Coronavirus scare: Iran-returned Army officer quarantined in Madhya Pradesh

The 32-year-old officer returned on February 25 from Tehran, Iran’s capital, and was admitted to a hospital in Madhya Pradesh after he complained of sore throat, said a doctor.

Iran announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the new coronavirus on Monday. (Image for representation: AP)

An Army officer was admitted to the isolation ward of a military hospital at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday for suspected exposure to the coronavirus after returning from Iran, a health official said here.

The 32-year-old officer returned on February 25 from Tehran, Iran’s capital, and was admitted to hospital after he complained of sore throat, said Dr Santosh Sisodia, district in-charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Program.

“His condition is fine. He has been kept under medical observation in an isolation ward. His blood and swab samples are being sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing,” Santosh Sisodia added.

Iran announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the new coronavirus on Monday, taking the death toll in that country to 77. In all, 2,336 people have been infected in Iran since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old woman, who was studying in Italy and admitted to Indore’s state-run Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital for the past two days for suspected exposure to COVID-19 virus tested negative, an official said.

“She had attended a party in Italy a few days ago and a person who was present there later tested positive for the virus. It scared her and she returned to Indore on Saturday,” the official said.

Italy, Europe’s worst-affected country with around 1,700 coronavirus infections, said that deaths, as of Monday, stood at 52.

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G7 to deploy all policy tools to combat coronavirus

TOKYO: Group of Seven finance officials said on Tuesday they would use all appropriate policy tools to achieve strong, sustainable global growth and safeguard against downside risks posed by the fast-spreading coronavirus.
G7 finance ministers were ready to take action, including fiscal measures where appropriate, to aid the response, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso told reporters. Central banks would continue to support price stability and economic growth.
“We reaffirmed our commitment to adopt all appropriate policy steps to protect the economy from downside risks posed by the coronavirus, and that we stand ready to cooperate further on timely and effective measures,” Aso said after a G7 call.
He was short on specifics and said the desirable policy response would vary from country to country.
Asked if all appropriate policy steps would include both monetary and fiscal policies, Aso said: “Yes, anything will be included, both monetary and fiscal steps.”
The G7’s united front offset anxiety over the coronavirus’ rapid spread in dozens of countries and aided a recovery in world stocks and oil prices.
“This is a tug of war between hope and fear. Central banks are giving hopes with their potential stimulus,” said Vasu Menon, senior investment strategist at OCBC Bank Wealth Management.
“The question is what they will do? Monetary policy is already very loose and interest rates are very low,” Menon added.
German finance minister Olaf Scholz said the G7 had “all means” at its disposal.
“Should the need arise, we have all the means to counter a global downturn,” Scholz said in a statement on Twitter.
Global stocks suffered a rout last week on fears that the disruption to supply chains, factory output and global travel caused by the epidemic could deal a serious blow to a world economy trying to recover from the US-China trade war.
The coronavirus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has spread around the world over the past week, with more new cases now appearing outside China than within.
There are more than 90,000 cases globally, with more than 80,000 of them in China, and infections appearing in 77 other countries and territories, with Ukraine the latest country to report its first case.
China’s death toll is 2,943, with more than 75 deaths elsewhere.
Containment success
New cases in China have been falling sharply, with 125 reported on Tuesday, thanks to aggressive containment measures.
After what critics said was an initially hesitant response, China imposed sweeping restrictions, including suspensions of transport, sealing off communities, and extending a Lunar New Year holiday across the country.
Now China is increasingly concerned about the virus being brought back into the country by citizens returning from new hot spots elsewhere. Authorities on Tuesday asked overseas Chinese to reconsider or minimise their plans to travel home.
All travelers entering Beijing from South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy would have to be quarantined for 14 days, a city official said. Shanghai has introduced a similar order.
The most serious outbreak outside China is in South Korea where President Moon Jae-in declared war on the virus, ordering additional hospital beds and more masks as cases rose by 600 to nearly 5,000. Thirty-four people have died in South Korea.
In the United States, the virus is now believed to be present in at least four communities in the Pacific Northwest – two in northern California, one in Oregon and one in Washington state – and authorities there are having to go well beyond the quarantine of infected travelers and tracing of close contacts, which until now had been the response.
Six people have died in the Seattle outbreak. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists more than 90 cases across the United States, a large bulk of them patients repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner that had been quarantined in Japan.
Iran reported infections rising to 1,501, with 66 deaths, including a senior official.
The death toll in Italy jumped to 52 on Monday from 34 the day before and the total number of confirmed cases in Europe’s worst-affected country climbed past the 2,000 mark.
Germany reported 31 new infections, taking its tally to 188.

