Karnataka's new Covid cases down, recoveries up

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October 28, 2020
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Bangalore, Oct 28: New Covid cases declined to 3,691 and recoveries increased to 7,740 in a day across Karnataka.

"With 3,691 fresh cases, the state's Covid tally stood at 8,09,638, including 71,330 active cases, while recoveries increased to 7,27,298 till date, with 7,740 discharged on Monday," said the state health bulletin on Tuesday.

The state registered 44 deaths due to the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 10,991.

Bengaluru recorded 1,874 fresh cases in a day, increasing its Covid tally to 3,29,250, including 46,628 active cases, while 2,78,843 recovered, with 4,446 discharges on Monday.

With 24 succumbing to the infection, the city's death toll rose to 3,778 so far.

Among districts, Mysuru reported 188 new cases, Vijayapura 128, Mandya 123 and Dakshina Kannada 122.

Of the recoveries in districts, 288 were in Mysuru, 276 in Mandya and 260 in Dakshina Kannada.

Of the 944 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) across the state, 429 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 61 in Ballari, 44 in Hassan, 41 in Chamarajanagar, 28 in Mysuru and 27 in Kalaburagi.

Out of 66,701 tests conducted on Monday, 14,385 were through rapid antigen detection and 52,316 through RT-PCT method.

"Positivity rate for Monday was 5.53 per cent and case fatality rate 1.19 per cent across the southern state," the bulletin added.

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November 29,2020

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And we're another month down in 2020... As November draws to a close, NASA has confirmed that an asteroid named 153201 2000 WO107, one as big as Dubai's' Burj Khalifa, will hurtle past earth.

Right now, it's moving full throttle at a speed of about 56,000mph or 90,124 kmph, approximately, as it gets ready to collide with earth's orbit.

According to reports, the massive rock is set to barrel past at a distance of about 4,302,775 km from earth. And the event will apparently take place at 1:08am on November 29. Feel better about the year ending? For perspective, the asteroid's size is roughly between 12,00ft to 2,5700ft across with a diameter of about 2,690 feet.

Interestingly, the object, classified as Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) was discovered by scientists in New Mexico on November 29, 2000. Talk about life coming full circle, head-on. Spacereference.org says it has been termed 'potentially hazardous.'

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November 22,2020

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Washington, Nov 22: A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump seeking to block millions of mail-in ballots.

Trump's campaign has so far declined to announce the President's defeat to his rival, former vice President Democrat Joe Biden in te November 3 presidential election, saying a large number of mail-in ballots were cast illegally, reports Xinhua news agency.

The lawsuit claimed that some counties in Pennsylvania allowed mail-in voters to fix problems with the ballots by casting provisional votes.

Saturdays ruling by US District Court Judge Matthew Brann was made on the grounds that the lawsuit provided "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence".

He said the Trump campaign went too far.

"In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state," wrote the judge, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.

In his scathing and lengthy opinion, Brann said the Trump campaign asked him to "disenfranchise almost 7 million voters", and that he could not find any case in which a plaintiff "has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election".

US media have projected that Biden has won 306 Electoral College votes, surpassing the 270 votes needed to clinch the presidency.

The watershed moment came on November 7, when Pennsylvania was called for Biden, who now leads Trump in the state by over 81,000 votes, a margin believed to be insurmountable even if those erroneously cast ballots were excluded.

While Biden has claimed victory, Trump launched a slew of litigations challenging the results in states that, in addition to Pennsylvania, also include Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.

Most of those efforts have either been withdrawn by the campaign itself or rejected by the courts, which cited the lack of proof as the reason.

On Friday, Georgia certified the results of the election following the full hand recount, making it official that Biden won the state's 16 electoral votes.

The recount of roughly five million votes found that the former Vice President received 12,284 more votes than the President in the traditional Republican stronghold.

Most counties saw only minor changes in their tallies, with the recount vote totals differing by single digits.

A federal law sets what is called the "Safe Harbor" deadline, falling on December 8 this year, the day by which states must submit the winner of the presidential election if they are to be insulated from legal disputes.

Electoral College representatives will meet six days later, on December 14, to formally select the next US President.

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November 20,2020
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Bengaluru, Nov 19: Reversing the trend, new Covid cases at 1,849 were more than 1,800 recoveries on a day across Karnataka.

"With 1,849 fresh cases on Wednesday, the state's Covid tally increased to 8,67,780, including 25,169 active cases, while recoveries rose to 8,30,988 with 1,800 discharges in the last 24 hours," said the state health bulletin.

With 26 patients succumbing to the infection, the state's death toll rose to 11,604 till date since the pandemic broke out on March 8.

As the epicentre of the virus, Bengaluru registered 1,048 new cases, taking its tally to 3,60,587, including 17,856, while recoveries rose to 3,38,688, with 881 discharged in the last 24 hours.

The virus claimed 14 lives, increasing the city's death toll to 4,042.

Of the 598 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the state, 297 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 31 in Mysuru and 28 in Tumakuru.

Out of 1,18,474 tests conducted across the southern state on Wednesday, 25,101 were through rapid-antigen detection and 93,373 through RT-PCR method.

"The positivity rate was 1.56 per cent and the case fatality rate 1.42 per cent for the day," added the bulletin.

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