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Death toll from Indonesian flooding rises to 9

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The death toll from floods that hit the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its surrounding towns has risen to nine, the disaster agency said on Thursday.

The floods submerged homes in Jakarta and the nearby towns of Bekasi and Karawang in West Java province on Tuesday following heavy downpours, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

More than 60,000 people have been displaced.

Waters have largely receded in affected areas, but officials warned of more flooding during the rainy season set to end next month.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia during the raining season.

At least 66 people were killed in flooding that hit Jakarta and its satellite towns in January. 

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Tajudeen Atitebi

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Epidemic curve flattens while more COVID-19 cases, deaths expected in Canada

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Canada is finally flattening the curve of new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released on Thursday by the country’s Public Health Agency.

For the month of May, Canada’s reproduction rate (Rt) for the coronavirus disease was 1 or below, meaning that an infected person spread the virus to one or fewer people during that time. By comparison, the Rt was 2 or above in late March.

As of Thursday morning, 93,430 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Canada, with 7,543 deaths. More women than men have contracted the virus, representing 57 percent and 43 percent of all cases respectively.

People aged 60 or over comprised 94 percent of all deaths, and seniors living in long-time care and retirement homes represented 82 percent of COVID-19 fatalities, yet only 18 percent of all cases — a disparity highlighted by 900 outbreaks at nursing homes where conditions in many have been described as horrific.

But the largest outbreak in Canada, according to the Public Health Agency report, occurred at the Cargill meat-processing plant in the province of Alberta, which at one point had the largest COVID-19 outbreak in North America, with 1,560 cases that spread from workers into the community.

Overall, most of the Canadian cases, or over 90 percent of the total, have been concentrated in the country’s two largest provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said at her daily news conference on Thursday that while there has been “significant progress to bring the epidemic under control … loosening distancing … must be accompanied by enhancement to other public health measures, including case detection, contact tracing and quarantine to prevent new introductions, and to identify and control any new transmission chains.”

“If we relax too much or too soon,” she warned, “the epidemic will most likely rebound with explosive growth as a distinct possibility.”

Canadian modeling numbers released on Thursday predict 97,990-107,454 cases and 7,700-9,400 deaths by June 15.

However, as Tam pointed out, Canada has been able to “bend and flatten the curve” of the epidemic sooner than several hard-hit countries, including the United States, Britain and Italy.

(XINHUA)

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Demonstrators take part in protest over death of George Floyd in Mexico City

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Demonstrators take part in a protest over the death of George Floyd in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 4, 2020. (Photo by Francisco Canedo/Xinhua)

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Feature: Emotional memorial held for Geroge Floyd as protests over his death continue across United States

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Family, friends and guests observed a silence of eight minutes and 46 seconds as the memorial service honoring George Floyd came to a close on Thursday in Minneapolis, the United States state of Minnesota.

That length of time represented the duration, for which the unarmed 46-year-old black man was pinned down under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee, before he died last week.

“What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life. It is time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, get your knee off our necks,” said civil rights activist Alfred Sharpton, when delivering a eulogy at the service held at the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary of North Central University in downtown Minneapolis Thursday afternoon.

Sharpton, founder of the civil rights organization National Action Network, called for a march in Washington on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s original March on Washington during the historical Civil Rights Movement — to call for a federal policing equality act.

“We need to go back to Washington and stand up — black, white, Latino, Arab — in the shadows of Lincoln, and tell them this is the time to stop this,” he said.

“It was not the coronavirus pandemic that killed George Floyd,” said Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Floyd family. “(It‘s) the other pandemic that we’re far too familiar with in America, the pandemic of racism and discrimination, that killed George Floyd.”

Prior to the memorial, hundreds of Minneapolis residents paid their tribute to Floyd by laying wreaths at a makeshift memorial site near the store where Floyd died.

“All these people came to see my brother. And that is amazing to me that he touched so many people’s hearts,” Floyd’s brother Philonise said at the memorial.

