We are covering new commitments to combat climate change and the record number of Covid cases in India.
Even with the astronomical toll, experts say cases and deaths may be underestimated.
Maharashtra, the populous state that includes Mumbai, has been the hardest hit. The state leader ordered government offices to operate at 15 percent capacity and imposed new restrictions on weddings and private transportation to slow the spread of the virus.
The picture is strikingly different since the beginning of February, when India recorded an average of 11,000 cases per day.
Vaccines: More than 132 million Indians have received at least one dose, but supplies are running out and experts warn the country is unlikely to reach its goal of inoculating 300 million people by summer.
Impacts: The sharp rise in cases is the single biggest challenge for India’s economic recovery, the head of the Reserve Bank of India said.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Russia withdraws some troops from Ukraine
As a sign of a possible reduction in the escalation, the Russian defense ministry ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border on Thursday.
After a buildup of troops alarmed Western leaders, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the units deployed at the border were part of a Russian military readiness test that was now complete and that they should return to their barracks by. on May 1st.
But the plan is to leave some armored vehicles in field camps near the Russian border with Ukraine’s Donbas region. Satellite images showed hundreds of trucks and tanks in the area.
Answer: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who warned his country on Tuesday about the possibility of war, said he welcomed Russia’s move. He said it would reduce the tension.
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Wear masks outdoors
As more and more people are vaccinated against Covid-19 and the sun beckons us outdoors, one question may haunt you: Do we still need to wear masks outside? Experts who spoke to our wellness reporter suggested the following:
Use the 2 out of 3 rule
To reduce the risk of Covid-19, make sure your business meets two of the following three conditions: outdoors, at a distance, and in masks.
Outdoors + Spaced = No mask needed
Outdoors + No distance = Mask needed
Not outdoors + Spaced = Mask required
When the outdoor risk is lower
Walking the dog, cycling, hiking a trail, or picnicking with vaccinated family members or friends are all activities for which the risk of exposure to the virus is negligible. In this type of situation, you can keep a mask handy in your pocket.
When outdoor fun moves indoors
Often it is the indoor activities associated with outdoor fun, such as unmasked traveling on the subway or car to hike or entering a pub after spending time on the beach, which pose the highest risk.
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