Modi says India facing 'long' coronavirus battle: Live updates

All the latest as India sees record daily rise in cases and Germany blasts Trump's move to terminate US ties with WHO.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India is facing a "long battle" ahead in its efforts to defeat the pandemic as the country set a new record for daily coronavirus infections.
  • United States President Donald Trump has said the US is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the agency has not made coronavirus reforms.
  • The WHO and 37 countries launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests, treatments and other technologies available to all countries. 
  • Brazil's coronavirus deaths reached a total of 27,878, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of deaths.
  • More than 5.9 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 365,000 people have died, while more than 2.4 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, May 30

14:20 GMT - Philippines confirms eight more coronavirus deaths, 590 new cases

The Philippines' health ministry reported eight additional deaths from the novel coronavirus and 590 new infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 950 while confirmed cases have reached 17,224. It added that 88 more patients have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 3,808.
Hi, this is Arwa Ibrahim in Doha, Qatar taking over the coverage of the coronavirus pandemic from my colleague Virginia Pietromarchi.

13:00 GMT - The EU urges the US to reconsider cutting ties with WHO

The European Union has called on the US to "reconsider" its decision to cut ties with the WHO over the health agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a joint statement, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell and Europan Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said "the WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future."
It added that "global cooperation and solidarity through multilateral efforts are the only effective and viable avenues to win this battle the world is facing."

12:35 GMT - China gov’t body says vaccine could be ready before 2021

A Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of this year, China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a social media post.
More than 2,000 people have taken part in vaccine trials developed by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products and the Beijing Institute of Biological Products. These vaccines have entered Phase II clinical trials.

The Beijing Institute of Biological Products' production line will have an annual manufacturing capacity of 100 million to 120 million doses, according to the message posted on WeChat.

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