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Sunday 7th June 2020

Coronavirus: Confirmed deaths have passed 400,000 worldwide. 3.4million people have recovered.

Protests, protests and more protests.

Yesterday there were demonstrations around the world in support of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. There were protests around the United States, in France, in Germany, in Tunisia, in South Korea, in Japan and other places. In Washington DC over a hundred thousand people protested. In Australia there were protests in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney where police used pepper spray on protesters. In the UK a police officer went to hospital after falling off a horse.

Lebanon’s capital Beirut also saw protests yesterday, but for different reasons. Hundreds of people filled the streets of Beirut to complain about the failing economy and rising unemployment. There were fights between supporters and opponents of Hezbollah, the shia group backed by Iran.

In Israel yesterday there were protests against government plans to annex more land in the West Bank. Jewish and Arab rights group demonstrated together. A poll published this week showed that about half of Israelis support annexation.

New York is the American State most affected by COVID 19, with a confirmed 30,000 deaths. However, the situation is greatly improving. Yesterday governor Andrew Cuomo thanked the people of New York for changing their lives to stop the virus…

“They changed themselves, remarkably fast and remarkably effective. We have the lowest number of deaths from coronavirus that we have had since this started. 42 deaths .the lowest number since we started 8 weeks ago we had 800 8 weeks 800 people die to 42 people die in eight weeks. Amazing. How did you do that ? The people of the state radically changed how they behave.”

India has become the country with the 6th highest number of confriemd COVID infections. Nearly ten thousand cases were reported on Saturday, making a total of 237,000. India is lowering restrictions despite experts saying that the pandemic is far from its peak.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday asked the people of Pakistan to take coronavirus seriously. In a Tweet, he spoke about the dilemma that the government is in – the need for social distancing to control the virus, and the rise in poverty from lockdowns. Pakistan has 94,000 confirmed cases.

The Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar has asked for a ceasefire starting from Monday. Haftar was in Egypt yesterday speaking to Egyptian president el-Sisi, who is one of Haftar’s top supporters. The United Nations backed GNA is continuing to take land from Haftar’s forces. The West of the country is mostly controlled by the GNA and the East is mostly controlled by Haftar.

In Mali 26 people have been killed in an attack on a Fulani village. No group has claimed responsibility. On Friday thousands of people protested in the capital Bamako demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to take Brazil out of the World Health Organization saying that it is partisan. Two weeks ago United States President Donald Trump stopped funding the the WHO. Brazil is currently the country with the highest daily death rate from COVID19 in the world.

Hundreds of Venezuelans are stuck in Colombia because of restrictions to the number of people allowed to pass the border. They originally left Venezuela to find work in Colombia and other countries, but wish to return because of coronavirus lockdowns. Over 5 million Venezuelans have left the country since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1999.

The Netherlands has reported the first known case of COVID19 passing from an animal to a human. The animal is a mink, from the same family as a weasel or a ferret. A family of mink farmers was found to have been infected with the coronavirus from their mink. Infected mink have been found in ten Dutch farms. Mink are generally sold for their fur.

The American National Football League has said that players will be allowed to protest by taking one knee during the national anthem. In 2016 Colin Kapernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest against racial discrimination. On Friday NFL players made a video supporting the current protests…

.”… What if I were George Floyd?...”

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