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Trump snubs WHO;Pandemic infects 4.80 million & killed 318,554 globally;US deaths nearing 100,000,India cases top one lakh

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.

By Neeraj Bajpai 

More than 4.805 million coronavirus cases, including 318,554 deaths, have been recorded globally this morning.

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

According to the union health ministry, about 5000 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours while 134 others died of the pandemic infection.

As per data, there are 1, 01,139 coronavirus cases and 3,163 deaths so far in India, say official figures. Over 39,000 people are cured too.

Five more migrants were crushed to death while on their way to home states from mega metros.

The government has said the lockdown measures in place since March 24, 2020, have helped considerably in containing the spread of COVID-19.  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 357 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 15,515 cases and 264 deaths, but it added 1100 cases on Sunday itself. Likewise, Belarus has reported 30572 cases and 171 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 visa Vis cases in the previous 14 days. It has reported 4,823 cases and 60 deaths.

The Russian Federation has reported 290678 coronavirus positive cases with 2,722 deaths.

Brazil has also touched a grim milestone of having more than 255,368 cases with about 16,853 deaths. Mexico has reported 51633 cases and 5332 deaths.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Minister of Health Roberto Speranza have signed the new Decree governing the go-ahead for the reopening of most commercial activities and allowing freedom of movement within one’s region. The Government has unveiled a new set of rules for the reopening. The framework is in coexistence with the pandemic which remains, however, an emergency and “marked by the presence of the coronavirus which, although to a lesser extent, is still present and continues to produce new infections, with over 10 thousand people still hospitalized with symptoms”

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

The US has so far reported 1,508,598 cases, and 90,367 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. The New York state death toll is the highest with over 28,339 deaths. In the US, as three million people claimed unemployment allowances, the figure now hovers around 36.5 million.

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

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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 84,044 cases and 4638 deaths. Fresh cases have started coming up in China too. Mass testing has started in Wuhan city. South Korea has reported 110, 78 cases, and 263 deaths.

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According to Johns Hopkins University today, a total of 4, 805,430 COVID -19 positive cases are there across the world, and another 318,554 people lost .lives.

The UK has reported a total of deaths 247,709 cases and 34,876 deaths so far Singapore has 28,343 cases and 22.deaths.In Norway, there are 8,527 cases and 233 deaths.

In Pakistan, the total number of 43,966 cases is reported so far with 939 deaths. In Afghanistan, the case figures stand at 7072 and 173 deaths.

In Saudi Arabia, 57,345 cases surfaced with 320 deaths. Iran has reported a total of 7057 deaths and 122492 cases. In UAE, The death toll is 224, and cases are 24,190.

In Bangladesh, over 23870 cases were reported and it has lost 349 lives. In Sri Lanka, 992 cases came into light with nine deaths only.

In the WHO’s European region of 54 countries, a total 1,872,824 cases were reported so far with 165,998 deaths.

Spain has so far reported 231,606cases, and 27,709 deaths, while Italy’s death toll remained at 32,007 and cases mounted to 235,886.

In Germany, there are 176,551 cases and over 8003 deaths. France has reported 179,693 cases and 28,111 deaths against Japan’s 16285 cases and 744 deaths.

Sweden has reported more than 3698 deaths and 30,377 cases. Canada has reported 78,332 cases and 5903 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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