The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared the results of ICSE Class 10, ISC Class 12 board examinations on July 10. The Class 10 and Class 12 board exam results 2020 are now available on the CISCE official websites www.cisce.org and www.results.cisce.org. The CISCE board exams 2020 had got postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The pending exams that were supposed to be conducted in July, had to be cancelled eventually in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country. A total of 2,07, 902 candidates appeared for the ICSE Class 10 exams 2020
India is the third most affected country in terms of number of cases, but the worst is yet to come if a study is to be believed. Researchers at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology have predicted that India could be recording 2.87 lakh positive coronavirus cases each day in February 2021, if a vaccine is not developed soon. In February India would overtake the US which is the worst-affected country with over 3 million cases, the study noted. The US by early next year would be recording 95,000 cases, South Africa 21,000 and Iran would be handling 17,000 cases.
The West Bengal state government will enforce a total lockdown in containment zones from 5 pm on July 9, Thursday. The order was issued in the wake of the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases across the state. The order did not mention how long the latest shutdown will last. The state government also enlarged the domain of containment zones by including 'buffer zones' within such areas as well. The state will prohibit functioning of all government and private offices, all non-essential activities, congregations and gatherings, all forms of transport and all marketing, trading and industrial activities within these newly-defined containment zones.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have reportedly sued the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the new guidelines which disallow international students on non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas from remaining in the US if their classes have been moved to online-only mode due to the coronavirus pandemic. The two prestigious educational institutions sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar the DHS and ICE from enforcing the guidelines that are likely to impact thousands of Indian students residing in the US.
The World Health Organization acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. The WHO has previously saod the virus that causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground. But in a letter to the WHO, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles in air can infect people who inhale them. Because, those smaller exhaled particles can linger in the air, the scientists in the group had urged WHO to update its guidance.
The US Immigration department on July 6 announced that no student visas (F-1/ M-1 visa) will be granted or renewed to international students pursuing online academic courses in the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak. Foreign students in US must either leave for their home country or apply for transfer to another institute that is offering in-person classes at its campus in order to stay back. Most educational institutes including the prestigious Harvard University would be moving classes online for the full academic year 2020-21. No fees would be refunded and the fee structure will remain exactly the same.
The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, officials said, breaking off ties with the global health body amid the expanding coronavirus pandemic. The US has repeatedly accused the WHO of siding with China on the virus outbreak, and misleading the world resulting in worldwide deaths. In April, the US had stopped funding to the WHO. The US is the largest funder to the WHO, contributing more than $450 million per annum, while China's contribution to the health body is about one-tenth of that of the US.
Non-immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals wishing to enter the US on a temporary basis - for tourism, medical treatment, business, study, among others. There are two types of visa to study in the US: F and M visas. F-1 and M-1 visas are given to foreign nationals who are pursuing academic or vocational studies in the United States. F-1 visa students undergo academic studies like academic program or full-time degree programs at universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools in the US. M-1 visa is issued to a student who is going to attend a non-academic or vocational school.
A resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, Shankar Kurade, has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 lakh amid the coronavirus pandemic. "It's a thin mask with minute holes so that there is no difficulty in breathing. I am not sure whether this mask will be effective," said Mr Kurade. This idea struck him soon after he saw a man wearing a silver mask on social media. Since childhood, Shankar Kurade has been fond of gold ornaments and wears gold rings in all the fingers, gold bracelets on his wrist and huge gold chains around his neck.
India recorded its highest ever single day spike in coronavirus cases at 22,771 in the last 24 hours. The total tally of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 6,48,315 on Saturday while the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data. This is the second consecutive day when fresh coronavirus cases have increased by more than 20,000 per day. There are presently 2,35,433 active cases of coronavirus presently in the country. The number of recoveries stands at 3,94,226. The recovery rate stands at around 60.80%, according to official data.
The US reported nearly 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported. The daily US tally stood at 54,879 late Thursday, topping the previous single day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on June 19. The US has now reported more than 40,000 cases for seven straight days. Florida reported the biggest increase of any state so far on Thursday, recording over 10,000 new cases in a single day. With 21 million residents, the state has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.
Cough, cold and fever are no longer the only warning signs of Covid-19. Severe backache, abdominal pain, rashes or aching calves could also be critical symptoms of the infection. Doctors treating Covid cases say diarrhea, bodyache and pain round the knees and below may be more common than previously thought. On Monday, the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) added three new symptoms to its list of nine Covid warning signs: congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhoea. Patients with no history of diabetes brought to hospital with sugar levels of 400-plus dl/gm is also a red flag.
PM Narendra Modi will address the nation on Tuesday at 4 pm. This would be the prime minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. His address to the nation comes against the backdrop of a bitter standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh where 20 Indian army personnel were killed in clashes on June 15 in Galwan Valley. Also, the country will be entering "Unlock 2.0" phase from July 1 for which guidelines were issued by the Union Home Ministry on Monday night, further easing the lockdown restrictions outside the containment zones.
The Maharashtra government extended the COVID-19 lockdown till July 31 midnight due to the prevailing coronavirus condition in the state. The restrictions and relaxations will continue to operate the same way till July 31. In containment zones, only essential activities will be allowed. No movement of people in and out of these zones will be allowed except for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of essential goods. Meanwhile, CM Uddhav Thackeray on Monday inaugurated ‘Project PLATINA’-World’s Largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID-19 patients. All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma.
After successful results of convalescent plasma therapy trials in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Delhi will open a plasma bank to help critically ill patients find suitable donors. The plasma bank will be opened by Wednesday. Delhi was the first state to initiate clinical trials for convalescent plasma therapy, which involves drawing plasma from the whole blood of a cured Covid-19 patient. In this case, once a Covid-19 patient gets a negative report, he has to wait for 2-3 weeks to donate his plasma. This plasma, which has antibodies to fight off Covid-19 infection, is then given to the patient.