As the number of confirmed infections worldwide approaches 2 million, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned that this is “not the time to reduce the resources … in the fight against the virus.” Philanthropist Bill Gates said halting funding amid a pandemic “is as dangerous as it sounds.”
Here are some significant developments:
- South Koreans headed to the polls for parliamentary elections Wednesday after the government rejected calls to postpone the vote amid concerns about virus transmission.
- Clinicians around the world are seeing evidence that the coronavirus isn’t just destroying lungs; it may be causing heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, neurological malfunction, blood clots, intestinal damage and liver problems, as well.
- The Treasury Department ordered Trump’s name to be printed on $1,200 stimulus checks that are being sent to 70 million Americans, a move that some Internal Revenue Service officials have said could delay delivery by several days.
- The Guatemalan Health Ministry reported that between 50 percent and 70 percent of deportees from the United States have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a startling statistic that other government officials have yet to con