China Will “Pay A Price” For Failing to Report Coronavirus Outbreak: US


China Will 'Pay A Price' For Failing to Report Coronavirus Outbreak: US

China has insisted it has been transparent and open over coronavirus pandemic. (File)

WASHINGTON:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the COVID-19 pandemic shows the need to overhaul the World Health Organization, warning that Washington may never restore WHO funding and could even work to set up an alternative to the UN body instead.

As Pompeo launched fresh attacks on the WHO, Democrats in the US House of Representatives accused the Trump administration of trying to “scapegoat” the institution to distract from its own handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter to US President Donald Trump, they called for the immediate restoration of US funding, which Trump suspended last week after accusing the WHO of being “China-centric” and of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the outbreak.

Pompeo told Fox News late on Wednesday there needed to be “a structural fix of the WHO” to correct its “shortcomings.”

Asked if he was urging a change in leadership of the WHO, Pompeo replied: “Even more than that, it may be the case that the United States can never return to underwriting, having U.S. taxpayer dollars go to the WHO.”

In a radio show interview on Thursday, Pompeo was asked if he saw a time when the role of the WHO might be supplanted by another organization. “We’re going to take a look at exactly that issue,” he replied.

“If the institution works and functions, the United States will always lead and be part of it. When it’s not delivering, when in fact it’s failing to get the outcomes that are desired, we’re going to work with partners around the world to deliver a structure, a form, a governance model, that will actually deliver on the intended purposes.”

The WHO has denied the Trump administration’s charges and China insists it has been transparent and open.

The United States has been the biggest overall donor to the WHO, contributing over $400 million in 2019, roughly 15% of its budget. Senior US officials last week told Reuters Washington could redirect these funds to other aid groups.

On Wednesday, Pompeo said the United States “strongly believed” Beijing had failed to report the outbreak in a timely manner, in breach of WHO rules. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not use his ability “to go public” when a member state failed to follow those rules, Pompeo added.

“I’m very confident that the Chinese Communist Party will pay a price for what they did here, certainly from the United States. I don’t know exactly what form that will take,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News late on Thursday.

“We have to make sure that we don’t have this problem yet again coming from China,” Pompeo said, adding that the United States had been very direct in making its expectations clear to China.

The acting head of the US Agency for International Development said on Wednesday the United States would assess if the WHO was being run properly and look for alternative partners outside the body.

Any threat to definitively end US funding of the global body would likely hinge on Trump succeeding in his bid for re-election in the November presidential vote against the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The US Congress controls federal spending, and could pass legislation to guarantee funding for the WHO. However, to become law it would need to garner enough support, including from Trump’s Republicans, not just to pass but to override a likely veto.

According to a Reuters tally, the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 180,000 people worldwide, including nearly 48,000 in the United States, making it the worst-hit country by official statistics.

World

27,08,508Cases

17,79,729Active

7,37,994Recovered

1,90,785Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 27,08,508 and 1,90,785 have died; 17,79,729 are active cases and 7,37,994 have recovered as on April 24, 2020 at 8:40 am.

India

23,077 1684Cases

17,610 1156Active

4,749 491Recovered

718 37Deaths

In India, there are 23,077 confirmed cases including 718 deaths. The number of active cases is 17,610 and 4,749 have recovered as on April 24, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai3029

