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Schools shut for 9 days following sudden spike in flu-like fever cases

Due to the rapid spread of viral fever in Puducherry and Karaikal, the education department has ordered holidays for schools from classes 1 to 8 from September 17 to September 25.
Viral fever, which usually spreads during the rainy season, is spreading rapidly in Puducherry. The incidence of this flu has been low for the last 2 years due to the reduced movement of people because of the lockdown due to the Corona pandemic. In this case, now that the coronavirus infection has reduced, people are not wearing face shields, not maintaining personal distance, and going in crowds, so this viral fever is spreading rapidly. Meanwhile, due to the fact that this infection is increasing day by day, many people are being treated for fever in hospitals. In this situation, the Puducherry Education Department has given one week of holiday to the schools from 1st to 8th standard.
Puducherry State Health Department Director Dr Sriramalu said, “In Puducherry for the last 10 days, more children are suffering from symptoms like fever, cough, and cold. Its numbers are constantly increasing. Fever spreads from one person to another through the breath of children. It is especially prevalent in schools. Affected children can prevent this viral fever by staying at home, wearing face masks, maintaining personal distance, and washing their hands frequently.”
The Health Department suggested to the School Education Department of Puducherry that the spread of this disease can be controlled in Puducherry through this. Based on this, the Puducherry government has granted holidays to the school in the interest of security.
“It is only a viral fever that usually comes during the rainy season and people need not panic,” said Dr. Sriramalu.
Due to the spread of viral fever, especially in Puducherry and Karaikal, the Education Department has announced holidays for all school students in Puducherry and Karaikal from September 17 to September 25.
In order to deal with this viral fever, the Puducherry Health Department has set up 24-hour special outpatient and inpatient wards for influenza at government general hospitals in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Enat, Indira Gandhi Medical College, and Rajiv Gandhi Government Women and Children’s Hospital.
People should drink boiled drinking water, wear face shields, and keep a personal distance at all times. If there is a fever patient in the house, the patient should wear a face mask, isolate himself, avoid going to gatherings, and avoid outside food. 

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Indian oil marketing companies cut the price of commercial LPG by $25.50 for a 19-kg cylinder in New Delhi on Saturday, with immediate effect, a day after natural gas prices increased by a record 40% in response to a global increase in energy prices.

The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) was also reduced by 4.5%.

Here are the main points about commercial LPG rate reductions:

  • The price of a 19-kg commercial LPG cylinder used in hotels and restaurants in the national capital has been reduced from 1,885 to 1,859.50.
  • This is the sixth price decrease for commercial LPG since June.
  • In total, rates have dropped by $494.50 per 19-kg cylinder.
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  • Rates vary by state, depending on the presence of local taxes.
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According to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday, India saw a single-day increase of 3,805 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total of COVID-19 cases to 4,45,91,112, while active cases decreased to 38,293.

The death toll has risen to 5,28,655 with 26 fatalities, including 13 deaths reconciled by Kerala, according to data updated at 8 a.m.

Five of the 13 new fatalities were reported in Maharashtra, and two in Kerala.

The active cases account for 0.09 percent of all infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 98.73 percent, according to the health ministry.

In the last 24 hours, the active caseload has decreased by 1,290 cases. According to the health ministry, the daily positivity rate was 1.29 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.39 percent.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 4,40,24,164, with a case fatality rate of 1.19 percent.

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India passed the two crore mark on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year, and four crore on January 25 this year.

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On Friday, a program was held in Madiaon for women to speak out for a non-violent life and economy as part of this campaign, which was organised by Red Brigade Lucknow (an organisation that aims to protect women).

Students, social workers from four states, as well as representatives from Lucknow’s villages, mohallas, and schools, were present in the program.

Renuka Tandon, founder of Amren Foundation, presided over the event, while the chief guest for the event was renowned social worker Jill Ben. Ben said that increasing violence in society deeply affects women, and therefore, it is their responsibility to raise a voice to further build a non-violent economy. Tandon appreciated the efforts made by the Red Brigade, saying that it is a good step in the direction of achieving a non-violent economy.

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On 28 September, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to spell out its stand within a day on the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
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