NEWS COVID BASU
KOLKATA/CHENNAI: Noted atomic energy scientist, Dr Sekhar Basu, died of Covid-19 infection here on Thursday. Aged 68, he died at a private hospital, his family reported. He was having kidney ailments, which the virus infection complicated further.
Basu was chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Among other things, he was the brain behind India’s first Nuclear-powered submarine, INS Arihant. He was a recipient of Padma Shri in 2014.
In Chennai, the national award winning singer, SP Balasubrahmaniam was extremely critical, doctors attending on him stated on Thursday, following his admission in the private hospital on August 5 for Covid-linked health complications.
Reports also spoke of the death of a Karnataka MLA, Narayan Rao, representing Basavakalyan constituency, succumbing to the Covid infection.
As on Thursday, India has a tally of 57.23 lakh Covid cases, and death of over 91,000 people in Maharashtra alone. The largely-affected states, as of now, were Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as also Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, apart from the worst-hit Maharashtra.
The global Covid-19 death toll totaled over 9,72,000 on Thursday. Over 3.18crore people worldwide have been hit by the infection so far, with the US taking the worst hit, followed by India and several European nations. –IHN=NN
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