The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced many universities to shift to online-only courses. CNN reports the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has responded swiftly. ICE announced Monday that international students will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities only deliver education online. Thousands of foreign students come to the US to attend universities and training programs, as well as non-academic or vocational studies.
As if a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 weren't enough, Gizmodo reports the bubonic plague has reared its nasty head once again. Sunday, officials from Inner Mongolia revealed a shepherd has been diagnosed with bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. At the same time, a second case has been identified in neighboring Mongolia. Both patients had had contact with a wild marmot, and both are recovering. In the region, subsistence hunting is common.
Hundreds of scientists across the world have a burning question for the World Health Organization. According to Gizmodo, they just petitioned the WHO via an open letter with one demand. The demand is that the WHO acknowledge publicly that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 can be airborne. That means it can spread through the air (and linger there) via tiny aerosols emitted by the breath of infected people, not just large droplets. The letter puts the WHO in a tight spot.
Tibetans-in-exile in north Indian celebrated the 85th birthday of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama on July 06. Local Tibetan NGOs, monks and others from Tibetan community gathered on the main mall road of Shimla city to distribute masks and sanitizers among the locals in streets. One of the Buddhist monks said, "Due to COVID-19, we could not have a huge celebration on Dalai Lama's 85th birthday. Tibetans feel proud to celebrate his birthday by distributing sanitizers and masks among the people here." The Dalai Lama assumed full political powers in 1950 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. In March 1959 after the suppression of Tibetan National Uprising Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile in India with over eighty thousand refugees. For the last over six decades Dalai Lama has been working for the promotion of peace, love and compassion.
Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel who have recovered from coronavirus, donated plasma for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Speaking on it, Commandant 31st Battalion of CRPF, Deependra Rajput said, "139 CRPF jawans had tested positive for COVID-19 here. Out of 139, 138 have fully recovered and have returned to duty. Till now, three jawans have donated plasma and more are willing to do so. This is another way to serve the country." DIG of BSF, Lalit Kumar said, "We are preparing list of those who have recovered from COVID-19 and the list is with AIIMS hospital so whenever they'll feel need of plasma of BSF personnel, we will donate it to them."
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria on June 27 reacted on surging COVID-19 cases in the country. He said that the rise in COVID cases in country are not that high if compared to countries affected from the invisible enemy and India has low mortality rate. He said, "Rise in cases in India is still not as high as compared to other countries. In US, there've been almost 40,000 cases per day in last 2 days, our numbers aren't that high. Cases per million population continue to be low and we still have low mortality rate."
The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria said on June 12 that India is still very low in terms of number of cases of coronavirus, if one looks at number of cases per million population. "Although India has gone up to the 4th rank as far as COVID-19 cases are concerned, we have to accept that it is because of the population we have. If we look at number of cases per million population, we still are very low in terms of number of cases," said Dr Randeep Guleria.
The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria reacted over Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's statement that 5.5 lakh cases are expected in the national capita by July 31. "Number of cases in Delhi may not be as high as predicted but still whatever be the number, we have to increase our capacity so that we can manage increasing load that healthcare system is going to get," he said.