Monday 15th June 2020.
Starting in the Americas…
In the United States protests have continued in the city of Atlanta after the killing of a black man. On Friday night Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back by a policeman after resisting arrest. The police office has been fired and the Chief of Police of Atlanta has resigned. Many people have been arrested in protests in Atlanta…
“Now, I know we do a lot of talking about, what separates us, we do a lot of talking about, how far we’ve got to go. But lets talk about what we’ve done. Let’s talk about what we’ve done in such a short period of time. We have forced them to acknowledge the pain that has existed for years and years. We have forced them to take into account and consider what we’re going through ever since they brought us to this country…”
In the city of New Orleans protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader John McDonogh. There were supporting protests around the world yesterday, including in Germany, New Zealand and Japan.
Latin America continues to be the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil has now reported 850,000 COVID19 cases – the second highest in the world. In Mexico 134,000 cases have been reported, despite a very low testing rate. And in Chile 9 people in every thousand are confirmed to have been infected – the third highest rate in the world, after Qatar and Bahrain.
Peru has the second highest number of COVID19 cases in Latin America, with 225,000. Peru does have one of the best testing rates in Latin America – 5 times higher than Brazil’s. Peru was one of the first countries in Latin America to have a nationwide lockdown, 3 months ago, however the virus continued to spread, particularly as workers left major cities to return to their hometowns.
In Mali two UN peacekeepers were killed on Saturday. There are 13,000 UN peacekeepers in Mali where islamist groups are fighting against the government.
In Nigeria at least 60 people have died in attacks in the North East. Nigerian authorities say that they are responding with counter-attacks on the jihadist group Boko Haram.
There are more signs that the coronavirus pandemic in Europe is easing. The United Kingdom reported 36 deaths on Saturday - the lowest since lockdown began 3 months ago. In Spain, Italy and France, deaths and new infections are at their lowest levels in months. In France cafés and restaurants will be able to fully open, from today.
Spain will open its borders to travellers from some countries from the 21st June. Travellers from the Schengen area will be able to arrive without a quarantine, but the border with Portugal will remain closed until the 1st June. Greece has also said that it is ready to welcome tourism.
Asia In the Philippines two policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in the souther Sulu state. The attackers escaped, but the police suspect a jihadist group.
In Iran the coronavirus daily death toll was 107 yesterday. This is the first time that Iran’s daily death toll has been over one hundred for 6 weeks, raising fears of a second wave.
In Afghanistan over 400 security personnel have been killed or injured in the last week. The government has blamed the Taliban for these attacks. The government and the Taliban are expected to hold peace talks soon.
Singapore has passed 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. Antiviral drug remdesivir has been approved for use by the Singapore health Sciences authority. Singapore has one of the best testing rates in the world, and has had 26 confirmed deaths, lower than most countries with a similar number of infections.
India has confirmed 333,000 COVID19 cases, and authorities are expecting to reach half a million by the end of June. The capital Delhi is particularly badly hit. In Delhi s train carriages are being converted into wards for coronavirus patients.
An India is mourning the loss of a Bollywood star. Sushant Singh Rajput has died at the age of 34 in Mumbai. Police believe it was suicide. Rajput was most famous for his roles in M.S.Dhoni, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and Shuddh Desi Romance…