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India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps
iPhone displaying the TikTok app
iPhone displaying the TikTok app Credit: Kon Karampelas

The Ministry of Information Technology of India announced Monday the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok and WeChat. In a press release, the Ministry, states the ban is a response "of the emergent nature of threats" and that the apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.".

At the moment, all listed apps are still available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, and it is not clear how the Indian Government plans to enforce the ban.

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India: Father and son die in police custody over alleged torture

J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31 have died in police custody after being arrested on June 19. The police had detained the father and son over the accusation that they kept their store open past permitted hours during the reimposed Covid-19 lockdown in the southern state Tamail Nadu. Their family has filed written complaints about alleged abuse by the police and stated that both suffered from rectal bleeding. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami of Tamil Nadu has stated that two policemen have been suspended and that the case would be transferred to the federal agency the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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India runs out of ICU beds as 99% are in use in Mumbai

With a rising number of Covid-19 cases, India is running out of Intensive Care Units in Mumbai, which is most affected by the pandemic. The city reports the use of 99% of its ICU beds and 9% use of ventilators according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Out of the 1,181 ICU beds, only 14 are open for new patients.

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India records 7,964 new infections in a single day - highest number so far

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has published an open letter to the nation in which he wrote that "Many feared that India would become a problem for the world when corona hits it. But today, through sheer confidence and resilience, you have transformed the way the world looks at us". This comes as the infection numbers have reached a new all-time high for India with 7,964 new infections and 265 deaths in a single day.

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Modi Announces 21-Day Lockdown for India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has announced a nationwide lockdown of three weeks for the country to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. In a televised address, Modi again emphasised the importance of social distancing. The lockdown will be a complete ban on people leaving their homes. The Prime Minister said: "If we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years."