The United States led a chorus of concern from a group of nations on Tuesday over a WHO-backed report into the origins of the coronavirus in China, with accusations swirling that Beijing failed to give proper access to the investigators.
The US released a statement with 13 of its allies — Britain, Japan and Australia among them — saying the inquiry had lacked the data and samples it needed, AFP reported.
Meanwhile, the Covid situation in India has been becoming “bad to worse over the last few weeks,” the Centre said on Wednesday.
“Trends show the virus is still very active just when we think we can control it, it sparks back,” said VK Paul, chairman of the National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration. He, however, denied that the mutated strains have a role to play in this surge.
States are being told to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour — “Use the law, use fine… people need to wear a mask,” he said.
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Ecuador recorded 2,201 new COVID-19 infections and 34 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 327,325 and deaths to 11,912, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday.
The province of Pichincha, where the nation’s capital Quito is located, is the hardest hit by the pandemic, reporting 834 infections, including 799 in Quito, in the last day, ANI reported.
The COVID-19 caseload in Nagaland rose to 12,233 as three more persons have tested
positive for the disease, a health department official said on Tuesday. All newcases were reported from Kohima, PTI reported. The northeastern state now has eight active cases-five in Dimapur and three in Kohima, Health and Family Welfare Department’s Director Dr Denis Hangsing said.
West Bengal’s COVID-19 death count went up to 10,327 on Tuesday after two more persons died due to the disease, the health department said in a bulletin.