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“Wajid bhai had been suffering kidney related problems from sometime. He even underwent kidney transplant a while ago. Unfortunately, his health got worsened and then he caught COVID-19,”

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Mumbai, Jun 1 : Condolence messages have continued pouring in for Wajid Khan of the composer duo Sajid-Wajid, who passed away in the early hours of Monday, all through the day.

A source close to Khan’s family told IANS that the 42-year-old musician was suffering due to kidney infection and his condition worsened when he was afflicted by the coronavirus.

“Wajid bhai had been suffering kidney related problems from sometime. He even underwent kidney transplant a while ago. Unfortunately, his health got worsened and then he caught COVID-19,” the source added.

Shocked to hear about the Wajid’s demise, several celebrities took to social media to express their grief.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan.. a bright smiling talent passes away .. duas, prayers and in condolence.”

As reported in an early IANS report, Salman Khan, who used collaborate with Sajid-Wajid frequently, tweeted to say that he “will always love, respect, remember and miss you”.

Wajid’s close friend and singer Sonu Nigam, who was among the first to confirm the news in the early hours of Monday, has also paid a musical tribute to the departed musician on his YouTube channel.

Akshay Kumar is “saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #WajidKhan, talented and ever-smiling”.

Varun Dhawan shared that Wajid Khan was very much close to the former’s family.

“Shocked hearing this news @wajidkhan7 bhai was extremely close to me and my family. He was one of the most positive people to be around. We will miss you Wajid bhai thank you for the music,” he shared.

Actress Katrina Kaif shared that she will always remember Wajid’s smile.

Wajid Khan, one half of the popular composer duo Sajid-Wajid, was cremated at Mumbai’s Versova crematorium. His funeral was attended by his family members and close friends, including actor Aditya Pancholi and hairstylist Aalim Hakim.

Aalim even took to social media and wrote: “Brother Wajid bhai left today. We studied together in college right from F.Y.J.C. We struggled together to become something in our life. We have always been so close. Our parents were very close friends. I just can’t believe he is gone.

“A guy with such a pure heart. How much time we have spent together. It’s not a good day for me, I lost such a beautiful friend. Jaan tha hum sab doston ki Wajid. Wajid bhai your beautiful smile and the love in your heart for your friends will always stay with me. Wajid bhai you are going to live forever in our hearts. #rip.”

Singer Darshan Rawal recalled how Wajid Khan invited him home to feast on biryani.

“After the shoot at a reality show was going back home and wajid bhai came and said chal aaja biryani khaate hai (cooked by his mother) and we shared the biryani and talked and laughed,I am going to remember that day for my entire life,” Darshan shared.

Rapper Badshah said: “I am deeply saddened by this news, it is very hard to believe that he is not with us anymore. Wajid Sir was such a great man, extremely talented and a humble soul. We all have lost someone special and this is a very big loss. May his soul rest in peace.”

Singer Papon shared that Wajid Khan wanted to collaborate with him.

“Wajid Bhai always expressed that he wanted to work with me and I was more than happy to be collaborating with such a talented and humble man. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to work with him, though we had plans. I had heard he was unwell, this news is extremely sad. This is definitely a very big loss to the industry, he was a very good soul. May his soul rest in peace,” Papon recalled.

Wajid along with brother Sajid made their debut as music directors with Salman Khan’s “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”. He had given chartbusters like ” Jalwa”, “Hud Hud Dabangg” and “Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita”.

Wajid Khan is survived by his wife and two children, son and a daughter.

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India just 400 short of Russia, as record 25K new cases take tally past 6.73L

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

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New Delhi: India recorded a single-day spike of record 24,850 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking its total tally to 6,73,165 even as over 600 deaths in the last 24 hours increased the country’s death toll to 19,268, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed.

As many as 4,09,083 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals. India now has 2,44,814 active cases in the country.

On the global front, India is 399 cases away from beating Russia to become the world’s third worst-hit nation with the coronavirus pandemic. While India has 6,73,165 cases, Russia has 6,73,564 cases.

The United States remained the worst-hit country with 28,39,436 cases, followed by Brazil with 15,77,044.

With a spike of more than 7,000 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remained the worst- hit state with its total cases crossing the 2-lakh mark (2,00,064) and 8,671 casualties, of which 295 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Southern state of Tamil Nadu followed with 1,07,001 corona cases including 1,450 deaths. Tamil Nadu witnessed a spike of 4,280 cases and 65 deaths in just one day.

At the third spot, national capital Delhi witnessed a spike of 2,505 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total corona tally to 97,200. Delhi now has 25,940 active cases, with 3,004 deaths. As many as 68,256 patients have recovered and since discharged from hospitals.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat (35,312) with 1,925 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (26,554), Rajasthan (19,532), Madhya Pradesh (14,064), West Bengal (21,231), Haryana (16,548), Karnataka (21,549), Andhra Pradesh (17,699), Telangana (22,312) and Bihar (11,700) cases.

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Israel reports 977 new coronavirus cases; 29,032 in total

As a result, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana has entered home quarantine until July 12, after meeting twice with Shabtai in the past two weeks.

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Jerusalem, July 5 : Israel’s Ministry of Health has reported 977 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 29,032.

The number of Covid-19 deaths increased from 326 to 330, while the number of patients in serious conditions increased from 77 to 84 out of 296 patients currently hospitalised, Xinhua reported.

The number of recoveries increased to 17,773, with 104 new recoveries, while the number of active cases hit 10,929.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli police said that Israeli border police chief Yaakov Shabtai tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding that his health condition is good.

As a result, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana has entered home quarantine until July 12, after meeting twice with Shabtai in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Defence Minister Benny Gantz and army chief of staff Aviv Kochavi will not have to undergo quarantine despite meeting with Shabtai on Thursday.

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 11.1 Million, US Tally Surpasses 2.8 Million

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,838,678 and 129,672, respectively.

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The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to more than 11.1 million, while the deaths have soared to over 528,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,199,747, while the fatalities rose to 528,953, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,838,678 and 129,672, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 1,539,081 infections and 63,174 deaths.

In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (673,564), and is followed by India (648,315), Peru (299,080), Chile (291,847), the UK (286,412), Mexico (252,165), Spain (250,545), Italy (241,419), Iran (237,878), Pakistan (225,283), Saudi Arabia (205,929), Turkey (204,610), France (204,222), Germany (197,198), South Africa (187,977), Bangladesh (159,679), Colombia (109,793) and Canada (107,185), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,283), Italy (34,854), Mexico (30,366), France (29,896), Spain (28,385), India (18,655), Iran (11,408), Peru (10,412) and Russia (10,011).

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