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Sonu Sood to share his experience of helping migrants reach home during the COVID lockdown through a book : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

From the past few months, actor Sonu Sood has been at the forefront in helping people during the lockdown. He has been sending migrant labourers home by arranging transportation for them. Now, the actor is all set to come up with a book recounting his experience of helping migrant workers reach their hometowns during the COVID lockdown. Talking about his experience to a news agency, Sood said that the past three and half months have been a life changing experience, living with the migrants for 16 to 18 hours a day and sharing their pain. He said that it is the smile and tears of happiness in the eyes of the migrants when they leave for their hometown that encourages him to continue doing this. Sonu Sood further said that while his heart beats in Mumbai after this movement he feel...

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Anthony Fauci cautiously optimistic: Countries need to pull back to contain the spread – The Economic Times

He said a couple of vaccine candidates are expected to go into phase 3 efficacy clinical trials at the end of July. “I believe we are on a good track to get there in a reasonably good time,” Fauci said.Synopsis“We did not shut down entirely and that’s the reason why we went up. It had started to come down, and then we plateaued at a level that was really quite high, about 20,000 infections per day. Then as we started to reopen, we are seeing the surges that we are seeing today,” Fauci said.Mumbai: Countries such as the US that are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases need to pull back with a limited lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, head of the NationalBY ET Bureau Jul 14, 2020, 11:38 PM ISTGIFT ARTICLEFONT SIZEAbcSmall AbcMedium AbcLargeSAVECOMMENTTo Read th...

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Toronto’s Pearson airport cuts 1/4 of staff due to reduced travel demand amid COVID-19 pandemic | CBC News

The biggest airport in Canada is eliminating 500 jobs because of the dramatic reduction in demand for air travel due to COVID-19. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson International Airport, says it will not fill 200 current open positions and get rid of an additional 300 positions through voluntary departures and layoffs.The cuts represent a slash of 27 per cent of the airport operator's pre-pandemic workforce. In April, Pearson airport processed 97 per cent fewer passengers than it did in the same month a year earlier and right now the GTAA says passenger traffic is back where it was in 1996. Other major airports have already made similar job cuts, including 25 per cent of staff at Vancouver's main airport and one third of the staff in Calgary. Isabelle Dos...

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White House undercuts Fauci as Trump downplays severity of COVID-19 pandemic | CBC News

With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as U.S. President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November. The U.S. has become a cautionary tale across the globe, with once-falling cases now spiraling. However, Trump suggests the severity of the pandemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans is being overstated by critics to damage his chances of re-election.Trump on Monday retweeted a post by Chuck Woolery, once the host of TV's Love Connection. Woolery's tweet read: "Everyone is lying" about COVID-19 — not just the media and Democrats, but most doctors "that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping th...

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas makes a difference by supporting women lead businesses amidst the pandemic : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas has always been the voice of women around the globe. Breaking glass ceilings by doing the impossible time and again, she has always been an inspiration for many. In these times when we are hit by the global health pandemic, Covid-19, the superstar is doing everything possible to help those in need. Making a difference yet again, PC has now come forward to support businesses run by inspiring women from different parts of the world. Announcing the same, Priyanka took to her social media and urged fans to support female founded businesses to help them fully get back on their feet. The actress will be sharing these businesses on her stories and will even give a shoutout to the female business founders suggested by her million followers. She wrote, "A...

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Child sex exploitation is on the rise in Canada during the pandemic | CBC News

Reports of online sexual exploitation of Canadian children have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as abusers take advantage of the fact that kids are spending more time online. Stephen Sauer, director of Cybertip.ca, said his organization saw an 81 per cent spike over April, May and June in reports from youth who had been sexually exploited, and reports of people trying to sexually abuse children."It seems to be an epidemic right now online," he said. Sgt. Arnold Guerin of the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Crime Centre, which coordinates investigations into child sexual exploitation online and child pornography, said his unit also has seen an increase in reports of sexual exploitation of children. At the outset of the pandemic, he said, his unit saw offenders on livestreaming s...

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Bihar sees record 1266 cases in a day while testing remains low

NEW DELHI: Bihar saw a record high of 1,266 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday at a test positivity rate of over 13 percent, taking the tally of total cases to 16,305, amidst rising demands from political parties to defer the Bihar assembly elections due to the pandemic. Cases in Bihar are expected to rise further in the coming days as the state has only conducted about 3.1 lakh tests so far at a poor testing rate of about 2600 tests per million people. Elections are scheduled to be held in the state in October-November this year and the state had already re-imposed a lockdown for a limited number of days in the badly-affected districts, including state capital Patna which is the worst-affected with 1,868 cases. Patna has seen only about 6,000 tests so far, translating to a very high tes...

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Virus-free U.K. pilot, symbol of Vietnam’s pandemic success, to return home | CBC News

Vietnam's most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who at one point seemed close to death, left hospital on Saturday on his way home after a dramatic recovery that attracted national attention. The case of Stephen Cameron, a pilot for national carrier Vietnam Airlines, became a sensation in Vietnam, where a combination of targeted testing and an aggressive quarantine program has kept its coronavirus tally to an impressively low 370 cases, and zero deaths."The odds say that I shouldn't be here, so I can only thank everybody here for what they've done," Cameron said, leaving hospital in a wheelchair and flanked by doctors holding flowers. The 43-year-old Scot, who arrived in the Southeast Asian country from Britain in early March, was hospitalized three days after his first f...

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The great PPE panic: How the pandemic caught Canada with its stockpiles down | CBC News

This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at some of the lessons learned from the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic and how Canada moves forward. To hear Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand describe it, Canada's effort to supply frontline workers during the pandemic has been a significant — if uneven — success."We did procurement like it has never been done before," said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand. "We are in an urgent scramble to secure personal protective equipment and we will not let up until that task is accomplished." The federal government, she said, has conducted just under a hundred flights to Canada carrying Chinese personal protective equipment (PPE) and bringing supplies from the U.S. and Europe. It was a remarka...

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MPs grill grocery store execs over pandemic pay cancellations | CBC News

Corporate executives at three grocery chains — Loblaws, Metro and Empire Company — faced tough questions during a virtual meeting of the House of Commons industry committee today over their decision to cancel a $2-an-hour pay bump they put in place in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pay bump was put in place in March as panic buying in the early stages of the lockdowns left many stores struggling to keep items on the shelves.The three corporations announced in early June that they would be ending their pay bumps, all within a few days of each other. Loblaws brands include Shoppers Drug Mart, Superstore and No Frills. Metro owns Food Basics, Jean Coutu, Metro and other brands, while Empire owns Sobeys and FreshCo. Eric La Flèche, president and chief executive officer of ...

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