Today’s Daily News stories cover international stories, with a particular focus on civil rights issues being exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. As always, all news stories are gathered from the newspaper front pages curated by Newseum.org.
First aid workers helping Hong Kong protesters. Photo by Oscar Chan, courtesy of Pexels.com
Hong Kong police engaged in a crackdown against the continuing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Renewed protests are occurring due to a new law forced through the Hong Kong legislature that criminalizes “insults to the national anthem” with up to 3 years in prison. The increasingly-authoritarian treatment of Hong Kong’s citizens has drawn condemnation from abroad.
The South African Department of Education is in a battle with teachers’ unions over the proposed return to school, insisting that a refusal to report to work is a crime. Teacher unions are standing their ground, insisting that it’s not safe for students and teachers to be returning to school. The unions want testing to be done on all staff and students before considering a return to the normal order of things.
Epidemiologists are concerned that Ontario’s government is making policy decisions based on insufficient or flawed data, putting the public at risk. A chief reason for this is the sudden reclassification of over 5,000 cases. Government officials insist this was a decision made based on evolving understanding of the situation.
Singapore skyscrapers photo by cegoh, courtesy of Pixabay.com
Singaporeans suffering under the economic crisis resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic can expect some relief in the form of a traineeship program included in a new emergency budget. The program will allow workers to acquire paid training for new jobs. The fresh graduates targeted by this policy hope that it will help them enter the workforce smoothly despite present troubles.
Conservative politicians are engaged in open rebellion against their party’s leadership after the Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister flouted lockdown for personal business. While he was away on this personal business, he was also exposed to a family member who may be infected with COVID-19 but returned to 10 Downing St without informing other staff of this. In response to demands for Cummings to step down, Johnson claimed that he had evidence exonerating his advisor, but has thus far neglected to provide said evidence to oversight bodies.
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