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Police personnel produce Sarith, accused in gold smuggling case, at a special court in Kochi, Thursday (PTI)
Starbucks customers would have other options including drive-through and curbside pickups. Photo: Justin Chin/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
Starbucks customers would have other options including drive-through and curbside pickups. Photo: Justin Chin/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

Want a latte from Starbucks? Then, you must wear a face mask

  • Customers would have to wear face coverings at all company-owned US stores, starting July 15, said Starbucks
  • The move by Starbucks comes as COVID-19 cases in the United States are on the rise

 Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel (PTI)
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel (PTI)

Record spike of 861 takes Gujarat's COVID-19 tally beyond 39,000

  • Gujarat is marred in severe upsurge of COVID-19 cases while the state tally stands at around 39,000 with over 9,500 active cases
  • Till now more than 4.4 lakh people have been tested and more than 2,000 people have succumbed to the infection in the state.

As many as 548,429​ have died since the coronavirus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year (AP)
As many as 548,429​ have died since the coronavirus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year (AP)

How world handled COVID-19: WHO sets up panel after Trump's criticism

  • The President has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together, says US official
  • More than 12 million people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus worldwide

Only a very small number of diseases are believed to be spread via tiny floating particles or aerosols (AFP)
Representational image (Photo: ANI)
Kuwaitis wearing face masks walk inside the re-opened Avenues Mall, the country's largest shopping centre, in Kuwait City  (AFP)
Punya Salila Srivastava, joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
Punya Salila Srivastava, joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

'10,200 hospital beds empty...': Union govt on Delhi Covid situation

Union government briefed the media about the Covid-19 situation in the country, and especially, Delhi. Punya Salila Srivastava, joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Centre was in constant dialogue with concerned state governments to improve the situation in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). She gave a number of statistics, like testing of samples, number of hospital beds, and active cases, to claim that the situation in the capital had improved. Watch the full video for more

India continues to maintain there’s no community transmission of the covid-19 virus even as it reported a record single-day surge of 24,879 cases (AFP)
Logos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)  (REUTERS)
Logos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (REUTERS)

TCS says deportation of students will restrict tech development in US

  • TCS has swirled aspersions regarding deportation of students after US issued guidelines restricting foreign students' stay if their classes go online
  • They contribute significantly to the US economy by helping in running banks, retailers, telecom firms and also manufacturing industries, company said

Kulbhushan Jadhav, was sentenced to death by the military court (Photo: PTI)
(Photo: ANI)
Service sector jobs, especially in the hospitality and leisure segments, have had to bear the brunt of the pandemic. (Photo: Bloomberg)
Service sector jobs, especially in the hospitality and leisure segments, have had to bear the brunt of the pandemic. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Covid hit US jobs harder than 2008 crisis

  • The study finds service sector jobs, especially in the leisure and hospitality sectors, have been hit harder now than they were in 2008
  • ‘Social’ jobs have been affected more, while those termed ‘essential’ less so in the current recession

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. (ANI)
With the e-auction of 41 coal blocks—almost all of them in pristine and protected forests—on 18 June, the fears of negating the small gains that have been made on the environmental front have returned. (Photo: Hindustan Times)
With the e-auction of 41 coal blocks—almost all of them in pristine and protected forests—on 18 June, the fears of negating the small gains that have been made on the environmental front have returned. (Photo: Hindustan Times)

Dreams and doubts of a green revival

  • The pandemic-induced global pause resulted in several visible environmental gains. Will they last?
  • A controversy is brewing over the government’s efforts to push through radical changes to the country’s environmental laws, which seek to further dilute environmental protections

Military aircrafts  (REUTERS)
Military aircrafts (REUTERS)

World entering new military 'drone age': UN expert

  • U.N. has swirled worrisome doubts over the world ushering into a new drone age
  • There are no robust standards governing drones' development, proliferation, export, or capability for use of force, it said in a statement

Medical students wearing PPE suit conduct the health check-up of residents, at Malad in Mumbai (ANI)
Rajesh Bhushan
Rajesh Bhushan

Govt shares good news on Covid: 'Gap between recovered, active cases...'

The Union government shared some good news regarding the Covid-19 situation in the country. Rajesh Bhushan, an officer in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said that the gap between recovered and active cases is progressively increasing with the number of cured patients around 1.75 times the number of patients currently under medical supervision. He also said that India's Covid statistics, like cases per million population and deaths per million population, were among the lowest in the world. Watch the full video for more.

The city's popular Broadway market remains closed down after it became part of an area declared COVID-19 containment zone in Kochi (AP)
The city's popular Broadway market remains closed down after it became part of an area declared COVID-19 containment zone in Kochi (AP)

Covid-19: Local transmission rises in Kerala, chief secy's driver tests positive

  • A total of 133 patients were infected through local transmission on Thursday
  • In the first for the state, the chief minister also said that a 'super spread' has happened in Poonthura, a coastal village in the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram

Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar interacts with villagers  (PTI)
Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar interacts with villagers (PTI)

Pune: City administration looking to increase COVID beds

  • Pune administration is all set to enhance its COVID-19 fighting strategy by increasing the number of beds to tackle an upsurge of cases in the city
  • It has reported 24,000 cases till now, while toll stands at 940 deaths

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