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Sunday 3rd May 2020

In Russia, the mayor of Moscow has said that 1 in 50 of Moscow residents could have coronavirus. COVID 19 arrived in Russia in January, however, cases remained relatively low until recently. The infection has spread quickly in the last three weeks, with 9,600 new cases yesterday. There are now 125.000 confirmed cases in Russia. The Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has the virus, and president Vladamir Putin has been working from home for over a month

The government of India has made it obligatory for all workers to use a tracing app. All public and private sector employees must use the app, which will alert people if they have been close to a person with COVID19. The government say that people’s privacy is protected, as all data remains anonymous.

Also in India islamophobia has been rising due to misinformation about the coronavirus. Social media has blamed Muslims for spreading the virus, and there has been a rise in attacks on muslims.

Today is press freedom day. The United Nations have stated the importance of allowing journalists to do their job without fear. UN secretery General Antonio Guterres says that good journalism,science and analysis are necessary to fight misinformation and conspiracy theories…

Malaysia has been criticised for detaining hundreds of refugees in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Authorities said that 586 illegal migrants were arrested in Kuala Lumpur, including Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The UN have described this arrest as ‘counter-productive.’

Singapore will relax its restrictions on the 12th May, after a 2 month lockdown.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been seen in public for the first time in months. There were rumors that the dictator was sick, however he was shown on state media yesterday.

How has the pandemic affected your town or city? Send your whatsapp audio message to +44 7307 872 842, with your name and location In Somalia people have reported many unexplained deaths in the capital Mogadishu. It is possible that these deaths are related to COVID 19. There are only 670 confirmed cases in Somalia, however, there is almost no testing in the country.

In Venezuela over 40 prisoners have died in a riot. The prisoners were trying to escape when a fight began between prisoners and guards. In Brazil some prison guards were kept hostage by prisoners yesterday, in the city of Manaus. Prison riots have been recorded across the world recently, in Argentina, Peru, Venesuela, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Honduras and Iran. These are often related to prisoners being scared of contracting COVID 19. In Argentina over one thousand prisoners have been released early, to stop the spread of coronavirus. Residents of Buenos Aires have protested, bashing pots from their balconies, to show that they disagree with releasing prisoners early.

In the United States 66,000 people have now died of COVID19. New York has been the epicentre with 24,400 deaths. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo says that the state is not ready to reopen…

In Spain, adults were allowed to go outside for exercise for the first time since March. Restrictions are being lowered in Spain, which has been on lockdown for 7 weeks. From Monday it will be compulsory to wear masks on public transport.

Coronavirus has had a positive effect on the world’s climate. Global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to fall by 8% in 2020. The largest recorded drop in history.

Helping in this effort, the government of Pakistan is employing thousands of people to plant trees. An initiative from Prime Minister Imran Khan has created over 63 thousand jobs for unemployed day workers. The aim is to plant 20 million trees in 2020.

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