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Coronavirus infections in India cross 2.1 lakh, 6,075 dead; WHO resumes trial of Hydroxychloroquine



India on Thursday registered its highest single-day spike in Coronavirus cases and deaths as 9,304 infections and 260 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.

With this massive jump, the total number of cases in the country has climbed to 2,16,919 with 6,075 succumbing to the deadly infection.

Of the total number, 1,06,737 are active cases while 1,04,107 people have been cured, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The country’s recovery rate stood at 47.99 per cent this morning, a slight decrease from Wednesday’s 48.31 per cent. Meanwhile, the Government has stated that India has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates at 2.8 per cent.

Maharashtra remains the state with most cases of infections at 74,860, out of which 39,944 are active cases and 32,329 people have recovered. As many as 2,587 people have lost their lives. This is followed by Tamil Nadu with 25,872 cases and 208 deaths and Delhi with 23,645 infections and 606 deaths.

Gujarat has the highest number of deaths (122) after Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that clinical trials of Hydroxychloroquine drug will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. On May 25, the WHO announced it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is “no reason” to change the way the trials are conducted.

At a press conference in the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “On the basis of the available mortality data, the members of the committee recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol.

“The Executive Group received this recommendation and endorsed continuation of all arms of the solidarity trial, including hydroxychloroquine.”

The UN health agency’s decision to suspend the trials came after a study published in The Lancet medical journal suggesting the drug could increase the risk of death among COVID-19 patients.

The decision to resume came as The Lancet issued a correction after more than 100 scientists and medical professionals raised questions about integrity of data analysed in the study. In the correction issued on Friday, Lancet said that one hospital self-designated as belonging to the Australasia continental designation should have been assigned to the Asian continental designation.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had earlier written to the WHO, expressing its disagreement with the global health body’s advisory against the use of anti-malaria Hydroxychloroquine in treating Coronavirus patients.

The ICMR, in the letter, cited the difference in dosage administered to patients and said that international dosages are four times higher than Indian trials.

Globally, 6,432,370 cases of coronavirus have been reported and 385,991 have lost their lives according to Johns Hopkins University. United States remains the country with maximum number of cases at 1,851,520 followed by Brazil and Russia.



4 arrested for sexual assault of spa employee




Delhi Police captured four individuals after a worker of a spa center in Delhi’s Pitampura claimed she was molested and sexually exploited by its manager and a client.

A 22-year-old woman complained of rape in a spa center at Delhi’s Pitampura on Thursday.

Authorities from Maurya Enclave police station hurried to the spot and started the examination.

“On August 4, a PCR call was gotten at PS Maurya Enclave in regards to rape with a lady at a Spa Center, Pitampura Delhi. The police promptly arrived at the spot (the ocean spa center) where a victim aged 22 years along with her husband were present external the spa center and complained in regards to rape on her by the manager of the spa center and client,” said police.

She was sent to the hospital for her clinical assessment. A counselor from DCW visited her.

“She expressed that on June 30 she joined the spa on August 4 at around 6 p.m. one client came there along with the manager Rahul and requested sexual favors. Rahul offered her a soft drink, after drinking it she felt tipsy and both raped her,” said police.

A case under Sections 354A/328/376 D of IPC was registered and both the accused persons were arrested.

Source: ANI

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Gold medalist boxer became a robber in Delhi, arrested with two companions



A burglary group has been busted in Delhi. A boxer was likewise remembered for this posse, who has additionally won gold decorations in certain contests. This posse of three individuals used to complete stealing from Baba Haridas Nagar of Delhi.

The group had looted a lady’s mobile phone in Baba Haridas Nagar on August 1. when the lady was getting back from work. The lady had let in her protest know that three unidentified individuals who had come on the motorcycle grabbed her mobile phone and took off. The police began the examination of the matter. Some CCTVs were additionally checked and individuals around were likewise addressed.

Then, at that point, on August 4, two individuals wandering in a similar region were gotten by the police. The first gave his name as Ankit (age 19 years) who hails from Jhajjar, Haryana. The other’s name is Shivam Kumar who lives in Sainik Enclave. He is additionally 19 years of age. The third is being told as a minor. The person who is there Ankit is a boxer. During interrogation, a stolen cell phone was also recovered from them.

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Unclaimed Bag, Tiffin Box in Delhi’s Rohini Spark Alarm But Nothing Suspicious Found



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An unclaimed bag was found in Rohini region in delhi on Thursday, sending the security organizations like the special cell and bomb detection team soon to reach the spot and launched an investigation, police said.

After a careful review of the area, nothing suspicious was tracked down.

As per authorities, An unclaimed bag was tracked down in the parking lot close to DC Chowk, Rohini Sector-9.

A bomb identification and removal crew and sniffer canines had looked through the area, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

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