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News in Short - 16-June-2020

Women have higher COVID-19 death risk

Date: 16 June 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • While studies have shown that men are more prone to dying from COVID-19 than women globally, an analysis of case fatalities in India suggests that females may have a higher relative-risk of COVID-19 mortality in the country.
  • Scientists used crowdsourced data to provide early estimates for age-sex specific COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) for India.
  • While early evidence indicated that males have higher overall burden across the world, females have a higher relative-risk of COVID-19 mortality in India. Elderly males and females both display high mortality risk and require special care when infected.

Embassy personnel go missing from Indian mission in Pakistan

Date: 16 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Two Indian High Commission officials have been missing from Islamabad, Pakistan. The officials were out for an official work before they went missing. The Indian government has taken up the matter with Pak authorities.
  • Tensions had been building between the two countries ever since India expelled two Pakistan officials accused of espionage.
  • In March, the Indian High Commission in Pakistan sent a strong protest note to the foreign ministry in Islamabad protesting against the continuing harassment of its officers and staff by Pakistani agencies.

Earthquake recorded in Bhuj

Date: 16 June 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck near Bhuj in Kutch district in Gujarat. The National Center for Seismology (NCS) said the epicentre of the earthquake was 118 km north-northwest (NNW) of Rajkot.
  • Gujarat has witnessed three major earthquakes in the past with the most devastating being the one in 2001, another in Anjar in 1956 and the third in 1918 in the Rann of Kutch.
  • The January 26, 2001 Bhuj earthquake, which was of 7.7 magnitude, reportedly killed over 20,000 people and left over 1.5 lakh others injured.

Nepal passes bill to include Indian territories in new map

Date: 16 June 2020 Tags: India & World
  • The Lower House of Nepal's Parliament unanimously passed the historic Second Constitution Amendment Bill guaranteeing legal status for the updated political map of Nepal which includes India's territories in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.
  • The territorial dispute stems from the fact that Nepal claims the land to the east of river Kali, which forms the country’s western border. As per Kathmandu’s understanding, the river originates from Limpiyadhura in the higher Himalayas, giving it access to a triangular-shaped land defined by Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh and Kalapani.
  • India opposes the notion and says the origin of the river is much further down, which reduces Nepal’s territorial demand.

Government notifies new symptoms for COVID-19

Date: 16 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India expanded the list of symptoms which people should watch out for in order to report COVID-19 infection.
  • The Ministry of Health today included muscle pain, mucous formation in throat, clogged nasal cavity, sore throat, diarrhoea and loss of taste and smell as new COVID symptoms apart from the previous three signs of fever, short breath and cough.
  • The Ministry also admits that while most patients with COVID-19 predominantly have a respiratory tract infection associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, some can progress to aSevere Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock, multi-organ failure, including acute kidney injury and cardiac injury.