The World Health Organization has been alerted to the coronavirus crisis by its own office China, not local authorities, according to reports, as Covid-19 cases worldwide have exceeded 11 million and infections in the United States have increased by another 53,000.
The UN health agency has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information necessary to stem the pandemic and of being complacent to Beijing, accusations it denies.
Partly in response to this criticism, it published an initial communications schedule on April 9 in which it stated that the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission had reported cases of pneumonia on the last day of 2019. The news agency Health of the United Nations did not specify who had notified it.
But in a new chronology published this week by the Geneva institution, it indicates that the WHO office in China notified to its regional contact point on December 31 a case of “viral pneumonia” after having found a declaration for the media on a Wuhan Health Commission website on the matter.
According to Agence France-Presse, the WHO epidemic information service collected another report the same day transmitted by the international epidemiological surveillance network ProMed – based in the United States – on the same group of pneumonia cases from unknown causes in Wuhan.
WHO then twice asked the Chinese authorities, on January 1 and January 2, for information about these cases. This information was provided on January 3.
Trump has announced that his country, the WHO’s main financial contributor, will sever ties with the WHO, accusing it of being too close to China and of mismanaging the pandemic. WHO denies complacency towards China.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now 11 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. It claimed the lives of more than 524,000 people.
the United States marked the start of the July 4 holiday weekend with a further significant increase in cases of coronavirus.
Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee all set day records for new cases on Friday, according to Reuters. The American daily count was 53,483 on Friday evening, below the previous day’s record of 55,405. The country has recorded nearly 2.8 million cases.
Brazil reported an additional 1,290 deaths and 42,223 new cases on Friday. It remains the second worst in terms of number of cases in the world with more than 1.5 million, behind the United States.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, tested positive for the virus, American media reported. The former Fox News presenter is a key fundraiser for the President’s re-election campaign and is the last person in the Trump circle to be infected. It would have been asymptomatic.
Hairdressers and wedding venues open in England the minute the government deadline passed midnight Friday.
Salaon has been closed for months but was allowed to open from Saturday. Pubs and restaurants in England will be allowed to open at 6 a.m. local time, with Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, warning people to behave and “do not blow it up”.
Sandra Jacobs had her hair cut in a salon in Camden, north London, telling reporters it was “such a relief, I can’t tell you … My hair was everywhere.” I wore hats to hide it. ”
Portugal The government has expressed its anger at having been excluded from the list of countries designated as safe for English holidaymakers when the so-called “air bridges” will open across Europe next week.
The epidemic in the state of Victoria has divided Australia. After days when the number of new cases has not increased significantly, the state recorded its highest single daily total since March 28 with 108 new infections.