Donal Trump accuses doctors for inflating coronavirus deaths for financial gain

Agencies
October 31, 2020

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Waterford, Oct 31: As the United States continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has accused the American doctors of lying about COVID-19 deaths for financial gain. 

"If you have a bad heart and are ready to die or if you have cancer and you are going to be dying soon and you catch COVID-19 -- that happens -- we mark it down to COVID-19. Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right?" Trump made the allegations just a few days ahead of the Presidential elections.

"Our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is, they say, 'I'm sorry, but you know, everybody dies from Covid.' But in Germany and other places, if you have a heart attack, or have cancer, you're terminally ill, you catch Covid, they say you died of cancer or a heart attack. With us, when in doubt, choose Covid," Trump added.

The US President further said that the reason that there are 'only 3 per cent' visits to the emergency room is a testimony to his relentless efforts.

"Thanks to our relentless efforts -- only 3 per cent of ER (emergency room) visits nationwide are related to the virus. We understand it (COVID-19) now but we are making the turn and the vaccines are coming," he added.

As the US reported more than 90,000 cases taking it beyond the 9 million cases mark-- according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University, Trump attributed the spike in cases to "more testing".

"You know, everything is Covid Covid Covid. You know that. You turn on the news, Covid Covid. And you know, cases are up. Why are cases up? Because we test more than anybody in history. We test much more than India -- they have more than 1.5 billion people. Many countries don't test at all -- we test more. The deaths are down and people are getting better -- I am an example of it, my wife is an example of it," the US President said.

The United States has a total of 9,044,255 COVID-19 cases and 229,686 fatalities -- the worst affected country in terms of most cases and most deaths. The US Presidential Elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 3.

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November 22,2020

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Washington, Nov 23: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 58.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 58,542,174 and 1,386,454, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 12,226,643 and 256,741, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,095,806, while the country's death toll soared to 133,227.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (6,071,401), France (2,191,180), Russia (2,071,858), Spain (1,556,730), the UK (1,515,802), Argentina (1,370,366), Italy (1,408,868), Colombia (1,248,417) and Mexico (1,025,969), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 169,183.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (100,823), the UK (55,120), Italy (49,823), France (48,807), Iran (44,802), Spain (42,619), Argentina (37,002), Russia (35,838), Peru (35,549), Colombia (35,287) and South Africa (20,903).

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November 19,2020

Chinese officials have claimed that traces of Covid-19 were found on more cold-chain imports from different countries, including India, amid increasing criticism from several nations that the testing and restrictions are not based on science and would disrupt trade.

Cold-chain imports from India, Russia and Argentina test positive for Covid-19 in one day in China, state-run Global Times reported on Wednesday.

Two Indian frozen butterfish packages, one Russian frozen salmon packaging sample and two Argentina frozen beef samples tested positive for Covid-19, the report said.

Chinese officials said coronavirus traces were found on packages from 20 countries.

This is the second-time Chinese officials claimed to have found coronavirus on Indian fish exports.

On November 13, China's General Administration of Customs suspended imports of seafood products from an Indian company for one week starting from Friday after Covid-19 was found on the outer packaging of some samples of frozen cuttlefish.

On November 16, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern questioned Chinese officials' assertions that meat products from her country had traces of coronavirus.

“This is incredibly important to New Zealand. We are confident that our products do not, and are not, exported with signs of Covid on them given our status as essentially being Covid-free," Ardern said.

Asked for his reaction to the criticism by New Zealand and other countries that China's most recent Covid-19 restriction on imported products is not based on science and threatens to disrupt trade, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the accusations are totally groundless and unreasonable.

“While the global Covid-19 pandemic remains severe, the competent authorities of the Chinese government have taken necessary, reasonable and justified testing measures on imported food in the spirit of putting people's life and health first," he told a media briefing here on Wednesday.

“We will adjust relevant measures in due course in light of the development of the epidemic situation and the need for prevention and control," Zhao said.

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November 24,2020

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Geneva, Nov 24: "There is now real hope that vaccines, in combination with other tried and tested public health measures, will help to end the pandemic," said the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The WHO chief's remarks came after drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine, developed with Oxford University, was up to 90 percent effective, making it the third major drug company after Pfizer and Moderna to have reported late-stage data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

"The significance of this scientific achievement cannot be overstated. No vaccines in history have been developed as rapidly as these. The scientific community has set a new standard for vaccine development," Tedros added.

He pointed out now the international community must set a new standard for access, as "the urgency with which vaccines have been developed must be matched by the same urgency to distribute them fairly."

Worried that the poorest and most vulnerable countries will be trampled in the stampede for vaccines, WHO established the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator to support global efforts in developing vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, and has joined so far 187 countries in the COVAX facility to collaborate on the procurement and rollout of vaccines, ensuring affordable prices, volumes and timing for all countries.

According to the WHO chief, some US $4.3 billion is needed immediately to support the mass procurement and delivery of vaccines, tests and treatments, while additional US $23.8 billion will be needed next year.

"The International Monetary Fund estimates that if medical solutions can be made available faster and more widely, it could lead to a cumulative increase in global income of almost US $9 trillion by the end of 2025," he said.

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