China’s new trouble, ‘COVID is airborne’ and more: A round-up of the top stories on July 06, 2020

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A brief look at all the news you need to start the day with during the time of social distancing. Follow live updates on COVID-19 here.

Health care staffs walk on the street of Malvani for the door to door check up at Malad(W) during heavy rain, on July 5, 2020 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Health care staffs walk on the street of Malvani for the door to door check up at Malad (W) during heavy rain, on July 5, 2020 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Taj Mahal to remain closed as UP sees surge in COVID-19 cases

The Union Minister of Tourism and Culture had earlier announced that all monuments can be reopened with complete precautions from July 6 onwards, amid relaxations in the COVID-19 lockdown. Read More

India’s Covaxin vaccine by 15 August: Only if ICMR ignores science

Is it possible for this vaccine, or for any vaccine, to go from phase 1 of human trials to hitting the market in 45 days? Read More

Kerala govt enforces COVID-19 rules till 2021

The regulations that will be in place for the next one year includes no mass gathering, social distancing to be followed at all times, wearing mask in public places. For marriages, not more than 50 people will be allowed, for funeral not more than 20. Read More

Scientists say COVID is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations

In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people. Read More

After COVID-19, China now reports bubonic plague

Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organization. Read More

India set to revive Predator-B plan amidst stand off with China

In a bid to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Chinese are in the process of supplying 4 attack drones to Pakistan. Read More

Examining conflict of interest complaint against Kohli: BCCI ethics officer

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta alleged that Virat Kohli occupies two posts -- captain of the Indian team and director of a venture which has co-directors linked to a talent management company that has on board, several of his teammates. Read More

Coronavirus: FDA chief refuses to back Trump's vaccine prediction

Dr Hahn, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was asked about the timeframe after President Trump suggested that a "vaccine solution" to the pandemic would be ready "long before the end of the year". Read More

Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Touching the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will be banned during the haj this year, and a social distancing space of a meter and a half between each pilgrim during the rituals including mass prayers and while in the Kaaba circling area will be imposed. Read More

'Don't you dare mess with me': Hansal Mehta, Manoj Bajpayee warn KRK

Filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Milan MIlap Zaveri, and actor Manoj Bajpayee are not happy with 'self proclaimed' film critic KRK. A war of words has ensued on Twitter. Read More