Nigeria struggles with food shortage - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged that the country does not have money to import food. He urged farmers in the country to produce enough food for the country to eat. Farmers struggled to produce enough food in Nigeria before the pandemic. The country is home to 200 million people.
South Africa reports high COVID-19 outbreaks - There are at least 22,000 cases of COVID-19 in South Africa — and a third of those surfaced last week, according to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa. On June 1, the country will begin to lift more restrictions. There have 429 COVID-19 related deaths in South Africa as of May 25.
Packed airports in India - Photos surfaced of large crowds at India airports as flights began to take off for the first time in two months. Some airports are only allowing 50 flights a day and didn’t announce that to passengers who traveled to the airports. Passengers have been getting their temperatures checked, and officials have verified that they have an Indian government COVID-19 tracking app.
Hong Kong worries about “growing terrorism” - Hong Kong Security Chief John Lee said the city has been plagued with violence as protests against Beijing took place over the weekend. Protesters were demonstrating against a new proposed security law that some believe will limit freedoms and make consequences against government critics more severe.
No more quarantine for visitors in Spain - Spain plans to ease restrictions that previously required visitors to quarantine for two weeks. The restrictions will be lifted sometime in July. The decision was made after a cabinet meeting that occurred on May 25. Meanwhile, the UK plans to implement a similar quarantine policy starting next month.
Transgender mayor elected in France - Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes, a city in northeastern France, has elected Marie Cau as its new mayor. She ran on the ideas of working on the city’s economy and ecological sustainability. The city is home to around 600 residents. Cau is France’s first openly transgender mayor.
Chile’s healthcare system struggles - Chile President Sebastian Pinera said the country’s healthcare system is “very close to the limit.” There have been nearly 70,000 cases of COVID-19 in Chile while at least 700 people have died from the virus. Santiago in particular has been at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in Chile.
Brazil struggles - Brazil is currently the world’s second largest hotspot for COVID-19 cases. There have been more than 360,000 cases of COVID-19 in Brazil as of May 24, and over 22,000 people have died from the virus. The United States announced a travel restriction on people who have been to Brazil in the last two weeks.
Packed areas on Memorial Day weekend - Beaches and lakes have been the spot to be for those who are not following social-distancing guidelines. Hundreds of people gathered at Daytona Beach last Saturday while in Missouri, bars at the Lake of the Ozarks were packed with customers. Deborah Birx, coronavirus task force chief for the United States, said she is very concerned about seeing the large gatherings that took place over the weekend.
Biden regrets radio comment - Presidential candidate Joe Biden said he regrets a comment he made on the radio saying African Americans who consider voting for President Donald Trump “ain’t black.” Biden said several black women are being considered as his running mate. His campaign advisor Symone Sanders said his comments were made in jest.