Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
A summary of Tuesday's developments:
The member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to review the global response to the pandemic at a virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly.
China accused the United States of tainting Beijing and taking responsibility for the UN health agency after President Donald Trump threatened to leave the organization.
- Leaders in several African countries, including Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone, say the richest countries have failed on the continent due to the coronavirus, with promises of financial support and debt relief far short of what is needed.
Globally, there were more than 4.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 323,000 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Almost 1.7 million people have recovered.Advertisement
Here are all the latest updates:
Wednesday, May 20
01:45 GMT – USA commends response to Taiwan's pandemic in opening message
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday praised the response to Taiwan's coronavirus and called her a trusted partner in a statement congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen on his inauguration for a second term that contrasts with recent American criticism of China.
"We have a shared vision for the region – which includes the rule of law, transparency, prosperity and security for all," Pompeo said in a statement. "The recent COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity for the international community to see why Taiwan's pandemic response model is worthy of emulation."
Tsai won an overwhelming victory in the January elections and his inauguration ceremony began on Wednesday morning. China says Taiwan is self-taught.
Activities️ 2020 2020 Inauguration activities are underway in Taiwan, so join me as I take an oath, deliver my inaugural address and greet friends and allies from around the world.https://t.co/Rj89TQoRiA
– 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) May 20, 2020Advertisement
01:10 GMT – New South Wales Australia to ease domestic travel restrictions
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian says people living in New South Wales will be able to take a holiday in the Australian state since the beginning of June.
Art galleries and museums will also be reopened, but Berejiklian warned people that they would need to adapt because some measures of social distance would remain.
"We want people to have fun, be free, but at the same time, know that nothing we do is the same during a pandemic," she said at a television news conference.
00:10 GMT – Brazil records record number of deaths daily
The daily death toll in Brazil due to the new coronavirus reached a record high of 1,179 on Tuesday.
The highest daily figure before that was on May 12, when 881 people died. The pandemic killed at least 17,971 people in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health.
Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for dealing with the outbreak and has been an opponent of coronavirus blockades that he sees as very damaging to the economy.
Brazil has the third largest number of cases in the world, after the USA and Russia.
Read all yesterday's updates (May 19) on here.
Al Jazeera and news agencies