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US President Trump has claimed he has seen evidence that the coronavirus started in a Chinese laboratory. President Trump said that he believed that the virus began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is despite US intelligence agencies saying that COVID 19 was not manmade or genetically modified. The World Health Organization have dismissed President Trump’s claim. Dr Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization, said that scientists were sure that the virus has a natural origin…

The American food and drug administration has approved the use of drug remdesivir to treat coronavirus. The FDA say that it is not a cure but may help in some cases.

Canada has banned 1500 types of gun. This decision comes two weeks after Canada’s worst mass shooting, when 22 people were killed in Nova Scotia. Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Treadeau said that there is no use for these weapons in Canada…

The government will buy back the illegal guns from people who already own them.

The parliament of Bolivia say that presidential elections must take place within 90 days. There should have been elections on May 3rd, however they were delayed by the interim government because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bolivian parliament is controlled by the socialist movement, of ex-president Evo Morales. After disputed elections last year, Morales has been in Argentina.


Africa

Mali has released the results of parliamentary elections. Ruling party Rally for Mali gained the most seats but did not win a majority. Only 23% of Malians voted, after threats of attacks from Al-Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahara.

In Nigeria, the president of the Humanist Association has been arrested. Mubarak Bala often criticizes religion. His friends are worried that he has been transported to Kano state, which practices Sharia Law.

Sudan has criminalized Female Genital Mutilation. According to the UN, FGM has been performed on almost 9 out of 10 Sudanese women and girls. Removal of any part of female genitalia, will now be punishable by 3 years in prison.

Asia

In Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to extended the state of emergency by a month. The Japanese island of Hokkaido reinstated lockdown after a quick rise in new infections. Japan’s confirmed COVID 19 cases are 14’000, however, testing rates in Japan are low. Japan’s economy is struggling, and unemployment is rising.

In India all districts in the country will be classified as Red, Orange or Green to start a new phase of lockdown. In all areas, including the green zones, schools, cinemas, malls, gyms and restaurants remain closed. In orange zones there are further restrictions on public transport and and private vehicle use is limited. In red zones all public transport will not function and extra restrictions apply.

Malaysia will allow most businesses to open on 4th May. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin spoke to Malaysians yesterday, telling them that the 6 week lockdown was successful in slowing the rate of infection.


Europe

In Ireland a meat factory is the centre of a coronavirus outbreak. The Rosderra meat plant in Tipperary closed after 120 workers tested positive for COVID 19.

A Pakistani journalist has been found dead in Sweden. Sajid Hussain was granted political asylum in Sweden last year, after receiving death threats in Pakistan for reporting on human rights. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that normality will not resume after lockdown is lifted. Lockdown will finish in France on May 11th, however, Macron says that easing restrictions will be a slow process.

Rock band Queen have released a new version of the song ‘we are the Champions’. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor were joined by singer Adam Lambert to take the place of Freddie Mercury. The song’s lyrics have been changed to “YOU are the champions”, referring to medical staff around the world. Money raised will go to United Nations charities.


The IMF has predicted that the world’s economy will contract by 3% in 2020, the biggest drop since The Great Depression of the 1930s.

US economy has fallen 4.8% in the first quarter of this year. However, during most of that quarter, life was relateively normal in the US. In the next quarter, from April to June, the US economy is expected to fall around 40%, the worst economic hit since World War 2. Over 20 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last 2 months.

Germany is also expected to suffer its worst recession since world war 2, with the economy falling 6.6% in the first quarter of this year.

in Sub-saharan Africa , the World Bank has predicted economic growth of -5%, the first recession in 25 years.

The International Labour Organization say that 1.6 billion people who work in the informal economy are at risk. They say that the average informal worker could lose 60% of their normal salary…

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Africa

In Senegal, the government is giving out emergency food aid. One million families will receive a supply sugar, oil, soap and 100kg of rice.

In Sierra Leone there has been a prison riot in the capital Freetown. Inmates rioted after one case of coronavirus was confirmed in the prison. Similar stories, of prison riots because of coronavirus, have been reported in the last month in Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

The high court of Kenya has ruled that the ban on the 2018 film Rafiki will continue. The Kenyan film was praised around the world, but is illegal inside Kenya, because of its coverage of homosexuality. Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya.

In Libya at least one person has been killed after an attack on a medical facility. Reports suggest that the forces of Khalifa Haftar are behind the attack.

There are 36000 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Africa, less than in most parts of the world, however testing rates are low.

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The United Nations top envoy to Myanmar has stepped down. Yanghee Lee believes that Rohingya Muslims were deliberately targeted by the state. Speaking to AlJazeera yesterday, Lee said that the actions of the Burmese military had the ‘hallmarks of genecide’…

In The Philippines 100’000 people have been arrested for ignoring lockdown rules this month. The Luzon area has been under quarantine since mid March, and president Rodrigo Duterte has told police to ‘shoot to kill’. Since being president, Duterte has been criticised by human rights groups for encouraging the extrajudicial killing of supposed drug dealers.

In South Korea a fire has killed at least 36 people. The fire in a construction site is expected to have started with an explosion.


The global Airline industry has suffered greatly because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the UK Total flights are down 93%. British Airways has reported losses of $500 million and will make 10,000 people redundant. Norwegian airways will not fly at all for twelve months. Airbus, the aeroplane producing company reported a 49% drop in its profits this year. Boeing, the other major aeroplane manufacturer, has announced 16,000 job losses.

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In Italy, it is reported that the mafia is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Orgnaized crime groups have been accused of controlling food and medical supplies. Reports suggest that Mafia groups often use disasters as opportunities to extend their power.

And in the UK, prime minister Boris Johnson had a baby boy yesterday with his fiancée Carrie Symonds. Less than a month ago the prime minister was in hospital with coronavirus, but yesterday he was in hospital to welcome his son to the world.