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COVID19 deaths pass 250,000 worldwide. Total recoveries are 1.2 million.

Starting in the Americas…


In the United States daily deaths from coronavirus may reach 3000 by June. That’s according to predictions of the Trump administration. At the moment, there are 120,000 confirmed cases, and an average of 1,600 deaths a day. However, new models show that there will probably be 200,000 cases by June, and 3000 daily deaths.

In Venezuela, the government claims to have stopped an invasion. President Maduro said that they had killed 8 men and captured two, saying that terrorists had entered the country from Colombia. An ex-soldier from the US confirmed that they were trying to invade Venezuela. The situation continues.


Asia

Japan has extended its state of emergency until 31st May. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan’s rate of infection was not low enough to stop restrictions.

Bangladesh had its worst single day for COIV19 yesterday, with 688 new cases, bringing the total over 10,000

In Iran mosques will be allowed to open with social distancing measures. Active cases of COVID19 are at the lowest they have been since March.

In India, there have been riots in the Gujarati city of Surat. Migrant workers say that they were promised transport to their hometowns, hundreds or thousands of kilometres away, however, protesters say that they are stuck in Surat.

In Vietnam schools have reopened. They were closed for three months. Despite sharing a border with China, Vietnam has reported less than 300 cases of COVID19, and no deaths.

Jordan has lifted its 7 week lockdown, and Malaysia and Thailand have stopped some restrictions. Thai restaurants will be able to serve one person per table and cannot serve alcohol.

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World leaders have pledged 7.4 billion euros for vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments for COVID19. The virtual meeting was hosted by the European Union and included leaders from all around the world, however the United States, Russia and India did not attend. EU commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen said that pledging 7.4 billion euros, showed “the true power of unity and of humanity”…

Dr Tedros Adanhom of the World Health Organization reminded world leaders of the importance of sharing treatments equally. He said that we cannot accept a world in which some people are

protected but others are left exposed….

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Africa

The World Health Organization have warned that Madagascar’s herbal tonic is not a cure for coronavirus. It has already been sold to Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania

In Kenya thousands of people lost their homes because of floods last week. It is expected that over a hundred people died in the floods that also effected Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nigeria is easing its 5-week lockdown. In Lagos and Abuja many people returned to work yesterday, however there was less traffic than usual. Nigeria’s Medical association

South Africa is also slowly reopening. Around 1 and a half million people returned to work yesterday, however the government has asked people to continue to work from home if they can.

Egypt, Tunisia and Rwanda have also begun to relax their lockdowns.


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Europe In France, a hospital has found that a man had COVID 19, in December. When retesting samples from patients with pneumonia, doctors found the coronavirus in one sample. France officially confirmed its first COVID19 case on the 24th of January.

Italy relaxed its lockdown yesterday, with many returning to work. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte asked the people to ‘act responsibly’. Around the country many people were seen clapping and sometimes, dancing in the street.

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has caused controversy by attending an anti-democratic protest. The demonstration called for the closing of congress and the supreme court. Brazil ‘s health ministry has told people to stay at home because of coronavirus, but yesterday Bolsonaro shook hands and embraced his supporters. 7,000 Brazilians have now died, and over 100,000 people are confirmed to have the virus, however, real numbers are probably much higher, as testing rates in Brazil are very low.

United States secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, says that there is ‘enormous evidence’ that COVID19 started in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan…

Pompeo did not given any evidence. Most scientists say that COVID19 was not man made, and has an animal origin.

Africa


The Prime Minister of Cote D’ivoire, Gon Coulibaly has been transported to France for medical checks. The Prime Minister has been in self isolation since March, because of possible exposure to coronavirus.

Testing kits in Tanzania are said to be faulty. President John Magufuli says that some imported tests showed positive results incorrectly. The president said that they tried one test on a goat and it showed a positive result.

Madagascar has started exporting a herbal tea that it claims is a treatment for coronavirus. The tea has been sent to Equatorial Guinea and to Guinea Bissau. President Magufuli of Tanzania has also expressed interest in buying the tea. The World Health Organization say that there is no cure for coronavirus.

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Asia


On the border between North and South Korea, guns were fired yesterday. Seoul said that they believe that a North Korean soldier fired accidentally. Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted that he was glad that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was well.

