By Neeraj Bajpai
AS INDIA’s cases jumped by 9000 in a single day, its coronavirus infections spiked to more than two lakhs with over 6000 deaths while the global load topped 6.53 million, with nearly 386,503 deaths.
WHO DG Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros has said more than 100,000 cases of the disease have been reported to WHO for each of the past five days. The Americas continue to account for most cases worldwide.
For several weeks now, the region has had more cases than all other countries combined.
“We are especially worried about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerating epidemics”, said the WHO chief.
“We also see increasing numbers of cases in the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and Africa, although the numbers are much smaller.”
COVID-19 continues to be on the decline in Europe. Tuesday saw the fewest cases reported in the region in more than two months. In the WHO’S European region, there are 2195000 cases and 183,370 deaths so far.
Investigations will continue into the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19, Tedros has said.
The drug, which is used to treat rheumatology conditions, was among four medicines being tested in a Solidarity Clinical Trial conducted by WHO and partners.
The Executive Group for the trial, representing 10 participating countries, put hydroxychloroquine on pause due to safety concerns. A monitoring committee has been reviewing related data.
“On the basis of the available mortality data, the members of the committee recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol”, said Tedros.
“The Executive Group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of the Solidarity Trial, including hydroxychloroquine.”
The Solidarity Clinical Trial was announced on 18 March: one week after the pandemic was declared, and 60 days after China shared the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus.
So far, more than 3,500 patients in 35 countries have been recruited.
The other treatments under study are remdesivir, previously tested as an Ebola treatment; lopinavir/ritonavir, which is a licensed treatment for HIV; and interferon beta-1a, a medicine for multiple sclerosis.
Relatedly, the UN and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Wednesday called for governments and the private sector to unite towards developing “a people’s vaccine” against COVID-19.
They stressed that “no one should be left behind” in the race to identify the most effective means to defeat the virus.
“A people’s vaccine should protect the affluent in cities and the poor in rural communities, the old in care homes and the young in refugee camps”, they said.
“A global social contract for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19 is a moral imperative that brings us all together in our shared humanity.”
The partners said unity and commitment towards this common goal should also spark global resolve to sustain immunization against preventable diseases.
As UN agencies have reported, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many countries to suspend or curtail routine childhood immunization programs, putting some 80 million young lives at risk.
The central and South American countries have become the “intense zones” for the pandemic coronavirus.
The US has reported 1,851,520 cases 101,175 deaths including 30019 deaths in the New York state. At least 40 cities are under curfew amid large scale violence during anti-police protests against the death of 46-year-old African -American George Floyd in police custody eight days ago. Protestors were tear-gassed near the White House on Tuesday.
The total cases in the country stood at 2, 16,919 including 6,075 deaths, government data shows. The country is currently the seventh among the 10 nations hit worst by the virus. Mumbai continued to face the brunt of the virus attack with 75,000 cases and around 600 deaths in Maharashtra.
India has left behind Germany and France in the tally of cases. India also surpassed China with over6, 075 deaths, compared to 4,638 night. With this tally, the country has become the seventh most affected nation. It leaves behind Germany and France in the cases’ tally. As many as 91,000 people were cured too.
Face masks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, and public transport ie road, rail, and flights. We have reviewed our guidelines for wearing masks and have added a mandatory section” Pakistan’s state Heath Minister Zafar Mirza has tweeted. It has 85,2634 cases and 1770 deaths.
The biggest rise in caseloads can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Argentina, and Bolivia.
WHO is particularly concerned about the situation in Haiti due to the inherent weakness of the country’s health system. Last month, an advisory group with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) warned that the pandemic could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in the Caribbean island nation, where six million people already live below the poverty line.
Brazil now has the second-highest number of cases globally. It has registered more than 32,548 deaths and 584,016 cases. Brazil with a spike in cases is emerging as a major worry. Peru has reported 170039 cases and over 4634 deaths.
The UK has reported a total of deaths 281,270 cases and 39,811 deaths so far.
Spain has so far reported 239,479 cases, and 27,127 deaths, while Italy’s death toll remained at 33,415, and cases mounted to 233197.
In Germany, there are 184,427 cases and over 8611 deaths. France has reported 189,348 cases and 28,836 deaths against Japan’s 16787 cases and 899 deaths.
Sweden has reported more than 4542 deaths and 40803 cases. Canada has reported 93288 cases and 404 9 deaths. In Norway, there are 8437 cases and 236 deaths.
Likewise, Belarus has reported 45,981 Cases and 253 deaths in the. Mexico has reported 94435 cases and 10,167 deaths.
The Russian Federation has reported 440,538 Cases with 5376 deaths.
China which was the epicenter previously has reported a total of 84,154 cases and 4639 deaths. South Korea has reported 11269 cases and 273 deaths
Singapore has 36,922 cases and 24.deaths.In Afghanistan, the case figures stand at 18054 and 300 deaths.
In Bangladesh, over 57,563 cases were reported and it has lost 781 lives. In Sri Lanka, 1789 cases came into light with 11 deaths only. Nepal today reported eight deaths while its cases touched the 1811 mark. Bhutan has reported 47 cases and no deaths.
Vietnam has reported 328 cases and no death against Taiwan’s reportage of 442 cases and seven deaths to date. South Africa has reported 34357 cases and 705 deaths
In Saudi Arabia, 91182 cases surfaced with 579 deaths. Iran has reported a total of 80812 deaths and 160,696 cases. In UAE, The death toll is 270, and cases are 36359.
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