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Trump accused the organization of permitting China to cover up the real range of the coronavirus, which has currently infected more than 600,000 Americans and killed not less than 26,000. There are near to 2 million confirmed infections of the virus globalwide. Bill Gates slapped Trump for halting the $400 million in US funding for the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic. Trump said he would stop the $400 million to $500 million of US funding for the body, awaiting an examination into what he saw as its helping China in concealing the fresh coronavirus.The Microsoft cofounder said that during the coronavirus pandemic, he said the world needs WHO now more than ever. The coronavirus pandemic is near to reaching 2 million confirmed cases worldwide. In excess of 600,000 people in the US have been reported infected, as stated by Johns Hopkins University data. Bill Gates has lambasted President Donald Trump’s decision to cut US funding for the World Health Organization, saying that the timing is dangerous. US Democratic lawmakers have also criticized the move; in the meantime WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated currently was not the time to “politicize” the pandemic. Gates, who has long cautioned against a pandemic, has promised $100 million toward fighting the coronavirus outbreak via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres mentioned President Trump’s hold on funding to the World Health Organization should not occur during the global coronavirus pandemic. Trump announced Tuesday at the White House that the United States would halt payments to the WHO while the administration reviews how the international body handled the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Guterres said the decision was bad timing. The UN chief disclosed in a Tuesday statement that it is not the time to lessen the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus. This is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to pause this virus and its crushing results. Previously, Trump said there are intense worries whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible. Approximately 2 million people have been infected with the coronavirus throughout the world, with more than 125,000 deaths. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China. Nations and health experts worldwide expressed concern with fear after President Donald Trump announced a stop to the large funding the United States sends to the World Health Organization. They cautioned that the move could endanger global efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic. At a briefing in Washington, Trump said he has ordered his government to discontinue funding for the WHO awaiting an examination of its role in mishandling and covering up the spread of the coronavirus. The United States is WHO’s largest single donor, contributing between $400 million and $500 million yearly to the Geneva-based agency in recent years. Trump has repeatedly marked COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” and criticized the U.N. health agency for being too soft on China, where the fresh virus first emerged late last year. Outside experts have questioned China’s reported infections and deaths from the virus, calling them way too low and doubtful. An investigation by The Associated Press has discovered that six days of delays between when Chinese officials knew about the virus and when they cautioned the public permitted the pandemic to blossom into a large public health calamity. The WHO has been specifically talkative in its praise for China, calling on other countries to imitate their approach and constantly praising their clear attitude. China agreed to a suggested WHO-led mission to investigate the coronavirus after WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus paid a visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The European Union claimed that Trump has no reliable reason to freeze WHO funding at this critical juncture and called for steps to promote unity instead of split. Trudie Lang, a professor of global health research at Oxford University said trials to obstruct WHO’s work could have large results for the pandemic response. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said now was not the time to assess the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling instead for the international community to concentrate on working in unity to stop the virus. There must be an ample time to look back fully to know such a disease arose and spread its devastation so hurriedly across the globe, and how all those concerned responded to the crisis. The secretary-general is due to personally brief the 15-member Security Council on the coronavirus pandemic at the request of two-thirds of the body. Presently is the time for oneness, for the international society to work together to halt this virus and its crushing results. Mr Trump had blamed the reputable global health body of being pro-China and reacted furiously to criticism of how he handled the crisis. He openly blamed WHO for doubting the world, and turned attention from the genuine issues.
The US now has the highest rate of infection in the world. Its poorly equipped and lacked-resourced hospitals and medical staff are struggling to control the spread of the virus and save lives. Above 609,000 people have been identified in the US, while around 26,000 are assumed to have died from it. At the rate the number of cases is jumping it is hard to even keep count of the figures, but it is the poor who are most exposed. President Donald Trump’s arrogance will have “global repercussions.” A South Korean doctor told Wired this week that the US was “very late” in acknowledging the significance of mass testing for the virus and now run risked suffering a disaster like the one in Italy, the impacts of which would be sensed across the world. South Korea’s coronavirus planning has been praised as an example for other countries. Since the virus hit South Korea in mid-February, its government has aimed on testing large number of people, even launching drive-thru testing stations. South Korea’s aim on mass testing has helped it to smoothen the curve and curb the spread of the virus.