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Multan knocks Quetta out of PSL with 110-run win        WTC Final: Kohli eyes legacy, Williamson prize for consistency in battle of equals        India extends USD 100 million Line of Credit to Sri Lanka for solar energy projects        China successfully launches first crew to new space station        Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more        Pre-monsoon showers in national capital        Sonia taken Covid jabs, govt should inoculate all instead of creating non-issues: Cong        PM should acknowledge his mistakes, seek expert help to rebuild India: Rahul        PM invites world to invest in India        Yuvraj Singh becomes face of PUMA Motorsport in India        Dutee expects Olympics spot on basis of world rankings if not through qualification timing        India's fuel demand rebounds in June        Power consumption grows 9.3 pc in first half of June        UK expands COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover all over-21s        China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak        Tourists delighted after Taj Mahal reopens after two months        Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1, opens borders with Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand        PM to launch customised crash course for Covid frontline workers        Unseeded Krejcikova wins maiden Grand Slam title in Paris        Diesel at Rs 100 mark in Rajasthan; Karnataka sees Rs 100/ltr petrol        
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International News
Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months
 
Washington: COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days. Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September.

While that is still cause for concern, they have plummeted 85% from a peak of more than a quarter-million cases per day in early January. The last time deaths were this low was early July, nearly a year ago. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. topped out in mid-January at an average of more than 3,400 a day, just a month into the biggest vaccination drive in the nation''s history. Kansas reported no new deaths from Friday through Monday. In Massachusetts, the Boston Herald put a huge zero on Wednesday''s front page under the headline “First time in nearly a year state has no new coronavirus deaths.” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, said that vaccinations have been crucial even as the nation struggles to reach herd immunity.

“The primary objective is to deny this virus the ability to kill at the rate that it could, and that has been achieved," he said. “We have in in effect tamed the virus.” Nearly 45% of the nation''s adults are fully vaccinated, and over 58% have received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week, Pfizer''s vaccine won authorization for use in 12- to 15-year-olds, in a move that could make it easier to reopen the nation''s schools. The encouraging outlook stands in sharp contrast to the catastrophe unfolding in places like India and Brazil.

The overall U.S. death toll stands at about 583,000. While health authorities have expressed concern about vaccine hesitancy and people letting down their guard, teams of experts consulted by the CDC projected in a report last week that new deaths and cases will fall sharply by the end of July and continue dropping after that. Cautious is still needed, though, warned Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at John Hopkins. “I think we are in a great place, but I think India is an important cautionary tale," Lessler said.

“If there is a right combination of vaccine hesitancy, potentially new variants and quickly rolling back control measures that comes together, we could potentially screw this up and have yet another wave that is completely unnecessary at this point."


China successfully launches first crew to new space station
Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more
UK expands COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover all over-21s
China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak
Biden sells G-7 on global tax, but U.S. Congress is a hurdle
US Senate confirms first Muslim-American as federal judge
G-7 nations gather to pledge 1B vaccine doses for world
Indian-Americans regularly encounter discrimination: Survey
French leader Macron slapped in face on visit to small town
Up to 50 killed as express train smashes intro derailed coaches of passenger train in Pakistan''s Sindh
New Constitutional Bench formed to hear petitions against House dissolution in Nepal
Data recorder recovered from fire-stricken ship sinking off Sri Lanka
Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment
Trump permanently shuts down his social media site after a month; may join another
South China Sea dispute: Malaysia accuses China of breaching airspace
Chinese city locks down 2 areas as cluster grows
Police arrest 11 suspected militants in Indonesia's Papua
Flood recedes in New Zealand, leaving debris, broken bridge
Small plane crashes into Tennessee lake; 7 believed dead
Australia leader Morrison visits New Zealand leader Ardern
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
George Clooney says Capitol attack put Trump family 'into the dustbin of history'
 Los Angeles: Hollywood star George Clooney has condemned the attack on the Capitol Hill in the US by  
'Mean Girls' won't be returning to Broadway
Ian McKellan is 'happy' Elliot Page came out as transgender
A R Rahman thanks fans for support during 'difficult times'
KERALA NEWS
Kerala govt orders SIT probe into ''illegal'' tree felling in Wayanad
 Thiruvanathapuram: In view of raging controversy over the alleged illegal felling and smuggling of c
LDF govt hand in glove with timber mafias, alleges Union Minister Muraleedharan
COVID-19:Kerala reports 14,233 new cases, 173 deaths
16,204 COVID-19 Cases, 156 Deaths Reported In Kerala
NATIONAL NEWS
Pre-monsoon showers in national capital
 New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Several parts of the national capital received light to moderate pre-monsoon
Sonia taken Covid jabs, govt should inoculate all instead of creating non-issues: Cong
Tourists delighted after Taj Mahal reopens after two months
Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1, opens borders with Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
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