COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.08 crore people and killed 12,62,413 people, according to the John Hopkins University data. The recoveries stand at 3,32,36,147.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States reached a grim milestone of 10 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

2. US COVID-19 case count rose to 10,018,278 on Monday, with a total of 237,742 deaths, as of 1.25 p.m. local time (1825 GMT), according to the CSSE tally, Xinhua news agency reported.

3. Texas recently overtook California to become the US state with the most cases, standing at 992,741. California reported 976,576 cases, and Florida registered 843,897 cases, followed by New York with 529,036 cases.

4. Italy registered 25,271 new coronavirus cases and 356 fatalities in the last 24 hours, which took the overall caseload and death toll to 960,373 and 41,750, respectively, the Health Ministry said. Monday’s figure marked a moderate slowdown compared to the 32,616 new cases reported a day earlier, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying. The total number of active cases in the country is 573,334, the vast majority of which (542,849) are currently isolated at home with no or mild symptoms.

5. Authorities in China’s financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted coronavirus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city’s main international airport tested positive for the virus. No additional cases have been found, the city government said on its microblog Tuesday.

6. The 73rd World Health Assembly has resumed, where participants will address some of the most pressing global health issues and emergencies, including the raging Covid-19 pandemic that had claimed over 1.25 million lives and infected more than 50 million people globally. The six-day session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) which resumed on Monday, is the continuation of a short two-day event that took place in May. Like the May event, the resumed session also took place virtually.

7. US President Donald Trump on Monday accused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Pfizer of withholding the announcement on COVID-19 vaccine before elections to prevent him from getting a “vaccine win”. The US Food and Drug Administration “and the Democrats didn’t want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later – As I’ve said all along!” Trump said in a tweet. Early in the day, pharma major Pfizer announced that its vaccine, as per preliminary estimates, has been found to be 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19.

8. US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said that the goal of his administration would be to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and save lives from the deadly virus.

We cannot forego the important work that needs to be done between now and then to get our country through the worst wave yet of this pandemic. To reduce spread. To save lives, Biden said after major media networks declared him winner of the November 3 presidential elections.

9. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday struck a note of caution as he welcomed the promising results from the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and warned that the new possible vaccine against COVID-19 has cleared only one significant hurdle and there are several more to go.

Addressing a briefing from 10 Downing Street here, Johnson urged the British public not to slacken their resolve as it is still very, very early days, even as he confirmed that the UK had pre-ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine enough for about a third of the UK population, taking into account that two doses each are required.

10. US oil prices fell in early trade on Tuesday as concerns over demand in the near term in coronavirus-hit economies in Europe and the United States returned to haunt the market after an overnight surge on progress towards a COVID-19 vaccine.

(With Agency Inputs)

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