Brazil’s economy - Latin America’s largest- contracted by 1.5 % in the first quarter due to the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the government reported yesterday.
The Hungarian capital Budapest marked yesterday the anniversary of one its worst-ever shipping disasters, the sinking of a sightseeing vessel on the Danube which killed at least 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.
Soon after a two-month lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus eased in Romania in mid-May, Grigore Lup, a Romanian shoemaker from the Transylvanian city of Cluj, noticed that people were not respecting the rules of social distancing.
Sensei Uche has earned a living for the last three years as a “hype man” in Nigeria’s entertainment capital Lagos, standing alongside the DJ in bars and clubs and whipping up dancers’ enthusiasm.
South African teachers’ unions and governing associations urged their staff yesterday to defy a government order to return to school next week, saying schools did not yet have protective equipment (PPE) to keep educators and pupils safe.
The White House thumbed its nose at Twitter yesterday by reposting a President Donald Trump tweet that the social media giant had just taken the unprecedented step of hiding, because it violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence”.
Indonesian officials are forcing social distancing violators to recite Qur’an verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging coronavirus infections.
South Korea yesterday imposed limits on the number of pupils going to schools in and around Seoul as officials scramble to tackle fresh coronavirus cases that threaten the country’s success in containing the epidemic.
Philippine taxi dispatcher Meliza Venal heaved a sigh of relief when she learned that hundreds of her company’s drivers can finally go back to work after being stuck in their homes for 11 weeks.