Current Affairs 23 May

  • “Saw Fire Everywhere, No One Was Visible”: Pakistan Plane Crash Survivor

PIA Crash: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on Friday afternoon after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, the airline said. Commercial flights in the country resumed only days ago, ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. At least 19 had been identified so far, while DNA testing was being carried out at the University of Karachi to help name the rest of the victims. The disaster comes as Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid, with many travelling to their homes in cities and villages.

  • WHO advises against use of hydroxychloroquine even as ICMR approves

The WHO has adviced against the anti- malaria drug that it shows no sign of effectiveness in the patients of covid-19. This comes on a day when the ICMR released an advisory backing the usage of HCQ as a preventive treatment against the novel coronavirus even outside clinical settings. Quoting one of the three studies done in India, the ICMR said, “Amongst healthcare workers involved in Covid-19 care, those on HCQ prophylaxis were less likely to develop SARS-CoV-2 infection, compared to those who were not on it.” Meanwhile, The Lancet, a premier medical journal, published a large observational study on 14,888 coronavirus patients. It found that those being treated with HCQ and chloroquine are at a higher risk of death and irregular heart rhythms.

  • Ivanka Trump praises Indian girl who cycled down 1200 km carrying ailing father amid corona lockdown

US President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has praised 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari, who cycled down 1200km carrying her ailing father during the nationwide lockdown in India, terming her act as a “beautiful feat of endurance and love”. Impressed with the doggedness with which Kumari pedalled her way to Bihar from Gurugram, carrying her ailing father, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) will invite Kumari to appear for a trial next month, in what could be a life-changing opportunity.

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