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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus. Yesterday afternoon Bolsonaro spoke to reporters in the capital Brasilia. He said that he felt normal, although he did have a high temperature, and he said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has not be proven to treat COVID19. Brazil has confirmed over 1.6 million cases of coronavirus and 66,000 deaths, but Bolsonaro has continued to minimize the importance of the virus. In March Bolsonaro said that coronavirus was ‘a little flu’, and in April when asked about COVID deaths Bolsonaro said ‘so what?”. With more from Brazil, we have Bettiana Haurat…


“During the last few days, Brazilian media has reported that President Jair Bolsonaro showed symptoms- including a high temperature. On Monday President Bolsonaro said that he had been tested and that his lungs were ‘clean’. However the presidents office said that Bolsonaro would be tested again. Yesterday afternoon he announced that the result was positive. Since the beginning of the pandemic Bolsonaro has ignored recommendations by health experts, such as social distancing and wearing a face mask. Brazil today is divided between Bolsonaro supporters who agree that the coronavirus pandemic is exaggerated; and Bolsonaro’s opponents who think that the president is making a disaster even worse. Internet hashtags have displayed this divide in Brazil – the top hashtags yesterday were #forcaBolsonaro – showing support for the president and #forcacorona expressing happiness that the president was ill.”


Bettiana Haurat there talking about the top hashtags in Brazil.

Bolsonaro is the fourth leader of a country to receive a diagnosis of COVID 19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into intensive care because of the virus in May. The leaders of Monaco and Honduras have also tested positive more recently. In Pakistan health minister Zafar Miza tested positive on Monday, two days after the Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi. There is speculation that Burundi’s Prime Minister Pierre Nkurunziza died of COVID19.


Yesterday over 200 scientists wrote to the World Health Organization to say that they think that coronavirus can be spread in the air. According to the WHO there are 19 potential vaccines that are in clinical trials.


Away from coronavirus now…

In the United States President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump has said that the President cheats ‘as a way of life” . Mary Trump has released a book called “Too much, and never enough : How my family created the world’s most dangerous man. Last month John Bolton, President Trump’s former security advisor also released a negative book about Trump, which also said that Trump was obsessed with himself, and that Trump asked if Finland was a part of Russia.


Asia

TikTok will stop functioning in Hong Kong. The App has said that the decision is because of the new security law enforced by China. Zoom, whatsapp , Twitter, Google, and facebook have already said that they will not pass users data to the Hong Kong government.


In Japan and China flooding has continued. In Japan 50 people are believed to have died, and in China over a hundred people are missing.

In Syria a car bomb killed at least 6 people yesterday. Turkey has blamed the Kurdish YPG for the attack.


Africa

Kenya has cancelled all education until 2021. All schools will remain closed for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of Education George Magoha said that this decision will apply to all children…

“The school calender of this year will be considered lost because due to COVID19.”


Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister has sacked his health minister. Obadiah Moyo was fired because of corruption – he is thought to have deliberately overpaid for medical equipment.

Europe

The United Kingdom will continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. In 2019 a court decision stopped the UK government from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia until a humanitarian review was finished. Saudi Arabia has lead foreign intervention in Yemen, which has the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. On Monday the UK government put sanctions on 20 Saudis expected to be involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


In North Macedonia the police found 211 people inside one truck yesterday. All of the migrants were from Pakistan and Bangladesh and were found on the border with Greece. It is expected that Maceodonia will deport them back to Greece.

And gardening businesses have been reporting an increase in sales during coronavirus lockdowns. The seed company Burpee has sold more packets of seeds this year than in any other in its 144 year history.

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