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Two weeks after Diwali, Maharashtra Covid-19 cases see a dip | Latest News India

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Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra have dipped in the two week long incubation period after Diwali despite the crowding during the festival triggering fears among medical experts of an impending surge. The number of new cases fell to 833 on November 20 from the 892 cases registered on November 7.

Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 845 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths, while Mumbai saw 212 new cases and three deaths. 93,193 Covid tests were conducted on Sunday, registering a positivity rate of 0.90 %. The state’s Covid tally has now reached 6,629,875, while the death toll stands at 140,739.

There are currently 9,799 active cases in the state, of which, Mumbai with 2,758 cases has the highest share, followed by Pune’s 2,150 and Thane’s 1,211 cases.

A surge in cases after Diwali was feared as people gathered for festivities and also travelled in large numbers. In addition, reopening of theatres, auditoriums, schools in October too resulted in more people stepping out of their homes. Similarly, traffic in local trains increased with fully vaccinated residents getting clear to travel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) on single-return tickets.

The state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate said, “We have observed that we are two and a half months behind the west in terms of Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to keep the virus under control and the decline shows that we have now almost reached the endemic stage.”

“We saw the Delta variant playing havoc during the second wave [of infections] but it is currently in a declining stage. We are relieved that the genetic make-up of the virus is not changing,” he added.

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Dr Wiqar Shaikh, professor of medicine, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Hospital said the situation is almost similar to that witnessed last year. “We saw a similar decline last year too. However, what we are witnessing this time is the thick tail of the second wave, which has now pushed the third wave to the next year. The cases are declining as more people are now vaccinated and a natural herd immunity is getting developed among the people,” he added.

Infectious disease expert Dr Om Srivastava, who is also a member of the Covid task force, while acknowledging that new cases have reduced cautioned against complacency. “We are now seeing many foreign tourists coming to India, which may lead to an increase in cases. We need to strictly follow some basic rules like wearing masks as well as get ourselves vaccinated,” he said.

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Tensions Rise As Russia Seems to Plot against Ukraine with Troops, Coup

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By Jonny Lupsha, Current Events Writer

A crisis between Ukraine and Russia, which has loomed since 2014, continues to escalate. Two separate incidents—an escalation of Russian troops near Ukraine and a coup plot against Ukraine—came to light throughout November. How did these countries get here?

For several weeks in November, the United States, NATO, and Ukraine have reported an unusual spike in Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. Additionally, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Friday that two Russians were caught on tape plotting to enroll Ukraine’s richest businessman, Rinat Akhmetov, in a coup to overthrow the Ukrainian government. The Kremlin has dismissed both claims.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia have diminished since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. In his video series A History of Eastern Europe, Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Lindsay Young Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explained the extraordinary lead-up to this event.

A Nation in Flux

According to Dr. Liulevicius, between world wars, Ukrainians found themselves divided by borders. Most lived in the Soviet Union, with others in Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union brought the Terror Famine, or Holodomor, to Ukraine in the 1930s, cracking down on its cultural leaders and bringing mass murders. Ukraine didn’t fully gain independence until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Unfortunately, its government got off to a rocky start. Corruption and an energy dependence on Russia didn’t help.

“Over time, disappointment with insider politics as usual produced a popular movement called the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004,” Dr. Liulevicius said.

Fueled by the political campaign of Viktor Yushchenko, who ran as an opposition candidate to the government, the Orange Revolution boiled over when Yushchenko was poisoned and nearly killed. The government returned fraudulent election results declaring his loss.

“One in every five Ukrainians went out in protest in the Orange Revolution, but there were contrasts; there was [a] divide between east and west,” Dr. Liulevicius said. “One in three people in the west protested, but fewer than one in 20 in the eastern part of the country.”

Part of this divide was because the western part of the country had been more recently “Sovietized” and could remember a past without the heavy influence of Russia. Their spirit of a solely-Ukrainian identity inspired them. However, little progress was made during Yushchenko’s time in office.

Russia Re-Enters the Picture

“In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych was elected president, with most of his support based in the eastern regions, and also with the support of Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin,” Dr. Liulevicius said. ” Yanukovych also jailed his opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, a co-leader of the Orange Revolution and a former prime minister, accusing her of corruption in office.

“At the end of 2013, when Yanukovych bizarrely first negotiated and then refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, again mass protests erupted in Kiev, Lviv, and other cities.”

The government tried to quell the protests, but by February 2014, Yanukovych believed his power was crumbling and he fled to Russia. Putin declared his ouster and the subsequent change of government illegitimate, while Russian media called the protesters neofascists and Nazis.

“Russian forces moved into Crimea,” Dr. Liulevicius said. However, Russia denied the unknown troops were Russian, refusing to take responsibility for them or the violence they exacted on those who opposed annexation.

“Russia then annexed Crimea officially, over international protests. Later, in March 2015, Putin proudly admitted openly what his government had earlier denied—that he had masterminded the annexation of Crimea from the start. It was not a spontaneous response to calls for help from locals, but a plan, and the annexation in fact had been ordered weeks before the referendum was staged under the watchful eyes of gunmen.”

Since then, Russia’s influence in and around Ukraine has only increased.

Edited by Angela Shoemaker, The Great Courses Daily

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Fortnite’s biggest event and update to date probably came at the end of Fortnite Chapter 1, when the game began its second part. While seasonal updates come and go, Chapter 2 marked a massive change in how Fortnite played alongside its branding and even esports. Fortnite is currently wrapping up its 8th season of the second chapter.

