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WHO acknowledges possibility of airborne spread of COVID-19

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

In a media briefing held on July 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the possibility of airborne transmission of COVID-19. WHOs announcement comes after 239 scientists from 32 countries through an open letter in claimed coronavirus can spread through air and asked the health body to revise its recommendations concerning the pandemic.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at WHO, said, We have been talking about the possibility of airborne and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19. WHO had previously claimed that coronavirus primarily spreads through small droplets expelled from nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink in to the ground.

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Dr Kerkhove said that WHO would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of transmission of the virus in the coming days. A comprehensive package of interventions is required to be able to stop transmission, she said.

Benedetta Allegranzi, WHOs technical lead for infection prevention and control, said during the briefing that there is evidence emerging of airborne transmission of coronavirus but that it was not definitive. The possibility of airborne transmission in public settings – especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings cannot be ruled out. However, the evidence needs to be gathered and interpreted, she added. 

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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Also Read: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

 

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

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Anil Deshmukh

Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review

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Kantara poster

Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.

From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.

So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

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