Here is today’s headline news from around the world on May 18th, 2020. The global coronavirus death toll at 316,898, with more than 4.7 million confirmed cases around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. remains the world’s worst-hit country, with more than 89,874 deaths.
USA Headline News
Washington, DC – President Donald Trump announced in a news conference today that he has been taking Hidroxicloroquina every day for a few weeks. He also said he was taking it conjunction with Zithromision and Zinc. He said the White House Doctor prescribed him Hidroxicloroquina.
Herndon, Va – Governor Ralph Northam announced the Virginia Department of General Services would sell a publicly owned tech building to a joint venture between Timberline Real Estate Partners and Origami Capital Partners. The acquired Center for Innovative Technology office building complex in Herndon, Va. was sold for $47.3 million.
Dallas, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation reported its computer network was infected with ransomware. It is the second state agency ransomware attack in recent days. The attack comes days after another ransomware attack taking down websites and case management systems of Texas’ appellate and high courts.
Minneapolis, MN – A recent Harris Poll found that 95% of Americans say they will not travel over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which is often viewed as the unofficial kickoff of the summer travel season. That goes hand in hand with predictions from AAA, which said that travel volume this year could plunge to a record low.
Maui, HI – Maui police said a 23-year-old Colorado visitor was arrested Saturday in Kula for violating the 14-day mandatory travel quarantine. Police issued an all-points bulletin seeking information that could lead to her arrest. They posted it to the Maui Police Department’s Facebook page. It reached more than 300,000 people and generated more than 5,000 comments. The comments were “both positive and negative in nature,” according to a news release.
France Headline News
Pairs – Just one week after a third of French schoolchildren went back to school in an easing of the coronavirus lockdown, there’s been a flareup of about 70 COVID-19 cases linked to schools.
Some lower grades in schools were opened last week and a further 150,000 junior high students went back to the classroom Monday as further restrictions were loosened by the government.
France has announced that it will go ahead with a so-called ‘Apple tax’ this year, whether or not an agreement is reached on an international proposal to ensure tech giants receive the same tax treatment across 137 countries.
France was the first European country to decide to impose a tax on the local revenues of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon
Germany Headline News
Berlin – The government faced an increase of Anti-lockdown protests across Germany at the weekend as fatigue over restrictions grows in the region’s largest economy, and beyond.
A number of protests against the government’s coronavirus policy and restrictive measures took place in various Germany cities, including Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart, on Saturday.
German farmers are facing challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country is experiencing a shortage of seasonal farmworkers who typically come from Eastern European countries.
Mexico Headline News
Mexico City – The Mexican government has cited the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for new rules that would reduce the role of renewable energies like solar and wind power, granting a reprieve to the government’s own aging, fossil-fuel power plants.
The decree over the weekend has sparked outrage among Mexican and foreign investors who had been allowed to sell their power into the government-operated grid.
As of 28 April, there have been at least 47 attacks against health workers, particularly nurses, in the country, the Mexican government says. And the authorities recognize the true figure may be higher – reports on social media of discrimination range from nurses stopped from getting on buses to doctors assaulted by relatives of COVID-19 patients.
Silao – General Motors is tentatively planning to restart operations at its auto assembly plant in the Mexican city of Silao on May 20, according to a message to workers on Sunday, as the car industry prepares to exit the coronavirus lockdown.