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G-20 nations pledge a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in the world
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G-20 nations pledge a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in the world

On Sunday, In a G20 virtual meeting, world leaders pledged to provide a fair distribution of coronavirus vaccine around the world, however, offered no particular new funding to meet that objective.

“We have a responsibility to rise to the challenge together during this meeting,” King Salman announced as he inaugurated the meeting. 

The summit is held online for the first time due to the pandemic. The members are talking about the effect of the Covid on the world economy and exploring ideas to invigorate financial recuperation and development. 

The Summit was facilitated by Saudi Arabia. His Highness King Salman’s statement was made as worldwide Covid cases reached 58 million, and overall deaths by the virus reached 1.4 million, as indicated by Johns Hopkins University. 

The G-20 members are worried that the pandemic will extend the gap between the wealthy and the poor. To battle that, the European Union asked for commitments adding up to $4.5 billion to Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, a worldwide effort to accelerate the development and dissemination of vaccines, treatment, and tests as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

King Salman called on member nations to reassure the global community of reasonable and impartial admittance to the vaccine. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised more than 500 million euros (almost USD 593 million). Russia’s President Vladimir Putin proposed Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, and China offered to coordinate on the vaccine. 

U.S. President Donald Trump, who dodged a few meetings on Saturday to play golf, paid little consideration to other pioneers’ speech and alleged that the Paris climate deal was planned not to spare the planet but rather to destroy the US economy. 

The White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed that Trump discussed the need to cooperate to reestablish financial development, yet she didn’t refer to a U.S. vow to help the worldwide distribution of the vaccine.

 As Trump left the virtual conference, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, said in a Treasury Department stated that the 7-month-old Debt Service Suspension Initiative “is a fundamental accomplishment of the G-20 because of the pandemic.” 

The initiative intends to enable the world’s least fortunate nations to tussle with the results of the pandemic until mid-2021. 

Treasury’s statement added that the G-20’s Common Framework would enable the poorest nations to address pandemic-induced debt issues “by organizing sovereign debt resolution if necessary.” 

Russian President Putin also focused on the aftermaths of the virus on the world economy, causing a crisis that caused famine in many parts of the world, as well as poverty and job cuts, which are the greatest dangers to humankind today.” 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that “Decisions made in the summit will be decisive for limiting the negative impacts of coronavirus for the world and also respond to the world’s expectations.” 

G-20 member nations incorporate Argentina, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United States, Turkey, and the European Union. 

The EU and the UN stated that there is a £4.5bn financing setback this year that the G20 countries should help to reach. Nations have so far put $10bn in the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and in the Covax Facility. 

The majority of the meeting zeroed in on guaranteeing that when the coronavirus vaccines will launch in the market, it will be accessible at reasonable costs in poor nations.

Giuliani claims evidences of U.S. electoral fraud, but he can’t reveal it
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Giuliani claims evidences of U.S. electoral fraud, but he can’t reveal it

Giuliani claims evidences of U.S. electoral fraud: All the fault of the press: “It covers Biden’s misdeeds” directly accused of being “the mind of fraud prepared in advance.” Endorsed by the FBI: “Where have they been in the last four years?”. And then, of course, the usual George Soros who, according to conspiracy theorists, is plotting in the shadows to overturn the world order. Together with the ceased Hugo Chavez, this time he would have hatched a big global scam to make Donald Trump lose the election. Helped by the Philadelphia mafia, organized “Antifa” groups from China, and even the Clinton Foundation. Tool of the mega-fraud would be the company Dominion Voting System which developed the software of the voting machines used in 27 states: it would have linked “with communist companies founded in Venezuela.”

urreal. That is how many American observers have defined the press conference of Rudy Giuliani.  The former mayor of New York City and personal lawyer of Donald Trump, flanked by Sidney Powell, the lawyer of that general Michael Flynn, whose head was the first to fall into the field of Russiagate. Together, from the headquarters of the Republican committee in Washington, they tried to explain why the defeat of the incumbent president would be the result of electoral fraud. Without presenting even a piece of evidence to support the odd thesis. And indeed, reacting to the journalists’ questions accusing them of being in bad faith and ignoring the complaints made: “I have a lot of evidence, but I can’t reveal it. I don’t find witnesses willing to testify in court because they receive intimidation and death threats. They fear that their career will be destroyed. And it’s your fault that you hysterically and biased four years of the Trump administration,” Giuliani said.

