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Saturday 23rd May 2020

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In Pakistan, a passenger plane crashed yesterday. The plane was flying from Lahore to Karachi, and crashed in a residential area in Karachi. 99 people were on the flight, however, at least 2 people survived the crash. Some local residents were taken to hospital with burn injuries. It is suspected that the plane had a technical problem.


Cyclone Amphan is now over, however it has killed 118 people between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Damage has cost over 13 billion dollars. India also had its biggest rise in cases of coronavirus yesterday. Over 6000 cases were confirmed, as the country relaxes its lockdown measures.


The European Union has told China to recognize Hong Kong’s freedom. On Thursday China proposed new security laws, which activists say, will reduce Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The United Nations say that Yemen’s healthcare system has collapsed. Reports say that people have been turned away from hospitals because of a lack of space, a lack of oxygen and a lack of personal protectice equipment. Yemen has been in a civil war since 2015.


In the United Kingdom, from the 8th June people arriving in the country will have to self isolate for 14 days. People who do not respect the quarantine will face a fine of £1000. France is considering a similar policy. The UK is the country worst affected by COVID19 in Europe with over 36 thousand confirmed deaths. However the infection rate is falling.


Americas

United States President Trump wants to open houses of worship. The President said that churches, mosques and synagogues are essential, and that the country needs more prayer…

“Today I am identifying houses of worship , churches, synagogues, and mosques as essential places that provide essential services. some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other hoses of worship. its not right. So im correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now."


South America is the new epicentre of COVID19, according to the World Health Organization. Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia have seen fast rises in cases in the last few days. However Brazil is by far the worst affected, with 330,000 cases confirmed, and experts predicting the real number could millions.


Also in Brazil, the supreme court have released a video that shows President Bolsonaro trying to interfere with the justice system. The video shows Bolsonaro talking about replacing police officials. Bolsonaro’s son has been charged with corruption


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Africa

Over one hundred thousand people are confirmed to be infrected with COVID19 on the continent. However, the real number is expected to be much higher, as testing rates are very low. South Africa and Egypt have the most cases.


In Burundi counting continues to see who will be the new president. It is expected that the ruling party’s candidate will win. The opposition has claimed that fraud is taking place.


The Guinean singer Mory Kante has died aged 70. Mory Kante popularized the madingo music in Africa and the world. In the seventies, Kante spent a long time in Mali, practising music. His song Yeke Yeke, was a success in Africa, before becoming a number-one hit in Europe in 1988. His album Akwaba beach is one of the best-selling records in the history of Sub-Saharan Africa. Guinean President Alpha Conde said that Mory Kante was a ‘source of pride’. Kante played the kora harp, the balafon, and the guitar.

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