With virus cases rising, Britain imposes new restrictions and slows reopening

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Manchester, England, is subject to new coronavirus restrictions.

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told England on Friday that it must “squeeze the brake pedal” and postpone easing some coronavirus restrictions for at least two weeks, amid a worrying uptick in infections.

The British are moving two steps forward, one step back, essentially, like other countries in Europe now. All are trying to revive their economies and give citizens back their freedoms, while defending themselves against a full-blown resurgence of the virus.

In response to outbreaks, the British government on Thursday night announced new restrictions affecting 4 million people in north England...

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Bhutan King lauds Assam CM for support during lockdown

Guwahati, July 31 : Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar has highly appreciated the Assam government for allowing movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities to the neighbouring country amid the lockdown and ensuring the wellbeing of the people.

An Assam government official statement on Friday said that Bhutan King Jigme Khesar hailed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his government and thanked him for helping the neighbouring country in tackling the pressing situation precipitated in view of the Covid-induced lockdown.

The Bhutan King in a letter to Assam Chief Minister said : “Though Assam with its people fought it hard to contain the pandemic with necessary lockdown and curtailment of people’s movement, the benevolence of the authorities of the state in allowing movement of vehicl...

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Here’s each state’s status in regard to the White House exit strategy for COVID-19

The spread in the states

Using criteria provided by the White House, analysts at Covidexitstrategy.org are tracking each state’s progress in reducing symptoms and case numbers and conducting testing.

The group of public health and crisis experts includes members from the U.S. Digital Response and Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy and has built the website to track each state’s progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19. Members of the team have experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the website says.

The group says a downward trajectory of illness reported and of documented cases is critical. So far, not many states have a downward trend, but several are getting close.

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Assam flood situation improves further, affected tally dips

Guwahati, July 31 : The flood situation in Assam has significantly improved during the past one week, even as one more person died in Kokrajhar district on Friday taking the death toll to 109, officials said.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that the overall flood situation in the state’s worst-hit western region is considerably better, while the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the respite in the rains since last Friday has been helpful and predicted that conditions would further improve in the coming days.

According to ASDMA officials, around 11 lakh people in 1,366 villages across 21 of the state’s 33 districts are still in distress, though the number has come down since July 24 when over 28 lakh people in 2,543 villages of 26 di...

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Store items we’ll never take for granted again

Where were you at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic? What seemed like a War of the Worlds movie, businesses began to close down one by one in the middle of March. Movie theaters, stores, gyms, and other business places announced their temporary closure – and for some, they would lead to their permanent shutdown. As everyone left work, the grocery and convenience stores began being filled by scared and worried people wanting to gather supplies for the unforeseeable future at home ahead.

Here’s a list of some things that ran out and thankfully, have made their way back to our shelves. One thing is for sure; we’ll never take these store items for granted again.

Food

Beans, veggies, and every other kind of canned food was one day – GONE...

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Why did Ram Mandir architect take measurement using feet? (Lead)

By Anindya Banerjee
New Delhi, July 31 : Did you know that the man who designed the grand Ram temple decades back, took a rough measurement using his own feet because he was not allowed to enter with a measurement tape inside the then disputed land of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya?

Did you know, the man who designed the Ram temple comes from a family that has designed many top temples of India including Somnath in Gujarat and Mathura?

Meet the Sompuras — Chandrakant and Ashish Sompura, the family who designed the Ram temple, as they talk about the past, present and future of the temple in a tell all interview to IANS .

Q: Do you remember the first time you visited the site, when you were asked to design a grand Ram temple?

A: Back then, I went with Ashok Singhal to see the area...

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3 charts explain who is dying as California tallies record coronavirus deaths

We’ve known since early in the pandemic that age is a major risk factor for becoming severely ill or dying from COVID-19. Those disparities are becoming more stark as quarantine fatigue and economic reopening has spurred more infections in younger age groups, but the recent record spike in deaths is still spurred mostly by our elders.

This chart above clearly shows  that some of the younger adult age groups are infected more frequently than children or older adults, who make up a smaller portion of the population, but older adults are still the majority of deaths.

An astounding 8 out of 10 coronavirus deaths have been adults 65 and older, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data...

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Hong Kong delays elections, citing virus, further eroding political freedoms

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a news conference on July 13. Officials delayed legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

HONG KONG — After disqualifying a dozen pro-democracy candidates, the Hong Kong government said Friday it would delay legislative council elections for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, undermining one of the few partially democratic institutions left in the Chinese territory.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a news conference that she was invoking emergency powers to postpone the vote — unprecedented in the city’s political history since its handover from Britain to China in 1997...

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Congress leadership going all out to save Govt in Rajasthan

New Delhi, July 31 : The Congress is going all out to save its government in Rajasthan. The MLAs belonging to the Gehlot camp have been shifted to Jaisalmer to avoid any poaching attempts and to keep the flock together.

But the reason why Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is able to hold the fort is strong backing from the Congress central leadership, with even leaders like former Union Minister P Chidambaram pitching in to pacify sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot .Responding to a question Chidambaram said that he did speak to Pilot earlier but for the last two weeks he hasn’t spoken to him.

“The sole objective of the central leadership is that the Congress government strongly serves the people of Rajasthan for the next five years” said Congress spokesperson Shergill.

The challen...

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Immigration, wildfires, drug cartels: 3 powerhouse new documentaries you need to see

In Netflix’s new documentary series “Immigration Nation,” the filmmakers won unprecedented access to the inner workings of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, showing how ICE agents do their jobs as well as the toll of their work on immigrant and refugee families.

The Ron Howard-directed “Rebuilding Paradise” from National Geographic Documentary Films tracks the devastating impact of the Camp Fire on Paradise, California as its residents struggle to recover over the year that followed that November 2018 wildfire.

“The Last Narc,” a four-part docuseries on Amazon Prime, tells the story of the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena by the Guadalajara cartel, posing the disturbing question of what the CIA knew and did or did not about that crime.

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