Racist slur against Asian Americans on the rise
Washington: Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible. The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He spat in my direction, and kept walking,” Navarro said. Navarro, a school nurse in San Francisco, already had anxiety about racism related to the coronavirus, which emerged in China and has Asian people facing unfounded blame and attacks as it’s spread worldwide. Now, he was outraged. My first instinct was to yell back at him in anger. But, after taking a breath, I realized that would have put me in danger, Navarro said.Instead, he took to Twitter last week to turn the ugly moment into an opportunity for a conversation about racism, generating thousands of sympathetic comments.
Chinese on Everest expedition during pandemic
Beijing: A group of Chinese mountaineers has begun an expedition on Mount Everest as China limped back to normalcy after the coronovirus outbreak. The site, however, remains closed to foreign climbers. The highest peak of the world stands on the border of China and Nepal and can be climbed from both sides. China has closed its side to foreign climbers while Nepal has cancelled all expeditions in response to Covid-19. Only Chinese climbers are permitted this spring season because of the pandemic, operators told the BBC. China has suspended foreign expeditions on the north side of 8,848-meter Mount Everest in Tibet during the spring climbing season of 2020 due to the global spread of the coronavirus.
Five-year-old boy dies in UK; death toll rises
London: A 5-year-old boy with pre-existing underlying health issues is the UK’s youngest COVID-19 victim as the country’s death toll in the coronavirus pandemic rose by 708 in 24 hours to hit 4,313 on Saturday. UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove revealed the latest death toll during the daily Downing Street briefing, during which he reiterated the government’s plea for the public to continue to strictly observe social distancing over what is set to be a pleasant weekend. “If we weigh up an hour or two outside and weigh it against the lives of those we love and the lives of those on the NHS (National Health Service) frontline, then it should be clear, I hope to all that we should follow the advice,” said Gove.
Spain to extend lockdown until April 25
Madrid: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday the extension of the country’s lockdown until April 25 in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. “The cabinet on Tuesday will again ask for authorization from Parliament to extend for a second time the state of alert until Saturday April 25 at midnight,’ Sanchez said in a televised speech. “With the utmost caution, we believe that this is the time that our health system needs to recover,” he said. Hospitals, in particular the intensive care units, have been overwhelmed by an influx of coronavirus patients.
Sri Lanka indefinitely bans international flights
Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Saturday indefinitely closed all international airports for incoming passenger flights due to the nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. Only flights departing with passengers originating from Colombo will be allowed to operate during the lockdown period. Emergency diversions, freighter operations and technical landings would also be allowed. The international airports for incoming passenger flights have been closed until further orders, an airport authority official said. This will be an extension of the previous ban that was put in force until April 7. Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 patient count has increased to 162 with three more cases on Saturday.