Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose wife is infected with the virus, has said this is the country’s most difficult moment since its 1936-39 civil war.”Only the oldest, who knew the hardships of the civil war and its aftermath, can remember collective situations that were harsher than the current one. The other generations in Spain have never, ever had to face as a collective something so hard,” he said when he imposed the state of emergency on March 14.Spain’s demographics partly explain why it has been one of the worst-affected nations. The country has one of the longest life expectancies in Europe and the pandemic has taken a high toll on its large elderly population, who are especially vulnerable to the disease. The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 people died within 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday.It was a 19 percent increase on figures released Wednesday by the authorities in Spain, which has the world’s second highest death toll from the disease after Italy.The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 56,188, the ministry said. Topics : Despite a national lockdown imposed on March 14, which parliament on Thursday agreed to extend until April 11, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad. But the rise in the number of new deaths was smaller than that recorded on Wednesday when the figure rose by 738 or 27 percent.Health authorities are hoping it will soon become clear whether the lockdown is having the desired effect.The Madrid region has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 17,166 infections — just under a third of the total — and 2,090 deaths, or 51 percent of the national figure.
Keir Starmer was elected as the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Saturday, pledging to bring an end to years of bitter infighting and to work with the government to contain the raging coronavirus pandemic.Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who was known for a forensic attention to detail when opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, won with 56 percent of the vote.The comprehensive defeat of an ally of the outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn, and the election of Angela Rayner as Starmer’s deputy, heralds the end of the party leadership’s embrace of a radical socialism that was crushed in the December election. Starmer, who takes over immediately, said he would work constructively with government when it was the right thing to do, while testing Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s arguments and challenging the failures.”Our purpose when we do that is the same as the government’s, to save lives,” he said in a statement that was pre-recorded due to the pandemic.Starmer added that once the country emerges on the other side, once the hospital wards have emptied and the threat subsided, it would need to build a fairer society, where key workers on the front line receive decent salaries and better chances in life.”In their courage and their sacrifice and their bravery, we can see a better future. This crisis has brought out the resilience and human spirit in all of us,” he said. Johnson said on Twitter he had congratulated Starmer and the two agreed on the importance of working together.I have just spoken to @Keir_Starmer & congratulated him on becoming Labour leader. We agreed on the importance of all party leaders continuing to work constructively together through this national emergency. I have invited him and other opposition leaders to a briefing next week.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 4, 2020The party of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown endured its worst election performance since 1935 in December, when infighting over strategy, a confused policy over Brexit and allegations of unchecked anti-Semitism turned traditional voters away.Starmer pushed for a second Brexit referendum but said the election result had “blown away” that argument.Corbyn ally Rebecca Long-Bailey came second in the party’s vote with 28 percent and Lisa Nandy was third with 16 percent.Many centrist Labour politicians celebrated the result as a sign that the government would finally face proper scrutiny.”A fresh Labour leader will challenge the Tories where necessary and give the party the chance to renew itself in time for the next election,” Alf Dubs, an opposition Labour lord who fled to Britain as a child to escape the Nazis, told Reuters.Starmer acknowledged the scale of the task ahead.Well ahead in opinion polls, Johnson’s Conservatives have also occupied much of traditional Labour territory, with the coronavirus crisis prompting the ruling party to deliver unprecedented state support to workers and businesses.”This is my pledge to the British people. I will do my utmost to guide us through these difficult times, to serve all of our communities and to strive for the good of our country,” Starmer said.”I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and with hope.”Topics :
It happened when officials stopped the workers, who had rented vehicles, from crossing into neighboring Madhaya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh states, because they did not have sufficient paperwork for entry, officials told AFP.Gujarat is one of India’s main industrial hubs, and authorities there were bracing for a logistical “nightmare” after about two million migrant labourers and their families signed up for permission to return home, an official in the state said.They are clamoring to get back to their villages despite the fact that some might have the opportunity to work again. The government is pushing for factories to reopen and has eased some restrictions in the lockdown which will extend for two more weeks from Monday.”Making arrangements for even half of the registered people would be a nightmare for the district administrations,” the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP. More than 2,000 rural migrant workers blocked from returning home pelted Indian police with stones, officials in Gujarat said, as millions more stranded in the state readied to return to villages.Poor migrant workers across the country lost their jobs during the world’s biggest pandemic lockdown, which began in late March to guard against the spread of new coronavirus.Saturday’s clash in western India’s Gujarat is the latest in a spate of such protests across India. In Indore, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, 14 migrant workers and four others were found by police on Saturday crammed into a cement mixer, local media reported. The migrants had been trying to return home from western Maharashtra state to northern Uttar Pradesh state — a 1,200-kilometre (745-mile) journey.In a vast exodus, many migrant already managed to return to their villages, mostly on foot, but local media reported that some died on their long journeys. Others have been stranded at crowded shelters in cities.The government late last week allowed special cross-border trains and buses to operate to bring those who wanted to return to their villages in other states.Inter-state public transport is still barred. Topics :
