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Elders’ share in Mumbai Covid toll up, nears pre-vaccination days | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Six months after being immunised with both doses, Kandivli resident Sharadchandra Shenoy (63) succumbed to Covid-19 pneumonia in October. The 63-year-old, who had a history of hypertension and diabetes, battled the viral infection for 13 days in hospital. The family is still searching for answers, said his brother Dr Satishchandra Shenoy, a family physician.
While Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai continue to see a steady drop over the months, the proportion of senior citizens in fatalities, which had considerably fallen after the start of immunisation, is rising once again and nearing levels in pre-vaccination days.
Experts say the trend calls for studies on depleting antibody levels, an urgent debate on third dose for the vulnerable population and an analysis of comorbidities, reports Sumitra Deb Roy.
‘Elders will account for big share of toll due to comorbidities’
BMC data shows that senior citizens accounted for 76% of Covid deaths in January, 84% in February and 80% in March. As vaccination opened for the elderly in March, their share of deaths dropped to 65% in April, while that of people between 40-60 years touched 30%, up from 14% in March (see graphic). In September and October, however, their proportion rose to 79% and 80%, respectively, almost like the pre-vaccination months.
Dr Avinash Supe, who heads Mumbai’s Covid-19 death audit committee, underlined that vaccination has brought down the death count. “But, a small pool of deaths is likely to be there, and senior citizens will account for the lion’s share because of comorbidities.”
A majority of Covid deaths in Mumbai at present are among the unvaccinated, susceptible people, like senior citizens with comorbidities and those who didn’t have adequate antibody production after vaccination. BMC data shows that 75% to 82% of Covid victims have one or the other comorbidity, like hypertension, diabetes, heart or kidney condition. From the peak of 1,475 and 1,723 deaths registered in April and May, Mumbai’s toll dropped to 134 in September and 137 in October, said Dr Supe, adding it was mainly due to vaccination.
An answer to whether depletion of antibody levels is making senior citizens susceptible cannot be found till such studies have been done, said Dr Rahul Pandit, an intensivist and member of state Covid task force. But, he is of the opinion that a discussion on booster shot for senior citizens should start now. BMC has sought the opinion of the task force on the matter, said Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner. “Vaccination of senior citizens began in March…concerns are their antibody levels may have gone down. But since giving a booster shot is a larger decision, we will wait to hear from the task force.”

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Deathloop Game Update 3: Release Date, Patch Notes, Gameplay, Bug Fixes And More

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Deathloop Game Update 3 is expected to be launched next as the developers attempt to make some minor changes to ensure that the gameplay runs as smooth as possible.

Bethesda have received huge praise following the successful launch of their all-new first-person shooter, and rightly so, thanks to the unique storyline and interesting characters that the game possesses.

As a result, Deathloop is up for a number of awards, including six Golden Joystick Awards and walked away with the prize of the Critic’s Choice Award (via Gamesradar).

Read more: Deathloop Nominated For Six Golden Joysticks Awards – Including Game Of The Year

Despite this Bethesda have not rested on their laurels and have added a couple of patches so far – and are set to add a third.

Enough talk! Scroll down to find out everything we know about Deathloop Game Update 3 so far:


Release Date

Deathloop Update 3

At the time of writing, we are yet to receive confirmation regarding when Bethesda will be launching Game Update 3.

Similar to EA, no warning is given before release and it is unlikely that it will be the case with Update 3 either.

However, fear not! This could change – in which case we will update this section of the article as soon as more details are revealed in the coming days and weeks. So, stick with us and stay tuned!


Patch Notes

As mentioned above, the patch notes for Deathloop Game Update 3 are yet to be announced and a comprehensive list, as well as the sections below, will be filled out in their entirety once they have been confirmed by Bethesda. Keep your eyes peeled!


Gameplay

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Bug Fixes

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Click on the links below to look back on all of the patches that have been added to Deathloop so far:


You can find all of the latest Deathloop News and everything Gaming related right here at GiveMeSport.


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Manchin Noncommittal on Renewing Biden Child Tax Credit Flowing to West Virginians

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  • Sen. Joe Manchin is noncommittal on extending the child tax credit.
  • On Tuesday, he told Insider “everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”
  • Millions of children are receiving the CTC, hundreds of thousands of them in Manchin’s home state.

