Daily News Briefing: Thousands of homeless ‘back on the streets by July’

Friday June 5


Friday 5 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: 6,714,335

Deaths: 393, 408

Recovered: 3,261,276

Today’s Outlook
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  • More than 1,000 US deaths reported in 24 hours.
  • UK: Thousands of homeless back on the streets by July.
  • Doctor quits NHS over Dominic Cummings’ row.
  • Lebanon extends its lockdown until July 5.
  • Pandemic is now ‘under control’ in France. 

More than 1,000 coronavirus deaths reported in the US in 24 hours

CNN says there are now 1, 872, 660 cases of the novel coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University, after 21, 140 new infections were reported.

In the US so far, 108,211 people have died from the disease, with 1,036 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

Read the full story on CNN


Thousands of homeless ‘back on the streets by July’

BBC News says thousands of homeless people who have been housed during the pandemic could be back on the streets by the end of June, a charity has warned. 

Since the lockdown began, more than 14,500 people who were living on the streets or at risk of being homeless were given emergency accommodation. 

But contracts between local councils and hostels are due to end as government funds run out. 

Read the full story on BBC News


Dominic Cummings: Doctor quits NHS over aides refusal to resign 

The Guardian says a doctor is quitting the NHS in protest at Dominic Cummings’ refusal to resign despite allegedly breaking lockdown rules. 

Dr Dominic Pimenta has decided to resign because he fears Cummings’ behaviour could help trigger a second wave of coronavirus and he is angered by the government’s handling of the pandemic. 

Read the full story on The Guardian


Lebanon extends coronavirus regulations until July 5

Arab News says the Lebanese government has extended its ‘general mobilisation against coronavirus’ for another four weeks. 

The extension, the sixth since it was first adopted on March 15, was based on recommendations from Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council.

Read the full story on Arab News


Covid-19 pandemic ‘under control’ in France, government adviser says

France24 says the pandemic is now “under control” in France, the head of the government’s scientific advisory council said Friday, as the country cautiously lifts the lockdown imposed in March to contain the outbreak. 

“The virus is still circulating, in certain regions in particular … but it is circulating slowly,” Jean-Francois Delfraissy told France Inter radio.

Read the full story on France24



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

George Floyd: Trainee cop charged over arrest tried to object, court told 

Sky News says one of the four former Minneapolis officers charged over George Floyd’s death tried to warn his fellow officers during the arrest, a court has heard.

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German prosecutors think Maddie McCann is dead

EuroNews says German prosecutors believe missing British girl Madeleine McCann is dead.

They said on Thursday that a murder probe had been opened after a new suspect had been identified in the case.

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AFBD launches independent  investigation into its president

Arab News says The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced Thursday evening, the launch of an independent investigation into allegations of prevarication against its president, Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina, the only candidate for re-election to a new term.

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Lebanon MP: Protesters outside Officials’ homes should be ‘shot’ 

Aljazeera News says Lebanese legislator Jamil Sayyed has said protesters who gather outside the homes of officials should be “shot”, sparking outrage and calls for his prosecution in a country gripped by months of anti-establishment demonstrations. 

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Dozens in Hong Kong stage lunchtime protest in shopping mall

CNA says dozens of protesters marched through the IFC mall in Hong Kong’s Central district on Friday afternoon (Jun 5), a day after thousands defied a police ban to hold a vigil for the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen incident in 1989. 

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