Saturday 9th May 2020.
Europe remembered VE day yesterday. It was 75 years since Nazi Germany surrendered, and 75 years without war in Western Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron led a quiet tribute in the Paris at the arc de triomphe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made phone calls to the leaders of the UK, France, the USA and Russia. In the UK the Queen addressed the nation last night, at 9PM as her father King George had done to declare the war over…
“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict. They fought so that we could live in peace at home and abroad. They died so that we could live as free people in a world of free nations. They risked all so that our families and neighbourhoods could be safe. We should and will remember them. The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends working side by side for the peace health and prosperity of us all.”
World War 2 in Europe began in September 1939 and finished on the 8th May 1945.
Yesterday was another special anniversary for the world – 40 years since the global eradication of smallpox. Smallpox was an infectious disease with a fatality rate of 30%. The World Health Organization declared the global eradication of smallpox on the 8th May 1980.
The world passed 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus yesterday. 275,000 people have now died. The United States is the worst affected country with 1.3 million cases confirmed and 78,000 deaths. Yesterday President trump said that deaths in the United States could reach 100,000.
“ You look on the screens, you look on television today and you see body bags and you see mass graves and we may be talking about 95 00 people ultimately, we may be talking about something more than that, perhaps 100,000.”
President Trump also said yesterday that the US government had no connection to the group that attempted to invade Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeated claims that the US and Colombian governments were behind the attack, as well as Juan Guaido, the opposition declared president. 50 countries recognize Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela.
Tanzania has received its first shipment of Madagascar’s herbal tea that it claims cures COVID19. Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, The Republic of Congo, The Deomcractic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau and Liberia have also received thousands of bottles of the tea. The World Health Organization has warned that its effect is unproven.
The supreme court in Malawi has rejected the presidents appeal against the annulment of last years election. The original election took place a year ago, but was annulled by the constitutional court because of irregularities. A new vote will be held on the 2nd July.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke yesterday of a 3 stage plan to gradually reopen Australia. The first steps would be allowing gatherings of ten people, opening schools, small shops and cafes….
“Step one will enable greater connection with friends and family, allowing gatherings of up to ten people, and five guests in your own home. Working from home if it works for you and your employer. It will see children back in classrooms and in playgrounds in their communities. Step two will allow larger size gatherings of up to twenty people including venues such as cinemas and galleries, more retail openings on sector based covid safe plans. Step three allowing gatherings of up to 100 people.
Turkey will inject 3 billion dollars into 3 banks in order to encourage borrowing. The Turkish Lira fell to its lowest level ever yesterday, of 7 lira to the dollar. The Turkish economy has been struggling since 2018, but has suffered even more because of COVID19.
4 Indonesian fisherman are said to have died working on Chinese fishing boats. The Jakarta Post reports that other Indonesian crew spoke of being treated badly, and being used like slaves on Chinese fishing boats. The Chinese ambassador to Indonesia said that China would investigate.
In Cambodia, a stone turtle has been found underground close to the Angkor historical site. Archaeologists found the turtle statue between temples, and believe that it is almost around a thousand years old. Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer empire and was the home of up to a million people, however was abandoned in the 15th century. Last year Angkor Wat was named the number one lanmark in the world by TripAdvisor.
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