Coronavirus live news: WHO promises independent review into global response as US deaths pass 90,000

Posted by on May 18, 2020 7:35 pm
Categories: Global Stories

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12.35am BST

The coronavirus death told in the US passed 90,000 Monday, and the number of cases climbed above 1.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The milestone came as more states seek to loosen restrictions and the president tweeted, “REOPEN OUR COUNTRY!”


12.29am BST

The World Health Organization said on Monday an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible, and received backing and a hefty pledge of funds from China, in the spotlight as the origin of the pandemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during a virtual meeting of the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, at which Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his country’s own handling of the crisis.

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