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Coronavirus cases are being confirmed faster than ever. The World Health Organization said that 106,000 new cases of COVID19 were confirmed on Wednesday, the most in a single day.

Cyclone Amphan has killed over 80 people in India and Bangladesh. Calcutta, where 15 million people live, has suffered severe damage and floods. In Bangladesh hundreds of villages have been flooded and over 5 million people have been left without electricity.

China will introduce new national security laws for Hong Kong. Democracy activists say that it gives total power to Beijing. Pro-democracy protests have taken place since last year, however, they have been more quiet since the coronavirus pandemic. Politician Dennis Kwok said that the new Chinese laws would be the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy…

“This is the end of Hong Kong. This is the end of one-country-two-systems. Make no mistake about it. The international statusof Hong Kong as a city, an international city, will be gone very soon.”

Studies into the drug hydroxychloroquine have begun in Thailand and The United Kingdom. Some coronavirus patients will be given either hydroxychloroquine, or a placebo. United States president Donald Trump surprised the world on Tuesday, when he said that he is taking hydroxychloroquine despite the national drug authority recommending people not to take it.


In Burundi more than 5 million people voted in Wednesday’s election. The electoral commission said that confirming the result would take several days.

Hundreds of people have been killed in South Sudan in violence between communities in the last few weeks. 3 aid workers are among the dead. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2005, but violence between communities has been common since the country’s creation. Around 60 ethnic groups make up South Sudan’s 11 million people.

In Zimbabwe the deputy information minister has been fired. Energy Mutodi lost his job after a tweet that made fun of 3 female politicians, who were abducted and abused last week.

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38.6 million Americans have asked for unemployment benefits in the last 9 weeks. The unemployment rate in the US is now almost 15%, the highest since the great depression of the 1930s.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about how facebook controls its content. The billionaire said that Russia, Iran and China have tried to interfere in elections in the past. He also said that false information from Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, had been removed from faceook, for violating its terms.

“Theres harmful misinformation which is the type of thing that puts people in imminent physical risk. So if youre telling someone that social distancing doesn’t work or that something is proven to be a cure when it isn’t. We want to take that off our servers completely. Theres no exemption on this for anyone in particular, in fact, we’ve had cases of this – the president of braxil did make a statement saying that theres a drug that is proven everywhere to work and be effective, and of course, there is no drug currently that has been proven to be effective everywhere. And we took down his statement and I mean that was very controversial because we were basically taking down something that the president of a major country said, but it clearly violated our policy.”

Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei has condemned the United States for deporting migrants infected with coronavirus. Health officials say that 119 infected people have been sent from the US to Guatemala.

Venezuela is importing petrol from Iran. Traditionally Venezuela is one of the worlds largest exporters of oil, but years of mismanagement has left Venezuela unable to produce oil. Opposition president Juan Guaido says that the need to import oil demonstrates the incompetence of President Maduro. Guaido is officially recognized as president by over 50 countries, most of which are democracies, and Maduro is officially recognized as president by twenty countries, most of which are dictatorships.

A woman in Italy has won a Pablo Picasso painting, worth €1million. Her son bought her a ticket for the competition for Christmas, and the result was announced yesterday. The painting is from 1921 and shows a newspaper and a glass of absinthe.


Bangladesh and India are in the middle of cyclone Amphan. In Bangladesh 2 million people were evacuated. At the time of recording this podcast 12 people were known to have died. There is a concern that coronavirus may be spread in the refuge centres.

Indonesia reported its highest daily rise in COVID19 cases yesterday, 693. At least 15 people are expected to have been infected while attending a funeral in East Java.


Antonio Guterres, UN secerety General has called for international action to help Africa…

“These are still early days for the pandemic in Africa and disruption could escalate quickly. Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative now and for receiving better. We are calling for international action to strengthen Africa’s health systems, maintain food supplies, avoid a financial crisis, support education, protect jobs keep households and businesses afloat and cash on the continent against lost income and export earnings.”

In South Sudan over a hundred people have been killed in intercommunal violence. Humanitarian group medecins sans frontier say that one of their workers died in the violence.

Lesotho has sworn in new president. Moeketsi Majoro was previously the minister of Finance. He will president until elections in 2022.

Burundi held an election yesterday. The election has taken place without international inspectors. Social media was blocked for the month before the election. No violence was reported yesterday, but some opposition supporters said that they were intimidated.

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The European Centre for Disease Control has said that a second wave of coronavirus is likely in Europe. Dr Andrea Ammon of the ECDC said that only a small percentage of Europeans have been infected, and so the virus still has many more people to infect. She said “Its not the time now to completely relax”.


Brazil’s COVID19 situation continues to worsen. 1,179 deaths were recorded for Tuesday, with 16,500 new cases. Brazil now has the third highest number of confirmed cases in the world, after the US and Russia. However, experts suggest that the true number in Brazil could be 15 time higher. According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil’s testing rate is ten times lower than that of the United States or Russia. President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that Donald Trump is taking. Mike Ryan, from the World Health Organization, said yesterday that hydroxychloroquine had not shown positive results, and could be dangerous for some people.

In Nicaragua a group of doctors say that the number of coronavirus deaths has been underreported. The official number is 17, but the group say that real number is over ten times higher. Separately, Nicaragua was hit by an earthquake yesterday

Quickly, the rest of Latin America - Peru’s number of confirmed cases has passed 100,000. Cuban doctors have arrived in Mexico to help fight the pandemic. And Colombia has banned all international flights until the end of August, the same rules as Argentina.

Mike Pompero, US secretary of state, yesterday said that China’s contributions to fighting the coronavirus pandemic were small, compared to the cost that they have put on the world. He also suggested that the world Health Organization’s Tedros Adhanom has unusually close ties, with China…

“Chinas contribution to fighting the pandemic are paultry compared to the costs they have imposed on the world. … Chinese communist party also chose to pressure the world health organiazations director general into excluding Taiwan from this weeks world health assembly in Geneva. I understand that Dr Tedros’s unusually close ties to Beijing started long before this current pandemic and that is deeply troubling.”

Zacarias Moussaouri is the only person alive who was convicted of terrorism for the September 11th attacks in 2001. In court in 2006 he said God Save Osama bin Laden. But now, he has changed his mind completely, saying that he is opposed to any terrorist action. He says that he now wants to warn young Muslims against becoming extremists.

And In the United Kingdom 100 year old Captain Tom Moore has been Knighted. Captain Tom was made famous last month, after he helped to raise £32 million pounds for the national health service by walking around his house. After recommendation from the Prime Minister, Tom was knighted by the Queen yesterday. He will now be known as Captain Sir Tom Moore.


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.


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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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.