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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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 

MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19 fight

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission. Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread…

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Covid19 South America 

Court orders Bolsonaro to wear mask in public as Brazil prepares deal to produce coronavirus vaccine

A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, according to a court decision made public on Tuesday. The ruling came after the president attended political rallies in the capital without any face covering. Federal judge Renato Borelli said Bolsonaro is subject to a fine of 2,000 reais ($387) per day if he continues to disobey a federal district ordinance. Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday Brazil is likely to sign a contract this week to produce a trial vaccine developed by Oxford University…

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Australasia Covid19 

Australia calls military in after latest coronavirus surge

Australia’s military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne — a surge in infections that has rattled the country’s second-most populous city. Victoria has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week mostly in the state capital Melbourne representing a sizeable spike in cases in a country that has otherwise successfully curbed Covid-19. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had offered the army’s support to respond to the virus outbreak, while four other states had offered help with contact…

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