The total number of positive COVID-19 cases worldwide has now crossed the 3 million mark with the death toll now beyond 2.1 lakh.
Here are the top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning-
1. The total number of positive cases across the world now stands at 3,041,517 and the death toll now stands at 211,159. On a positive note, 894,062 people have recovered globally.
2. United States of America (USA) recorded 1,303 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in US now stands at 988,451 and the death toll stands at 56,245.
3. France reports 437 more coronavirus deaths, toll now 23,293 as per officials.
4. US President Donald Trump returned to his daily briefings to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus.
Trump said China could have stopped the virus before it spread across the world and that his administration was investigating what happened.
“We’re doing very serious investigations. .. We are not happy with China,” Trump told the White House media conference. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable. We believe it could have been stopped at source. It could have been stopped quickly and wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
5. COVID-19 is like unexpected, invisible mugger: Boris Johnson
The coronavirus is like an unexpected and invisible mugger, which the British people have to began to collectively “wrestle it to the floor”, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (local time), in his first comments after recovering from the virus.
“If this virus were a physical assailant an unexpected and invisible mugger, which I can tell you from personal experience it is, then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor. So, it follows that this is the moment of opportunity this is the moment when we can press home our advantage it is also the moment of maximum risk…” Johnson said in a briefing on COVID-19 situation.
6. WHO chief urges Europe to ease COVID-19 containment measures with caution
The European countries must find, isolate, test and treat all cases of COVID-19 while easing their containment measures, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (local time).
“As lockdowns in Europe ease with declining numbers of new cases, we continue to urge countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases of coronavirus and trace every contact, to ensure this declining trend continues in the continent,” the WHO chief said in a virtual press conference.
7. BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting through video conference to be held today.
8. After taking lead in clinical trials, Oxford hoping to get COVID-19 vaccine by September
Oxford’s Jenner Institute, which got a headstart following the progress in its clinical trials, is now hoping that first few million doses of the vaccine could be made available by September — which is months ahead of projections of when such a vaccine would be ready.
9. Countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Spain, are moving to ease coronavirus lockdowns as daily infections and deaths slow. Italy has announced it will ease its two-month-old controls from May 4.
10. Mainland China reported six new coronavirus cases for Apriil 27, three of them involving travellers from overseas. The National Health Commission says total cases in China now stand at 82,836. The country reported no new deaths.