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Rahul appeals Congress workers to help flood victims

“The flood situation in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam and Bihar is grim, with lakhs of citizens stranded or displaced.

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) In view of flood in many parts of the country, outgoing Congress President Rahul Gandhi here on Thursday urged party workers to help the flood-hit people.

“The flood situation in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam and Bihar is grim, with lakhs of citizens stranded or displaced. I request Congress workers in the affected states to do all they can to help those in need and pray that the flood waters soon subside,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

His remarks came amid the grim flood situation in several states. Several people have lost their lives in Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Bihar and Assam.

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Lack of contact-tracing capacity driving coronavirus into ‘darkness’ – WHO

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GENEVA : A lack of contact-tracing capacity in Europe, despite very high rates of positive tests, will drive the coronavirus further into the “darkness”, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert told an online briefing on Monday.

“We are seeing very, very high positivity rates and an increasing lack of capacity to do any effective form of contact-tracing, which is going to further drive the disease into darkness,” Mike Ryan said.

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Earthquake – Magnitude 4.8 in Pakistan

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An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 4:14 am today in Pakistan: National Center for Seismology.

The quake jolted Pakistan at 4:14 am on Monday at the depth of 10 km.

“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.8, Occurred on 26-10-2020, 04:14:43 IST, Latitude: 36.13 and Longitude: 71.97, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: Pakistan,” the NSC tweeted.

No casualty has been reported so far.

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Italy tightens anti-Covid curbs after rise in cases

The tightened restrictions came as Italy and other countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Rome : Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday announced new measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Conte said that pubs, bars, restaurants, and ice cream shops must shut down at 6 p.m.

The new measures will go into effect from Sunday midnight through November 24, the Premier explained during a nationally televised press conference.

According to the new measures, 75 per cent of high school students must follow their lessons remotely, Xinhua news agency reported.

Movie theaters, concert halls, gyms, swimming pools, as well as gaming and betting halls, must shut down. All contact sports are suspended except for national leagues.

Also suspended for a month are conferences, trade fairs, and civil ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. Museums, however, can stay open, Conte said.

The Prime Minister added that the government will promote smart working in public administration and that it “strongly recommends” the private sector do the same in order to reduce crowding on public transportation.

Conte said that while the government is not imposing a curfew, “we strongly recommend that people only leave home for work or health-related reasons.”

The move came after the Ministry of Health reported a surge of more than 17,000 infections and 151 fatalities on Saturday, pushing the tally to 203,182 and toll to 37,210 in the country.

Several of Italy’s 20 regions have recently imposed night-time curfews in a bid to stop people from crowding together. They include the northern Lombardy and Piedmont regions, Lazio in central Italy, and Calabria and Campania in the south.

The tightened restrictions came as Italy and other countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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