On today's Covid-19 news wrap, Vikram Chandra analyses the geographical concentration of Coronavirus in India. Data shows us that the Coronavirus crisis in India is centred around a couple of cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Thane, Pune, Indore and Ahmedabad. Fresh cases in the country are also coming...
Sanitisation workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) arrived at 'Jalsa', the residence of actor Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai. Actor Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan tested COVID-19 positive and both were admitted to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital.
With Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and his son hospitalised in Mumbai hospital with COVID-19, celebrities from the film world and other walks of life sent in their messages wishing the duo a speedy recovery. On social media platforms, mostly Twitter and Instagram, actors including Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Bhumi Pednekar, Ritiesh Deshmukh sent in their prayers and wishes. This came after the Senior Bachchan, 77, tweeted to millions of his followers: "I have tested Covid positive, shifted to hospital, hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited."
Meet a man from Pune who owns a mask made of pure gold. Shankar Kurade, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 lakhs. Kurade said, "It's a thin mask with minute holes so that there's no difficulty in breathing. I'm not sure whether this mask will be effective."
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to destabilise Rajasthan Government. "We must focus on fighting coronavirus and that is what we are doing but they (BJP) are trying to de-stabilise the government. It wasn't so during Vajpayee ji's time but after 2014 there is pride and division on basis of religion," said Gehlot in a press conference in Jaipur.
A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Patanjali Managing Director among others in Jaipur over their coronavirus medicine claim. Jaipur's Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ashok Gupta informed, "We had received multiple complaints against Baba Ramdev for allegedly claiming to have developed medicine for coronavirus, without any trial. So, we have registered a case against Ramdev, Balkrishna and others on a complaint lodged by an advocate," said Gupta. The FIR was filed in Jaipur's Jyoti Nagar Police Station. Meanwhile, Ayush Ministry had also sought all information on its trial and put a ban on advertising it as a drug to cure coronavirus.
The wood carving artisans in Rajasthan's Jaipur are facing trouble amid COVID-19 pandemic. Their business has been adversely affected due to coronavirus crisis. The artisans are unable to export their products to foreign countries. While speaking to ANI, an artisan Mahesh Jangid said, "We used to sell our carvings to hotels but they are closed due to coronavirus. We are also unable to export our products." There are over 3,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Rajasthan.
Jaipur will witness a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, starting from 10:15 am till 1:44 pm, however, this time there will be no arrangement to show the eclipse in BM Birla Planetarium campus due to COVID-19 crisis, said Sandip Bhattacharya, Assistant Director, B.M. Birla Planetarium. Meanwhile, at 11:56 am 88 per cent of the sun will be covered. The solar eclipse will be visible in Gharsana in Bikaner, Suratgarh, Sirsa and Kurukshetra in Haryana and Dehradun and Joshimath etc. "Greatest phase of eclipse is Jaipur it will be witnessed just before 12 pm, partial solar eclipse will be witnessed here. This is the only solar eclipse visible from India this year. One should never try to watch the solar eclipse with bare eyes. Special eyeglasses or 14 number welding glasses can be used to view the eclipse. During the solar eclipse, the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun," said Bhattacharya. "The solar eclipse will be visible from 10:20 am to 1:48 pm with maximum visibility at 12:01 pm tomorrow in Delhi. Sun will be visible like a necklace. It will travel West to East. People can watch it via webcasts amid COVID19 lockdown," according to Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
At least four children were allegedly administered with expired glucose at Umaid Hospital in Jodhpur. Informing about the incident, Dr Ranjana Desai, Superintendent of the hospital, said, "I have formed an inquiry committee. Action will be taken if there has been any negligence. The children are doing fine."
Aerial spraying of pesticide was conducted by a helicopter in Jodhpur's Kerlanada on July 04. It was done as a part of locust control operation. Swarms of locusts have taken over the skies several states including Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The desert locusts are a species of locust, short-horned grasshopper. They are known to devour crops in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to food supply and livelihoods.
Union Minister of Jal Shakti and BJP MP from Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on June 29 helped two persons, who met an accident in Shergarh. Shekhawat was on his way to visit his Lok Sabha constituency when he encountered the scene, and decided to help.
A team of health department and police raided a house where adulterated ghee was allegedly being manufactured in Jodhpur. They seized over 200 tins of adulterated ghee from there. Further investigation is underway.
The cricket lovers celebrated birthday of legend Sourav Ganguly in West Bengal's Siliguri on July 08. Siliguri Cricket Lovers Welfare Organization cut cake on the occasion. The 'Prince of Kolkata' and current BCCI president turned 48 today.
Rain lashed in parts of Maharashtra on June 04. Mumbai's Kandivali area and Maharashtra's Thane received rainfall. Scientist of IMD (Mumbai), Shubhangi Bhute said, "Mumbai received rainfall today which is remnants of the cyclone. They will give intense spell for sometimes. Wind direction is towards north-east for now and that is why the speed is fast. Palghar, Mumbai, Thane are likely to receive heavy rainfall." Cyclone Nisarga hit coastal parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 03.
With Cyclone Nisarga approaching Alibaug, India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist, Shubhangi Bhute informed that Nisarga has turned into severe cyclonic storm. "Cyclone Nisarga has turned to severe cyclonic storm. The wind speed will be gusting to 110-120 mph. Raigarh, Mumbai, Thane, Palgadh district to witness heavy rainfall. Kaccha house, trees, poles might get damaged. Today around 1-3 pm it will strict at south of Alibag," said IMD scientist.
Head of Weather Department, IMD Pune, Dr Anupam Kashyapi on Cyclone Nisarga said the cyclone is likely to make landfall near Alibaug on June 03. At the time of landfall, wind speed is expected to be around 100kmph, he added. "Palghar, Pune, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Dhule and Nandurbar, Nashik expected to receive heavy rainfall tomorrow," Kashyapi further added. The cyclone is expected to hit parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 03.
The daughter of a labourer in Indore was gifted a flat by the municipal corporation as a reward for securing first division in Class 10 examinations. Bharti Khandekar, who used to live on footpath with her family, thanked the administration for the house, and also for making her future education free. "I thank my parents for encouraging me. We didn't have a house to live in, we were staying on footpath," said Bharti, an IAS aspirant. "I aspire to become an IAS officer. I would like to thank the administration for gifting me this house and making my further education free," she further said.
Ahead of Bakrid, online selling of goats has started in Madhya Pradesh's Indore. One of the goat sellers said, "I think this is for the first time happening that business of goats is taking place online. We aren't getting the desired response as people are not used to it. They are still in hope that 'Bakra mandi' will set up and then they will go to make the purchase."
Special flight carrying Indian passengers from Kuwait arrived at Indore airport on July 04. Proper arrangements were done at the airport keeping COVID spread in mind. Due to coronavirus pandemic, several people have been stranded abroad.
A special train carrying passengers from Delhi has reached Secunderabad Railway Station on May 13 amid coronavirus pandemic. The passengers were screened and stamped for home quarantine, with indelible..