Updated: Jun 16, 2020
8 million people are confirmed to have had COVID19.
Starting in the Americas
The shooting of Rayshard Brooks has been declared a homicide by the medical examiner. Brook’s death has restarted protests in Atlanta and across the US. Black Lives Matter protests have continued in many cities. The mayor of Atlanta has announced a series of police reforms.
Also in the United States, a decision by the Supreme Court will protect LGBT workers from job discrimination. Gay and transgender workers are now protected by federal law against discrimination in employment. Before this decision, 28 states did not protect LGBT workers .
In Colombia, the Ejercito de Liberación Nacional or National Liberation army, released six hostages yesterday, including two police officers. The group is believed to still hold 10 more hostages. The ELN was founded in 1964 to fight unequal distribution of land and riches. It is considered a terrorist group by Colombia, the US and the EU.
Brazil saw thousands of protesters marching in Sao Paulo yesterday to denounce the government’s handling of the pandemic. Brazil has recorded 44,000 COVID19 deaths, the second highest in the world.
India will reimpose coronavirus lockdowns in the Eastern city of Chennai as coronavirus cases rise in the region. The full lockdown will be in place until the end of June for 4 districts of Tamil Nadu state. India has recorded over ten thousand new daily cases recently, with 343,000 confirmed in total.
China. Beijing is facing a second outbreak of COVID19. Over 100 new cases have been found in the last 3 days. Beijing was COVID-free for 50 days before this outbreak. The government has started mass testing and a lockdown has been started close to a wholesale food market. The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom has warned the world to remain alert to the risk of a second spike…
“We also see increasing numbers of cases in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Even in countries that have demonstrated the ability to suppress the transmission, countries must stay alert to the possibility of resurgence. Last week, China reported a new cluster of cases in Beijing, after more than 50 days without a case in that city. More than 100 cases have now been confirmed. The origin and extent of the outbreak are being investigated.”
In Mali, dozens of troops have been killed or gone missing after an attack in Bouka Were. On Sunday two UN peacekeepers were killed in attacks in Mali. Attacks by jihadist groups continue in Mali, despite campaigns by the national army, the French army, and UN peacekeepers.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced 11 deaths from Ebola, and 17 new infections. the DRC is also facing an epidemic of measles which has killed 6000 people, as well as COVID19, which has killed 112.
European Union officials fear a permanent confrontation between the US and China. Today EU ministers will discuss greater defence cooperation due to the rising possibility of a military conflict between the United States and China. The EU and the UK are restarting Brexit talks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is confident they will be able to reach an agreement by December.
A US military plane has crashed off the coast England during a training mission. The pilot died in the crash but the cause of the accident remains unknown.
Greece has reopened its country to tourists after three months of lockdown. Greece is hoping to pick up the country’s tourism industry after emerging from a decade-long financial crisis.
In France most restaurants and cafes opened yesterday as normal. Schools will open on the 22nd of June. President Emmanuel Macron reminded French citizens that the virus still exists and that they must maintain social distancing when possible.
The plaster company band-aid has announced that it will start to produce bandages for darker skin colours. The company said that it is committed to fighting racism, and that they will now produce 5 different colours of plaster, from white to black.