Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, France to rally in solidarity and defiance after beheading of teacher near Paris

Glance at Covid-19

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with nearly 40 million confirmed cases in 189 countries and more than one million deaths.

The virus is surging in many regions and some countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.

Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. France introduced a new 21:00 curfew on Saturday in Paris and eight other French cities to try to curb the soaring infection rate. Germany, Italy, Portugal and the UK have all recently recorded their highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic.

In Latin America, Brazil has now passed five million confirmed cases, although the number of daily new infections is thought to be slowing.

In Argentina, cases have been rising quickly – the country now has nearly one million infections.

Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia. The country has recorded more than 12,000 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.

In the Middle East, cases in Iraq have been rising steadily since June, with the country having recorded more than 400,000 cases in total. However, there are signs cases may now be levelling off.

France to rally in solidarity and defiance after beheading of teacher near Paris

Rallies in dozens of cities across France were expected Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the decapitation of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb Friday has sparked outrage in France and memories of a wave of Islamist violence in 2015 sparked by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“It is absolutely important to show our mobilisation and our solidarity, our national cohesion,” education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told France 2, calling on “everyone (to) support the teachers”.

One rally was set to take place at the Place de la République in Paris, a traditional site of protest where around 1.5 million people demonstrated in 2015 following a deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office by Islamist gunmen.

Sources:

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20201018-france-to-rally-in-solidarity-of-beheaded-teacher-in-paris-suburb

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105

Written by Honghong

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