The former mayor of New York, 76, is the same one who suggested to the president to play the “Law and Order” card in the wake of the racial protests. Only to be framed by the satirist Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene of the new Borat while lying on the bed of a hotel room full of hidden cameras. He slips his hands in the pants, thinking he is alone with an allegedly underage journalist, initially attacked Biden head-on: “He planned everything.”

Then he corrected himself: “I don’t know if Biden is aware of the fraud or not, I don’t even know how much control he has of the party.” Going to argue that the entire mail-order vote is a fraud: “It could be Mickey Mouse; it could be a dead person. The ballots could have been filled in 30 times by the same person. All of these things have happened. And you don’t want to tell.” And never mind if the 2020 electoral process has been called “the safest in American history” by the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council made up of Homeland Security officials. That statement two days ago prompted President Trump to react in anger, firing the head of the facility, Chris Krebs.

And to think that it was announced as the presentation of the path to victory, the new legal initiatives aimed at demonstrating that Biden victory is only the result of fraud. Instead, it went even worse than the one organized in Philadelphia in the aftermath of the elections. When instead of booking a space at the Four Seasons, the Republican delegation, the usual Giuliani in the lead, accidentally found itself in the backroom of a garden shop in the suburbs.

The head of the outgoing president’s legal team, $ 20,000 a day in fees, therefore pitted the content of affidavits, partly already cited previously, many already rejected by individual courts, insisting that the dem “stole the elections.” And he did it by sweating profusely, to the point of even dripping the dye from his hair – obviously freshly made – down his cheek. Send Twitter users into raptures. Another topic of his tirade was the social distance imposed on the observers: “That in this way they could see little and nothing,” he insisted, even citing a scene by the 1992 movie “My cousin Vinny”.

Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign tries to make yet another federal appeal in Michigan, calling for a halt to the certification of the vote in Wayne County, which includes Detroit. In this country, the ball was unanimously certified by the representatives of the polling station. But now, the two Republicans claim to have done so under threat. The backtracking of the two, however, will hardly invalidate the certification of the vote. The president, determined not to give up until the end, has invited the Republicans of Michigan to the White House for tomorrow. It is not yet clear how many will accept it, but it is an unprecedented step.

Australia Japan to reinforce defense ties amid the rising Chinese economy
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Australia Japan to reinforce defense ties amid the rising Chinese economy

Australia Japan to reinforce defense ties: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Japan to hold a meeting with his Japanese ally, Yoshihide Suga, to reinforce defense ties between the two US partners to counter China’s growing economy and its developing confidence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two nations are near to conclude a Reciprocal Access Agreement, a lawful system to permit their soldiers to visit each other’s nations and conduct joint training and exercises. Morrison and Suga going to conclude the agreement on Tuesday. 

They are additionally expected to talk about the worsening Covid situation and the declining economy, Japanese authorities announced. 

Whenever marked, it will be Japan’s first such deal since the 1960 status of forces deal with the United States, which set bases for around 50,000 American soldiers to work in and around Japan under the Japan-US security agreement. 

Japan is dedicated towards maintaining and deepening its 60-year-old partnership with the US. As the foundation of Japanese discretion and security, however, has as of late tried to supplement its regional defense by venturing up cooperation with others, particularly Australia, in China’s developing sea activity that has spread from the East and South China oceans. 

Bach and Morrison are in Tokyo this week and utilized the opportunity to discuss adjacent to IOC member and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates about the Olympics.

Japan clings to self-defense and boycotts first strikes under its postwar pacifist ideology, however, has supported its defense capacity and spending under the former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. 

