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California Governor Sued By Republicans Over Mail Ballots Plan

It seems like the battle between Republicans and Democrats is increasingly warming up before the November election.

The latest salvo was fired at Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom in a lawsuit filed on Sunday. The Republican National Committee, the California Republican Party, and National Republican Congressional Committee are behind it all.

They are suing Newsom concerning his executive order to election officials to send mail-in ballots to all state voters in November.

According to the Republicans, the plan by Newsom could lead to ballots being sent to dead voters thus encouraging electoral fraud. We’ve already seen something like this happen with the stimulus checks.

In a reply, Newsom’s spokesperson termed the lawsuit as ‘just another part of Trump’s political smear campaign against voting by mail.’

Newsom insists his plan is due to COVID-19 and mail-in ballots will reduce congestion at polling stations. Do you think he is sincere or it is just politics at play as usual?

The White House Has Initiated New Travel Restrictions On Brazil

By Sunday evening, Brazil had recorded more than 347,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the second-highest number globally.

On the same day, President Donald Trump issued a directive suspending entry to the United States for any foreigner who has been in Brazil in the two weeks before their arrival to the U.S.

Part of the proclamation read ‘I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.’

According to Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, ‘the action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country.’

The proclamation aims at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Do you think it was a wise and timely move to ensure a further spread of the virus?

South Korea’s Night Clubs And Bars To Introduce QR-Codes To Help in Contact Tracing

Earlier in May, a COVID-19 cluster emerged in nightlife venues in the Itaewon district in Seoul, South Korea.

Consequently, the country’s health officials designated all nightclubs, karaoke spots and bars as ‘high-risk venues’.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said that South Korea is ‘introducing a QR-code based electronic customer log in order to procure an accurate database of visitors and promptly operate the infection control network.’

According to Neung-hoo, the digital log will be regulated under a protocol to safeguard the integrity of the collected data.

In the Itaewon clubs outbreak, many people gave false information in the visitor’s log, making it difficult to trace them. With this new system, do you think it may work out better?

Angry Crowd In Brazil Call President ‘Trash’ And ‘Killer’

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro is a man under siege.

With his country at number two globally in terms of COVID-19 cases and having almost 23,000 deaths, things are getting thicker by the day.

On Saturday, Bolsonaro was insulted by his citizens in the capital Brasilia after he went out for a drink and a hot dog.

As the president ate and drank, a crowd in the background was shouting ‘trash’ and ‘killer’ while his security looked on helplessly.

As the taunts grew bolder, Bolsonaro simply turned and wagged his finger at the rioting mob.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the COVID-19 threat, terming it a “fantasy” or “little flu.” But now, with 15,813 new cases reported on Sunday, it doesn’t take much to see why Brazilians are angry at their president.

Rapid Coronavirus Saliva Test Coming Up In Europe By Mid-June

In early May, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a coronavirus saliva test for use at home.

However, people would still need to mail the sample to the labs and wait for the results.

In a new development today, it was announced that production on a rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test that gives results in less than an hour had commenced.

 According to the French consortium comprising of digital firm VOGO, CNRS SYS2DIAG lab, and biotech company SKILLCELL, the test will be in European markets by mid-June.

The test, known as ‘EasyCov’ will be undertaken by health professionals via the collection of less than a milliliter of saliva from under the tongue.

With this test, it will be easier to know the number of infected people compared to the past.

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