Brazil reports more than 1000 deaths in last 24 hrs;Pandemic infections top 4.9 million & killed 323,000 globally; US cases surge past 1.5 million

India records biggest single-day jump of 5,611 new with the total cases hitting 1, 06,750, including 3,303 deaths

By Neeraj Bajpai 

 More than 4.90 million coronavirus cases, including 323,333 deaths, have been recorded globally this morning with  Brazil reporting 1,179 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Some new hot spots like Belarus, South Africa, and a steep spike in cases in India have emerged as fresh concerns while many countries have rushed for the lifting of the lockdowns or ordering broad spectrum relaxations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded the annual World Health Assembly on Tuesday, adopting a resolution that calls for an independent review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the agency’s own performance.

The UN health agency’s annual oversight convention, held for the first time ever by teleconference from Geneva on 18-19 May, was focused intensely on defeating the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 4.7 million people worldwide, caused more than 316,100 deaths and thrown the futures of even the most robust economies into jeopardy.

A “massive” and combined effort by all countries is needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as UN health agency head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insisted that “the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus”.

Addressing World Health Organization (WHO) Member States attending the foreshortened and virtual World Health Assembly in Geneva via videoconference, the UN chief pointed out that despite “some solidarity”, there had been “very little unity” in the global response to the new coronavirus so far.

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The Coronavirus pandemic infected more than one lakh and killed 3000 people across India till this morning while the plight of migrant workers ran unabated with more deaths on road accidents.

India has recorded the biggest single-day jump of 5,611 new coronavirus cases, with the total cases hitting 1, 06,750, including 3,303 deaths, Union Health Ministry figures this morning show. 140 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra accounted for about 37,000 cases with 1325 deaths.

Migrant workers continued to suffer in want of speedy and safe travel to home states.

The country’s recovery rate – the number of patients who have successfully fought the illness – stood at 39.62 percent this morning. 42,298 people have recovered, the Health Ministry said.

Tamil Nadu has become the state with the most number of coronavirus cases after Maharashtra. The southern state reported 688 cases on Tuesday, taking the total to 12,448. Until Tuesday, Gujarat had the second-highest number of coronavirus cases. Gujarat now has 12,140 cases.

The government has said the lockdown measures in place since March 24, 2020, have helped considerably in containing the spread of COVID-19, so It has therefore been decided to further extend the lockdown till May 31, 2020.

In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump has given the World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a 30-day deadline to make “major changes” – or the US would permanently cut off funding to the organization.

Putting everything in black and white, he said if the WHO did not “commit to major substantive improvements”, he would “make his temporary freeze of US funding permanent and reconsider our membership”.

In a tweet, Mr. Trump published his full letter to Mr. Ghebreyesus. He also called out the WHO for repeatedly “praising” China, saying the only way forward for it was to “demonstrate independence from China”.

He sprang a surprise when he said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, despite public health officials warning it may be unsafe.

More than 62 countries, including India, have backed a joint effort by Australia and European Union, calling for an independent inquiry into the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a draft resolution proposed for 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) met yesterday.

China’s president, Xi Jinping has said his country would support a “comprehensive review” of the Covid-19 pandemic after the outbreak has been brought under control. Xi, speaking by video conference at the opening of the World  Health Assembly stressed that such an investigation must be conducted in an “objective and impartial manner” and said Beijing would donate $2bn to the United Nations to help the global response to the outbreak. “All along we have acted with openness, transparency, and responsibility,” Xi said, according to The Guardian newspaper today.

Nepal today reported its two deaths while its cases touched 402 marks. Vietnam has reported 324 cases and no death against Taiwan’s reportage of 440 cases and seven deaths to date. Bhutan has reported 21 cases and no deaths.

South Africa has reported 17200 cases and 312 deaths. Likewise, Belarus has reported 31,508 cases and 175 deaths in the WHO’s European region that covers 54 countries. In the region. Armenia has clocked 83 percent swing in the last 14 days vis-a-vis cases in the previous 14 days. It has reported 4,823 cases and 60 deaths.

The Russian Federation has reported 299,941 coronavirus positive cases with 2,837 deaths.

Brazil has also touched a grim milestone of having more than 271,885 cases with about 17983 deaths. Mexico has reported 54346 cases and 5,666 deaths.

After confirmation of cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians have announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading.

The US has so far reported 1,528,568 cases, and 91,921 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. The New York state death toll is the highest with over 28,558 deaths. In the US, as three million people claimed unemployment allowances, the figure now hovers around 36.5 million.

“The pandemic has shown once again the vital importance of economic independence and bringing supply chains back from China and other countries.”

US President Donald Trump has tweeted: The number of Coronavirus cases is strongly trending downward throughout the United States, with few exceptions. Very good news, indeed!

The United States could face “the darkest winter” of recent times if it does not improve its response to the pandemic, a whistleblower Rick Bright, who says he was removed from his government post for raising concerns about coronavirus preparedness, has told a congressional hearing on Thursday. The US President Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter. Rick Bright testified to a U.S. House of Representatives panel about readiness for the outbreak. Media reports say

China, South Korea, and Germany have witnessed a sudden spurt in fresh cases after loosening of restrictions on social distancing.

China which was the epicenter previously has reported a total of 84,063 cases and 4638 deaths. Fresh cases have started coming up in China too. Mass testing has started in Wuhan city. South Korea has reported 11,110  cases and 263 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University today, a total of 4, 9000,155 COVID -19 positive cases are there across the world, and another 323,333 people lost .lives.

The UK has reported a total of deaths 250,138 cases and 35,422 deaths so far Singapore has 28,794 cases and 22.deaths.In Norway, there are 8627 cases and 233 deaths.

In Pakistan, the total number of 45,898 cases is reported so far with 985 deaths. In Afghanistan, the case figures stand at 7653 and 178 deaths.

In Saudi Arabia, 59,854 cases surfaced with 329 deaths. Iran has reported a total of 7119 deaths and 124602 cases. In UAE, The death toll is 227, and cases are 25063.

In Bangladesh, over 25121cases were reported and it has lost 370 lives. In Sri Lanka, 1027 cases came into light with nine deaths only.

In the WHO’s European region of 54 countries, a total 1,911,994 cases were reported so far with 168,047 deaths.

Spain has so far reported 232037 cases, and 27,778 deaths, while Italy’s death toll remained at 32,169 and cases mounted to 226,699.

In Germany, there are 177,778 cases and over 8081 deaths. France has reported 180,933 cases and 28,025 deaths against Japan’s 16367 cases and 768 deaths.

Sweden has reported more than 3743 deaths and 30,779 cases. Canada has reported 80,498 cases and 6028 deaths. Spanish Government has extended the state of emergency until 24 May and agreed on a de-escalation procedure. The de-escalation phases will be activated depending on health, epidemiological, social, economic, and mobility indicators.

WHO has warned about 1, 90,000 people may die in the African region if adequate steps were not taken for the containment.

A report from Brazzaville said Eighty-three thousand to 190 000 people in Africa could die of COVID-19 and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa finds. The research, which is based on prediction modeling, looks at 47 countries in the WHO African Region with a total population of one billion.

US President has hoped this would be the week he emerged into a nation recovering from the pandemic. Instead, the pandemic came to him. One of his valets at the oval office has tested positive.
Two days later, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary also tested positive, setting off another round of tests, delaying the vice president’s trip to Iowa.

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