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Men wearing protective suits place a white cloth over the body their relative, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his cremation on the banks of the river Ganges at Garhmukteshwar

Indian authorities have put nets up over the Ganges River after bodies of more than 100 COVID-19 victims have washed up — with a viral video seemingly showing ambulance workers dumping some of the dead.

Dozens of decomposing bodies have washed up in just one area in the past two days, putting the total at more than 100 — with others also found in other spots along India’s holiest river.

Locals told Times Now that the number is more than 150 dead bodies — with others also found in other rivers in the coronavirus-ravaged nation.

Mirror Now aired footage it claimed showed ambulance workers from a nearby hospital carrying at least some of the dead to be dumped in the Ganges.

People cover the body of a person who died from COVID-19 on the banks of the Ganges in India.

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Family members place floral garlands on the body of a man who died due to COVID-19 before cremation by the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India on May 8, 2021.

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It “clearly” highlighted that “there’s absolutely no dignity in death as far as COVID patients … are concerned,” the newscaster said as the disturbing footage played.

“Stray dogs are devouring these bodies … it will spread the virus,” local activist Ashwini Varmaadded told The Hindu daily.

A worker helps cremate the bodies of Covid-19 victims on the banks of the Ganges river May 06, 2021 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A worker helps cremate the bodies of Covid-19 victims on the banks of the Ganges river May 06, 2021 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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Bihar’s water resources minister Sanjay Kumar said Wednesday that a “net has been placed” in the river on the state border with Uttar Pradesh, NDTV said. Police patrols were also being increased, he said.

This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows police officials standing guard at the banks of the river where several bodies were found.
This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows police officials standing guard at the banks of the river where several bodies were found.
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The impoverished state’s government was “pained at both the tragedy as well as harm to the river Ganges,” Kumar said.

Officials believe that the bodies are being dumped because of the high cost of funerals and long lines at cremation grounds.

“It is possible that in hurry some disposed of the bodies in the river like this,” local police official Hitendra Krishna was quoted as saying.

Family members pay last respect to their relative who died of COVID-19  on the Ganges.
Family members pay last respect to their relative who died of COVID-19 on the Ganges.
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A resident of Chausa told The Telegraph, “During normal times, the crematorium here would usually see between two and three bodies daily. But, the number of dead bodies arriving each day is nearer to 60.”

A worker helps cremate the body of a victim who died after contracting COVID-19 on the banks of the Ganges river May 06, 2021 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A worker helps cremate the body of a victim who died after contracting COVID-19 on the banks of the Ganges river May 06, 2021 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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India’s official COVID-19 death toll soared past 250,000 on Wednesday, but many experts believe the real number is several times higher — with the bodies in the Ganges likely among those not on official counts.

A chart showing India's death toll from COVID-19.
A chart showing India’s death toll from COVID-19.

Many victims die without a doctor on hand to issue a death certificate, and COVID-19 is not specified as the cause of death unless the deceased was tested for the disease, which few have been in the nation of 1.4 billion people.

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Florida woman accused of slugging girlfriend after she slept-talk about her ex

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Florida woman accused of slugging girlfriend after she slept-talk about her ex

A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly slugging her girlfriend in the face after hearing her sleep-talk about an ex, a report said.

Alexis Talley, 23, woke up her 21-year-old girlfriend after the sleep-talking episode and told her that “she was talking in her sleep about an ex,” according to an arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

The two started arguing inside their Tampa Bay-area apartment late on June 13 and the feud escalated when Talley allegedly socked the victim in the face.

The victim suffered swelling to the right side of her face, police said.

Talley admitted to verbally fighting with her girlfriend, but denied hitting her, according to cops.

Police arrested Talley and charged her with domestic battery.

She posted a $2,500 bond and was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim.

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Iran shuts down nuclear power plant for emergency repairs

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A worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday, June 20.

Iran’s lone nuclear power plant was temporarily shut down over an unexplained emergency, according to the authoritarian nation’s state-run media.

An official from government energy company Tavanir said Sunday the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday for repair work that would last “for three to four days,” possibly causing power outages.

It’s the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, which was built with Russian backing as part of a nonproliferation agreement.

Nuclear officials warned three months ago that US imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran’s nuclear partner, could bring production at the plant to a halt.

Iran has been unable to procure parts and equipment for the plant since the sanctions took hold in 2018.

Bushehr is fueled by Russia-produced uranium. It’s monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, which did not comment on reports of the shutdown.

The plant sits near active fault lines and has been previously shaken by temblors, but there has been no significant seismic activity near the port city in recent days.

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

The US borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed to all non-essential travel for at least another month to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The extension of the restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Twitter. 

“To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel,” DHS wrote.

The agency added that US officials have been discussing reopening strategies with representatives from both bordering countries. 

“DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably,” the agency tweeted. 

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would stay largely closed until 75 percent of Canadians receive the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20 percent get both shots.

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