“Everybody wants justice. We want justice for George. He‘s going to get it. He’s going to get it,” he said.

Thursday’s memorial, streamed live to the public, is the first in a series of services to remember Floyd.

A public viewing and a private memorial service will be held on Saturday in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where Floyd was born. And Floyd‘s body will return on Monday to Houston, Texas, where Floyd called home, for a public memorial and private service on Tuesday.

Floyd’s death has triggered protests all over the United States.

Protesters in Minneapolis, New York and other cities continue to rally, as the four fired Minneapolis police officers who had been arresting Floyd are now in jail.

Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, was charged Wednesday with an additional count of second-degree murder, on top of a third-degree murder charge. He is scheduled to be in court Monday.

The three others were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

If convicted, all the officers could spend up to 40 years in prison, according to local reports.

A Nation Torn” is the title of a special report by Time Magazine in its upcoming June 15th issue. The cover features a painting of a black mother holding a baby who appears to be cut out of the picture.

The image represents the despair and loss of black mothers who have lost a child, said its painter Titus Kaphar.

For the first time, the red border of Time’s front page includes the names of people: 35 black men and women whose deaths, in many cases caused by police, as the result of systemic racism and helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the magazine.

Grammy-winning Beyonce shared a message on Instagram Wednesday, which featured an aerial photo of thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators filling the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Accompanying the picture were the words: “The world came together for George Floyd. We know there is a long road ahead. Let’s remain aligned and focused in our call for real justice.”

Stephen Jackson, former NBA player and friend of George Floyd, said in an interview with CNN’s John Berman, that Floyd‘s death could be “a big step in fixing things and getting justice for black people.”

This week, Jackson posted video of Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna on his shoulders saying “Daddy changed the world.”

“It was emotional. I just want to lift her spirits. I want her next days to be her best days. That’s all I care about,” Jackson said.

(XINHUA)

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India COVID-19 death toll rises to 6,348, total cases stand at 226,770

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India’s federal health ministry on Friday morning said that 273 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 9,851 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 6,348 and total cases to 226,770.

This is the highest spike in terms of fresh cases and deaths.

As of 8:00 a.m. (local time) Friday, 6,348 deaths related to novel Coronavirus have been recorded in the country,” read information released by the ministry.

On Thursday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 216,919, and the death toll stood at 6,075.

According to ministry officials, so far 109,462 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

“The number of active cases in the country right now is 110,960,” read the information.

The 5th phase of nationwide lockdown came into force from Monday. This phase marks several relaxations and reopening in a phased manner.

On March 25, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 and break the chain of infection.

(XINHUA)

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Brazil COVID-19 death toll surges to third highest in world

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Brazil’s total COVID-19 deaths have surged to 34,021 after its health ministry on Thursday reported 1,437 new deaths in the last 24 hours, making its overall toll the third highest in the world, according to local media.

In addition, the Latin American country on Thursday reported 30,925 new COVID-19 infections, totaling 614,941 confirmed cases, said the health ministry.

By Thursday, its death toll has surpassed that of Italy, which has confirmed 33,689 deaths, following only the United States and the UK.

(XINHUA)

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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England as UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,904

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Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from June 15 to help contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Thursday.

Chairing Thursday’s Downing Street daily briefing, Shapps said people are required to wear face coverings on buses, trains, tubes and other modes of public transport from June 15 as COVID-19 is still a “very real threat” and the “fight still goes on to defeat it”.

Noting that this measure is for England, he said he expects Scotland and Wales to introduce similar face coverings rule for rail passengers.

The measure was welcomed by many transport unions.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, a British trade union representing train drivers, said it is “a sensible step”.

“The instruction to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus will ease the concerns of people travelling, and working, on the transport network,” said Whelan.

According to the Office for National Statistics, transport workers who have regular contact with members of the public are at particularly high risk of dying from coronavirus. Bus drivers are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus as average working-age men.

Shortly after Shapps’ announcement, Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, reminded Scots that the Scottish government already strongly advised their use on public transport and in shops.

