Singapore has approved NUS spin-off startup Breathonix’s breathalyser that gives accurate results of covid positivity within a minute just like the one the cops use to check alcohol levels in the breath. The testing will be started in trial phase for passengers arriving from Malaysia and will be charged for 3.80 USD or S$5.
A study in UK says that first dose of AstraZenece or Serum Institute of India’s Covid Shield is only 33% effective against the Indian Variant or B.167.2 while the second dose is 60% effective within 2 weeks which is expected to increase gradually as time passes after the vaccine. But, first dose in itself is not enough to protect anyone as vaccinated and the study revealed the importance of the second dose of vaccine. UK is underway to start booster trials as well on thousand
Now, vaccine status will be available on the government’s Aarogya Setu app, those with one does will receive a single tick while those with both the doses of vaccinations will receive double tick. This can be used to gradually eliminate the mask mandate in the long run.
ViraGen covid testing kit by Cipla in partnership with Ubio Biotechnology Systems hit the markets yesterday which detects SARS CoV-2 N Gene and ORF Lab Gene with a sensitivity of 98.6% and a specificity of 98.8% as compared to a standard ICMR test.
Amid covid, there were already two - black and white, but now comes yellow fungus. Previously, known to only be found in reptiles, it is assumed to be most dangerous in comparison to black and white fungus. In Ghaziabad, a patient recovering from covid has been infected by black, white as well as yellow fungus. The patients condition is not good but undergoing treatment.
White Fungus or Candadia is much more dangerous than black fungus, it is again assumed to weak immunity and lack of hygiene or unsanitary conditions. Symptoms include headache, breathlessness, fatigue and facial deformity. White fungus is not widespread as of yet to be considered an epidemic.
Black Fungus or Mucormycosis, the epidemic India is suffering with, has infected near 9000 patients. These mold are present in the atmosphere naturally, but overuse of steroids, in some cases accompanied with diabetes in combating covid has been the primary reason for the infection. Gujarat had had the maximum cases, with other states getting new cases everyday.
PGA chief executive Seth Waugh apologised after crowds overwhelmed the security at the climax of Phil Mickelson’s record victory, “While we welcome enthusiastic fan engagement, we regret that a moment of high elation and pent-up emotion by spectators during the conclusion of yesterday's historic PGA Championship briefly overwhelmed security and made two players and their caddies feel vulnerable”.
The champion’s League final scheduled for Saturday in Portugal will allow only 16.500 spectators, which is one third of the capacity of Estadio do Dragao stadium. The spectators will have to provide proof of being negative before entering the stadium and foreign travellers will have to comply with the border entry restriction and requirements in force.
The T20 Asia Cup was supposed to happen in Sri Lanka, but with he surge in cases has been postponed to 2023 as no other availability in the cricket calendar before that. Earlier, the tournament was supposed to happen in Pakistan, but due to the political tensions between India and Pakistan, the event was moved to Sri Lanka.
Ankita Raina beats Russia born Australia's Arina Rodionova in the first round of the women's singles qualifiers at the French Open.Raina had reached the third round of the qualifiers in the Australian Open.
Indian Premier League’s remaining 31 matches are expected to resume on September 18 or 19 and completed within a 3 week window with the final expected on October 9 or 10 in United Arab Emirates. There will be 10 double headers and seven evening matches along with four main games i.e. two qualifiers, one eliminator and the final.
Phil Mickelson made a new record by winning the PGA tour at the age of 50. The last record was of Julius Boros at the age of 48, 53 years ago. Phil’s major event victory came 30 years apart and his next stop is US Open at Torrey Pines.
US State Department issued a Level 4 : Do not travel warning to Japan. On Monday, CDC posted, travellers should avoid all travel to Japan but team USA says it is confident that they will compete with all testing requirements, including testing before travel, testing on arrival and in between games. The Tokyo Olympics are expected to kick off on July 23.
Delhi Police, to depict power to twitter reached the office of twitter in the pretext of issuing a notice ‘physically’. The notice came after BJP’s chief spokesperson Sambit Patra’s twitter post was flagged as manipulated media after fact-checking website AltNews published a detailed report establishing that the document which the BJP’s top leadership has been circulating on social media was created on a forged Congress letterhead. Notices have been issued to Congress social
Anticipatory bail shall not be granted as a sweeping order, but observations need to be mad in each case, the Supreme Court said in the UP government’s plea to stay the order of anticipatory bail in Prateek Jain case, a conman with over 130 cases against him due to the cited reason of fear of life due to covid. The Supreme Court refused to stay the order but issued a notice for the same
Just hours before the deadline, Facebook spokesperson said that they aim to comply with government’s guidelines and are discussing issues that need more engagement with the government. The company added that it is working to implement operational process and improve efficiencies while being committed to people’s ability to freely and safely express themselves. Facebook also owns WhatsApp and Instagram which will also be impacted by the new guidelines.
The Goa government filed an appeal in Maharashtra High Court against a session court’s order of acquittal and dismissal of all charges against him. The alleged incident happened in November 2013. He was released on bail in July 2014. The real began in 2017. In that time, Tarun Tejpal moved both to the High Court as well as the Supreme Court for quashing of charges, but both the courts refused to intervene.
CBI withdrew its appeal in the Supreme Court against High Court’s house arrest of four TMC leaders after the Supreme Court said, “First Time Special Bench assigned to take away liberty” on the stay on bail of the leaders. In the power play between Mamta Banerjee and the centre, this comes as a huge victory for TMC.
In an order by the National Company Law Tribunal, the lenders were directed to consider the offer of Kapil Wadhawan within 10 days in Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. With separate appeals from the Committee of Creditors, Administrator as well as the Piramal Group, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal stayed the NCLT order and questioned the timing of the order as the bench is retiring in June.