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India’s COVID Cases Near 20 Million

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India has on Monday reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections for a 12th straight day to take its overall caseload to just shy of 20 million, while deaths rise by 3,417 to 218,959.

According to health ministry data, India recorded 368,147 new cases over the past 24 hours as its total infections stand at 19.93 million.

Authorities in Delhi, the country’s capital have called for help from the army as the city is battling a ferocious second wave of the coronavirus that has overwhelmed its fragile and underfunded healthcare system.

For nearly two weeks, the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases, while deaths stand at 220,000.

Hospitals in the Delhi are in crisis, with intensive care beds full and an acute shortage of medical oxygen.

Delhi’s government wants the army to run Covid care facilities and intensive care units.

Hospitals are filled to capacity, medical oxygen supplies are running short and morgues and crematoriums are swamped.

The eastern state of Odisha and northern industrial state Haryana became the latest to announce new lockdowns, joining New Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal.

Medical experts say actual numbers across the country of 1.35 billion may be five to 10 times higher than the official tally.

The health ministry offered a glimmer of hope, reporting that positive cases relative to the number of tests conducted fell on Monday for the first time since at least April 15.

An epidemiologist with the University of Michigan Bhramar Mukherjee said on Twitter “In my opinion, only a national stay at home order and declaring medical emergency will help to address the current healthcare needs”.

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Israel Continues Gaza Air Raids As Calls For Ceasefire Grow

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Israel has launched another barrage of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue.

The Israeli military confirmed it killed a top commander of the Islamic jihad armed group, Hussam Abu Harbeed.

Explosions rocked Gaza city from north to south as Israeli fighter jets hit homes, clinics and government buildings.

212 persons, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began more than a week ago. Some fifteen hundred Palestinians were also wounded.

Gaza’s ministry of health has launched an appeal for help as it struggles to respond to the large numbers of injured persons seeking hospital treatment across the territory.

US army general, Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilization beyond the Gaza Strip if the violence continued.

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French President Hosts Africa Summit On Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

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African leaders are in Paris at the Africa Finance Summit. Part of the agenda is to address post-pandemic recovery on the continent.

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and others landed in Paris on Monday for the Africa finance Summit set for today and tomorrow.

The meeting has been touted by some observers as attempting to create a “new deal” for African economies.

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Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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In 'Intimate' Ceremony

American pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

Grande’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

Last year December, 27-year-old Grande announced her engagement to Gomez, a 25-year-old real estate agent by posting a photo of her ring along with the caption, “Forever n then some.”

The TMZ website said the ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also live.

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