USA preparing guidelines to classify county COVID-19 risk

U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases addresses the coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House in Washington U.S

The Chinese message also boasted about the success of Beijing's national response to the epidemic and its implications for the world: "China's endeavor in combating the epidemic has bought time for global preparedness", the Chinese foreign ministry suggested this week, while Chinese media have highlighted Beijing's efforts to assist dozens of countries by supplying medical equipment and personnel.

"To save the cost of 33 salaries, President Trump inflicted devastation on our economy worth $10 trillion, required a bailout that is going to cost upward of $7 trillion and assured millions of human deaths", said Lisa McCormick, a progressive Democrat.

China, he added, will continue to firmly support Ghebreyesus and the World Health Organization in playing an active and leading role in the global fight against the pandemic.

A video meeting of the Group of Seven nations ended Wednesday without a customary joint statement because other foreign ministers wouldn't agree with a demand by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, who chaired the meeting, to cite the Wuhan virus, not the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has spread to roughly 170 countries, killing over 21,000 and sickening 4.7 lakh.

The Trump administration also shut down the Beijing offices of both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a global relief program that was helping China monitor and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has not ordered business closures or limits on social behaviour, thanked Trump for recognizing that the virus has affected states differently and "one size does not fit all".

"It (WHO) has been very, very much sided with China. I think that a lot of people feel that it's been very unfair", Trump replied.

Trump was addressing reporters at a White House news conference on Wednesday.

The "malign misinformation" refers to recent allegations by Chinese diplomats that the Covid-19 virus did not originate in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, but that it was brought to China by a team of USA athletes who had come to participate in the 2019 Military World Games that took place between 18 and 27 October in Wuhan. "WHO has sided with China Communist Party against the world in this pandemic", he said in another tweet. Steube said, "There need to be consequences here. World Health Organization appreciates the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak & the transparency authorities have demonstrated", he had said in a tweet after his meeting with Xi.

Tedros has been accused of aiding the Chinese "propaganda".

Subsequently, WHO sent a team of experts to Beijing, Guangzhou and the virus epicentre Wuhan. The virus was first reported in Wuhan in December past year.



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