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    CHICAGO (CBS) — The crime plaguing Chicago has taken a toll on businesses – especially small business owners. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported Monday, thieves broke into BFF Bikes at 2056 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown two different times nearly two weeks apart. One of the windows is boarded up – for the second time. READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Calls For Help From Federal Agents In Fighting Violence In Chicago, Takes Aim At Cook County Electronic Monitoring ProgramOn surveillance video, an alarm is heard blaring while thieves jump out of a broken window a the bike shop. Moments later, one man is seen running down the sidewalk while rolling a bike, followed by a second man doing the same with two bikes – before he heads into a church courtyard. “They went for the more expensive bikes,” said BFF Bikes owner Gillian Forsyth. “They kind of knew what they were looking for.” Forsyth says her business was broken into on Nov. 30 and Dec. 13 between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. – in broad daylight. READ...
    The all-women big-wave Red Bull Magnitude contest is set to run again for the second year. Last year the worldwide pandemic changed the landscape of sports. Many sports organizations shut down and when they finally returned they did so without fans in attendance. The sport of surfing was no different. The World Surf League shut down the championship tour and other similar competitions were canceled as well. Luckily the onset of digital competitions began to rise and among the most popular was the Red Bull Magnitude contest. The event was the first-ever all-female big wave contest. The format was unique and the surfers were some of the best in the world. This year the Red Bull Magnitude contest is back for a second go-around. The following is everything you need to know about the event.What is the Red Bull Magnitude contest?As mentioned before, the Red Bull Magnitude is a digitally run big wave contest. It is an all-female entry and takes place over three months during the winter. Athletes from all over the world can sign up and make their...
    PARIS (AP) — France has launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the country. Coronavirus infections have peaked in France over the last few days, with daily new cases rising above the 30,000 mark. French Health Minister Olivier Veran laid out the plans during a press conference in which he announced a reduction in the time gap between second and third shots from six to five months. He said France already has enough vaccines to launch the nationwide booster campaign. Veran also laid out a swathe of measures seen as tightening the use of masks in public areas and said that the country’s COVID pass, which is required in many indoor places across the country, will become invalid if a person has not received a booster shot within seven months of a second dose. He said that there are ten times more unvaccinated people currently hospitalized because of the virus than vaccinated ones, adding that without the...
    The House committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 issued its second wave of subpoenas, honing in on organizers of the "Stop the Steal" rally that happened near the White House that same day. Eleven people were sent letters on Wednesday, including Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, as well as Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. The subpoenas seek documents and deposition testimony. In particular, the committee took aim at individuals associated with the Women for America First-sponsored public event where Trump delivered one of the final public addresses of his presidency on Jan. 6, as well as earlier rallies and nationwide bus tours, according to a statement outlining all the subpoenas. The select panel, led by Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, said the rally at the Ellipse "in support of then-President Trump and his allegation of election fraud," which happened shortly before the Capitol attack, Trump encouraged the crowd to "fight much harder" and "stop the steal." The subpoenas "seek a range of records that...
    ALMOST twice as many children and young people ended up in hospital with Covid in the second wave than the first. It comes amid fears a lack of social distancing and schools going back could drive up infections again in the UK - although we are far better protected with vaccines now. 2A patient being admitted to hospital with coronavirus A study carried out by the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) found a staggering increase. From January to July 2020, 764 young people were admitted with the virus, but from August 2020 to February 2021, 1,280 went into hospital. The experts put this down to schools remaining open in the second wave, and new variants which were more easily spread emerging. They wrote: "New variants have emerged, including the alpha variant (B.1.1.7) first detected in Southeast England in September 2020, becoming the predominant variant throughout the UK by the end of December. "The alpha variant contains mutations that permit some immune escape in those who had been previously infected, with increased transmissibility, and more severe disease with higher...
    The professional head of Britain’s internal security and intelligence agency MI5 has recounted the feelings within the organisation as 9/11 unfolded, including colleagues immediately recognising the work of Osama Bin Laden. Ken McCallum, the chief of MI5 — a name harking back to its roots as a British wartime military intelligence bureau, although it is now known more formally as the Security Service — told British public broadcaster the BBC on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks how the organisation he now leads reacted as the scene unfolded in 2001. Saying that he was at that time an agent runner of just five years’ service then, McCallum told the broadcaster: On 9/11, at lunchtime, as it was in the UK when the first plane struck the Twin Towers, we turned on the television in the corner of the room. As the second plane struck, a colleague quietly said ‘Osama Bin Laden’. And someone else said, ‘I guess we all know what we’re doing for the next ten years of our lives’. And so it proved. In...
