World Health Organization (WHO) member states have backed an independent investigation into the UN agency’s handling of the global health emergency. This follows sharp criticism by US President Trump. He’s accused the organization of being controlled by China and has threatened to cut off its funding.
Singapore prides itself as a high-tech global business hub. But the city-state has little to boast about when it comes to the coronavirus crisis – it currently has one of Asia’s highest COVID-19 infection rates. Still, authorities are making plans to exit a partial lockdown on June 1, and they’ve turned to technology to contain possible further outbreaks. But some critics say their controverisal approach has technical flaws and raises human rights issues.
Some other coronavirus developments:
– Global confirmed cases are approaching five million and the death toll is more than 323-thousand.
– Brazil has confirmed a record rise in daily deaths from the disease. 1,179 people died from the virus on Tuesday.
– South Korean high schools have reopened after being shut down for two months. Hundreds of thousands of older students have returned to the classroom under strict hygiene controls.
– New Zealand’s prime minister has suggested that employers consider a four-day working week as a way to boost tourism and business activity as well as to encourage people to get outside.
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