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Global Pandemic death toll tops 1,505,000 with 65.16 million cases

COVID-19 recovery, focus of UN General Assembly special session:By Neeraj Bajpai

 

Global Pandemic death toll tops 1,505,000 with 65.16 million cases

Global Pandemic: Coronavirus has infected more than 65 .16 million and killed 1,505,500 people across the world so far. The United States recorded more than 200,070  cases on Thursday with a death toll of 2804, according to Jhon Hopkins university tracker.

 

India yesterday recorded 36,595 new COVID-19 infections, taking the country’s coronavirus case tally to 95.71 lakh. During the last 24 hrs, 540  people also lost their lives. With this, a total of 1,39,188 people have lost their lives to Covid till now, according to government data.

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office, in a sign of how Biden’s approach to the virus will be dramatically different from President Donald Trump’s response.

 

“Just 100 days to mask, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction,” Biden said for the first time in the interview with Tapper. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported 315 days ago on 1/22/2020. Yesterday, the country reported 200,070 new confirmed cases and 2,804 deaths. It has a caseload of 14.12 million and 276,157 deaths so far: CNN has reported.
“Once a vaccine is ready and approved,@KamalaHarrisand I are going to ensure it’s distributed equitably, efficiently, and free of charge to every American the President-elect has tweeted.
The COVID Tracking Project has tweeted :
@COVID19Tracking
Our daily update is published. States reported 1.8 million tests, 210k cases, and 2,706 deaths. There are 101k people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US. Both case and hospitalization counts from today are all-time highs.

4 bar charts showing key COVID-19 metrics for the US over time. Today, states reported 1.8M tests, 210k cases (record), 100,667 currently hospitalized (record), and 2,706 deaths.

Nations united on Thursday for a special session of the UN General Assembly to survey the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect on the best response, and forge a path to better days ahead.

“Today marks an overdue and much needed moment of reckoning. None of us could have imagined, this time last year, what was to come”, said Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, speaking at the opening of the two-day gathering.

“The world is looking to the UN for leadership, to step up and take demonstrable action to address the greatest challenge our world is facing today. This crisis compels us to shake up how things are done, to be bold, and to restore confidence and trust in the United Nations.”

‘Time to reset’
COVID-19 is first and foremost, a health crisis. Nearly 64 million cases have been recorded as of Thursday, including more than 1.4 million deaths, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

While disrupting lives, the pandemic has also decimated livelihoods. With the global economy in decline and millions of jobs lost, extreme poverty is expected to rise and global efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at risk.

Although the entire planet is facing this common threat, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that it is the most vulnerable, such as the poor, older people, and women and girls, who have been hit hardest.

However, he said some of this fallout is not due to the pandemic alone, but the result of long-standing fragilities, inequalities and injustices which the crisis has only exposed.

“It is time to reset”, said the UN chief. “As we build a strong recovery, we must seize the opportunity for change.”

Vaccines for all
Since the pandemic was declared in March, the UN system has been supporting countries in averting its worst impacts while also working to promote a strong recovery, including through delivering medical equipment and supplies to more than 170 nations.

“I have repeatedly called for a COVID-19 vaccine to be a global public good available to everyone, everywhere”, said the Secretary-General. However, he added that a global mechanism that would make this possible remains underfunded.

Equitable access to vaccines is integral to effective pandemic response, said Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, speaking on behalf of the 120 countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“As many vaccines against COVID-19 are being currently studied, we are all looking forward to the successful outcome of clinical trials and hope that a safe and effective vaccine will soon be available, and that they will be considered as global public goods ensuring their universal distribution at affordable prices for all”, President Aliyev said in a pre-recorded video message.

Concern for developing countries
Beyond health, the Secretary-General has also appealed for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, while also calling for peace within the home, to counter the rise of violence against women and girls.

Support to developing countries is another key area for response. The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Munir Akram, reported that more than 60 of these nations need “urgent financial help”, while five countries have defaulted on their debt payments.

“If there is an economic collapse or a humanitarian disaster in the developing countries, it will halt a global economic recovery, and the achievement of the SDGs will turn into a chimera”, he warned.

Brighter days ahead

Looking beyond the pandemic, the Secretary-General said recovery must address the pre-existing conditions it has exposed and exploited. “We cannot bequeath a broken planet and huge debts to future generations. The money we spend on recovery must go into building a greener, fairer future”, he said.

 

Mr. Bozkir, the General Assembly President, expressed the feelings of millions worldwide, dreaming of the day the pandemic is declared over. “The day we can take a deep breath of fresh air without fear. The day we can shake the hands of our colleagues, embrace our families, and laugh with our friends.”

 

Nine months into the crisis, he acknowledged that it would be easy to feel frustrated, but the veteran diplomat urged people everywhere not to be deterred.

“The UN is working for you. We are united, for you,” he said. “Stay strong. There are brighter days ahead.”

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