African leaders say coronavirus aid falling short

The presidents of Kenya, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Niger say wealthy countries have failed the continent.

Wealthy countries are failing Africa, with pledges of financial support and debt relief falling well short of the continent’s needs as it battles the coronavirus pandemic, several African presidents have said.

WHO member states have agreed on an independent review of the global pandemic response at a virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly.

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China has accused the United States of smearing Beijing and shirking responsibilities to the World Health Organization (WHO) after President Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the UN health body.

Unemployment claims in Britain jumped by 69 percent last month as the coronavirus pandemic took hold and hit the labour market.

The US has set aside $11bn to ramp up coronavirus testing as the country reopens.

Globally, there have been more than 4.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 318,800 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 1.8 million people have recovered.

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