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Morning rush hour commuters wear protective face masks while boarding and exiting a train at Saint-Lazare metro railway station in Paris, France. | Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy | Bloomberg

Myanmar garment workers pushed into sex work, France could extend emergency & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A crowd gathered outside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Ban on public events can bring down Covid transmission rate by 24%, Lancet study says

Conducted by researchers at University of Edinburgh, the study is based on data from 131 countries. It seeks to assess the effect different lockdown measures have on R.
The post-Covid clinic at Delhi's Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint

As Covid cases spike again, Delhi govt tells hospitals to be prepared for dengue, malaria too

Delhi govt advisory details the tests hospitals should be ready to conduct, and directs physicians to give antiviral oseltamivir to all Covid patients if there’s a flu outbreak.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India’s R value continues downward trend to settle at 0.90 this week, Delhi goes above 1

Among metro cities, Kolkata and Delhi have R values above 1. Meanwhile, Kerala, which has a high active caseload, has managed to bring its value to 0.94 from 1.08 last week.

Scientists identify the protein that SARS-CoV-2 uses to enter human cells

Neuropilin-1, a transmembrane protein, serves as host factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection. The identification defines a ‘potential target for antiviral intervention’.
Barricades outside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

No crowds, no pandal-hopping, no adda — Kolkata gets ready for unusual Durga Puja

The Calcutta High Court Monday directed the state government to declare all pandals 'no-entry zones', calling for the erection of barricades around them.
Old trafford football stadium

Man United cuts wages for first time since 2015 as Covid hits revenue

The club reported a 19% drop in full-year revenue as Covid led to the postponement of matches, which later resumed behind closed doors, resulting in a loss of matchday income.
An empty Corso Umberto street, on the sixth day of an unprecedented lockdown in Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus in Naples Sunday | ANI vie Reuters

Lockdowns — can’t live with or without them in these Covid times

Without excellent testing and tracing, it takes a very strict lockdown to get infection numbers falling, whereas achieving explosive growth in Covid cases is very easy.
Representational image | Credit: nutraingredients-asia.com/

5 reasons why Vitamin K needs to be explored as a hedge against Covid-19

Vitamin K plays an important role in multiple ways that could prevent thrombosis, as well as elastic fibre degradation in cardiac and lung muscles.

UK to begin first Covid-19 human challenge trials, could infect 90 volunteers initially

Britain signs contract with Open Orphan Plc and its London-based unit hVivo. It could be a turning point in the debate over such human challenge trials

On Camera

RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Future rate cuts depends on moderation in inflation, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

The reconstituted Monetary Policy Committee, which met from 7 to 9 October, had decided to keep the benchmark lending rates unchanged in view of the hardening of retail inflation.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.