We cover new commitments to combat climate change and the record number of Covid cases in India.
Maharashtra, the densely populated state that includes Mumbai, was the worst affected. The state leader has ordered government offices to operate at 15 percent capacity and imposed new restrictions on weddings and private transportation to slow the spread of the virus.
The picture is strikingly different from early February, when India was registering an average of 11,000 cases per day.
Vaccines: More than 132 million Indians have received at least one dose, but supplies are running out and experts warn the country is unlikely to achieve its goal of vaccinating 300 million people by summer.
Effects: The sharp rise in cases is The single biggest challenge to India’s economic recoverySaid the head of the Reserve Bank of India.
In other developments:
Russia withdraws some troops from Ukraine
In a sign of a possible de-escalation, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday He ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the border With Ukraine.
After the mobilization of forces there alarmed Western leaders, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the units deployed on the border were part of a test of Russian military readiness that is now complete and that they should return to their barracks by May 1.
But the plan includes leaving some armored vehicles in field camps near the Russian border with Ukraine’s Donbas region. Satellite imagery showed hundreds of trucks and tanks in the area.
Answer: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who warned his country on Tuesday of the possibility of war, said he welcomed the Russian move. He said it would reduce stress.
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Wear masks outdoors
As more people are being vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus and the sun’s rays are tempting us outdoors, there may be one question that bother you: Do we still need to wear masks outside?? The experts who spoke to our health reporter suggested the following:
Use rule 2 of 3
To reduce your risk of contracting Covid-19, make sure your activity meets two of the following three conditions: outdoors, away, and disguised.
Outdoor + remote = no mask needed
Outdoors + no space = mask required
Not outdoors + spaced out = mask required
When the outdoor stakes are less
Walking your dog, cycling, hiking, or walking with family members or friends who have been vaccinated are all activities where the risk of exposure to the virus is minimal. In such situations, you can keep a mask close at hand in your pocket.
When outdoor fun moves indoors
Often indoor activities associated with outdoor fun – such as traveling without a mask on the subway or car to go hiking, or going to the pub after spending time on the beach – pose the greatest risk.
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