The Chinese capital Beijing has put more neighborhoods under lockdown and boosted testing as it tries to contain an outbreak of coronavirus. There were 27 new cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to 106 people over five days. A Chinese official has described the new outbreak in the capital as “extremely severe”. For more than seven weeks Beijing had only registered cases from people traveling in from abroad.
Workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people has become forbidden in the US, following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court. The court decided in a 6-3 ruling that LGBT+ people are included in a provision under a civil rights law prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees for their sex, race, color, national origin and religion.
US regulators revoked the emergency authorization for malaria drugs championed by Donald Trump for treating Covid-19, amid growing evidence they don’t work and could cause serious side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus. Citing reports of heart complications, the agency said the drugs’ unproven benefits “do not outweigh the known and potential risks”.
Embattled Philippines journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of “cyber libel” Monday, in a case she and press freedom groups have described as a politically motivated prosecution by the Duterte government. Ressa was arrested early last year in the Manila offices of Rappler, the online news outlet she founded in 2012 and which has gained prominence for its unflinching coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte and his brutal war on drugs.
A U.S. fighter jet crashed during a training mission off the coast of England on Monday, killing the pilot whose body was found after a search operation, officials said. The F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea after taking off from RAF Lakenheath, the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, around 70 miles northeast of London. The cause of the crash remains unknown.