Pune660

Thane465

Nashik96

Nagpur76

Mumbai Sub Ur67

Yavatmal32

Aurangabad30

Sangli27

Ahmednagar27

Sholapur21

Buldhana21

Palaghar17

Akola17

Raigad17

Satara14

Kolhapur8

Latur8

Ratnagiri7

Amravati6

Jalgaon3

Osmanabad3

Sindhudurg (kudal)2

Chandrapur2

Dhule2

Beed1

Washim1

Parbhani1

Jalna1

Nandurbar1

Gondia1

Hingoli1

Details Awaited*1766

6430 778

5307 713

840 51

283 14

DistrictCases

Ahmedabad1298

Surat338

Vadodara188

Rajkot40

Bhavnagar32

Anand28

Bharuch23

Gandhi Nagar17

Patan15

Narmada12

Panchmahal11

Banaskantha10

Arvalli8

Chhota Udepur7

Kutch6

Mehsana6

Botad5

Porbandar3

Mahisagar3

Kheda3

Gir Somnath3

Dahod3

Sabarkantha2

Valsad2

Morbi1

Jamnagar1

Tapi1

Details Awaited*558

2624 217

2254 129

258 79

112 9

DistrictCases

Tj From Quaritine1080

Others Non Tracable213

Central Delhi184

South East130

West Delhi122

South Delhi70

North Delhi60

Shahadara48

South West Delhi42

East Delhi38

New Delhi37

North West Delhi32

North East Delhi25

Details Awaited*295

2376 128

1518 42

808 84

50 2

DistrictCases

Jaipur537

Jodhpur228

Bharatpur102

Kota99

Tonk95

Banswara60

Iran Evacuees60

Nagaur58

Jhunjhunu37

Bikaner35

Jaisalmer32

Bhilwara28

Ajmer23

Jhalawar20

Churu14

Dausa13

Alwar7

Dungarpur5

Sawai Madhopur5

Udaipur4

Hanumangarh3

Karauli3

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Sikar2

Dholpur1

Barmer1

Details Awaited*488

1964 74

1707 74

230

27

DistrictCases

Indore915

Bhopal277

Khargon41

Dhaar41

Khandwa (east Nimar)32

Ujjain29

Raisen29

Hoshangabad25

Jabalpur25

Barwani24

Dewas18

Vidisha13

Ratlam13

Morena13

Mandsaur9

Agar8

Shajapur6

Sheopur-kalan4

Alirajpur3

Gwalior3

Sagar2

Shivpuri2

Chindwara2

Betul2

Rajgarh1

Dindori1

Tikamgarh1

Details Awaited*160

1699 107

1413 49

203 55

83 3

DistrictCases

Chennai303

Coimbatore133

Tiruppur109

Dindigul76

Erode70

Tirunelveli62

Chengalpattu53

Tiruchirapalli50

Namakkal50

Thiruvallur48

Thanjavur46

Madurai46

Nagapattinam44

Theni43

Karur42

Ranipet39

Villupuram36

Thoothukudi27

Thiruvarur27

Cuddalore26

Tenkasi26

Salem24

Vellore22

Virudhunagar19

Tirupattur17

Nagerkoil (kanyakumari)16

Sivagangai12

Tiruvannamalai12

Ramanathapuram11

Udagamandalam9

Kancheepuram9

Perambalur5

Ariyalur4

Kalllakurichi3

Pudukottai1

Details Awaited*163

1683 54

911

752 90

20 2

DistrictCases

Agra241

Lucknow167

Gautam Budha Nagar98

Meerut75

Saharanpur72

Kanpur59

Firozabad58

Moradabad58

Ghaziabad41

Shamli26

Bijnor26

Basti19

Bulandshahar18

Sitapur17

Hapur17

Amroha17

Baghpat15

Rampur15

Varanasi14

Budaun13

Azamgarh7

Auraiya7

Sambhal7

Mathura6

Maharajganj6

Ghazipur6

Kannauj6

Pratapgarh6

Bareilly6

Muzaffar Nagar5

Jaunpur5

Lakhimpur Kheri4

Mainpuri4

Hathras4

Kanshi Ram Nagar (kasganj)3

Mirzapur3

Etah3

Etawah3

Kaushambi2

Banda2

Pilibhit2

Hardoi2

Rae-bareilly2

Unnao1

Sultanpur1

Bara-banki1

Sant Kabir Nagar1

Shahjahanpur1

Sant Ravi Das Nagar (bhadoi)1

Mau1

Gonda1

Allahabad1

Details Awaited*334

1510 61

1280 25

206 33

24 3

DistrictCases

Hyderabad472

Suryapet75

Nizamabad56

Vikarabad36

Hyderabad Rural (ranga Reddy)35

Gadwal (jogulamba)32

Medchal30

Warangal25

Adilabad19

Karimnagar19

Nirmal18

Yadadri15

Nalgonda15

Mahaboobnagar12

Kamareddy11

Sangareddy8

Khammam7

Medak6

Asifabad (komarambhim)5

Kothagudem (badadri)4

Jagityal3

Siricilla (rajanna)3

Bhupalpally (jayashanker)3

Nagarkurnool2

Peddapally2

Mulugu2

Janagoan2

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Details Awaited*41

960 15

739 11

197 3

24 1

DistrictCases

Kurnool158

Guntur128

Krishna76

