Trump administration formally informs UN of decision to pull out of WHO
The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, officials said, breaking off ties with the global health body amid the expanding coronavirus pandemic. The US has accused the WHO of siding with China on the outbreak of the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, alleging the health body misled the world resulting in deaths of over half a million people globally, including over 130,000 in America.
Mumbai allows coronavirus testing for everyone without doctor's prescription
People in Mumbai can now test themselves for coronavirus infection at designated private hospitals without any doctor's prescription, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). This decision has come as a big relief for several citizens who want to get tested for coronavirus but don't show symptoms. Earlier, only patients with symptoms and a doctor's prescription were allowed to get tested.
WHO acknowledges 'evidence emerging' of airborne spread of COVID-19
The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged "evidence emerging" of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
Unions raise alarm as industrial accidents rise in India post lockdown
India is witnessing increased instances of industrial accidents in the last few months as factories have started to come back to life after an over month long complete lockdown in March and April. Since May, more than 30 industrial accidents have been reported in the country that have led to the death of 75 workers and injuring over 100 others. In a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, IndustriALL Global Union has warned of recurring instances that indicate a pattern of prolonged lapses in safety, regulations and inspection and has asked for a thorough review.
ICICI Bank to reward 80,000 employees with salary hike for working during coronavirus
ICICI Bank plans to reward more than 80,000 of its employees for giving services during the coronavirus pandemic. The country's largest private sector bank has decided to give a salary hike of up to 8 per cent to more than 80,000 of its frontline staff, news agency PTI reported citing unidentified sources. It amounts to over 80 per cent of its total workforce. The hike is for FY21 and applicable from July onwards, it reported. The development comes at a time when companies are slashing employee salaries to contain costs amid coronavirus crisis.
Remdesivir selling at Rs 60,000; drug regulator warns against black marketing
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has directed the department officials in states and union territories to keep strict vigil and prevent the black marketing of COVID-19 treatment drug Remdesivir, following complaints of the medicine being sold above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) to the public.
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