Po­lice open fire on virus road­block

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MEX­ICO CITY: Po­lice in south­ern Mex­ico may face charges after they opened fire on towns­peo­ple protest­ing an anti-coro­n­avirus road­block that ac­tivists say cut their com­mu­nity off from the out­side world, pros­e­cu­tors said.

It was the one of the first in­stances of armed con­fronta­tion at the hun­dreds of road­blocks that have sprung up across Mex­ico to stem the virus’s spread. Pros­e­cu­tors in the south­ern state of Chi­a­pas said one man was se­ri­ously wounded when po­lice from the town of Ya­jalon opened fire on pro­test­ers from the town­ship of Tum­bala on Sun­day.

In other COVID-19 global news, South Korea re­ported four more cases of in­fec­tion in its first daily in­crease be­low five in about two months.

The Koreas Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion said yes­ter­day the coun­try’s to­tals were now 10,765 cases with 247 deaths. It said 9,059 peo­ple have re­cov­ered and been re­leased from quar­an­tine. The four new cases were all im­ported.

And Bri­tain’s of­fi­cial death toll jumped to more than 26,000 yes­ter­day, after deaths in nurs­ing homes were added to the daily to­tal for the first time. The Gov­ern­ment says 3811 more peo­ple died after test­ing pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus than had been pre­vi­ously re­ported.

The death toll now stands at 26,097, up from the 21,678 an­nounced the pre­vi­ous day.

Un­til now, hos­pi­tal deaths have been re­ported daily, while deaths in nurs­ing homes and other set­tings were re­ported separately on a weekly ba­sis. The new to­tal is the sec­ond­high­est of­fi­cial toll in Europe after Italy, al­though coun­tries do not use ex­actly the same mea­sures.

Mean­while, Sri Lanka’s gov­ern­ment last night reim­posed a 24-hour cur­few after a resur­gence of cases. Al­most half of the 630 pa­tients on the is­land na­tion were re­ported in the past week, and many of them are navy sailors.

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