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Wednesday 20th May 2020

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5 million people have been confirmed to have COVID 19 worldwide. 324,000 deaths have been confirmed and almost 2 million people have recovered.

The EU, Russia, and China have rejected the United States attacks on the World Health Organization. Donald Trump sent a letter to the WHO on Monday, accusing them of allowing China to hide evidence, and threatening to permanently cut funding to the WHO…

“Well I think they’ve done a very sad job, in the last period of time, and again the United States pays them 450 million dollars a year and China pays the m38 million dollars a year and they’re a puppet of China.”…

Yeseterday all member states of the World Health Organization agreed to an investigation into the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic. Dr Tedros Adhanom said that they want accountability, more than anyone…

“As always WHO remains fully committed to transparency accountability and continuous improvement. We want accountability more than anyone.

In the United Kingdom statistics show that there may be 20,000 extra deaths from the pandemic that have not been directly connected to COVID19. Officially, there have been 35,000 confirmed COVID deaths. However, comparing this year to recent years, there have been 55,000 excess deaths. In the past week the situation in the UK has been improving.

Africa

Tanzania has lifted flight restrictions and quarantines. From now on people will be tested upon arriving in the country. President John Magafuli wants Tanzania’s the tourism industry to restart. Opposition parties are currently boycotting parliament after 3 mps died unexplainably in the last 2 weeks.


In Libya the United Nations have condemned the warlord Khalifa Haftar. In the last month fighting has grown between the UN recognized government in Tripoli and the forces of Khalifa Haftar. The United Arab Emirates are accused of helping the warlord. UN envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams yesterday warned that the situation will intensify…

“From what we are witnessing in terms of the massive influx of weaponry, equipment and merceneries to the two sides the only conclusion that we can draw is that this war will intensify, broaden and deepen with devastating consequences for the Libyan people.”


Felicien Kabuga started his trial in France yesterday. The 84 year old is charged with crimes against humanity for his part in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.


Lesotho’s Prime Minister has stepped down. He is suspected of being involved in the murder of his ex-wife, and his retirement means he could now stand trial. Thomas Thabane spoke to the country yesterday…

“My fellow countrymen and women, I appear before you today, to announce that the work that you had assigned might not yet be over, but the time to retire from the great theatre of action and take leave from public life and office has finally arrived…”

Cyclone Amphan is expected to hit Bangladesh and north east India today. Thousands of people have been told to go to cyclone shelters. Ships in the Bay of Bengal have moved out of the way of the cyclone.


In the Philippines, television network ABS-CBN will remain closed, after the supreme court rejected an appeal. Legal experts and rights organization say that the president Rodrigo Duterte’s administration want to silence the media. ABS-CBN is normally the network with the biggest audience in the Philippines.


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Americas

Scientists and doctors criticised President Trump for taking the drug hydroxychloroquine. The United States Food and Drug administration do not recommend the drug for COVID19 patients, and some studies have shown that the drug may cause heart problems. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said that it was dangerous for Trump to take the drug because he is morbidly obese…

‘As far as the president is concerned, he is our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and his shall we say, weight group as he is , morbidly obese, they say, I think it is not a good idea.”

Argentina has seen hundreds of new COVID19 cases in the last few days. This is despite the strictest lockdowns in South America. In the Buenos Aires slum of Villa 31 many new cases have been confirmed. People in these areas are often forced to ignore social distancing, because without work they have no food.


Although Brazil is by far the worst hit country in South America, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela are all recording large rises in cases.

Finally, in the UK there is a trial to see if dogs could help to detect the coronavirus. Dogs are already used to detect the smell of malaria, Pakinson’s disease, and some cancers. 6 dogs are involved in the study.

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