Latin America’s death toll has topped 50,000 and cases neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally.
Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The country’s death toll has increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.
Italy has added 111 new victims to the country’s official death toll from the new coronavirus and 416 new infections as it prepares to relax travel restrictions next week. The increases bring the official death toll to 33,340.
A third member of a scientific advisory body to the British government has warned that it is too soon to lift the COVID-19 lockdown because the test and trace system is not yet fully operational.
More than 6.06 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 369,000 people have died, including more than 103,000 in the United States, while at least 2.56 million have recovered globally.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, May 31
11:16 GMT – Iran says virus cases surpass 150,000
Iran said its caseload of coronavirus infections passed the grim milestone of 150,000, as the country struggles to contain a recent upward trend.
The government has largely lifted the restrictions it imposed in order to halt the outbreak. But the health ministry has warned of a potential virus resurgence with new cluster outbreaks in a number of provinces.
Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 2,516 new cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 151,466.
10:34 GMT – Malta to reopen airport on July 1
Malta will reopen its airport to passenger flights on July 1, Prime Minister Robert Abela said, as the Mediterranean island rolls back restrictions introduced in March to halt COVID-19 infections.
Tourism accounts for almost a quarter of Malta’s economy and hoteliers have been pressing the government to reopen the airport or risk mass unemployment.
The southern Mediterranean island has recorded some 600 coronavirus cases and nine deaths, having carried out an intensive testing and contact tracing programme. Non-essential shops and restaurants were allowed to reopen in mid-May, but churches on the Roman Catholic island and schools remain closed. Bars and gyms will reopen next Friday.
“These are exciting time for Malta. We are returning to normality,” Abela said.
09:52 GMT – Paris cafes to get extra terrace space as lockdown eases
Restaurants, cafes and bars in Paris will be able to put more tables outside when they reopen Tuesday after two months of lockdown, allowing them to serve more clients even as their inside dining rooms must remain closed.
“In this crisis, Paris needs to support its restaurants and bars. They are the heart of our city,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo told Sunday’s Parisien newspaper.
While other restaurants across France can fully reopen Tuesday, the high number of COVID-19 cases and higher contagion risks in the densely populated Paris region prompted authorities to allow only limited operations for now.
A man walks past the closed Cafe de Flore [File: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]
09:20 GMT – Indonesia reports 700 new cases, more deaths
Indonesia reported 700 new coronavirus infections, taking the tally in the Southeast Asian nation to 26,473, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.
Yurianto reported 40 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 1,613, while 7,308 have recovered.
09:09 GMT – India’s Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the country to remain vigilant against the spread of coronavirus as the country prepares a phased re-opening of activities even as daily cases rise to record highs.
India, with the world’s longest lockdown, is set to largely lift containment measures in June, except in high-risk zones.
“The fight against the coronavirus is intense, we cannot drop our guard,” Modi said in his national radio address, a day after his government extended the lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones but permitted restaurants, malls and religious buildings to reopen elsewhere from June 8.
“Wearing a mask, gloves and following social distancing rules is essential as everyone will soon start stepping out of their homes,” Modi said.
Commuters wait for vehicles, as the country relaxed its lockdown restriction on May 26 in Delhi, India [Yawar Nazir/Getty Images]
08:31 GMT – UK taking ‘right steps’ to ease lockdown, says foreign minister
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said the “careful” easing of the coronavirus lockdown was now the “right step” to take, shrugging off criticism for moving too quickly to allow people more social contact.
“We are confident that this is the right step to be taking at this moment in time,” Raab told Sky News. “We are taking those steps very carefully, based on the science but also based on our ability now to monitor the virus.”
07:57 GMT – Scotland’s Sturgeon says lockdown easing must be very cautious
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she agreed with scientists that any easing of the coronavirus lockdown must be very cautious after some of those advising government said Britain was moving too quickly.
Asked whether she thought that politicians were no longer following scientific advice, Sturgeon told Sky News: “I agree with the opinion that has been expressed over the weekend that we’ve got to be very cautious. This virus hasn’t gone away, there is still a significant risk that it could run out of control again.”
07:37 GMT – Russia says coronavirus infections pass 400,000
Russia reported 9,268 new coronavirus cases, raising the national tally to 405,843.
Officials said 138 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing to nationwide toll up to 4,693.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry members wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) spray disinfectant while sanitizing the Kievsky Railway Station in Moscow [Sofya Sandurskaya/Reuters]
07:35 GMT – China says 2 new cases, asymptomatic case on German charter
China announced two new confirmed coronavirus cases and four new asymptomatic cases, including one person without symptoms of COVID-19 on a chartered flight from Germany.
