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Trump admin ‘passing buck’ on reopening amid pandemic, says New York governor

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NEW YORK, April 18 : New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday he needed federal government help to ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus and reopen his state’s economy, and accused President Donald Trump’s administration of failing to provide funding to states.

“Is there any funding so I can do these things that you want us to do? ‘No,’” Cuomo told a daily briefing on the coronavirus. “That is passing the buck without passing the bucks.”

The broadside came one day after Trump outlined guidelines for a phased reopening of the devastated US economy, an effort that is expected to require mass testing for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

Cuomo said New York, the epicenter of the country’s crisis, would need federal funding to significantly ramp up testing capacity and to fill a $10-$15 billion budget shortfall that is hampering the state’s ability to fund such efforts on its own.

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J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina tests corona positive

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Ravinder Raina, president of the Jammu and Kashmir BJP party tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, doctors said.

“Yes, his test report for COVID-19 has come positive”, doctors said.

The doctors said Raina was being put under isolation in the Narayana hospital in the Katra town of Reasi district.

Just two days back, Raina accompanied Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, national General secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, the local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in the Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the test reports of J&K police chief, Dilbag Singh and Additional DGP, Javaid Mujtaba Gilani came negative.

The two top police officers of the union territory had undergone COVID-19 test after a senior police officer working at the police headquarters had tested positive.

Reports said the police officer who tested positive is asymptomatic and is recovering after he was shifted into isolation by the doctors.

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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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Rahul Gandhi on Kashmir Situation

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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