WHO Caught in Crossfire between United States and China

World sees highest daily increase in virus cases WHO

More than 326,000 people are known to have died with coronavirus. AFP

More than 4.9 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been registered in total since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

"At the previous 24 hours, there were 106,000 cases reported to World Health Organization - the maximum in one day since the epidemic started", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned on Wednesday in a press conference.

"We are very concerned about rising cases in low and middle income countries", the director-general said.

Elsewhere at the briefing, Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies program, said the "tragic milestone of 5 million cases" would soon be hit.

Chloroquine Employed in Brazil Brazil, such as Russian Federation, has seen its number of instances soar lately with over 10,000 new infections recorded throughout five of their past six days. He's also called for local governments to lift lockdown steps and encouraged using this contentious anti-malaria drug chloroquine to fight the virus. The US President has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection despite studies showing they have no benefit and could have risky side effects.

The World Health Organization's (WHO) member states, including China and the US, have adopted a joint resolution for a prompt independent inquiry into the global health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the actions of the agency, as the 73rd annual World Health Assembly concluded.

The WHA resolution bucked a trend that has seen China and the US butt heads at recent global summits over various stipulations in proposed multilateral agreements, in several cases resulting in no final recommendations being made.

"Australia has been clear and transparent in calling for an independent review into COVID-19, which is an unprecedented global health and economic crisis", it said.

Reporters showered him with questions over the letter, but Tedros did not elaborate.

The WHO chief said if the resolution is implemented, it would ensure a more coherent, coordinated and fairer response that saves both lives and livelihoods.

We, of course, note that Professor Winston Davidson of the School of Public Health and Health Technology, at the University of Technology, Jamaica, has congratulated the "WHO and its professional and technical experts for its indefatigable scientific, evidence-based, data-driven, fact-based, peer-reviewed scientific work", in a letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.

The US is the biggest contributor to the WHO's budget and has already suspended funding, accusing the organisation of severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus. Tedros said he was committed to accountability and would carry out a review into the response to the pandemic.

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