TIK TOK WILL BE BANNED FROM USA AS SOON AS SATURDAY, SAYS TRUMP:
The United States will be banning Chinese-video sharing app Tik Tok, said President Donald Trump on Friday (local time), amidst rising tensions between Beijing and Washington on a range of issues. “As far as Tik Tok is concerned we are banning them from the United States. Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” Trump told the reporters while flying on Air Force One. The US politicians have repeatedly criticised TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China.
Earlier this month, expressing concern over TikTok’s censorship of user content to advance the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) foreign policy aims, a set of 25 US Congressmen and Congresswomen urged Trump to “take decisive action to protect the American people’s privacy and safety”.
INDIANS IN UAE CAN GET PASSPORTS RENEWED IN 2 DAYS:
Indian expats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now get their passports renewed in two days after submitting their applications, Consul General Aman Puri said. Also, the Indian Consulate in Dubai will accept passport applications from expats living across the UAE, irrespective of their place of residence or the emirate that issued their visas, he announced, Puri told Gulf News on Friday. The passport renewal applications will be processed by the mission on the same day it receives them from the BLS centres. Last year, the Consulate had issued more than 200,000 passports, one of the highest numbers of passport services provided by any Indian diplomatic mission in the world.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS MORE LIKELY TO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, A STUDY REVEALS:
Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test, compared to the general population, said researchers. Those with inadequate PPE had a further increase in risk, they added. Using the Covid Symptom Tracker App, the research team looked at data from 2,035,395 individuals and 99,795 front-line health-care workers in the UK and US.
The prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 was 2747 cases per 100,000 frontline healthcare workers compared with 242 cases per 100,000 people in the general community. A little over 20 per cent of frontline healthcare workers reported at least one symptom associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with 14.4 per cent of the general population; fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and hoarse voice were especially frequent.
TELANGANA STATE UPDATES:
Telangana has recorded 2083 new Covid-19 infections and 11 fatalities on Friday, which has pushed the overall toll to 530 and the cumulative number of positive cases in the State to 64,786.
The health authorities have conducted 21, 011 Covid-19 tests between Thursday and Friday night while results of 886 more swab samples are still pending. So far, 4,58,593 swab samples have been tested in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic out of which 64,786 have tested positive. Across the Telangana State, in Government hospitals and private teaching hospitals combined, there are 15, 853 vacant beds while there are 6082 vacant beds available in only State-run Government hospitals across the State. The total number of beds available in corporate hospitals across the State is 2381.