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Saturday 2nd May 2020


US President Trump has claimed he has seen evidence that the coronavirus started in a Chinese laboratory. President Trump said that he believed that the virus began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is despite US intelligence agencies saying that COVID 19 was not manmade or genetically modified. The World Health Organization have dismissed President Trump’s claim. Dr Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization, said that scientists were sure that the virus has a natural origin…

The American food and drug administration has approved the use of drug remdesivir to treat coronavirus. The FDA say that it is not a cure but may help in some cases.

Canada has banned 1500 types of gun. This decision comes two weeks after Canada’s worst mass shooting, when 22 people were killed in Nova Scotia. Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Treadeau said that there is no use for these weapons in Canada…

The government will buy back the illegal guns from people who already own them.

The parliament of Bolivia say that presidential elections must take place within 90 days. There should have been elections on May 3rd, however they were delayed by the interim government because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bolivian parliament is controlled by the socialist movement, of ex-president Evo Morales. After disputed elections last year, Morales has been in Argentina.


Africa

Mali has released the results of parliamentary elections. Ruling party Rally for Mali gained the most seats but did not win a majority. Only 23% of Malians voted, after threats of attacks from Al-Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahara.

In Nigeria, the president of the Humanist Association has been arrested. Mubarak Bala often criticizes religion. His friends are worried that he has been transported to Kano state, which practices Sharia Law.

Sudan has criminalized Female Genital Mutilation. According to the UN, FGM has been performed on almost 9 out of 10 Sudanese women and girls. Removal of any part of female genitalia, will now be punishable by 3 years in prison.

Asia

In Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to extended the state of emergency by a month. The Japanese island of Hokkaido reinstated lockdown after a quick rise in new infections. Japan’s confirmed COVID 19 cases are 14’000, however, testing rates in Japan are low. Japan’s economy is struggling, and unemployment is rising.

In India all districts in the country will be classified as Red, Orange or Green to start a new phase of lockdown. In all areas, including the green zones, schools, cinemas, malls, gyms and restaurants remain closed. In orange zones there are further restrictions on public transport and and private vehicle use is limited. In red zones all public transport will not function and extra restrictions apply.

Malaysia will allow most businesses to open on 4th May. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin spoke to Malaysians yesterday, telling them that the 6 week lockdown was successful in slowing the rate of infection.


Europe

In Ireland a meat factory is the centre of a coronavirus outbreak. The Rosderra meat plant in Tipperary closed after 120 workers tested positive for COVID 19.

A Pakistani journalist has been found dead in Sweden. Sajid Hussain was granted political asylum in Sweden last year, after receiving death threats in Pakistan for reporting on human rights. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that normality will not resume after lockdown is lifted. Lockdown will finish in France on May 11th, however, Macron says that easing restrictions will be a slow process.

Rock band Queen have released a new version of the song ‘we are the Champions’. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by singer Adam Lambert to take the place of Freddie Mercury. The song’s lyrics have been changed to “YOU are the champions”, referring to medical staff around the world. Money raised will go to United Nations charities.

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