Dozens were killed and several Chinese factories were set ablaze on Sunday in what was the deadliest weekend in Myanmar since the military coup toppled the elected government in the country last month.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners a nonprofit monitoring arrests and casualties, reports at least thirty-eight persons were killed on Sunday when security forces opened fire on protesters in several cities. Thirteen others are estimated to have been killed since Friday.
Hlaing Tharyar, a poor industrial suburb of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, is said to be the flashpoint of the disturbances. At least twenty-two persons were killed there as several Chinese owner-financed garment factories were burnt after being vandalized.
Chinese embassy in Myanmar said many of its citizens and employees were trapped and injured inside the burning factories.
The military’s increasingly violent response to protests has not deterred demonstrators from taking to the streets to express their opposition to the military regime. Since the coup, more than one hundred twenty persons have been killed. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says security forces have used lethal force, including live fire, to break up protests.
India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge
India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.
Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.
Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.
India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.
Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.
Families Reunite As Australia-New Zealand ‘Travel Bubble’ Begins
Hundreds of passengers from Australia have started arriving at New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, in a process that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in more than a year.
New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.
New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern told reporters in wellington, this bubble marks a significant step in New Zealand’s reconnection with the world.
Ardern said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne would visit New Zealand very soon.
Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge
British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a planned trip to India, originally planned for next week, because of the rise in India’s COVID-19 cases.
India is enduring a second wave of the virus, with infections passing the 15 million mark.
Johnson had already postponed the trip once in January, when COVID-19 infections were high in Britain.
Now that the trip has been cancelled, prime ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.
Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it will host in June.
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