Covid update: Nobel winner on India; fake test racket; UK PM apologises
From Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee commenting on the state of the Indian economy, to a fake test racket being busted in Uttar Pradesh - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Banerjee said that India was among the worst-performing economies in the world, and the government’s stimulus package announced in the middle of the pandemic was not enough. However, he added that the economy will see revival in the July-September 2020 quarter. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) announced the results of the latest serosurvey, aimed at estimating the overall extent of Covid spread in the country. It found 7.1% adults exhibiting hints of infection in August-September, as compared to 0.72% in May-June. In Uttar Pradesh, the police reportedly cracked down on a company allegedly manufacturing fake Covid-19 rapid test kits. Over 4 lakh test kits were seized and one person was arrested, as per reports. India’s Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, was found Covid positive after a routine test. His office said that he is asymptomatic and in home isolation, while his wife tested negative. In international news, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, reportedly apologised for giving incorrect information regarding new Covid restrictions. Watch the full video for the other updates regarding the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.