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News18 Evening Digest: AIIMS Director Suggests Plan To Reopen Schools & Other Top Stories

Districts should open schools in a staggered manner and bring back children on alternate days, said AIIMS Director Dr Guleria.

Districts should open schools in a staggered manner and bring back children on alternate days, said AIIMS Director Dr Guleria.

Here are the top stories of the day: 52 BSF Jawans Test Positive for COVID-19 in Two Weeks; Lockdown in Australia, Surge in Indonesia & US: How Delta Variant is Thwarting Global Fight Against Covid, and more.

Gujarat: 52 BSF Jawans Test Positive for COVID-19 in Two Weeks

At least 52 jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) from a battalion of 433 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks at Palanpur in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, an official said on Tuesday. While 20 personnel were found infected till Monday, 32 more tested positive for the disease during the day, Banaskantha district epidemic officer Dr Naresh Garg said. READ MORE

Raj Kundra Sent to Police Custody Till July 23 in Porn Racket as Police Say Probe ‘Impossible’ Without Bizman

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra and his business associate Ryan Thorap have been sent to police custody till July 23 by the Killa Court in Mumbai, day after the entrepreneur was arrested for allegedly making pornographic films and publishing them through apps. READ MORE

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AIIMS Director Suggests Plans to Reopen Schools

Schools should reopen physical classes in areas that have fewer Covid-19 cases, says All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria. Districts should open schools in a staggered manner and bring back children on alternate days, said Dr Guleria adding that if surveillance hints at the spread of Covid-19 cases, schools can be closed immediately. READ MORE

Lockdown in Australia, Surge in Indonesia & US: How Delta Variant is Thwarting Global Fight Against Covid

Delta variant, which is highly transmissible version of the coronavirus first detected in India, continues to hamper efforts against Covid-19 as several countries including Indonesia have seen a fresh spike in cases. Other countries like Australia have extended restrictions as the variant continues to spread. Top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said that the Delta variant has been detected around 100 countries globally and is now the dominant variant worldwide. READ MORE

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first published:July 20, 2021, 18:46 IST