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More than 70 Chinese cities under Covid lockdown impacting over 300 mn people

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Hong Kong: More than 70 Chinese cities have been placed under full or partial Covid lockdown since the end of August, impacting more than 300 million people, as local authorities scramble to stamp out infections at all costs in the final countdown to the third leadership of leader Xi Jinping, according to media reports. he said.

Since Aug. 20, at least 74 cities with a combined population of 313 million have imposed lockdowns covering entire cities, districts or multiple neighborhoods, according to CNN calculations.

They include 15 provincial capitals and Tianjin, a provincial-level municipality, CNN reported.

Many of the restrictions are still in place. According to Chinese financial magazine Caixin, 33 cities are currently under partial or full lockdowns. Experts say more cities are likely to be added in the coming weeks.

The sweeping restrictions disrupting lives and businesses contrast with a return to normal life in much of the world, where societies have largely turned to living with the virus, CNN reported.

But China insists that covid zero is saving lives. Health officials have cited the relatively low elderly vaccination rate and inadequate rural health care as obstacles to relaxing restrictions, but Chinese public health experts say political factors have also played a role.

Xi Jinping, a staunch supporter of the country’s uncompromising zero-Covid strategy, is about to be anointed as the country’s top leader for another five years at the 20th Party Congress, scheduled to start on October 16.

The highly choreographed affair is meant to be a moment of celebration and vindication of the achievements of the Party, and of Xi personally during his decade in power. And the risks of serious outbreaks are undermining that triumphant image, experts say.

“The Party wants to make sure that nothing untoward, such as a major outbreak, could potentially threaten social stability, cast a shadow over the leadership transition process, and not to mention tarnish the credibility of Xi’s personal leadership,” said Yanzhong Huang, senior researcher. on global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, CNN reported.

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187 coins removed from 58-YO man’s stomach in Karnataka

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Bangalore: A peculiar medical case at Nijalingappa Medical College’s HSK Hospital and Research Center has drawn attention after a team of doctors surgically removed as many as 187 coins from the stomach of a 58-year-old man here.

A Dyamappa Harijan from the Lingasugur area of ​​Raichur city was reportedly rushed to hospital after complaining of acute abdominal pain and vomiting. When performing an ultrasound of the abdomen of the old man, who is also schizophrenic, the report left everyone surprised because coins were found in his abdominal cavity.

On Saturday, a two-hour surgery was performed on Dyamappa and the foreign particles were removed.

Dr. Ishwar B Kalaburgi, who led the surgery, said the indian express that the 58-year-old schizophrenic patient was questioned on this matter on Monday after his recovery. When asked by the doctors, the old man said that he was a beggar and that every time he received a coin he swallowed it and drank water. That gave him a kind of pleasure and he thought the coins would be digested.

[Pic Courtesy: The Indian Express]

Of the 187 coins that surgeons removed from Dyamappa’s stomach, 56 were 5 rupees, 51 were 2 rupees and 80 were 1 Re, Kalaburgi said.

Speaking briefly about the surgery, he further said that schizophrenic patients think, feel and behave abnormally.


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Apple threatens to withhold Twitter from App Store: Musk

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San Francisco: Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Apple has “threatened to withhold” the micro-blogging platform from its App Store without giving a reason.

Musk’s accusation came shortly after he tweeted late Monday that Apple has “mostly stopped advertising” on Twitter following a survey that asked users whether the iPhone maker should “publish all shares of censorship that it has taken that affect its customers”.

In a series of tweets, Musk said: “Apple also threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.

“Did you know that Apple puts a 30 percent secret tax on everything you buy through its App Store?”

Several users expressed their thoughts on Musk’s claim.

While one user commented, “Apple doesn’t support free speech,” another said, “because it’s violating the rules about moderating extremist content.”

Meanwhile, Yoel Roth, who resigned from Twitter as head of trust and safety earlier this month, said that while Musk perpetuates the lack of legitimacy through his impulsive changes and lengthy tweet pronouncements about the platform’s rules, Twitter it now faces close scrutiny from Apple and Google. app stores

In a New York Times article amid the #RIPTwitter trend on social media, Roth said that “Twitter will have to balance its new owner’s goals with the practical realities of Apple’s and Google’s internet life, a no-brainer.” easy for employees who have chosen to stay.

“And when I left the company, the calls from the application review teams had already started,” Roth wrote.

(IANOS)


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After furore for slurring women, Ramdev regrets and apologises

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Mumbai: Just 72 hours after his comments about women sparked a furor, a chastened yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, expressed his regret and apologized for his comments.

Ramdev emailed Maharashtra State Commission for Women Chairman Rupali Chakankar in response to her letter on Friday demanding an explanation of his remarks within 72 hours.

Confirming the developments, the MSCW boss reported that Ramdev sent him the reply, expressing regret and offering an apology, but also stating that his comments were allegedly twisted out of context.

“We have received your response to our notice… However, if there are any further objections or complaints, we will conduct a full investigation and obtain the full video recording of the show made last week,” Chakankar warned, while speaking to IANS. .

Addressing a free women’s yoga training program in Thane, Ramdev Baba blurted out to the mostly women gathering: “Women look good in sarees, they look great in salwar suits and, in My opinion, they look good even if they are not wearing anything.

At the time, Ramdev was flanked by Balasahebanchi MP Shrikant Shinde Shiv Sena Thane, son of Prime Minister Eknath Shinde, and singer Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Bharatiya Janata Party Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other prominent personalities.

The blatant statements prompted calls for Ramdev to “slap, kick and admonish” them from various locations in Maharashtra and other parts of India.

Agitated top leaders from various parties, including Sanjay Raut, Dr. Manisha Kayande, Kishore Tiwari, Mahesh Tapase, women activists like Aparna Malikar, Trupti Desai and others, pounced on Ramdev, seeking an unconditional apology, framing him for demoting women and other demands. even as the MSCW slapped a notice.

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