Africa remembers Tanzania President - Former Tanzanian President John Magufuli was honored at a state funeral in the country’s capital of Dodoma. Current President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Magufuli was a champion of the poor and a religious man. Reports suggest Magufuli, who downplayed the coronavirus, died from the disease, but nothing has been confirmed. He will be buried Friday in his hometown of Chato.
Presidential candidate dies from COVID-19 on election day - Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, the leading opposition presidential candidate in Congo-Brazzaville, died from COVID-19 while on a plane that was taking him to France for treatment. Hours before his death, he was featured in a video where he removed his oxygen mask and said he was fighting death. He was running against President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has been in power since 1979.
COVID-19 cases rising in India - Last week, India recorded 260,000 new coronavirus cases. The state of Maharashtra accounted for around 70 percent of the country’s cases. Safety protocol violations have been cited for the spike in cases. The country has recorded 11 million cases and 160,000 deaths from the virus. Meanwhile, the country says 40 million people in India have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
China faces sanctions - In a coordinated effort by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, China was slapped with sanctions over human rights abuses against the Muslim Uighur minority group. The country is facing allegations of torture, forced labor and sexual abuse against the Muslim Uighur group. It is believed that China has detained more than a million Uighurs and people from other Muslim minority groups at camps. The sanctions focus on top officials in Xinjiang.
Germany to introduce tighter COVID restrictions - Germany is expected to extend its partial lockdown to at least April 18. The country has tight border checks, and its infection rate is now at above 100 per 100,000 people. Schools are expected to shutdown after reopening toward the end of last month. Vaccine rollouts in European countries have been slower as supply problems with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine continue.
British Army to reduce troops - The British Army is expected to be reduced by 10,000 troops as it moves toward cyber warfare, drones and robots. Soldier enrollment in the country’s Army has been falling in recent years. Meanwhile, the country plans to send troops to counter Islamist extremism and Russian and Chinese influence in parts of Africa.
Chile hospitals overwhelmed - Even though Chile’s vaccination rate is the third highest in the world, infection rates are higher than at any point of the pandemic. Santiago is under a new lockdown, and nearly all hospital beds in Chile are full. Health officials have pointed to new variants and a relaxation of restrictions for reasons why COVID-19 cases are going up in the country. Chile has lost 22,180 lives from COVID-19.
Mexican police officers and agents killed - Officials in Mexico believe a criminal gang was responsible for an ambush on a police convoy that left 13 police officers and agents dead. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The convoy was patrolling an area where armed gangs operate in Coatepec Harinas. Mexico deployed its National Guard and other armed forces to search for the attackers.
Biden Administration to send vaccines to neighboring countries - The United States is planning to release four million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Canada and Mexico, making it the first time the country has given vaccines to another country. The United States has yet to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine as of Monday. President Joe Biden said that if the United States has a surplus of vaccines, it will share it with the rest of the world.
Trump planning social media comeback - Jason Miller, former President Donald Trump’s adviser, said he expects Trump to return to social media in two to three months. Trump is plotting his own social media platform after being banned from Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. He was suspended from Twitter and Facebook after the riots at the Capitol earlier this year.