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Sunday 10th May 2020.

Sunday 10th May 2020

Over 4 million people infected with COVID19 worldwide. Nearly 1.5 million have recovered.


Africa

In Libya, the only functioning airport in Tripoli has been attacked by the forces of Khalifa Haftar. The United Nations and the European Union have condemned the attack. 3 civilians are known to have died. General Haftar’s forces are trying to take Tripoli from the UN recognized government. Libya has been in a state of chaos since 2011.


Ethiopia has admitted to shooting down a Kenyan plane flying over Somalia. The plane, carrying humanitarian aid, and medical supplies, was shot down on Monday, The Ethiopian army said that it was shot down because it was unrecognized, and making unusual movements and they believed it was on a suicide mission. 6 people were killed when the plane crashed.


Asia

South Korea stopped its lockdown last week, however, the capital seoul has again closed its bars and restaurants. After finding one man with COVID19 had infected 27 others at a bar, the mayor of Seoul made the decision to close bars again.


In Afghanistan 6 people have died in violent protests. In the central Ghor province protesters clashed with police while complaining about unfair food distribution.


In Pakistan, many lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it was necessary to reopen, but that lockdown would start again, if cases continue to rise. Schools and colleges will remain closed.


The world Health Organization has said that restrictions should be lifted in a ‘slow and controlled way’. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove…

“We’re just beginning to see now a number of countries that are opening up their economies after having shown that they are able to surpress transmission. The countries that are further along in this are countries across Asia, and we do see tha countries like China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, have lifted some of these public health and social measures in a slow and a controlled way. What we are learning from those countries that are slowly opening up their economies again….. and we’ve talked about this before – when these measures are lifted, they need to be lifted in a slow and controlled way because its possible for the virus to take off again.”

One country that is relaxing its lockdown slowly is Spain. Some measures have already been lifted, and tomorrow, over half of the country will see more relaxation. Shops, bars and restaurants will be able to open with reduced capacity in those areas. Big cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia will remain under full lockdown.


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In The Americas, former President Barack Obama has called the US response to COVID19 ‘A chaotic disaster’….


"It's part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset (of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else') when that mindset is operationalized in our government."

80,000 Americans have now died of COVID19, and 1.3 million are confirmed to have been infected.


In Brazil 751 people were confirmed to have died of COVID19 yesterday, the worst daily death toll until now. The central Amazonas state has been using mass graves. The medical journal ‘Lancet’ has said that the biggest threat to Brazil is the president. Lancet said that Bolsonaro’s disregard for lockdown measures is confusing Brazilians and helping the spread of the virus. Sao Paulo state has extended its lockdown until May 31st, ignoring the President’s desire to see everything open.


In Argentina lockdown has been extended for Buenos Aires until 24th May. Other states will make their own decisions. President Alberto Fernandez said yesterday that he was proud of Argentinians for following isolation measures.


Little Richard has died aged 87. Richard Penniman was known as one of the founding fathers of rock n woll. His first hit was Tutti Frutti in 1956 and his career continued for 7 decades. As a gay black man, he was a surprise sensation in conservative 1950s America. His music was covered by Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley and he sold over 30 million records.

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