Africa Covid19 Europe North America 

Coronavirus: Germany cautions risk still high as economies restart

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed, and Florida banned alcohol at such establishments. They joined a small but growing number of states that are either backtracking or putting any further reopening of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the country’s South and West. Health experts have said a disturbingly large number of cases are being seen among young people who are going out again, often without wearing masks or observing other social-distancing rules. “It is clear that the rise in cases…

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Covid19 South America 

Venezuela Tightens Quarantine in COVID-19 Hotspots amid Record Daily Case Count

The Venezuelan government has toughened lockdown measures in hotspot localities as the COVID-19 pandemic picks up. Starting Monday, 30 percent of the country will return to a strict quarantine after a month of easing restrictions, in which a range of enterprises were allowed to reopen across the country on a week-on-week-off basis, including banks, hardware stores and dentists. Under the new lockdown, all businesses are barred from operating except food and drug stores, which may open until midday, and vital services including healthcare, press and limited public transport. Citizens cannot…

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Africa Financial Services 

Ghana Cocoa Board, African Development Bank and financial partners celebrate first $200 million disbursement of loan to boost cocoa productivity in Ghana

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and lenders have welcomed the first disbursement of $200 million of a syndicated loan facility to boost cocoa productivity in the world’s second-largest producer. The occasion was marked by a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday 23 June, followed online by hundreds of observers across the globe. In attendance were COCOBOD and government representatives and participating lenders, which included development finance institutions: the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Spa.…

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Asia Covid19 

Bangladesh to get priority if China develops Covid-19 vaccine

China has said Bangladesh will get priority in terms of cooperation and support if they can successfully develop vaccine for coronavirus. “Of course, Bangladesh is our important friend and Bangladesh will surely get priority,” Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan told UNB today. He said Bangladesh and China are working closely to deal with the situation amid the coronavirus outbreak. He said five Chinese companies are working to develop vaccine for coronavirus. Meanwhile, an inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical…

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Asia North America Technology 

‘They are applying pressure,’ Bains says of China’s push for Canada to adopt Huawei’s 5G tech

OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says China is “applying pressure” on Canada to integrate Huawei technology into its 5G network, as it remains the only Five Eyes nation yet to make a decision about the scope of its involvement. The other four members of the global intelligence alliance — Australia, the United States, New Zealand and most recently the United Kingdom — have all made some indication about whether they will outright ban China’s Huawei’s technology or apply it in a some capacity. “Clearly they are applying pressure, and…

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