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- US President Donald Trump has attacked the World Well being Group (WHO) as a “puppet of China” as america continues to place strain on the UN company over the coronavirus pandemic.
- The WHO chief has promised an impartial assessment of the worldwide pandemic response, after nations at a digital assembly of the World Well being Meeting referred to as for a probe.
- The US has put aside $11 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing because the nation reopens.
- Globally, there have been greater than 4.7 million recognized instances of COVID-19, and greater than 318,00zero individuals have died, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College. Greater than 1.7 million individuals have recovered.
Listed here are all the most recent updates:
Tuesday, Could 19
00:30 GMT – US guarantees $11b for expanded coronavirus testing
The US Division of Well being and Human Providers has put aside $11 billion in new funding to help coronavirus testing.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) will present $10.25 billion to states, territories and native jurisdictions, the CDC stated in a press release. The Indian Well being Service will present $750 million to IHS, tribal and concrete Indian Well being programmes, it added.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar stated the “historic investment” would allow the US to trace and management the unfold of the virus because the nation reopens.
“For the sake of all Americans health and well-being, we must help Americans get safely back to work and school, and that requires continued expansion of testing, surveillance and contact tracing,” he stated.
23:30 GMT (Monday) – Trump rounds on WHO over dealing with of pandemic
US President Donald Trump has once more attacked the WHO calling the UN company a “puppet of China” that has “done a very sad job” in dealing with the coronavirus.
“The United States pays them $450 million a year, China pays them $38 million a year, And they’re a puppet of China. They’re China-centric to put it nicer, but they’re a puppet of China,” Trump instructed reporters in Washington.
Trump has already suspended US funding of the WHO.
Trump’s feedback got here after the US administration continued to place strain on the WHO over its dealing with of the pandemic at a key assembly of the company’s decision-making physique, the World Well being Meeting.
International COVID-19 response more and more political
23:00 GMT (Monday) – UNESCO says 90 p.c of world’s museums closed
Research from the UN Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) and the Worldwide Council of Museums have confirmed that greater than 85,00zero museums internationally – about 90 p.c of all establishments – have shut due to the coronavirus.
Nearly 13 p.c could by no means reopen, UNESCO added.
UNESCO stated safety of employees, digitisation and stock, in addition to on-line content material improvement had been priorities for museums however famous that there have been massive disparities in digital entry between totally different areas.
Museums could also be briefly closed, however they continue to be a supply of information and discovery for a lot of – now by means of digital excursions specifically.
This Worldwide Museum Day, let’s rejoice the inspirational energy of museums & thank museum staff for his or her helpful contribution. pic.twitter.com/vbtxeGlos4
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) Could 18, 2020
Learn all of the updates from yesterday (Could 18) right here.
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