Minnesota’s governor has warned of ‘an extremely dangerous situation’ as protests of George Floyd’s murder continued.
Late on Wednesday night, hundreds of protestors were still on the streets of Minneapolis, demonstrating against the death of the 46-year-old black man.
Floyd died after a confrontation with the police, where an officer pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
According to Governor Tim Walz, the demonstrations were initially peaceful but later turned dangerous.
In a Twitter post, Walz said, ‘The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene.’
Have you seen the footage of the incident? If yes, what is your take on this?
Cyprus to Cover Costs for Vacationers Who Test Positive for COVID-19
Global economies have taken a massive beating due to the coronavirus, and countries are going to great lengths to remedy that.
In what might seem like a desperate attempt to bring back tourists, Cyprus takes the trophy hands down.
The Mediterranean Island country has offered to cover costs for any vacationer who tests positive for COVID-19 while in the country.
In a Tuesday letter to tour operators and airlines, the government promised to take care of food, accommodation and medication for tourists should they get infected the virus.
Cyprus has reported only 939 cases and 17 fatalities from coronavirus to date.
With Summer coming up, are we going to see more similar measures taken by countries that rely on tourism to woo tourists?
Spike in COVID-19 Cases Force South Korea to Tightens Restrictions
South Korea has gone back to lockdown measures in the metropolitan region of Seoul after the biggest surge in COVID-19 infections in nearly two months.
The area hosts half of South Korea’s population of 52 million people.
According to Park Neung-hoo, the Health Minister, on Friday, art galleries, parks and museums will be closed for the next fourteen days.
The minister said that, ‘We have decided to strengthen all quarantine measures in the metropolitan area for two weeks from tomorrow to June 14.’
Companies have also been advised to embrace flexible working hours that have been introduced before restrictions were relaxed.
Other recommendations include staying away from social gatherings and crowded venues such as bars and restaurants.
South Korea previously lifted restrictions on 6 May after it seemed the worst was behind them.
Do you think other countries that have loosened their lockdowns will experience the same spike of new cases?
Pompeo Says Hong Kong Situation Is Jeopardizing Billions of Dollars in Trade
Hong Kong could lose its special trading status with the United States and wreak havoc to its reputation as a financial hub of international standing.
This is according to U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who certified to Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China.
In a statement, Pompeo expressed that, ‘The State Department is required by the Hong Kong Policy Act to assess the autonomy of the territory from China. After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997.’
As a result of Pompeo’s certification, Congress and President Trump will soon have to decide a course of action.
But according to experts, ending the decades-long trading relationship would be devastating to an already fragile world economy and Hong Kong will be hurt far more than China.
Under law, America must give an annual verification to Congress that Hong Kong remains autonomous from China.
With the recent developments, do you think that Hong Kong will lose its ‘special status’?
U.S COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000
It seems like a lifetime ago that the U.S government reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19, but it has only been four months.
Today, America has the unfortunate tag of the nation with the highest number of both cases and deaths worldwide.
With over 100,000 mortalities, the toll from the coronavirus surpasses the number of American military combat lives taken in all the recent wars combined.
If no cure or vaccine is found, the pandemic might as well become the deadliest public health disaster since the 1918 flu, which killed around 675,000 Americans.
Do you think the government is doing enough to contain the virus?