Abe pushed Japan’s military weapons and cooperation agreement with the US as it progressively works alongside US troops and reinforced buying of expensive stealth fighters and various weapons from the USA. 

Suga, who took charge of Japan in mid-September following Abe’s resignation because of medical reasons, is continuing on his predecessor’s strategic and security policies.

Japan regards Australia as a semi-partner and the two nations for the first time consented to a defense agreement in 2007.

The two nations conceded to the sharing of military supplies in 2013, extending it in 2017 to include weapons after Japan eased limitations on arms supply transfers.

Japan has started the Free and Open Indo-Pacific” vision of financial and security collaboration as a counter to China’s impact, and as of late facilitated foreign ministerial discussions among the nations known as the Quad that additionally incorporates Australia, the US, and India. 

They presently to bring in more nations in Southeast Asia and beyond that share matters related to China’s expanding assertiveness in the region. 

China denies violating any international laws in its actions in the regional sea and has condemned the Quad as a NATO in Asia against China. 

Japan and Australia both have reported economic challenges with Beijing and various sanctions being placed on many products.

Washington denounces China’s new law and the expelling of opposition lawmakers
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Washington denounces China’s new law and the expelling of opposition lawmakers

Washington denounces China’s new law: Hong Kong has dived further into tensions after a new law was passed by Beijing under which they had disqualified few opposition members by calling them unpatriotic and claimed that they incited the whole pro-democracy protest.

Robert O’Brien, the US national security advisor, blamed China for having “outrageously abused” its global commitments and warned to impose further fresh sanctions on those answerable for quenching Hong Kong’s freedom and democracy. 

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities could confront new sanctions from the United States over their imposing of the new law that disbarred four pro-democracy lawmakers and provoked a statement of a mass resignation by the supportive of the pro-democracy council. 

Within minutes after the disqualifying legislation was declared by Chinese state media, the Hong Kong government delivered an official statement in which they prohibited four lawmakers.

The mass resignation would likewise leave Hong Kong’s governing body with just pro-Beijing legislators, who as of now make a majority, however, would have the option to pass bills in parliament supported by Beijing with the absence of much opposition.

On Wednesday, China’s highest administrative body passed a measure to banish anybody from Hong Kong’s legislative council who wish to supports autonomy, and reject to recognize Beijing’s government over Hong Kong. However, seeking help from foreign nations or forces to meddle in the internal issues of the region or to employ different acts that jeopardize country’s national security, they could face similar consequences. 

Under the new law, the legislators who are deemed to advance or support Hong Kong’s autonomy, or who won’t recognize Beijing’s government, will “quickly lose their qualification,” the new law stated. 

On Monday, the city’s 15 pro-democracy legislators declared that they would also resign stating that the “One Country Two Systems” structure that had intended to provide Hong Kong with more prominent self-rule from the region has ended. 

The administration clampdown comes after the months-long pro-democracy protest, While some Hong Kong activists including former legislators and dissent pioneers have looked for political refuge in different nations, dreading their security under the new bill. 

However, in June, Beijing had announced a new national security law that some have called draconian after the anti-legislature protests shook the city for quite a long time, and it has utilized it to take action against opposition cries. 

Accordingly, the U.S. imposed sanctions on a few authorities, including Lam. A few Western nations have halted their extradition treaty with the region, and Australia and Britain have offered Hong Kongers simpler ways to settle in those nations. 

Beijing has lashed out at these offers and called it gross foreign interference in the Chinese government. Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Wang Wenbin stated on Wednesday that disqualifications were important to keep up rule of law and the constitution in Hong Kong. 

Beijing’s most recent crackdown in Hong Kong has become a source of stress on both sides. Under US President Trump, Washington had revoked the special relationship with Hong Kong, pronouncing it would be dealt with similar to China. The US is thinking of imposing more sanctions on Chinese officials for passing an unjust law and also following the resignation of opposition legislators.

UAE congratulates Biden and places hope in his counter terrorism policy towards Middle East
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UAE congratulates Biden and places hope in his counter terrorism policy towards Middle East

UAE congratulates Biden and places hope in his counter terrorism policy towards Middle East: On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, congratulated the new US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their US election win.

Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the President-Elect of the United States @JoeBiden and Vice President-Elect @KamalaHarris. We look forward to strengthening our five-decade enduring and strategic relations.”

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, joined UAE ruler in congratulating the newly elected US Democrat leaders. Sheikh Mohamed took to Twitter and said, “Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together.”

On Saturday, Joe Biden was announced as 46th US President. He is the oldest elected US president, and his team mate Kamala Harris is the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the country. The news was made official after results of the states Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were revealed, which gave him enough votes to secure the presidency.

UAE was among the first few nations who were quick to acknowledge Biden’s Presidency despite controversial claims by his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, who has challenged the legitimacy of the current presidential elections. Last week, Trump threatened to take the matter to US Supreme Court as he claimed victory in the elections even before vote count was over.

UAE has been one of the oldest allies of US which supports Washington in its endeavours to combat terrorism and promote peace all across the globe. Besides, UAE and Biden also share an old bond which goes back to the Obama administration days. During the Obama presidency, Joe Biden served as the country’s Vice President and the team of two was known their fervently anti-terrorism policies, which were more agile, more transparent, and more ethical than the ones adopted by the George W. Bush administration. UAE supported Obama’s new counter terrorist policy which was a break away from the overreliance characteristic of the Bush era, which led to US invasion of Iraq in 2003. That war, in turn, compromised US war against al Qaeda. UAE extended all the support to Obama administration in terms of resources, finances, and intelligence to fight ISIS, Al Qaeda and other extremist groups in the region.

Biden welcomed, the historic UAE-Israel peace agreement. In his statement over the deal, US President-elect said, “The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative. I personally spent time with leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building the case for cooperation and broader engagement and the benefits it could deliver to both nations, and I am gratified by today’s announcement.” 

He also applauded the role American diplomacy in ending the decades old animosity between the two sides, as he added that both Emirates and Israel has shown keen interest in “preserving the prospects for peace in the region”. But he strongly opposed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan and said that it “would be a body blow to the cause of peace, which is why I oppose it now and would oppose it as president”.  UAE and Biden shared a common ground against Netanyahu’s annexation plan as UAE ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, wrote a detailed article in Israeli newspaper, explaining how the annexation would cause serious setback to the bettering of relations between Israel and the Arab world.

Biden and UAE both took stand favouring two-state solution for Palestinian crisis. Besdies, UAE also took a leap of faith, giving peace a chance to resolve the issues with Israel. Biden in his statement said, “A Biden-Harris Administration will seek to build on this progress, and will challenge all the nations of the region to keep pace.”

During his recent election campaign, Biden emphasised that with regard to his foreign policy he would focus on re-building US ties with its allies in order to prevent any rampant friction and would always prefer to explore the power of diplomacy over other tactics. 

Australia Tried To Mend Ties With China Over Expo Visit
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Australia Tried To Mend Ties With China Over Expo Visit

The recent visit by the Australian ambassador to the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai is being seen as a desperate move to reconcile differences.  

Australian Ambassador to China, Graham Fletcher is visiting China, after Shanghai stopped exports for seven categories of key commodities of the Australian market. This has hit the Australian economy severely after the pandemic led slowdown in the economy. 

Some Chinese political analysts believe it clearly shows Australia’s need for the Chinese market. Since the onset of the pandemic, trade relations had started to sour between Australia and China. The skirmish that was sparked by Australia urging a formal inquiry into the origins of the Coronavirus, may now erupt into a trade war. 

The Chinese consumer’s sensibilities is greatly fueled by its sense of importance as a sovereign nation. This time; that has taken a beating, with Australia pointing fingers at China’s dubious dealing with the outbreak of the virus from its key meat market in Wuhan.

This has also shown in the way China has already asked traders to stop purchasing at least seven categories of Australian products – coal, barley, copper ore and concentrate, sugar, timber, wine and lobsters. The “most sweeping” halt will begin from tomorrow. 

