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India fresh Coronavirus cases dip below 50,000, First in 3 Months with 1,167 deaths

Human Rights Council seeks support for a ‘new social contract’ after COVID-19: By Neeraj Bajpai

India fresh Coronavirus cases dip/ New Delhi, June 22, 2021:For the First time in the last three months, India posted less than 50,000 daily cases of coronavirus.It has recorded a nationwide fresh infection tally of -42,640 fresh cases and 1,167 deaths in the last 24 hrs according to the Union Health Ministry today.

According to the latest data,India reports 42,640 new #COVID19 cases (lowest in 91 days), 81,839 discharges & 1,167 deaths in last 24 hours and now the total cases: 2,99,77,861 Total discharges: 2,89,26,038 Death toll: 3,89,302 Active cases: 6,62,521 Total Vaccination: 28,87,66,201.

The official Covid update is –India administered 86.16 lakh vaccine doses in a single day; Highest ever single day vaccination achieved in the world so far;28.87 Cr. Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive; India reported 42,640 new cases in the last 24 hours; less than 50,000 in 91 days; India’s Active Caseload declines to 6,62,521; less than 7 lakh after 79 days;2,89,26,038 .

Total Recoveries across the country so far;81,839 patients recovered during the last 24 hours; Daily recoveries continue to outnumber the Daily New Cases for the 40th consecutive day; Recovery Rate increases to 96.49%; Weekly Positivity Rate remains below 5%, currently at 3.21%; Daily positivity rate at 2.56%, less than 5% for 15 consecutive days and Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 39.40 cr tests total conducted.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on  has urged UN Member States to promote a more inclusive post-pandemic recovery to help the world’s most vulnerable recover from the impact of COVID.

Citing a rise in “extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice” in the last 18 months, Ms. Bachelet also warned that democratic and civic space has been eroded.

These were all problems that could be addressed if countries embraced the UN Secretary-General’s call for a New Social Contract, Ms. Bachelet said on Monday, on the opening day of the Human Rights Council’s 47th session in Geneva.

Trust in people, peace, development

“These are bold steps that place unprecedented emphasis on the power of human rights to ensure sound and inclusive development, sustainable peace, and societies grounded in trust”, Ms. Bachelet added.

“Navigating an…inclusive, green, sustainable and resilient future, will be the work of this generation of world leaders – or their downfall”, the High Commissioner for Human Rights maintained, while acknowledging that many countries were facing “collapsing global trade, falling remittances, turmoil in commodities prices and debt burdens”.

Nonetheless, Ms. Bachelet, who is a former two-time President of Chile, also said that it was possible to deliver on economic and social rights by using proven techniques to combat corruption and illicit financial flows, deploying progressive fiscal policies and increasing budget transparency, participation and accountability.

“The evidence is conclusive: countries that had invested in social protection have been better able to weather the crisis,” she said, adding that a New Social Contract would rebuild public trust “through stronger support for fundamental rights”.

It was vital to establish societies in which policymakers looked first to combat inequalities and promote rights to social protection, health, education, and more, the High Commissioner continued.

Outrages continue in Tigray

Displaced people in Adigrat town, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.
Displaced people in Adigrat town, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia., by © UNICEF/Zerihun Sewunet

As is the tradition on the opening day of a new session of the Council, Ms. Bachelet also used her opening statement to highlight her Office’s concerns in more than a dozen countries, from Afghanistan to the Philippines.

Among them, Ms. Bachelet reiterated her concerns over continuing violence against civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region “by all parties to the conflict”, more than six months since fighting began.

The High Commissioner noted reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights violations and abuses, all linked to clashes between central government troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

These included “extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, sexual violence against children as well as adults and forced displacement”.

Eritrean soldiers remain

There were also “credible reports” that Eritrean soldiers were still operating in Tigray “and continue to perpetrate violations of human rights and humanitarian law”, Ms. Bachelet said, adding that the humanitarian situation remained dire and that an estimated 350,000 people faced famine.

The alert follows repeated warnings from humanitarian agencies that their access is regularly blocked and that an unknown number of people are in need and impossible to reach.

In her statement, Ms. Bachelet also told Member States that an investigation into the situation in Tigray had begun on 16 May, in partnership with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

The investigators’ work should conclude in August when their findings and recommendations will be made public, the High Commissioner said, before warning that “in many other parts of Ethiopia” there had been “alarming incidents of deadly ethnic and inter-communal violence and displacement” – all linked to longstanding grievances.

These complaints should be addressed through a nationwide dialogue, the High Commissioner said, before insisting that the ongoing deployment of military forces was “not a durable solution”.

 

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