Tuesday 19th May 2020.
World leaders spoke yesterday at the World Health Organizations’ annual assembly. 122 countries agreed to a review of the world’s response to COVID19. China agreed to an investigation. Directoy General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom spoke about the need to unleash the full power of science.,,,
“In these extaordainary cirscumstances, we need to unleash the full power of science to deliver innovations that are scalable usable and benefit everyone everywhere at the same time …… Countries that move too fast without putting in place the public health architecture to detect and supress transmission run a real risk of handicapping their own recovery…. the risk remains high and we have a long road to travel”
France and Germany have agreed a 500 billion euro fund to finance the recovery of the European Union from the coronavirus pandemic. President Macron said that this was necessary for the eurozone to remain united.
In Italy restaurants, bars and cafes were able to open yesterday in most of the country. Restaurants have been asked to keep details of customers, to enable contact tracing if necessary.
A tropical storm has developed in the Bay of Bengal. Today and tomorrow it is expected to affect millions of people across India’s West Bengal state and Bangladesh. India has already moved thousands of people.
The King of Malaysia spoke in parliament yesterday. He postponed a vote of no confidence against the prime minister, effectively allowing Prime Minister Muhyiddin to continue.
Japan’s economy fell by 3.4 percent in the first quarter. It is expected that 2020 will be the worst year for Japan’s economy since world war 2. Japan is the fourth largest exporter in the world.
In an extraordinary statement yesterday, President Trump said that he is taking hydroxy choloroquine. The US Food and Drug Administration does not approve this drug, and has told people not to take it outside of a hospital. The President does not have any COVID19 symptoms…
“A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy. A lot of good things have come out. And you’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front line workers before you catch it. The front line, many , many are taking it, I happen to be taking it, I happen to be taking it, I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cos I think its good, ive heard a lot of good storeis. And if its not good, I’ll tell you right, I’m not gonna get hurt by it. Its been around for over forty years. For malaria, for lupes, for other things .I take it. Front line workers take it. A lot of doctors take it. I take it. I hope to not be able to take it soon….
In Brazil the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen. 245,000 people are confirmed to have COVID19, but experts say the real number may be 15 times as high. The mayor of Sao Paulo says that hospitals are already at 90% capacity. On Sunday President Jair Bolsonaro ignored public health advice, and took photographs with supporters, although he was wearing a mask. Last week a report showed that two thirds of Brazilians agree with social distancing.
In Chile there have been protests in Santiago. Hundreds of people in the El Bosque neighbourhood protested against lockdown measures and a lack of food.
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In Libya, the United Nations backed government has recaptured an airbase. The al-Watiya airbase south of Tripoli, has been under the control of warlord Khalifa Haftar since 2014. This will be a major setback for Haftar, who had been trying to capture the Libyan capital.
Lesotho’s Prime Minister has resigned. Thomas Thabane was expected to leave office next week, but resigned early. He is accused of involvement in his ex wife’s murder, although he says that he is retiring because he is old.
In the north of Nigeria jihadists have killed 20 people. Boko Haram attacked Gajiganna in the north east of the country.
Cuban doctors are starting work in hospital in South Africa. They have finished a 14 day quarantine since arriving in South Africa.
Burundi has elections tomorrow. President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping down after 15 years in power.
A pair of shoes have sold for $560,000 dollars. The Nike trainers were worn by basketball legen Michael Jordan while he played with the Chicago Bulls. The left shoe is a size 13 and the right show is 13 and a half.