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Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister over pandemic response
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference Credit: Marcelo Casal jr/ Agencia Brasil (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired his health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Thursday after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus.

Previously, Bolsonaro had publicly criticized Mandetta for urging people to observe social distancing and stay indoors. The President disagreed with these measures, downplaying the virus as "a little flu", and touted the yet-unproven efficacy of an anti-malarial drug.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump announces that the US will halt funding for the World Health Oranisation

The president of the United States Donald Trump has announced in a press briefing that the country will halt funding for the World Health Organisation. Trump said that the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable", referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for presidency

The former president of the United States Barack Obama has endorsed his former vice-president Joe Biden who's the last contender in the primaries of the Democratic party to become the Democratic nominee for the presidency.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Study finds Brasil to likely have 12 times more cases of coronavirus than reported
Press conference of the Brazilian Health Ministry
Press conference of the Brazilian Health Ministry Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A study released by researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes states the country likely has 12 times more cases of the new coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government.

As the country suffers from too little testing and the long wait to get test results, researchers examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10 and compared it with data on the expected death rate from the World Health Organization.

Year to date, the number of hospitalizations for severe respiratory symptoms has been over three times higher than usual for this season, but only 12% of those have been confirmed as COVID-19.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Senator Bernie Sanders endorses former vice president Joe Biden

After his withdrawal from the race for the candidacy for the president of the United States of the Democratic Party, Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed the last remaining contender the former vice president Joe Biden.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Bernie Sanders is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race

The New York Times and CNN are reporting that Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, making Joe Biden presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Brazilian minister starts diplomatic row with China over Coronavirus

After a tweet -- now retracted -- by Brazil’s Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, China's embassy in Brasilia demanded a public correction by the Brazilian Government.

This dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro.

China is the biggest destination for Brazilian exports, accounting for 29% of its global total during the first quarter of 2020.

Regional News • Americas • United States
U.S. Navy dismisses Captain who sounded the alarm on Coronavirus

The U.S. Navy relieved Capt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt of his command after he wrote a memo sounding the alarm on an exploding coronavirus infection on board the cramped quarters of the aircraft carrier.

Last week, the aircraft carrier was ordered to port in Guam after five sailors tested positive for Covid-19.

Regional News • Americas • United States
NIAID director Dr. Fauci calls for federal stay-at-home order

The director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Faucy has said that he doesn't understand why a federal stay-at-home order hasn't been implemented yet and advocated to mandate such order saying "We really should be".

Regional News • Americas • United States
City of Las Vegas turns parking lot into homeless shelter

The authorities in Las Vegas repurposed an empty parking lot into a makeshift shelter for homeless people after a normal shelter was forced to close following the coronavirus pandemic. The parking lot has been divided into different spaces with paint to mark social distancing boxes for the people. In addition to this, volunteers from Touro University have started laying out blue mats that can be power washed to clean them after usage.