Afghanistan may have a much higher number of COVID19 cases than previously thought. Random testing in Kabul showed a third of people tested had the disease. Many Afghanis who were living in Iran, returned to Afghanistan because of COVID19. These workers may have brought the virus into Afghanistan.

Russia recorded its highest daily rise in confirmed cases of COVID19 yesterday. 10,600 new cases were confirmed, bringing a total of 135,000. In Moscow, one in 50 people are expected to have the virus.

In Europe

Some European sountries have reported their lowest number of deaths in over a month. Italy reported 174 deaths yesterday, the lowest toll since lockdown began on 10th March. Spain announced 164 deaths on Sunday, the lowest number for one day in 6 weeks. France reported 166 deaths, the lowest in 5 weeks. France will stop parts of its lockdown on 11th May.

Serbia will end its lockdown next week, as the infection rate has fallen greatly.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that he came close to death from coronavirus. The Prime Minister said that he needed ‘litres and litres of oxygen’, while in hospital, and that it was 50/50 decision of whether or not to put him on a ventilator. Johnson left hospital a month ago, and had a son last week.

Belgian people have been told to eat more chips. There has been an oversupply of potatoes in the country, as cafes and restaurants are closed. Belgium is famous for the popularity of chips, often served with mayonnaise.

Algerian singer Idir has died at the age of 70. Hamid Cheriet, better known as Idir, was famous for popularising Berber music. Idir spent much of his life in Paris, but continued to play music of the Kabyle people, a berber speaking community of Northern Algeria.


In Russia, the mayor of Moscow has said that 1 in 50 of Moscow residents could have coronavirus. COVID 19 arrived in Russia in January, however, cases remained relatively low until recently. The infection has spread quickly in the last three weeks, with 9,600 new cases yesterday. There are now 125.000 confirmed cases in Russia. The Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has the virus, and president Vladamir Putin has been working from home for over a month

The government of India has made it obligatory for all workers to use a tracing app. All public and private sector employees must use the app, which will alert people if they have been close to a person with COVID19. The government say that people’s privacy is protected, as all data remains anonymous.

Also in India islamophobia has been rising due to misinformation about the coronavirus. Social media has blamed Muslims for spreading the virus, and there has been a rise in attacks on muslims.

Today is press freedom day. The United Nations have stated the importance of allowing journalists to do their job without fear. UN secretery General Antonio Guterres says that good journalism,science and analysis are necessary to fight misinformation and conspiracy theories…

Malaysia has been criticised for detaining hundreds of refugees in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Authorities said that 586 illegal migrants were arrested in Kuala Lumpur, including Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The UN have described this arrest as ‘counter-productive.’

Singapore will relax its restrictions on the 12th May, after a 2 month lockdown.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been seen in public for the first time in months. There were rumors that the dictator was sick, however he was shown on state media yesterday.

How has the pandemic affected your town or city? Send your whatsapp audio message to +44 7307 872 842, with your name and location In Somalia people have reported many unexplained deaths in the capital Mogadishu. It is possible that these deaths are related to COVID 19. There are only 670 confirmed cases in Somalia, however, there is almost no testing in the country.

In Venezuela over 40 prisoners have died in a riot. The prisoners were trying to escape when a fight began between prisoners and guards. In Brazil some prison guards were kept hostage by prisoners yesterday, in the city of Manaus. Prison riots have been recorded across the world recently, in Argentina, Peru, Venesuela, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Honduras and Iran. These are often related to prisoners being scared of contracting COVID 19. In Argentina over one thousand prisoners have been released early, to stop the spread of coronavirus. Residents of Buenos Aires have protested, bashing pots from their balconies, to show that they disagree with releasing prisoners early.

In the United States 66,000 people have now died of COVID19. New York has been the epicentre with 24,400 deaths. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo says that the state is not ready to reopen…

In Spain, adults were allowed to go outside for exercise for the first time since March. Restrictions are being lowered in Spain, which has been on lockdown for 7 weeks. From Monday it will be compulsory to wear masks on public transport.

Coronavirus has had a positive effect on the world’s climate. Global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to fall by 8% in 2020. The largest recorded drop in history.

Helping in this effort, the government of Pakistan is employing thousands of people to plant trees. An initiative from Prime Minister Imran Khan has created over 63 thousand jobs for unemployed day workers. The aim is to plant 20 million trees in 2020.