Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over coronavirus ‘slander’ Apr 10, 2020 0 533 12345 AFPTAIPEITAIWAN demanded an apology on Thursday from the World Health Organization chief after he accused the island’s government of leading personal attacks against him and his agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Wednesday for unity to fight the disease after US President Donald Trump criticised the global health body and threatened to cut its funding.During a press conference Tedros spoke of the abuse -- including racial slurs -- he had been subjected to since the public health crisis began.He largely avoided mentioning Trump by name but did single out the government in Taipei, which has been frozen out of the WHO after political pressure from Beijing. “Three months ago, this attack came from Taiwan,” he told reporters in Geneva, referring to online criticism and insults.“Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry also, they know the campaign. They didn’t disassociate themselves. They even started criticising me in the middle of all that insult and slur, but I didn’t care,” Tedros said.The comments sparked anger in Taiwan, which described Tedros’ comments as “baseless”.“Our country has never encouraged the public to launch personal attacks against him or made any racially discriminatory comments,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told reporters on Thursday.The ministry added it was seeking an apology for “slander”.In a Facebook post, President Tsai Ing-wen invited Tedros to visit Taiwan and learn from its handling of the epidemic, challenging him to “resist pressure from China”. “We have been blocked from international organisations for many long years and we know what it feels like to be discriminated against and isolated more than anyone else,” she said.Relations between the WHO and Taiwan have worsened considerably since the pandemic began, even as health experts have lauded Taiwan for its response to the virus.It has just 380 confirmed COVID-19 patients and five deaths despite its close proximity and trade links with China, where the pandemic began. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Queen Elizabeth posts Maundy Money to 188 elderly people Apr 10, 2020 0 263 Italy loses more than 100 doctors to virus; lockdown set to continue Apr 10, 2020 0 286 Merkel pleads for ‘patience’ in Germany’s COVID-19 fight Apr 10, 2020 0 251 UK virus lockdown extension looms as PM Johnson’s health ‘improves’ AFP LONDON BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health “continues to improve” on his fourth day in COVID-19 intensive care, his spokesman said on Thursday, while the government prepared to extend a nationwide .. South Korea records slowest increase of coronavirus in seven weeks DPA SEOUL SOUTH Korean health authorities reported the lowest number of daily new coronavirus infections in seven weeks on Thursday. There were 39 new cases detected on Wednesday, according to the Korea Centers .. Canada projects COVID-19 could kill 11,000 to 22,000 OTTAWA: The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 11,000 and 22,000 people in Canada, the government projected on Thursday. It said the country could see between 934,000 and 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 by the time .. New single-day record for New York virus deaths but hospitalisations fall NEW YORK: America’s coronavirus epicenter of New York recorded a new single-day high of 799 COVID-19 deaths Thursday but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalisations continued to fall. Cuomo said 799 people .. California woman arrested for licking $1,800 worth of groceries LOS ANGELES: A California woman has been arrested after licking $1,800 worth of groceries and other items at a supermarket in the northern part of the state, police said on Wednesday. Chris Fiore, spokesman for the South .. Macron visits controversial French virus doctor MARSEILLE: President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday held a surprise meeting with the Marseille-based French medical professor who has caused controversy within the country’s scientific community for insisting the .. Spain’s PM says coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’ DPA / AFP MADRID SPANISH authorities have the coronavirus outbreak “under control,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said citing the latest infection figures. The overall number of cases rose by 6,000 to reach 152,000 ..