Scotland’s Top Doctor Resigns After Flouting Virus Lockdown

Nigeria: Aid workers warn 2 million displaced at risk of COVID-19

Charity organisations say poor nutrition, lack of proper sanitation and overcrowding are common problems in camps.

Aid workers say close to two million displaced people in camps in northeast Nigeria are at risk of contracting the new coronavirus infection.

They have all been made homeless by 10 years of war with Boko Haram.

Charity organisations say poor nutrition, lack of proper sanitation and overcrowding are common problems in the camps.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized for Coronavirus

Ten days after falling ill with coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests. According to Downing Street, this is a “precautionary step” as Johnson is still showing symptoms of the virus.

“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the [National Health System] and save lives,” a spokesperson said.

According to the Sunday Times, some government officials believe Johnson had been hiding how bad his symptoms were. “He is coughing and sputtering through these video calls,” a participant said. “He looks dreadful.”

Johnson drew criticism for his initial response to the virus, recommending the United Kingdom essentially continue to function as normal, hoping the population would eventually reach herd immunity. But following a report from the Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that said the state-run National Health Service would soon be overwhelmed with sick and dying patients, Johnson switched tacts and called for more restrictive measures but falling short of a mandated stay-at-home order.

Woman arrested, charged after allegedly stabbing partner in Abbotsford

A woman has been arrested and charged after allegedly stabbing her romantic partner in Abbotsford early Sunday.

Abbotsford police say emergency responders were called to the 2700-block of Fairlane Street just after 1 a.m.

A 25-year-old man was found stabbed, police said, and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Police arrested a 24-year-old woman at the scene, and she remains in custody.

Lee Fierro Dies Of COVID-19: ‘Jaws’ Actress Was 91

Jaw actress Lee Fierro has died after complications with COVID-19. She was 91.

The news of Fierro’s death was reported by the Martha’s Vineyard Times. According to Kevin Ryan, artistic director and board president for Island Theatre Workshop, she was living in an assisted living facility in Ohio when she died. Fierro was a supporter of the Island Theatre Workshop for over 40 years during her time on Martha’s Vineyard. She was also a drama teacher and mentor at the Island Theatre Workshop.

In Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 horror Jaws, Fierro played the role of Alex Kintner’s (Jeffrey Voorhees) mother who was killed by the titular shark. In a memorable scene, she is mourning her son’s death and walks up to Roy Scheider’s Brody and slaps him after learning he knew that a girl was killed after a shark attack. “You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway,” she told him while crying. “You knew all those things and still my boy is dead now, and there’s nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.” She went on to reprise her role in  1987’s Jaws: The Revenge.

A small service is planned by Fierro’s family in Ohio with a memorial service in Martha’s Vineyard at a later date.

 

Spanish Government Aims to Roll Out Basic Income ‘Soon’

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The Spanish government is working to roll out a universal basic income as soon as possible, as part of a battery of actions aimed at countering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Economy Minister Nadia Calvino.

Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva is coordinating the project and plans to put some sort of basic income “in place as soon as possible,” with the main focus on assisting families, Calvino, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said in an interview Sunday night with Spanish broadcaster La Sexta.

But the government’s broader ambition is that basic income becomes an instrument “that stays forever, that becomes a structural instrument, a permanent instrument,” she said.

Spain is dealing with the second worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe, and the pandemic has pushed the government to order a state of emergency, which has put the country in lockdown and driven the economy to a stand-still. The government has announced a barrage of policies to assist self-employed workers and companies, mainly small and medium-sized, but has also said that more measures will be required.

Scotland’s Top Doctor Resigns After Flouting Virus Lockdown

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Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned after flouting guidelines as part of the U.K.’s lockdown to tackle coronavirus.

Catherine Calderwood will step down following a conversation with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday evening, she said in a statement issued by the Scottish Government.

Earlier today, Calderwood issued an apology for traveling to her second home about 40 miles from Edinburgh. The Scottish government originally had said she would step back from the public eye, though continue in her role.

“We have agreed that the justifiable focus on my behaviour risks becoming a distraction from the hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic,” Calderwood said.