Trump accuses WHO of coronavirus spread, withdraws funding
Coronavirus outbreak affected the whole planet in just three months. In total, 185 countries reported confirmed coronavirus cases. According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus cases are now very close to two million, it is 1,981,239 people. The COVID-19 killed over 126,000 people.
The United States remain as the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. Americans make more than a quarter of total coronavirus patients in the world. According to the Worldometers real world statistics website, 74,000 people were infected with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and the U.S. reported the highest number. The country accounts for one fifth of a global death toll from the novel coronavirus as well. 2,228 patients died in the last 24 hours there.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he is halting funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), which he accused of grossly mismanaging and covering-up the spread of the novel coronavirus. President Trump noted that the U.S. contributes to the WHO US$400 million annually. He called the WHO responsible for the deaths and infections of thousands of Europeans by recommending them against travel bans with China. The U.S. ignored the advice from the WHO and suspended all flights from China in advance. President Trump said that this decision saved thousands of lives.
“The WHO had failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable,” said the president at the White House news conference.
Spain is the second country in the number of coronavirus cases after the U.S. It has now over 174,000 cases. Italy has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases worldwide. The COVID-19 cases in Italy reached more than 162,000. Germany reported a total of more than 132,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The COVID-19 cases in France exceeded 130,000.
Coronavirus cases rise across Southeast Asia, but the picture is still better than in other parts of the world.
The forensic scientist in Thailand died after catching COVID-19 from a dead patient, The Daily Mail reported. The medical examiner was infected in Bangkok in what is thought to be the first such case anywhere in the world. The researchers from Thailand and India wrote in a letter examining the case that there was a low chance that the forensic practitioner would have come into contact with a living infected patient and caught the disease from him. The medical examiner have had contact with dead bodies, suggesting that was the source of the infection. Scientists recommend forensic professionals to wear protective suits, goggles, gloves and medical masks. Following these recommendations, they can protect themselves from the novel coronavirus while being in a contact with the infected dead bodies.
Meanwhile, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the novel coronavirus spreads fast and it is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which lasted from January 2009 until August 2010. While H1N1/09 virus killed 18,499 people, coronavirus killed over 126,000.
While the global statistics records the new coronavirus deaths, the teams of scientists across the world are working on developing an effective vaccine against the dangerous virus. However, the COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be available for at least 12 months or longer. The WHO spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris said at a press briefing that the vaccine cannot be created while the number of cases rise in the world. Though the number of new cases is easing in some parts of Europe, including Italy and Spain, outbreaks are still growing in the United Kingdom and Turkey.