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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Asia Covid19 

Japan to ease coronavirus rules and allow events up to 5,000 people

Coronavirus-induced rules on holding big events will be relaxed from Friday as planned, boosting the maximum number of people allowed at an indoor venue to 5,000. The decision was made at a meeting of a revamped government expert panel Monday, on the premise that preventive measures against the virus will be taken. Starting Friday, the number of people allowed to gather at indoor venues for sporting events or music concerts will increase to a maximum 5,000 at a time from the current 1,000. The venues should be at 50 percent…

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Covid19 Europe 

No coronavirus deaths in Ireland for second day in a row

The Republic of Ireland has recorded its second day in a row with no new coronavirus deaths. In what is a huge step forward in Ireland’s battle against the virus, as of recently Monday 6 July at 6.30pm, there had been no deaths and just 4 new cases of the virus confirmed in a 24-hour period. This follows on from Sunday’s figures, in which no deaths and 18 new cases were recorded. It is the first time since early March that the Republic of Ireland has gone two days in…

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Asia Covid19 

PA announces new lockdown on West Bank amid rising coronavirus cases

The resolution urges Berlin to use its special relations and contacts [to Jerusalem] to express to the Israelite government our concerns and our urgent demand to refrain from an annexation of parts of the West Bank and from the continued expansion of settlements, both of which contradict international law. Unilateral annexation of parts of the West could Jeopardize Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state,as the resolution warns. The state prosecution ombudsman says there are no grounds to reexamine Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s role in the so-called Harpaz Affair,…

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