The first batch of Kerala’s unique Covid Brigade boarded a bus from here on Tuesday and scrambled in the Kasaragod district, marked implementation of a strategy to quell the threat of daily new virus infections shooting from the current 2,000 to a potential 10,000-20,000.

A batch of 26 boarded the bus to Kasargod on a mission to manage two Covid First-Line Treatment Centers (CFLTCs) at Manjeshwaram, which is said to be facing a shortage of manpower. Before being sent out, the team was provided with four-day training at the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

CFLTCs have been set up in various places of the State in anticipation of the surge in patient numbers. The Covid Brigade, involving volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedical, technical and cleaning staff, is deployed at these centres as also other designated Covid hospitals. The State government has sought three types of volunteers aged between 18 and 50.


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(Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc. scored a temporary court order freezing $175 million that Brigade Capital Management LP declined to return after the bank accidentally transferred more than $900 million to Revlon Inc. lenders.

a close up of a sign: The silhouette of a pedestrian holding a mobile device is seen walking past a Citigroup Inc. bank branch in San Francisco.

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The silhouette of a pedestrian holding a mobile device is seen walking past a Citigroup Inc. bank branch in San Francisco.

The order followed a hearing Tuesday in which the bank and the hedge fund faced off over Citigroup’s expensive blunder. The two will be back in court on Wednesday as the judge determines the next steps in their legal battle, including whether to hold a hearing on the bank’s request for a preliminary injunction forcing Brigade to give the money back while the case proceeds. Citigroup sued Brigade on Monday.


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Brigade, which says it isn’t a Revlon lender itself, told U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in the hearing that

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Citigroup Inc asked a federal court to order Brigade Capital Management LP to return its share of more than $900 million that the bank mistakenly wired to Revlon Inc lenders, some of which are locked in a bitter fight with the struggling cosmetics giant.

The bank has recouped less than half of the money, which it blamed on a clerical error. Some of the lenders are refusing to give it back, including three firms that claimed Revlon was in default on a loan and should have repaid them anyway, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday in New York, Citigroup, which is the administrative agent for the loan, said it intended to make interest payments on Revlon’s behalf but accidentally transferred amounts more than 100 times greater. Brigade was supposed to receive $1.5 million in interest on loan principal of $174.7 million, according

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