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Missouri becomes first state to sue China over ‘an appalling campaign of deceit’

The number of Missouri deaths statewide rose to 215 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases rose to 5,963.

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Washington, April 22 : Missouri became the first US state to sue the Chinese government over the novel coronavirus outbreak, citing it as “an appalling campaign of deceit”.

The civil lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in a federal court by GOP state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, claiming Chinese officials are “responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians”, reported usatoday.com

“The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease,” said Schmitt who is seeking damages. “They must be held accountable for their actions.”

Schmitt said Chinese officials and others, including laboratories and China’s Communist Party, were all “engaged in misrepresentations, concealment, and retaliation to conceal the gravity and seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak from the rest of the world.”

The number of Missouri deaths statewide rose to 215 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases rose to 5,963.

“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table,” Schmitt said.

The lawsuit additionally accuses the Chinese government of making the COVID-19 pandemic worse by “hoarding” personal protective equipment, like masks.

Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University who was the sole witness called by Republicans before the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, explained that “Such lawsuits are exceptionally difficult,” as China is protected by sovereign immunity.

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India’s Covid tally will cross 10L mark this week: Rahul Gandhi

In the report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the Covid-19 pandemic will get “worse and worse” if governments fail to take more decisive action.

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Questioning the Narendra Modi government over the handling of the novel coronavirus situation in the country, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the country’s tally will cross 10 lakh mark this week.

“This week the figure will cross 10,00,000 in our country,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching a news report.

In the report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the Covid-19 pandemic will get “worse and worse” if governments fail to take more decisive action.

WHO Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said, “too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction”, the BBC reported.

On Monday, Rahul Gandhi, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad, alluding to a graph which showed a rise in daily coronavirus cases across the world took a dig saying, “India at good position in COVID-19 battle?”

The former Congress chief has been critical of the government over the handling of the pandemic situation in the country by the Centre.

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Coronavirus crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’, warns WHO

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GENEVA : The raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.

“Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.

“If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way.”

Infections rose above 13 million across the world on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by one million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.

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Global coronavirus infections top 13 million

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Worldwide coronavirus infections passed 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease which has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

The first case was reported in China in early January and it took three months to reach one million cases. It has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million recorded on July 8.

The number of cases is around triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been more than 568,500 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide. The first death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe and then later in the United States.

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Other places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne, are implementing a second round of shutdowns.

The Reuters tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.

The United States reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections on July 10. In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.

India, the country with the third-highest number of infections, has been contending with an average of 26,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.

In countries with limited testing capacity, case numbers reflect only a proportion of total infections. Experts say official data likely under-represents both infections and deaths.

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