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US caught in quagmire of violent protests & coronavirus fury;Pandemic infects 6.2 million & killed 372,000 globally

Brazil clocks more than half a million cases & over 29,000 deaths;India cases spiking;WHO wants US to reconsider decsion of ending relationship

By Neeraj Bajpai

At least 40 cities in the United States imposed curfew orders after nationwide outrage against the killing of an African American George Floyd in police custody six days ago even as the worst coronavirus affected nation in the world waged a relentless battle against the unsparing disease.

 

The coronavirus has infected 1,792,512 and killed over 104,450 people in the US. It recorded 600 deaths and 20,000 cases in the last 24 hours. Protesters, shouting behind virus-driven masks, have reportedly defied prohibitory orders at several places.

 

On the US government’s decision to close relationship with WHO, The DG WHO Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said, “The world has long benefited from the strong, collaborative engagement with the government and the people of the United States.

 

The US government and people’s contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense, and it has made a great difference in public health all around the world. It is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue.

 

The Coronavirus has infected 6,202,375 and killed 372,657 people globally so far. According to Johan Hopkins University, India cases have jumped to 193,473 with 5137 deaths by late this evening.Brazil has passed half a million cases mark with 29,314 deaths.

 

US President Donald Trump has tweeted: My Administration will always stand against violence, mayhem, and disorder. We will stand with the family of George Floyd, with the peaceful protestors, and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security.” Washington also imposed a curfew after a violent demonstration outside White House.

 

He said: · May 31-80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE. They are harming businesses (especially African American small businesses), homes, and the community of good, hardworking Minneapolis residents who want peace, equality, and to provide for their families.

 

“Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. Thank you!”

 

According to the official sources, last night, an assassin cowardly shot two Federal Protective Service contract officers as they stood to watch over a protest. One officer was killed and his partner is in critical condition fighting for his life.

 

President had said earlier that” The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief. “We support the right of peaceful protestors, and we hear their pleas. But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace.”

 

India had this morning reported 190,535 coronavirus cases with 5394 deaths. It has registered the biggest single-day jump of 8,392 during the last 24 hours as the lockdown relaxations came into being today.

 

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.

 

India has left behind Germany and France in the tally of cases which have 183,410 and 189009 cases respectively. The two countries’ death toll is many times higher vis-a-vis India. France has 28,805 deaths while Germany has reported 8540 deaths.

 

Now, India is among the first seven worst-affected countries on the cases’ tally list with Italy a notch ahead. The number of cases in India crossed China’s official count of 84,106 cases and 4638 deaths

 

India also surpassed China with over 5,000 deaths, compared to 4,638 by Thursday night. According to the health ministry, over 81,000 people are cured too in India.

 

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines to fight COVID-19 and for phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones, today.

The guidelines came into effect from today-June 1, 2020, and would be effective till June 30, 2020.

 

The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus. The new guidelines have been issued based on extensive consultations held with States and UTs.A strict lockdown was imposed throughout the country since March 24, 2020.

 

All activities were prohibited except for essential activities. Subsequently, in a graded manner and keeping the overarching objective of containing the spread of COVID-19 in view, the lockdown measures have been relaxed.

 

Lockdown measures would continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones. These will be demarcated by the State/ UT Governments, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.

 

All activities that were prohibited earlier would be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

 

“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.

Local TV there quotes that there 70,868 cases and 1519 deaths.

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The US has slammed travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in Brazil in the last several day’s Cases have grown exponentially in Brazil and it now has the second-highest number of cases globally. It has registered more than 29,314 deaths and 514,849 cases.

 

Brazil with a spike in cases is emerging as a major worry. Peru has reported 155,671 cases and over 4371 deaths.

 

The Latin American countries have shown an increasing trend in the spread of the virus. The region reported more new cases than the US or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru, and Mexico. The Latin American countries have registered more than a million cases as some countries like UK, Russia, India, etc went for relaxations in the lockdowns.

In the WHO’s European region of 54 countries, a total of 2125,357 cases were reported so far with 179,407 deaths.

The UK has reported a total of deaths 276,156 cases and 38,571 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 232,997.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced during a news conference Saturday that “starting in July, we will reactivate the entry of foreign tourism under safe conditions.

In Germany, there are 183,410 cases and over 8540 deaths. France has reported 189009 cases and 28,805 deaths against Japan’s 16716 cases and 897 deaths.

Sweden has reported more than 4795 deaths and 37113 cases. Canada has reported 91681 cases and 7159 deaths. In Norway, there are 8437 cases and 236 deaths.

Likewise, Belarus has reported 41658 cases and 229 deaths in the WHO’s European region that covers 54 countries and 7 territories. Mexico has reported 87512cases and 9779 deaths.

The Russian Federation has reported 4414,878 Cases with 4855 deaths.

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China which was the epicenter previously has reported a total of 84,150 cases and 4639 deaths. Fresh cases have started coming up in China too. Mass testing has started in Wuhan city. South Korea has reported 11503   cases and 270 deaths

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Singapore has 34884 cases and 23.deaths. In Afghanistan, the case figures stand at 15205 and 257 deaths.

In Bangladesh, over 49534 cases were reported and it has lost 672 lives. In Sri Lanka, 1633 cases came into light with 11 deaths only. Nepal today reported six deaths while its cases touched 1401 mark. Bhutan has reported 21 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 32687 cases and 683 deaths

In Saudi Arabia, 87142 cases surfaced with 525 deaths. Iran has reported a total of 7878 deaths and 154445 cases. In UAE, The death toll is 264, and cases are 34557.

 

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