Masks as a symbol of protest in the United States, return of coffee culture in France and other Covid news


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New Delhi: The new coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate several countries around the world – the latest count is 6,452,703 cases and more than 382,484 deaths.

Infections have increased most in countries ruled by “illiberal populist leaders”. The United States leads four primaries during a pandemic, raging protests and massive police deployments. Meanwhile, the medical mask has become a symbol of protest.

ThePrint presents the most important global stories about the coronavirus pandemic and why they are important.

The virus is growing the most in countries ruled by “illiberal populist” leaders

Another common feature is the four countries where coronavirus infections have increased at the highest rate. The United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil and Russia are currently ruled by “illiberal populist” leaders, according to a report by The New York Times.

“The four leaders – Jair Bolsonaro, Donald J. Trump, Vladimir V. Putin and Boris Johnson – also have many differences, of course, as do their countries. Yet all four subscribe to versions of what Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard government professor and co-author of the book “How Democracies Die,” calls “right-wing radical illiberal populism,” “the report notes.

According to political scientists, the practice of these leaders to reject scientific advice and peddle conspiracy theories could be responsible for the outbreak of cases in their country.

“Very often, they denounce intellectuals and experts of almost all types. They claim to have a kind of common sense wisdom that experts lack. It doesn’t work very well against Covid-19, “said Steven Levitsky, co-author of How democracies die.

An election during a pandemic and demonstrations

Amid a deadly pandemic and raging protests, four US states held their primaries on Tuesday, reports said. The New York Times.

“The Americans voted on Tuesday in extraordinary circumstances, going to the polls during a national health and economic crisis and amid protests and police deployments that disrupted communities across the country,” said the report.

“The most publicized race of the day produced a surprising result when the representative Steve King, the Republican of Iowa who was ostracized by his party after wondering why white nationalism was offensive, lost his primary in profit from Randy Feenstra, a state senator who tacitly supported much of the state establishment’s GOP, ”he adds.

What is the Japanese model and why did it work?

After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his country was lifting the national state of emergency on May 25, he also boasted slightly about the “Japanese model” and how he had managed to get out of the crisis with only 16,724 infections and 894 deaths, reports the Financial times.

What makes the Japanese model unique is that it has managed to repel the virus without imposing a lock at all.

“A lot of public debate in Japan has focused on cultural factors – such as high hygiene standards, obedience to government requests and even claims that the lack of aspirated consonants in the Japanese language reduces the spread of droplets virus. But local experts do not believe their country has the magic power to defeat the virus, “said the report.

“Instead, they point to three other prosaic factors: a special contact tracing strategy, early awareness that provoked a positive response from the Japanese public, and the timely declaration of the state of emergency,” he adds. he.

Italy plans to reopen border after reporting 60 deaths in one day

After Italy reports 60 more deaths on Monday, the country is set to reopen its borders on Wednesday, reports the News from Anadolu Agency.

Although Italy was one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has seen a decline in the number of deaths and an increase in the number of recoveries in the past month.

However, the northern region of the country, Lombardy continues to be the epicenter.

“The government has confirmed that the last restrictions on the mobility of citizens between regions will be lifted on June 3, because the rate of contagion in all regions is reassuring,” notes the report.

“But regional governors in southern Italy fear that higher levels of contagion in the most affected northern regions – especially Lombardy and Piedmont – may spread the infection,” he added.

Germany relaxes travel ban and Parisian cafe culture returns

Two European neighbors – Germany and France – hard hit by new coronavirus pandemic are gradually returning to normal when it comes to lifting restrictions, reports The Guardian.

“Germany has lifted its general travel ban on Europe as coronavirus blockages in the EU continue to ease, with officials saying that new cases in western Europe are now steadily declining,” said the report. “Parisians have reclaimed their café terraces and Berliners have taken over their bars as normal life draws near in many parts of the continent. “

“There were, however, strict rules: Parisian bars and restaurants were allowed to lie on the sidewalks but the tables should be one meter apart. In the rest of France, customers can now be served indoors while keeping the same distance, “he added.

The medical mask becomes a symbol of protest

As protests after the death of African-American George Floyd spread throughout the world during the pandemic, medical masks appeared as a symbol of protest, reports the New York Times.

“It is the defining symbol of the pandemic, a visual substitute for the coronavirus itself. In America, the medical mask was once confined to hospital dramas and operating theaters, but now the bare face is what is a choice, “notes the report.

“The mask is a public health device, but it has also proven to be a mask in the more traditional sense: a tool in a social ritual, a favorite object which signifies a person’s politics, gender expression and the relationship to truth itself, ”adds.

China plans to make Hainan a free trade hub after strong global reaction

Angry at the initial response of China’s coronavirus, Western countries have threatened to react by decoupling themselves from Beijing. In light of these imminent fears, Chinese authorities plan to make Hainan a free trade hub along the lines of Singapore and Hong Kong, reports the South China Morning Post.

In addition, the United States’ plan to deprive Hong Kong of its special privileges has added to Beijing’s urgency.

“Beijing on Monday presented its plan to make the island of 35,000 square kilometers a” free trade port “by lowering the tax rate for individuals and businesses to 15% and easing the requirements for visas for tourists and business travelers, “according to report.

“The island province of 9.5 million people will also enjoy freedoms in terms of trade, investment, capital flows and the movement of people and data by 2035, as it tends to become a center of “strong international influence” by the middle of the century. “, He notes.

After avoiding a political crisis, the Spanish Prime Minister manages to extend the state of alert

After gradually recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has faced a bitter political crisis – the opposition parties have threatened to block his extension of the state of alert in Parliament.

Now Sanchez has managed to reach an agreement with the centrists and has managed to extend the state of alert, reports the Financial times.

What else we read:

Keir Starmer warns PM: take control or risk a second wave of coronavirus: The Guardian

New Zealand could resume normal life as early as next week: Reuters

The Formula 1 season will start with eight races in Europe: BBC

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