US President Donald Trump has removed Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson from office. Atkinson, who had a key role in Trump’s impeachment, will leave his job in 30 days. However, a successor is yet to be announced by the President. Atkinson’s firing is the latest case of the Trump administration removing officials who took part in the impeachment trial.
According to US scientists, the new Coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking. The US might soon change its guidelines on the use of face masks because of this fresh information. Until now, the US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets and that there was no evidence of air transmission.
UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the decision to operate passenger flights carrying UAE residents and visitors wishing to return back to their countries. This is said to be a temporary service taken with all precautionary measures. UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 210 new Coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to be 1024.
Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a ferry in the Solomon Islands set sail despite storm warnings. At least 28 passengers were swept overboard. Some reports suggest that the captain of the boat was ignorant of the missing until his boat arrived at port. Cyclone Harold has brought flooding and run boats aground in the Solomon Islands.
Indian couple from the state of Chhattisgarh named their newborn twins Corona and Covid. As the world is facing the global crisis due to the spread of Coronavirus, the couple named them so to remember the hardships faced amidst the twenty-one-day lockdown. India has confirmed close to 3,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases including 68 deaths.