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Sep 29, 2020

News | Coronavirus: Global coronavirus death toll tops 1 million as U.N. chief warns that ‘misinformation kills’

Antonia Noori Farzan


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The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed 1 million on Monday night — a figure that carries an incalculable human cost, and is almost certainly an undercount.

Calling the milestone “agonizing,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said Monday that it was crucial that the international community learn from the mistakes made in the first 10 months of the pandemic. “Responsible leadership matters,” he said. “Science matters. Cooperation matters — and misinformation kills.”

Here are some significant developments:

  • The White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) resumed talks about a possible economic relief bill on Monday, the first signs of progress in over a month.
  • Anthony S. Fauci, the United States’ leading infectious-disease expert, said Monday that Florida’s move to reopen all bars and restaurants was “very concerning.”
  • A coalition of California parents pushing for in-person learning plans to experiment with a novel form of protest: The “Zoom out.”
  • Morale at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is at an all-time low as the agency’s response to the pandemic continues to be blemished by technical blunders, botched messaging and interference from Trump administration appointees.
  • Two manufacturers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are arranging for 120 million rapid coronavirus tests to be distributed to low- and middle-income countries over the next six months, the World Health Organization announced Monday.

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