    (CBS Local)–Michael Morell was President George W. Bush’s daily intelligence briefer on September 11, 2001 and with the president the morning they learned of the attacks. Morell, who went on to serve as deputy director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013, and twice served as acting director during that period, appears in the CBS News Special, “Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11,” which airs Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will be available to stream on the CBS News app and Paramount+ on September 11. READ MORE: Inaugural U.S.-E.U. Trade And Technology Council Meeting To Take Place In Pittsburgh This Month CBS News: How did you first learn of the attacks, and what went through your mind when you did?  Michael Morell: I was in the presidential motorcade driving from the hotel where we had spent the night to [Emma E.] Booker Elementary School [in Sarasota, Florida], where the president was going to do an event around his education policy. It was during the drive from the hotel to the school that I heard...
    Michael Morell was President George W. Bush's daily intelligence briefer on September 11, 2001 and with the president the morning they learned of the attacks.  Morell, who went on to serve as deputy director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013, and twice served as acting director during that period, appears in the CBS News Special, "Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11," which airs Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will be available to stream on the CBS News app and Paramount+ on September 11. CBS News: How did you first learn of the attacks, and what went through your mind when you did?   Michael Morell: I was in the presidential motorcade driving from the hotel where we had spent the night to [Emma E.] Booker Elementary School [in Sarasota, Florida], where the president was going to do an event around his education policy. It was during the drive from the hotel to the school that I heard about the first plane. And I had the reaction that pretty much everybody did: "It...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)India's economy grew at a record pace in the second quarter, even as the country grappled with a devastating wave of Covid-19. But Asia's third largest economy isn't out of the woods yet and remains smaller than at the start of the pandemic. GDP rose 20.1% in the three months to June 30, compared with the same period a year earlier. The big jump reflects a rebound from the deep slump in activity in 2020, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed one of the world's toughest lockdowns on 1.3 billion people, restricting business and travel for months and plunging the country into its first recession in decades."The record year-on-year rise in Indian GDP in Q2 was due entirely to base effects," wrote Shilan Shah, senior India economist at Capital Economics in a research note. This time last year, India posted a 24% fall in GDP.India had just begun to claw its way out of the slump earlier this year when a second wave of the coronavirus — believed by experts to have been sparked by the now-global...
    MEXICO CITY.- Although hospitalizations and infections by Covid-19 continue to decline, Mexico City will remain at an orange traffic light from August 30 to September 5. According to the general director of Digital Government of the ADIP, Edurado Clark, as of this Friday 2,864 people were hospitalized, which represents a decrease of 343 compared to the previous week. Clark indicated that based on current figures and the downward trend that has been maintained in recent days, the capital of the country has already exceeded the peak of the third wave of this health emergency, which he said was registered in the second week of August. It is the week with the greatest reduction in at least three months, and of these 2,864 people, 2,024 in general beds, 840 in beds with a fan, which can also be seen very clearly in both graphs the downward trend . We estimate that we have reached our maximum peak of hospitalizations, of this third wave, about 14 days ago, “said the official. The official urged citizens not to lower their guard and maintain...
    Forecasters are warning of a looming heat wave as 107 large wildfires rage in the United States, including the Dixie Fire, which has scorched 489,287 acres since mid-July, making it the second-largest single wildfire in California's history. The Golden State is under "widespread air quality alerts" with "scattered Red Flag Warnings" across the Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains to parts of central California, the National Weather Service said on Sunday. "It's going to be a real oppressive week with dangerous heat and hot conditions across much of the U.S.," the National Weather Service tweeted, noting that heat watches are up again for parts of the Pacific Northwest after experiencing a brutal heat wave at the start of July. The Dixie Fire has been ablaze for 26 days and is active in northern parts of the state, including Butte, Lassen, and Tehama counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. At least 589 structures have been destroyed from the wildfire. CALIFORNIA'S DIXIE FIRE BECOMES THIRD-LARGEST WILDFIRE IN STATE HISTORY It's going to be a real oppressive week with...
