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Thursday 7th May 2020

Afghanistan could have one of the highest COVID19 infection rates in the world, according to The International Organization for Migration. A random survey in Kabul last week showed a third of respondents to be positive for the virus. The IMO say that 80% of Afghanistan’s population could become infected if nothing changes. 300 health workers are confirmed to have COVID 19, and 5 have died. 40 years of war have left Afghanistan’s healthcare system fragile.


Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro showed videos yesterday of the Americans captured trying to invade Venezuela. Maduro claimed that the American admitted being sent by the US government, and that the Colombian government was also involved. Colombia and the US have denied any connection to the Americans captured.


In India, one in 4 employed people lost their jobs in April, bringing unemployment over 27%, or , 120 million people. India is currently trying to repatriate 1.8 million Indian citizens from around the world.


The World Health Organization has warned nations that second waves of COVID19 may happen if restrictions are not relaxed in the right way. Dr Tedros Adhanom said that countries should consider six criteria before restarting their economies…


“As more and more countries consider how to ease the so called lockdown restrictions I want to reiterate the six criteria that WHO recommends that countries consider : first that surveillance that surveillance is strong, cases are declining, and transmission is controlled. Second, that health system capacities are in place to detect, isolate and test and treat every case and trace every contact. Third, that outbreak risks are minimised in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes. Fourth that preventive measures are in place in work places, schools and other places where it is essential for people to go. And fifth that importations risks can be managed. Sixth. that communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the new norm. The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully and in a phased approach.”

In Sudan 30 people have died in clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs. Since 2019 Sudan is being governed by a transitional council made up of 11 military and civilian members.

Poland has delayed its presidential election. The election should have taken place on Sunday, but the two largest parties agreed to find a new date.


Germany has relaxed its lockdown measures, and all shops are now able to open. Students will return to school in phases. Individual states will now have to monitor coronavirus infections. Any area with more than 50 infections per hundred thousand people must restart their lockdown. The Bundesliga, the top league of football, will begin again next week, without fans.


Brazil reported 633 coronavirus deaths yesterday, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. This is despite President Bolsonaro’s claim on Tuesday that the worst was over. Brazil is now considered an epicentre of the pandemic. Although 125,000 people are confirmed to have COVID19, the real number is probably much higher, as testing rates in Brazil remain low.


The ride-hailing company Uber will cut 3,700 jobs due to a lack of use of its services. The similar company Lift also announced administrative job cuts. Last week, AirBnB announced that it would cut a quarter of its workforce.


Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, has repeated claims that COVID19 began in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He also suggested that China was responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives....


...Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, challenged Mike Pompeo to show the evidence that COVID19 came from a Wuhan lab. In China, schools have reopened in Wuhan.


Libya. Reuters News Agency has reported that up to 1,200 Russian private military contractors are fighting in Libya, supporting General Khalifa Haftar. General Haftar is fighting against the United Nations recognized government of Libya, based in the capital Tripoli. The Russian state has denied any connections to private mercenaries.

The graffiti artist Banksy has created an artwork for a hospital. The piece shows a little boy playing with a superhero toy. However, superman and batman are in the bin, and the superhero chosen by the boy, is a nurse.

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