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Xiaomi, Realme Cancel On-Ground Launch Due to Coronavirus Cases in India, Will Resort to Online Events

Coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation of global events of varied scales, ranging from MWC 2020 and Game Developers Conference (GDC) to product-specific pre-MWC launch events from the likes of Sony and Honor among others. The latest names to join the list that of brands that had to cancel their highly-anticipated product launch events are Xiaomi and Realme. Xiaomi has cancelled its Redmi Note 9 series on-ground launch event on March 12 in India, while Realme has pulled the plugs on its March 5 launch event for the Realme 6 series phones. Both the companies will now instead hold an online-only launch event.

 

 

The official Xiaomi India handle shared the photo of a statement signed by Xiaomi India MD Manu Kumar Jain, which cites the emergence of coronavirus infection cases in India as the reason behind the cancellation of its March 12 on-ground event. To recall, Xiaomi announced yesterday that it will launch the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro at an event on March 12. The Xiaomi executive today mentioned that the company will not hold any launch event in the country throughout March in order to make sure that its employees, partners, and fans are not exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

 

 

Realme Mobiles CEO, Madhav Sheth has also announced that that the company’s March 5 event for the launch of Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro has been called off. The company will now hold an online launch event that will be livestreamed via the official Realme India YouTube channel here. The launch event starts at 12:30pm (noon) on March 5 in India. As for fans who purchased tickets to the Realme 6 series launch event later this week, Realme India CMO Francis Wang has promised that their tickets will be refunded alongside a special gesture of appreciation for fans.

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No threat to IPL 2020 due to coronavirus, we are keeping a tab: Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start as scheduled even as the threat of coronavirus keeps increasing with each passing day in the country.

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Sourav Ganguly with Brijesh Patel during the IPL 2020 auctions (Courtesy by BCCI)

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  • Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus): BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
  • The deadly disease has killed over 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 globally
  • A few cases of the virus infection have also been reported in India

IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday ruled out any threat to the upcoming cash-rich T20 league due to the novel coronavirus outbreak as of now but said the authorities are keeping a tab on the situation.

The IPL begins with a clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29 while the final will take place on 24 May.

Asked whether there is any threat to IPL due to coronavirus, Patel said, “There is no threat as of now and we are keeping a tab (on the situation).”

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly too ruled out any threat to the IPL or the South Africa series, beginning with the first ODI on March 12 at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

“Nothing in India. Not even discussed it (Coronavirus)'” said Ganguly.

Another senior BCCI official said that the South African team was coming as per the schedule for the three-match ODI series.

The deadly disease, which has killed over 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 globally, has wreaked havoc on the international calendar of various sporting events across the globe and has even put the upcoming Tokyo Olympics under doubt.

A few cases of the virus infection have also been reported in India.

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8% of Iran parliament members test positive for coronavirus

Lawmaker Abdul Reza Misri said 23 members of parliament have been infected, according to state TV-affiliated website YJC; Misri did not specify when they had been infected.

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Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said 2,336 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Iran | Photo from REUTERS

Iran has had the highest number of deaths from coronavirus outside China, where it originated, and several officials have been infected – including the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, ILNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Eight per cent of Iran’s parliament has been tested positive for coronavirus, according to a CNN report.

Lawmaker Abdul Reza Misri said 23 members of parliament have been infected, according to state TV-affiliated website YJC.

