Sunday 5th July 2020
The World Health Organization has stopped its trials of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID19. The WHO said that the drug did not reduce mortality. The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has already been used in Brazil, Indonesia and India, and United States President Donald Trump has said that he took the drug himself. Last month the WHO recognized that the steroid dexamethasone does reduce COVID deaths. On both Friday and Saturday over 200,000 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed.
In the Americas…
In the United States President Donald Trump warned of the rise of far-left fascism yesterday. The President warned that the political left was moving the country to totalitariananism.. Yesterday was independence day in the US, and Trump was speaking at Mount Rushmore…
“In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, backlisted, persecuted, and punished. Its not going to happen to us. I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, that this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mt Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
Speaking in a virtual meeting, presidential candidate Joe Biden said that Trump was dividing the country… “The character of our country is literally on the ballot. I think we are facing a serious threat. We have to meet it as one country. This president gives us no direction, and pits us against one another. We can’t go on like this as a nation.
Latin America has now confirmed more coronavirus cases than the European Union. Mexico has closed parts of its Northern border with the US to prevent the spread from the United States. The Dominican Republic is holding a general election today, despite the risk of coronavirus. Today Dominicans will vote for a new president, vice president, senators and deputies. COVID19 cases continue to rise fast in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. in Chile, one in every 65 people has been infected.
In Somalia a suicide bomb killed 6 people yesterday. Jihadist group Al-Shabaab claimed esponsability for the bombing and also for another bomb in the capital Mogadishu, which injured 7 people.
In Ethiopia 166 people have been confirmed to have died in protests during the last week. The protests started after the killing of musician Haacaaluu Hundeesaa. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that Hundeesaa was deliberately killed to destabilise the country.
In Cameroon peace talks have begun between the government and Anglophone seperatists. The English speaking minority in Cameroon say that they are margenelised by the French-speaking majority.
In Paris gay pride brought thousands of people to the street, despite the official celebration being postponed until November. Virtual LGBT celebrations took place around the world.
In the UK and Spain new lockdowns have been started in specific areas. In the UK city of Leicester a lockdown was restarted after a spike in coronavirus cases. And in Spain a part of Catalunya has also been put under quarantine. However, Barcelona is not affected by this lockdown The famous Sagrada Familia cathedral opened to some visitors yesterday.
Asia. In Japan people are missing after heavy rain has caused floods. At least 14 people are expected to have died in the floods in the Kumamoto region.
In the Philippines a 2 day total coronavirus lockdown has been started around the capital Manila. Residents of 31 districts are not allowed to leave their home unless it is an emergency. Last week the Guardian reported that a lack of access to contraceptives could lead to an extra 200,000 babies being born in the Philippines this year.
The App TikTok has told the Indian government that it has no connections to china. Last week India banned 59 popular Chinese apps, including TikTok, as a response to fighting on the Chinese border. TikTok said that it would never pass data of Indian users to the Chinese government. Forbes Magazine has reported that the Indian ban on TikTok could cost the company up to $6 Billion dollars.