“Europe should prepare for a second wave”
The prospect of a second wave of infection across Europe is no longer just theoretical, according to the director of the European agency responsible for advising governments on the fight against disease.
“The question is when and what size. I think that is the question, “said Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
World trade at its lowest level in four years
International imports and exports have fallen to their lowest level in at least four years, according to figures from the World Trade Organization. Warning that the recession is unlikely to end soon, the World Trade Authority has said it expects import and export activity to drop sharply in the first half of 2020.
France reorganizes its health system
France will launch a complete overhaul of its health system, widely regarded as one of the best in the world, yet exposed by the pandemic.
President Macron had already promised to review the “salaries, careers, specialized training and professional status” of staff in hospitals and public retirement homes and to invest and reform funding for the health care system.
Cyclone complicates prevention efforts in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, 16 more people died as the arrival of the probably strongest cyclone in more than a decade has complicated efforts to maintain measures to curb the spread of the disease.
Authorities were trying to save 2.2 million people as Cyclone Amphan made landfall Wednesday morning after days of brewing in the Bay of Bengal. The highest alert level was raised at 6 am, said Enamur Rahman, the deputy minister of disaster management and relief.
Amnesty calls for urgent search for Rohingya at sea
Amnesty International has urged governments to urgently conduct search operations to find up to 1,000 Rohingya refugees stranded at sea and at risk of being struck by super-cyclone Amphan.
Human rights groups have said governments are using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to refuse boats carrying stranded refugees, and have warned that those on board may have been at sea for months.
US tells UN to remove sexual health from Covid-19 plan
The Trump administration has called on the UN to remove references to sexual and reproductive health from its Covid-19 humanitarian response plan. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, the acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, John Barsa, urged the UN to “stay focused on life-saving interventions” and not not include abortion as an essential service.
Trump accuses China of “massive global massacres”
The American president went wild in Beijing, blaming him for “massive killings around the world.” Donald Trump refers to an “unidentified wacko in China,” the latest in a series of attacks on the country he seems to be trying to define as the centerpiece of his candidacy for re-election.
Trump, who initially downplayed the severity of the threat, then changed course and blamed China for allowing the international spread of the coronavirus.
Greece to unveil tourism plan
As Greece prepares to unveil its long-awaited tourism plan, some beaches are being opened. The country has practically eradicated the virus after applying draconian measures to stop its spread very early.