Today’s coronavirus update starts with news that President Donald Trump slammed the Chinese Communist Party for its deception on the coronavirus pandemic and its continuing interference with Hong Kong.

Trump also announced the U.S. would pull out of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a result if its joint cover-up with China to hide the origins and severity of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic.

“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden event.

In the course of the same statement, Trump announced a number of measures aimed primarily at China in response to its conduct on a number of fronts including trade, the coronavirus and its recent crackdown on Hong Kong.

“The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government,” Trump said.

Trump announced last month that the U.S. would freeze froze funding to the WHO, and threatened to make the freeze permanent if the organization did not enact “major substantive reforms.” The U.S. had been the top contributor to the agency to the tune of approximately $450 million a year. China meanwhile pays approximately $50 million a year — although Beijing had recently announced a $2 billion injection of funds.

WHO now says healthy people should wear masks only if caring for coronavirus patients

Perhaps when the “experts” can’t agree on mask wearing, it is time to allow individuals to make the personal choices for themselves.

The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public.

“If you do not have any [respiratory] symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,” Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website. “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”

The recommendation differs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which urges individuals to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, regardless of infection, to limit the spread of the virus.

In India, monkeys ‘escape with COVID-19 samples’ after attacking lab assistant

2020, the year when May started with murder hornets and ended with a troop of monkeys wielding coronavirus samples.

A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus blood test samples, it has been reported.

The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.

According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 blood test samples that had been taken from three patients and fled.

One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.

The undamaged kits were later recovered, the Meerut medical college superintendent, Dheeraj Raj, told AFP.

He added: “They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread.”

McConnell Says Next Coronavirus Aid Bill Will Be The Last

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicates that Republicans will begin considering proposals for a final coronavirus response bill “in about a month.”

McConnell said the bill will be narrowly crafted and will focus in particular on jobs and schools. He said there could be funding for small businesses and health care, but he will not support extending the additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits that run out at the end of July.

“Unemployment insurance is extremely important, but it is not designed to encourage you to stay home; it is designed to get you through a trough until you can get back to work,” McConnell said. “I think you can certainly assume we will not be paying people a bonus for staying home in another bill.”

…”We need to push the pause button here and think through the next step and do it very carefully,” McConnell said. “We do have the potential long-term health of the country with this level of massive debt.”

Personal Update from California

I finally had my first restaurant meal since California was placed on lockdown in mid-March. I went to Harry’s in La Jolla, and had a tangerine mimosa and American cheeseburger that I savored. Walking back, I came across this sad sign in front of La Jolla High, and sure hope school reopens in schedule in the fall. With all we now know about the Wuhan Coronavirus, there should be no reason the schools remain closed.

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