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Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months as government relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures
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Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months as government relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures

At least some Venezuelans headed back to beach on Friday as the government relaxed lockdown measures aimed at stifling the new coronavirus.It had been seven months since tourists flung themselves into the beach chairs set out by Douglas Yriarte at La Ultima beach in the Caribbean town of La Guaira, a 30-kilometer (20-mile) drive from the capital, Caracas.“It was seven hard months. Hard, hard, hard,” said Yriarte, who said he’d tried to get by doing construction work.Vendors once again peddled drinks and snacks to sunbathers. Umbrellas blossomed above the sand.Restaurants, flower shops, bars, liquor stores and ice cream parlors also opened along the seaside boulevard, albeit with social distancing rules still in place.President Nicolás Maduro this week announced a broad reo...
Even with lowest Covid-19 infection, South America’s luxury beach resort to stay shut for foreigners this summer
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Even with lowest Covid-19 infection, South America’s luxury beach resort to stay shut for foreigners this summer

One of South America’s top summer destinations will remain closed to foreign tourists this summer.Uruguay, home to luxury beach resort Punta del Este, will keep international borders closed this summer, President Luis Lacalle Pou said late Thursday. The country, which boasts the lowest Covid infection and mortality rates in South America, will opt to protect its public health gains over the economy as Covid-19 rages in neighboring Argentina and Brazil. Uruguay has recorded just 2,701 virus cases and 53 deaths.“It’s the first time in history the country will have a summer season with its international borders closed,” Tourism Minister German Cardoso told reporters Friday.The government will announce incentives next week to foment domestic tourism, he said.The decision will ...
Global Covid-19 tally crosses 42 million mark
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Global Covid-19 tally crosses 42 million mark

The worldwide number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has surpassed 42 million, according to the latest update by the Johns Hopkins University on Friday (local time).Till now, as many as 42,024,647 people have been tested Covid-19 positive and 1,140,978 deaths have been reported so far.The United States has witnessed the highest numbers of deaths due to Covid-19 -- more than 223,750 - followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.The respiratory disease was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak a ‘pandemic’ in March. Source link
Spain PM appeals for public unity, sacrifice in virus fight – Times of India
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Spain PM appeals for public unity, sacrifice in virus fight – Times of India

MADRID: Prime Minster Pedro Sanchez appealed Friday for Spaniards to pull together and defeat the new coronavirus, warning: "The situation is serious.'' Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation Friday, acknowledged public fatigue with restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19. But he added: "We have to step up the fight,'' with more limits on people's movement that will demand more sacrifices. Spain this week became the first European country to surpass 1 million officially recorded Covid-19 cases. Sanchez admitted, though, that the true figure could be more than 3 million, due to gaps in testing and other reasons. The current pressure on the health system, including hospitalizations, is not as acute as it was in the spring, he said. Even so, he asked for the public's cooperat...
Video | सिटी सेंटर: जयपुर में वर्चुअल दुर्गा पूजा!
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Video | सिटी सेंटर: जयपुर में वर्चुअल दुर्गा पूजा!

कोरोना वायरस (coronavirus) महामारी के समय में इस वायरस के प्रकोप से बचाव के मद्देनजर राष्ट्रीय राजधानी में दुर्गा पूजा (Durga Puja) आयोजकों ने खास तैयारी करने का निर्णय लिया है. इसके तहत, ऑनलाइन दर्शन (online darshan) के साथ ही प्रसाद घर पर ही पहुंचाया जाएगा. Source link
England cricketers agree virus pay cuts | Cricket News – Times of India
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England cricketers agree virus pay cuts | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England's centrally contracted men's cricketers have agreed to take a 15 percent pay cut as part of cost-cutting measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board says the English game has already lost more than £100 million ($130 million) -- a figure that could rise to £200 million next year. Last month the governing body announced it was to cut 62 jobs due to the financial crisis. Bowlers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes have said recently that players are willing to take a pay cut, which the ECB revealed on Friday would come from retainers, match fees and win bonuses. The annual contracts, which started on October 1, were understood to have been worth £650,000 for Test stars and £275,000 for white-ball performers in 2019/20. Director of men's cricket ...
Remdesivir: All you need to know about Covid-19 drug remdesivir | – Times of India
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Remdesivir: All you need to know about Covid-19 drug remdesivir | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved remdesivir as the first drug to treat patients hospitalized with Covid-19. Here is all you need to know about remdesivir: The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days - from 15 days to 10 on average - in a large study led by the US National Institutes of Health. Veklury is approved for people at least 12 years old and weighing at least 88 pounds (40 kilograms) who are hospitalized for a coronavirus infection. For patients younger than 12, the FDA will still allow the drug's use in certain cases under its previous emergency authorization. Europe, India and other countries such as Canada also have granted temporary approval for the use of remdesivir. Presid...
Asymptomatic children have low coronavirus levels compared to those with symptoms, study finds
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Asymptomatic children have low coronavirus levels compared to those with symptoms, study finds

