COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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The death toll surpassed one million, reaching 1,000,555, according to public health data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The United States has reported the most deaths – more than 205,000 – followed by Brazil, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

2. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health emergencies program, said on Monday that the current death toll from the coronavirus disease was likely underestimated.

3. United States President Donald Trump has announced plans to distribute a whopping 150 million 15-minute rapid COVID-19 tests in the coming weeks, a decision he said is aimed at supporting efforts to reopen economies and schools immediately.

By last week, the US had conducted 100 million COVID-19 tests, which Trump claimed is by far more than any other country, and not even close.

4. A test that can diagnose Covid-19 in minutes will dramatically expand the capacity to detect cases in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The $5 test could transform tracking of Covid-19 in less wealthy countries, which have shortages of healthcare workers and laboratories, the BBC reported on Monday.

A deal with manufacturers will provide 120 million tests over six months.

5. Mexico upped its estimated COVID-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday, and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 870,699, almost 137,000 more than it previously recognised.

6. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Monday said COVID-19 is a serious global challenge and multilateral cooperation will help tackle the pandemic.

7. In her remarks at the virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she also expressed her condolences over the lives lost due in India to COVID-19.

8. Coronavirus pandemic is expected to stoke the slowest growth in more than 50 years in East Asia & the Pacific as well as China, World Bank said in an economic update on Monday. The bank said the region is expected to grow by only 0.9% in 2020, the lowest rate since 1967: Reuters

9. “Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of one million lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

10. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called on countries to help fill the gap of USD 35 billion in order to meet the global goals of COVID-19 vaccine production, treatments, and tests.

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