A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak
Kevin Rawlinson – The Guardian
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Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
Global death toll passes 125,000
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 1,961,965 people have been infected and at least 125,678 have died since the outbreak began.
The figures are likely to be underestimates because of differing reporting regimes and suspected underreporting of data by some countries.
Trump orders halt to WHO funding
The US president, Donald Trump, says he is instructing his administration to “halt funding” for the World Health Organization (WHO).
Trump has accused the body of failing to issue warnings about the pandemic early enough. The same day the World Health Organization Trump raised the global risk from the virus to its highest level, Trump called the pandemic a “hoax”.
France summons Chinese envoy
France’s foreign minister summons the Chinese envoy after the embassy published a second article on its website criticising western handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “Certain publicly voiced opinions by representatives of the Chinese embassy in France are not in line with the quality of the bilateral relation between our two countries.”
France suffers 762 more deaths
Health authorities in France report 762 new deaths, including 559 in hospitals and 221 in care homes. In total, the number of confirmed cases reported by France is 103,573; up 5,497 in 24 hours.
Canada shutdown ‘going to be weeks still’
Justin Trudeau warns that Canada’s economic shutdown is likely to remain in place for weeks, as infections continue to climb across the country. “It is going to be important to get our economy going – but we’re going to have to remain vigilant until such a time as a vaccine is found,” he says.
Global airline revenues ‘to fall by half’
Global airline revenues are forecast to drop by more than half – $314bn (£249bn) – in 2020, as the industry warns that its “outlook grows darker by the day”.
IMF foresees need for more money
The International Monetary Fund views its $1tn (£790bn) in lending capacity as “quite substantial” to help members deal with the pandemic, but believes further resources may be needed as the full brunt of the crisis reaches developing countries.
Its chief economist, Gita Gopinath, told Reuters that 100 of the 189 members – of whom half are low-income countries – have now contacted the global lender about receiving emergency funding to beef up their efforts to contain the outbreak and mitigate its economic impact.
UK death toll passes 12,000
A further 778 deaths are recorded in hospitals in the UK, taking the total to at least 12,107, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care says. The true extent is likely to be greater because the data do not include deaths in other settings and many National Health Service trusts are still collating figures from over the bank holiday period.
New York ‘at the apex’ of outbreak, says governor
New York’s hospitalisations fell slightly on Monday, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announces. “We think we are at the apex,” Cuomo says, adding that 1,600 new people came in to New York hospitals. The decrease is attributed to people recovering and being discharged.
EU countries take first steps towards easing lockdowns
Italy, Spain and Austria allow partial returns to work as countries across Europe report further falls in new cases and begin taking the first cautious steps out of lockdown to revive their battered economies.