Nitrogen dioxide levels fell by more than 70% during Covid-19 lockdown in New Delhi: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Levels of nitrogen dioxide fell by more than 70 per cent during the lockdown in New Delhi, a UN policy brief said on Tuesday, warning that the environmental gains could be temporary if the cities re-open without policies to prevent air pollution and promote de-carbonisation. The UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on ‘Covid-19 in an Urban World’ said that with an estimated 90 per cent of all reported Covid-19 cases, urban areas have become the epicentre of the pandemic. It also pointed out that several new scientific studies suggest…

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Uniform country-wide peak in Covid-19 cases will not happen: Expert | India News

HYDERABAD: There cannot be a uniform peak in Covid-19 cases in a large country like India and each state has its own trajectory based on when people there were exposed to the infection, a public health expert said. The peak could be witnessed in states like Delhi by this month end or early August while it may be around September in others such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) here Prof. G V S Murthy said. IIPH was set up under…

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Cautiously optimistic over sales trend: HMSI

NEW DELHI: Despite healthy off-take in June on a sequential basis, two-wheeler major Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about future sales prospects given the uncertainties over local lockdowns. In a conversation with IANS, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director, Sales and Marketing, HMSI, cited challenges like local lockdowns, rising Covid-19 cases and seasonality of rural consumption as detrimental to a consistent sales’ off-take. “Even though our June sales performance from May has been encouraging, the company and the industry face severe challenges in terms of the new normal of…

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Rural markets faring better than urban centres amid coronavirus pandemic: Maruti Suzuki

NEW DELHI: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is seeing better demand in rural areas due to less number of COVID-19 cases as compared with urban regions which continue to reel under the high number of cases of the infectious disease, as per a senior company official. Buying sentiment in rural areas is also better due to good initial spell of rains in June which has led to a better sowing of the kharif crop. “Rural demand is little better than urban right now. In Maruti, the rural…

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toyota: Toyota Kirloskar resumes operations at Bidadi plant

NEW DELHI: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Friday said it has resumed operations at its Bidadi plant in Karnataka after taking measures to sanitise the facility where two employees had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. The company had suspended operations at the unit on June 17 after two employees, who had attended work on June 7 and 16, respectively, tested positive for the infectious disease. “Post confirming the safety of the workplace and adhering to all the mandatory protocols, the company has received permission (to resume operations) from…

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WHO Chief Says Pandemic Far From Over, Worried About Children

Geneva: The coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The U.N. agency is concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries, even as the numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations. “We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a…

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Trump Says Very Serious Investigations Against China

The United States was declared as the epicentre of the pandemic last month. Washington: US President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world. “We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source.” “It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over…

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Spike in Covid-19 Cases in Singapore Due to Extensive Testing of Foreign Workers: Health Ministry

Representative image. (Photo Credit: Reuters) Out of the majority of the new cases, 1,369 are work permit holders or foreigners, including Indian nationals, living in foreign workers’ dormitories, it said. PTI Last Updated: April 21, 2020, 7:57 AM IST Singapore: The 1,426 new coronavirus cases reported in Singapore on Monday were due to the extensive testing of foreign workers, including Indians, lodged in dormitories, considered as hotspots for Covid-19 infections in the country, the health ministry said. Out of the vast majority of the new cases, 1,369 are…

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coronavirus: 80% positive cases show no or mild symptoms, says govt | India News

NEW DELHI: The health ministry on Monday said 80% of Covid-19 cases were either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, emphasising on the need to follow lockdown rules and maintain social distancing even within the family to avoid further spread of the infection. Responding to concerns that asymptomatic Covid-19 patients were silent carriers, the health ministry as well as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said while it was not possible to test everyone, there were adequate provisions under the current testing strategy to test suspected asymptomatic people with contact…

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Pope Francis Offers Easter Prayer From Empty Saint Peter For COVID-19 Victims

Pope Francis addresses the faithful after celebrating Easter Sunday Mass. Rome, Italy: Pope Francis offered a Easter Sunday prayer for those killed and suffering from a novel coronavirus that has killed more than 100,000 people worldwide. “Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell,” the pope said in…

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Taiwan, WHO Spar Again Over Sharing Of Coronavirus Information

Taiwan accused the WHO of having ignored its communications early in the pandemic. (Representational) Taipei: Tension flared again on Saturday as Taiwan accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of playing word games in a dispute over details it sought in an email querying if the new coronavirus could be transmitted between people. Taiwan is not a WHO member, because of objections from China, which claims the island as its own and deems it to have no right to membership of international bodies. Such an approach, Taiwan says, deprived it of…

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Hovering Police Drones Take Italians’ Temperature and Issues Fines to Curb COVID-19

(Representative Image: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File ) Italy was the first Western democracy to enter a national lockdown in the face of a disease that has officially killed more than 18,000 people. AFP Last Updated: April 11, 2020, 4:29 PM IST The hovering drone emits a mechanical buzz reminiscent of a wasp and shouts down instructions in a tinny voice. “Attention! You are in a prohibited area. Get out immediately,” commands the drone, about the size of a loaf of bread. A heat sensor takes the…

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