President Trump announced Tuesday that he instructed his administration to stop funding the World Health Organization until a review is completed on what he calls a mismanagement of the pandemic. The WHO has been criticized for its slow response in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan, but by Jan. 30, the organization declared a global health emergency, after which the president continued to downplay the outbreak and compare it to the flu.
Here are some significant developments:
- The governors of California and Oregon laid out a framework to resume public life and business, a day after President Trump incorrectly claimed that he is the final arbiter on when the United States will reopen.
- The U.S. reported more than 2,300 deaths on Tuesday, a new daily high, and total confirmed fatalities surpassed 26,000 with more than 603,000 infections. New York City reported 3,778 additional fatalities, according to the city’s health department, pushing its total beyond 10,000. The city is now including probable covid-19 deaths in its count.
- Covid-19 checkpoints targeting out-of-state residents in several states, including Rhode Island, Florida and Texas, are drawing complaints and legal scrutiny.
- More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis.
- The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days.
- More than 2,100 U.S. cities are now bracing for budget shortfalls, with many planning cuts and layoffs, according to a new survey.
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