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On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia didn’t commit to approving the one-year child tax credit expansion as it’s laid out in the $2 trillion House-approved social spending package. It raises the prospect of further changes to the proposed cash benefit.

“Everybody’s still talking,” Manchin told Insider. “Everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”

He’d previously pushed for a work requirement as a condition to receiving the federal help.

Manchin’s noncommittal approach to the benefit underscores the potential adjustments to the House legislation now traveling through the evenly divided Senate. House Democrats approved the sprawling climate, health, and childcare package which contains the bulk of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda on November 19. Now all 50 Senate Democrats must coalesce around the package so it can clear the upper chamber.

Around $190 billion is set aside to renew the bulked-up child tax credit. It’s reached tens of millions of children in the form of monthly payments since July, including many in Manchin’s home state. Over 346,000 West Virginian kids have qualified for the aid, per the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

It provides up to $300 a month per child age 5 and under, or $3,600 annually. For children between ages 6 and 17, families can receive $250 each month, or $3,000 yearly. And it would lock in the ability for the vast majority of American families to tap into the aid every month, regardless of whether they file taxes.

Experts and advocates say the measure has played a critical role in cutting child poverty. An August analysis from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University indicated the child poverty rate dropped to 12% from 16% after the first checks went out. That amounts to three million kids that no longer live below the poverty line.

“It’s kind of a breakthrough idea here in Washington that we should just increase their financial resources to lift them out of poverty, and it’s working,” Andy Boardman, a research assistant at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, said in an interview. “We’re seeing poverty is down among families who are receiving the child tax credit, food insecurity is down. So it’s been hugely, hugely impactful.”

It’s also helped families buy school supplies, cover rent, and put food on the table, Insider previously reported.

The Biden administration has aggressively touted the child tax credit in recent months. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the sharp drop in food insecurity among families “a profound economic and moral victory for the country” at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

The child allowance has virtually no support among Republican lawmakers. Some like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell assailed it as a “welfare deposit.” The last monthly payment is set to go out on December 15, and 35 million families could be deprived of aid if Congress doesn’t step in.

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Donald Trump says Boris Johnson making ‘big mistake’ backing wind power

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Donald Trump has warned Boris Johnson he is making a “big mistake” by backing “ridiculous” wind farms to drive the UK’s push to a net zero carbon economy.

The former US president said he still liked the British Prime Minister but claimed that he was wrong to support renewable wind energy.

The UK has become a world leader in wind energy, particularly offshore, and Mr Johnson has pushed for Britain to become to wind what Saudi Arabia is to oil in the drive to reach net zero by 2050.



I think wind is… ridiculous

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Investment in the technology over the past decade or more has led to the world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea One, being built in the North Sea off the east Yorkshire coast.

But Mr Trump, in an interview with former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the UK was destroying its landscape by permitting the turbines to be installed.

Speaking to Mr Farage on GB News, the businessman – who owns golf courses in Scotland and Ireland – said: “He’s wrong, Boris is wrong if he’s going heavy into wind.

“He’s making a big mistake.”

The former White House incumbent labelled wind power the “most expensive form of energy”.

In comments made in Florida on Monday and due to be aired this week, Mr Trump said: “I think wind is, I think it’s ridiculous.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured onboard the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East, off the Aberdeenshire coast (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The one-term president added: “Remember, every 10 years, you have to replace those monsters.

“And a lot of times they don’t bother. You know what they do? They just let them rot. They kill all the birds, they are so bad.”

Despite the criticism, Mr Trump – defeated by Joe Biden in last year’s presidential election – said he was fond of the Prime Minister, who he suggested had become “more liberal”.

“I like him. I get along with him. I’ve always gotten along with him,” Mr Trump said.

“He’s gone a little bit on the more liberal side.

“But I’ll tell you with energy, I’m surprised that he would allow that to happen because you have one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

“And you’re destroying it with all these wind turbines all over the place.”

Mr Johnson has not always been an advocate for wind power. In 2013, he said wind farms could not “pull the skin off a rice pudding”.

The interview with Mr Trump,  which touches on a range of subjects, including the royal family, the presidential election, the subsequent Capitol Hill riots, Black Lives Matter, the migrant crisis in the US and the UK, and the question of whether he plans to run for office again, is due to air at 7pm on Wednesday.

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