He did not specify when they had been infected.

According to Iran’s deputy parliament speaker Abdul Reza Misri, 23 parliament members out of 290 have tested positive for the coronavirus, the report said, adding that meetings between lawmakers and citizens were cancelled in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Iran.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Iranians should follow the recommendations of authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as the deputy health minister reported more infections and a higher death toll of 77.

The death of one top official was reported on Monday.

Khamenei said government bodies and the armed forces should give full support to the health ministry and that Iranian authorities have dealt transparently with the virus’s spread.

“Don’t violate the recommendations and instructions of the responsible authorities in terms of prevention, in terms of keeping hands, face and living environment clean and not infecting these and preventing the infection of these,” he said.

Khamenei also said the outbreak should not be overblown.

Separately, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said 2,336 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Iran.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Coronavirus: Karnataka steps up precautionary measures after techie tests positive

After a 24-year-old man, who works in Bengaluru as a software professional, was found positive for coronavirus in Hyderabad, the state health department is on a high alert.

On Tuesday, the health as well as medical education ministers held an emergency meeting to take stock of the prevailing situation.

Dr Sudhakar, medical education minister told India Today that the state is all geared up to tackle any emergency that might arise.

The National Institute of Virology, in the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, have a 15-bed isolation ward ready.

Likewise, there are 30 beds in government-run hospitals and more than 1,639 beds in private hospitals.

“Though we do not have any case that is positive for coronavirus in Karnataka, we already have 2,500 beds and if the situation demands, we will be ready with much more. Our Honourable Chief Minister [BS Yediyurappa] gave a blanket permission to the health and family and medical education ministers. Spending is not the issue, money is not the issue,” Dr Sudhakar said.

As of today, the government is strictly testing passengers at the airports but wherever they have doubts, they will go ahead and quarantine the suspected passengers.

Dr Sudhakar said that with no medical protocol yet in the world, it is all about learning new things every day.

The state government is now planning on increasing the surveillance that is presently on at airports and port to even the railway stations.

Regarding the techie who was tested positive, the state apparatus has kicked in.

Twenty-four people whom he worked with have been contacted by the health department and are now home quarantined. There were 23 passengers in the bus, who were from Karnataka, and they too have been home quarantined.

The techie stayed with his friend in an apartment on Sarjapur road. His friend was taken the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) for a check-up and then sent back home and is now being monitored.

Dr Sudhakar added that those People who came in close contact with the infected techie are now being isolated and monitored. The health department doctors also visited the apartment complex and briefed the flat owners about coronavirus and what precautions need to be taken.

Pankaj Kumar Pandey, commissioner of health, family welfare and AYUSH services in Karnataka said that some 40,000 people have been screened at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), 20,000 at Mangaluru airport and about 4,500 at the two main ports — Karwar and New Mangaluru –so far.

Pankaj Kumar Pandey advised people with fever, persistent cough, and breathlessness to immediately contact helpline number 104 and ask for assistance. “We will immediately send our team or tell what has to be done. So we depend more on the information from the public, so public has to be aware,” Pankaj Kumar Pandey added.

The RDICD has one patient whom they are waiting to be discharged.

Dr Nagaraj, one the directors at RDICD, told India Today that the Iranian student, who is doing his final year dental course, was admitted three days ago. “He suffered from some of the symptoms and admitted himself out of caution. After arriving in Bengaluru, he came to know that his mother is coronavirus positive. He developed symptoms of fever and cough but he is stable now. We were only waiting for the guidelines from the government of India regarding the patient discharge policy,” Dr Nagaraj said.

Schools in Karnataka have also been directed to grant leave to students and staff suffering from cold or fever.

“If any student, teacher of staffer is suffering from respiratory infections, they should be granted leave. They should be allowed to come back to school only after confirming from the doctor that they are cured. In case of a student or staffer staying at hostels developing any symptoms, they should be kept in a separate room,” the government circular read.

