World Health Organization says Africa won’t be used for COVID-19 vaccine test - Two French doctors suggested a possible COVID-19 vaccine could be tested on Africans, and Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization condemned the comments. Ghebreyesus accused the French doctors of treating Africans like human guinea pigs.
Actress throws lockdown party - Funke Akindele, a Nigerian actress, was fined $260 for hosting a party during a lockdown in the country due to COVID-19. Akindele defended her actions and said that everyone at her party have lived with her for days. She apologized and said she would practice social distancing.
Japan prepares to declare emergency - Japan is preparing to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions of the country as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread rapidly. There are over 1,000 cases in Tokyo. That number is double of what the cases were a week ago. There have been 85 deaths from the virus in Japan.
Thousands of migrant workers quarantined - In Singapore, 20,000 foreign workers will quarantine for two weeks due to cases of COVID-19 rising in the city state. The workers are typically from South Asia who work in construction. They will be paid and receive three meals a day. Cases of the virus in the city state are increasing, and a lockdown started on Tuesday.
Deaths in Spain drop - For the fourth straight day, the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Spain have dropped. Spain leads Europe in COVID-19 cases as more than 135,000 people have suffered from the virus in the country. The drop in deaths is a sign of hope that social distancing measures are stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Boris Johnson sent to intensive care - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles COVID-19. His symptoms have worsened and was admitted to a hospital on Sunday. Johnson has had the virus for at least 10 days and has suffered from a high temperature and a cough.
Wooden coffins are running short in Guayaquil - In Guayaquil, Ecuador authorities are distributing 4,000 coffins made of cardboard as the area grapples with a shortage of wooden caskets. The area has had difficulties dealing with the number of people who have died since the COVID-19 pandemic. There are at least 3,465 people in Ecuador who have the virus, but the number of cases in the country is likely higher.
Indigenous people in Brazil vulnerable to COVID-19 - Health officials in Brazil have warned that indigenous people in the Amazon area could be wiped out by COVID-19. Respiratory illnesses are the main causes of death in native communities. Some indigenous communities are splitting into small groups to halt the spread of the virus.
Tiger at New York zoo tests positive for COVID-19 - At the Bronx Zoo in New York City, a four-year-old tiger has tested positive for COVID-19. It is the first time an animal has been infected by the disease. It is believed the tiger was infected by a zookeeper. The tiger showed symptoms of a cough toward the end of last month.
Coloradans urged to wear masks - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging the public to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Polis said the idea to wear masks is a patriotic duty, and it will allow for residents to return to work early. Residents are encouraged to make their own masks out of old items like a t-shirt and save medical masks for healthcare professions.