Saudi Arabia announced 1,172 new Coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 15,102. A total of 127 people have died due to Coronavirus infection in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is taking extensive measures to control the outbreak that has claimed the lives of over 190,000 people worldwide. 2,049 people have recovered from virus-related illness in the country.
China’s space agency has unveiled the name of its first Mars exploration mission. The announcement was made on China’s annual Space Day and the 50th anniversary of the launch of its first satellite. The Mars mission has been named ‘Tianwen-1’ and is expected to be launched in 2020. It will be an important milestone in China’s race to become a global space power by 2030.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has released a remake of the song ‘Teri Mitti’, to honour people fighting Coronavirus. The song is dedicated to doctors, health care workers, policemen, drivers, and others risking their lives and fighting the virus on the frontlines. It depicts these ‘COVID Warriors’ working to protect lives amid the pandemic crisis.
Researchers at NASA have developed a ‘high-pressure’ ventilator for treating Coronavirus patients. The device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) was developed in only 37 days. NASA is now seeking FDA approval for the device via an emergency use authorization. The device has been specifically designed to treat COVID-19 patients amid global ventilator shortage.
German league football Bundesliga’s chief executive Christian Seifert stated that it is ready to resume on 9 May 2020. He said that the final say rests with political leaders. The final clearance decision lies with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Seifert affirmed league’s readiness on Thursday, 23 April 2020, post a meeting with league’s top clubs.