Dutch PM Mark Rutte did not visit his 96-year-old mother for more than eight weeks until hours before her death due to lockdown measures. She died on May 13. She did not have COVID-19, although there were infections at the nursing home where she lived. The measures ’leave room to say goodbye to a dying family member during the very last phase’ and Rutte stayed with her during her last night.
Three Bolivian brothers were hospitalized after getting a black widow spider to bite them — thinking it would turn them into Spider-Man. The boys, 8, 10, and 12, were herding goats in the town of Chayanta, in the Andean region of Potosi when they came across the spider. The boys were transferred three times before the were successfully treated and discharged, almost a week after they were bitten.
In accordance with the guidelines issued by Dubai Economy for the reopening of establishments, offices will be able to resume normal working conditions. The occupancy ceiling was increased to 50% in common areas and office grounds. The guidelines included that elevators must have floor markings to ensure social distancing is maintained.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the annual Victory Day military parade on the Red Square has been postponed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Originally scheduled for May 9, this year the parade is to be held on June 24. It is designed to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Putin further declared that the outbreak in the country was starting to stabilize.
The deaths of three women at a care home on Skye, Scotland, at the center of a COVID-19 outbreak are being investigated. Ten residents at Home Farm care home have died in the outbreak. The investigation comes after concerns were raised about the care offered. HC-One, UK’s largest care homes company, which runs the center has been allowed to continue running the site for at least three more weeks.
A new children’s book is being released by famous Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling. The book will be released for free as an online serial. Kids have been called to help with the illustrations for the final print version of the book.
A report from DPA states that Germany plans to lift travel restrictions with 26 EU member states, as well as with the UK, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland, from June 15. The proposed measure to be discussed by Govt on Wed intends to allow inter-European tourist trips to resume for the summer. This is on back of the state politicians request to relax the Covid-19-triggered lockdown.
As Israeli court confirmed that a former Australian school principal accused of sexually assaulting students is mentally fit to stand trial. This opens path to extradite her to Australia. Leifer had said she is mentally unfit to fight her return to Australia, thereby the case dragging since 2014. Leifer is a former principal of a Jewish school in Melbourne, and has denied allegations against her.
A resurgence in protests has been seen in Hong Kong following the proposal of a national security legislation by Beijing. This has resulted in Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan promising to provide ’necessary assistance’ to the people of Hong Kong.
Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon who was considered the father of modern gambling in China, died Tuesday in Hong Kong, his daughter Pansy Ho said. He was 98. Ho built a casino empire in Macau through his flagship firm, SJM Holdings, valued at about $6 billion, that helped transform the former Portuguese colony into the world’s biggest gambling hub.
The CBS published Israel GDP which contracted by 7.1% in Q1 2020, against Q4 2019 thus showing the disastrous economic impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This contraction also marks the greatest slump in growth as it exceeded contractions during the 2001 and 2008 financial crisis – and marked the first drop since 2012. During Q4 2019 the GDP had witnessed a 4.6% growth.
Brazilian police raided residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe.Federal police said that the investigation is into alleged corruption involving the use of public money by Witzel which was for fighting Covid-19 pandemic in Rio de Janeiro state. Witzel, however said that he is innocent, and has accused President Bolsonaro of interfering in the probe.
UK PM Boris Johnson’s govt has received its first resignation of Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, over the controversy surrounding Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the Covid-19 lockdown. Mr.Ross said he morally found it incorrect to tell his constituents who followed govt lockdown rules unlike Cummings as they could not mourn together nor people could visit their sick relatives.
Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil has come under pressure after the United States imposed a travel ban on non US citizens coming to the United States from Brazil. The South American country has witnessed a latest surge in cases which has brought the total number of cases to 363,000 while approximately 23,000 deaths have occurred in Brazil due to the virus.
Despite warnings from health officials regarding the usage of drug hydroxychloroquine, the President of the United States, Donald Trump has been advocating and using the anti-malarial drug as a prevention for the coronavirus disease. The drug has been removed by the World Health Organization from its study of potential coronavirus treatments.