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West Bengal reports 877 fresh Covid-19 cases, 9 new deaths

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West Bengal’s Covid-19 tally went up to 16,08,393 on Friday after 877 more people, up from the previous day’s figure of 860, were diagnosed with the disease, the health department said in a bulletin.


Nine fresh fatalities due to coronavirus were also reported in the state pushing the death toll to 19,364, even as the fatality rate remained unchanged at 1.20 per cent. Fourteen Covid-19 patients had died on Thursday.





The state recorded a positivity rate of 1.98 per cent, slightly higher than Thursday’s count of 1.95 per cent. On November 17, 16 and 15, the figures were 1.97 per cent, 2.21 per cent and 2.88 per cent respectively.


Of the 877 fresh cases, Kolkata accounted for the maximum at 242, while neighbouring North 24 Parganas registered 158, the bulletin said.


Two Covid deaths each were registered in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Hooghly while one fatality each was recorded in the districts of Nadia, Murshidabad and Jalpaiguri.


Altogether 833 patients recovered from the disease taking the total number of cured people to 15,80,922.


Since Thursday, 44,322 samples were tested for coronavirus in West Bengal taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 1,99,33,153, the bulletin said.


Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, 4,10,940 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the state taking the total of people getting at least one dose of the vaccine to 8,67,14,685, an official said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Assam reports 140 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths- The New Indian Express

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GUWAHATI: Assam reported six deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, while 140 more persons tested positive for the infection, pushing the tally to 6,16,708, the National Health Mission (NHM) said.

One person had succumbed to the disease and 133 fresh infections were registered on Sunday. With two fatalities in Nalbari, and one each in Golaghat, Jorhat, Nagaon, and Sivasagar districts, the death toll rose to 6,098 persons.

NHM said 1,347 more COVID-19 patients have died till now, but the government’s Death Audit Board has not included them in the tally of deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus as they had other ailments too.

With the detection of 140 patients against the testing of 35,539 samples on Monday, Assam has reported a positivity rate of 0.39 per cent for the day, the NHM bulletin said.

The state had tested 20,870 samples for COVID-19 on Sunday. Currently, the state has a total of 1,248 active cases. Of the new cases, the highest 54 were detected in Kamrup Metropolitan, followed by 16 in Jorhat, and eight each in Barpeta and Kamrup.

With 6,16,708 total COVID-19 positive cases in Assam, the overall positivity rate stands at 2.40 per cent against total testing of 2,57,09,342 samples so far.

During the day, the state reported more recoveries than the number of new infections at 230, the NHM said. In Assam, 6,08,015 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered from COVID-19. The NHM further said a total of 3,29,51,330 doses of vaccines have been administered.

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Biden hits back in plot to ‘squeeze’ Putin out of EU: ‘Russia has a problem!’ | Science | News

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President Aleksander Vucic argued during a televised interview on Sunday that Russia is being “politically squeezed” out of Europe. Speaking to the TV channel Pink, the politician accused the US of meddling with the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline to keep Russian gas out of Europe. Mr Vucic said: “The Russians have a problem that they are not talking about.

“Namely, there are attempts to politically squeeze them out so that they do not have gas in Europe.”

US officials have previously warned that the pipeline, which runs from Russia directly to Germany, could serve as a geopolitical weapon for the Kremlin.

Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, called Nord Stream 2 a “bad pipeline” earlier this summer and warned Russia against blackmailing Ukraine.

Nord Stream 2 runs to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing both Poland and Ukraine.

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According to Mr Vucic’s calculations, the deal will save Serbia some £948million ($1.12billion).

In a recent interview with the YouTube channel Sololiev LIVE, the Serbian President spoke about his commitment to maintaining good relations with Russia.

He claimed Serbia is firmly set on the European path but will not spoil its relations with the Kremlin.

He said: “We will appreciate Putin, we will have good relations with China as well, whether you like it or not, that is the policy of Serbia.”

German officials have recently called on Washington not to put sanctions on Russia over Nord Stream 2.

The news comes a month after Republican senators James Rich and Ted Cruz put forward an amendment to impose sanctions on Russia’s state-owned Gazprom.

However, a document from German officials has warned the move would destabilise transatlantic relations.

The document reads: “US Sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2 would undermine the commitment given to Germany in the Joint Statement, weaken the credibility of the US government, and endanger the achievements of the Joint Statement, including the provisions supporting Ukraine. They would ultimately damage transatlantic unity.”

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Second Confirmed MCU ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Sparks Gwen Stacy Casting Ideas

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Today on Spider-Monday (tickets are on sale!), producers have confirmed that Spider-Man: No Way Home will not be the last Spider-Man film in the MCU, nor the last one with Tom Holland, despite past indications that he may be ready to pass the torch.

They have effectively confirmed a new trilogy that will leave the Homecoming storylines behind and move on to new territory. And fans are already referring to this as the “college trilogy” where Peter Parker and company are in college instead of high school, and that demands some new cast members.

While it seems likely that Miles Morales would be introduced within a Spider-Man movie, I have no doubt he’d quickly get his own series of films outside of Holland’s. But in terms of a co-star that could run the entire duration of the trilogy? Only one character comes to mind:

Gwen Stacy.

Gwen Stacy seems impossible to avoid in this era, as such, fans are already starting to fantasy cast who they want to see in the role, as it seems unlikely that, multiverse developments aside, it’s going to continue to be an undead Emma Stone from the Andrew Garfield films.

The other notion here is that these new Spider-Man films would actually end up turning her into Spider-Gwen by the end, making her a hero in her own right.

I agree with at least one name being passed around by fans: Anya Taylor-Joy, whom I have to believe Marvel will pursue for the role, given her surge in prominence after The Queen’s Gambit, and her iconic look that seems perfectly suited for the character. Whether that would work out or not, or if she’s truly their first choice, remains to be seen, but we’ll see.

Another option is the actress I always confuse with Anya Taylor-Joy, Elle Fanning, current star of the fantastic The Great on Hulu, who seems like she could fit perfectly into the part.

I’ve seen an online contingent pulling for Girl Meet’s World’s Sabrina Carpenter, who certainly looks the traditional comic part, but I’m curious if she’d be considered.

I could see Cobra Kai’s Peyton List taking up the part, and she’s shown what she can do in an action-oriented role already.

Of course, as Zendaya’s casting as MJ proved, we actually do not need the real-life actress to exactly resemble the comic character, and this could be an opportunity to continue to add more diversity to the MCU.

Midori Francis is someone I’ve had my eye on since she appeared in Netflix’s Dash and Lily, and now has a role in HBO’s The Sex Lives of College girls.

China Anne McClain has been a standout on Black Lightning for years, and before that, House of Payne and The Descendants.

I also just realized who voiced Gwen Stacy in the beloved Into the Spider-Verse, Hailee Steinfeld, now Kate Bishop on Hawkeye. So she’s out!

Anyway, Gwen Stacy does seem likely to arrive in the next trilogy, but obviously we wouldn’t be expecting an official casting announcement any time soon. We’ll see if Marvel sticks with some of the more high profile obvious picks, or goes in a different direction completely for Gwen.

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