Meanwhile, a Washington Post investigation uncovered alarm and dismay among scientists at health labs about the Trump administration’s reliance on a flawed coronavirus test developed by the CDC, which was used for weeks as the virus began to spread across the United States.
Here are some significant developments:
- A health-care provider says it is cooperating with a federal fraud investigation into a deal for millions of N95 respirators that fell through, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kaiser Permanente is the latest group to get misgivings about the supplier touted by a worker’s union as ready to distribute 39 million of the now-precious masks.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus, has invited opposition parties in Parliament to a briefing next week on the country’s measures against the virus.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that countries in the Indian subcontinent are “walking a tightrope” in regard to their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Chinese leaders observed three minutes of silence to remember the victims of the outbreak, the traditional day for “tomb sweeping” to remember deceased relatives.