The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world was approaching 2 million on Tuesday, with more than 125,000 confirmed deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.In the U.S., the recorded death toll topped 23,500, according to NBC News’ tally.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump said he’d halt U.S. funding for the World Health Organization after the organization criticized his early response to the pandemic.Meanwhile, Italy — the hardest-hit country in Europe — slightly eased some restrictions Tuesday, allowing bookstores and shops selling children’s clothing to reopen. However, in neighboring France, President Emmanuel Macron said the lockdown would extend until May 11.Los Angeles County announced on Tuesday that it’d suffered the worst day yet of the pandemic, losing 40 more lives to the disease, bringing the death toll to 360 in that metropolis.The toll of COVID-19 has hit no city harder than New York, and official counts in the five boroughs might even be understated. While the city’s health department listed the confirmed death toll at 6,589 by 1 p.m., the “probable” number of fatalities is at least 3,778 more — which would bring


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