Monday 1st June 2020
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In Brazil, 33,000 new COVID infections were recorded in one day. Over half a million cases have now been confirmed, and almost 30,000 deaths. Most of the country has imposed some type of restriction , despite President Jair Bolsonaro being opposed to restrictions. Over the weekend, there were protests for and against president Jair Bolsonaro. Sao Paulo, Rio de Janaeiro and other cities had demonstrations. On Saturday, politicians from the left and the right published a manifesto, demanding a unified response to the pandemic. The movimento estamos juntos or ‘we are in this together’ movement, tells Brazilians to unite for, life, freedom and democracy.
In the rest of Latin America, Chile has passed one thousand coronavirus deaths. El Salvador;s congress has passed an bill to reopen the economy, but president Bukele says that he will block it. Central America is expecting Tropical storm Amanda, which will produce heavy rains from Southern Mexico all the way to Panama. El Salvador and Guatemala are expecting floods.
In the United states protests have continued after the death of George Floyd. Now one week ago, Floyd, a black man died after a policemen knelt on his neck. There were large protests all over the country, and 25 cities imposed curfews, to stop people from staying out at night. By sunday 1,400 people had been arrested…
“To see something that horrific and horrifying it was devastating to me and I knew we had to so something, we had to come out and show up and just show some solidarity for our community and its time that Minnesota has to change”
Outside the United States there were some peaceful protests yesterday. In Toronto, London and Berlin people used phrases like ‘black lives matter’ and ‘I can’t breathe’…
“Its getting worse and worse, we’ve had enough, and if youre not gonna listen, we are gonna scream louder and louder and we’re not gonna stop until something is done, weve had enough. This is people who have had enough. its time to make some changes… *black lives matter*”
The astronauts who left earth on Saturday have arrived safely to the international space station. The two Americans Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley joined the two Russians and one American already on the international space station. It is not been decided how long they will stay, but it could be up to 4 months.
In Libya 5 civilians were killed in a rocket attack on the capital Tripoli. The Libyan health Ministry has blamed the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar. The UN backed government continues to take land from the forces of Khalifa Haftar.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo at least forty people have been killed in the jungles near the border with Uganda. In the last year nearly half a million people have been displaced by fighting in the DRC.
In Burkina Faso, 35 people were killed in attacks on Sunday. No group has claimed responsibility, but groups linked to Al Qaeda and Daesh operate in Burkina Faso.
In South Africa schools will not open today. Last night the department of education made the decision to postpone the opening by one week.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asked parliament for a 2 week extension of the state of emergency. Sanchez says that the two more weeks are necessary to finish the pandemic, once and for all.
Malta has destroyed over a billion dollars of fake money. Malta said that the Libyan currency had been made by a Russian state-owned company. The fake cash was found by Maltese customs in November, and they believe that it was destined for Warlord Khalifa Haftar.
In Israel Benny Gantz, the alternate prime minister, apologized yesterday for the police killing of an autistic Palestinian man. People of all religions protested on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this weekend.
Russia has now confirmed more than 400,000 cases of COVID19. Confirmed deaths are comparatively low, at 4,700. Last Week President Vladamir Putin said that the pandemic has passed its peak.
And in India monkeys stole coronavirus test samples. An Indian health worker near Delhi was robbed by a gang of monkeys. Luckily the tests were recovered undamaged, and experts say that there was no risk of contamination.
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