Uganda makes arrests connected to fake COVID-19 documents - At least 25 travelers were arrested in Uganda with alleged forged COVID-19 test certificates. The suspects are being held by aviation police and are facing charges of forgery and uttering of false documents. At the beginning of the month, Uganda reopened its international borders after they were closed for six months.
Bridge connects Botswana and Zambia - The Kazungula Bridge, a $259 million project that connects Zambia and Botswana, is finished. The bridge was built jointly by the two countries and stretches across the Zambezi river. Construction started in 2014 and is expected to cut travel time between the two countries from days to hours. The bridge was constructed by Daewoo Engineering and Construction of South Korea.
China’s economy on the rise - China’s economy grew 4.9 percent between July and September. The growth is similar to one the country saw during the same time period last year. During the first three months of this year, China’s economy dropped by 6.8 percent because of the virus that caused factories and manufacturing plants to close. Despite China’s recent growth, economists had expected the country’s economy to grow by around 5.2 percent.
India scientists say pandemic has peaked in the country - According to a recent mathematical model, India’s top scientists believe the country’s reported infections peaked in September. That model predicts the pandemic can be controlled by February of next year. The country has recorded around 7.5 million COVID-19 infections. In the middle of September, India reported more than a million active cases.
Germany provides financial assistance for ventilations systems - Germany plans to provide $488 million in grants to improve the air circulation of public buildings like schools, universities, offices and more to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Studies have shown that the virus can stay in a room’s air for at least eight minutes. With the weather getting cooler, more people are at risk of getting sick because they spend more time inside.
Italy tightens restrictions - Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Italy has tightened restrictions. Public areas can potentially be closed after 9 p.m., if mayors choose to do so, and the opening times of restaurants and the size of groups allowed in will be tightened. Italy reported more than 20,000 new cases of the weekend. Starting times for schools have also changed and local conferences and festivals are suspended.
Former Mexican defense minister arrested - Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested in Los Angeles last week and charged with drug trafficking and laundering money while holding public office. His charges also include conspiracy to distribute drugs to the United States like methamphetamine and cocaine. Cienfuegos is accused of helping the H-2 Cartel, a group known for being extremely violent.
Indigenous Colombians march - Indigenous Colombians gathered at Bogota on Monday to demand a meeting with the country’s president, Ivan Duque. Protesters are accusing the Colombia’s government of ignoring rising murders of indigenous leaders. Indigenous groups in the country have been targeted by right-wing paramilitaries and rebels.
COVID-19 updated in the United States - Last Friday, nearly 70,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the United States, marking the highest number of new infections the country has seen in one day since July. Only Missouri and Vermont have recorded numbers that are improving. The United States is averaging around 55,000 cases per day. In September, the country was averaging around 34,000 cases per day.
Early voting update - By last Friday, more than 22 million Americans had voted early. During the 2016 election, only 6 million people had voted by this point. Experts credited the rise to the pandemic which has made some people look to vote alternatively rather than waiting until Election Day. Last Tuesday, Texas set a record for most ballots cast on the first day of early voting.