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has asked traditional markets across the country to remain open to prevent sellers from incurring losses caused by the government’s social restriction measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.Sellers at traditional markets in 285 cities and regencies recently reported that their revenues had fallen 39 percent while retailers have seen a 90 percent drop in revenue, said the minister. As a result, some sellers have closed their shops, resulting in a 29 percent decline in the number of sellers at traditional markets.Last year, more than 2.8 million sellers traded at over 15,600 markets across the country, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). “We have to solve this as soon as possible so that small sellers, enterprises, farmers, fishermen and breeders who sell their products to the markets do not suffer further losses,” Agus, a National Awakening Party (PKB) politician, said in a statement released on Saturday.Read also: Shop from Home program revives traditional markets affected by COVID-19Customers have stopped going to markets to shop for groceries in compliance with the government’s social restrictions to contain the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected more than 11,000 people nationwide.Agus said markets could stay open while complying with health protocols and by offering online grocery shopping services like those in Jakarta. Markets could also split sellers into two groups so that they could take turns operating. Topics : City-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya, which manages more than 105,200 stalls at 153 markets across Jakarta, is facilitating online shopping by providing a list of sellers’ phone numbers on its website and social media accounts, allowing customers to directly contact sellers and have them deliver groceries via app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi).House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing trade and small and medium enterprises (SME) agreed with the minister. Faisol Riza, the commission chairman from the PKB, said regional administrations could move some sellers to temporary markets in cleaner and more open spaces, such as parking lots, so that trading could continue to take place.Read also: Salatiga opens traditional market with physical distancing requirements in place“Commission VI wants traditional markets to continue operating but does not want them to become places where the coronavirus spreads,” Aria Bima, the commission’s vice chairman from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), was quoted as saying in the same statement.Therefore, the head of Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force, Doni Monardo, said his office would issue an edict to allow traditional markets to operate so long as vendors complied with health protocols, such as wearing masks and gloves and washing their hands regularly.
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that Indonesia had thrown its support behind the resolution based on the points that were highlighted, as well as others such as assistance for low and middle income countries and the participation of women.”Indonesia has been very consistent in reminding all members of the importance of cooperation among countries, to set aside differences and not to politicize the meeting and its issues,” Retno said during a virtual briefing in Jakarta on Wednesday.The resolution was first introduced by the European Union and had been negotiated since early April. It was coopted by critics of China later on, particularly by the United States and Australia, that sought to campaign for an independent inquiry that would hold Beijing accountable for the spread of the virus.The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has spread around the world, infecting nearly 5 million people and killing more than 323,000, is believed to have emerged at a local market selling wild animal meat in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. As Australian officials hailed the unanimous support for the adoption of a resolution at Tuesday’s World Health Assembly (WHA), Indonesia insisted that its backing had nothing to do with the neighbor’s contentious agenda, steering clear of the “politicization” of the global health crisis.At least 135 countries backed the COVID-19 resolution on Tuesday, which, among other things, highlights the importance of strengthening global cooperation and universal, timely and equitable access to affordable health technologies.Read also: US savages WHO as it promises pandemic review, but China pledges $2 billion The move has prompted strong opposition from China and had led nations to distance themselves from the resolution, including Indonesia, according to people familiar with the situation.Read also: Australia and China spat over coronavirus inquiry deepensIn late April, Minister Retno said she had spoken with her Australian counterpart Marise Payne about the matter, but said that Indonesia was more concerned about mitigating the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Acting ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah also insisted it was wrong to mistake Indonesia’s support for the resolution as an indication that it was party to a “coalition” led by Australia that was calling for an independent investigation into the pandemic, as reported by Australian media.“Indonesia was actually a cosponsor of the resolution […] from the beginning. If we look at the resolution as a whole, there is no specific call for an independent investigation or inquiry, but a global effort to foster cooperation to respond to COVID-19,” he told the media in a separate briefing on Wednesday.Faizasyah said Indonesia did not want to politicize a resolution made with good intentions for international cooperation.He also pointed out that because China had also cosponsored the resolution, there were no longer any “contentious matters that could cause debate and politicization”.Leading up to the annual meeting of the WHA on Monday and Tuesday, member countries were knee-deep in negotiations to come up with a draft resolution acceptable to all.Along with dozens of other countries, Indonesia agreed over the weekend to endorse a version of the draft that proposed that an independent “evaluation” be carried out “at the earliest appropriate moment”, and “in consultation with member states” and “using existing mechanisms”.The text does not mention China by name.