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Thursday 4th March 2021

Updated: Mar 5

Asia

In Myanmar, at least 38 people were killed yesterday. The United Nations said yesterday was the most violent day in Myanmar since protests began. Security forces shot large crowds in a number of cities. At least two of the victims are believed to be teenagers. Mass demonstrations have been taking place across Myanmar since the military seized control on 1 February.


South Korea first transgender soldier, was found dead yesterday. Byun Hee-soo was removed from the military for transitioning from a male to a female. The ex-soldier, who was also a transgender rights campaigner, was found dead at her home.

Americas

In Bolivia, it was announced yesterday that at least seven students have died and five were seriously injured. The students fell from the fourth floor of a university building after a part of the building had collapsed. The students were between 20-24 years old.


In the United States, President Joe Biden announced yesterday that there will be enough coronavirus vaccines for every adult by the end of May.


"When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America. We rectified that. About three weeks ago, we were able to say that we'll have enough vaccine supply for adults by the end of July. And I'm pleased to announce today, as a consequence of the stepped-up process, this country will have enough vaccine supply - I'll say it again - for every adult in America by the end of May, by the end of May, that's progress, important progress."


Africa

In South Africa, officials found thousands of fake coronavirus vaccine doses yesterday. The international police force said that 400 bottles, which is about 2,000 doses, containing the fake vaccine were found. The fake vaccines were found at a warehouse outside Johannesburg in South Africa.


In Senegal, opposition politician Ousmane Sonko was arrested yesterday. Sonko was accused of disturbing public order in the capital, Dakar. This is because when Sonko was travelling to his court hearing, his car was followed by hundreds of chanting supporters. Police eventually fired teargas at the protesters. Sonko’s supporters were protesting the allegations that Sonko raped a women. Sonko denies the rape charges and says they were made up to stop him running in elections in 2024.

Rwanda received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses yesterday. Rwanda received 240,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines along with 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines. The doses are part of the Covax scheme. Rwanda will use the doses to vaccinate people in groups who are most at risk.

Europe

In the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday announced Englands Budget plan. Sunak said the plan is working, but that it is going to take a long time for England to fully recover from the damage coronavirus has caused.


"At this budget we are announcing an additional 65 billion pounds of measures over this year and next to support the economy in response to coronavirus. The amount we've borrowed is comparable only with the amount we borrowed during the two world wars. It's going to be the work of many governments over many decades to pay it back."


In Greece, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake took place yesterday. The earthquake happened near the Greek city of Larissa, and was felt across Greece. An elderly man had to be rescued from his home, which had collapsed. No serious injuries have been reported.

And Finally, country star Dolly Parton received her COVID-19 Moderna vaccine yesterday. The singer posted a video of her getting the jab, and even sang a special version of one of her best-known songs, Jolene.


"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine - I'm begging of you please don't hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine - cause once you're dead then that's a bit too late."


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