An analysis of over 800 paediatric cases of the novel coronavirus infection has revealed that most asymptomatic children have significantly low levels of the virus compared to those who experience symptoms, findings which raise concern about the use of low sensitivity diagnostic tests for screening the paediatric population. However, the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, cautioned that the reason for this finding is unclear, while it also remains to be explained how lower viral loads impact the risk of Covid-19 transmission. “While these findings provide some reassurance about the safety of asymptomatically infected children attending school, these unanswered questions suggest that risk mitigation measures in daycares, schools and the community rema...
Trump vs Biden Debate Highlights: Trump, Biden debate marked by clashes, but less chaos | World News – Times of India
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Trump vs Biden Debate Highlights: Trump, Biden debate marked by clashes, but less chaos | World News – Times of India

NASHVILLE: After the first presidential debate was panned so widely that organizers introduced a mute button, Thursday's second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was far more civil. Whether because of that button or the terrible reviews - especially for Trump - the candidates interrupted each other far less frequently, even as they clashed on issues ranging from the coronavirus to crime to global warming. While Trump and Biden responded to each other's answers - shaking their heads disapprovingly or smiling, in the case of Biden - the two largely avoided speaking over one another. And neither man tried to speak at length while he was muted during opening questions. Trump, in particular, was on his best behavior, especially early on, a...
Coronavirus pandemic: Germany warns against travel to ski regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy
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Coronavirus pandemic: Germany warns against travel to ski regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy

Germany has issued travel warnings for popular ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus as new infection numbers rose above 10,000 a day for the first time. While infection rates in Germany are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating, with a daily rise of 11,287 cases bringing the total to 392,049. Germany’s death toll stands at 9,905. “The situation has become very serious overall,” Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, said.“We still have a chance to slow the spread of the pandemic,” he said. But he said people must stick to the rules and that Germany must prepare for an uncontrolled spread of the virus. On Wednesday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn be...
Coronavirus: Philippines lets foreigners in, eases travel rules for citizens
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Coronavirus: Philippines lets foreigners in, eases travel rules for citizens

The Philippines will welcome back foreign nationals starting Nov. 1 and allow Filipino travelers to leave without Covid-19 antigen tests as the Southeast Asian nation continues to reopen. Religious gatherings in areas under a looser form of quarantine will be allowed up to 30% of seating capacity from 10% previously, Harry Roque, spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte, said in a statement on Friday.Early this week, the government shortened curfew hours in the capital region and eased stay-at-home order in response to a request from the Cabinet to allow more businesses to thrive. The Philippines, which has the second most number of Covid cases in Southeast Asia, on Thursday reported 1,664 new cases, bringing to total to nearly 364,000.(This story has been published from a w...
Coronavirus: France extends curfew as Covid-19 second wave surges in Europe
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Coronavirus: France extends curfew as Covid-19 second wave surges in Europe

France extended curfews to around two thirds of its population on Thursday and Belgium’s foreign minister was taken into intensive care with Covid-19, as the second wave of the pandemic surged across Europe. French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more departments, confining 46 million out of the country’s 67 million population to their homes from 9 pm to 6 am.“A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation is very serious,” Castex said at a news conference. Shortly after the measures were announced, French health authorities reported a record 41,622 new confirmed cases, bringing the cumulative total to 999,043. According to a Reuters tally...
Trump on Coronavirus Vaccine: Covid-19 vaccine ready & coming within weeks | World News – Times of India
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Trump on Coronavirus Vaccine: Covid-19 vaccine ready & coming within weeks | World News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that a Covid-19 vaccine is "ready" and going to be announced "within weeks" to combat the deadly disease that has killed over 223,000 Americans, as he debated with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden for the final time before the presidential election. The debate, just less than two weeks ahead of the crucial presidential elections on November 3, started with opening remarks by both the candidates, when the mike of the other was muted. The coronavirus dominated the opening minutes of the Trump-Biden face-off in Nashville with President Trump terming the contagion a “worldwide problem”. “This has been a worldwide problem, but I've been congratulated by many countries on what we've been able to do,” he said at the debate held in Nashv...
Artist in Assam creates Durga idol with expired medicines, injection vials
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Artist in Assam creates Durga idol with expired medicines, injection vials

