Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 29
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden is ready to make his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday night, on the eve of his 100th day in office.
The president is expected to use the address as a chance to boost his 2.3-trillion-U.S.-dollar infrastructure proposal and his newly unveiled American Families Plan focusing on child care and education largely paid for by higher taxes on wealthy Americans, according to media reports. (U.S.-Biden-Congress)
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UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted its first-ever resolution on drowning and designated July 25 every year as World Drowning Prevention Day.
The resolution encourages all UN member states, on a voluntary basis, to appoint a national focal point for drowning prevention; develop a national drowning prevention plan; develop drowning prevention programming in line with World Health Organization recommended interventions; and ensure enactment and effective enforcement of water safety laws. (UN-Drowning)
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BUCHAREST — Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Wednesday signed a decree on the dissolution of the Parliament, setting the date for snap elections on July 11.
Sandu made the decision immediately after the top court declared unconstitutional the 60-day state of emergency voted by parliament on March 31. (Moldova-President-Parliament Dissolution)
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GENEVA — As the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has been on the increase for the ninth consecutive week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that India alone accounted for 38 percent of all infections — or 2,172,063 new cases — recorded in the seven-day period that ended on April 25.
The surge in India is understood to be fueled by the new COVID-19 variant dubbed as the “double mutant” and scientifically identified as B1617. It was “detected at increasing prevalence” among the new cases in the country, according to the WHO. (WHO-India-COVID-19)