Friday 9th October 2020
Starting in Europe today...
Many countries in Europe are experiencing their highest numbers of new coronavirus infections right now. During this week, The United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Poland, Czechia, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary and Greece have all reported their highest ever single day of confirmed COVID infections. For the United Kingdom, the highest ever day of new confirmed cases was yesterday with over 17,000 reported.
In Spain yesterday, the Madrid regional court canceled the central government's orders to increase coronavirus restrictions. The local government chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso opposed the orders, saying it would negatively affect the region's economy.
In The United States, yesterday, President Donald Trump refused to take part in a debate with democratic nominee Joe Biden if it is virtual. Trump tested positive for the coronavirus after the first presidential debate held last week. In a video message released on Wednesday, Trump called contracting the coronavirus a ‘blessing from god’, and recommended the drug that he was given...
“I think this was a blessing from God. That I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it. I heard about this drug. I said “let me take it”. It was my suggestion. I said “let me take it”. And it was incredible the way it worked. Incredible.”
Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic nominee for vice president Kamala Harris took part in the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday night. The topics of systemic racism, climate change, and coronavirus were discussed. 210,000 people have been confirmed to have died of coronavirus in the United States. Pence defended the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic, whereas Harris said that it was the ‘greatest failure of any presidential administration’.
MIKE PENCE: "We were able to see to the delivery of billions of supplies, so our doctors and nurses had the resources and support they needed. And we began, really before the month of February, we started to develop a vaccine and to develop medicines and therapeutics and been saving lives all along the way. And under President Trump's leadership- operation warp speed- we believe, will have literally tens of millions of doses of a vaccine before the end of this"
KAMALA HARRIS: "Whatever the vice president is claiming the administration has done, clearly it hasn't worked. When you're looking at over 210,000 dead bodies in our country, American lives that have been lost, families that are grieving that loss. And, you know, the vice president is the head of the task force, and knew on 28th January how serious this was."
Kamala Harris also mentioned Donald Trump's refusal to condemn White Supremacists.
"We are talking about an election in 27 days where last week the president of the united states took a debate stage in front of 70 million americans and refused to condemn white Supremacists ".
Brazil’s confirmed number of COVID cases passed 5 million yesterday. Almost 150,000 people are confirmed to have died due to the coronavirus in Brazil. Experts have said that a second wave of the virus is likely to hit soon, as Brazilians are returning to normal life too fast.
In Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees on the island of Bhashan Char have reported physical abuse by officials after they held a hunger strike protesting against poor living conditions. Bangladesh has taken over a million Rohingya refugees since 2017. The Rohingya Muslim community has been persecuted in their native country of Myanmar by the country's military. The United Nations has called the persecution “genocide”.
In Indonesia, thousands of people are protesting against a new job creation law. The government says that the law will create more jobs for people unemployed due to coronavirus pandemic. However, trade unions and international organizations say that it would reduce wages and sick leaves for workers and affect job security. Tens of thousands of Indonesians have protested during the last 3 days, and over 400 people have been arrested.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have continued fighting in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabkh. Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of damaging the historic Shusha cathedral. It is believed that hundreds of people have died in fighting in the last two weeks, including soldiers, civilians and foreign mercenaries.
In Ethiopia, 14 people were killed by gunmen in the Benishangul-Gumuz region yesterday. The area was put under military control two weeks ago due to violence that has killed over a hundred people and forced thousands to leave their homes.
In Nigeria, an explosion at a petrol station in Lagos has killed at least 8 people. The explosion was reported to have destroyed 25 homes, 16 shops and a primary school. Seperately in Nigeria; President Muhammadu Buhari announcedyesterday a $34 billion plan to help the country's economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic . The plan will increaase Nigeria's total debt to $90 billion.
And Singapore is starting COVID-secure cruises, to nowhere. Passengers will be treated to the luxury experience of a cruise, despite the fact that the boat cannot move. Passengers will be required to take COVID tests and masks will be mandatory.
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