Monday, June 1
- US records nearly 20,000 new cases.
- Pandemic opens door to ideas new and old for a better economy.
- Social distancing UK: A practical guide to how to socialise now.
- Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England.
- Egyptians prepare to ‘coexist’ with Covid-19 as confirmed cases reach 23,449.
- Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem reopen mosques as coronavirus lockdown eases.
US records nearly 20,000 new Covid-19 cases
CNN says at least 19,788 new coronavirus cases and 600 virus-related deaths were identified in the US. The latest figures from Johns Hopkins University now brings the national total to 1,790,191 reported infections. There have been at least 104,381 deaths in the US.
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Pandemic opens door to ideas new and old for a better economy
Japan Times says modern economies will change forever after the coronavirus pandemic passes if some radical thinkers get their way.
Government’s have already temporarily cast aside dogmas – such as Germany’s “black zero” balanced budgets – to protect companies and jobs in the deepest peacetime recession in almost a century.
Read the full story on Japan Times
Social distancing: A practical guide to how to socialise now
BBC News says the UK is starting to relax its lockdown rules, meaning some of us can now see friends and family we have been separated from for months.
The new rules state, from Monday people in England can meet in groups up to six people in outdoor spaces like parks or private gardens – as long as you remain two metres apart.
Read the full story on BBC News
Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England
The Guardian says senior public health officials have made a last-minute plea for ministers to scrap Monday’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England. They warned the country is unprepared to deal with any surge in infection.
The ADPH said the new rules, which allow groups of up to six people meet outdoors, were “not supported by the science” and that pictures of crowded beaches over the weekend showed “the public is not keeping to social distancing as it was.”
Read the full story on The Guardian
Egyptians prepare to ‘coexist’ with Covid-19 as confirmed cases reach 23,449
Arab News says Egyptian government officials are getting the public ready for life after the lockdown and coexisting with Covid-19 after new regulations were announced to stop the spread.
One regulation says people need to wear face masks when they leave home. The decision particularly focuses on those who work or visit markets, government buildings and banks.
Read the full story on Arab News
Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem reopen mosques as coronavirus lockdown eases
Sky News says tens of thousands of mosques are reopening in the Middle East after the coronavirus outbreak.
Around 90,000 mosques in Saudi Arabia have been reopened, with government officials arranging prayer rugs, washrooms and shelves bein sanitised before use.
Read the full story on Sky News
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Trump fled to bunker as protests over George Floyd raged outside White House
The Guardian says as protests sparked by the death of George Floyd raged outside the White House on Friday night, Donald Trump was taken into a special secure bunker.
When protester turned up at the WH on Friday, the New York Times reports, “Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.”
Christo: Bulgarian-born artist who famously wrapped landmarks dies at 84
BBC News says Bulgarian-born artist Christo, best known for wrapping buildings and famous landmarks in fabric or plastic, has died at his home in New York, aged 84.
He passed away of natural causes on Sunday, according to a statement posted on the artist’s official Facebook page.
Ethiopia calls for truce amid escalating border crisis with Sudan
AfricaNews says Ethiopia says it is dismayed at recent cross border incursions along its common border with Sudan and has called for Sudanese authorities to allow for diplomacy to lead the search for an amicable solution.
In a statement released on Sunday (May 31), the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry expressed “its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of both countries.”
Egypt says 19 fighters killed in Sinai, 5 casualties among troops
Aljazeera says the Egyptian military says it has killed at least 19 fighters during security operations in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, which also resulted in five casualties among troops
The army said in an online video statement late on Saturday that the fighters were killed in raids and attacks that took place last week in the towns of Bir al-Abed, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.
Hong Kong finance sec says no plans to change US dollar peg
CNA says Hong Kong had no plans to change its currency’s peg to the US dollar and the Asian financial hub has not seen any “obvious” capital outflows after Washington moved to strip the city of its special status in US law, the city’s finance secretary said.