The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. People living in A Marina along Spain's northern coast in the region of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12. Regional Health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told a news conference on Sunday that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area.
Sir Simon Stevens said NHS staff had treated 100,000 coronavirus patients “who needed specialist emergency care” during the crisis.
Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker and father of three in Buenos Aires, has struggled to make ends meet since losing his job due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the Argentine capital since mid-March. The health crisis has hammered Argentina's economy, which is now expected to shrink around 12% this year, driving millions into poverty and leaving almost six out of every 10 children and adolescents below the poverty line, United Nations data show. Argentina's center-left government has extended a lockdown in and around Buenos Aires until July 17 after a recent sharp spike in COVID-19 cases.
The UK is poised to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network as soon as this year over security concerns. Boris Johnson is set for a major policy change after GCHQ is believed to have reassessed the risks posed by the Chinese company. The prime minister decided in January to allow Huawei to play a limited role in the UK's 5G network as he defied security concerns, particularly from the US, about the firm.
Organised crime bosses are scared of a "sophisticated and relentless" elite police squad, recovered messages have shown. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has found messages including "be scared of NCA" and "the police are winning this year", among millions of exchanges from a recently hacked communications system. Unearthed messages show criminals were afraid of them even before EncroChat was intercepted, the agency, which targets serious and organised crime in the UK, said.
The number of people killed in protests in Ethiopia following the slaying of a popular singer has jumped to 156 from the initial tally of 80, a senior regional security official told Reuters on Sunday. The protests were sparked by the assassination of musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa on Monday night and spread from Addis Ababa to the surrounding Oromia region. Jibril Mohammed, head of the Oromia Security and Peace Bureau, said the 156 are those who died just in the Oromia region, which was the worst hit by the protests.
Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of the COVID-19 illness it causes. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicized an image of himself in a mask in recent days, urging both public officials and the Islamic Republic's 80 million people to wear them to stop the virus's spread.
The government errors that led to Leicester's Covid-19 spike are clear to see. Delays in passing on vital information, and insufficient financial support for people to self isolate, have proved a deadly combination . Claudia Webbe is the Labour MP for Leicester East
As others nodded in agreement, protester Oralia Acosta called us "stupid" for wearing facial coverings. Proud men and women who have worked all their lives and provided for their families throughout their lives, now stung by the humiliation of relying on others to ensure they are fed.
A further 27,000 excess deaths are "likely" between now and next April under the current approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, a former government chief scientific adviser says. Sir David King, who has been critical of the easing of lockdown measures, told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday, "we need to look at the fastest route out of COVID-19" and the current one "is not right".
Many beachgoers ignored social distancing measures and safety protocols as an uptick in COVID-19 cases continue to worry public health officials.
A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracies theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. One group transformed itself last month from “Reopen California” to “California Patriots Pro Law & Order,” with recent posts mocking Black Lives Matter or changing the slogan to “White Lives Matter." Members have used profane slurs to refer to Black people and protesters, calling them “animals,” “racist” and “thugs”— a direct violation of Facebook’s hate speech standards.
Labour's Shadow Chancellor has refused to rule out her party's support for a "wealth tax" on assets to aid the country's coronavirus recovery. Anneliese Dodds refused seven times to discuss the detail of a policy that could involve taxes on savings or property ownership in the UK to boost the country's public finances. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme and Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Ms Dodds said the burden of higher taxation ought to fall on those with the "broadest shoulders". But pressed on what a Labour wealth tax might involve, she said a debate over the policy would take place only if the UK has a severe Covid-19 recession. "I think, where there needs to be additional funds going into the system, they should be coming from those with the broadest shoulders, and we have seen an increase in income and wealth inequality over recent years," she said. "I think there's strong public support for where there needs to be that additional contribution, that coming from those with the broadest shoulders." Her comments come in advance of an economic statement from Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, on Wednesday. The "mini-Budget" will allow the Government to set out policy for a coronavirus recovery. Asked if she was a socialist, Ms Dodds said she wanted to see a "fairer society". "We need to change to that," she said. "Some people would call that socialism; some people would call it fairness. "What's most important to me is that we actually get that changed that we don't ever enter a crisis again, with so many families in our country struggling." Ms Dodds has previously said the Government "does need to look at" the idea of a wealth tax, which could see the Treasury raid accounts for taxpayers' savings. Basic rate taxpayers can currently earn £1,000 of interest on their savings tax-free, and higher-rate taxpayers can earn £500. Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday, Ms Dodds said the wealth tax was a "complicated area". "There's a large number of academics who are looking at this actually, [there are] currently a variety of different proposals," she said. "And I would really encourage Government to engage with that rather than looking at tax rises, which would affect everyone equally. I don't think that would be fair." Ms Dodds, who first entered Parliament in the 2017 election, took over the job of Shadow Chancellor from John McDonnell when Sir Keir Starmer entered office as Labour leader. Labour is widely expected to abandon much of the economic policy developed under Jeremy Corbyn, which called for free broadband, a pensions tax and significant nationalisation of industry.
Britain's television watchdog will announce Monday that China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules by airing a forced confession of a UK citizen, the Telegraph understands. China’s state broadcaster, which airs in English in the UK as CGTN, is likely to face sanctions, decided in a separate process by Ofcom, which could include hefty fines or being stripped of its broadcast license as a result of the investigation launched May 2019. The ruling could escalate diplomatic tensions between the UK and China at a time when MPs have become more vocal in pressing for a re-think of bilateral relations. The original complaint to Ofcom, filed by Briton Peter Humphrey, focused on a confession forced under duress from him by Chinese authorities in 2013. Mr Humphrey told the Telegraph in an interview last year that he was drugged and handcuffed to an iron chair inside a steel cage. Six uniformed police officers sat at a podium while the lead interrogator read questions from a clipboard and instructed Mr Humphrey how to answer, he said. A heavily edited version made to look like a news ‘interview’ with a bombshell ‘confession’ was broadcast around the world on CGTN, and other channels under parent Chinese state media organisation, CCTV – including in the UK. “They twisted things,” Mr Humphrey previously told the Telegraph. “It was terrifying; all along, I knew I was innocent and that I was being falsely accused. I also knew that I had no way to escape.”
Officers found three hide boxes in vehicles used by suspects arrested as part of a police operation, which the force says is one of its largest to tackle serious and organised crime in the capital. Two of these boxes looked like an electrical generator box, police said, "that you might see in the back of any tradesman's van, and were covered in tools and other building equipment". The force said opening the boxes involved a "complex" method - they first had to be powered up using an electrical transformer device, with a specially made key fob needed to engage a hydraulic lock inside.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed that one person in Hillsborough County has been infected with a water-borne microscopic single-celled amoeba that attacks the brain.
After rapper Kanye West announced he is running for US president in 2020, there was trepidation and bewilderment.The artist has toyed with running for office before, announcing in 2015 he planned to run in 2020. But West appeared to postpone his political career to 2024 after meeting Donald Trump, for whom he has been an outspoken supporter. The Yeezy fashion chain founder has come under fire for his avid support for Trump, who he previously said he would vote for in November.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened at the Lavish Lounge, located about 5 miles southwest of downtown Greenville, in South Carolina's Upstate region.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he boasted of the Trump administration's efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles paid tribute to Britain's state-run National Health Service on its 72nd birthday on Sunday, expressing pride in how it has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic. "This year, we've seen not only the greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced, but also an unprecedented outpouring of affection and support for that institution," Johnson said in a video tribute. The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948 by Aneurin Bevan, who was health minister in the Labour government at the time.