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Disinfect aircraft coming from Japan, South Korea, Italy before starting boarding for next flight: DGCA

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made it mandatory for aircraft flying in from Italy, South Korea and Japan to India to be disinfected thoroughly. All incoming passengers on these flights to India will need to be screened and if any flyer shows symptoms of coronavirus, then the aircraft will have to undergo a more stringent disinfection process.
Boarding of passengers for the next flight supposed to be operated on these aircraft will begin only after the disinfcetion process has been carried out, says an order issued by DGCA on Tuesday evening.
“In case of disembarkation, passengers from Italy, Japan and South Korea or from a flight wherein a passenger has been identified as a suspect for COVID-19 at non aerobridge bay, and a vehicle has been utilised for transportation of passengers from bay to the terminal building, all such vehicles should also be subjected to (stringent) disinfection/ cleaning process. The similar process shall also be adopted in case of wheelchair used by a COVID-19 suspect passenger,” the order says.
The regulator has mandated providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for people working at airports and operating flights. “Crew members are constantly working in an environment which has potential for exposure to COVID-19. In order to prevent any form of infection to crew members, all (airlines) are advised to issue the following guidelines/instructions for the crew: practice personal hygiene and mandatory use of PPE on (some) sectors. It is advisable to maximum extent possible that PPE be used by crew on all flights. Infection control measures including traceability of crew should be well documented in the event of crew members being exposed to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case,” it says.
The regulator has directed that all staff at airport like immigration, health, security, check-in counter staff who are exposed to potential or possibly infected passengers or co-workers “should be mandatorily provided with PPE”.
It has also asked airport operators to have “adequate hand sanitising facilities at multiple locations including check-in counters, terminal exit areas, at thermal screening points for the use of staff and passengers. Operators to ensure that adequate PPE are available on board all the aircraft for distribution to passengers on need or request basis for international and domestic sectors both. The above is for strict compliance by all concerned,” it says.
All personnel involved in aircraft cleaning activity will have to provided with PPE such as surgical mask, gloves and disposable shoe covers. “All personnel should also be made aware of the correct usage and disposal of PPE as a potential biohazard. Preventive disinfection process of aircraft should be carried out by use of alcohol based agent as per the WHO guidelines,” the order adds.

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Honor Magic Watch 2 Review

Honor is slowly expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones, and recently launched its second generation smartwatch, the Honor Magic Watch 2, in India. Honor’s latest wearable device is priced aggressively and boasts of some notable features such as the ability to make and receive calls, 14-day battery life, support for a tonne of workouts, music playback controls, and more. To top it all off, the Honor Magic Watch 2 looks premium without being too heavy on the wallet. But is the Honor Magic Watch 2 all about tall claims, or does it have the substance to become the best smartwatch in its price bracket? We find out in our review:

Honor Watch Magic 2 design

The Honor Watch Magic 2 looks a lot like the Huawei Watch GT 2 (Review), but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Honor offering is built very well and its design is also quite premium. We have the Honor Watch Magic 2’s 46mm model for review in the Charcoal Black finish, which is priced at Rs. 12,999. Honor also offers a Flax Brown variant that comes with a leather strap and will set you back by Rs. 14,999. In case 46mm is too big for your wrist, Honor offers a more compact 42mm version that comes in Agate Black and Sakura Gold (with a metal strap), priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 14,999 respectively.

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The 46mm variant of Honor Magic Watch 2 comes in Charcoal Black and Flax Brown (seen here)

 

Starting with the materials, Honor has used 316L aerospace-grade stainless steel for the casing, which is said to be light and corrosion-resistant as well. The base has a contoured design, and despite having a small hump in the middle for the heart rate sensor, the watch is comfortable to wear. There are two contact points on the underside for charging, and the watch attaches to the included charging dock magnetically.

The Charcoal Black variant we had for review comes with a Fluoroelastomer strap that has a rubber-like stretch to it. It is comfortable and doesn’t attract dust or smudges. We were also able to try the leather Flax Brown version briefly and had no complaints. You can swap whichever strap you get for any standard 46mm watch strap that suits your taste. The watch has a 5ATM water resistance rating, which means buyers won’t have to worry about jumping into a pool or tracking a swim.

