Violent confrontation on the Indo – Chinese border
Some disturbing developments on the Indo – Chinese border, as In a major escalation of the current stalemate between India and China, an Indian army commander and two Jawans lost their lives during a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan region, east of Ladakh, on Monday night. These are the first combat deaths on the disputed border since 1975.
“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,”the Army said in a statement.
“On the late evening and night of June 15, 2020, a violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there. Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.”The Ministry of External Affairs in an official release.
Following this development, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the operational situation in eastern Ladakh with the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS) and three heads of defence service, Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar was also present at the meeting. On the ground, talks between key generals are continuing in the Galwan area at patrol point 14 to ease tensions, the sources said.
First life-saving drug against coronavirus
In another major development, researchers at the University of Oxford said they had the first evidence that a drug can improve Covid-19 survival.
A steroid called dexamethasone has reduced deaths by as much as a third in critically ill hospitalized patients, the Associated Press reported. The BBC also reported it as the first life-saving drug in the battle against the coronavirus.
“If the drug had been used to treat patients in the UK since the start of the pandemic, up to 5,000 lives could have been saved,” the researchers said. And that could be extremely beneficial in poor countries with a high number of Covid-19 patients, “the BBC said in its report.
The study is a large, strict test that randomized 2,104 patients to obtain the drug and compared them to 4,321 patients who received only usual care. The drug was administered orally or intravenously.
It reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed breathing apparatus treatment and by 20% in those who only needed extra oxygen. This is an extremely welcome finding, study leader Peter Horby of Oxford said in a statement.
“The survival benefit is clear and significant in patients who are sick enough to require oxygen therapy, so dexamethasone should now become the standard of care for these patients.” Dexamethasone is inexpensive, over-the-counter, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide. “
The number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 3,48,041, with the death toll at 10,034 till yet.