President Trump leveled an extraordinary broadside at the Chinese government Friday and attacked the World Health Organization, saying the United States “will today be terminating our relationship” with the U.N. organization.

During remarks delivered in the Rose Garden, Trump said WHO was effectively controlled by Beijing and accused it of misleading the world about the coronavirus at the urging of the Chinese government. The president said the organization’s more than $400 million annual contribution from the United States would be diverted to other health groups.

Meanwhile, slowing rates of infection in some of the hardest-hit parts of the United States offered a glimmer of hope. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said New York City is on track to begin to reopen the week of June 8. The city is the only region in the state that remains under a complete stay-at-home-order. Other parts of the nation and the world, however, are bracing for the worst. Globally, the pandemic has shifted to Latin America and the Middle East, as the global death toll continues to rise.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defended the agency’s failure to spot early coronavirus spread in the United States, saying that even if widespread diagnostic testing had been in place, it would have been like “looking for a needle in a haystack.”
  • Twitter added fact-checking labels to several tweets by a Chinese government spokesman on the coronavirus, the same week the U.S. company deployed similar measures against Trump. “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China,” Trump tweeted Friday.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically scaled back the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans with covid-19 after a major study raised questions about its efficacy and linked it to serious side effects, including higher risks of death.
  • Amid economic instability worsened by the pandemic, Spain approved a nationwide minimum income plan designed to reach 850,000 households.

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