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Air pollution destroy around 30,000 Delhiites yearly: CSE

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Air pollution, which is one of the top ten killers in the world and fifth leading cause of death in India, is responsible for about 10,000 to 30,000 deaths annually in Delhi, a report by the Centre for Science and Environment said on Tuesday.

A report titled ‘Body Burden 2015: State of India’s Health’ released here focuses on public health threats and their environment linkages.

It says air pollution results in about 620,000 premature deaths which are caused by stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections and trachea, bronchus and lung cancer among others.

“The report shows us that we must focus on prevention and not treatment. We need to improve the environment, reduce the disease burden and save money in private or public healthcare,” said CSE director general Sunita Narain.

Forest degradation has helped pathogens, that were restricted to animals, jump the species barrier and infect humans, the report states. Open defecation and malnutrition rates are linked, it adds.

“Revamping transportation systems and cleaner technologies are needed urgently,” CSE said.

The analysis includes air pollution, pesticides, degradation of forests, water and sanitation, climate change and lifestyle diseases.

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Only 40% UK adults sexually active during COVID-19 lockdown

However, this study showed that older adults were less likely than younger adults to engage in sexual activity.

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London, May 27 : Only four in 10 adults have had sex at least once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, according to a new study. For the findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the research team investigated the levels of sexual activity during social distancing and self-isolation.

“When starting this research we expected there to be a high level of sexual activity while social isolating at home, but interestingly we found a very low level,” said study researcher Dr Lee Smith from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK.

According to the study, Only 39.9 per cent of the 868 British adults surveyed for the research had taken part in any form of sexual activity during the previous seven days. The study found that being younger, male, married and a consumer of alcohol was associated with greater sexual activity.

Previous research has shown an association between sexual activity and physical health, including helping to protect older adults against cardiovascular events. Frequent sexual activity has also been associated with various mental health benefits and improved cognitive function.

The findings of this new study suggest that the UK government’s public health messaging around COVID-19 self-isolation and social distancing could include promoting sexual activity as a way of maintaining physical and mental health. This low level of sexual activity could be explained by people currently feeling anxious and stressed owing to the pandemic and not being in the mood to engage in the act, the researcher said.

Moreover, those who are not married or cohabiting may not currently be able to meet up with their sexual partners and similarly, those who use online apps to facilitate casual sex will currently not be able to do this. “A lot of my previous research has shown that frequent and trouble-free sex life is important for higher levels of enjoyment of life and general mental health, and this is particularly true for older adults,” Smith said.

However, this study showed that older adults were less likely than younger adults to engage in sexual activity.

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Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Amaravati, May 27 : Andhra Pradesh reported 68 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, taking the state’s tally to 2,787.

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

With one more death in East Godavari district, the state’s death toll touched 58 on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Nellore district reported 9 cases and Chittoor district 1 case.

Continuing the trend of the past few days, a few new cases had travel histories to Koyambedu market in Chennai, while some cases were of foreign returnees.

There are a total 111 corona patients among returnees from abroad.

The corona tally among returnees from other states climbed to 219 from 153. The active cases fell to 75 from 117, as 38 more state returnees were discharged.

The state nodal officer said that 9,664 samples were tested during the past 24 hours as against 8,148 samples during the preceding cycle.

The state’s average in terms of tests conducted per million population stands at 6,224, below Delhi’s 9,158, and Jammu and Kashmir’s 10,442.

However, in terms of tests conducted, Andhra Pradesh with 3,32,378 tests conducted till date lags behind Rajasthan with 3,33,904 tests, Maharashtra with 3,90,170 tests, and Tamil Nadu’s 4,31,183.

Till date, 32,42,160 tests have been conducted across India as a whole.

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Corona cases cross 1.5L mark in India, with 42.44% recovery

The situation in Tamil Nadu was also worsening as total number of cases reported there hover at 17,728, followed by Gujarat with 14,821 cases and Delhi with 14,465 cases.

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New Delhi, May 27 : Maintaining the plateau of over 6,000 cases, India on Wednesday crossed the psychological 1.5 lakh mark of total Covid-19 cases so far. However it also posted a strong recovery rate of 42.44 per cent as at least 3,935 people were also cured during the day.

A total of 6,387 new cases took the nationwide tally to 1,51,767, a Health Ministry data revealed on Wednesday. There were also 170 new deaths in the past 24 hours, 97 of them in Maharashtra where there were over four deaths each hour.

It took the country just four days to reach the over 1.5 lakh figure from 1,25,101 on May 23. With this, India continues to remain as the tenth worst hit country by the pandemic globally.

Of the total cases so far, 83,004 are active, while 64,425 people have been cured and 4,337 have died.

Maharashtra continues to have the lion’s share of the COVID-19 cases, with at least 54,758 which is 36.08 per cent of the total cases across the country. The state has reported 1,792 fatalities so far, as per the health ministry data.

The situation in Tamil Nadu was also worsening as total number of cases reported there hover at 17,728, followed by Gujarat with 14,821 cases and Delhi with 14,465 cases.

The rising number of cases in the country dosen’t seem to get any respite even with the rising temperature as some experts had opined. Globally the cases of COVID-19 topped at 5.6 million and over three lakh fatalities.

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