Australia welcomes growing support for COVID-19 inquiry at WHO meeting
Monday, 18 May 2020 A draft resolution pushed by the European Union and Australia calling for an independent review into the origins and spread of the coronavirus has support from 116 nations at the World Health Assembly, almost enough for it to pass, a document showed.
India on July 14 crossed the 9 lakh mark for coronavirus cases after 28,498 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 9,06,752 which includes 3,11,565 active cases. 5,71,460 people have been recovered from the deadly disease. The death toll has reached 23,727 after 553 COVID related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 2,86,247 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 13, taking the total number of samples tested to over 1.20 crores.
The old age homes of Ahmedabad have been getting more number of inquiries in the current pandemic situation. A lot of people contacted the old age homes to inquire about the vacancy amid lockdown. Managers of old age homes said more people are contacting them amid COVID-19. While Speaking to ANI, the trustee of Jeevan Sandhya Old Age home, Suketu Nagarwadia said, "There have been more inquiries about vacancy in our old age home. But, our old age home is already full. We can't have more people. Many people have lost jobs or facing financial crisis. This has led to more number of inquiries. Even, some families have small houses so keeping social distance is problem. So, many people tried contacting us but our old age home is full and we cannot take more people." Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hiramani Old age home said, "Our old age home has more number of inquiries and each day we get lot of phone calls. When I asked some of them they gave me reason that they have small children at home and old age people can get infected easily from the virus. We fear that they might get infected and infect other members of family also."
A two-person team from the World Health Organization is traveling to China to address the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to Science Magazine, the epidemiologist and animal health expert are unlikely to come home with answers. The mystery of the virus’ origins has become a political powder keg and the subject of countless conspiracy theories. Chinese officials have reported conducting tests for SARS-CoV-2 at the Wuhan seafood market but what they found remains sketchy.
Returning to Brussels for the first face-to-face meeting in months, EU foreign ministers are being urged to take a more robust approach to China over the new security law in Hong Kong, as well as against Ankara over Mediterranean drillings and the Libya arms embargo.View on euronews
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Australia and China traded barbs on Tuesday, reports Reuters. Australia has just recorded its 100th COVID-19 fatality. Australia’s relative success in constraining the spread of the virus has been overshadowed though. Mostly by a rift with its largest trading partner China, which lies to Australia's north. This is exacerbated by a World Health Assembly resolution in favor of the inquiry. China imposed hefty tariffs on Australian barley exports.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan while addressing 73rd World Health Assembly via video conference on May 18 said that PM Modi personally monitored situation and ensured a pre-emptive, proactive and graded response, leaving no stones unturned to contain the deadly virus from spreading. "India took all necessary steps well in time," he added.
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review. Emer McCarthy reports.
LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands took to the streets across Europe and Australia on Saturday, as did hundreds in Tokyo and Seoul, in support of days of U.S. protests against police brutality. The rolling,..