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Tuesday 12th May 2020.

Tuesday 12th May 2020


286,000 people have now died of COVID19, however 1 and a half million have recovered.

China’s Disneyland opened yesterday, for the first time in three months. Many businesses, cinemas, museums and shops have been opening throughout China. However, the city of Wuhan has reported a few more cases of the disease, after weeks without any cases reported. Wuhan is the city where COVID19 is believed to have originated late last year.


India’s trains have started running again today. Trains will run with a limited capacity. India has one of the biggest rail networks in the world – normally moving 23 million passengers every day,


Iran accidentally shot its own ship in a training mission on Sunday. 19 sailors were killed when a missile hit the small ship in the Gulf of Oman. In January Iran accidentally shot down a Ukranian passenger jet killing all 176 people on board. Huge anti-government protests took place throughout Iran in the following days.


Europe

The United Kingdom has the worst death toll in Europe with over 32,000 confirmed. Yesterday the Prime Minister spoke to the country again, after people complained that his message on Sunday was unclear…

“Those who cannot work form home should now speak to their employer about going back to work. You can now spend time outdoors and exercise as often as you like. You can meet one person outside of your householf outsie, outdoors, provided you stay two metres apart. The social distancing measures remain absolutely crucial to us keeping the infection rate and number of cases down as low as we possibly can.”

In Germany the COVID19 infection rate is above 1, according to the Robert Koch Institute. This means that the number of infections is growing instead of decreasing. Germany began relaxing its lockdown this week.


Many workers in France returned to work yesterday. The famous Champs elysees avenue was busy with traffic. Many shops and primary schools are open, however, bars, restaurants and secondary schools remain closed. Facemasks are now mandatory on public transport.


Belgium also opened many shops yesterday, with strict social distancing measures inside them. in Spain shops, bars and restaurants opened in many parts of the country yesterday, but not in large cities. Holland has reopened libraries, hairdressers and some primary schools. Switzerland is also reopening primary schools.


In The United States, Donald Trump continues to attack China. At the White House yesterday, a reporter asked President Trump why he was treating the coronavirus like a world competition. Trump didn’t respond directly to the question, but he did blame China…

“You’ve said many times that the US is doing far better than any other country. When it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day? “Well, there losing their lives everywhere in the world. Any maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question ok? When you ask them that question you may get a very unusual answer.”

Africa

The Prime Minister of Lesotho will leave office on the 22nd May . Thomas Thabane had faced calls to resign because of supposed links to the murder of his estranged wife. His current wife has been in court already, and Thabane will probably go to court after leaving office.


In Burundi a grenade attack in a bar has killed 2 people. Burundi is holding elections on 20th May, despite the coronavirus outbreak. The current president Pierre Nkrununziza is not a candidate.


In Uganda, musician turned politician Bobby Wine has received one million views of his song ‘coronavirus alert’. The song encourages people to maintain social distancing and wash their hands. Bobi Wine has declared that he will run for president of Uganda next year.

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