Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away after being diagnosed with a colon infection on 29 April 2020. The actor was admitted to the ICU of Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on 28 April 2020. The fifty-three year old actor was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018 and was referred to US for further treatment.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an apex body of India’s biomedical research has advised against the use of COVID-19 testing kits from two suppliers in China. The advisory was released due to ‘wide variation’ in results from the said kits. ICMR also asked states to return the kits and to not place any future orders to the suppliers.
The facebook-owned company, WhatsApp rolled out a new update, allowing up to eight people on group video calls. This feature was long under testing, but the company officially released the news recently. The initial number of participants on WhatsApp video or voice call was only four at a time until now.
India has relaxed its lockdown measures after calls from several stranded migrants, tourists, and students increased. People can now move within the country by taking permission from the assigned local officers. Everyone seeking to travel will be screened first and permission will be granted only if the said person is found asymptomatic.
At least 45 people were killed and several others injured when a bomb detonated in the northern Syrian town of Afrin. Officials said a fuel tanker rigged with a hand grenade exploded at a crowded market place in the town which was seized by Turkish forces more than two years ago. Turkey’s defense ministry has blamed a Kurdish militia group, the YPG, of organizing the blast.