Thursday 11 June
- Trump is getting his reopening as the virus takes another swipe.
- UK: Growing calls for the government to cut the 2-metre rule.
- Crisis means local authorities could go bust.
- Experts warn of second-wave in Egypt.
- Palestinians stranded by Covid-19 seek a way home.
Trump is getting his reopening as virus takes another swipe
CNN says President Trump is getting what he wants: The country is opening up come what may, despite alarming indications that the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying its assault.
Trump says the virus is now reduced to just the “embers” and “ashes” of a spent pandemic as patience for nationwide lock downs fades and states aggressively open up.
The facts say the opposite. Another 1,299 Americans died on Tuesday and more than 112,000 people in the US have died from the disease.
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UK: Growing calls for the government to cut the 2-metre rule
BBC News says the government is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to drop the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule in England.
MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green, say it is essential for the economy. The government has said it is constantly reviewing its coronavirus lockdown guidance.
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Crisis means local authorities could go bust
The Guardian says Mayors in some of England’s biggest cities are warning that local authorities are at risk of going bust with potentially devastating consequences for communities unless the government takes immediate action.
As the impact of the Covid-19 crisis hits local authorities, the mayors of London, Greater Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool have issued a joint call to highlight the seriousness of the issue and urge Mr Johnson to respond.
Read the full story on The Guardian
Experts warn of second-wave in Egypt
Arab News says a WHO expert has confirmed the possibility of a second wave of the coronavirus in a number of countries.
Maha Talat cited Iran as an example, where infections have surged again. Speaking at a press conference on the latest developments on the pandemic, she added that Egypt was still in the middle of the first wave, which has not yet subsided. After this wave, she said, another wave might hit the country.
Read the full story on Arab News
Palestinians stranded by coronavirus seek a way home
France24 says thousands of Palestinians stranded around the world by the coronavirus are still seeking a way home, months after countries closed their borders and grounded flights in the face of the pandemic.
Aseel Bader touched down in Tuscany in January, after winning a scholarship for a master’s programme at the University of Florence.
Read the full story on France24
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Watch protesters topple 10-foot Christopher Colombus statue near Minnesota State Capital
RT News says activists have torn down a large bronze statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus near the Minnesota State Capitol. Though police had vowed to protect the monument, officers left the scene just in time for its destruction.
BLM protesters gather in Amsterdam
EuroNews says protesters gathered in Amsterdam on Wednesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hundreds of people wearing face masks cheered as protesters took the stage in an Amsterdam park and chanted: “Black lives! Black lives! Black lives matter!”
China to give 30 million test kits monthly to Africa
Africa News says China will give Africa 30 million test kits per month, as well as 10 000 ventilators and 80 million masks, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed on Sunday during a virtual meeting with top editors in the country.
Turkey dismisses Egypt ceasefire offer as attempt to save Haftar
Aljazeera says Turkey has dismissed Egypt’s proposal for a ceasefire in Libya, saying the plan aimed to save renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar after the collapse of his 14-month military push to seize the capital.
Japan concerned over Hong Kong as dozens arrested in new protests
Aljazeera says Japan has said it wants to take the lead in any G7 statement on Hong Kong amid heightened tensions and fresh protests in the city, where China plans to impose a national security law banning subversion and foreign interference.