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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: White House chaos on deadliest day As 1 800 Perish In US

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: White House chaos on deadliest day As 1 800 Perish In US

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: White House chaos on deadliest day As 1 800 Perish In US

On the most tragic day yet of the pandemic in America, chaos and confusion roiled the White House.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update: White House chaos on deadliest day As 1 800 Perish In US

As coronavirus deaths topped 1,800 nationwide yesterday, President Donald Trump delivered a wild performance that did little to put minds at ease, Stephen Collinson writes.

At an unchained news conference, Trump said he would freeze funding for the World Health Organization — which he falsely accused of downplaying the pandemic — then denied saying it minutes later.

Trump also denied seeing January memos from a top adviser warning about the gruesome toll the virus could exact on the country, and ousted the top watchdog overseeing a $2 trillion relief package.

Adding to the sense of farce: The White House Press Secretary was replaced — without ever delivering a press briefing — by a high-profile Republican communicator who has repeatedly dismissed the threat of the virus, and claimed Democrats were rooting for it to take hold.

Meanwhile, Trump’s acting Navy Secretary quit after calling the captain of a virus-stricken aircraft carrier “stupid.”

While the virus continues to spread rapidly in the US and elsewhere, there is a ray of hope in China where it was first detected.

Wuhan has lifted its lockdown after more than two months, an encouraging sign that COVID-19 can be defeated, and there are signs that some countries in Europe are already plotting to follow China’s lead.

But even as Wuhan reopens its borders, some restrictions will remain in place, and officials warn that the threat is far from over.

THE LATEST NUMBERS

As of 6:30 a.m. ET, April 8

Global Cases

1,441,128

Global Deaths

82,992

– CNN

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