    New Delhi (CNN)Srinivas S. lies on a gurney in an operating theater in St John's Hospital in Bengaluru as surgeons carefully remove bits of blackened tissue and rotten bone from his face.The 41-year-old driver is one of more than 45,000 Indians infected with black fungus -- or mucormycosis -- since the start of the country's second Covid-19 wave in late March.Like Srinivas, the vast majority of sufferers -- around 85% -- were Covid-19 patients, according to India's Health Ministry. By July, more than 4,300 people had died from the fungal infection.Srinivas's sister Shyamala V. sits by his bed and considers what life will be like for her brother's wife and two young sons, ages 2 and four months, if he becomes one of them. "I am very scared for him; he has two small kids. Who will look after them?" she said. Srinivas S. went to four hospitals before they diagnosed his black fungus infection.Read MoreBlack fungus is India's second Covid crisis. Before this year, the infection was rare in India, though it was around 80 times more common there...
    THE Taliban is preparing for an all-out assault to capture Afghanistan's second largest city as the militants tighten their terrifying grip on the country. The terror group have sent a wave of more than twenty suicide bombers into the southern city of Kandahar in a bloody siege as the Taliban closes in after seizing vast swathes of Afghanistan in a six-week blitz. 4Afghan troops exchange fire with Taliban militants in Kandahar cityCredit: Rex 4A damaged wall after US forces conducted an airstrike in KandaharCredit: Rex 4An Afghan security official stands alert at a checkpoint in KandaharCredit: EPA The Taliban have infiltrated the outskirts of the strategic city of 614,000 as fighting intensifies in southern and western neighbourhoods. Afghan commandos have arrived to ramp up Kandahar's defences and troops have so far managed to repel the swathes of Taliban suicide bombers, The Times reports. But more than a dozen police posts and checkpoints have already been seized as the Taliban encircle the city from all sides. On the southern side of the city, Afghan troops are fighting the militants as the...
    A HOSPITAL in England has told patients to “avoid A&E if you can” amid pressures from Covid and the hot weather. The London Ambulance Service has also issued an emergency alert after admitting it was struggling with a surge in demand. 4“A significant amount – particularly young people – have relatively minor problems”, Northampton General Hospital said. It added it also had a lot of young Covid patientsCredit: Alamy 4Kettering hospital has asked people to "think about the best place for their care" because its A&E services are so busyCredit: Alamy Patients could be turned away from A&E in Northampton if their condition is not life-threatening, Metro reported.  Hundreds are turning up at emergency services at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) and Kettering General Hospital every day. But bosses said a “significant amount – particularly young people – have relatively minor problems”, suggesting they should stay at home or seek medical attention elsewhere. Kettering General Hospital’s Clinical Director for Urgent Care, Dr Adrian Ierina, said: “Both hospitals are seeing a very high number of attendances at A&E and this is creating...
    NEW DELHI - As the tattoo needle moves on her wrist creating an image of angel’s wings and the word “Dad,” Rakshita Gupta, a designer of home furnishings, recalls what her father, who died two months ago of COVID-19, means to her and her sister. “He taught us to be independent, he taught us to be brave, he gave us all the freedom we need, he taught me everything I knew,” Gupta said with a shiver as she sat with her sister in a tattoo studio, Inkinn, in the Indian capital. “At the same time, he was the most pampering parent in the world.”  The Guptas are among thousands of families who lost loved ones during a ferocious second wave of the pandemic that shrouded New Delhi in grief in April and May.  The Gupta sisters got identical tattoos. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)Some family members could not spend the last moments with spouses, brothers, sisters, or parents as they struggled in hospitals. Some watched their loved one succumb to the virus while they scrambled to find a hospital bed and oxygen....
    The first person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in India has been infected by the virus again, officials said Tuesday. “She is reinfected with COVID-19. Her RT-PCR is positive, antigen is negative. She is asymptomatic,” Thrissur District Medical Officer Dr. K J Reena told the Press Trust Of India (PTI). She had not been vaccinated before, The Hindu reported. Doctors found out that she was infected again when they were examining her samples as part of a medical test she took while she was preparing to head to the capital city New Delhi for education-related purposes, according to the news agency. The young woman is at home and “she is OK,” Reena said. #IndiaFightsCorona The world is witnessing the #ThirdWave of #COVID19. We have to join hands to ensure that the third wave doesn’t hit India – Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), @NITIAayog #Unite2FightCorona #StaySafe @MoHFW_INDIA @mansukhmandviyapic.twitter.com/kLhwFhHRoZ — #IndiaFightsCorona (@COVIDNewsByMIB) July 13, 2021 She first contracted the virus while she was a medical student at a university in Wuhan, China. After she returned home for semester break, she became...
