Former President Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19. 84-year-old Mukherjee took to Twitter and announced the news. He found out about his positive status when he went for routine check up. Mukherjee has requested people who have come in contact to self-isolate. Leaders, cutting across party lines, have wished Mukherjee a quick recovery. Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis wished Mukherjee a speedy recovery. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished the former president a quick recovery. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the development. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also wished for a speedy recovery. Pranab Mukherjee had cancelled all his engagements and stopped going out for public functions for the last few months. In the wake of raging coronavirus epidemic, the government had asked all senior citizens to stay at home. Mukherjee, President between 2012 and 2017, was invited for the at home programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, he will not attend the event in the wake of this development. Last year, Mukherjee was awarded Bharat Ratna - country's highest civilian award. He is a Congress veteran with stints in the Indira Gandhi cabinet as well.
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee tested coronavirus positive on August 10. Mukherjee had gone to the hospital for separate procedure, where he was diagnosed with coronavirus. He announced the news on his Twitter handle. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah is also undergoing treatment for coronavirus.
Deer in Northern California are dealing with a deadly, highly contagious virus called adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. In the early 1990s, thousands of deer died of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease during a major California outbreak that spread across 18 counties. The illness isn’t known to affect people or pets, but it can be devastating for deer populations.
With a novel coronavirus case count nearing five million, the United States now holds about a quarter of all the COVID-19 cases in the world. According to CNN, more than,162,000 Americans have died in the pandemic so far. As of this week, five states account for more than 40% of US infections: California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing. However, that hasn't stopped the surge of school districts across the country from planning to re-open schools.
India tested 7,19,364 samples for COVID-19 on August 08. 2,41,06,535 samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 so far, according to Indian Council of Medical Research. Country also reported highest single-day spike of 64,399 cases on August 9. Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continue to lead caseload, as states witnessed surge of 12,248 and 10,820 cases respectively.
A team of chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry used molecular modelling to find out that two medications that have been known for a long time can be used to fight SARS-CoV-2. These are disulfiram, which is used to treat alcoholism, and neratinib, an experimental drug being used to treat breast cancer. The paper about the discovery has been published online in the 4th issue of Mendeleev Communications journal.The structural elements of the virus that are less subject to mutation during its evolution should be chosen as a target for the potential treatment. Otherwise, a medication effective against one strain would no longer be effective against another. The best candidates for this are conservative proteins, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus main protease M pro. In addition to being resistant to mutations, M pro plays a major role in coronavirusreplication, which means that its inhibition (blocking its function) is able to slow down or even completely stop its reproduction inside the body.Usually, the process of docking, as with a port dock and a ship entering it, is used for molecular modelling in simple cases. Two molecules participate in docking. One is called a 'ligand' (here, it is a medicine), and the other one is 'receptor' (or active site) of the target protein, such as Mpro, which can be used to 'dock'. An effective drug docks with the active site, by covalent links, which makes the enzyme dysfunctional or destroys it. But classical docking does not work in SARS-CoV-2.To overcome this problem, chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute decided to use 'on-top docking', which they came up with shortly before the pandemic. 'We decided not to focus on the previously described active site, but to investigate the whole surface of M pro protein with many medications, hoping that the big calculation powers would return useful "dockings",' - said Igor Svitanko, the author of the article,Professor at the HSE Joint Department of Organic Chemistry with the RAS Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry.
Dogs trained for jsut a week can sniff out the Sars-Cov-2 virus, according to new research. They can differentiate between samples from Sars-Cov-2 infectaded patiens and non-infected people. Dogs could be used in public areas like airports, sport events, borders or other mass gatherings. The research team was led by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannove (TIHO) in cooperation with the German Army, Hannover Medical School & the University Medical-Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
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Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from a viral infection, according to a review of the literature performed by a team of researchers from St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, both in Memphis. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of at least 3 co-occurring conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). These conditions include excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, excess blood sugar, abnormalities of lipids (including excess triglycerides and cholesterol), insulin resistance and a proinflammatory state. Multiple studies have shown that obesity is associated with increased severity of influenza A, higher viral titers in exhaled breath and prolonged transmission of the virus, according to the report. Changes in the viral population may abet the emergence of more pathogenic influenza variants, according to the report. Despite the fact that influenza vaccines generate robust antibody titers in obese subjects, obesity doubles the likelihood of developing influenza. As with influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized obesity as a risk factor for severe illness caused by SARS-CoV-2.
Jharkhand government is concerned over the movement of people from Bihar in Jharkhand despite the lockdown. Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on July 16, "The movement of people still not stopped, Bihar government need to think on this matter." It is noted that, the Bihar government has enforced lockdown in the state from July 16 to July 31 in view of rising Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, to tackle the spread of SARS-CoV-2, Jharkhand government is setting up a control room in the state, "There is very little role of doctors in this infection, this need nursing and hygienic environment," Soren added.
Gizmodo reports nonprofit watchdog group American Oversight is suing the US Justice Department and five other agencies. The lawsuit concerns the deployment of federal police against protesters in Portland and other cities to counter Black Lives Matter protests. It accuses government officials of unlawfully withholding public records under the Freedom of Information Act.
David Hasselhoff's classic show, "Knight Rider", is coming back. Deadline reports James Wan is attached to produce a new film adaptation of Knight Rider. The film will be produced through his Atomic Monster production company and Spyglass Media. Plot details for this latest installment are being kept under wrap. Gizmodo reports the project will be a present-day take that will maintain the anti-establishment tone of the original.
A man’s encounter with COVID-19 likely led to him experiencing life-threatening catatonia. Gizmodo reports Swedish doctors say it erased days of his memory. The man was able to recover without serious brain damage thanks to prompt treatment. However, the doctors warn that the man’s case may highlight a never-before-seen form issue. We don't know the extent of neurological complications that can be caused by the coronavirus.
In yet another high-profile instance of cybersecurity crime, a Twitter user on Thursday leaked 20GB worth of confidential Intel documents. The Twitter user says they received the documents from an anonymous hacker, and the files had been stored on a file-sharing service. Gizmodo reports that according to the leaker, the folder contains classified information under NDA, or a non-disclosure agreement. What is unknown at this time is what the files actually reveal.
In 2019, a Runner’s World survey found that 84% of women have said they experienced some kind of harassment that left them feeling unsafe. So, why in the world would anyone post their running routes on social media? According to Gizmodo, that's a terrible idea. Many apps allow people to access the times, locations, and sweaty selfies of complete strangers online. In fact, most of these running apps encourage this sort of social broadcasting.
From two more Union ministers testing positive, to hospital staff preventing a suicide bid by a patient - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. After Union Home minister Amit Shah and..
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The coronavirus death toll has surpassed 10,000 in the state of California as the number of reported cases soars past 544,000, even as state health officials say reporting delays could mean undercounts..