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July 23, 2020 (IANSlifeAs the travel industry continues to face unprecedented impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms is committed to doing everything it can to support travellers and its property partners, as and when it’s safe to travel.

Booking.com is looking to help secure demand and deliver customers to property partners in a bid to aid in the long-term recovery of travel. The platform continues to evolve the support it provides in an effort to rebuild domestic travel with the help of its tools and insights to search experience updates, digital demand generation and more.

Tailored Tools + Insights

Focusing its efforts on bringing partners the tools and tailored insights they need to effectively respond to the evolving travel environment, capture new bookings and rebuild their business, key product updates make it simple for properties to display precautionary COVID-19 measures to travellers. It is important for those seeking this enhanced transparency. Online resources help partners navigate health and safety regulations and traveller preferences. The platform is also ensuring partners are set up for success when it comes to pricing, availability and flexibility, including introducing a tool which allows partners to implement flexible policies in just a few clicks. All of this information is accessible in one, easy-to-find place, the Partner Recovery Toolkit. 

Innovative Search Experience Updates

Innovating to make it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for is at the core of Booking.com’s business. With an updated search experience, it has made it simple for customers looking for the types of accommodations they are seeking, for example, the ability to search for private, whole home accommodations, and additional filter options that deliver results tied to what research shows customers want at this time, including drive time or distance from their home, trip themes such as beach or nature, and cleanliness score – all of which are top of mind for travelers at the moment. 

Digital Demand Generation

Closely monitoring the circumstances in India, as travel restrictions are lifted and travel intent emerges, the travel site will leverage its expertise in digital demand generation to help travellers search for their next trip and incentivize them to book. It will continue to share domestic travel offers and deals (mobile, domestic booker, secret and early booker) to our customers, when it’s safe to travel again.

In the meantime, Booking.com is continuing campaigns that engage with customers across digital, messaging and social channels, around the world, to help effectively showcase and market our partner properties to the travellers who are ready to get out and start experiencing great stays again.

Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at Booking.com said, “At Booking.com, one of the things I’m most proud of is our ability to innovate at scale to bring effective solutions and products to travellers and our partners. A significant portion of our business in India is domestic bookings and as we foresee domestic travel demand gradually picking up, we want to ensure we do everything we can to support our local partners and bring them what they need most to effectively respond to the evolving travel environment. We will continue to work around the clock to support them as recovery begins. We believe that with a strong partnership together, we can ensure that everyone can experience the world again, in time and when it is safe to do so.”

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Daily mouthwash may inactivate human coronaviruses: Study

Recently, a study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be “inactivated” using commercially available mouthwashes.

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In a fight against the novel coronavirus, scientists have found that certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses.

The results, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, indicate that some of these products might be useful for reducing the amount of virus in the mouth after infection and may help to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, methods to reduce transmission are needed. The products we tested are readily available and often already a part of people’s daily routines,” said study researcher Craig Meyers from the Penn State University in the US.

During the study, the research team tested several oral and nasopharyngeal rinses in a laboratory setting for their ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, which are similar in structure to SARS-CoV-2.

The products evaluated include a one per cent solution of baby shampoo, peroxide sore-mouth cleansers, and mouthwashes.

The researchers found that several of the nasal and oral rinses had a strong ability to neutralize human coronavirus, which suggests that these products may have the potential to reduce the amount of virus spread by people who are COVID-19-positive.

They used a test to replicate the interaction of the virus in the nasal and oral cavities with the rinses and mouthwashes.

They treated solutions containing a strain of human coronavirus, which served as a readily available and genetically similar alternative for SARS-CoV-2, with the baby shampoo solutions, various peroxide antiseptic rinses and various brands of mouthwash.

They allowed the solutions to interact with the virus for 30 seconds, one minute and two minutes, before diluting the solutions to prevent further virus inactivation.

According to Meyers, the outer envelopes of the human coronavirus tested and SARS-CoV-2 are genetically similar so the research team hypothesizes that a similar amount of SARS-CoV-2 may be inactivated upon exposure to the solution.

To measure how much virus was inactivated, the researchers placed the diluted solutions in contact with cultured human cells.

They counted how many cells remained alive after a few days of exposure to the viral solution and used that number to calculate the amount of human coronavirus that was inactivated as a result of exposure to the mouthwash or oral rinse that was tested.