The two confirmed cases in Shandong province on Saturday compared with four cases the day before, data from the country’s health authority showed.
The National Health Commission (NHC) confirmed three new asymptomatic cases on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Chinese city of Tianjin confirmed one asymptomatic person, a passenger arriving from Frankfurt on a chartered Lufthansa flight, LH342, to Tianjin. This case was discovered between midnight and 6am local time on Sunday, the city’s daily statements show.
07:31 GMT – Singapore reports 518 new cases
Singapore has confirmed 518 more coronavirus infections, the health ministry said, taking its tally to 34,884.
Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the vast majority of the new cases, the ministry said in a statement.
06:37 GMT – Sri Lanka cricketers to begin training on Monday
A select group of Sri Lanka cricketers, mainly bowlers, will return to training on Monday, amid efforts to restart the game after the coronavirus shutdown, the cricket board said.
Professional cricket has been suspended since March because of the pandemic, with Sri Lanka’s home series against England and South Africa among its casualties.
Thirteen players will check into a hotel for a 12-day residential camp at the Colombo Cricket Club, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.
“The players taking part in the camp represent a general squad chosen from across all formats, and primarily consist of bowlers, as they need more time for conditioning before going into active competition,” it said.
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06:27 GMT – Rwanda reports its first coronavirus death
Rwanda’s ministry of health reported the East African nation’s first death caused by the coronavirus.
The victim was a 65-year-old driver who opted to return home from a neighbouring country, where he resided, after falling severely ill, the ministry said in a statement.
He passed away from severe respiratory complications while receiving treatment at a specialised COVID-19 treatment facility.
06:04 GMT – Jerusalem’s Al-Alqsa Mosque reopens after two months
Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus.
Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held in a cool and windy night.
Chanting “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood”, the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience.
Hello, this is Farah Najjar taking over from my colleague Ted Regencia.
05:20 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 286 to 181,482
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased by 286 to 181,482, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The reported death toll rose by 11 to 8,500, the data showed.
05:10 GMT – Thailand reports four new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Thailand has reported four new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,081 with 57 deaths since January, according to the Reuters News Agency.
The new patients had arrived in Thailand from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, and Saudi Arabia and have been in state quarantine.
Local infections have slowed and over the last two weeks, about 80 percent of new cases were Thais who had returned from abroad. Thailand will on Monday begin reopening more businesses classified as medium to high risks, including cinemas and gyms.
Thailand has 3,081 total number of infections with 57 deaths since January [Sarayuth Jojaiharn/AP]
05:00 GMT – Russia records 9,000 new coronavirus cases
Russia has recorded nearly 9,000 new cases of the coronavirus, roughly consistent with the increases reported over the past two weeks.
The national coronavirus taskforce said 4,555 Russians have died of COVID-19 and 396,575 infections have been confirmed overall.
If all categories are counted as COVID-19 deaths, the nation’s total toll for April would stand at 2,713, or nearly 60 percent more than the previously announced number.
04:06 GMT – Italy warns of EU ‘collapse’ over coronavirus ‘blacklist’
Italy’s foreign minister has warned that the European Union will “collapse” if governments treat Italians like lepers over the coronavirus and “blacklist” Europe’s one-time virus epicentre during the summer tourism season.
Luigi Di Maio posted a blistering Facebook message on Saturday after Greece excluded Italians – as well as nationals from Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries with high infection rates – from the list of foreign tourists it will welcome this summer.
Di Maio said competition for tourism is one thing, but he insisted that it be healthy and fair in demanding a European response to the reopening of EU borders after virus lockdowns. He warned: “If you act differently and dislocated, the EU spirit will be lost. And Europe will collapse.”
Far-right demonstrators hold an anti-government protest in the Italian capital, Rome, on Saturday, following the economic crisis due to the pandemic [Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP]
03:48 GMT – North Macedonia extends state of emergency
North Macedonia has extended its state of emergency for another two weeks because the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing down.
President Stevo Pendarovski announced the extension on Saturday following a meeting of the National Security Council.
The country’s health authorities reported five new deaths and 35 infections in the previous 24 hours, days after the government allowed bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen. North Macedonia had reported a total of 2,146 confirmed virus cases as of Saturday, including 131 deaths.
03:03 GMT – Romanian PM fined for violating social distancing rules
Romania’s prime minister has paid fines totalling about $600 for smoking indoors and holding a meeting in a government building where several Cabinet ministers and other participants did not follow social distancing rules, The Associated Press news agency reported.
