April 8 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Jack Guy, Fernando Alfonso III, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 9:35 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020
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8:54 p.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Trump says he's thinking of putting a hold on WHO funding

From CNN's Kevin Liptak 

Minutes after President Donald Trump said he's placing a "very powerful hold" on US funding to the World Health Organization for what he says is a "China-centric" stance, he appeared to back off the statement.

"I'm not saying I'm going to do it, but we are going to look at it," Trump said after being pressed on his statement.

Speaking Tuesday at his daily coronavirus briefing, Trump said the organization "receives vast amounts of money from the United States" that he wants to re-examine.

Trump said certain WHO programs were worthwhile but that overall they'd made mistakes -- in particular, he said, opposition to his decision to shut down travel from China.

"We have to look into that, so we're going to look into it," Trump said.

8:54 p.m. ET, April 7, 2020

US marks record for most new coronavirus deaths reported in a single day

The United States' coronavirus death toll reached 12,722 on Tuesday evening, with an increase of 1,736 deaths during the day. That number marks the most deaths recorded in a single day so far.

According to data supplied by Johns Hopkins University, the previous record for the most new US coronavirus deaths added in a single day was 1,344. That was reached on April 4.