“A reminder that @scotgov already strongly advises the use of face coverings in shops and public transport. As I said earlier today, we are considering making it mandatory. However, no need to wait for that — please do it now (unless you have, eg, asthma),” she said on her Twitter account.

Another 176 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 39,904, said Shapps.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

(XINHUA)

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Death: Cleric admonishes Nigerians to live exemplary lives 

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A cleric in Nasarawa State, Rev. Anthony Aya, has admonished Christians and other Nigerians to live exemplary lives in order to inherit the kingdom of God.

Aya, the Reverend in-Charge of ERCC Ami-Abma Ezzen, Nasarawa State, gave the advice on Thursday while presiding over the funeral service of Mr Danladi Bala at ERCC Mada Station, Agidi Development Area of the state.

The News Agency of  Nigeria reports that Danladi is a staff of Agidi Development Area and an elder brother of Mr Abel Bala, member representing Nasarawa Eggon West constituency at the state legislature.

The man of God said that if Christians and other Nigerians live a life worth of emulation, it would not only enable them to inherit the kingdom of God but it will also promote peaceful co-existence among the people in the country.

He added that there is life after death for those who believes in Jesus Christ, hence the need of his call.

The Bible said for does not know when it will occur, so who can tell him when it (death) will occur.

“No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit and no one has power in the day of death, so let’s get prepared because death can come at any time,” he said.

He urged Christians and other Nigerians not to sin in order to inherit the kingdom of God, adding that one day those who refused to repent, God would would expose their sins and their will be judgement after death.

The cleric alsod to grant the entire family and the  ERCC family  the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 

Speaking during the funeral service, Mr Abel Bala (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon West) described the death of his elder brother as painful, urging people to pray for the reposed of his soul and other deceased persons.

“My elder brother had left good legacies, he is a man who always stand by the truth, he is a straight forward man.

“Death is inevitable for all humans, but it is painful. May the soul of my elder  brother and the souls of other departed souls rest in peace with the Lord,” he said.

The lawmaker, who is the Minority Whip of the House, appreciated all those who attended the funeral service and urged them to continue praying for the family to succeed.

He thanked the Speaker of the assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, members and entire staff and people of the state for identifying with them at this trial moment.

NAN also reports that Danladi’s body was immediately buried in his house at Mada Station after the funeral service amidst tears by families, friends and political associates.

NAN also reports that the funeral had in attendance Mr David Umbugadu, 2019 PDP governorship candidate in Nasarawa State; Sen. Philip  Gyunka; politicians, traditional rulers and religious leaders, among other sympathisers.

NAN recalls that Danladi died on May 29, 2019, in a hospital in Lafia at the aged of 54 after a brief illness.

He was survived by a wife and children.


Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Italy’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 88 to 33,689

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Italy recorded another 88 COVID-19 victims in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 33,689, the Civil Protection Department said on Thursday.

Total active infections stood at 38,429, an decrease of 868 from Wednesday. Meanwhile, another 957 COVID-19 patients recovered, bringing the total to 161,895 on Thursday.

Of those active infections, 338 are in intensive care, down by 15 compared to Wednesday, and 5,503 are hospitalized with symptoms, down by 239, the Civil Protection Department said. The remaining 32,588, or about 85 percent, are isolated at home because they are asymptomatic or have very light symptoms.

The overall number of COVID-19 cases combining active infections, fatalities and recoveries rose by 177 to 234,013 cases over the past 24 hours.

The pandemic began in late February in northern Italy. As it slowed down visibly in recent weeks, Italy further eased the 10-week lockdown.

From Wednesday, people in Italy were allowed to move freely within the country. Travel restrictions were also eased the same day, so travelers from EU and Schengen countries, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra and Monaco can visit the country without subjecting to a quarantine.

(XINHUA)

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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death

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The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye
, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.
“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.
“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.
He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.
In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honoured.
Mr Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.
“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.
“We feel very proud of our father, because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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