In a photograph published in Romanian media, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and others can be seen smoking with food and bottles of alcohol on a table. No one in the photo wore a mask or maintained the required spacing.
Orban told the Mediafax news agency that the picture was taken on May 25, his birthday. The foreign minister and economy minister of Romania were among those attending.
Romania has registered 19,133 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,259 deaths.
02:34 GMT – China reports two new coronavirus cases for May 30
China has recorded two new confirmed cases of coronavirus, down from four on Saturday, Reuters reported on Sunday, quoting data from the country’s health authority.
Both cases were imported in the Chinese province of Shandong, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on its website. The NHC also confirmed three new asymptomatic cases, compared with four the day before.
With no new deaths reported, the death toll remained at 4,634. The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland as of May 30 stood at 83,001, data form NHC showed.
02:15 GMT – South Korea reports 27 new coronavirus cases
South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest since a cluster infection linked to a logistics centre near Seoul broke out last week, Yonhap news agency reported quoting health officials.
The new cases raised South Korea’s total coronavirus caseload to 11,468.
The country reported one additional death, bringing the total death toll at 270. The death rate was 2.35 percent. The total number of people released from quarantine after full recoveries stood at 10,405, up 7 from the previous day, with 793 people currently under treatment.
01:48 GMT – Mexico counts 9,779 coronavirus deaths, 87,512 cases
Mexico has reported 2,885 new cases of coronavirus and 364 more deaths, bringing the total numbers to 87,512 cases and 9,779 deaths according to data from health authorities.
A small group of protesters rally on Saturday against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his handling of the new coronavirus pandemic [Rebecca Blackwell/AP]
01:18 GMT – Colombia to shut down Bogota neighbourhood
The mayor of Colombia’s capital is planning to shut down one of the city’s largest neighbourhoods as cases there continue to rise.
Mayor Claudia Lopez said starting June 1, the working-class Kennedy area – home to nearly 1.5 million people – will be under a strict quarantine.
Police and military will enforce the lockdown and no one will be allowed out, except to seek food or medical care or in case of an emergency.
Businesses like manufacturing that had been allowed to operate will be ordered closed. Lopez said testing for the virus will be doubled. The area today has nearly 2,500 more cases and hospitals there are reaching maximum capacity.
00:10 GMT – Greece reopens doors to travellers subject to testing, possible quarantine
Greek officials have said the country would not limit incoming tourists to those from a list of 29 nations, but travellers from countries not on the list will be subject to mandatory testing on arrival and a period of quarantine depending on test results.
The policy will only be applied during the final two weeks of June, although Greek authorities left open the prospect of additional restrictions after that date.
Arrivals from the 29 countries listed will be tested randomly. The list was drawn up based on a document from the EU Aviation Safety Agency.
00:01 GMT – Turkey prepares to reopen, resume domestic flights
Disinfection teams have swept Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and the resumption of domestic flights have been announced as Turkey prepares to lift many remaining coronavirus restrictions.
Teams scrubbed the floors of the 15th-century bazaar, which has been closed since March 23, before Monday’s return to business. The transport minister said the first air routes between Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Trabzon would restart on Monday, with others following gradually.
On Saturday evening, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced 983 new cases of coronavirus during the previous 24 hours, taking Turkey’s total number of cases to 163,103. In a tweet, he said there had been 26 deaths from the virus over the same period, bringing the overall death toll to 4,515.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
You can find all the updates from yesterday, May 30, here.
We now live in an America where mob rule crushes all dissent
ANALYSIS/OPINION: Wanton destruction coast to coast. Rioters burning down entire car dealerships in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protesters chanting “F___ Your Jesus” in the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina. Hate, violence, death and destruction. This is the rule of the mob. This is what democratic socialism looks like. This is your future if you don’t stop it…
Wanton destruction coast to coast. Rioters burning down entire car dealerships in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protesters chanting “F___ Your Jesus” in the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina. Hate, violence, death and destruction.
This is the rule of the mob. This is what democratic socialism looks like. This is your future if you don’t stop it now. And I am not the only one saying so. Edmund Burke said it 230 years ago as he watched the same fires burning in the parks of Paris that we now see smoldering in Portland’s streets.
In 1790 Burke wrote his seminal work, “Reflections on the Revolution in France.” In it, he warned that the radicalism underlying the events of 1789 was only a foretaste of things to come.
More specifically, Burke challenged the theory-laden relativism of the Jacobins. He called out their arrogance, chronological snobbery and juvenile confidence in everything that was new while chastising their childish disregard for anything that was old. He prophesied that this unmoored youthful verve would end with French blood flowing in the streets.
