COVID cases in the upcoming days.

Hong Kong seems to experience the second outbreak of COVID 19, for which the government is imposing new laws and restrictions to fight the crisis. The government also took steps for arranging quarantine centers and testing facilities for sea and air cabin crew members.


  • Precautions to be taken by non-COVID wards of hospitals in Kerala.

After successfully flattening the curve, Kerala seems to return back to the 1000 cases per day pattern again. Strict measures are being implimented by the government to keep things under control. Infections can happen from anywhere; hence non-COVID wards of hospitals should also start imposing restrictions in order to keep everything under control.


 


  • COVID cases are splurging in West Bengal.

North 24 Parganas and Kolkata of West Bengal reported a huge splurge in the number of cases recently. The state recorded a total of 2134 cases in a day, which led to the total number of cases to 62964. Thirty-eight deaths took place in the last 24 hours as well. The CM also declared complete lockdown on specific days in the state in the month of August to bring situations under control.


  • Moderna claims to price vaccine for $50-$60.

Moderna, the USA pharmaceutical company, claims to bring the vaccine for $50-$60 per dosage. This price will be applicable to high-income countries mostly. On the other hand, Jhonson & Jhonson declared that their vaccine would be sold at a not for profit price.


  • Dalit woman’s dead body removed from pyre by upper caste.

A Dalit woman’s body was removed from the funeral pyre because the land on which the ceremony was conducted belonged to the upper caste. BSP president Mayawati also claimed that this was a disgusting act to do to someone who already lost their life. She demanded a thorough inquiry into it as well.


 

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