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Monday 22nd June 2020.

Coronavirus – 9 million cases have been confirmed. The World Health Organization reported that Friday had the highest number of confirmed cases for a single day- 180,000.


In Latin America 2 million cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed. Brazil is the worst hit, with over a million cases, followed by Peru, Chile and Mexico. There have been more protests against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro this weekend. Chile has the highest infection rate in Latin America – 12 people in every thousand are infected. Argentina has been praised for its low level of infections; however cases have doubled in the last 3 weeks. In Venezuela confirmed cases have doubled in the last two weeks. Venezuela is now introducing some lockdown restrictions for the first time.


In the United States, President Donald Trump said that he was joking after saying that there should be ‘less testing’ for the coronavirus during a campaign rally…

“Here’s the bad part- when you <test> do testing to that extent – you’re gonna find more people, you’re gonna find more cases – so I said to my people, slow the testing down please! They test and they test we have tests of people - <?> - don’t know what’s going on – we’ve got another one over here!”

… Last month President Trump said that he was joking, after suggesting the possibility of injecting disinfectant as a cure for coronavirus. Most current polls show Joe Biden beating Donald Trump for the presidency in November.


In the United Kingdom a suspected terror attack has killed 3 people. On Saturday evening a 25 year old man from Libya attacked people with a Knife in the city of Reading. This is the third terrorist incident in the UK in the last year. Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he was appalled and sickened by the attack…

Well Im appalled and sickened that people should lose their lives in this way. And our thoughts are very much with the families and friends of the victims today. If there are lessons that we need to learn about how we handle such cases, how we handle the events leading up to such cases then we will learn those lessons and we will not hesitate to take action where necessary.”


The rest of Europe quickly… Spain has opened its borders – allowing people in from the EU and some other European countries. The German city of Stuttgart had large riots on Saturday night. 40 business were vandalized, and 20 people were arrested. And Serbia held parliamentary elections yesterday. At the time of recording this podcast the ruling party seems likely to win a majority. The largest opposition group have boycotted the election saying that they will not be free and fair.

Africa

In Somalia two bomb attacks have killed at least 7 people. No group has claimed responsibility, however the Al-Shabaab jihadist group is suspected.


In Libya there are worries about a confrontation between Turkey and Egypt. On Saturday Egyptian President El-Sisi warned the Turkish backed GNA not to move East. The GNA have rejected Egypt’s peace plan, saying that there will be no peace until Khalifa Haftar’s forces leave the town of Sirte. One GNA official said that Egypt’s president was ‘beating the drums of war’.


Asia

In India many people celebrated international Yoga day yesterday, practising yoga in groups or inside their homes. Addressing the country, President Modi said that today’s world needs Yoga more than ever…

“Friends, the world is fighting a pandemic of monumental scale – but yoga provides multidimensional solutions to the multiple challenges COVID19 has brought. Yoga gives you the opportunity to know your immune system better and put in the extra efforts when needed. Yoga has the potentional to gather the mental, physical and psychological challenges. It puts to test how one can live in challenging times. Friends, yoga offers something for everyone. It offers a strong mind and healthy body – in the post COVID era, the focus on preventive health care will get stronger and that is why I am confident that yoga will become even more popular.”

Iraq’s football legend Ahmad Radhi has died of COVID19. Radhi scored Iraq’s only goal in a world cup, and was voted Asian player of the year in 1988.

And Indonesia’s most active volcano could be close to another eruption. Yesterday, Mount Merapi, on the Island of Java, sent ash and hot gas 6km into the sky. Since Merapi last erupted in March, people have been warned not to go within 3km of the volcano.

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