Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brazil have surpassed the total in Italy and are surging in Mexico and Peru as Latin America struggles to contain its fast-growing coronavirus outbreak. Brazil announced nearly 15,000 new infections on Saturday, taking its total to more than 230,000, the fourth-largest confirmed caseload after the US, Russia and the UK. Its true number of infections is feared to be much greater.
Donald Trump described Barack Obama as “grossly incompetent” after his predecessor criticized the US response to the coronavirus pandemic. Asked about Mr Obama’s comments as he entered the White House on Sunday, Mr Trump said: “Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.” On Saturday, Mr Obama criticized the US response to the virus without naming Mr Trump or any other officials.
China’s ambassador to Israel was found dead at his home early Sunday, Israeli diplomatic sources and police have confirmed to NBC News. Du Wei, was discovered at his apartment in Herzliya, a town just north of Tel Aviv, they said. He was 57 years old. According to the embassy’s website, Du served as an attache to the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. He later served in the Chinese embassy in Estonia.
Health workers took a stand against Belgium’s prime minister on the weekend, quite literally turning their backs in protest as she visited a hospital in Brussels. The government has faced criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Belgium currently reporting the highest deaths per capita out of any country. More than 9,000 people have died, in a country with a population of 11.5 million.
A number of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were dragged out of the chamber during a row about a Chinese national anthem bill. The bill would criminalize disrespect of the anthem. Legislators were arguing over the leadership of a key committee, which would affect the bill’s progress. It’s the second time in recent days there have been scuffles in the Legislative Council.