Tipping the scales at 41g, we found the 46mm Honor Magic Watch 2 comfortable to wear and not too big either. We quite liked the bevelled edges, especially the outer rim with a tachymeter scale. This design touch gives the Honor smartwatch some identity and distinguishes it from the generic black glass look of a host of its rivals. Just like with the Huawei Watch GT 2, only the larger variant has this design touch, while the smaller one is more understated.

There are two buttons on the right, positioned at angles. These buttons provide good tactile feedback when pressed. However, they could have been a tad smaller. Due to their size and positioning, they registered accidental presses a few times. The upper one acts as the home button and has a red ring for the sake of differentiation. The lower button can be customised to perform a variety of tasks such as opening your contacts, accessing call logs, checking notifications, and a lot more.

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The Honor Magic Watch 2 has a 5ATM water resistance rating 

 

Overall, we feel that Honor has not cut any corners when it comes to the build quality of the Honor Magic Watch 2, and the design also feels premium in an understated way. It will be up to buyers to choose between the sporty look of the 46mm variant, or the more compact and sober 42mm option.

Honor Watch Magic 2 specifications and features

The Honor Watch Magic 2 runs Huawei’s in-house Lite OS, which covers the basics but is a little limiting. We’ll talk more about this later. On the hardware front, the 46mm variant packs a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 454 x 454 pixel resolution and an adequately high pixel density of 326ppi. The display is crisp and the brightness is surprisingly good. We didn’t face any issues with content visibility even while using the device in broad daylight.

Honor has used Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin A1 chip, and the Watch Magic 2 packs 4GB of internal storage, although only around 2.3GB is available for users. However, the company has not revealed the amount of RAM that this device has. The internal storage can be used for music files, and it takes around 30-40 seconds to transfer a low-quality track of about 3MB size. Only the MP3 and LC-AAC formats are supported.

The Honor Magic Watch 2 features a 455mAh battery and is claimed to last up to 14 days on a single charge. It supports Bluetooth 5.1, dual-frequency GPS, and GLONASS for tracking outdoor activities. The 46mm Honor Magic Watch 2 is also capable of receiving calls and playing music through its onboard speaker as well as wireless headsets. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and pairs via the Huawei Health app.

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Honor Magic Watch 2 comes with support for 24×7 heart rate tracking and sleep monitoring features

 

As for features, it offers 15 fitness tracking modes (8 outdoor and 7 indoor) for activities such as running, swimming, cycling, and trekking as well as 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and stress monitoring. The watch is also capable of measuring VO2 Max levels. Sleep and heart rate tracking are enabled by default, but stress monitoring has to be activated manually after taking a test.

Honor Watch Magic 2 software

The Honor Magic 2 runs Lite OS, Huawei’s own smartwatch operating system which is also found on Huawei-branded smartwatches. It covers all the basics, but lacks the versatility you get with Wear OS or Samsung’s Tizen. Lite OS does not support third-party apps, which means you cannot download any new apps.

Notifications from third-party apps like WhatsApp and Gmail are displayed on the watch but you can only tap on them to see messages. You can’t view media files, listen to voice messages, or reply to a message using text or audio directly from the watch. We noticed during our test period that the Honor Magic Watch 2 occasionally stopped showing notifications from certain apps such as Gmail, and then displayed a barrage of them all at once.

On the personalisation front, you can choose from the watch faces that come preinstalled and some that can be downloaded. The selection available isn’t particularly diverse, but we noticed that more watch faces are slowly being added. You need to install the Huawei Mobile Services app separately to download more watch faces, but it kept crashing on our smartphone. Interestingly, the Honor Magic Watch 2 product page on the Honor Global website says that users can create custom watch faces based on their phone’s wallpaper or a photo, but we didn’t see that feature in the app.

