The sixth most populous country in the world, Brazil is still maintaining its place at number 2 in the ranking of the world’s largest outbreaks of COVID-19, only after the United States.
On Monday, Brazil’s health ministry reported 23,010 new cases of COVID-19, with 572 new fatalities, as the country struggles with containing the spread.
According to the Johns Hopkins University tally, the South America’s most populous nation now has more than 3 million cases and over 2.3 million recoveries.
The virus killed 50,000 persons in three months, but that number doubled in just 50 days.
The country’s most populated state of Sao Paulo, is the epicenter of the national outbreak, with 25,114 deaths and 627,126 cases of infection, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 14,080 deaths and 178,850 cases, and Ceara with 7,954 deaths and 188,542 cases.
The pandemic is yet to peak but shops and restaurants have already reopened.
President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the impact of the virus and opposed measures that could hit the economy.
Globally, at least 19.86 million persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19, more than 12.1 million have recovered, and more than 731,300 have died.
The virus cases and deaths continue to climb in Latin America’s worst-affected countries, especially in Brazil and Mexico.
Health ministry data in Mexico showed the death toll of nearly 53,000 after recording 292 additions in the past 24 hours, while the number of coronavirus cases climbed by 4,376 to 480,278.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Latin America has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic with Peru, Colombia and Chile among the worst-affected nations.
North Korea Apologizes For ‘Unfortunate’ Killing Of South Korean Official
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized for the killing of a South Korean official, an incident which could have been a disaster for any hopes of rekindling talks between the South and the North.
According to a report by Yonhap news agency on Friday Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the “disgraceful affair” should not have happened.
Earlier on Monday, a South Korean fisheries official disappeared from a fisheries patrol boat when it was about 10km (six miles) south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed line of military control that acts as the de facto maritime boundary between the two Koreas.
On Thursday, South Korea said on Thursday the 47-year-old man had been shot dead by North Korean troops and his body burned.
In a message to Seoul, Kim said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
News agency reported that the North said it had conducted its own investigation into the incident and found that soldiers near its western sea border had fired at least 10 shots at the South Korean. The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a “shoot-to-kill” policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.
However, the North insisted that it had not burned the man’s body but rather the “floating material” that was carrying him.
Also, some experts were skeptical of claims that the man had been trying to defect to a country that has seen more than 30,000 North Koreans fleeing to South Korea in the past two decades, defections from South to North are rare.
Belarus: Mass Protests After Lukashenko Secretly Sworn In
Mass street protests have continued in Belarus’s capital of Minsk, after the unannounced swearing in of president Alexander Lukashenko.
There were reports of beatings and detentions by police, and video footage showed water cannon being used.
Lukashenko was secretly sworn in for a sixth term, with only a few hundred supporters in attendance. Opposition members call the ceremony, quote: “thieves’ meeting”.
The opposition says last month’s poll was rigged in Lukashenko’s favour.
Belarus electoral commission announced Lukashenko won more than 80% of the vote, triggering weeks of mass protests across the country.
Several EU countries and the us say they do not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus.
Two Louisville Police Officers Shot And Injured Amid Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death
Protesters took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky expressing anger hours after a grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for killing Breonna Taylor.
Authorities confirmed two officers were shot and wounded during the demonstrations over police killings of black people.
Interim Louisville police chief, Robert Schroeder, said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details on whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He said both officers are expected to recover.
The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.
The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside.
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