Nigeria reopens schools - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has given a green light for schools in the country to reopen. Residents will also be allowed to start traveling in between different states in the country. There have been 24,567 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria and 565 deaths as a result of the virus.
Hospital fire kills seven in Egypt - The Badrawi Hospital in Egypt caught on fire and killed at least seven patients and injured seven staff members. The cause of the fire is believed to be a short circuit in the hospital’s air conditioning system. Patients at the hospital were evacuated and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
COVID-19 tracking devices in Singapore - Singapore is using Bluetooth tracking devices to slow the spread of COVID-19. The devices are aimed at people who do not own a mobile phone and are an alternative to the government’s app to track the virus. Vulnerable communities are having the device distributed to them.
Lockdown in China province - In the Hebei province, China has reinforced a lockdown near Beijing that will impact 400,000 people. Only essential workers are allowed to leave their homes and one member of a household is allowed to go out to shop for essential items. Recently, Beijing has seen a spike on COVID-19 cases due to an outbreak in a food market.
EU to allow visitors - The EU will allow visitors from other countries who are thought to be ‘safe.” Among those countries include South Korea, Canada, Japan and Australia. The list of countries who are safe do not include the United States, Brazil and China.
Former French prime minister jailed - Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife Welsh will receive jail sentences due to a fake jobs case. Fillon was found guilty of paying Welsh $1.3 million for work she never did. He will spend at least two years in prison.
Argentina/Brazil crops threatened - Brazil and Argentina are experiencing swarms of locusts that traveled from Paraguay to Argentina in one day. Other parts of the world like Kenya and India are also facing similar swarms.
An attempt to kill Mexico City’s police chief - Mexico City Police Chief Omar Garcia Harfuch was shot multiple times last Friday, but his injuries are considered to be non-life threatening. Officials believe the attack cold be linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Two of Hurfuch’s bodyguards and another resident were killed in the attack.
Golden State Killer pleads guilty - Joseph DeAngelo, known as the Golden State Killer, has pled guilty to 13 murders. His plea will spare him of the death penalty. DeAngelo is a former police officer and committed the murders during his time as an officer in the 1970s and 80s. He was arrested in 2018.
Trump shares white power video - President Donald Trump retweeted a video of supporters screaming “white power.” The supporters were participating in a pro-Trump rally in Florida. Trump’s spokesperson said he didn’t hear people saying white power and the tweet was later deleted.