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Tuesday 9th June 2020.

The World Health Organization has warned that the global coronavirus situation continues to worsen, despite improvements in Europe. The head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom yesterday told the world to be cautious…

“Almost seven million cases of CVOID19 have now been reported to WHO and almost 400,000 deaths. Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally its worsening. More than 100,000 cases have been reported of 9 of the past ten days. Yesterday, more than 136 </sic/thousand!> cases were reported. The most in a single day so far. Almost 75% of yesterdays cases come from ten countries. Mostly in the Americas and South Asia….”

In the United States yesterday, George Floyds body was in his home city of Housten, where thousands of people paid their respects. The world has been shaken by protests since Floyd’s death at the hands of police, 2 weeks ago. Yesterday democrat senators knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time that George Floyd had a policeman’s knee on his neck. In the city of Minneapolis protesters called for the defunding of the police, or the total abolishment of the police. President Donald Trump said yesterday that this would not happen…

There won’t be defunding , there won’t be any dismantling of our police. There’s not gonna be any disbanding of our police. Our police have been letting us live in peace. We want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there. Sometimes you’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently but 99, I say 99.9 but lets go with 99% are great great people and they’ve done jobs that are record setting record setting so our crime statistics are at a level that they haven’t been at”.

Joe Biden, the democrat candidate for president, also said that he was against the idea of defunding or abolishing the police. On Sunday Colin Powell, the Republican secretary of State, said that he would vote for Joe Biden for president. Former Republican president George Bush has said that he will not vote for Donald Trump.

Europe quickly…

In the Uk people now have to self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in the country. In Germany police have arrested a suspected far-right terrorist, suspected of planning to attack Muslims. And a study by Imperial College London has shown that lockdowns across Europe have saved 3 million lives.

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South Africa, Kenya and Ghana have all protested against police brutality. In Pretoria there was a socially distanced demonstration outside the US embassy. In Kenya protesters said that over 15 people have been killed by police enforcing lockdowns.

Ex- President of C’ote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo is expected to return to Africa, now that he has been cleared of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. C’ote d’Ivoire will have a general election on the 31st October. Current president Alassane Ouattara has said that he will not run again and some people suspect that Gbagbo may try to become a candidate for president again.

In Libya the UN backed government has continued its offensive to take the East of Libya. Fighting is now taking place in Sirte, the hometown of ex-leader Colonel Gaddafi.

In Indonesia, Jakarta is partially reopening after weeks of lockdown, despite a continuing rise in coronvarisus cases. Since April many businesses have been closed and people were encouraged to stay inside. Restaurants and cafes will now be able to open at half-capacity, and places of worship are now open. All 34 of Indonesia’s provinces have confirmed cases. 32,000 cases have been confirmed in Indonesia, but testing rates are low.

The rest of Asia quickly… India is relaxing its lockdowns despite a rising number of COVID infections. In Pakistan confirmed coronavirus cases have passed 100,000. North Korea announced last night that it would cut all communications with South Korea. Pyongyang accused Seoul of sending propaganda across the border..

New Zealand is completely coronavirus free. From today New Zealand has lifted all COVID restrictions and no more social distancing is needed. The country will remain closed to foreigners. Yesterday Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand could still find new cases, but that she was extremely happy that New Zealanders could now return to normal…

Today there are no active cases in new Zealand. We have tested almost 40,000 people for COVID19 in the past 17 days and none have tested positive. We’ve had no one in hospital for COVID19 in twelve days. Its been forty days since the last case of community transmission 22 days since that person finished their self isolation. And so today I can announce that cabinet has agreed we will now move to level 1 to get our economy fully open again and we will start almost immediately. We move down to COVID19 alert level 1 from midnight tonight.”…

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