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The companion app offers the necessary set of fitness features, but it needs a visual overhaul

 

There are a few other UI-related issues as well. Swiping up from the bottom of the home screen brings up the notifications list. A downward swipe opens the quick settings panel, which is populated by five controls for the Do Not Disturb mode, the Find My Phone function, alarms, the display sleep time, and settings. Swiping right from the left edge doubles as a back gesture and takes you to the previous page.

Swiping left on the home screen brings up dedicated pages for heart rate tracking, stress monitoring, location and weather information, music playback controls, and the step counter. However, you can’t swipe up or down on any of these pages to see more information or controls.

On the bright side, Lite OS includes almost all the essential functions of a smartwatch and fitness tracker. Aside from the wide variety of fitness tracking modes, you can make or receive calls and play music on the watch itself or through a connected phone or wireless headset. You can also adjust the strength of vibration alerts, which is a neat touch.

The flashlight feature is another useful addition. The layout of activity data on the activity records page is quite clean and intuitive. Design-wise, Lite OS is clean and gets a lot of things right, especially if you are a fitness-oriented person.

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Honor Magic Watch 2 also offers a stress monitoring feature, but it is a hit or miss.

 

Honor Watch Magic 2 performance and battery life

We tested the Honor Magic Watch 2 for over three weeks, and our experiences were mostly positive. The AMOLED display is sufficiently bright. There is no always-on display mode, but you can keep the display on for a maximum of 20 minutes. While this is disappointing, you can choose between an analog and digital static display that will remain visible on showing only the time. We quite liked the minimalist look of the analog option.

However, Huawei warns that enabling a static watch face will cut the battery life in half, and that increasing the screen-on time with the regular watch face will also take a toll.

The ambient light sensor did a good job of adjusting brightness based on the external lighting conditions. We noticed that the Honor Magic Watch 2 is not particularly zippy and takes some time to respond to touch inputs when it wakes up. The accuracy of swipe gesture recognition needs some work, and UI fluidity could have been better as well.

We took three strolls of 1km each on different paths to test the device’s tracking accuracy. The Honor Magic Watch 2 measured 1.02km twice and 1.01km once, which is acceptable. When it comes to step counting, the smartwatch logged 995 steps on average over three trial walks, while we manually counted 1,000 steps. These tracking results are good for a smartwatch in this price bracket.

The always-on heart rate sensor works fine and provides a detailed breakdown of your heart rate at each hour of the day with a graph. The sleep tracking feature employs Huawei’s proprietary TruSleep technology and logs REM, deep, and light sleep duration. We found the data to be in line with the quality of sleep we experienced. You’ll also get a sleep score on a scale of 0-100, and a very informative chart that reveals patterns such as bedtime regularity, times awake (rated between low, medium, and high), average wakeup time, and breathing quality, among other parameters.

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There is no always-on display option on the Honor Magic Watch 2 but you can enable a simple static display

 

The Honor Magic Watch 2 supports dual satellite positioning systems and quickly latched on to GPS signals. However, we found that the gesture one has to perform for enabling GPS tracking sometimes went unregistered.

The Honor Magic Watch 2 offers a stress monitoring feature that ranks stress on a scale of 0 to 99. It has to be enabled manually after taking a test which asks you to rate how you feel about a series of twelve statements that include I have nothing to look forward to, I don’t see any meaning in life, I can do things just as well as other people, and I think that hardships have made me stronger. The smartwatch measures your heart rate before and during the test, and analyses your responses to assign a test score. However, we found it was a hit or miss.

Coming to fitness tracking, the Honor Magic Watch 2 lets you choose from thirteen running courses based on the intensity level, walking, cycling, swimming, climbing, rowing, and more. The list is not as exhaustive as what the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 offers, but it covers nearly all the essentials that one might want, and costs half as much. Workout records are stored both on the smartwatch and in the Huawei Health app. You can choose to share fitness data with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal, but there is no way to work with other apps such as Strava.

Only the 46mm variant of the Honor Magic 2 lets you receive calls on the device. We found the speaker quality to be decent, and within a range of 10m with the connected phone, we did not notice any voice breaking either. The microphone does an acceptable job, as the person on the other end of the call was not able to discern whether we were talking to them through a smartwatch or a phone.

