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In New Zealand, health authorities have not found any new virus cases for a week. Meanwhile, Pakistan on Friday reported 57 deaths, the highest single-day increase since the outbreak began and most cases in India are concentrated around its largest cities.
As the coronavirus-testing capacity is increasing in Pakistan many new cases of COVID-19 are emerging on a daily basis (“No immediate plan to go for stricter lockdown: Minister,” May 29, Gulf Today).
The US was wholly unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic.
The cruel shooting down by Israeli police of an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in annexed east Jerusalem is a hugely condemnable action that confirms repeated complaints about use of excessive force by Israeli security forces against innocent Palestinians.
It is fitting that the white US police officer charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter of an African-American in Minneapolis bears the French family name of Chauvin. The name has morphed into “chauvinist” meaning bigot over the decades since a soldier called Nicolas Chauvin was honoured as a super patriot by the Emperor Napoleon for loyal service during his multiple military campaigns.
Two prime ministers of two major European powers spoke to their people late on Thursday afternoon.