COVID-19 imperils AIDS progress, UN warns Jul 07, 2020 0 883 12345 AFPParisCOVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV.At the start of a week of virtual International AIDS Conferences, the UN said the world was already way off course in its plan to end the public health threat even before COVID-19.Although AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 60 percent since the peak of the HIV epidemic in 2004, in 2019 around 690,000 still died from the illness. Around 1.7 million people were infected last year, and there are now close to 40 million living with HIV worldwide.The UN’s annual report said that the 2020 target of reducing AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 500,000, and new HIV infections to under 500,000 will now be missed. Millions of people had died in recent decades despite the existence of effective treatments, it said, calling on the world to learn lessons from the AIDS epidemic in its COVID-19 response.“Like the HIV epidemic before it, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing our world’s fragilities -- including persistent economic and social inequalities and woefully inadequate investments in public health,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.Key populations at high-risk of HIV/AIDS are being put in further danger as lockdowns leaves them “even more vulnerable than usual”, the report said. RELATED ARTICLES France’s Louvre reopens to applause after 16-week virus shutdown Jul 07, 2020 0 634 Trump calls on black NASCAR driver to apologise over noose protest Jul 07, 2020 0 958 Britain unveils sanctions against Russians, Saudis Jul 07, 2020 0 1406 Spain court clears extradition of former Mexico oil chief MADRID: A Spanish court said on Monday it was allowing the extradition of a former chief executive of Mexican state oil company PEMEX accused of corruption to his home country. Emilio Lozoya, PEMEX chief from 2012 to 2018, .. Mexican president rejects comparison of virus death toll with France, Spain MEXICO CITY: Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Sunday to compare coronavirus death tolls with European states after the Latin American nation became the fifth hardest-hit country by the .. Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race SANTO DOMINGO: Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic’s presidential race after voters on Sunday braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new .. French ex-spies on trial for ‘sharing secrets’ with China AFP Paris The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court on Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security. Identified only as Pierre-Marie H, .. Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials WASHINGTON: The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a .. Global experts warn of COVID-19 airborne threat AFP Washington An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognise that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two meters .. Trump’s niece to release memoir on July 14 NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece will release her unflattering book on the US president on July 14, her publisher announced on Monday, after a judge lifted a temporary ban on publication. Simon & Schuster has brought .. Supreme Court rules US states can punish ‘faithless electors’ AFP Washington The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support. The unanimous ..