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Inside Edition 26 Aug 2020

Melania Trump's RNC Speech Recognizes Toll of COVID-19


Melania Trump delivered her longest speech as first lady during the Republican National Convention. She gave the speech from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden, and addressed the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic with compassion. But the 70 VIP guests in attendance weren't spaced apart by much and no one appeared to be wearing face masks. Inside Edition also learned that not all of the guests were tested for the coronavirus—only the ones in the front row near the president.

The global death toll from COVID-19 has crossed one million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), but the World Health Organization (WHO) says the actual number of deaths is likely to be much higher.
Some 1,000,555 people across the world have now died from the virus, data from JHU showed on Tuesday.
About a fifth of the world's coronavirus deaths have been in the United States.
The daily death toll is on the decline there, but there has been another surge in new infections, and with it fears of a second wave.

Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York, US.
The death toll from COVID-19 is about to surpass one million people around the world. And there are fears that a second wave is just around the corner. To discuss the impact of the coronavirus in the U.S. and around the world, tonight's panels include Dr. William Moss, Executive Director at International Vaccine Access Center; Dr. Calvin Sun, emergency room physician and a professor in emergency medicine, Dr. Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter and an expert on communicable disease control and Maria Paula Carvalho is a journalist and author.
CNN's Brianna Keilar discusses how President Trump and Fox News are dangerously spinning the lethality of Covid-19 and selling Trump's coronavirus infection as "the sacrifice of a true leader."
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reiterated his call to "stop the politicization of COVID-19. A pandemic is not a political football. Wishful thinking or deliberate diversion will not prevent transmissions or save lives."

Speaking at the regular COVID-19 press briefing in Geneva on Monday (26 Oct), the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "over the weekend, a number of leaders critically evaluated their situation and took action to limit the spread of the virus. We understand the pandemic fatigue that people are feeling. It takes a mental and physical toll on everyone. Working from home, children being schooled remotely, not being able to celebrate milestones with friends and family or not being there to mourn loved ones - it's tough and the fatigue is real."

"But we cannot give up. We must not give up," he underlined.

"No one wants more so-called lockdowns," Dr Tedros said. "But if we want to avoid them, we all have to play our part. The fight against this pandemic is everybody's business. We cannot have the economic recovery we want and live our lives the way we did before the pandemic. We can keep our kids in school, we can keep businesses open, we can preserve lives and livelihoods. We can do it. But we must all make trade-offs, compromises and sacrifices."

He also said "where there has been political division at the national level; where there has been blatant disrespect for science and health professionals, confusion has spread and cases and deaths have mounted. This is why I have said repeatedly: stop the politicization of COVID-19. A pandemic is not a political football. Wishful thinking or deliberate diversion will not prevent transmissions or save lives."

"We can avoid national lockdowns, we can avoid massive restrictive movements if everyone plays their part," said Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical lead of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme. " This does mean as the director-general has said, as we have said, it means individual sacrifices. And, in many parts of Europe and in North America in particular, there are many things that each of us can do. The decisions that we make every day about avoiding crowded spaces, about avoiding enclosed settings for prolonged periods of time, about postponing some of those gatherings that we may want to have. And, it's sacrifices that we all have to make."

"We're well behind this virus in Europe. So, getting ahead of it is going to take some serious acceleration in what we do and maybe a much more comprehensive nature of measures that are going to be needed to catch up with and get ahead of this virus," said Dr Mike Ryan Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme. "Testing tells you what your status is today, this hour, it tells you nothing about what your status will be tonight or tomorrow or the next day. And to base your activities or your behavior on that is frankly a dangerous thing to do."

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