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Global COVID-19 cases surpasses 58 mn

WASHINGTON: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 58 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.37 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 58,035,296 and 1,379,508, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 12,079,296 and 255,804, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,050,597, while the country’s death toll soared to 132,726.

Trump campaign files for recount of votes in Georgia

WASHINGTON: The Trump Campaign has filed a petition for recount of votes in Georgia, days after US President-elect Joe Biden wrested the Republican stronghold by a little over 1,2000 votes. Democrat Biden became the first Democrat to have won the key battleground state since 1992 after a hand recount of nearly five million votes, that lasted for several days. Georgia hadn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992. In case of a recount, election officials in Georgia will have to re-scan the five million hand-recounted and audited legal ballots. “We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the US Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards,” the Trump campaign said in a late-night statement on Saturday.

Nepal seeks early availability COVID-19 vaccine

KATHMANDU: The Nepali government has sent requests to several countries that are producing Covid-19 vaccines seeking their early availability after they are proven to be effective, officials said here on Sunday. The requests were made after the Nepali government introduced an ordinance last week, paving the way for bringing the vaccines for emergency use, reports Xinhua news agency. “We have sent requests to the countries including China, India, the US, the UK, Russia and Australia for early availability of vaccines,” Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population told Xinhua. “The letters were sent through our foreign ministry. It has been three days that we sent the requests,” Gautam said.

PDM to go ahead with anti-govt rally in Pak

PESHAWAR: The newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of 11 Opposition parties, will hold its anti-government rally here on Sunday, despite being denied permission by the city administration owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country. The rally will be addressed by the usual heavyweights, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, head of the Jamiat Ulema Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) and PDM Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari among other leading figures of parties that are a part of the alliance, the Express Tribune reported on Sunday. Pakistan’s former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, who addressed the previous PDM rally from London via a video link, will not be addressing the Peshawar rally, apparently due to severe kidney pain. The news was confirmed by his daughter Maryam in response to a tweet on Saturday, the report said.