‘I regret all the deaths,’ Brazil’s Bolsonaro says as over 100,000 die from coronavirus – National | Globalnews.ca

Viviane Melo da Silva, 47, lost her mother, Esther Melo da Silva, in the Amazonas state capital of Manaus on April 9. The mother reported having a cold, and a few days later started having problems breathing. She died after five days in a public hospital.

“I still don’t accept her death, not yet,” said da Silva, crying, and expressing regret the family had been unable to hold a wake for her mother.

“The government was saying that it was a `little flu.’ it did not care. It was not worried with that and that’s what happened: Innocent people died because of the negligence and the lack of preparation from the government,” she added.

 

Source: ‘I regret all the deaths,’ Brazil’s Bolsonaro says as over 100,000 die from coronavirus – National | Globalnews.ca

TikTok’s plans to sue Trump Administration to end ban on Tuesday | Appleinsider

The lawsuit will allege the order is unconstitutional as the Trump administration failed to provide a chance for TikTok to respond. Furthermore, the suit will insist the administration’s national security justification for the order’s creation is without merit and baseless.

“It’s based on pure speculation and conjecture,” said the source. “The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around.”

Source: TikTok’s plans to sue Trump Administration to end ban on Tuesday | Appleinsider

Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu — AFRICA DIPLOMATIC

A huge blast rocked a military base in Mogadishu, Somalia capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 14, emergency workers said, and the militant group al Shabaab has already claimed responsiblity. Soldiers opened fire after the explosion which sent clouds of smoke into the sky, said a resident of from the area. “We ran […]

Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu — AFRICA DIPLOMATIC

Most fresh flowers you buy are grown overseas and they could be a biosecurity timebomb

It might be surprising, but at least half the flowers sold in Australia are imported, predominantly from Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia. And industry figures say that’s a potential problem.

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It might be surprising, but at least half the flowers sold in Australia are imported, predominantly from Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia. And industry figures say that’s a potential problem.

Australia’s sheep left without shearers as Covid halts travel from New Zealand

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Nation is facing shortage of shearers for its 68 million sheep as hundreds are barred from taking their usual trip across the Tasman Sea

It’s a tradition that stretches back decades. Every year, hundreds of New Zealanders fly in to Australia for the spring shearing season – a huge mobilisation of workers essential to the success of the nation’s wool industry.

In dusty sheds on outback farms they join up with local shearers and, between them, relieve five million sheep of their fleeces over eight weeks.

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Thousands attend nationwide anti-Netanyahu protests – The Jerusalem Post

Protesters demonstrate outside the prime minister's residence in Balfour. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued nationwide on Saturday evening, with thousands of people gathering outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem and a smaller number gathering outside of Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea. On Saturday afternoon, protesters made their way to bridges and intersections across the country in a display of the anti-Netanyahu sentiment that has sparked protests in recent weeks. Protesters were heard shouting “Bibi Go home!” and “we’re sick of corruption!” “This is the seventh week in a row that civilians across Israel join the protests against Netanyahu, calling on him to pack his bags and resign after his utter failure in handling the health crisis,” a statement by the Black Flags movement read.

Source: Thousands attend nationwide anti-Netanyahu protests – The Jerusalem Post

Opinion | The Coronavirus Could Be Controlled by October With the Right Steps – The New York Times

The most consistent mantra of experts trying to get the coronavirus pandemic under control has been that the nation needs much better testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols. Despite examples across the globe for how to achieve all four, the United States has largely failed on these fronts. Testing delays make contact tracing — not to mention isolation and quarantine — impossible to execute.

To resolve the crisis, federal officials need to commandeer the intellectual property of companies that have developed effective rapid diagnostics and utilize the Defense Production Act to make and distribute as many of those tests as possible. As testing is brought up to speed, officials also need to expand contact tracing and quarantine programs so that once outbreaks are brought under control, states are prepared to keep them in check.

The causes of America’s great pandemic failure run deep, exacerbated by innumerable longstanding problems, from a weak public health infrastructure to institutional racism to systemic inequality in health care, housing and employment. If the pandemic forces the nation to meaningfully grapple with any of those issues, then perhaps all this suffering will not have been in vain. But that work can’t really begin until Americans solve the problem that’s right in front of them, with the tools that are already at their disposal.

Covid-19: NZ today marks 100 days without community transmission

Analysis – New Zealand today marks 100 days without community transmission of Covid-19, so how did this country get rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world?

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Analysis – New Zealand today marks 100 days without community transmission of Covid-19, so how did this country get rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world?