Day: May 8, 2020

Coronavirus infections in NSW flatline, state on track for lowest week since pandemic began

Australia’s worst-affected coronavirus state is on track to record its lowest number of weekly infections since the pandemic began, as testing increases and new cases flatline. The drop in new infections is in stark contrast to Victoria, which has already recorded 58 new cases this week amid an outbreak at a Melbourne abattoir. At the height of the pandemic, NSW recorded 212 cases in a single day. This table shows how the curve has flattened in Australia’s worst-affected state over the past seven weeks: Key points: Just 0.057 per cent of the people tested for coronavirus in NSW this...

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Vande Bharat Mission Day 1: Air India, AI Express operate flights to Singapore, UAE (Ld)

National carrier Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have embarked upon — Vande Bharat Mission — touted as one of the world’s largest evacuation operations. Accordingly, the two airlines operated flights to UAE and Singapore from Cochin, Kozhikode and New Delhi. These were the first of 64 flights that the two airlines will operate from May 7-13 to bring back 14,800 stranded Indians from 12 countries. Overall, more than 190,000 Indian nationals, who would have to pay a one-way ferry service charge, are expected to be brought back in the airlift operation. In comparison, three decades ago,...

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Another gas leakage at LG Polymers in Vizag triggers panic (Ld)

Another gas leakage from LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam late Thursday triggered panic in areas near the plant and forced people to move to safe places. Fumes were seen billowing out of the chemical plant, where the gas leakage in the early hours of the day claimed 11 lives and affected over 300 others. People from Gopalpatnam, Simhachalam and Pinagadi areas, which are four km away from the plant, were seen moving to safe places. The gas smell sent panic in certain areas late Thursday night. Many people rushed out of their houses and were seen heading to safer places...

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