    FREEDOM Day could still spark a third wave of hospitalisations higher than the second peak, Sage documents have warned. And it largely comes down to how much people voluntarily stick with measures that will be scrapped by Boris Johnson, such as face-mask wearing. 4People's behaviour after July 19 will largely influence how the third wave pans outCredit: Rex The PM will today announce that July 19 will be going ahead, with the majority of legal restrictions dropped. A batch of documents published by the Government today detail what scientists believe will happen from July 19 onwards. They come from SAGE - the panel of scientists that have been advising the government throughout the pandemic.  Three universities - Imperial, Warwick, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) gave modelling to SAGE. All showed an extremely high level of infection until at least the end of August. The size and timing of the peak is still unknown and depends on a number of factors, such as how quickly people return to pre-pandemic ways. But Sage has said hospital admissions...
    July 4, 2020 held special meaning for many Americans. It was not only a celebration of U.S. independence but a celebration of personal freedom as well.  After much of the country went into lockdown during spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic - closing stores, restaurants, movie theaters and other small businesses - many felt that things were finally going to return to normal. Instead, the holiday kicked off a summer suffering, and produced the second largest surge of the pandemic with an average of about 68,000 cases and 900 deaths per day. Cases are down 83 percent compared to last year at about 11,000 per day and deaths have plunged 66 percent to 300 daily, and 54 percent of the population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. But doctors tell DailyMail.com they have some fears another surge could form after the holiday this year just like the year before.   Doctors fear another surge in COVID-19 cases could be right around the corner similar to the second wave that was kicked off after July 4 last year (seen...
    More On: eric adams NYC mayoral race a nail-biter as preliminary ranked choice voting results roll in Yang predicts who will come out on top as initial primary results come in 83 percent of New Yorkers picked ‘at least two’ candidates in ranked choice voting Eric Adams is right: Dems should take note of his success in NYC’s primary Democratic mayoral front-runner Eric Adams blasted New York City officials for opening fewer cooling centers in Queens during the recent heat wave — particularly in the borough’s southern neighborhoods largely populated by black residents. “Queens neighborhoods that are home to a disproportionate number of high-risk NYCers have few cooling centers — in a heat wave,” Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, said in a tweet Tuesday while linking to a Patch.com story. “That’s completely unacceptable. We need to open more cooling centers in communities with vulnerable populations, immediately.” The southeastern Queens neighborhoods of Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, Cambria Heights, or Queens Village all lacked cooling centers, Patch.com reported. These communities among the areas where residents have the highest or...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Is the heat wave over? Yes, but not for long! ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco says it's going to get hot again this weekend when possible record-breaking temperatures return to the Bay Area."As Friday starts to roll around -- we are looking at summer heat building inland and into the Bay once again," said Nicco. "The Good news? This one doesn't look nearly as aggressive as the recent heat spell."Nicco is tracking two weather models. The warmest one shows Saturday and Sunday being the hottest days of the week with temperatures reaching triple-digits in some inland neighborhoods.Sunday's hot spots may include 106 in Fairfield, 103 in Antioch, 100 in Livermore and Santa Rosa, 93 in Petaluma and 92 in San Jose.Cloverdale could reach a scorching 110 on Sunday.Nicco says these temperatures aren't definitive, yet. Other weather models show Bay Area temperatures warming up, but not scorching hot."So, we are definitely going to keep this in mind as we tweak the forecast over the next couple of days," said Nicco.
    (CNN)Three men wearing white hazmat suits carry a dark blue body bag into the back of an ambulance parked next to a soccer field in Uganda's main stadium -- the latest victim of the virulent second wave of Covid-19 that has hit the East African country. Usually teeming with soccer fans, the Mandela National Stadium is now a temporary hospital for Covid patients, and although the government says it is meant for patients with mild to moderate cases, the body being removed suggests otherwise. About 90 people are currently being treated there as the country battles a 130% increase in cases in the past two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, plunging the country back into a partial lockdown with barely any vaccines available to offer protection. In the empty rooms around the arena, there are dozens of bed frames without mattresses squeezed next to each other in preparation for more patients. The government says it has scaled up the bed capacity to cater for 1,000 people as it anticipates the worst. At the onset of the pandemic, the...
