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TikTok says it will exit Hong Kong, joining other big tech firms in expressing concern about operating in the Asian financial hub after China imposed a controversial national security law there. TikTok’s decision to leave Hong Kong comes as the app tries to distance itself from China and its parent company, and as the US administration openly discusses banning it.
Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Melbourne and other parts of Australia’s Victoria state following a record daily rise coronavirus cases. The government of the country’s second most populous state announced it was bringing back a stay-at-home order after confirming 191 new Covid-19 infections overnight. “These are unsustainably high numbers of new cases,” state premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday.
Zoonotic diseases – which jump from animals to humans – are increasing and will continue to do so without action to protect wildlife and preserve the environment, UN experts have warned. They blame the rise in diseases such as Covid-19 on high demand for animal protein, unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change. Neglected zoonotic diseases kill two million people a year, they say.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested for the coronavirus, having reportedly shown symptoms, following months of downplaying the severity of the disease despite the country’s skyrocketing death toll. CNN Brasil reported Monday that the president personally told its reporters he was suffering from symptoms of the coronavirus, including a fever. Brazil has recorded more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
A white woman who called the police on a black man while he was bird watching in New York has been charged by police. Amy Cooper is accused of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, the district attorney of New York has said. It comes after Ms Cooper told police Christian Cooper was “threatening her life” during a dog walk in Central Park.