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World news today July 2: Indian grooms passed away after infecting over 100 wedding guests

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World news today July 2: A wedding in India turned out to be a COVID-19 super-spreader after nearly 100 guests contracted the virus from the groom. Meanwhile, hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana, the China-sanctions bills are passed on Hong Kong law by US Senate, and oil prices also make headlines today (July 2). 

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A wedding in India turned out to be a COVID-19 super-spreading disaster (Photo: CBS News)

Indian grooms passed away after infecting over 100 wedding guests

A wedding in India turned out to be a COVID-19 super-spreading disaster.

The 30-year-old groom developed diarrhea and high fever just before his wedding day on June 15, however, his family ignored his COVID-19 symptoms and forced him to swallow a painkiller and g o through with the ceremony.

On the wedding day, the man run a high fever, but still performed all the pre-wedding functions after taking Paracetamol.

Two days after the wedding ceremony, which was attended by more than 360 people in Paliganj, his condition took a turn for the worse and he died on the way to a hospital, according to New York Post. His body was quickly cremated without being tested for the coronavirus.

All of the software engineer groom fell ill just several days later. 86 people were tested positive for the coronavirus.

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Over 350 elephant carcasses are spotted in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.

The reasons for the incident remains unknown, despite lab experiments were taken weeks away.

The first batch of 169 carcasses was seen in a three-hour flight, which is considered “an extraordinary number”. A further investigation carried out in June identified many more carcasses, bringing the total to over 350.

"This is totally unprecedented in terms of numbers of elephants dying in a single event unrelated to drought," Dr McCann, of the UK-based charity National Park Rescue told BBC.

McCann ruled out the possibility of poaching, natural anthrax poisoning - which killed at least 100 elephants in Bostwana last year.

But they have been unable to rule out either poisoning or disease. The way the animals appear to be dying - many dropping on their faces - and sightings of other elephants walking in circles points to something potentially attacking their neurological systems, Dr McCann said.

Either way, without knowing the source, it is impossible to rule out the possibility of a disease crossing into the human population - especially if the cause is in either the water sources or the soil.

world news today july 2 indian grooms passed away after infecting over 100 wedding guests
Over 350 elephant carcasses are spotted in the Okavango Delta since the start of May (Photo: The Guardian)

US House passed the China-Sanctions bill on Hong Kong Law

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by unanimous consent a bill imposing sanctions on banks that do business with Chinese officials involved in cracking down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

As reported by Bloomberg, the bill would have to be approved by the Senate before going to President Donald Trump for his signature, which would likely come on Thursday.

The measure is a response to the Chinese government enacting a strict new national security law for Hong Kong, a move many lawmakers said violated the government’s promise to honor the autonomy of the former British colony.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the new law “signals the death of the one country, two system” model.

world news today july 2 indian grooms passed away after infecting over 100 wedding guests
Protesters unleashed hell money during a march protesting against the security law on July 1 (Photo: Reuters)

Vital Oil Export Hub In Middle East To Expand Storage Capacity

The Port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the main oil storage and export hubs in the Middle East, is set to see its storage capacity rise after an oil storage and service provider said it would complete its storage expansion by the end of the year.

Brooge Energy Limited, which operates storage tanks outside the Strait of Hormuz, at the Port of Fujairah in the UAE, expects its Phase II construction expansion – which began in 2018 – to be completed by the fourth quarter 2020 and be at 100 percent utilization of capacity by the end of this year, the company said in its 2019 earnings release this week. The expanded storage capacity will consist of eight oil storage tanks with a total capacity of 3.8 million barrels of oil.

world news today july 2 indian grooms passed away after infecting over 100 wedding guests
Vital Oil Export Hub In Middle East To Expand Storage Capacity (Photo: Oil Price)

Our impressive 23% revenue growth for 2019 was driven by our multi-year agreement with an offtake customer for our Phase I terminals, which operated at full capacity throughout the whole year,” Nicolaas L. Paardenkooper, Chief Executive Officer of Brooge Energy, said in a statement.

The company also plans a Phase III expansion at the Port of Fujairah, which is expected to provide capacity for an additional 22 million barrels of oil and to come online at the end of 2022.

The company also plans a Phase III expansion at the Port of Fujairah, which is expected to provide capacity for an additional 22 million barrels of oil and to come online at the end of 2022, Oil Price reported.

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