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Trump cuts WHO funding over coronavirus pandemic

US president claims WHO was slow to act and in hock to China, as he battles criticism of his own response to outbreak.

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Health workers in Spain pay tribute to a colleague who died of COVID-19. The coronavirus has now been confirmed in some 1.97 million people around the world [Susana Vera/Reuters]
Health workers in Spain pay tribute to a colleague who died of COVID-19. The coronavirus has now been confirmed in some 1.97 million people around the world [Susana Vera/Reuters]

A summary of the latest developments.

  • US President Donald Trump is cutting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the pandemic. The US is the biggest contributor to the WHO budget.

  • The number of people dying from coronavirus in the US rose by at least 2,228 – the highest in a single day – on Tuesday to exceed 28,300. The country also has more than 600,000 reported cases, three times more than any other country

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economy is expected to shrink by 3 percent this year – the biggest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • Some 1.98 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 126,500 have died, while nearly 486,500 have recovered.

    Source: Al-Jazeera

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