The speaker is just passable for music. Just don’t crank the volume all the way up, or you will start hating your favourite vocal artist as voices sound too synthetic.

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Honor Magic Watch 2’s 46mm model reaches close to its promise of 14-day battery life

 

Battery life is one of the key selling points of the Honor Magic Watch 2. The company claims the 46mm variant can last up to 14 days on a single charge. During our review, the device lasted for 12 days. With the static display enabled, high brightness, the watch face visibility cranked to the maximum 20-minute duration, and heart tracking and GPS enabled, the Honor Magic Watch 2 lasted around 6 days, which is significantly better than Wear OS smartwatches can manage. As for charging, the Honor Magic Watch went from 0 to 60 percent in 30 minutes, and took over an hour to fully charge.

Verdict

The Honor Magic Watch 2 gets a lot of things right, and is a well-rounded package considering its price. Its design and build quality are impressive, and Lite OS has all the important features that you would want in your smartwatch. However, the inability to download apps can be limiting, and there are a few software quirks and responsiveness issues that need to be ironed out as well.

Performance is one area in which the Honor Magic Watch 2 does its job well. There is a tonne of fitness-centric features, and it is fairly accurate when it comes to tracking activities and sleep. Connectivity was never an issue, and we liked being able to make a call and control music playback. Notably, the Honor Magic 2 offers a great battery life and you’ll avoid the hassle of charging your smartwatch every second day.

If you happen to be a fitness enthusiast and want the smartwatch experience without spending too much, the previous-generation Honor Magic Watch (Review) is a good pick too. As for alternatives, the Huami Amazfit GTS and its Amazfit GTR sibling are worth checking out. If you want to spend as little as possible, the Amazfit Bip and Amazfit Verge Lite (Review) are what you should look at.

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Ranji Trophy semifinal: Arpit Vasavada 139 puts Saurashtra in command vs Gujarat

Arpit Vasavada’s gritty 139 propelled Saurashtra to set a challenging 327-run target for Gujarat on the fourth day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Tuesday.

Chintan Gaja’ fiery spell had brought Gujarat back into contention on the third day, but Vasavada’s seventh first-class hundred, and the third this season, swung the momentum in favour of the hosts.

Courtesy his ton and handy contributions from Chetan Sakariya (45), Chirag Jani (51) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (21), Saurashtra recovered from a dismal 15 for five to post 274 in their second innings.

They had a 52-run lead and hence the target set was 327.

When stumps were drawn, Gujarat were seven for one with opener Priyank Panchal (0) back in the hut.

Earlier, resuming the day at 66 for five, Sakariya and Vasavada were going strong before their 90-run sixth-wicket stand was broken by a horrible mix-up between the two, which resulted in the former’s dismissal.

The hosts lost their sixth wicket on 105. Jani then joined Vasavada and played the perfect second-fiddle as the hosts took lunch at 155 for six. Saurashtra’s overall lead had by then passed the 200-run mark.

Post lunch, Vasavada and Jani kept frustrating the Gujarat bowlers.

It was Gaja again, who provided the crucial breakthrough for the visitors by dismissing Jani in the 84th over.

The new ball did the trick for Gaja, as he bowled in the good length area and Jani’s outside edge flew to Samit Gohel in the second slip. Vasavasa and Jani added 109 runs for the seventh wicket.

Gaja took his seventh wicket when he removed Prerak Mankad (1) at the stroke of tea, which Saurashtra took at 222-8.

After Jadeja fell, Vasavada upped the ante but perished in the process. In his 139-run innings, he blasted 16 fours and a six.

Considering that it’s a worn-out pitch, it would be a tough ask for Parthiv Patel-led side to chase the target on the final day.

The winner of this game will clash with Bengal, who made to the summit clash after defeating Karnataka.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 304 and 274 (Arpit Vasavada 139, Chirag Jani 51; Chintan Gaja 7/71) v/s Gujarat 252 and 7/1.

Gujarat need 320 runs to win.

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