With the Covid-19 pandemic having brought the world to its knees, a 37-year old Assam government employee, in solidarity with everyone fighting the global menace, has created a Durga idol here with strips of expired tablets, capsules and injection vials.Sanjib Basak, an employee of Dhubri district administration, has, over the past few years, come up with various innovative and eco-friendly ideas to design the idol, but this year, amid the Covid-19 crisis, he wanted to make a difference with his creation.“During lockdown, I had observed that people were queuing up outside pharmaceutical shops to buy essential medicines in bulk. It was then the idea struck me that I could be making Maa Durga’s idol with medicine strips to mark the pandemic,” Basak, who had last year made th...
Parineeti Chopra’s plush, monochrome home in Mumbai will take your breath away. See pics
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Parineeti Chopra’s plush, monochrome home in Mumbai will take your breath away. See pics

Home / More Lifestyle / Parineeti Chopra’s plush, monochrome home in Mumbai will take your breath away. See pics The interiors of Parineeti Chopra’s Mumbai home were done by interior designer Richa Bahl who has also worked with Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut. more-lifestyle Updated: Oct 23, 2020, 12:57 IST Parineeti Chopra(Instagram) Parineeti Chopra is making the most of her time off from work amid the coronavirus pandemic and has gone on ‘DND’ mode according to an Instagram post where the masked actor can be seen basking in the sun in a European city. The Kesari actor is enjoying some down time in Europe for her 32nd birthday leaving her plush Mumbai home behind. Parineeti’s gorgeous high-rise Mumbai home has a breathtak...
Handbag maker Hermes echoes luxury sales rebound amid online surge
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Handbag maker Hermes echoes luxury sales rebound amid online surge

Hermes’ comparable sales picked up in the third quarter, rising 7%, and the Birkin bag maker said this positive momentum had extended into October after a strong rebound in Asia and surging online revenues.Luxury goods makers were hit hard by store closures during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic and sales for the industry as a whole are expected to fall by up to 35% this year - an unprecedented plunge after a decade of stellar growth. But a gradual re-opening, even as governments bring in fresh measures to fight rising Covid-19 infections, has helped sales to recover. High-end labels, which used to be more reticent to sell their products online, have also seen web revenues surge. Hermes - known for its $12,000-plus handbags like the Birkin, which often generat...
Covid-19: WHO chief Tedros says countries on ‘dangerous track’
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Covid-19: WHO chief Tedros says countries on ‘dangerous track’

The world is now at a critical juncture in the Covid-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.“We are at a critical juncture in the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in the Northern hemisphere,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. “The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track.”“We urge leaders to take immediate action, to prevent further unnecessary deaths, essential health services from collapsing and schools shutting again. As I said it in February and I’m repeating it today: This is not a drill.”Tedros said too many countries were now seeing an exponenti...
Canada launches pilot programme to test travellers for Covid-19 upon entry
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Canada launches pilot programme to test travellers for Covid-19 upon entry

The Canadian government in conjunction with Alberta are launching a pilot programme looking to cut down quarantine time for international travellers by testing for Covid-19 at the point of entry, the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs said in a statement.“A joint pilot programme from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada - the first of its kind in the country - will safely test an alternative to the current 14-day quarantine requirement for international travellers while continuing to protect Canadians from Covid-19,” the statement said Thursday.Starting on November 2, international travellers entering Canada at the Coutts land border crossing between Sweet Grass, Montana and Coutts, Alberta and the Calgary International Airport in will receive a Covi...
Mumbai: Social distancing violated at Railway Station
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Mumbai: Social distancing violated at Railway Station

The local trains for women have started once again in Mumbai after services were stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. At present, women are allowed to travel in non-peak hours.Initially, local train services were opened only for people who were engaged in essential services. But later it was gradually opened for general travelers as well.Women passengers were seen neglecting social distancing at a railway station. Source link
Virtual reality, green screens: The near future of weddings
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Virtual reality, green screens: The near future of weddings

Chivas India, the event company Magnanimous and the platform WeddingSutra have released a report on wedding trends in the time of Covid-19. “We decided to conduct a study around April, when we started to see just how massively the business of weddings would be affected by the pandemic,” says Kunal Avanti, co-founder of Magnanimous. “We spoke to 90 brides, grooms, parents and guests and 30 industry experts from the fields of fashion, photography, makeup, F&B, venue management etc.” The study was completed by August and released earlier this month. Among their findings, 75% of those polled said that they planned to exclude the elderly from their celebrations and 65% were opting for a virtual wedding experience rather than waiting. The survey also polled stakeholders on h...