It seems Australia is experiencing a foot-in-the-mouth moment where it now regrets its stand. The truth is, that, it cannot afford to lose China has its single largest export trade partner, lest it can rustle up replacements quickly. 

On its side, China has made it clear, they want Australia to speak for itself and not be a mouthpiece of the US. Earlier this year, Australia seemed to be participating in the Trump lead anti-China campaign. However, this anti-propaganda has landed it up in a deep soup. Decoupling is going to take time, as the Australian economy has been dependent on China for decades. According to some political bigwigs, Australia is not prepared to look for greener pastures.

Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’
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Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’

On Wednesday, as the results of the United States presidential elections are awaited, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that whom the US chooses as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran, Reuter’s reports. 

“For Tehran, the following United States administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” Rouhani stated in a cabinet meeting. 

As per analysts, Rouhani was referring to the 2015 Iran atomic accord that President Trump pulled out from in May 2018. Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal and forced many economic sanctions on Iran. However, Iran has consistently disregarded its atomic commitments and enriched uranium exceeding what’s allowed under the accord, the UN nuclear watchdog reported.

Pressures between the US and Iran have been sharp for quite a long time, however, it hit its boiling point, when Washington killed Iranian army commander Qasem Soleimani, and Tehran reacted with missile strikes on Iraqi bases lodging US troops.

Trump explained that he ordered an airstrike in Iraq to execute Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani – a move that past US presidents had considered provocative, which further added to the already strained relationship between the two nations. 

The point of contention included authority over Iran’s oil holds, United States political interference in Tehran, Iran’s longing for atomic power, and the two nations’ developing impact in the Middle East. 

In 2016, President Trump signs an order prohibiting nationals from seven Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering America for 90 days. Iran calls the ban “an undeniable disrespect to the Islamic world” and reacts by directing a ballistic missile test. The growing strains between the two nations raised worries about the fate of the Iran atomic agreement.

In 2018, Trump withdrew from the Iran atomic deal, which he saw as unfair. He also announced that he will impose sanctions on Iran. 

Pressures further escalated in June 2019, after assaults on oil Persian Gulf and oil offices in Saudi Arabia, as well as the bringing down of a US drone.

The US authorities have consistently stressed that threats to the freedom of the route in the Gulf and the oil trade are inadmissible, yet the Trump government makes no move. 

The United States has recently hit hard and imposed fresh sanctions on 18 Banks in Iran, by additional hindering it from the global financial banking systems and forestalling the country’s endeavors to produce atomic weapons. 

The new sanctions will check Iran’s financial resources that could be used to support its nuclear program, uranium enrichment, radical terrorism, and hostile regional impact. 

The move was reprimanded by European allies who advised that sanctioning banks could crush the humanitarian situation in Iran as it requires meds and food amid the economic and coronavirus crisis. 

On Wednesday, Rouhani stated in a broadcast cabinet meeting that for Tehran, the following US administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” The National reported.

President Donald Trump’s continued sanctions that have injured Iran’s economy. In retaliation, Iran has step by step decreased compliance with agreement terms. 

Though, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to rejoin Iran’s 2015 atomic deal with six forces if Iran restores agreement with it. 

Regardless of who wins the US political race … For Iran, principles and policies are important,” Rouhani stated. 

Recently, Trump has stated that he wants to work out a new deal with Tehran that would discuss Iran’s missile program and backing for provincial mediators in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.

On Nov 4, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rejected the idea of a new deal on the standing of the 2015 atomic agreement during the term of the next US president. 

In Sept 2019, Rouhani had expressed that Iran won’t hold bilateral discussions with the United States until it removes all its imposed sanctions from Iran. Also, it can begin a multilateral dialogue among Iran and other parties to a 2015 atomic deal, Reuters detailed. 

On Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also expressed that the 2020 US presidential race’s outcome won’t affect Tehran’s policy towards America.

Coronavirus infection spread: Symptomatic vs Asymptomatic, What do we know?
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Coronavirus infection spread: Symptomatic vs Asymptomatic, What do we know?

