Trump says China's "incompetence" is to blame for "mass Worldwide killing"

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the WHO's first ever virtual assembly that his country had released information about the virus "in an open, transparent, responsible and timely manner".

The resolution, tabled by the European Union, called for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to the pandemic, which has so far infected more than 4.8 million people and killed more than 318,000.

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Trump accused the World Health Organization of ignoring reports of the novel coronavirus spreading in China in December and accused it of failing to share "critical information" regarding the outbreak, after having earlier accused the body of being China-centric. The US President, who is 6-foot-3-inch and weighs 243 pounds as per his last physical, would have a body mass index (BMI) of 30.4, which according to CDC guidelines would make him obese, but not morbidly obese, which requires a BMI of 40 or more. Earlier this month, the Chinese foreign ministry said the country had "all along been in good communication and co-operation" with the World Health Organization and had "never attempted to manipulate the organisation".

On Monday Dr Tedros backed a review of the agency's handling of the pandemic.

What the global community needs to do, he said, is to "strengthen, implement and finance the systems and organisations it has - including World Health Organization".

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The latest numbers lifted the total to about 33 million claims since March 21. While the April level 626 less than the same month a year ago .

Trump has been locked in a bitter spat with Beijing, alleging it covered up the initial outbreak in China late a year ago before the disease unleashed death and economic devastation across the planet.

In a tweet accompanying a copy of the letter, Trump called it "self-explanatory".

His explosive comments come after China said the USA was trying to shift the blame for Washington's own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis.

"As the pandemic is still spreading in the U.S. and many other places in the world, the most pressing task is still pulling together to save lives and seek economic recovery", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Wednesday.

On the sidelines of the escalating row, the European Union on Tuesday stepped up its support for the WHO.

They also agreed to push for equitable access for any treatments or vaccines developed against COVID-19, and urged an global probe into the origins of the new virus. WHO has denied this, maintaining that it declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on January 30 at a time when there were fewer than 100 cases outside of China.

  • Sonia Alvarado