How did he know all this? Why was he so right?
Put simply, Burke understood and respected the recorded facts of human experience. Or stated differently, he believed in the reality of history as an antidote to the progressive infatuation with the abstract, untried, unproven and untrue.
Burke famously said the most obvious lesson of human experience is that the problem is human nature. It isn’t race. It isn’t socioeconomics. It isn’t poverty, wealth, education or intersectionality. The problem is you. The problem is me. The problem is sin.
“In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing… wisdom from the past errors and the infirmities of mankind”, said Burke. “History consists for the great part of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy … and all the train of disorderly appetites.”
In saying this, Burke was responding to the secular subjectivism of the Enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau. His warning was that if any society arrogantly discards all the traditions, morals and standards that have served as sin’s restraint that that culture is doomed.
He understood that boundaries and definitions are needed for there to be freedom. He was the precursor to Chesterton in arguing for the paradox of liberty and law. He knew that if you kill the culture and kill the church, the next inevitable step will be to kill the people because nothing is left to restrain you from doing so.
Burke argued that it was the rejection of time-tested truths, customs, and traditions that led the Republic of Virtue’s proponents to act with a viciousness that shocked the world. More directly, he contended that the source of the Jacobins’ evil was their rejection of Christianity and their belief that if they could just destroy the church, they could construct their own socialist utopia from its ashes. Thus, all the world’s problems would be solved, and they would be the new secular gods and crush all who dared not worship them.
Burke called this the “spirit of profanation,” where all was profaned. Time and dates, sex and sanctity, male and female, structure and morality, even life and death — Nothing was left sacred — Not property, not tradition, not customs, manners or laws.
Diderot and Robespierre were quite clear. They sought “to dismantle” everything that stood in their way. Defund the police. Desecrate statues. Defame the church. Everything must go. They would not be satisfied until “the last king was strangled by the entrails of the last priest.”
Burke labeled this the “black and savage atrocity of mind” that superseded “the common feelings of nature and all sentiments of morality and religion.”
Today, the same “spirit of profanation” is rife. How can anyone, but the most calloused soul, watch the riots and looting now commonplace in the nightly news and not think of the “extreme democracy” Burke warned of or the dystopias foretold by Huxley and Orwell?
Ours is now a world where the rule of the gang crushes all dissent. This is a world where all who refuse to storm the Bastille are told they have no rights or even the right to exist. This is a world where the common folk, the traditionalists, i.e., the Christians, are deemed deplorable rubes to be laughed at, maligned, scorned and “canceled.” This is a world where small towns are destroyed, power is centralized, families are broken, churches are shuttered, and anything that stands in the way of the new cultural high priests and their bloodlust for power must be destroyed.
Welcome to 1984. Welcome to your “brave new world.” Welcome to the hell of our own making. Welcome to the guillotine.
By the way, Burke ends his classic work by quoting Cicero, “Tell me, how did you lose a republic as great as yours so quickly?” This is a question our own children will be asking of us if we don’t act now to stop the insanity.
• Everett Piper (dreverettpiper.com, @dreverettpiper), a columnist for The Washington Times, is a former university president and radio host. He is the author of “Not a Daycare: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” (Regnery).
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Latin America tops five million coronavirus cases: Live updates |NationalTribune.com
Latin America broke through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world hardest hit by the pandemic. It has already reported more than 200,000 deaths. Brazil has reported that coronavirus cases in the country rose by 16,641 to 2,750,318 while deaths rose by 561 to 94,665.…
Latin America broke through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world hardest hit by the pandemic. It has already reported more than 200,000 deaths.
Brazil has reported that coronavirus cases in the country rose by 16,641 to 2,750,318 while deaths rose by 561 to 94,665.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.
More than 18.17 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus as of Monday. More than 10.8 million have recovered, and more than 691,000 have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, August 4
02:45 GMT – Australia’s Victoria imposes $3,500 fine for breach of isolation orders
Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday anyone who has contracted COVID-19 and caught outside their home in breach of isolation orders will face fines of nearly A$5,000 ($3,559.00), according to Reuters news agency.
Victoria state earlier this week imposed a nightly curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movement and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of coronavirus.
But state Premier Daniel Andrews said nearly a third of those who had contracted COVID-19 were not home when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties to stop community transmission.
