Top 5 Current Affairs: 15 June 2021


ICC Test Ranking 2021

The New Zealand cricket team has toppled India to become the world’s number one ranked Test team. The team achieved the feat after beating England 1-0 in the two-match Test series. New Zealand now has 123 points in ICC Test rankings while India has 121 points.

Israel permits dropping indoor masks

Israel has allowed the citizens to go maskless indoors as the country sees a gradual dip in the fresh Coronavirus cases. The country had earlier lifted the obligation of wearing masks outdoors on April 18, 2021. However, in schools and for certain sections, the mask is still a compulsion.

Delta Plus variant of COVID-19

A new variant of COVID-19 has mutated from the highly transmissible Delta of SARS-CoV-2 to form Delta Plus or AY.1 variant. The Delta variant was first detected in India in October 2020 and was also declared a variant of concern by the WHO.

NOVAVAX COVID-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy

NOVAVAX, a US Biotechnology firm, has informed that its COVID-19 vaccine has shown 90% efficacy in phase 3 trials and also provides 100% protection against the moderate and severe symptoms of COVID-19. The vaccine will be manufactured by SII in India.

First Wooden satellite to be launched in 2021

A Finland company, Artic Astronautics, will send the first wooden satellite of the world into space by the end of 2021. The wooden satellite, known as WISA Woodsat, is a cube-shaped nano-satellite. It will help the scientists in monitoring how the wood reacts in the heat, cold, radiation, and vacuum of space.

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