School closures probably aren’t leading to more deaths post-lockdown

Scientists are often quick to remind the public: no model is perfect.

After Professor Neil Ferguson’s computer model suggested in March that 500,000 people in the UK would die of the coronavirus without lockdown measures, the UK quickly abandoned its herd immunity strategy and resorted to shutting down schools and businesses.

A June review in the journal Nature showed that some researchers were able to reproduce Ferguson’s findings, but software engineers said the code was messy and some public-health experts said the results were unreliable.  

One finding in particular didn’t seem to make sense: The model showed that closing UK schools and universities during a lockdown actually led to more COVID-19 deaths than if schools had stayed open.

A new peer-reviewed report published in the BMJ on Wednesday suggests that takeaway could be accurate.

“Our first thought was that it was a mistake, but after a little work on the

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Manappuram conducts first beauty contest post-lockdown

Deepa Lal from Kerala has won the Manappuram Mrs South India 2020 title. Candida Andrade Halgekar from Karnataka was the first runner-up and Bhavna Rao from Tamil Nadu, the second runner-up.

Chandralekha Nath was crowned Manappuram Miss Queen Kerala — Swetha Jayaram was first runner-up, and Reema Nair, second runner-up.

The third edition of Manappuram Mrs South India and the eighth edition of Manappuram Miss Queen Kerala were conducted simultaneously at SAJ Earth Resorts in Kochi.

This is the first beauty event to be organised in the country since the Covid-19 lockdown. Moreover, this is the first time the possibility of the virtual mode has been fully explored.

The winners of the Miss Queen Kerala were crowned by Pegasus Global MD Jebitha Ajit and the winners of Mrs South India 2020 were crowned by the founder of SCAAS, Shiney Justine.

At least eight women from four South Indian States —

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