The petrol and diesel prices will be announced on Sunday the 15th. For the second year in a row. After 82 days of price stability during the freeze, the oil marketing companies started selling oil on 7 December. June with the price increase. Gasoline prices are now at their highest level in two years, with a cumulative increase of more than ₹8.8 on Sunday. Diesel prices rose by ₹7.9 in 15 days. If you want to catch up with the rest of the news five minutes before the start of the day, this is Mint Lite.

New Covid-19 medicine on the shelves

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A new drug for treating patients with Covid-19 is on the market after Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ Drug Controller in India approved the antiviral drug favipiravir.

A new drug to treat patients with Covid-19 is on the market after Indian drug controller Glenmark Pharmaceuticals approved the antiviral drug favipiravir. It is a prescription drug and ₹103 indicates the price of one tablet. Doctors say the drug is promising, although – as with all coronavirus drugs – there is as yet no significant evidence for its effectiveness. Mr Glenmark said favipiravir showed a clinical improvement of up to 88% in mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 by reducing the viral load in four days. In China, researchers have started the second phase of a possible coronavirus vaccine, announced by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The aim of the research is to determine whether the vaccine can safely activate an immune system in healthy people. A dozen or so vaccines are at different stages of human trials around the world, but none of them has passed the large-scale, late clinical trials needed to obtain a marketing authorisation.

Dengue fever contributes to the Covid crisis

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Indonesia, which is already fighting Covid-19, is now facing an epidemic of dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Indonesia, which is already fighting Covid-19, is now facing an epidemic of dengue haemorrhagic fever. From January to June, 64,251 cases of haemorrhagic dengue fever were reported, including 385 deaths, according to his Ministry of Health. Singapore has reported an increase in dengue cases and has perhaps the biggest epidemic ever recorded this year. Malaysia is not far behind, because the rainy season has started. Dengue fever is also a source of concern in India, especially in view of the approaching monsoon season. Kerala has reported an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever, although it is faced with a sudden increase in Covid 19 cases. The pandemic has led to a decrease in attention for vector diseases and much of the prevention work has not been done. Nashik and Hyderabad have issued an opinion. A study by March Lancet warned that dengue and Covid-19 are difficult to distinguish because of their common clinical and laboratory characteristics. She stressed the possibility that a case of Covid-19 could be missed due to a positive dengue test result.

80 million displaced persons in 10 years

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Number of forcibly displaced persons in the world per year

Nearly 80 million people worldwide, or 1% of the world’s population, were displaced at the end of 2019, fleeing war or persecution. In 2010, this figure is almost twice as high as ten years ago (see graph). The UNHCR, which observed World Refugee Day last weekend, released its new Global Trends report showing that by the end of 2019 79.5 million people had been displaced, some nine million more than a year earlier. More than 40 percent of them are children, and the majority of displaced people come from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. The crises caused by the exodus include the conflicts in Syria, Southern Sudan and Ukraine, the persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar, the economic crisis in Venezuela and security problems in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia opens

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The Kingdom has recorded more than 1.54 lakh of confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 1,500 deaths in the last three months, and the figures continue to rise.

Saudi Arabia has lifted all restrictions on free movement and resumed all commercial activities from Sunday onwards, although the cases of the coronavirus show no signs of abating. The curfew was lifted throughout the country from 6 a.m. local time, but international travel and the Umrah pilgrimage remained suspended. It has not yet announced the annual Hajj, which is due to start in July. The Kingdom has recorded more than 1.54 lakh of confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 1,500 deaths in the last three months, and the figures continue to rise. At the same time, the oil-rich country has set up a $4 billion fund to develop its tourism industry in order to diversify its economy, reduce its dependence on oil and attract more foreign visitors. It forecasts that by 2030 the tourism industry will contribute more than 10% of its annual GDP and create more than one million jobs.

F1 champion drives diversity

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Lewis Hamilton, six-time world champion in Formula 1.

Six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has launched a research project, the Hamilton Commission, to improve diversity in motor sport. Hamilton, the first and only black motorsport champion, spoke out in favour of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the past he has also criticised F1 as being flawed. In a column in the British Sunday Times, Hamilton wrote about the racism he encountered throughout his career in a very exclusive, male-dominated, white-dominated sport. He is working with the Royal Academy of Engineers to study how motor sport can stimulate more young people with a black background to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Last year, F1 announced that it would begin monitoring diversity in the race to include more women and people from under-represented backgrounds, but its six-page document still contains no details on the objectives or how the guidelines will be implemented or enforced.

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