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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that President Trump was right to criticize the World Health Organization's handling of the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

  • "The president says it's the World Health Organization, and that's why he's taken action against them. Not my field. But he's right to ask the question because this was too little, too late."

The big picture: President Trump announced last week the U.S. would halt funding to the WHO, saying the group was not aggressive enough in tackling the virus early on — specifically in managing information coming out of China.

By the numbers: New York recorded its third-straight day of fewer coronavirus deaths. Still, Cuomo said he's not willing to reopen the state, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that states need two weeks of flat or declining numbers.

Go deeper: Top U.S. WHO official defends group amid Trump administration attacks

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Trump says Fauci is "wrong" about coronavirus cases surge

President Trump and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci during an April daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump called out Anthony Fauci Saturday in a comment retweeting a video of the NIAID director explaining why coronavirus cases have been surging in the U.S.

Driving the news: In the video of Friday's testimony, Fauci explained that while European countries shut 95% of their economies, the U.S. "functionally shut down only about 50%." Trump responded, "Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000.