Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said Friday the Covid-19 pandemic threatened decades of progress by developing countries and could push millions into poverty. He was speaking at the G-77 ministerial meeting. “We need to raise our voice for recovery, resilience and reform to ensure that we go back to path of development,” he said, while urging developing countries “to do more”. “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Agreement and financing for development framework should lay the foundation for our efforts. We need to impress on our developed countries partners to do more and show necessary urgency,” he said. Tirumurti added that Covid-19 could not be used as an excuse by developed nations to not fulfill their commitments or to undermine environmental conventions. “We call on them to undertake activities to strengthen convention plus activities and not convention minus,” he said.
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Agreement & financing for development framework should lay the foundation for our efforts. We need to impress on our developed countries partners to do more & show necessary urgency: TS Tirumurti, Permanent Rep. of India to UN https://t.co/WLP6HPnnnf
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Back home, Delhi recorded 7,053 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4.67 lakh on Thursday, while 104 more fatalities in a same period, the highest in over five months, pushed the death toll to 7,332, authorities said. These fresh coronavirus cases were detected from 60,229 tests, including 19,752 RT-PCR, conducted the previous day. Delhi recorded a positivity rate of 11.71 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution in the city, according to the bulletin issued by the health department. Of the total tests conducted the previous day, 40,477 were rapid-antigen tests, while at 19,752, it was the highest number of RT-PCR tests conducted in a day till date, the bulletin said. The national capital had recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while 85 deaths linked to the disease were recorded on that day. On Thursday, 104 more fatalities, the highest in a day in over five months, were recorded, pushing the death toll in Delhi to 7,332. The city had registered 93 deaths on June 16. Delhi recorded 71 fatalities from COVID-19 on Monday, 79 on Saturday and 77 on Sunday.
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◕ A Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Could be Available in Australia by Third Quarter of 2021 | Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt on Friday said a potential COVID-19 vaccine, being developed by the University of Queensland, could be available for all Australians in the third quarter of 2021. He said the vaccine development was ahead of schedule and it was “doing its job”. The vaccine was found to produce virus-neutralising antibodies and had a substantial effect on the elderly, Hunt said. “That is particularly so in the elderly, and that is an especially important outcome, given the global vulnerability to elderly…from COVID-19,” he told a press briefing. Biotech firm CSL has completed the manufacturing of the vaccine candidate to allow the third stage of clinical trials to begin.
◕ Five Die of Coronavirus in Bihar | Five more persons died of COVID-19 in Bihar on Thursday, raising the death toll to 1,167, while 523 fresh cases took the tally to 2,25,499, the health department said in a bulletin. Altogether 536 patients also recovered from the disease, taking the total number of cured people to 2,17,958, the bulletin said. The recovery rate is now 96.66 per cent. The number of active cases currently is 6,374 in the state.
◕ After Europe, Covid-19 Restrictions Make a Comeback in the US | The mayor of the United States’ third biggest city Chicago issued a new stay-at-home advisory on Thursday, as the country’s Covid-19 outbreak shattered records in the absence of a national strategy by President Donald Trump. Lori Lightfoot called on the Midwestern city’s 2.7 million people to go out only for essential tasks or to attend work or school, to scrap Thanksgiving plans and to avoid travel. “Every single one of us needs to step up and ‘Protect Chicago’ right now, or 2020 could go from bad to worse,” said an explanatory note on the city’s website.
◕ US Airlines to End Year with 90,000 Fewer Workers | Hit with a collapse of demand, US airlines will end the year with the lowest number of workers since at least 1987, 90,000 fewer than when Covid-19 hit, an industry federation said Thursday. Airlines for America said the number of full-time equivalent positions will drop to 370,000 at the end of December from 460,000 in March, a drop of nearly 20 percent. As coronavirus cases explode, approaching the worst days of the pandemic, authorities have stepped up restrictions.
◕ UK Sees Covid-19 Cases Jump | The United Kingdom posted its biggest one-day jump in laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections Thursday as the government reported 33,470 new cases. That was 10,520 more than the number of positive tests reported Wednesday and pushed the total number of cases in the UK since the pandemic began to almost 1.3 million. More than 50,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, which is Europe’s deadliest toll.
(With inputs from PTI and AFP)