Health Alert: China Manufactured Express Coronavirus Tests Are Faulty

Coronavirus is a global pandemic. Every news outlet is reporting that a majority of nations are effected around the world. The pandemic has negatively impacted global economies and caused many countries to close their borders and issue “shelter in place” orders. The virus rapidly spreading across the US and Italy has a horrid death toll from this. The world is reeling from the pandemic.

Coronavirus: India Under Lockdown, Spain Calls in NATO

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which will begin Wednesday. The lockdown, which began at midnight local time, will run for 20 days. In a televised address, Mr. Modi said “there will be a complete ban on travel outside the home.” Soon after the announcement, the country started buying necessities.

Coronavirus: 123 New Deaths in Iran, Spanish Cases Near 25,000

Iranian authorities announced 123 new deaths caused by COVID-19 on Saturday. The official death toll from the coronavirus rose to 1,556 in the Islamic Republic, one of the worst affected countries, along with Italy and China. According to Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour, over 966 new cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, with the total confirmed infections reaching 20,610.

Spain Using Coronavirus to Scrap Private Healthcare

The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted Spain to nationalize health care. Currently Spain has 11,826 infected and thus far 533 deaths. It means that private clinics will hand over their equipment and the reins of power. The Spanish government just approved the inclusion of state supervision in all health sectors, meaning that private health care workers will have to hand over all power to the government to manage all health services.

Over 1,000 Guests Quarantined at Hotel in Tenerife

More than 1,000 guests have been quarantined at a hotel in Tenerife after an Italian doctor and his wife were found to be infected with coronavirus. The doctor had flown in from Lombardy, a region that has experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases in the past week. He has been quarantined at a local hospital and will undergo additional tests to make sure that the initial results were accurate. His wife is also in isolation and being treated at the facility.

Coronavirus: Death Toll Exceeds SARS, New Cases in Britain and Spain

British authorities announced Sunday the registration of a fourth case of the emerging coronavirus. British news sources said that a fourth citizen was confirmed to be infected with the virus in Britain after he was infected by another British citizen in France. Health authorities are now trying to track down people who have contacted the four patients to confirm whether they have contracted the virus or not.

Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador, Two Spanish Diplomats, Over Morales “Extraction”

Bolivia’s interim government announced on Monday that it had expelled the Mexican ambassador to the country and two other Spanish diplomats for trying to “facilitate” the departure of former top officials of the government of former President Evo Morales, who is currently a refugee in Argentina. The foreign diplomats in question have been given 72 hours to leave the country.

Spain’s Do-Over Election Roll Comes Up Snake Eyes

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), of Spain’s current Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, won the highest number of votes in the country’s general elections held on Sunday, although with no clear possibility of forming a government. With 100% of the ballot boxes counted, the PSOE won 120 seats in Parliament, three fewer than in the first elections of the year, held on April 28.

Barcelona Airport in Chaos After Pro-Catalan Protests

Protests broke out in various parts of Catalonia Monday after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years for sedition and embezzlement. Thousands gathered at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport in Barcelona.

The acting Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, called a meeting with the main parties while ensuring that his office will “fully comply” with the sentences. The political reaction confirms that the sentences will become one of the main issues in the November 10 elections.

Catalan Separatists Sentenced for Sedition, Embezzlement

Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders involved in Catalonia’s attempted independence in October 2017, to terms ranging from nine to 13 years in prison. All defendants were acquitted of the most serious charge of rebellion. The group was convicted of crimes ranging from sedition to embezzlement of public funds, in an expected decision. Three defendants were found guilty of disobedience crimes and were not sentenced to prison.

Over 500 Migrants Stranded in the Mediterranean Sea – No Port Willing to Let Them Dock

The Norwegian ship Ocean Viking saved another 105 migrants from Libya on Monday. There are a total of 356 people on board. At the same time, 150 migrants remain “trapped” on the Spanish Open Arms ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered all  Italian ports closed for refugees and illegal migrants. Meanwhile, some migrants have reportedly been waiting on ships for over ten days.

Spanish Socialists Win Most Seats, Growing Nationalist Party Makes Historic Gains

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) won the most seats in Sunday’s national election and must now assemble a governing coalition.

This week’s results were a first test for Sanchez who assumed leadership during a coalition restructuring last year. He now expects his increased legitimacy to help him pass social and political reforms.

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