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News in Short - 19-April-2020

Dogs may be able to detect COVID-19

Date: 19 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • British researchers are trying to train dogs to sniff out COVID-19 to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. This will help in supplementing the need for widespread diagnosis of patients.
  • Trained dogs can detect a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson's disease, malaria and cancer.
  • It's not known if COVID-19 has a specific odor, but it is known that other respiratory diseases change our body odor so there is a chance that it does.

Great White Shark among marine fauna that can go extinct

Date: 19 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Great whites and whale sharks are among the species at risk of extinction over the next century, a new study has found.
  • In analyzing the marine megafauna and their potential extinctions, researchers found sharks would be hit hardest, with greater losses in terms of "functional richness."
  • Sharks are one of the most threatened groups in the ocean. They are also very vulnerable due to their large size and low reproductive rate. Results show that future extinctions would be selective against the most functionally unique and specialized shark species, resulting in greater projected losses.

World Economy bound to suffer recession: IMF

Date: 19 April 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • The world economy, already "sluggish" before the coronavirus outbreak, is now bound to suffer a "severe recession" in 2020, according to IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva.
  • She said the coronavirus pandemic hit the world economy when it was already in a fragile state as it was weighed down by trade disputes, policy uncertainty and geopolitical tensions.
  • While the recovery is expected to pick up in 2021, by end-2021 global output would remain significantly below the pre-crisis trend, she said.

Cinematographer Allen Daviau dies

Date: 19 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Five-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Allen Daviau has died of coronavirus at the age of 77.
  • Daviau was best known for his work on Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, The Colour Purple etc.
  • Daviau’s other credits include John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life and Peter Weir’s Fearless. One of his final films was 2004’s Van Helsing.

Increase in bird sightings during lockdown

Date: 19 April 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The ongoing lockdown having confined humans in their houses, wild animals and birds are having a field day venturing into spaces near towns and cities.
  • Sightings of rare birds has also increased. During the past few weeks, several birds several birds have been sighted which are usually not seen near habitations.
  • Generally, these birds are not seen so close to human settlements, but lack of human activity and less noise may have prompted them to venture closer.