Israel’s attorney general has filed a formal indictment in court against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after the prime minister withdrew a request for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases.
The Israeli parliament was due to open a debate on the immunity request on Tuesday, but Netanyahu said he would not have received a fair hearing.
Netanyahu has also criticized opponents for going ahead with the debate when US president Donald Trump was due to unveil his long-awaited middle east peace plan.
Israel’s longest serving prime minister is accused of accepting gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensing favors to try to get more positive press coverage. But the prime minister says he is the victim of a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.
US Health Officials Warn Of Bad Coronavirus Week Ahead
US senior health officials are warning Americans against what they say would be the “hardest” week of the coronavirus crisis. They say the death toll could be in unprecedented numbers these next two weeks. Some hope was raised on Sunday in a slightly slowing number of fatalities in New York.
President Donald Trump echoed some optimism during an evening briefing, but he still acknowledged that difficult situations are ahead.
Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in light of the optimism being expressed “tomorrow, the next day, are going to look really bad.”
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the country have reached nearly three hundred forty thousand with just under ten thousand deaths.
Coronavirus: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘In Charge’ Despite Hospital Admission
Britain’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said on Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson would continue to lead the government despite spending the night in hospital with coronavirus.
Jenrick said “obviously today, he’s in hospital having the test but he’ll continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the government.”
The housing secretary told BBC, “he’s been working extremely hard, leading the government and being constantly updated, that’s going to continue.”
Earlier, Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a temperature – for a series of routine tests.
The 55-year-old who had been isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the virus was taken to hospital after his doctors felt he needed additional tests.
Coronavirus: Wuhan Begins To Return To Everyday Life
After more than two months of isolation, residents of Wuhan, China where it is believed to be the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, have been allowed to leave their homes for the first time in months as authorities are easing the city-wide lockdown that kept Wuhan’s 11 million residents at home.
Although, many shops are still closed after numbers of new cases of covid-19 have fallen dramatically, sidewalk vendors can be seen wearing face masks and gloves as they sold pork, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables to shoppers on Friday.
Since the lockdown on January 23, many restaurants, shops and other businesses shut down in the city as residents relied on online groceries and government-organized food deliveries.
Residents have been slowly trickling back on to the streets of Wuhan which recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases. At least 3,000 persons died in Hubei province from coronavirus.
Volunteers in protective suits disinfected public areas in preparation for an increase in activity. Officials are concerned about the possibility of a second wave of infections, warning people to remain vigilant as it orders local health authorities to step up detection, monitoring and supervision.
A total of 81,589 confirmed cases have been reported in China, which exclude asymptomatic patients, and 3,318 deaths from the outbreak.
Globally, the number of cases has topped 1 million, with at least 52,000 deaths.
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