Protests against the death of George Floyd have received international support, with many countries joining in as demonstrations continue across US cities. In London and Berlin, thousands protested outside the US embassies. The demonstrations began with the protestors taking a knee for nine minutes.
A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a promise today that his government will unveil a new test, track and trace system as part of a new strategy of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The system for tracking people infected with the new coronavirus will go in to effect on June 1, Johnson said.
The UK and the European Union are still far apart, in as far as striking an agreement of trade arrangements is concerned. This became evident after the UK’s Brexit chief negotiator, David Frost, reported “very little” progress had been made, as per the outcome of the parties’ latest round of talks.
The British government confirmed today that it approved the first serological test for COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, developed by the Swiss pharmaceutical company, Roche. Furthermore, they used to determine whether a person has already been infected with the coronavirus, and whether they have developed antibodies against it.
Sweden has recorded the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the last three weeks. The number of coronavirus deaths is currently approaching 3,500 in the country, after the number of deaths due to the disease shot up significantly on Wednesday. Sweden recorded 147 new deaths due to coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Kyrgyzstan reported 71 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 1,016, according to Worldometers.Of these, the Ministry of Health counted six cases in Bishkek, two each in Naryn, Issyk-Kul and Osh oblasts, and one each in Chui and Batken. Kyrgyzstan has reported twelve deaths from COVID-19, while 688 have recovered.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded four million. The easing of quarantine restrictions in some countries has contributed to the spread of the virus. Authorities in South Korea have closed restaurants again as the number of people infected with the virus continues to rise.
Over the past few weeks, the UK Government has faced unfaltering criticism for its Coronavirus response. Several COVID-19 cases have been reported in the UK so far and it is projected that this figure will increase massively in the coming days if the government fails to introduce a new stringent policy.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that, while battling the coronavirus infection, doctors were prepared to announce his death when he ended up in the intensive care unit. Johnson, who remains very thankful to the health care providers that attended to him at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital, said that he was furnished with “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.
The UK government, which had promised to carry out 100,000 daily tests for the new coronavirus by April 30, said it had provided more than 122,000 tests on Friday. Health Minister Matt Hancock made the announcement at a regular meeting on May 1. The Health Secretary said that the testing capacity built would “help every single person in this country.”
Market analysts at Berenberg have upgraded WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC to a “buy” recommendation from “hold.” This is while noting an exceptional year for food retailers. The coronavirus crisis is set to increase food consumption and retail products. The report noted that its collaboration with Ocado and Amazon will allow it to expand its online offerings.
The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting everyone’s life in one way or the other. Whether it’s personally, psychologically, or professionally, the current crisis is definitely one of the most challenging times for each one of us. With all the restrictions and travel bans in place, tax is definitely not everyone’s top preference these days. However, some foreign nationals attentively plan the total number of days they spend in the country in each tax year to avoid getting the title of the UK tax resident.
Scientists in the UK are working on a promising Covid-19 treatment that apparently “stops the virus in its tracks.” Researchers working on the project are optimistic that the drug, which is already approved for use, can be used as both preventive medicine and treatment for coronavirus sufferers.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has returned to work today. Johnson had been treated for more than two weeks after contracting COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was acting as prime minister, said Johnson’s return would be an impetus for Britain.
Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced that he would relax the regulations imposed in the country seven weeks ago against the new coronavirus. The country reported 260 deaths on Sunday, the lowest number of deaths per day since mid-March. Mr. Conte said he would loosen regulations from May 4 and allow a small number of people wearing masks to visit relatives.
Currently, there is is a space race. Earlier this month NASA announced space exploration agenda. NASA plans to build a mobile habitable platform. The platform will accommodate voyages lasting up to 45 days.
It is expected the lunar base should become a springboard for the preparation of the landing on Mars. It will not only become a springboard for the study of the celestial body itself, but also for the development of technologies that ensure maximum autonomy of the base. Thus, specialists will have to create and perfect methods for obtaining water, oxygen and fuel from local resources. In addition, astronauts will have the opportunity to test advanced robotics.
The British Ministry of Health announced on the 25th that the number of deaths confirmed in hospitals in the country due to the new coronavirus exceeded 20,000. On that day, 813 people were confirmed dead in the hospital. At a regular government meeting, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the passing point of 20,000 was “a deeply tragic and moving moment.”
Dr. Gao Fu, the director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, has proclaimed that a successful coronavirus vaccine could be developed by September. The health chief said that a breakthrough would help mitigate the disease, and stop a new wave of infections.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Tuesday that clinical trials of a new coronavirus vaccine, developed by Oxford University in the UK, will start on Thursday. The government says it is “committing” to promoting vaccine development. At a regular meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Hancock explained that “the best way to destroy a new virus” is a vaccine.
The UK will donate €2.26 million to respond to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus in Africa, through a donation to the African Union Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC). The amount, allocated to Africa CDC by the Wellcome Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, aims to support the response of African countries to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK announced 888 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours on Saturday from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number to 15,464 deaths. The figure represents a slight increase compared to the 847 deaths announced on Friday by the Ministry of Health. At 09:00 hours on Saturday, 357,023 people had undergone contagion tests, and 114,217 had tested positive.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out of intensive care on Thursday evening, where he had been for days. He was transferred to another section of London’s St Thomas hospital and placed “under close supervision during the initial phase of his healing,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.
The British government is discussing, on Thursday, the need to extend the lockdown in the country after the first three weeks. The decision must be taken in the coming days without Prime Minister Boris Johnson, still in the hospital, although his health is “improving.” Nearly 8,000 Britons have died of COVID-19, with 881 added in the last 24 hours.
