Wednesday 6 May
- Coronavirus cases top 3.7 million worldwide.
- China mocks US coronavirus response in Lego-like animation video.
- White House plans to disband task force!
- Rishi Sunak preparing to wind down furlough scheme from July.
- Virus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims.
Coronavirus: Live updates
CNN says the global coronavirus numbers top 3.6 million infections and at least 257,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. In the US, more than 1.2 million cases and over 71,000 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded.
In other news, the virus started in 2019. New genetic analysis dispels speculation that Covid-19 was in circulation among people long before it was recognised. The research dashes hope that any populations may have already built up some immunity.
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‘Once upon a virus’: China mocks US coronavirus response in Lego-like animation
Japan Times says China has published a short animation titled “Once Upon a Virus” mocking the US response to the new coronavirus using Lego-like figures to represent the two countries.
Washington and Beijing are locked in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has now grown into a global pandemic.
Read the full story and watch the video on Japan Times
White House plans to disband Task Force
BBC News says US President Donald Trump has confirmed the White House coronavirus task force will be winding down, with Vice-President Mike Pence suggesting it could be disbanding within weeks.
“We are bringing our country back,” Mr Trump said during a visit to a mask-manufacturing factory in Arizona. New confirmed infections per day in the US currently top 20,000 and daily deaths exceed 1000. US health officials have warned opening businesses may cause the virus to spread.
Read the full story on BBC News
Rishi Sunak preparing to wind down furlough scheme from July
The Guardian says the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is preparing to wind down the coronavirus wage-subsidy scheme for workers from July as part of government plans to gradually remove lockdown measures.
In a sign of the mounting costs to the exchequer with almost a quarter of employees in Britain furloughed in the past fortnight, the chancellor is expected to announce that the Covid-19 job retention scheme will be steadily scaled back as restrictions on business activity are lifted.
Read the full story on The Guardian
Virus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims
France24 says Hindu nationalists are using the coronavirus to foment hatred against Muslims, using online platforms and some mainstream media to accuse them of spreading the disease. Critics partly blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who they accuse of seeking to remake India as a Hindu nation, undermining the secular and pluralist roots of the world’s biggest democracy.
The publication speaks to Gayur Hassan, who’s Hindu neighbours came at night, throwing stones at his family’s home in a northern Indian village and setting his workshop on fire. All because his son “liked” a social media post.
Read the full story on France24
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New Zealand PM: No open borders for a long time
The Express says NZ Prime Minister has said the country’s borders will remain closed for a “long time.” The country has recorded a death rate of just one per cent – but the PM announced plans to keep the borders closed for the foreseeable future.
Read the full story on Express