“This obviously is good enough for China,” said Anggia Valerisha, who teaches international relations at Parahyangan Catholic University.In a speech at the assembly on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country supported a comprehensive evaluation of the global response to the pandemic, Reuters reports.The seven-page document was finally adopted by consensus on Tuesday.Hasan Kleib, Indonesia’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, said Indonesia appreciated the fact that some of its own views, such as ensuring equitable and affordable access to medical supplies, were accommodated in the resolution.Meanwhile, Australia’s Payne said the resolution was “an important part of the conversation we started,” and expressed her gratitude to all the drafters involved in the past few weeks.Read also: Australia welcomes growing support for COVID-19 inquiry at WHO meetingBut Reuters also reported that the Chinese Embassy in Canberra called out Australia’s vindication at the WHA as “a joke”, with a spokesman saying that the global resolution was different from what Australia had proposed. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization.Anggia argued that Indonesia showed the most reluctance in echoing Australia’s earlier call because it put the blame on China, which in turn sent a strong message to Canberra.“I think Indonesia’s response at the time was reasonable because it was facing extraordinary COVID-19 problems and had no energy to get dragged into a ‘drama’ with China,” she said.“Indonesia is not equipped to be treated harshly by China, especially in the economic field, at a time when the domestic economy is sluggish.”Read also: World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme povertyThe pandemic has proven detrimental to the global economy, with countries teetering at the edge of recession. Some have been emboldened enough to look for a scapegoat, experts say.“On whether Indonesia will openly criticize China, I don’t think [it will],” Anggia said.“Surely Indonesia will try to be very constructive when dealing with China, bearing in mind the two countries have strong economic ties and interests.”Topics :
The exact height of the massive mountain, which straddles the China-Nepal border, remains a point of debate.The most recent official Chinese survey in 2005 measured the peak at 8,844.43 meters, not including the snow and icepack on the summit, while Nepal’s official figure includes the Everest’s frosty crown and is four meters higher.There also has been speculation over whether recent seismic events, particularly a powerful 2015 earthquake in Nepal, had affected the mountain’s height.State-run Xinhua news agency have touted the expedition as a chance to achieve a highly accurate measurement, saying survey equipment will ping signals off a Chinese satellite and that other “advanced domestic surveying and mapping instruments” will be employed. It was not clear when the survey results would be released, but China and Nepal agreed last year to reveal the findings in a joint announcement.The expedition set out on April 30, but was delayed twice due to bad weather.Climbers only have a short window of opportunity to make the risky ascent during the main spring climbing season before the approaching summer monsoon brings dangerous climatic conditions.The 2019 climbing season saw record overcrowding on Mount Everest, which led to 11 deaths as climbers waited hours in lines to reach the summit with dwindling oxygen supplies. A group of Chinese surveyors on Wednesday became the first team this year to summit Mount Everest, where they will try to pinpoint the height of the world’s tallest peak using satellite technology.The state-backed expedition is the first this year to reach the top of the mountain after China and Nepal in March suspended the busy spring climbing season due to coronavirus fears. It remains suspended.Under clear blue skies, the team set up surveying equipment at the peak and expedition leaders later popped bottles of champagne at their assault camp below the summit, according to a video livestream provided by Chinese state media. Topics :
Topics : Three players who continue to test positive for COVID-19 teed off together in Thursday’s opening round of the US PGA Workday Charity Open under “clarified” rules for symptomatic participation.South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli and Americans Denny McCarthy and Nick Watney began with pars at the 10th hole at Muirfield Village in their morning start after having limited access to facilities at the Ohio, layout.The PGA Tour protocol guidelines involve players and caddies who meet the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Return to Work” guidelines after consultation with infectious disease experts and PGA medical advisor Dr. Tom Hospel. A 10-day isolation was required for those testing positive but under July 1 revisions, an infected player or caddie can return if there are no symptoms displayed once two negative tests are taken at least 24 hours apart.The CDC and experts say tests used by the tour show the possibility of detecting virus even after infectious aspect of it is gone and a person is no longer contagious.The PGA decided players and caddies who meet that criteria will be grouped together or play alone and have no access to indoor facilities “out of an abundance of caution.””They have complied with the guidance from the CDC, they have met the medical requirements for isolation, and with respect to the opinions of our medical advisors, including infectious disease experts and the CDC, they’re clear to play,” PGA Tour vice president for administration Andy Levinson said. Those allow condition returns to competition for players and caddies who continue to test positive for coronavirus if at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and 72 hours have passed since fever has disappeared and issues such as cough and shortness of breath have improved.”In the beginning stages of the illness, that virus is assumed to be active virus that can cause infection, can be contagious,” Hospel said.”As time passes and as symptoms resolve (the) theory is that this virus, this particle that has being detected… is no longer active or contagious.”What we’ve learned along the way is that in some instances, individuals can continue to test positive for weeks if not months beyond when their illness started, and the thought is that those individuals are no longer contagious.”
