Coronavirus latest: Global infections pass two million

The number of reported COVID-19 cases worldwide has passed two million, according to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The milestone comes just two weeks after one million infections were recorded. The United States has the most cases — more than 600,000 — followed by Spain and Italy.

The death toll from the disease has also surged passed 128,000 worldwide. Some 24,000 people have died in the US, while more than 20,000 people have died in Italy.
The pandemic has spread to almost every corner of the globe, with only about a dozen of the World Health Organization’s member states not yet reporting cases. The majority of these are small island-nations in the Pacific Ocean, including Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Palau.
Trump suspends World Health Organization funding
US President Donald Trump said on 14 April that he would halt the country’s funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), pending a review of how the organization has handled the coronavirus pandemic.
The president accused the WHO of mismanaging the outbreak and “covering up the spread” of COVID-19 in a White House press briefing on Tuesday evening. The announcement comes amid criticism of the Trump administration’s own handling of the outbreak, which has now claimed more than 26,000 lives in the United States.
But the WHO warned on 23 January that the coronavirus would be exported from China. And on 30 January, the organization called the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern — its highest alert level.
The United States has contributed more than US$800 million to the WHO over the past two years, making it the largest contributor to the organization’s roughly $2.8-billion annual budget.

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