New Delhi: With officially more than 20,000 deaths all across the world from the novel coronavirus and more than half a million confirmed cases, the numbers are taking a tragic turn, the World Health organisation said. “But let us also remember that around the world, more than a hundred thousand people have recovered,” Tedrox Adhanom Ghebryesus, the director-general of the WHO, said. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Delhi Police Releases List of 'Potentially Dangerous Domains' | Check Here

“Fight, unite and ignites, this will be my message to the world,” WHO  director-general said. “Vaccine is 12-18 months away. In between, we need therapeutics,” he said. Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Wins Hearts, His Foundation Feeds Needy Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | WATCH VIDEO

The United States on Friday announced $174 million financial assistance to 64 countries including $2.9 million to India to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic. This is in addition to the $100 million aid announced by the US in February. Also Read - Audi, Mc Donalds, Coca-Cola And Other Brands Create New ‘Social Distancing’ Logos Amid Coronavirus Crises

The newly announced assistance is part of a larger American global response package across multiple departments and agencies, including the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding is for 64 of the most at-risk countries facing the threat of global pandemic.

The US State Department said it is providing $2.9 million to help the Indian government prepare laboratory systems, activate case finding and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness, and more.

“This builds upon the foundation of more than $1.4 billion in health assistance out of the more than $2.8 billion in US assistance for India over the last 20 years,” the State Department said.

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