In the United States, at least 10 persons have been killed, including a police officer, in a shooting at a grocery market in the US city of Boulder, Colorado.
The area’s district attorney, Michael Dougherty said investigators had just begun sorting through evidence and witness interviews and did not have details on a motive for the shooting
Among the dead was 51-year-old Eric Talley, who was the first police officer to respond to the shooting, Dougherty said “this is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County.”
The shooting which just happened less than a week after eight persons were shot dead in the US city of Atlanta was live-streamed by witnesses and broadcast on YouTube.
The area’s district attorney said “these were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.”
Authorities said the suspect was receiving medical treatment and there was no further threat to the public. The shooting occurred at about 3pm local time (21:00 GMT) at a King Soopers supermarket in the Table Mesa area of Boulder.
Video footage from the scene broadcast earlier by television stations showed a shirtless, bearded man in boxer shorts being led away from the shop in handcuffs, before he was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.
According to Reuters news agency reports, a customer Nicholas Sarah Moonshadow who was caught up in the shooting with her son said “we were at the checkout, and shots just started going off.”
She added that she had tried to help one of the victims lying on the pavement outside the store, but her son pulled her away saying “we have to go” and so “I couldn’t help anybody.”
Dean Schiller told The Associated Press news agency that he had just left the supermarket when he heard gunshots and saw three people lying face down, two in the car park and one near the doorway. He said he “couldn’t tell if they were breathing”.
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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