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Telangana registers 10 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,891 cases

Telangana registered 10 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,891 confirmed cases during the last 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.

The fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 540, while the overall caseload rose to 66,677.

The state on Saturday had recorded the highest-ever spike of 2,083 cases.

According to the director of public health and family welfare, 517 of the new cases were detected in Greater Hyderabad.

Kuwait resumes commercial flights after months of suspension

Kuwait has resumed commercial flights after remaining suspended for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s civil aviation authorities said.
The flights resumed on Saturday at the Kuwait International Airport, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, president of Kuwait’s Directorate-General for Civil Aviation, said in a statement on Saturday that the first day of resuming commercial flights was a success in cooperation with all governmental and non-governmental agencies operating at the airport.

UK considering to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi with a coin in his honour

Britain is considering minting a coin to commemorate India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, the Treasury said on Saturday, amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of minorities.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) to pursue recognition of Black, Asian and other minority individuals, the Treasury said.

“RMAC is currently considering a coin to commemorate Gandhi”, the UK Treasury said in an emailed statement, reports Livemint.

India’s COVID tally crosses 17 lakh mark with 54,736 positive cases

India’s COVID tally crosses 17 lakh mark with 54,736 positive cases & 853 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total COVID-19 cases stand at 17,50,724 including 5,67,730 active cases, 11,45,630 cured/discharged/migrated & 37,364 deaths: Health Ministry, reports ANI

Wildfire near Arizona-Utah state line spreads over 11,000 acres

A wildfire burning near the US Arizona-Utah state line has now spread to 11,168 acres, authorities said, adding that the blaze would get extreme due to dry fuel, high heat and erratic winds.

The blaze, dubbed “Pine Hollow Fire”, was caused by lightning on Wednesday night and then was fueled by dry grass, brush and woodland, InciWeb, an interstate incident information system, reported on its official website on Saturday.

It added that complex terrain and bad weather hampered efforts to contain the fire, reports Xinhua news agency.

Some 208 firefighters are battling the blaze, the report said.

Missing UP lawyer’s body found

The body of a Bulandshahr lawyer, who had been missing since July 25, has been found, police said.

Dharmendra Chaudhary’s body was recovered from a marble godown in Khurja area on Saturday.

Police have arrested Vicky, the godown owner and a close associate of Chaudhary, and two of his domestic helps – Hakimuddin and Amit.

A money dispute is suspected to be the motive behind the crime.

Thousands rally in Berlin against COVID-19 restrictions

Despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in Germany, about 17,000 people took to the streets of Berlin rallying against social distancing rules imposed to curb the pandemic.

On Saturday, protesters marched from the landmark Brandenburg Gate through central Berlin before holding a rally on a wide boulevard, reports Xinhua news agency.

Police then broke up the rally, saying the organizers were unable to ensure that safety and health regulations were being observed.

6.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Philippines

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted Maguindanao province in southern Philippines on Sunday, authorities said.

The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the quake, which struck at 1.08 a.m., hit at a depth of 543 km, about 13 km southeast of Cotabato City, reports Xinhua news agency.

Phivolcs said the quake was also felt in the towns of Alabel, Kiamba and Malungon in Sarangani province, Tupi in South Cotabato province, General Santos City and Koronadal C

Odisha allows private labs to conduct COVID tests

Odisha government on Saturday allowed private hospitals, nursing homes and laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests through Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR methods, a notification issued by the health and family welfare department said.

The department issued a separate set of guidelines for conducting sample tests both under Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.7mn: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 17.5 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 683,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,791,377 and the fatalities rose to 683,988, 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 at 4,620,182 and 154,360, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 2,707,877 infections and 93,563 deaths.

Russia’s COVID-19 cases surpass 840,000

Russia registered 5,462 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 845,443, the country’s COVID-19 response center said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 95 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 14,058, according to the statement on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 690 newly confirmed cases, taking its total number of infections to 242,049, the response center said.

Iran reports 2,548 new coronavirus cases, 306,752 in total

The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Iran rose to 306,752, after 2,548 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, state TV reported.

In her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases, 1,067 have been hospitalized, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 16,982 Iranians, up by 216 in the past 24 hours, she said.

So far, 265,830 infected have recovered and been discharged from hospitals in Iran, while 4,011 remain in critical condition.

California becomes first US state to surpass half-million COVID-19 cases

California, the most populous state in the United States with a population of around 40 million, became the first state in the country to have more than half million confirmed cases of COVID-19, authorities said.

A daily report released by the California Department of Public Health on Saturday showed a daily jump of 6,542 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 500,130, Xinhua news agency reported

The 7-day average number of new cases is 7,819 per day. The 7-day average from the week prior was 10,005, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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