U.S. toll nears 13,000 as Coronavirus drug touted by Trump faces test


As the U.S. death toll from the new coronavirus nears 13,000, America’s battle with the disease appears increasingly mired in politics. President Trump has accused the World Health Organization of pandering to China and “probably” misleading the planet about the merits of his response.

Mr. Trump’s touting of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquin­­­­­­e as a possible “game changer” in the fight against COVID-19 may soon be judged by medical fact: While it remains clinically unproven as a treatment for the disease, some state and local leaders, many of them supporters of Mr. Trump, are bringing millions of doses into hospitals and even nursing homes to experiment with its use on COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, evidence that lockdowns in China, Europe and even New York are helping rein in the disease are tempered by ever-more-daunting figures: As of Wednesday, more than 82,000 of the 1.4 million people diagnosed with COVID-19 globally have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.