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United States begins withdrawal from World Health Organization over coronavirus response – The Washington Post

United States begins withdrawal from World Health Organization over coronavirus response - The Washington Post 1The Trump administration has sent a letter to the United Nations withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic move that could reshape public health diplomacy.

The notice of withdrawal was delivered to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the letter has not been made public. Under the terms of a joint resolution passed by Congress in 1948, the United States must give a year’s notice in writing and pay its debts to the agency in order to leave.

It is not clear whether the president can pull the United States out of the organization and withdraw funding without Congress. When Trump first threatened to withdraw, Democratic lawmakers argued that doing so would be illegal and vowed to push back.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) tweeted Tuesday that Congress had received notification of the withdrawal.

Source: United States begins withdrawal from World Health Organization over coronavirus response – The Washington Post

WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases – Chicago Tribune

WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases - Chicago Tribune 2GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.

The U.N. health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India.

Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as broader infection.

Overall in the pandemic, WHO reported 8,708,008 cases — 183,020 in the last 24 hours — with 461,715 deaths worldwide, with a daily increase of 4,743.

Source: WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases – Chicago Tribune

Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases

Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases 3BERLIN (AP) — Britain lowered its coronavirus threat level one notch Friday, becoming the latest country to claim it’s getting a national outbreak under control.

The U.K.’s Joint Biosecurity Center recommended moving the COVID-19 risk in the country from the second-highest level, 4 – meaning transmission is high or rising exponentially – to level 3, where an epidemic is in general circulation.

Health officials say there’s been a steady decrease in cases across the U.K. but localized outbreaks are still likely. Britain has Europe’s highest pandemic death toll with more than 42,000 virus-related deaths and over 300,000 confirmed cases.

Source: Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases

Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead

Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead 4New hot spots have emerged globally signaling more trouble ahead as cases have been spiking in several populous nations: from India to South Africa to Mexico.

Source: Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead

Today’s Top Stories: May 19, 2020

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The Lede

Trump probably lied about taking malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine.

(CNN) The fragile foundation of evidence-based reality shoring up Donald Trump’s life and presidency just got even more tenuous.Trump’s admission that he was dosing up on hydroxychloroquine, an unproven and possibly harmful therapy to ward off the coronavirus, appears to conflict with the codes of medical science and is a stunning development given his position.

“Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it,” Trump told shocked reporters when he made the disclosure about a malaria drug he has all but dispensed from the bully pulpit. Trump’s medical choices and the risks he chooses to take are his personal business. But he is not an ordinary citizen, and his use of the therapy sends a conflicting message to Americans told by the US Food and Drug Administration that it is not proven to work against Covid-19 and could be counterproductive.

The President’s preventative pitch even prompted the anchor on duty at the friendly confines of Fox News to warn that some viewers could die if they followed his example. It was not the only moment on Monday when Trump’s personal and political priorities brought him into a collision with evidence. He grouched that Attorney General William Barr said he’s not inclined to pursue criminal charges in a false conspiracy theory against former President Barack Obama and Trump’s 2020 foe, Joe Biden.

“I think if it was me they would do it,” Trump said.


Trump threatens to permanently cut WHO funding, leave body if changes aren’t made within 30 days


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carrier sidelined by coronavirus heads back to sea this week

First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Generates Immune Response, Appears Safe

Taiwan ‘disappointed and angry’ about being excluded from WHO meeting, says it is developing its own coronavirus vaccine

Worldwide:

  • 4,834,449 up from 4,737,299 confirmed infections yesterday.
  • 319,147 up from 315,622 confirmed deaths yesterday.

US stats:

  • 1,509,202 up from 1,486,742 confirmed infections yesterday.
  • 90,373 up from 89,564 confirmed deaths yesterday.

Politics

Former judge to argue against DOJ in Flynn case next month

Trump will not invite Obama to White House for traditional unveiling of the most recent ex-president’s portrait – White House portrait unveiling may be the latest casualty of the political divide

Trump threatens to permanently end WHO funding, says he is taking hydroxychloroquine

Biden hires Chávez granddaughter to help on Latino outreach


Economy

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell testify before Congress this morning.

Powell, Mnuchin testify on coronavirus relief: live blog

Upcoming economic reports this week:

  • Monday – Home Builders Index up to 37 from 30. Good news? Yes.
  • Tuesday – Housing Starts way down to 891,000 from 1,276,000 in the last report.
  • Thursday – Jobless claims
  • Thursday – Leading Economic Indicators

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