Daily News Briefing: Ibuprofen tested as coronavirus treatment

Thursday 4 June


Thursday 4 June 2020 News Briefing – Today’s headlines are dominated by the global Coronavirus Pandemic. As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active numbers.


Coronavirus Cases: 6,574,585

Deaths: 388,047

Recovered: 3,171,177

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  • Mexico identifies a record number of deaths. 
  • UK: Ibuprofen tested as coronavirus treatment.
  • England had the chance of lifting lockdown, but our leaders wasted it.
  • A spike in coronavirus cases trigger Tokyo Alert, but how useful is it?
  • Older Bollywood actors barred from work as a virus protection.
  • France records 81 new deaths, but ICU patients continue to drop.

Mexico identified a record number of Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours

CNN says more deaths were recorded by Mexican authorities on Wednesday than any other day since the pandemic began. 

Health officials said 1,092 coronavirus-related deaths were identified in 24 hours — more than doubling the previous single-day record. The previous high of 501 deaths was announced last week.

Read the full story on CNN


Ibuprofen tested as coronavirus treatment

BBC News says scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus. 

The team from London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital and King’s College believe the drug, which is an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller, could treat breathing difficulties. 

Read  the full story on BBC News


England had the chance of lifting lockdown, but our leaders wasted it – Chris Ham

The Guardian says until a vaccine or effective treatments become available, we might have to live with the coronavirus and its risks. Public health experts are clear that testing and contract tracing offer the best hope of managing these risks. But England seems ill-prepared to undertake the testing and tracing necessary to avoid a second peak.

Read the full story on The Guardian


Coronavirus spike prompts Tokyo alert, but how useful is new alarm?

Japan Times says Tokyo’s Gov triggered the Tokyo Alert system for the first time Tuesday night following an uptick in new coronavirus patients, but some experts have expressed doubt over the effectiveness of the new warning mechanism. 

Tokyo Alert was introduced more than two weeks ago as part of the city’s plan to gradually reopen society while preventing a second-wave of infections.

Read the full story on Japan Times


Older Bollywood actors barred from work as virus protection

Arab News says a senior citizen clause in a state government notice, barring all Bollywood actors and employees aged 65 and over from working during and after the coronavirus lockdown, has shocked the Indian Film Industry (IFI). 

“Signed declarations should capture their name, age, contact details, blood group, in case of any ailments like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac issues. Etc. Any cast/crew members above the age of 65 years will not be allowed at the site,” read the order issued by the Maharashtra government. 

Read the full story on Arab News


France records 81 new deaths as the number of ICU cases continue to drop

France24 says France’s coronavirus death toll rose by 81 on Wednesday, or 0.3 per cent, to reach 29,021, which is the fifth-highest death toll in the world. 

The rate of increase has decreased compared to Tuesday, when fatalities were up 0.4 per cent and the number of people hospitalised for Covid-19 has continued its long-running decline, the health ministry said in a statement. 

Read the full story on France24



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A quick look at the other top stories from around the world

Trump says ‘something snapped’ in officer who knelt on victims’ neck for almost nine minutes 

The Independent says Trump said “something snapped” in the ex-Minneapolis cop who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, leading to his death and the week of protests and riots that followed.

In an interview with his former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Mr Trump said a terrible thing happened in the death of Mr Floyd.

Read on. 

Madeleine McCann: Police plea for help as German suspect revealed

BBC News says police are appealing for the public’s help in solving the Madeleine McCann case after they announced a child sex offender was the new suspect.

The 43-year-old German man, who has not been named, is currently serving a prison sentence.

Read on.

Lesotho’s former first lady back in custody over murder of rival 

AfricaNews says the wife of former Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who was charged with the murder of her husband’s first wife, returned to prison on Wednesday after the court annulled her judicial review, an AFP journalist said.

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Russian air raids target NW Syria for first time in three months

Aljazeera News says Russian air raids have targeted Syria’s last major rebel-held enclave in the country’s northwest for the first time since a March ceasefire came into effect, Syria’s Civil Defence and a war monitor said.

Read on. 

China eases flight curbs after US order targeting Chinese carriers

CNA says China said on Thursday it will allow more foreign carriers to fly into the mainland, shortly after Washington barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States citing Beijing’s restrictions on American airlines.

Read on. 


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Premier League Clubs to meet to discuss premature finish options

Premier Leauge: Clubs to meet to discuss premature finish options

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Lea Michelle apologies after accusations of bullying

Lea Michelle apologies after bullying accusations. 

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