The one per cent baby shampoo solution, which is often used by head and neck doctors to rinse the sinuses, inactivated greater than 99.9 per cent of human coronavirus after a two-minute contact time.

Several of the mouthwash and gargle products also were effective at inactivating the infectious virus.

Many inactivated greater than 99.9 per cent of the virus after only 30 seconds of contact time and some inactivated 99.99 per cent of the virus after 30 seconds.

The results with mouthwashes are promising and add to the findings of a study showing that certain types of oral rinses could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 in similar experimental conditions, the study noted.

Recently, a study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be “inactivated” using commercially available mouthwashes.

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Preparations to start soon for Haj 2021, says Centre

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Haj 2021 will depend on national-international protocol guidelines in view of the pandemic

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The Centre on Monday said that Haj 2021 will depend on the national and international protocol guidelines in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the government said it will soon start the preparations for the Haj and receive applications.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said this after chairing a virtual meeting attended by Haj Committee of India CEO Maqsood Ahmad, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs P.K. Das, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Vipul, Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Ausaf Saeed and other officials. Many important decisions regarding Haj were taken in this meeting.

Naqvi said after the meeting that Haj 2021 will depend on national-international protocol guidelines in view of the pandemic. Haj 2021 is to take place in the month of July. But a final decision will be taken after a thorough review of the coronavirus spread and the health guidelines of Saudi Arabia and the Government of India, he said.

The Haj Committee of India and other Indian agencies will soon start preparations for Haj 2021 and start receiving applications. A formal announcement regarding the applications and other procedures will be made after the decision in respect of Haj 2021 by the Saudi Arabian government, the government said.

The Minister said due to the epidemic, the arrangements for the pilgrimage will see changes in a big way keeping in mind the guidelines. The health of the Haj pilgrims is the priority of the government, he added.

India and Saudi Arabia are in touch on this issue, he said.

According to information, Rs 2,100 crore of 1.23 lakh pilgrims, who were unable to go on Haj this year because of the pandemic, have been returned without any deduction.

The three-year pending amount of about Rs 514 crore of the Haj pilgrims has also been returned during this corona period.

The result of the 100 per cent digital system in India is that money was sent directly into the accounts even during the ongoing pandemic, which has happened for the first time in the history of the Haj pilgrimage.

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Corona is the new Mahishasura in Delhi’s subdued Durga Puja

With a spike of 55,722 coronavirus cases and 579 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s tally on Monday crossed the 75-lakh mark with a total of 75,50,273 cases.

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New Delhi, Oct 19 : In times of the pandemic, evil has attained a new face — coronavirus. Hence, the Safdurjung Matri Mandir, an old puja committee in the national capital, has decided to install ‘Coronasur’ instead of Mahishasura in its toned down Durga Puja this year.

“Every year we create a Mahishasura which the goddess Durga symbolically kills. But this year, we have replaced it with Coronasur,” Sumit Guha, one of the organisers at the Safdarjung Matri Mandir, told IANS.

The puja committee has decided to do away with the tradition of a tall idol this year. In fact, it has unanimously decided against an idol itself. Guha said that a 20 feet tall poster of goddess Durga will be installed instead.

However, this trend has a bearing on those who make idols. Following the social distancing norms, the cautious puja committees in CR Park – the hub of Delhi’s Durga puja celebrations – have decided to give it a pass this year, adding to the misery of the idol makers. Manik Pal from West Bengal’s Krishnanagar is one such artist.

“I have been coming to Delhi for the last 20 years. Last year, I made around 50 idols. But this year I am making 8-10 small idols,” Pal said while giving finishing touches to a five feet idol.

“We don’t have any money. No money to eat or educate my children. We don’t have anything. The coronavirus has created a lot of hardships for us,” he said.

Pal, like many other artists, hopes that the government will step in to bring some reprieve to them.

“If it happens, there’s nothing like it. But we don’t know if the government will help us,” he said.

Pal, however, believes that the fear and caution to avoid mass gatherings is the need of the hour. He told IANS that even in Kolkata, the festivities will see significant toning down as compared to the previous years.

Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court on Monday directed all Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal to be made no-entry zones for the public. The court has also limited the number of organisers inside the pandals to 25 for big pujas and 15 for the smaller ones.

With a spike of 55,722 coronavirus cases and 579 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s tally on Monday crossed the 75-lakh mark with a total of 75,50,273 cases.

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