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Coronavirus leads to 30% drop in online travel bookings: Razorpay

Coronavirus leads to 30% drop in online travel bookings: Razorpay

Finance
BENGALURU: Razorpay on Thursday shared insights about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on digital payments in India. The insights are based on transactions held on the company’s platform between February, 2020 and now. The travel advisories have led to a drastic drop in online travel spending in India. In 2019, according to Statista, the travel sector contributed the highest to online payments in India with a 40% share. According to Razorpay, the current situation has brought a decline of 30% in online travel bookings. At the same time, as human interactions are reducing, consumer payment habits are changing. Overall digital spending saw an increase of about 10% on the Razorpay platform from February to March, owing to this virus outbreak. For the first time ever, Online G
Mexico: Monarch butterflies drop 53% in wintering area

Mexico: Monarch butterflies drop 53% in wintering area

Technology
Mexican officials say the number of monarch butterflies at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this yearByThe Associated PressMarch 13, 2020, 11:40 PM3 min readMEXICO CITY -- The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday. Some activists called the decline “heartbreaking," but the Mexico head of the World Wildlife Fund said the reduction “is not alarming.” WWF Mexico director Jorge Rickards said the previous year's large numbers were "atypical" and the monarchs had returned to their average population levels of recent years. The government commission for natural protected areas said the butterflies' population was “stable,” even though they covered only 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) t
Visits, postive tests for flu drop in U.S., suggesting season is slowing

Visits, postive tests for flu drop in U.S., suggesting season is slowing

Health
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- With the weather unseasonably warm in many parts of the country, is it too soon to declare the 2019-20 flu season over? Based on the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, it seems the spread of the virus may at least be starting to slow down. The report about a slowing number of cases comes a day after the CDC reported that this year's flu vaccine has been about 50 percent effective, an improvement over last year's vaccine and the best performance by one since 2016. The agency noted that for the week ending February 15, 6.1 percent of all visits to healthcare providers were related to influenza-like illness, down from 6.7 percent the prior week. In addition, the percentage of samples testing positive for the virus fell ...

Russia to drop murder charge against sisters who killed dad

World
The lawyer for three Russian sisters accused of killing their abusive father says prosecutors have ordered investigators to drop the murder charge against them and instead classify their actions as self-defenseByThe Associated PressJanuary 30, 2020, 9:49 PM2 min readMOSCOW -- Investigators in the case of three sisters accused of killing their abusive father have been ordered by Russia's Prosecutor General's office to drop the murder charge against them and instead classify their actions as self-defense, their lawyer said Friday. The case elicited widespread outcry after reports emerged that the sisters — 17, 18 and 19 years old at the time — acted after years of being beaten and raped. In December, Russia's Investigative Committee charged Maria, Angelina and Krestina Khachaturyan with pre
Premium changes, Medicaid expansion driving ACA enrollment drop

Premium changes, Medicaid expansion driving ACA enrollment drop

Health
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- As open enrollment for 2020 healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act closes on Sunday, one question has cast a long shadow over the law and the current signup period: Why have fewer Americans used the federal insurance exchange this year than in years past? According to the most recent figures released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, through Saturday, nearly 3.9 million people have applied for 2020 coverage using the healthcare.gov website. Through the same period last year, more than 4.1 million people had done so. Coleman Drake, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the ACA , said several factors are contributing to the 5 percent drop. "There are three primary reasons enrollment is...