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A week in review 07/21/21
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By Joseph Rios
07/20/2021
Africa

Malawi police begin enforcing mask wearing
- Malawi is currently seeing an average of more than 400 new Coronavirus cases a day, prompting police to begin enforcing mask wearing. Residents of the country have been hesitant to follow guidelines aimed at slowing the virus. The country will begin closing bars at 10 p.m. each night and will require seating capacity to be capped at 50 percent on public transportation services.

Vaccination centers closed in South Sudan - Health officials in South Sudan have closed COVID-19 vaccine centers after running out of vaccine doses. Recently, the country received 132,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine but donated 72,000 of them to Kenya because it was concerned they would expire. There have been around 9,000 healthcare works in South Sudan who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Asia

China accused of cyber attack on Microsoft
- The United States, the UK and the European Union have all accused China of being responsible for a major cyber-attack earlier this year on Microsoft Exchange servers. The attack impacted at least 30,000 organizations worldwide. The UK said the attack was aimed at acquiring personal information and intellectual property. China has denied the allegations.

Daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador kidnapped - Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Najib Alikhil, was seized on her way home and held for hours. She was reportedly severely tortured. Alikhil is in her 20s and was taken to a hospital after she was released. Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been high for quite some time. Afghanistan accused Pakistan of providing a haven for Taliban militants while Pakistan accuses Afghanistan of allowing militants to launch attacks.

Europe

Vaccine centers vandalized in France
- Two vaccination centers in southeast France and southwest France were vandalized when people protested new Coronavirus rules. One site was flooded with fire hoses while another one was partially destroyed by an arson attack. New rules from France require mandatory vaccinations for health workers and health passes to access most public places. There have been more than 111,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in France.

Ireland eases travel restrictions - Most fully vaccinated people no longer have to self-isolate when arriving to the Republic of Ireland from outside the EU now. The country also recently began using the EU Digital Covid Certificate system which shows digital proof of being vaccinated, negative test results and recovery from a COVID-19 infection. Ireland had some of the strictest international travel bans in Europe. Ireland is also expected to be on track to reopen indoor hospitality services.

Latin America

Brazil president hospitalized
- Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was transferred to a hospital after suffering from hiccups for 10 days. He was treated for an obstructed intestine and released after being in care for four days. In 2018, Bolsonaro was seriously wounded when he was stabbed in the intestines while campaigning. He lost 40 percent of his blood in the attack.

Widow of Haiti’s assassinated president returns to country - Martine Moise, the widow of Hati’s assassinated president Jovenel Moise, returned to the country after being treated in Florida for wounds suffered in the attack. She wore an arm sling and a bulletproof vest when she arrived by plane at an airport over the weekend. President Moise was killed at his home on July 7. Details around the attack are still scarce, but at least 20 people have been detained.

North America

Canada’s vaccination rate passes the United States
- After lagging behind the United States for quite some time, Canada has passed the country in second dose vaccination rates. Canadian government officials said if the vaccine progress continues, it may open its border to American travelers for the first time in 16 months. Around 48.45 percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 48.05 percent of Americans have received two COVID-19 shots.

Bootleg Fire continues to devastate - The Bootleg Fire in Oregon has caused thousands of evacuations and has burned through more than 300,000 acres. Hot temperatures and winds have fueled the fire that has been burning since July 6. There are currently more than 80 major wildfires burning through 11 western states. Heat waves in Canada have also prompted hundreds of fires.

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