    THE R rate in parts of England is as high as 2.5 due to the Delta variant first seen in India, “Prof Lockdown” has warned. Prof Neil Ferguson, whose modelling scared the Government into the first lockdown, said the best guess is Delta is 60 per cent more transmissible. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 3The R rate in parts of England is as high as 2.5 due to the Delta variant first seen in India, a leading expert warned. Pictured: A pop up vaccination centre in Bolton, a Delta variant hotspotCredit: Getty That’s compared to the Alpha (Kent) variant which is no longer dominant due to the new, rapidly spreading Delta strain. Prof Ferguson, Director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London, said cases of the Delta variant were doubling within less than a week - a rate similar to the Alpha strain just before Christmas. He also revealed ministers were warned last week of a “substantial third wave” in the UK. The updated modells from scientists reporting to Sage...
    Kampala, Uganda (CNN)More restrictions will be reinforced in Uganda to curb the spread of a second wave of Covid-19 amid a sharp rise in cases, President Yoweri Museveni confirmed in a televised address Sunday night.All schools and institutions of higher learning will be closed for 42 days starting Monday morning, the president said, adding that all teachers will be required to be vaccinated before returning to the classroom. "There is an increasing number of clusters of infections in schools," Museveni said.Inter-district travel will also be banned for 42 days starting June 10th,to minimize the movement of people and the spread of the virus from district-to-district.Additionally, communal gathering in places of worship will be suspended for 42 days, but social gatherings will be limited to a maximum capacity of 20 people. Countries in Africa fear they could become the next India as vaccine supplies dwindleOn June 4th, Uganda registered its highest single day record with 1259 confirmed cases, at a positivity rate of 17%. But only 8% of the cases from the last 14 days were admitted into hospitals.Read More"In this...
    (CNN)Wearing a crumpled pastel T-shirt, jeans and a white face mask, a grieving young man performed the final rites at Nigambodh Ghat, one of Delhi's biggest crematoriums. He looked lost, numb and exhausted. Accompanied by a family member, Madhur Chawla followed the priests' directions almost robotically. He'd lost his 49-year-old mother to Covid-19. Madhur couldn't bring himself to immerse the ashes of his mother -- while his relative obliged, the 27-year-old sat on a bench close by. CNN Reporter Vedika SudIn a war, you know who you're fighting against. But in this war, the enemy has been an invisible, deadly virus, striking at will -- taking someone's last breath with it. What can you say to console a grieving son? I approached Madhur with the intent to offer my condolences but failed miserably. Even if I wanted to document his story, this wasn't the time or place. Holding back my tears, I asked Madhur if I could sit next to him. We sat at two ends of the bench, in complete silence. Almost five minutes later, Madhur said, "This has...
    The World Health Organisation today warned of a continent-wide third wave of coronavirus in Africa. Infections have increased by 20 percent in the last two weeks compared to the previous fortnight, and cases are surging in 14 countries in the last seven days – eight countries have seen spikes of more than 30 percent. South Africa alone had a more than 60 percent rise in new cases last week as the country continued to face delays in its effort to roll out the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   Infections have increased by 20 percent in the last two weeks compared to the previous fortnight, and cases are surging in 14 countries in the last seven days – eight countries have seen spikes of more than 30 percent Africa has recorded 2.9 percent of the world's cases, but accounts for 3.7 percent of the deaths. AFRICAN COUNTRIES REPORTING THE MOST CASES AND DEATHS CASES: SOUTH AFRICA: 4,342 TUNISIA: 1,462 EGYPT: 1,040 UGANDA: 738 ZAMBIA: 492   DEATHS: SOUTH AFRICA: 85 TUNISIA: 55 EGYPT: 47 KENYA: 16 NAMIBIA: 12 * Latest 7-day...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)India's economy was turning a corner earlier this year as the country started to accelerate out of the recession it suffered in 2020. But a disastrous surge in Covid-19 cases threatens that progress. Asia's third biggest economy recorded a rise in gross domestic product of 1.6% in the January-March quarter, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to official statistics published on Monday. This is faster than the 0.5% growth reported in the previous quarter.The stronger performance wasn't enough to prevent the economy contracting by 7.3% for India's fiscal year as a whole, which ended in March. India slipped into recession for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century last year, following a sweeping, months-long national lockdown that placed severe restrictions on business activity and travel. While those measures helped control the spread of Covid-19, many of the country's poorest and most vulnerable were stranded without income for weeks, leaving deep scars on the economy. Indian media have gone easy on Modi. Thats changing because of the pandemicIndia had hoped its recent...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced through their charity, Archewell Foundation, that their next community relief center will be built in India, which is experiencing its second wave of severe coronavirus infection. “The purpose of these centers is to provide relief and resilience (as well as healing and strength) for the communities in which they’re based,” the foundation said in a press release on the website. “During future crises, these centers can be quickly activated as emergency response kitchens — or vaccination sites — and through calmer times they can serve as food distribution hubs, schools, clinics, or community gathering spaces for families.” (RELATED: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Announce First Big Project After Permanently Stepping Away From Royal Roles) India is reporting roughly 400,000 new coronavirus infections a day and the country is running low on vaccine supplies, according to the New York Times. As part of their ongoing philanthropic partnership with ⁦@WCKitchen⁩, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has announced plans to build their next Community Relief Center in India???????? DETAILS: https://t.co/F0jULBHohE — Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 19,...
