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Sunday 24th May 2020.


An analysis by the Lancet medical journal has warned against the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID19. The study of 96000 patients in 671 hospitals across 6 continents, showed that hydroxychloroquine increased the death rate of patients. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has recommended the use of Hydroxychloroquine and US President Donald Trump has said that he is taking it now, as a preventative measure.

Thailand has begun COVID19 vaccine trials on monkeys. This comes after effective trials in mice. Education and science minister Suvit Maesincee said that an outcome of this study should be clear in September.

In Afghanistan the Taliban have declared three days without fighting to respect the Muslim holiday Eid. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the ceasefire.

Pakistan has stopped looking for survivors of the plane crash in Karachi on Friday. Of the 99 people on board the flight, 2 people survived. However, despite crashing in a residential area, local people only suffered minor injuries.

In Libya, forces of the Government of National Accord have taken more land from the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar. Turkey has been providing support for the GNA, which is the government recognized by the United Nations. Libya has been in a civil war since 2014.

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New York has seen its daily death rate from COVID19 fall below 100 for the first time in 8 weeks. New York is by far the worst hit state of the United States, with 29,000 deaths. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the falling number is a positive sign…

“It has been good news, but every day is a new day, and its good to see it continuing, the number of hospitalisations are down, the change in hospitalisations is down, the incubations is down, the number of new cases, new covid cases, walking in the door, which is a very important number, that’s down. And the number of lives lost is down to 84. 84 is still a tragedy, no doubt, but the fact that its down as low as it is really overall good news.”

Brazil is now the country with the second highest number of confirmed COVID19 cases in the world. 330,000 people have been confirmed to have the virus, however, experts warn that the real number could be 15 times higher, because testing rates are so low.

Quickly the rest of Latin America. Mexico reported its fastest daily rise in COVID cases yesterday, with almost 3000. Peru has extended its nationwide lockdown until the end of June. And Bolivia’s health minister has been arrested on suspicion of corruption. Minister Marcelo Navajas is suspected of buying overpriced ventilators, machines used to fight COVID19.

France has said that people from the United Kingdom will have to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arriving in France. This was a response to the UK imposing a 2-week quarantine on everyone arriving in the country. France said that it will reciprocate any quarantine measures that other countries make.

In the UK, the prime minister’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings has been questioned by police after breaking lockdown rules. There have been calls for Mr Cummings to resign. Dominic Cummings was a major strategist for Brexit.

Spain will welcome foreign tourists from 1st July, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said yesterday. The Spanish football league will begin on 8th June. This follows the popularity of the German Bundesliga which has gained a much larger audience than normal, due to a lack of sport recently. Last week a record 650,000 people in Britain watched a single Bundesliga game – five times higher than the previous record for a Bundesliga match.

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