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COVID-19 Death Toll in the US Nearing 100,000, China asks the US to Stop Concocted Lies and Instead Fight Pandemic Unitedly

  • The Memorial Day weekend (May 25, 2020) will not look anything similar to past years as the number of deaths in the United States cross 97,000 (97,149 as per John Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker). Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, said that the daily death toll in the state has reached its lowest level since March 24 to below 100. In some parts of the US, COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic is stabilizing and is planning to reopen and begin an economic recovery. The US has started lifting restrictions just before Memorial Day 2020. The officials of Los Angeles County, the most populous country in the USA, have set up a deadline this week till Independence Day (July 4, 2020) to reopen restaurants, malls, and retail stores as the economy suffers across all verticals. Government officials have urged people to maintain social distancing and also wear masks in public. Recent travel data shows that national parks around the US could become the ideal tourist destination this summer. White House senior advisor Kevin Hassett has said that the unemployment rate in the US could remain in double digits in November 2020. Hassett said in an interview that the unemployment rate might rise to 20% in May 2020, higher than that of 14.7% in April 2020. It may increase further in June 2020 but would trend down after that. Chinese government’s top diplomat and foreign minister Wang Yi has said that the US should stop spreading concocted lies and attack China over COVID-19 pandemic. While sympathizing with US’s death toll nearing 100,000, Wang said that the US must stop its virus slander and instead work closely with China to know the latter’s experience in dealing with the pandemic. World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has said that the coronavirus pandemic has made a soft landfall in Africa with more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus but just 3,100 deaths. WHO’s executive director of Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Mike Ryan, has said that “the disease hasn't taken off in a very fast trajectory” in the continent partly because of its demography, having more than 60% of the population below the age of 25 years. The total global case of confirmed COVID-19 infection has crossed 5,344,521 and 342,694 deaths. The worst-affected countries are the United States (1,622,990 cases, 97,149 deaths), Brazil (347,398 cases, 22,013 deaths), Russia (344,481 cases, 3,541 deaths), United Kingdom (258,511 cases, 36,757 deaths), Spain (235,290 cases, 28,678 deaths), and Italy (229,327 cases, 32,735 deaths).