Covid19 South America 

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 in an escalation of the health crisis that has engulfed Latin America’s largest economy. “I’m perfectly well,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil in a live interview, after announcing the result of his test. He added he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine he’s been touting as being effective against the virus though its use hasn’t been authorized by most health experts globally and could carry dangerous side effects. The 65-year-old president, who during his campaign to reopen the economy called the virus “just…

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Covid19 Europe 

Thousands protest in Belgrade as Serbia reimposes Covid-19 curfew

The crowds protested in the city centre over the government’s handling of the crisis, with infections now spiking after Serbia shed its initial lockdown measures two months ago. Scuffles broke out between police and a group of protesters who stormed into the parliament building and police unleashed tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd. The demonstrators, who also lit flares and were seen throwing stones at police on local TV, chanted for President Aleksandar Vucic to “Resign!”. Vucic announced the return of a round-the-clock weekend curfew earlier in the evening after the…

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Covid19 Europe 

Four families seek legal action over missing valuables from relatives who died of COVID-19 at same Valencian hospital

Four families are demanding answers over missing valuables from bereaved elderly relatives who all died from COVID-19 at the same Valencia hospital. Arturo Rocher, 80, passed away at the Doctor Peset Hospital in Valencia City on April 7 and his son still wants his belongings back – including a Cartier watch and a gold pendant. His family were able to recover some personal items a few days later at the hospital but the jewellery, which Mr. Rocher wore when he died, had disappeared. His son, Arturo Rocher Escamilla, said: “Despite…

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Asia Covid19 North America 

South Korea has entered its 2nd wave of coronavirus. What can Canada learn?

Earlier this week, South Korea became the first country to officially announce a second wave of the novel coronavirus after a recent resurgence of cases. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Monday the new wave stemmed from multiple nightclub visits during a holiday weekend in early May, and is concentrated in the greater Seoul region, an area which had previously seen few cases despite its dense population. “In the metropolitan area, we believe that the first wave was from March…

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Africa Covid19 

Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths,’a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

But limited testing and social stigmatization is likely obscuring the true magnitude of the pandemic, said Mr. Shearer, who heads the UN Mission in the world’s youngest nation (UNMISS). The Mission’s greatest fear is that the additional pressure of responding to COVID-19 on South Sudan’s weak healthcare system will disrupt vaccinations, maternal health services and treatment for curable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. The result could be a “devastating” increase in deaths that would likely greater than the loss of life from COVID-19 itself. “COVID is going to hit hard, but…

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