    VIDEO3:4303:43India's Maharashtra will consider staggered reopening depending on Covid casesStreet Signs Asia After being the epicenter of a devastating second wave, India's wealthiest state is already taking steps to prepare for a possible third wave, according to its tourism and environment minister. The western state of Maharashtra, home to India's financial capital Mumbai, has so far reported more than 5.4 million cases, including over 82,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to health ministry data. It is the worst-hit state in the country so far. Since last month, ministers of the state, including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, have been discussing various ways to respond to an impending third wave, which could potentially occur sometime between September and October, Aaditya Thackeray told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Tuesday. "For the third wave, we are preparing for three major things," said Thackeray, who is also the chief minister's son. First, is the state's medical response, which is currently guided by a task force comprising 11 doctors who have put together standard operating procedures for Maharashtra's administrative and medical responses. Thackeray explained the state is...
    AT least 21 people are dead and 96 are missing after cyclone Tauktae smashed India with 115mph winds as the country battles its second Covid wave. The Indian navy rescued crew from a sunken barge and a cargo vessel that was cut adrift today off Mumbai's coast after the deadly cyclone struck the western coast. 8India's deadly cyclone smashed cars and pushed over treesCredit: Reuters 8Satellite image released by NASA shows the path of Cyclone TauktaeCredit: AFP The navy said it had rescued 177 people of the total 400 on the two barges in the Arabia Sea. Three frontline warships, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters were part of the rescue operations and were scouring the sea, the Navy said. Both barges were working for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the largest crude oil and natural gas company in India. The colossal cyclone - the biggest to hit the region in decades - claimed lives across Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat as savage winds swept through flimsy homes and uprooted trees and electricity pylons. Cyclone Tauktae packed sustained winds of...
    AN MP in Covid-ravaged India has been blasted for her "disturbing" claims that drinking cow urine every day prevents her from catching the virus. Controversial politician Pragya Thakur hailed it a "life-saver" - despite doctors repeatedly telling people not to use cow excrement as a way to treat coronavirus as the country continues to be battered by a deadly second wave. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4MP Pragya Thakur has been criticised for her claim that drinking cow urine stops her getting CovidCredit: Reuters 4Doctors say there is no evidence cow urine boosts immunity against CovidCredit: Getty The MP, who is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and represents Bhopal, claimed drinking cow pee protects her from Covid She has been slammed for her remarks which outraged politicians say "invite more devastation" by "discouraging people to get the jab". "If we have desi gau mutra (urine from an indigenous cow) every day, then it cures lung infection from Covid," Thakur said during a party gathering on Monday. "I am in deep pain but...
    Health workers wearing personal protective equipment attend to Covid-19 patients inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid care center in New Delhi on May 7, 2021.Prakash Singh | AFP | Getty Images India's total Covid-19 cases crossed 24 million as the country fights a devastating second wave of infections that has overwhelmed its health-care system. Government data released Friday showed there were 343,144 new reported cases over a 24-hour period, where at least 4,000 people died. It was the third consecutive day where the official death toll was 4,000 or higher. Still, daily cases have stayed below the record 414,188 figure reported on May 7 but the pressure has not yet eased off hospitals. Reports also suggest that the virus is making rounds in rural India, where experts have said the health-care system is not designed to cope with a surge in cases. A professor from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur said on Friday that daily cases in India may have peaked. "According to our model, the number of new cases coming every day has already crossed...
