From China allowing Indians to return to another Uttar Pradesh minister reportedly testing positive - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 150 Indians including diplomats' kin, bank staff, etc will return to China on August 6. Beijing hadn't allowed Indians into China on a June 29 flight following which hectic talks took place. China will allow those who get tested within five days of journey and get health form endorsed. Bill Gates said that the US must have global approach on vaccine and not just 'take care of ourselves'. Meanwhile, China, which claims Taiwan as a part of its territory, has said that US must end Taiwan ties to avoid damage to Washington-Beijing ties. As per Reuters calculations, one person is dying every 15 seconds due to Covid. As per the past two weeks' data, nearly 5,900 Covid-related deaths happening every 24 hours. In UP, minister Brajesh Pathak has reportedly found infected on August 5, while another state minister Kamal Rani Varun had recently died due to Covid infection.
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Trained dogs that are usually used to seek out drugs and contraband are beingtrialled to sniff out Covid-19. The Government has funded new research, whichif successful, could be used as a quick and non-invasive way to test for thevirus. How does it work? The dogs are trained to recognise the scent ofCovid-19, using masks and socks from volunteers. They are trained using acarousel of different smells, and rewarded when they sit down by the correctport. This method of using dogs to sniff out disease is already widely usedfor malaria and some cancers.
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The Government said 46,364 people had died in hospitals, care homes and thewider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm onTuesday, up by 65 from the day before. Separate figures published by the UK’sstatistics agencies show there have now been 56,600 deaths registered in theUK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
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