World news today: WHO warns of the second wave of COVID-19
|Mr. Mike Ryan, WHO emergencies head (Photo: AFP)|
WHO warns of the second wave of COVID-19
Countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
According to WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan, ''when we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. But we need to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time.''
Ryan said epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided. There was also a chance that infection rates could rise again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon, WION reported.
The WHO emergencies head emphasizes that the US and European countries should continue to implement tracking and testing measures.
The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide was nearing the 5.7 million mark on Wednesday, while the deaths have increased to more than 352,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Protests in Minneapolis over death of George Floyd after arrest
|Protesters carried signs saying ‘I can’t breathe’, quoting Floyd. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters|
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday evening to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest. Footage of the incident showed Floyd shouting ‘I cannot breathe’ and ‘Don’t kill me’, according to the Guardian.
According to NBC news, emotion and tension ran high as demonstrations became unruly, with windows damaged, graffiti sprayed and a police car vandalized. Officers in riot gear confronted protesters and fired tear gas.
One person was shot in a non-life-threatening incident, said police spokesman John Elder. A suspect fled the scene. It wasn't clear if the violence was related to the protests.
The shooting happened inside a building near the site where Floyd was detained a day earlier.
Floyd was pinned to the ground by an officer who put his knee on Floyd's neck for about eight minutes in an incident that was captured on video. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd, who was black, begged the white officer.
"My stomach hurts," he said. "My neck hurts. Please, please. I can't breathe."
Protesters filled the intersection where Floyd died, carrying banners that read, “I can’t breathe” and “Jail killer KKKops.”
They later marched to a police station where officers in riot gear confronted them and deployed tear gas and fired projectiles. As rain fell, some protesters kicked canisters toward police.
Spain declares 10-day official mourning for coronavirus victims
The Spanish government declared a 10-day official mourning period from Wednesday to honor the nearly 30,000 people who died from the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world’s worst-hit countries, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said.
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During the mourning period, flags will fly at half-mast all over the country’s public buildings and navy ships, she told a news briefing after a cabinet meeting.
The period will end with an official ceremony led by the head of state in remembrance of the 26,834 fatalities recorded in the country. Spain has reported a total of 235,400 confirmed cases of the disease, Reuters reported.
Putin says Russia to hold postponed Victory Day parade on June 24
As reported by Xinhua net, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the country's military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24.
Putin postponed the Victory Day parade last month from its traditional date of May 9, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Putin also announced that the Immortal Regiment march, a tradition in which millions of people across Russia parade with portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II, will take place on July 26.
As Russia usually celebrates Navy Day on the last Sunday of July, Putin also ordered a traditional Navy parade at the country's main naval bases to be held on July 26.
The military parade is one of the most important events in Russia this year, and leaders of many countries have been invited to join the event as honored guests.
Nazi Germany signed an Act of Unconditional Surrender in a suburb of Berlin on the night of May 8, 1945, Berlin time, which was the early hours of May 9 Moscow time.
It marked the end of the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, an integral part of World War II lasting from 1939 to 1945.
The catastrophic war claimed about 27 million lives of people from the Soviet Union, according to official statistics.
Covid-19 detected in breast milk, announced German researchers
While it remains unclear whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be shed into breastmilk and transmitted to a child through breastfeeding or not, German researchers have found Covid-19 in human milk, reported the Nation Thailand from the confirmation of Dr Thira Woratanarat, Chulalongkorn University’s professor of medicine.
According to the discovery published in The Lancet journal on May 21, a group of researchers tested two women, who had given birth to babies, using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction procedure. "We examined milk from two nursing mothers infected with SARS-CoV-2. Both mothers were informed about the study and gave informed consent", announced the Lancet.
Timecourse of SARS-CoV-2 infection of two mothers with newborn children. Photo: Lancet
The virus was found in one mother on the ninth day of her infection. For the mother 2, "we detected SARS-CoV-2 RNA in milk samples for 4 consecutive days", said the researchers.
The Nation revealed that around 94,800 to 132,000 viruses exist in each cubic centimetre of breastmilk, and found this mother’s infant infected by the virus as well. However, the researchers could not conclude whether the infant had contracted Covid-19 from its mother or from other sources.
According to The Nation, this research would lead to proper ways to treat those who are pregnant or had given birth to babies.
Gold price today: Rs 46,799 per 10 gm; silver at Rs 48,000 per kg
The gold jewelry prices vary across India - the second-largest consumer of the metal - due to excise duty, state taxes and making charges
The gold prices fell again on Wednesday from Rs 47,000 to Rs 46,799 per 10 gram, while silver was at Rs 48,000 per kilogram, according to India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA).
The gold jewelry prices vary across India - the second-largest consumer of the metal - due to excise duty, state taxes and making changes.
According to website good returns.in, the price for 24 carat gold in New Delhi was Rs 47,810 per 10 gram. Gold rate in Chennai was Rs 49,010 and Rs 46,900 in Mumbai, respectively.
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The price of 22-carat gold is about Rs 46,000 in New Delhi per 10 gram while in Chennai, the price is at Rs 45,230. In Mumbai, it is Rs 45,900, as recorded on Tuesday.
On Monday, the 24-carat gold rate was Rs 47,000, down Rs 100 from its previous day.
On the global front, the spot gold slipped 0.1 percent to $1,727.63 per ounce on Tuesday as hopes of economic recovery lifted share markets as several countries easing Covid-19 lockdowns, although US-China tensions over Hong Kong limited bullion's losses, Business Standard reported.
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