Nellore67

Prakasam44

Kadapa37

West Godavari35

Anantapur29

Chittoor28

East Godavari24

Visakhapatnam20

Details Awaited*249

895 82

727 58

141 21

27 3

DistrictCases

Kolkata184

Howrah79

North 24 Parganas46

Purba Mednipur21

Hooghly12

South 24 Parganas9

Kalimpomg7

Paschim Burdwan7

Nadia6

Jalpaiguri5

Darjeeling4

Paschim Mednipur4

Diamond Harbour-hd3

Murshidabad2

Basirhat-hd1

Purba Burdwan1

Nandigram-hd1

Details Awaited*122

514 58

396 34

103 24

15

DistrictCases

Kasaragode170

Cannanore(kannur)92

Ernakulam24

Kozhicode (calicut)20

Malappuram20

Pathanamthitta17

Thiruvananthapuram14

Thrissur13

Idukki10

Kollam9

Palakkad8

Alappuzha5

Kottayam3

Wyanad3

Details Awaited*39

447 9

120 8

324 1

3

DistrictCases

Mysuru84

Bbmp66

Belagavi42

Vijayapura32

Kalburgi27

Bengaluru (u)23

Bagalkote21

Chikkaballapur16

Bidar15

Dakshin Kannada14

Ballari13

Mandya12

Bengaluru (r)12

Uttara Kannada11

Dharwad7

Gadag4

Udupi3

Tumakuru2

Davanagere2

Kodagu1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*37

445 18

283 4

145 14

17

DistrictCases

Bandipora81

Srinagar79

Baramulla43

Kupwara31

Jammu27

Shopian22

Udhampur20

Ganderbal14

Badgam13

Kulgam6

Rajouri4

Samba4

Anantnag3

Pulwama3

Details Awaited*77

427 20

330 20

92

5

DistrictCases

Sasnagar61

Jalandhar48

Patiala26

Pathankot24

Nawanshahr (sbs Nagar)19

Ludhiana16

Amritsar11

Mansa11

Hoshiarpur7

Moga4

Rupnagar3

Sangrur3

Faridkot3

Kapurthala2

Barnala2

Fatehgarh Sahib (sarhind)2

Muktsar1

Gurdaspur1

Firozepur1

Details Awaited*32

277 26

196 10

65 16

16

DistrictCases

Nuh57

Faridabad42

Gurgaon38

Palwal34

Panchkula18

Ambala12

Sonepat7

Karnal6

Panipat5

Sirsa4

Yamunanagar3

Bhiwani3

Kurukshetra2

Kaithal2

Jind2

Hissar2

Rohtak1

Fatehabad1

Charkhi Dadri1

Details Awaited*32

272 10

113

156 16

3

DistrictCases

Siwan29

Nalanda28

Munger20

Begusarai9

Patna7

Gaya5

Buxar4

Gopalganj3

Nawada3

Bhagalpur1

Bhojpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Vaishali1

Details Awaited*40

153 10

105 10

46

2

DistrictCases

Khurda (bhuvaneshwar)46

Bhadrak8

Balasore3

Jajpur2

Kalahandi2

Kendrapara2

Sundargarh2

Cuttack1

Dhenkanal1

Puri1

Details Awaited*22

90 7

56 6

33 1

1

DistrictCases

Ranchi25

Bokaro10

Hazaribagh3

Dhanbad2

Simdega2

Deoghar1

Giridh1

Koderma1

Details Awaited*8

53 4

42 4

8

3

DistrictCases

Dehradun24

Nainital9

Haridwar7

Udhamsingh Nagar4

Almora1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*1

47 1

23

24 1

0

DistrictCases

Una16

Solan9

Chamba6

Kangra5

Hamirpur2

Sirmaur1

Details Awaited*1

40

21

18

1

DistrictCases

Korba28

Raipur5

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

36

8

28 2

0

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Marigaon6

Dhubri4

Goalpara4

Nalbari4

Kamrup Metro2

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

S Mancachar1

Details Awaited*1

36 1

16 1

19

1

DistrictCases

Chandigarh26

Details Awaited*1

27

13

14

0

DistrictCases

South Andaman16

Details Awaited*6

22 4

11 4

11

0

DistrictCases

Leh (ladakh)14

Details Awaited*4

18

4

14

0

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills11

Details Awaited*1

12

11

0

1

DistrictCases

Puducherry6

Details Awaited*1

7

4

3

0

DistrictCases

North Goa6

South Goa1

7

0

7

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

0

2

0

DistrictCases

Gomati1

North Tripura1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases

Aizwal West1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

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