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Saturday 18th July 2020.

Asia

The World Health Organization will send a mission to China to study the origin of the coronavirus. The most commonly believed origin of the disease is that it was passed from bats to humans in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.


Also in China floods are continuing to effect hundreds of thousands of people. Reuters news agency has reported on the possibility that the floods will affect the worlds access to personal protective equipment for coronavirus – much of which is made in china.


India has now registered more than one million cases of coronavirus, but experts say that the peak could be months away. India is currently testing 300,000 people every day, however this rate is still low compared to other countries with such high numbers of cases.


Europe

European Union leaders met in person yesterday for the first time since the COVID19 crisis. All leaders wore masks, as they discussed an economic stimulus package. Ursula Von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission said that Europe could recover stronger from this crisis…

“If we do it right, we can overcome this crisis stronger and emerge stronger from the crisis. All the necessary pieces are on the table, and a solution is possible and a solution – that is what our people in Europe expect from us – because it is their jobs that are at stake. And the risk of the virus still persists – and the whole world is watching us – whether Europe is able to stand up united and to overcome this corona-related crisis, strongly.”


In the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday announced steps to restart the economy. Most businesses will be able to reopen in August, and the prime minister said that employers will be trusted to make decisions about how people return to work…

“Instead of government telling people to work from home, we’re going to give employers more discretion, and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely, - that could mean – of course – continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely, and which has worked for many employers and employees – or it could mean making workplaces safe by following COVID secure guidelines.”


Spain - In Barcelona people have been asked to stay at home after a fast rise in new COVID cases. Cataln officials suggested that this voluntary lockdown was the best way to stop a mandatory lockdown.


Americas

In the United States Chief medical expert Dr Anthony Fauci has encouraged Americans to wear masks in public. Speaking yesterday, he said that physical distancing was the most important thing people can do…

“The virus will not be able to do anything if you keep physical distancing. If you are in the bakery, and you are open, and therefore you have to be physically closer, wearing a mask is something everyone should do, both you and you should ask it of your customers to also do that.”

Argentina has said that the lockdown in Buenos Aires will be relaxed soon. Argentina was one of the first countries to start a lockdown, more than 4 months ago. Today, only Buenos Aires and the Northern province of Chaco continue strict lockdowns. More Argentinian news. A former Argentinian navy officer charged with human rights crimes has been discovered living in Berlin. Luis Esteban Kyburg is believed to be responsible for the deaths of over 150 people during Argentina’s dictatorship from 1976-1983.


In Paraguay the murder of an indigenous girl has brought the attention of human rights activists. Paraguay has high levels of sexual abuse against children, and a high child pregnancy rate.


Africa

South Africa recorded more than 200 coronavirus deaths yesterday – the highest in single day so far. South Africa is now the country with the 8th highest number of confirmed infections.


In Sudan there have been protests against a change in the laws. According to new laws, non-muslims would be able to buy and sell alcohol, and leaving Islam will not be a crime. Islamic groups called for protests in Kharthoum against these decriminilizations


Morocco has discovered the first aquatic dinosaur. Moroccan researchers say that the Spinosaurus lived around 100 million years ago, and was longer than a tyrannosaurus rex.

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