News Flash – 27 February 2020

National News



Burglars Flee with Gold as Couple goes on Vacation



Hyderabad: A couple’s wedding anniversary ended on a bitter note after burglars made away with 30 tola gold and a kg of silver from their Tilak Nagar residence when they were holidaying in Ooty. Shiva Kumar, a techie and his wife are residents of Nallakunta. “On Monday the house owner informed the duo that their house window was open and it looks suspicious. The couple returned on Wednesday,” Nallakunta inspector K Muralidhar said. The couple noticed that 30 tolas of gold, a kg of silver jewellery and other items were missing. A case was registered under Section 380 of the IPC.



Disease on the Prowl: In Slums, Many Families have 2 or more TB Patients


Hyderabad: Three months ago, Shaheen Begun, who is just 32, lost her husband to tuberculosis. He was the family’s sole breadwinner. He was undergoing treatment for relapse of tuberculosis for the third time in a matter of two years at the community health centre (CHC) in Barkas. After he passed away, their 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with tuberculosis (contact tracing was done by CHC) and is undergoing treatment. The dread of the disease has caught on her extended family as well and they remain out of touch now. “My relatives are even hesitant to meet us. They don’t invite us to any function and we stay away too. Now I fear for my daughter’s life,” said the distraught mother. Several families living in slums in the city are facing the same problem, with more than one family member being diagnosed with the disease. They also complained that government help (₹500 per month and free medicines) is not sufficient.



In three slum areas that TOI visited, a few by lanes had 3-7 houses with a cluster of tuberculosis patients. The spread has been rapid despite many of these patients being under treatment. Another family in Bandlaguda slum area has a second member battling the disease. “Our elderly neighbour passed away because of tuberculosis. Later, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis and now my 4-year-old child has also contracted the disease,” said a 34-year-old woman, who is now on daily dosage of injections and pills to cure the multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (an aggressive form of tuberculosis). Though the government provides ₹500 a month and free medicines to patients, the cases of patients discontinuing the treatment are hardly being followed up. “The government health officials have visited only once so far. They give medicines, but I find them useless and have stopped taking them,” said a patient.



240 Indians Evacuated from Wuhan & Ship

A special plane of Indian Air Force (IAF) comprising crew, medical team and support staff before their departure from Air Force Station in Palam, New Delhi to Wuhan in China on Wednesday.



New Delhi/Margao: Close to 240 Indians were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan and cruise liner Diamond Princess, moored off the coast of Japan, in two separate operations by the Indian government on Wednesday. Over 100 of them a mix crowd of students and professionals boarded a military transport aircraft that had reached the Wuhan airport to evacuate them in the evening. Among their co-passengers were citizens from several other countries as India had offered to evacuate those from neighbouring nations, depending on the availability of space. A list of evacuees accessed by TOI has 125 names, including three Indian embassy officials. People from Myanmar, Tanzania, South Africa, Maldives, over a dozen from Bangladesh, Chinese spouses of Indians and one person from the US featured on the list. This came even as the evacuation of 138 Indians onboard Diamond Princess brought cheer to families undergoing an agonizing wait in India. The cruise ship was quarantined off the coast of Japan since February 3 after several passengers, including 16 Indians, were found positive. An Air India aircraft carrying the passengers, which included at least 51 Goans, is expected to land in New Delhi late on Wednesday.



24 Killed as Bus Falls into Mej River in Rajasthan

TRAGIC: Thirteen people died on the spot while the rest succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital in Lakheri town.



Kota: In a tragic accident, 24 people of a wedding party were killed and five critically injured after a private bus carrying them fell into Mej River on Kota-Dausa highway in Bundi district of Rajasthan on Wednesday morning. Thirteen people died on the spot while the rest succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital in Lakheri town. The deceased included 11 women and three children. The wedding party was on its way to Sawai Madhopur city from Kota to carry out the ritual of ‘bhaat’ (gifts). “At least 29 people, including the driver, were in the bus,” DSP Shyamsunder Vishoni said. Driver Shyam Singh, who is among the dead, apparently lost balance of the bus while traversing an old bridge, which had no railings, near Papdi village. The vehicle fell from a height of about 25 feet. The accident occurred around 9.30am. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot announced a relief of Rs.2 lakhs each to the kin of the deceased. Bundi district collector Antar Singh Nehara told TOI that three of the injured were in a state of trauma.



International News



Covid-19 has Infected Every Continent Except Antarctica

People wearing masks near Barcaccia fountain in Rome. Italy has become the focal point of the outbreak in Europe with 322 cases.



Shanghai/Seoul: Asia reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including an American soldier stationed in South Korea, as the US warned of a pandemic, the disease spread in Europe and Brazil confirmed Latin America’s first infection. And for the first time, more new cases were reported outside China than inside, according to the World Health Organisation. Chinese officials on Tuesday reported 411 new infections; in the rest of the world, the number was 427. The total number of cases globally has now reached 80,980 and nearly 3,000 have died. “The sudden increases of cases in Italy, Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The virus now has a toehold on every continent but Antarctica. In Africa, Algeria confirmed its first case on Tuesday. Egypt has also reported a case. Australia has confirmed a total of 22 cases as of Saturday. South Korea, which with 1,261 cases has the most outside China, reported 284 new ones including a US soldier. Brazil reported the first case in Latin America a 61-year old who had visited Italy. Pakistan, too, reported its first two cases of the coronavirus. There have been nearly 50 deaths outside China, including 11 in Italy and 19 in Iran, the most outside China. Kuwait said new cases, all linked to travel to Iran, took its tally to 25, while Bahrain said its infections had risen to 26. In Europe, Italy has become a front line in the global outbreak with 322 cases. Italians or people who had visited the country, have tested positive in Algeria, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Spain, North Macedonia and Switzerland. France, with 17 cases, reported its second death.

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