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3 Indian-American COVID-19 patients in critical condition

Houston: Three Indian Americans, including an IT professional and a doctor, have been tested positive for coronavirus in Houston this week and are in critical condition in a hospital here. The families of Rohan Bavadekar, 42, an IT professional, and Lavanga Veluswamy, a doctor, have urgently appealed for blood donation from anyone who has recently recovered from COVID-19.  Rohan contracted …

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Over 12,000 apply for NASA’s next class of astronauts

Washington: NASA has received over 12,000 applications from people showing willingness to join its next class of Artemis Generation astronauts who will help the US space agency explore the Moon and Mars like never before. The application for the newest class of astronauts opened March 2 and closed March 31, NASA said on Wednesday, adding that applications were received from …

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Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis Junior dies of coronavirus at 85

Los Angeles: Legendary jazz pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr died at the age of 85 due to complications of coronavirus. He had passed away on Wednesday, reports usatoday.com.  “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Ellis Marsalis Jr,” son Branford Marsalis said in a statement, saying his father was admitted to hospital on …

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Israel’s Health Minister tests positive for coronavirus

Jerusalem: Israel’s Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has been put into isolation after being tested positive for COVID-19, pushing all the top officials, including Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat, at the forefront of fight against the deadly virus into self-quarantine. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier gone into self isolation after a close aide was …

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Australian scientists start testing 2 potential COVID-19 vaccines

Melbourne: Scientists in Australia, on Thursday, said that they have begun testing two potential vaccines for COVID 19 in “milestone” lab trials as part of a global race to halt the novel coronavirus pandemic. The scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, said they are testing the COVID-19 vaccine candidates for efficacy. They …

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Indian-origin scientist fears UK’s COVID-19 strategy took wrong path

PTI London A leading Indian-origin scientist and public health expert has expressed fears that the UK’s strategy to not focus on greater testing and containment in the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic may have been the “wrong path” to take in the country’s efforts to control the outbreak. Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of …

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Delhi congregation: 18 Muslims quarantined in Nepal

PTI Kathmandu Eighteen Nepali Muslims, who recently returned from India after participating in a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin area in New Delhi, have been identified and kept in a quarantine facility in southern Nepal’s Saptari district, authorities said on Wednesday. Famed for the shrine of the 14h century Sufi mystic Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, the Nizamuddin area of New Delhi …

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UN General Assembly to decide on rival COVID-19 resolutions

AP United Nations How should the UN General Assembly and its 193 member states respond to the coronavirus pandemic? Members have been sent two rival resolutions for consideration — and under new voting rules instituted because the global body isn’t holding meetings, if a single country objects a resolution is defeated. One resolution, which has more than 135 co-sponsors, calls …

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UK extends work visas for Indian, foreign doctors amid corona outbreak

PTI London In a relief to foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas were set to expire in October this year, the UK government has extended the deadline by one year amid the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government on Tuesday confirmed that foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas are set to expire before October this …

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