Topics : Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill giving the government greater control of social media, a move criticized by human rights advocates as an attempt to increase online censorship.Under the new law, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have to ensure that they have local representatives in Turkey and to comply with court orders over the removal of certain content or face heavy fines.The legislation targets social networks with more than a million unique visits every day and says servers with Turkish users’ data on them must be sited locally. If companies refuse to comply, they will face fines and restrictions making the platform unusable.The bill was submitted by the ruling AKP and its nationalist partner the MHP, which have a majority in parliament, and passed after a night-long marathon.Twitter, contacted by AFP, did not make an immediate comment. ‘Dark era’Human rights groups and the opposition are worried over what they call the erosion of freedom of expression in Turkey, with thousands of people subject to criminal proceedings for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.They argue that increased control will also limit access to independent or critical information in a country where the news media is in the hands of government-friendly businessmen or controlled by the state.”Why now?” asked Yaman Akdeniz, professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University and a cyber rights expert.”While print and broadcast media platforms are already under government control, social media networks are relatively free. Social media has become one of the few spaces for free and effective expression in Turkey,” he told AFP.Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the law would enable the government to get content removed at will and to arbitrarily target individual users.”Social media is a lifeline for many people who use it to access news, so this law signals a new dark era of online censorship,” said Tom Porteous, deputy program director at HRW in a statement before the legislation passed.The measure has aroused deep concerns for many in Turkey who mobilized online in recent weeks using the hashtag “don’t touch my social media”.The opposition CHP party said it would apply to the top Constitutional Court for its annulment. ‘No obstacle’Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman, brushed off fears the law would hamper free speech. “There is no obstacle to social media users freely expressing their opinion,” he told CNN-Turk television on Tuesday.”Here is the rule: whatever is a crime in the real world is also a crime in cyber world… there must be a limit to criticism.”Erdogan vowed to tighten government control over social media earlier this month after he said “dark-hearted” users insulted Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his wife Esra, the president’s daughter, following the birth of their fourth child.Last month, the Turkish leader met with a spate of negative comments during a video-conference with young people. The Turkish presidency then turned off comments but there were 388,000 clicks on the “thumbs down” button, compared with 114,000 on the “thumbs up” button.Erdogan is not a fan of social media despite a large following on different platforms, including Twitter.He once compared social media platforms to a “murderer’s knife” and previously promised to “eradicate” Twitter.”I want everyone to share whatever they like on social media,” said 20-year-old student Kaan, an Istanbul resident. “Everyone should be able to think and express themselves freely.”The government previously blocked Twitter and YouTube in 2014 after audio recordings were posted implicating the president, then prime minister, and his inner circle in an alleged corruption scandal.Erdogan’s aversion to social media dates back to anti-government protests in 2013, which were often mobilized by Twitter and Facebook posts.A Turkish court in January lifted a ban on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia after almost three years.According to Twitter’s latest “transparency report” for the first half of 2019, Turkey ranked number one for seeking content removal with more than 6,000 requests.
Advertisement Advertisement The Frenchman will not necessarily come straight back into the team (Picture: Getty)Although Alexandre Lacazette is back from suspension for Arsenal’s crunch Europa League clash against Rennes, manager Unai Emery has suggested the striker is not guaranteed to start.The Frenchman was sent off in the first leg of the Gunners’ last 32 match against BATE Borisov, and subsequently missed the 3-1 defeat in France last week.But his initial three-match ban was reduced to just two games by UEFA, meaning he is available once again, though despite needing two goals Emery is not going to commit to all-out attack just yet. Comment Lacazette missed the trip to Rennes where the Gunners lost 3-1 (Picture: Getty)‘We are playing with different systems, with different players,’ said Emery when asked if Lacazette would come straight in and partner Aubameyang.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We can play with two strikers, we can play with one. Tomorrow I am thinking not only of the first XI, because I think we are going to need different situations, maybe different systems and maybe different players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘All players are very important. We can play with Lacazette and Auba, or we could play with one.‘I think we are going to need different possibilities if the match is going one way or another.’ Unai Emery toying with two up top as Alexandre Lacazette returns from ban for Rennes clash Emery put the Arsenal players through their paces on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)On Arsenal’s approach to the game, Emery added: ‘Our thoughts are now for tomorrow positive. We are thinking to play tomorrow 90 minutes with our gameplan and our best tactical decisions on the pitch and being organised with our quality.‘We are thinking to play and we are thinking to play and we are thinking to play. And our thought is play.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 3:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link449Shares