Police open fire on virus roadblock
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.