Tuesday 7th July 2020
Updated: Jul 7
In the Dominican Republic, opposition candidate Luis Abinader has won the presidential election with 60% of the votes. This is the first time that the Dominican Liberation Party has been out of power in 16 years. The election had been delayed due to the coronavirus. The The Dominican Republic also saw its highest number of COVID cases for the third day in a row, and now has over 38,000 cases and 800 deaths.
The United States has now passed 130,000 deaths due to coronavirus. There have now been 3 million cases in the country now, and the infection rate is higher than it has ever been. The state of New York is seeing the lowest cases since March. New York governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday said that Donald Trump should not be a co-consporator of COVID… "Mr. President don't be a co-conspirator of COVID, do one simple thing acknowledge to the American people that COVID exists. It is a major problem it's going to continue until we admit it and each of us stands up to do our part”.
In Africa, there have been over 480,000 confirmed COVID infections and 11,000 deaths.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a slow reopening of the country after four months of lockdown. International flights will start from 1st August and people will be allowed to enter the capital, Nairobi. Kenya has the highest number of cases in East Africa, with over 8000 infections and 160 deaths.
In Ghana, the former President John Mahama has chosen the first female running mate in the country’s history for this year's election. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman is a former education minister and Professor. If Mahama wins the election, Opuku-Agyeman will become vice-president.
In France, a bus driver has been left brain dead after being attacked by passengers who refused to wear face masks. Five people have been arrested in Bayonne. Face masks are mandatory on public transport in France.
A Spanish court has agreed to deport Mexico's former oil chief, Emilio Lozoya. Lozoya, who ran Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) from 2012 to 2016, is alleged to have taken around $10 million in bribes.
In Croatia, the ruling Croatian Democratic Union won the parliamentary elections with 66 out of 151 seats. They are expected to form a coalition government with smaller right-wing parties.
The UK government has introduced sanctions against human rights abusers. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab yesterday announced travel bans and a freeze on assets of human rights violators…, "Mr. Speaker, these sanctions are a forensic tool. They allow us to target perpetrators without punishing the wider people of a country that may be affected. The regulations will enable us to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those involved in serious human rights violations. They include first the right to life threatened by assassination and extrajudicial killing. Second the right not to be subjected to torture or cruel inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment and third the right to be free from slavery servitude or forced or compulsory labor. The powers enable us to target a wider network of perpetrators, including those who facilitate, incite, promote or support any of these crimes. This extends beyond state officials to non-state actors as well, so if you're a kleptocrat or an organized criminal, you will not be able to launder your blood money in this country".
Kuwait has announced that it will reduce the country's foreign population by 40 percent. Kuwait has a population of 4.8 million, out of which 3.4 million are foreigners. The country wants to focus on recruiting "skilled "laborers amid the COVID pandemic, which has led to a fall in oil prices.
India has now recorded over 720,000 cases of Covid-19, surpassing Russia to become the country with the third highest number of confirmed cases. Over 20,000 deaths have been confirmed, relatively low for the number of cases confirmed.
Chinese authorities have arrested a law professor, Xu Zhangrun, who criticized President Xi Jinping for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. China has also warned the UK over its interference in Hong Kong. This came after the UK announced that it would give 3 million Hong Kong residents a path to citizenship.
And the Italian composer Ennio Morricone died yesterday in Rome at the age of 91. Morricone was an Oscar-winning composer – most famous for writing the music for A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon a Time in The West, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…
By Khadija Tahir