While we haven’t quite hit ten seasons yet, it looks like Fortnite Chapter 3 release date is closer than thought. looks Aside from the narrowing timeline, there have been quite a few leaks and hints towards major changes coming to Epic’s flagship title.

This is what you need to know and what you can expect from the Chapter 3 release, both for the game and esports:

Fortnite Chapter 3

When Will Fortnite Chapter 3 Launch?

The length of Fortnite seasons and chapters can vary quite a. bit, but looking at past timing we can get a good sense for the Fortnite Chapter 3 release 3 date. It was the end of Season X when the original Fortnite jumped to Chapter 2, with a black hole event. However, a recent leak suggests it might actually be starting earlier.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 is scheduled to end with a live event on December 5th. This event would normally transition from Season 8 to Season 9, but a leaker with a solid history in Fortnite thinks differently. The Fortnite Chapter 3 start date according to him would be December 6th or 7th, depending on how long the downtime is between seasons.

This would make Fortnite Chapter 2 only 8 seasons long, rather than the 10 that the original section got. However, Chapter 1 Season 1 and 2 were really more of an early stage for the game than full seasons as we know them today.  While Chapter 1 had more seasons, it did only last for 761 days. This cut off point would make Chapter 2 777 days long, since it has had lengthier seasons. Well, one longer seasons in general along with a couple that felt like they would never end.

As this is coming from a leaker, it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it seems like even Epic are teasing December being the end of Chapter 2:

What to Expect in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite seasons can make pretty big changes to the game’s loot pool, world, balance, and even the gameplay mechanics. However, the biggest change to date was the chapter crossover. What exactly can we expect with the Fortnite chapter 3 release date? These are some of the main things that are rumoured or expected:

  • Stylistic and Art Changes – Chapter 2 was quite a leap forward for Fortnite’s art style, we can probably expect further revisions.
  • Design Changes – Items and default skins will probably receive another overhaul with the new season.
  • Simplification of Bloated Mechanics– Season change is the perfect time to cut the fat, mechanics that are holdover from previously themed seasons that aren’t useful anymore will probably be going. Not to blame any single season for the weird holdover mechanics still in the game, but ‘Primal’ may have worn out its welcome.
  • POIs – Big POI changes are going to be a must for the season change.
  • Loot Pool – Major loot pool changes will be coming; this will likely consolidate what’s currently around.
  • Flying Animals – This is one thing that’s been heavily rumoured and talked about by those in the Fortnite community. Animals that can be flown have been rumoured for quite a bit.

Those are some of the changes we can probably expect at the Fortnite chapter 3 release date. Although, one major change is worth delving into with more depth:

Fortnite Chapter 3 Map

The map Is probably the single biggest and most important change coming with the new season. That’s unless you only play Fortnite to watch for the Default’s fashion choices. Fortnite is rare amongst Battle Royales in how it treats its map. Unlike Warzone, Apex, and PUBG, there’s no multiple maps going on here. Fortnite has one map at a time. No matter how much the community wanted to revisit Chapter 1, Epic have kept it locked in their vault. We can definitely expect a fresh one for Chapter 3. This new map will probably be a different shape, layout and with different POIs.

Rumours at the moment point part toward a large landmass with smaller themed islands around it. This is an interesting design, and has been mocked up as this based on the rumours:

We can expect to see brand new POIs on the new map alongside reimaginings of old ones. It might even herald the return of Tilted or Salty.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Competitive & Esports

The big changes to how Fortnite works are great fun for players and fans. However, seasonal changes could mean big things for esports too. Chapter 1 of Fortnite for esports was very much a testing ground. Even into its final seasons and the Fortnite World Cup, it seemed like Epic were still just throwing money at Fortnite and trying to figure out a format that worked. In Chapter 2, they found one.

This chapter has largely been defined by the FNCS. Partially down to the impact of Coronavirus, and partially to Epic’s way of doing things. Recently there have been a few events organized by partners with a more over-arching prize. Coming at the end of a Chapter, the Grand Royale now makes a lot of sense. With this ending, what can we expect from esports at the Fortnite Chapter 3 release date?

Epic aren’t likely to be throwing the FNCS format away any time soon, or the Cash Cups. This system allows players, both pro and aspiring, to play a truly open esports event. There is a low barrier to entry and we get the widest field possible. This has meant for some tense and exciting finals, but also a system that encourages new players to come into the game. However, there are some big things missing which Chapter 3 could deliver on:

Different Formats to Trios & Return to In-Person Events

For the high-level tournaments, Epic has been focusing almost exclusively on Trios. This is for good reason. However, it would be great to see the return of more flexible formats in higher ranked tournaments. At the least, Solo games are still hugely entertaining. The Fortnite World Cup’s Solo event ended up being one of the most important aspects. A FNCS Solo tournament has ran from time to time, more of these different formats would go a long way in Chapter 3.

The Fortnite World Cup hasn’t yet been topped in the game for stakes. Is Epic planning to bring this back after the Fortnite chapter 3 release date? They are definitely not planning anything until at least the second half of 2022. While this doesn’t rule anything out, we probably won’t see an event on that scale in 2022, but something like the Grand Royale in person could be a possibility. 2023 looks likely to be the return date for the World Cup, fans will have to wait a while to see that.

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