Monday, 7 September
- Police see a 21% rise in assaults on officers during Covid-19 lockdown.
- Fears UK government lost control as Covid-19 cases soar.
- UAE records 513 new coronavirus cases.
- India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst-hit by Covid-19.
- More Japanese firms giving employees telework allowances.
- Kamala Harris hits Trump administration over Covid-19 response.
Police see 21% rise in assaults on officers during Covid-19 lockdown
The Independent says assaults on police officers in the UK increased by 21 per cent during the coronavirus lockdown, according to figures, with forces reporting a “particularly distasteful trend” of spitting and coughing among offenders.
A total of 7,863 instances of assault were recorded over the first three months of lockdown, compared with 6,505 for the same period in 2019, data collected by PA show.
Read the full story on the Independent
Fears UK government lost control as Covid-19 cases soar
The Guardian says the UK has recorded a massive rise in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus, amid concerns the government has lost control of the epidemic just as people are returning to work and universities prepare to reopen.
Labour has demanded the health secretary, Matt Hancock, give an urgent statement to the House of Commons to explain the increase and why some people are still being told to drive hundreds of miles to have a test.
Read the full story on the Guardian
UAE records 513 new coronavirus cases
Arab News says the UAE’s health ministry on Sunday reported 513 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of registered cases to 73,984.
The ministry said different nationalities are infected, all of whom are in “stable (condition) and subjected to the necessary health care.”
Read the full story on Arab News
India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst-hit by Covid-19
Aljazeera says India’s coronavirus infections surged past 4.2 million on Monday as it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases.
Read the full story on Aljazeera
More Japanese firms giving employees telework allowances
Japan Times says many companies in Japan are introducing employee allowances to cover costs related to teleworking, such as utility fees and internet charges, as remote working increases amid the coronavirus pandemic.
These firms, while ending their payment for commuter passes and starting to provide actual transport expenses instead, hope that their shouldering of teleworking-related costs will help employees adapt better to working from home.
Read the full story on Japan Times
Kamala Harris hits Trump administration over Covid-19 response
CNN says with a US death toll of more than 188,000, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris attacked the Trump administration for “minimizing the seriousness” of the coronavirus outbreak and failing to do enough for millions of American struggling to make ends meet.
“There is no question that Donald Trump has been an abject failure and incompetent when it comes to addressing the severe job loss that has happened as a result of the pandemic because he has failed to address the pandemic itself,” Harris said.
Read the full story on CNN
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A quick look at the other top headlines
Jacob Blake speaks out as protests continue
France24 says Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin last month, spoke out for the first time from his hospital bed.
In a video from his hospital bed, he said: “I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach,” he said in the video posted by his attorney, Ben Crump, late on Saturday. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat.”
Ministers plan laws overriding part of Brexit deal
BBC News says Ministers are planning new legislation that would override a key part of last year’s Eu withdrawal agreement.
It would eliminate a requirement for new Northern Ireland customs arrangements which were intended to prevent the return of checks ar the border.
Boris Johnson is expected to say later that if no agreement is reached by 15 October, both sides should “move on”.
International flights resume after five months in Nigeria
Africanews says Nigeria on Thursday announced it would resume international flights starting Sept. 5 after shutting down flights at its five international airports on March 24 following the virus outbreak.
Nigeria had previously said it would resume flights abroad anytime from Aug. 29.
‘No signs of life’ after days of search for Beirut blast
Aljazeera says rescue workers digging through the rubble of a Beirut building for the third day have said there is no longer hope of finding someone alive more than a month after a huge port explosion shattered Lebanon’s capital.
About 50 rescue workers and volunteers, including a specialist team from Chile, had been working for three days to locate any survivors after sensors on Thursday detected signs of breathing and heat.
Typhoon Haishen threatens Korea after battering Japan
CNA says South Korea hunkered down as Typhoon Haishen arrived on the shores of its southern peninsula on Monday (Sep 7), after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties.
The storm, carrying top sustained winds of up to 126km per hour, was headed north from the southern city of Ulsan, after landing on a nearby shore on Monday morning, South Korea’s weather agency said.