U.S. formally withdraws from WHO as coronavirus cases continue to spike: reports

The United States has formally submitted its withdrawal from the World Health Organization amid a continuing spike in domestic cases of the coronavirus, American reports state.

Both CBS News and The Hill cite American officials in their reports that the U.S. has submitted its withdrawal paperwork to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres.

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The CBS News report say the withdrawal will take effect on July 6, 2021, while the report from The Hill says it will take effect on Monday.

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U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez also tweeted that Congress has received that notification.

The withdrawal follows through on a threat by U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year and comes as the country continues to see tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases each day.

The death toll in that country exceeds 130,800 individuals.

Another 2.9 million have been infected, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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