The United Kingdom recorded 5,491 new cases of coronavirus and 938 deaths in the last 24 hours. Both figures show that the pandemic is accelerating in the country. The focus of the coronavirus crisis in thee country is the health of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who remains in intensive care at London’s St. Thomas Hospital.
In reaction to the coronavirus quarantines, Canada and the US are implementing emergency funds to help with large numbers of unemployment. The quarantine continues in the most US states and in Canada. As of April 6th there are 1.3 million cases and over 74,000 deaths around the world. In the US nearly 400,000 are infected. The states that have the largest numbers of infected are New York. Louisiana and Michigan.
The British government ordered millions of coronavirus antibody tests from China, but none of them were good enough. That was the assessment of Professor John Newton, a senior scientist and the head of the National Health Service (NHS). The report poured a pitcher of cold water on a government strategy for mass testing of the population, which was designed so the UK could gradually abandon home confinement.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the world is approaching 1,300,000. The number of deaths is nearing 70,000, and about 265,000 people have recovered from the disease. In Italy and Spain, mortality is declining day by day, but it is still high. The situation in hospitals throughout the world is difficult.
British authorities reported on Sunday that coronavirus deaths rose by 621, and cases by 5,903. This brings the total number of cases in the country close to 50,000, and deaths to 4,934. At press time, the British government reported that it had carried out a total of 195,524 tests for coronavirus, of which 47,806 people tested positive.
The United Kingdom has so far recorded more than 1,000 deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic. This represents an increase of 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per an official report. The official number of the dead in the UK due to the coronavirus is now at 1,019, and the number of people confirmed to have been infected with the disease is 17,089.
Spain surpassed China’s death toll from coronavirus Wednesday, trailing only Italy. The death toll has increased by 498 over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Spain to 4,145. China reported a total of 3,287 deaths as of Thursday, with Italy recording a total so far of 8,215.
The United Kingdom, following a number of European countries, will restrict freedom of movement for three weeks in order to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The inhabitants of the UK will be able to leave their homes only for the purchase of essential goods, doctor visits, and individual exercise.
According to the Italian authorities, Italy has so far registered 3,405 deaths from the new coronavirus. The number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in Italy surpassed China on Thursday, where the outbreak began. In China— considering the whole country— the total number of victims is 3,245.
British Foreign Secretary Matt Hancock said that as the epidemic is getting worse, the elderly and vulnerable groups need to be “protected through self-isolation.” So far, more than 1,100 people have been diagnosed in the UK, and the death toll among infected people has risen to 21.
The British House of Commons narrowly defeated a move by the opposition and rebel Tory MPs to phase out equipment from Chinese telecom group Huawei. However, the move still may spell trouble for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The PM has backed Huawei’s participation in construction of 5G networks in Britain.
British regional airline Flybe announced the immediate cessation of its operations Thursday. The collapse of the company, which was on the verge of bankruptcy more than a year ago, was caused by financial problems and impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. This is despite a previous bailout from the British government.
On February 19th, UK unveiled its new points based immigration system. The system is very similar to the current Canadian immigration system. The post-Brexit period will end by the end of 2020.
The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2021. This will mean controlled border access points. Unskilled labor by foreign nationals will be absolute banned. It would also mean that former Soviet Baltic republic nationals will no longer have access to such jobs. It would add additional poverty to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Even though they get aid and funding for being NATO strategic locations. It would hit their economy, due to an immediate decrease in spending.
Austria is part of a small group of EU countries that are standing up against an increase in contributions to the community budget. As net contributors, Austria— like Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany— takes the position that contributions must not increase exponentially.
After a series of lengthy debates at the European Union level, and in the British House of Commons, a whole series of votes and early elections, Brexit is now in its transition period, which will last another eleven months. On the night of January 31, the treaty came into effect, and Britain exited the E.U. as a member state. There is a lot of discussion and speculation about the changes to expect, and the possible adverse effects. But what advantages do Brexit supporters see?
Queen Elizabeth II gave her blessing to the decision of Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to step aside from their duties as high representatives of the monarchy and to lead an independent life. That’s according to a statement issued on Monday, after a family reunion convened to solve the crisis caused after the couple announced that they wished to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
Germany expelled two Russian diplomats due to the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and allegedly had links with Georgian intelligence. Khangoshvili and his family made an asylum claim in Germany in 2016, under their new identities secured in Georgia. His asylum was denied in 2017 and it was under appeal at the time of his murder.
French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.
In rеѕроnѕе tо a ѕtаtеmеnt bу thе Eurореаn Unіоn, urging Iran to stick to their commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister ассuѕеd France, Britain, and Germany оf fаіlіng tо соmрlу wіth their оblіgаtіоnѕ. Mоhаmmаd Jаvаd Zаrіf ассuѕеd them оf “kіllіng tіmе,” аnd оf fаіlіng tо meet thеіr оblіgаtіоnѕ undеr thе ѕо-саllеd nuсlеаr dеаl.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949. It was one of the first defense unions. The main reason for the creation of NATO was a need for a western unified alliance against the threat of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1991, NATO integrated some former communist block Eastern European nations into the alliance.
The European Union (EU) has accepted a further postponement of Brexit until January 31, European Council President Donald Tusk revealed on Monday. However, the agreement offers London the possibility of leaving the EU bloc before that date should the British Parliament ratify the exit agreement.
The 39 dead bodies that were found in a truck on Wednesday in an industrial estate near London were Chinese nationals, according to police, as reported by several local and international media. “We have since confirmed that eight of the deceased are women and 31 are men and all are believed to be Chinese nationals,” police said in a statement on Thursday. There was also one teenager among them.