    (CNN)Breathless and fighting for her life, Reshma Aub Shaikh lay for 13 hours in the back of an auto-rickshaw as her family drove around Mumbai's suburbs in search of medical care.Covid-positive and suffering abnormally low oxygen levels in her blood, the 37-year-old was turned away from every hospital she visited, due to a lack of beds and oxygen supplies.Her husband's cousin, Mehmood Khan, turned to the internet for help. That's where he found Shahnawaz Shaikh -- known as "the oxygen man." Khan reached out and within an hour, a free oxygen cylinder was delivered by a volunteer to the home of Reshma Aub Shaikh, who is not related to Shahnawaz Shaikh. "It saved her life," Khan said.Shahnawaz Shaikh checks the pressure of an oxygen cylinder at a distribution center in Mumbai on April 28, 2021.Shaikh, 32, grew up in a Mumbai slum and owned a booming small construction company before the pandemic. But the months-long lockdown imposed in March last year forced him to shut his business as "the situation went from bad to worse in Mumbai," one of India's...
    Chogath, India (CNN)In the remote Indian village of Chogath, local pharmacist Jeetu has become the only source of medical help for people sick with Covid-19.The country's second wave has devastated major cities and regional hubs, with hospitals running out of oxygen and medicine. But in rural states and far-flung villages, doctors and clinics are in even shorter supply -- leaving residents to fight for their lives without access to care.Chogath is a farming community in the western state of Gujarat, and home to roughly 7,400 people, according to the last census in 2011. Earlier this week, Jeetu told CNN there were around 500 to 600 cases of Covid in the village, while other residents report a spike in fatalities. Jitu, the local pharmacist and volunteer medic at the village of Chogath, Gujarat, on May 9.However, there isn't a single doctor or medic in the village, and the closest city is more than an hour away. There are clinics in some neighboring towns, but these small facilities are also out of beds and critical supplies. Read MoreWith cases and deaths piling...
    Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates will ship aid from the World Health Organization and other groups into India for free.  The move is to help fight a crushing outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, the airline said Sunday. The offer by Emirates, which has some 95 flights weekly to nine cities in India, initially involves aid already in Dubai but may expand across the carrier's network as time goes on.  Medical supplies are pictured as they are ready to be sent to India at the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 9 Emirates has some 95 flights weekly to nine cities in India. File image of an Emirates flight above  That could mean major savings for aid groups as airfreight costs have skyrocketed amid the pandemic. Demand for flown cargo stands at record levels worldwide. Emirates made the announcement at Dubai's International Humanitarian City, already home to a WHO warehouse that's been crucial to the distribution of medical gear worldwide.  A WHO worker on a forklift moved boxes of tents made in Pakistan and rolls...
    More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, India is being crushed by a new surge of infections that is shattering global records. The unprecedented explosion in cases came even after the country had fared relatively well against the pandemic until recently. Experts point to a "perfect storm" of factors to explain why the country is being hit so hard all of a sudden. The outbreak comes on the heels of the government allowing massive crowds to gather for Hindu religious festivals and political rallies before state elections — compounded by more relaxed attitudes about safety precautions and the emergence of new, more contagious strains of the virus. "It’s almost like India hit a perfect storm," S.V. Subramanian, a professor of population health and geography at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told USA Today. The country broke its own record for daily coronavirus cases and deaths on Thursday with 412,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities over the last 24 hours. Both figures, however, are believed to be an undercount. EXPERT WARNS FURTHER WAVES IN INDIA ‘INEVITABLE’  The latest...
    A family member of Covid-19 infected patient seen carrying an empty oxygen cylinder outside a shop to get it refilled, amidst the rising number of the coronavirus cases.Manish Rajput | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images India's daily new Covid-19 cases crossed 400,000 for the third time this month as the country struggles to contain a devastating second wave. Health ministry data released Friday showed there were 414,188 new cases over a 24-hour period, where at least 3,915 people succumbed to the disease. But reports of overwhelmed crematoriums and cemeteries as well as a growing number of obituaries in local papers suggest the official figures undercount the true death toll. Total reported cases in the South Asian country currently stands at 21.49 million while fatalities exceed 234,000. In just the last seven days, India has reported more than 2.7 million cases and over 25,700 deaths, or an average of at least 153 people dying every hour. While the Indian government has so far resisted calls for another national lockdown, states have stepped up restrictions including localized lockdowns and curfews....