The Brazilian government has been accused of totalitarianism and censorship after it stopped releasing its total numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths and wiped an official site clean of swaths of data. Health ministry insiders told local media the move was ordered by far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, himself – and was met with widespread outrage in Brazil, one of the world’s worst-hit Covid-19 hotspots.
A majority of Minneapolis City Council has pledged to dismantle the local police department, a significant move amid nationwide protests sparked by George Floyd’s death last month. Nine of the 13 councilors said a “new model of public safety” would be created in a city where law enforcement has been accused of racism. Activists, who for years have demanded such a step, called it a turning point.
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19 to help reduce the spread of the pandemic disease. The WHO stressed that face masks were only one of a range of tools that can reduce the risk of viral transmission.
New Zealand has successfully wiped out coronavirus after the final person known to have been infected recovered. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was confident the country had halted the spread of COVID-19, but said it would “almost certainly” see more cases in the future. Following the country’s progress, ministers have approved another phase of reopening from midnight, Ms Ardern said.
Terrifying video shows the moment a man attempted to drive his car through a crowd of protesters in Washington state before exiting his vehicle and shooting one demonstrator with a hand gun. Footage showed the man, who has not been identified, driving through a protest that was taking place in Seattle on Sunday. A single shot is heard being fired from the car as the man fires at a 27-year-old black demonstrator.