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Morning digest | Cyclone Tauktae leaves 5 dead, to cross Gujarat coast today evening; COVID-19 response over next 6-18 months critical, says WHO chief scientist, and more

Soumya Swaminathan. File photo: AP  

Cyclone Tauktae | Five killed as gale force winds, rain pummel Kerala, Karnataka

Gale-force winds, heavy rain and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa as Cyclone Tauktae hurtled northwards towards Gujarat on Sunday, leaving at least five persons dead, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting electricity poles and trees and forcing large-scale evacuation.

COVID-19 response over next 6-18 months critical, says Soumya Swaminathan

Predicting that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have subsequent waves as well, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, who has been maintaining a keen eye on the developments in India, says the efforts put in in the next 6-18 months will be most critical in battling the pandemic.

India’s second COVID-19 wave shows signs of peaking

Weeks after registering a sudden bump in cases and leading the world in daily case load, the number of new COVID-19 cases in India has shown a consistent dip in the past week — from a seven-day rolling average of 3.92 lakh as on May 8 to 3.41 lakh on May 15.

Shahid Jameel quits as head of virus genome sequencing group

Shahid Jameel, eminent virologist and head of the advisory group to the Indian SARS-COV-2 Genomics Consortia (Insacog), resigned from his post on Friday. Dr. Jameel confirmed to The Hindu that he'd quit but did not give any reasons for his departure.

CoWIN updated to reflect longer interval for Covishield doses

The CoWIN digital portal has been reconfigured to reflect the change in the dose interval for the Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks. Appointments for the second dose of Covishield have to be in alignment with the enhanced duration between the two doses. However, appointments already booked online for the second dose will remain valid.

Rural spread a reality, says Centre

COVID’s ingress is now being seen in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas as well, the Health Ministry admitted on Sunday, weeks after a rising number of cases have been reported from rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat among other States.

 

UN officials trying to end conflict in Gaza

The US ambassador to the United Nations says the United States “has been working tirelessly through diplomatic channels” to try to end the conflict between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel, and is warning that the current cycle of violence will only put a negotiated two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict further out of reach.

Israel bombs home of Hamas Gaza chief

Israel bombed the home of Hamas’ chief Yehya Al-Sinwar in Gaza early on Sunday and sirens warning of rocket attacks sounded in Israeli border towns shortly after dawn as hostilities stretched into a seventh day with no sign of abating.

India at Security Council calls for ‘immediate de-escalation’ of Israel-Palestine hostilities

India called for an immediate de-escalation of the situation between Israel and Palestine at the first public United Nations Security Council meeting held since  the current surge in hostilities between the two parties entered its seventh day, killing at least 149 people in Gaza and 10 in Israel, including many children.

Italian Open | Nadal overcomes blip to scythe down Djokovic in Rome final

Rafa Nadal warmed up for the French Open with a battling 7-5 1-6 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic as the Spaniard claimed a record-extending 10th Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday in the latest chapter of their rivalry.

 


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