5 things to know for May 18: Coronavirus, mass gatherings, CDC, Steve Linick, Rwanda

During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," White House trade adviser Peter Navarro criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the agency "let the country down" on coronavirus testing. CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.

Posted: May 18, 2020 11:00 AM
Updated: May 18, 2020 11:00 AM

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1. Coronavirus investigation

About one hundred countries are pushing for an independent investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. A resolution drafted by the European Union,, will be presented at the annual meeting of World Health Organization members this week, and calls for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of "the (WHO)-coordinated international health response to Covid-19." It doesn't mention China specifically, but there's a general expectation that the country where the virus originated will definitely come up. All of this comes as Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government's senior medical adviser, confirmed that local authorities in Wuhan had suppressed key details about the magnitude of the initial outbreak. Zhong also said a lack of immunity among citizens could put China in danger of another wave of outbreaks.

2. Mass gatherings

Health officials are are doubling down on their warnings about mass gatherings as more US venues reopen. They say large in-person gatherings, like services or meetings, are especially a risk because it only takes one person to set off a coronavirus outbreak. It happened in California, where a single person exposed 180 others to the virus after attending a Mother's Day church service. Texas, one of the first states to start reopening, had its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases this weekend. However, it's not clear whether the surge is simply due to more testing, or if the virus is spreading more rampantly. Regardless, more beaches, amusement parks and other much-missed destinations are looking to reopen soon as Memorial Day and the start of summer rapidly approach.

3. CDC

White House officials have been hammering the CDC with criticism over coronavirus efforts, adding to simmering tensions between the administration and the nation's leading public health agency. Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator for the President's coronavirus task force, has become increasingly critical. She says the way the CDC gathers data on the coronavirus is antiquated, which could cause inaccurate and delayed numbers on both virus cases and deaths. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the CDC "let the country down" when early testing efforts proved to be faulty. The rift between the White House and CDC -- which, remember, is a federal institution -- centers on differing opinions about how quickly the US should reopen.

4. Steve Linick

President Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday evening, and it's created a cascade of criticism from both sides of the aisle. Linick is the latest in a line of government watchdogs who have recently been dismissed, a pattern that Sen. Mitt Romney called a "threat to accountable democracy." Top Democrats have accused the President of engaging in a pattern of retaliation against public servants charged with oversight of his administration. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Eliot Engel have launched a probe into the firing. Linick was reportedly involved in an investigation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and was looking into whether Pompeo made a staffer perform a variety of personal errands, including walking his dog, picking up dry cleaning and making dinner reservations.

5. Rwanda genocide suspect

One of the last key suspects in the Rwandan genocide has been captured in a Paris suburb after more than 20 years on the run. Félicien Kabuga is one of the "world's most wanted fugitives," in the words of the United Nations, and  is alleged to have been a leading figure in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. Kabuga was indicted in 1997 on seven counts related to the genocide, but remained on the run and at one point had a $5 million bounty on his head. Nearly 800,000 people lost their lives, including an estimated 300,000 children, during the months of violence that deeply scarred the east African nation.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are partially reopening, Graceland is fully reopening this week

Yes, social distancing rules still apply.

NASCAR returned to the track this weekend

And they honored a new breed of American hero -- front-line workers.

Here are ways to keep preschoolers learning during the pandemic 

Hopefully with as few tears as possible from all parties.

Venice is deserted, and some want it to stay that way

There's just something about giant visiting cruise ships that kills the culture vibe for some people.

The US Space Force unveiled its official flag 

And it's exactly the kind of flag you would expect from a branch of the military dedicated to space.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$560,000

That's how much a pair of Michael Jordan's game-worn shoes from 1985 sold for at auction, according to Sotheby's. The sale of the autographed Air Jordan 1s breaks the world auction record for a pair of sneakers.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"If the world is going to get better, it's going to be up to you."

Former President Barack Obama, speaking to the Class of 2020 (collectively), during a special massive virtual graduation event this weekend.

FOR YOUR SNACK BREAK

Stretch it out

Don't get stiffed by your work-from-home routine. Jeanette Jenkins, founder of The Hollywood Trainer, walks you through a few stretches that target your back -- and can be done at your desk between Zoom meetings -- in this special edition of "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Kick off with 18 minutes of fireworks  

It may be the beginning of a new week, but there's no bad time for a virtual fireworks display. (Click here to view)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 49575

Reported Deaths: 2739
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Cass16439
Hamilton1629101
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Johnson1306118
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Clark67144
Madison66864
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Howard58258
Kosciusko5654
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Montgomery29720
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Vigo2408
Warrick23229
Harrison21722
Greene19132
Miami1892
Jennings17912
Putnam1708
DeKalb1634
Scott1628
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Wayne1496
Perry1409
Orange13623
Steuben1332
Franklin1278
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Ripley1247
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Carroll1122
Fayette1037
Gibson1032
Newton9910
Whitley995
Starke963
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Randolph804
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington671
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Knox650
Clay644
Rush603
Owen511
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Blackford392
Fountain332
Crawford320
Tipton311
Switzerland280
Parke240
Martin220
Ohio210
Vermillion170
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 61331

Reported Deaths: 3006
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Cuyahoga8518383
Hamilton6396206
Lucas2859304
Marion273739
Montgomery228335
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Pickaway220641
Mahoning1885239
Butler172147
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Licking53612
Miami48631
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Wood46151
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Richland3595
Allen33841
Greene3009
Mercer29410
Erie26022
Darke25326
Holmes2524
Huron2342
Madison2069
Ottawa16124
Sandusky14215
Washington14220
Crawford1375
Ross1363
Putnam13315
Coshocton1323
Hardin12312
Morrow1201
Auglaize1094
Jefferson952
Muskingum921
Union921
Athens911
Monroe8917
Hancock841
Preble811
Hocking798
Lawrence790
Guernsey763
Shelby724
Williams722
Clinton700
Logan661
Fulton650
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Brown591
Scioto560
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