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Bill Gates Criticizes Trump for Cutting WHO Funding

Trump’s decision is “as dangerous as it sounds,” said Gates.

  • US President Donald Trump has declared he will withdraw funding for the World Health Organization for “mismanaging” the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Bill Gates has since slammed the decision saying it is “as dangerous as it sounds.”
  • WHO has also responded, saying they will “try to fill the gaps with partners.”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has recently announced that the United States is halting funding for the World Health Organization. The decision comes after he accused WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”

According to a recent tweet by Trump, the organization “really blew it. He also bashed the health organization for being “very China centric” despite being largely funded by the U.S.

The announcement has been met by mixed reactions and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates himself expressed his disappointment about it, warning that it is “as dangerous as it sounds”.

Gates explained:

“Their work is slowing the spread of Covid-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs @WHO now more than ever.”

In January, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared a “public health emergency of international concern” as coronavirus started to spread in different countries. Soon thereafter, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to donate $100 million to fight the virus. By March, WHO has declared the disease as a pandemic.

Meanwhile, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres said that the pandemic caught everybody by surprise and even WHO is learning lessons along the way, stressing now isn’t the right time “to reduce the resources for the operations of (WHO) or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus.”

In a media briefing, Ghebreyesus said that they “regret” the president’s decision, describing the country as “a longstanding and a generous friend to WHO.” He, however, assured that they will assess the effect of the reduced funding on the organization and do their best “to fill the gaps with partners.”

As of April 16, the United States has the highest number of reported coronavirus infections and deaths across the world with 644,089 confirmed cases and a death toll of 28,529.


Vancouver Protesters Defy Social Distancing, Claim COVID-19 is “Fake News”

Spotted among the group are some old people and a child.

  • Protesters in Vancouver, Canada gathered outside the city hall, defying orders to observe physical distancing.
  • The group carried signs that claim COVID-19 is "fake news".
  • Authorities called the protesters as "self promoters" and downplayed their message.

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First Cases Of COVID-19 Contracted From Infected Corpses Reported in Thailand

Thai health experts are urging morgue and funeral home workers to use protective gears when handling corpses of those who succumbed to COVID-19.

  • A recent report showed that a dead body who succumbed to coronavirus still has possibilities of transferring the virus to another person.
  • Thai health experts warned workers working in morgues or funeral home to use protective gears when handling infected dead bodies in order to prevent exposure.
  • The World Health Organization denied that there are risks posed by dead bodies. However, they confirmed that workers handling corpses may contract tuberculosis, bloodborne viruses and gastrointestinal infections.

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Walking, Running, And Biking May Put You At Risk Of COVID-19

“When someone during a run breathes, sneezes or coughs, those particles stay behind in the air” and can be inhaled by another person, the study said.

  • People engaging in activities like walking, biking, and jogging, during the pandemic may likely contract the dreaded virus, especially if they do not observe social distancing.
  • According to a study, a 4 to 5 meter distance from others should be observed when walking. Meanwhile, slow runners and bikers should maintain a distance of about 10 meters while at least 20 meters is recommended for fast biking.

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