Coronavirus infection transmission rate and the potency of infection spread from asymptomatic patients is still “unknown”, World Health Organization clarified on Tuesday. This was after Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’S COVID-19 technical lead said on Monday that infection spread from asymptomatic cases is “very rare”. The fact that this observation was based on a small study group, makes it not reliable.

Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Michael Ryan said that undoubtedly there is transmission of infection from asymptomatic sources and that he was “absolutely convinced” about it. Just the question left is that “how much” infection spread rate is from patients displaying no symptoms.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, who is also the WHO’S Head of Emerging Diseases clarified the distinctive features between three categories of coronavirus patients/ carriers.

  • Asymptomatic patients – these are the ones who never develop any symptoms to infection, and therefore sometimes might go undetected.
  • Pre-symptomatic – These patients do not have any symptoms when they are tested positive, but they develop them later on.
  • Mild symptomatic – These people have very mild or common (atypical) symptoms and they usually do not realize they have the infection, and go undetected.

These minor differences between categories, which are seldom not mentioned in the reports, along with small sample size for study make it significantly difficult to draw any conclusions regarding carriers and spread of coronavirus infection.

But Dr. Van Kerkhove suggested that available evidences indicate lower infection spread instances from patients who never develop the symptoms or are asymptomatic, when compared to patients with mild or moderate-severe symptoms.  

According to studies conducted by the WHO in various random sample groups of asymptomatic cases, when contact tracing was done it was discovered that there were very low secondary infection cases among people who came in contact with asymptomatic patients.

WHO published in “guidance on wearing masks” on weekend, based on the study concluding “The available evidence from contact tracing reported by member states suggests that asymptomatically-infected individuals are much less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms.”

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) in UK after consistent sample testing of patients concluded that only 29% of positive tested patients of COVID-19 reported “any evidence of symptoms” when they were tested positive, or previous or following visits.

Symptomatic patients – highest risk carriers

 Contact tracing sample studies in many countries provides evidence that “true asymptomatic” cases “rarely transmit” infection. But the studies also indicate that there can be infection transmission before or on the day symptoms appear when they are mild in severity, stated Prof. Babak Javid who is an Infectious Diseases Consultant at the University of Cambridge.

Around three days before the patients first develop symptoms, there can be a detectable load of virus present in their system, which is capable of transmission relatively higher just before or on the day of symptoms appearance.

The asymptomatic cases can transmit the infection, but the relative high infection spread by symptomatic patients provides suitable evidence that they are the “highest risk” category of carriers.

The evidence collected through studies suggests – a positive case doesn’t directly indicate the transmission capacity of the patient or how much virus is in their system, also known as “Viral Load”. But when a patient displays symptoms like sneezing and coughing and the amount of contact he has with other people, directly influences how likely he can transmit the infection. It has been substantially determined that coronavirus mainly “passes through infectious droplets”. This determines that when a patient sneezes or coughs, he is most prone to pass on the infection, pointed out Dr. Van Kerkhove.

Thousand people a year killed by police in the US
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Thousand people a year killed by police in the US

Since 2015, police have killed nearly a thousand people a year in the US with firearms, with a total of 5400 victims to date. According to the Washington Post, 463 people died at the hands of the agents this year.There was also tension at the American newspaper office following the backdrop of racial protests for the killing of George Floyd by the police. The editors of the Washington Post split after Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize 2016 and a newsroom star for his investigations into police brutality at the center of the debate these days, left the newspaper after being threatened with dismissal by director Marty Baron.

Baron is perhaps the editor of America’s most illustrious newspapers, after having won the Pulitzer at the Boston Globe for the scoop on the paedophilia of the clergy, on the investigations, the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” was shot, and other awards of excellence Washington Post journalism. The director previously asked Lowery to follow the editorial line of the newspaper, which forbids journalists from expressing too personal opinions on Twitter and television.

In the meantime, Joe Biden has made it known that he does not agree with the De-fund the police campaign. The initiative has been promoted during the protests against George Floyd’s death, to remove or reduce the funds to the police department and use them to solve economic and local communities’ problems. As his proposal on criminal justice made clear months ago, the former vice president doesn’t believe the police should be deprived of funds, said the spokesman Andrew Bates.

Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, the dems today announced legislation to reform the police and justice.Among the main points, the demilitarization of the police by limiting the transfer of military weapons to local and state departments, the obligation of video cameras on the dashboard of cars and on the body of agents to combat police brutality, ban tightening of the neck, warrantless searches in drug cases, and put an end to racial profiling.”This moment of national anguish is turning into a national action movement as Americans across the country peacefully protest to demand an end to injustice,” said Pelosi.

Dem MPs, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, observed 8.46 minutes of silence in the Emancipation hall of Capitol Hill, the same time that an agent held his knee on the George Floyd’s neck causing his death. An act of respect for Floyd but also for the other victims of police brutality. Deputies and senators remained on one knee, another gesture of protest against racial iniquities.

How misinformation plays Trump card around George Floyd death
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How misinformation plays Trump card around George Floyd death

The African American citizen George Floyd was a previous offender and criminal. But the brutality of his death has shaken up America and many other nations alike. The 46 years old African American lost his life to police brutality, something which was filmed and viewed millions of times on various social media handles.

A multitude of civilians already harried due to corona virus scares and loss of jobs is angry, mobbing city bounds across the globe, shouting out for justice against racial discrimination. Previous instances of similar cases have also found mention in the mass protests that have rocked the world intrepidly over the weekend.

The world has not recovered from the uncertainty of survival to the Corona Virus. Yet people have busied themselves mimicking the death of Floyd by lying on the floor face down showing their solidarity. Floyd was pushed to the ground for almost nine minutes before he went unconscious and was later declared dead.

Photo and video grabs show people thronging streets and prominent city centres and historical hotspots. Some have gone ahead and defaced public property and given rather violent outcome to peaceful protests. Media sources are confirming the play of miscreants that are taking advantage of the sentiments of the masses.

The protests have stretched to Tokyo, Berlin, Spain, UK, Denmark, and Hungry not to forget the epicenter of the eruption- America itself. All four officers present at the time of his arrests, have been charged- one with second degree murder as well.

But what has blown the protests out of proportions is a blatant use of social media and a whole lot of misinformation that has done rounds on various channels. The social media has given the common man power; and sometimes too much of it as well. The crime was committed, recorded and therefore cannot be ignored. It might have had racial implications behind the police brutality. But the wave of misinformation that has come with it, is becoming difficult to handle for city administrations and police personnel across the globe.

According to Euronews, there has been a lot of misinformation doing rounds on the social media. Old clips are being posted and circulated. Most of them are isolated cases of assault that occurred anytime between the years 2014-2020, has been implicate to George Floyd’s death and is now (wrongly) building up hatred for police personnel in America.

The correspondents from major dailies in America and the UK have admitted that visual investigation has never been as important as it has become today, owing to the fact that a lot of misinformation could have lead to other catastrophic outcomes, had there not been visual evidence to substantiate what actually happened with George Floyd.

With the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ the globe is resonating and shouting against racial discrimination at every level, which includes various such instances of the past where Asians being subjugated in Australia as well. They might not hold relevance here right now but will only add more fuel to this uncontrollable fire.

George Floyd lost his life under the knee of a Minneapolis police man who pinned him down ,handcuffed as Floyd begged for him to free his neck, as he said ‘I can’t breathe’ for almost 16 times.

Similar demonstrations have been seen in Toronto itself. The same has seen solidarity from the prime minister who himself is said to have kneeled on one knee with his mask on to show solidarity amongst Americans and unity for all.

In Paris, several thousand demonstrators ignored a protest ban — issued due to the coronavirus pandemic — and assembled within sight of the U.S. Embassy, kept back by imposing barriers and riot police. An estimated 15,000 people gathered in the heart of Manchester, England, while 2,000 people joined in a demonstration in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

The mass protests are a breeding ground for easy corona virus contractions and can push the various countries into second and third waves of infections again. Political analysts are right in fearing this.

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