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Brazil: Political Crisis And COVID-19 Surge Rock Bolsonaro’s Govt

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Brazil: Political Crisis And COVID Surge Rock Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency after the heads of the army, navy and air force all quit amid the deepening political crisis and coronavirus pandemic in the country as it recorded its highest daily COVID-19 death toll.

The Latin American country Brazil on Tuesday confirmed 3,780 new virus cases a new daily and has reported nearly 314,000 COVID-19 fatalities.

Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted over his response to COVID-19 and now the unprecedented resignation of the defence chiefs is being seen as a protest at attempts by Bolsonaro to exert undue control over the military.

Brazil, the world’s second, and Latin America’s worst-hit country by the epidemic has registered a total of nearly thirteen million cases.

Brazil is currently one of the global epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the world’s second worst outbreak in terms of both deaths and infections, only after the United States.

So far Brazil has vaccinated just over 8% of the population, with some 17.7m vaccine doses dispensed.

Brazilian public health institute Fiocruz earlier this month warned the health system was close to collapse, with more than 80% of intensive care unit beds occupied in most of the country’s states.

President Bolsonaro has consistently opposed lockdown measures, arguing that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the coronavirus itself.

Many locals are still going against the stricter pandemic prevention rules announced earlier amid the emergency state.  Rio de Janeiro’s tourist attraction has seen frequent gatherings at beaches or swimming pools.  One such pool parties, sporting more than three hundred persons, was busted on Sunday.

As of Sunday, the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Latin America has exceeded twenty-four and a half million as of Sunday.

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India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge

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India Has Recorded More Than 200,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases For The First Time

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.

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Families Reunite As Australia-New Zealand ‘Travel Bubble’ Begins

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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.

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Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge

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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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