Monday 8th June 2020.
There have been 7 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. 90% have recovered.
Starting in the Americas
Brazil’s government has stopped publishing COVID 19 cases and deaths. People working for the health ministry say that President Jair Bolsonaro personally ordered for this data to be stopped. Bolsonaro said that the data does not reflect the moment the country is in”. Public health expert Alberto Beltrame said that this decision was “authoritarian, insensitive, inhuman and unethical”. Brazil is the country with the fastest growing number of coronavirus cases and deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University, 650,000 cases have been confirmed in Brazil, despite the testing rate being 15 times lower than the United States. There have been protests for and against Bolsonaro this weekend.
In Mexico ten people have been killed in an attack on a drug rehabilitation centre in Guanajuato state. Criminal gangs sometimes target drug rehab centres where members of enemy gangs are staying.
Cuba. Although Latin America is now the epicentre of the world’s coronavirus pandemic, in Cuba, cases are dropping. The Guardian reported that this is because of good tracing and because of a very high doctor to patient ratio. Cuba has 64 doctors for every ten thousand people, the highest in the world.
Protests continued in many cities in Europe, supporting the black lives matter movement. In The United Kingdom protests continued late into Sunday evening. In the city of Bristol a statue of Edward Colston was toppled and thrown in the river. Edward Colston was a businessman and slave trader from the 17th century.
In Germany footballers from the Bundesliga took to their knees before playing yesterday. Before a game between Union Berlin and Schalke, both teams and the referees knelt to show support for anti-racism protests around the world.
Bernie Sanders, the American senator has condemned Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Sanders has shown support for left-wing protesters…
“I am extremely heartened to see that so many of you, Arabs and Jews alike are standing together tonight for peace, justice and democracy. I want to you to know that you are not alone. There are millions of people in the united states and around the world who support these basic human values. And its up to all of us to stand u to authoritarian leaders and work together to build a peaceful future for every Palestinian and every Israeli. Like you I believe that the futures of the Israelis and Palestinian people are intwined and that all of your children deserve to live in safety , freedom and equality. For that to be possible the plans to illegally annex any part of the West Bank must be stopped. The occupation must be ended and we must work together toward a future of equality and dignity for every people in Israel and Palestine.”
Afghanistan is running out of hospital beds officials have said. The number of confirmed cases is almost 20,000, however, experts believe that the true number of infections is far higher. The governor of Kabul Mohammad Haidary has said that a “disaster is coming” and that a million people may be affected in Kabul alone.
In Australia a man has been killed by a shark. The 60 year old man was surfing on the East coast when he was attacked by a 3-metre long shark. There are around 50 shark attacks each year in Australia, but deaths are rare.
In Indonesia, a British man has been rescued after spending 6 days trapped in a well. On the island of Bali, Jacob Roberts fell in the well and broke his leg after being chased by a dog. He was found by a local farmer 6 days later, and rescued by police.
Libya’s United Nations backed government, or GNA, has rejected Khalifa Haftas’s offer of a ceasefire. The GNA has made great progress in retaking towns from Haftar’s forces in the last two weeks, and they say that they will continue until they retake the whole of Libya.
And Kenya will ban all single-use plastic from national parks, beaches, forests and other protected areas, this Friday. Kenya was one of the first countries in the world to ban plastic bags 3 years ago. People found selling or producing plastic bags can be sentenced to up to four years in jail.