Coronavirus USA summary: cases, deaths, news - 22 April

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Coronavirus USA summary: latest Covid-19 news - Thursday 23 April

Another day down in the fight against coronavirus. That's all we have for Wednesday but we do have a live feed for Thursday as news breaks in the USA. We will also have opinion, comment, statistics also throughout Thursday 23 April, 2020.

Another day down in the fight against coronavirus. That's all we have for Wednesday but we do have a live feed for Thursday as news breaks in the USA. We will also have opinion, comment, statistics also throughout Thursday 23 April, 2020.

Trump reportedly not enjoying lockdown and wants to go somewhere that isn't the White House as his aides look to figure out a way to let him go somewhere else.

WHO chief urges US to reconsider funding, says 'virus will be with us for a long time'

(Reuters) The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that he hoped the Trump administration would reconsider its suspension of funding, but that his main focus was on ending the pandemic and saving lives.

There were "worrying upward trends" in early epidemics in parts of Africa and central and South America, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

"Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics and some that were affected early in the pandemic are starting to see a resurgence in cases," Tedros told Geneva journalists in a virtual briefing.

"Make no mistake we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time," he said, while noting that epidemics in Western Europe appear to be stabilising or declining.

U.S. President Donald Trump last week criticised the WHO's handling of the pandemic and announced he was suspending funding to the U.N. agency. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said the United States strongly believes that China's ruling Communist party failed to report the outbreak of the new coronavirus in a timely manner to the WHO.

"I hope the freezing of the funding will be reconsidered and the U.S. will once again support WHO's work and continue to save lives," Tedros said. "I hope the U.S. believes that this an important investment, not just to help others but for the U.S. to stay safe also."

The White House (Donald Trump) seems to be doubling down on immigration ban

U.S. says review of WHO to assess if the body is run in the way it should be

The United States will assess whether the World Health Organization (WHO) is being run in the way that it should be as Washington conducts a review after President Donald Trump paused U.S. funding to the global body, USAID's Acting Administrator John Barsa said on Wednesday.

Washington will also use this pause to look for alternative partners outside the WHO to continue to carry out "important work" such as vaccines, to ensure it does not have a disruption in its aid efforts, Barsa said.

"The review is going to be all encompassing, get into all manners of management operation questions," Barsa told a news conference at State Department. "There's numerous questions in terms of the management of the WHO; how they have been operating holding member states accountable in their actions."

Trump announced last week a halt to U.S. funding for the Geneva-based WHO while Washington reviews the organization's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has accused WHO of promoting Chinese "disinformation" about the virus, saying this had probably worsened the outbreak.


New York governor criticises protesters

Andrew Cuomo criticized the arguments from demonstrators who are protesting his stay-at-home order outside the state capitol. A reporter who spoke to some of the protesters said they have complained of economic harship due to the crisis, and they argued “the cure cannot be worse than the illness.”

Cuomo replied, “How can the cure be worse than the illness if the illness is potential death?”

Trump on Twitter II

Birthday wises to a NY Post journalist, calling out 'fake news', issuing a threat to Iran and announcing that states are re-opening were just some of the themes dealt with in the latest round of Trump tweets.


Trump on Twitter

The U.S. president has once again spent time a considerable time frame tweeting with one belligerent message aimed at Iran standing out.

Twice in the past a U.S. president witheld World Health Organisation funding 

Trump attempts too curb immigration

Donald Trump said in a social media post that he would sign an executive order curbing immigration later on 22 April Wednesday, in a move he has said would protect U.S. workers.

America first

“It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad,” Trump said at the briefing. “We must first take care of the American worker.”

WHO update

Immigration issues

Undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients blocked from aid, leaving out a group of students who already face a steeper challenge in attending and finishing college – and whose legal status is in jeopardy pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Trump's well wishes to Kim Jong-Un

North Korean state media on Wednesday made no mention of new appearances by leader Kim Jong-Un, a day after intense international speculation over his health was sparked by media reports he was gravely ill after a cardiovascular procedure.

South Korean and Chinese officials and sources familiar with U.S. intelligence have cast doubt on the South Korean and U.S. media reports, while the White House said it was closely monitoring the matter. U.S. President Donald Trump, who held unprecedented summits with Kim in 2018 and 2019 in an attempt to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons, said the reports had not been confirmed and he did not put much credence in them.

'I just hope he's doing fine,' Trump told a White House news conference on Tuesday. 'I've had a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un. And I'd like to see him do well. We'll see how he does. We don't know if the reports are true.'

Doubts sparked questions as to who succeed's the leader, something we look at below...

Trump's go-to comparison

In almost every daily briefing we hear POTUS make mention of the Spanish Flu. But where did its name come from? 

Enter the lawyers

With American States looking to get some recompense from China over the current pandemic, some people have been referring back to the Spanish Flu.


Wi-Fi's new lane

With working at schooling from home becoming the current norm - not to mention the must-have streaming services for downtime - strong Wi-Fi has never been so important to our communities.

Tragic calculations

Experts at the White House believe that the United States coronavirus death toll will exceed 50,000 by the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Financial Times Covid-19 trends

The daily thread shows how the US is faring in its battle to stop the spread of the virus.

Cuomo on Trump's aid

U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to have the federal government help procure chemical reagents and other supplies needed for New York to double its testing capacity for the novel coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

Cuomo, speaking at a briefing after meeting with Trump in Washington earlier in the day, said the president said he would work hard to get federal funding to states in the next financial aid legislation to be passed by Congress. 

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Hello and welcome to our live, United States-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic - we'll endeavour to bring you the latest developments in the crisis as they emerge.