Things to Note, May 23rd

97 killed, 2 survive in Pakistan’s plane crash

Rescue teams have recovered 97 bodies from the debris of a plane of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which crashed into a residential area in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday, the Pakistani army said on Saturday.

Rescuers from the army and civil rescue groups have shifted the bodies to hospitals and also recovered two people onboard who survived in the crash, the media wing of the army, the Inter-Services Public Relations, said in a statement.

The PIA flight PK-8303 with 91 passengers and eight crew members onboard took off from the Allama Iqbal International Airport in the eastern city of Lahore at 1:08 p.m. and crashed at 2:45 p.m. local time on Friday, PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez said.

Though the plane crashed on the densely populated residential area lying next to one of the airport’s walls, no fatality was reported on the ground, said Meeran Yousuf, media coordinator of the health minister of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the provincial capital.

Some 17 people on the ground got multiple injuries, but their condition was stable, he added.

About 25 houses of the residential area were damaged in the crash, and the residents were evacuated to various places with the assistance of the civil administration, the military statement said. 

Argentina hits 10,000 coronavirus cases, outpaced by LatAm neighbors

Argentina surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday (May 22), after recording the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.

There are 10,649 cases, up by 718 from a day earlier, mostly in capital Buenos Aires, government data showed. The death toll is at 433.

The rate of daily confirmed infections has steadily increased in the last week, though Argentina is still heavily outpaced by its regional neighbors. Brazil has the highest infection rate on the continent and became the world no.2 hotspot in terms of case numbers on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia.

Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, Mexico on Friday registered a record for coronavirus deaths on a single day, posting 479 more deaths along with 2,960 new infections, according to data from the health ministry.

Authorities have now reported 62,527 total cases of the coronavirus and 6,989 deaths since detecting the first cases in Mexico in late February.

Moon mission: NASA seeks candidates for 8-month isolation

NASA is looking for highly motivated and healthy individuals between the ages of 30 and 55 who are fluent in both English and Russian. They must also have an MS., PhD, MD. or have completed military officer training.

The space agency will consider other participants with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications such as military or professional experience.

They will study the psychological and physiological effects astronauts are likely to face as a result of isolation on long missions.

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