New Zealand claimed Monday it had “eliminated” the coronavirus as the country announced the easing of restrictions from “level four” to “level three,” with new cases in single figures. Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s Director General of Health, said the low number “does give us confidence that we’ve achieved our goal of elimination, which — that never meant zero but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from.”
One billion people could become infected with the coronavirus worldwide unless vulnerable countries are given urgent help, an aid group has warned. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said financial and humanitarian aid were needed to help slow the global spread of the virus. It said “fragile countries” such as Afghanistan and Syria needed “urgent funding” to avoid a major outbreak.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be canceled altogether if a COVID-19 vaccine is not found soon, Japan’s chief medic has warned. In March, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced the Games, due to be held this July, would be postponed for a year. Scientists working on a vaccine have said it will take at least a year but most likely more time to develop a safe vaccine.
A top New York City doctor who was on the front line of the fight against coronavirus has taken her own life. Dr Lorna Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan, died on Sunday, police said. Colleagues have described her as a “hero”. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her,” her father, Dr Phillip Breen, told The New York Times.
The Pentagon on Monday released three declassified videos that show US Navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects. The videos had been “circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017”, the statement said, adding that “the aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified’”. The three videos show what the pilots saw during training flights in 2004 and 2015.