April 13, 2020 at 8:58 a.m. EDT
Meanwhile, experts in the United States continue to debate when and how to roll back restrictions that have closed major portions of the economy, and Trump administration officials cautioned that May 1 may not be a realistic target.
Here are some significant developments:
- President Trump retweeted a call to fire Anthony S. Fauci, his top infectious-disease specialist. Fauci said Sunday that earlier efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus “could have saved lives” but that there was a lot of initial “pushback about shutting things down.”
- Smithfield Foods said it will close one of America’s largest pork-processing facilities until further notice, a foreboding sign of how the pandemic may affect the nation’s meat supply.
- Italy on Sunday reported its lowest number of new deaths since March 19, as the number of people in intensive care continues to decline.
- Trump is likely to announce restrictions on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization in the coming days, in response to the U.N. agency’s handling of the pandemic.
- Oil-producing nations, including the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia, agreed to cut their output by 10 percent in response to a significant drop in demand.