02:05 GMT – Filipino doctors to Duterte: We never called for revolt
The Philippine capital, Manila, and four nearby provinces have been placed under a new lockdown starting on Tuesday until August 18 [Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]
A organisation representing thousands of doctors in the Philippines has issued a new statement saying they have not called for a revolution against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The doctors also said that there was no threat from their group to leave patients “since our oath instructs us to first do no harm to anyone who needs our help.”
This after a furious Duterte, dared medical workers early on Monday to “revolt” against him, after they demanded a new lockdown order to help the spread of the coronavirus.
As of the end of Monday, there were over 106,000 cases reported in the Philippines and more than 2,000 deaths. The Philippine capital, Manila, and four nearby provinces have been placed under a new lockdown starting on Tuesday until August 18.
01:50 GMT – Italy reports 159 new coronavirus cases
The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy has fallen below 200 for the first time in a week, with 159 new cases registered, according to AP news agency quoting the health ministry.
That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,229 and deaths to 35,166 as of the end of Monday.
Lazio, the central region that includes Rome, now has the highest number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Italy’s 20 regions. Health officials said nine of the region’s new cases were brought by travelers from abroad.
Two clusters of infections have also been traced to popular seaside areas near Rome. Monday figures tend to be lower since they often don’t include tallies from the weekend.
01:26 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports 439 new coronavirus cases
Australia’s state of Victoria reported at least 439 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
Victoria has declared a state of disaster and imposed strict lockdown following the surge in cases of the disease, also known as COVID-19.
Australia has reported over 18,300 cases and 221 deaths.
01:00 GMT – Mexico reports 4,767 new coronavirus cases, 266 more deaths
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 4,767 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 266 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 443,813 cases and 48,012 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
With more than 48,000 confirmed deaths, Mexico is already the third country in the world with the most deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic [Jorge Núñez/EPA]
00:31 GMT – Hong Kong to build temporary hospitals for COVID-19: report
The South China Morning Post has reported that Hong Kong is planning to build at least two temporary hospitals as part of its response to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
The report said that the temporary hospitals could accommodate as many as 2,400 beds.
The latest development comes as cases continue to rise over the last few days. The city has reported at least 3,589 cases, with 38 related deaths. However, the latest number of cases reported was much lower that previous days, when reported new infections hit over 100 daily.
00:05 GMT – Chief of staff to Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Monday, becoming the seventh Brazilian minister to have contracted the disease.
Braga Netto is doing well and has no symptoms, according to Reuters News Agency quoting a statement from the government.
Netto will remain in isolation until a new examination and medical evaluation is carried out, and will continue to work remotely.
Last week, Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19. Bolsonaro also contracted the disease, but his latest test showed he was no longer infected.
00:01 GMT – Latin America hits five million COVID-19 cases
Latin America has broken through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The more than 10,000 new cases Colombia’s health ministry reported on Monday pushed the region past the 5 million mark, a day after the Andean nation reported a record 11,470 cases.
Mexico has also racked up record numbers of new confirmed infections in recent days, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time on Saturday, a day after Mexico overtook the UK as the country with the third-highest number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The region, which has now topped 200,000 deaths, is struggling to stall the spread of the virus, with infections picking up pace in many countries even as governments look to ease lockdowns and revive economic growth.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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America First Action PAC ad attacks Biden defund police policies
A super PAC supporting President Trump’s policies is airing a new TV ad on Friday attacking Democrat Joseph R. Biden over defunding police, showing a fearful mother and child hiding under a bed from marauders while their frantic 9-1-1 call is placed on hold. The ad, titled “On Hold,” will air in the battleground states…
A super PAC supporting President Trump’s policies is airing a new TV ad on Friday attacking Democrat Joseph R. Biden over defunding police, showing a fearful mother and child hiding under a bed from marauders while their frantic 9-1-1 call is placed on hold.
The ad, titled “On Hold,” will air in the battleground states of Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s part of America First Action PAC’s $23 million summer ad spending, The Washington Times has learned.
The ad depicts a young mother and her child retreating under a bed while a violent mob on the street outside their home menaces them. When the woman dials 9-1-1, an operator says, “You have reached 9-11 emergency services. Due to budget cuts and increased criminal activity, our agents are busy assisting other callers. The hold time is 17 minutes. Have a nice day.”
A similar national TV ad from the Trump campaign this week shows an older woman, alone at night, unable to get through to police on 9-1-1 as a masked intruder breaks into her home.
“Your family won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” said Brian O. Walsh, president of America First Action PAC. “He supports defunding the police and has defended the riots in Portland as ‘peaceful.’ While Biden is too weak to stand up to the leftist mob, President Trump will never bow down and will always ensure all Americans are safe.”
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows that just two in 10 Americans support defunding police.
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