Trump halts World Health Organization funding saying it 'failed in its basic duty'

Trump halts World Health Organization funding saying it 'failed in its basic duty'

"The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases".

Wednesday's briefing, scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, comes after an Easter weekend of COVID-19 fatalities that launched the USA death toll to the highest in the world.

But they added that they "understand, and value, the vital role that the WHO plays around the world, especially in acute humanitarian settings".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said everyone on the call recognized the importance of continuing to coordinate and collaborate on the science around the pandemic, to work on public health measures and to share information about vaccine development and possible treatments.

"If the virus returns in the fall as some scientists think it may, possibly, these guidelines will ensure that our country is up and running so that we can likewise put it out quickly", he said.

The guidelines say states or regions should meet certain criteria before moving to a phased opening.

The border with Canada reopened soon?

President Donald Trump has said the U.S. has "passed the peak" of new COVID-19 cases and added that some states would reopen this month.

"We want to get our country back", said the US President.

Phase One also stipulates that non-essential travel should be minimized, and that people should avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 "that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing". The ban in force for nearly a month must end on 21 April, unless extended.

There have been more than 27,000 deaths from the virus in the United States.

He announced he would be making a rare trip out of Washington to deliver the commencement address at the West Point military academy in NY, which is scheduled for May 23.

The WHO had also earmarked $300m for the fight against coronavirus in Africa over the next six months, where there are more than 18,000 recorded cases. Globally, the number of cases has topped 2 million, as the death toll has reached over 128,000, the tally showed.

Pence said that a recent disaster declaration for American Samoa marked the first time in American history that all states and territories had been under a disaster declaration.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said earlier Tuesday that while the World Health Organization and China "made mistakes", Trump is also looking to deflect blame from his own administration. Those states, too, are seeing less than 30 new cases a day. About 3.2 million tests have been performed in the country.

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