Ghana sees jump in COVID-19 cases - Ghana has been reporting an average of 25 to 130 new coronavirus cases daily over the past two weeks. Officials are concerned the country is seeing a second wave of the virus as President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday that the spike in cases may be due to not wearing face masks. Ghana has registered 320 COVID-19 related deaths since last Friday.
Former Tanzanian MP arrested - After fleeing to Kenya, former Tanzanian MP Godbless Lema was arrested on Sunday. He was recently arrested for calling for demonstrations to demand new elections before being released. President John Magufuli was recently reelected.
Indian news anchor jailed - Indian TV news anchor Arnab Goswami, founder of Republic TV, is under arrest in an alleged suicide case. He was detained last week and is being investigated over the death of an architect who designed his studio. He is accused of owing money to the architect, who died of suicide in 2018. Goswami was denied bail, and Republic TV accused the police of manhandling his family.
Japanese prince declared heir to the throne - Japanese Prince Fumihito has been declared heir to the throne in a ceremony. The ceremony had been delayed for seven months because of the pandemic. About 46 guests and the imperial family attended the ceremony. Only men are allowed to ascend to the throne.
Hungary and Portugal go into partial lockdown - Hungary is instituting a partial lockdown that includes a current night curfew. Schools, universities and restaurants have also been shut down. Meanwhile, Portugal has instituted a night curfew. Hungarian officials warned that hospitals will not be able to cope with current infection rates if cases keep rising. Hungary reported more than 5,000 new cases on Monday.
Country of Georgia protests election results - Thousands of people gathered in Georgia’s Tbilisi capital saying election results were rigged. The Georgia Dream party secured over 48 percent of votes on Halloween, paving the way for it to form the country’s next government. The party has been in power since 2012. Protesters have called for the police chief and election commission to resign from their positions. Eight parties have said they will boycott parliament.
Peru president faces impeachment - Peru President Martin Vizcarra is facing impeachment accusations over corruption allegations. Two months ago, an impeachment vote against him failed. He has denied any wrongdoing and said impeachment votes create turbulence ahead of upcoming elections. Vizcarra became president in 2018. Elections are scheduled for April of next year.
Mexican police make arrest over 2019 Mormon killings - Mexican officials announced they have arrested Alfredo ‘L’, who is accused of being connected to the killings of nine Mormons in 2019. He is the second person arrested in connection to the case. Family members of the victims believe there are more than 100 suspects connected to the killings. In 2019, three women and their 14 children were traveling in a convoy when gunmen opened fire on their cars. The victims were three women and six of their children.
Biden introduces COVID-19 Task Force - President-elect Joe Biden introduced new members of his Coronavirus Task Force. Among those named include Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General , who was appointed by President Obama in 2014 and removed by President Trump in 2017. Biden said the task force will help get the virus under control, deliver relief to working families, work to reopen schools and businesses and more.
Alex Trebek passes - Alex Trebek, the host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy! has died at the age of 80. Trebek announced last year that he was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. He had hosted Jeopardy! since 1984 and won awards and honors for his work. Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of the show and set a record in 2014 for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.