CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | New York’s Cuomo, Concerned About COVID-19 Spread, Asks Protesters To Get Tested

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said several days and nights of demonstrations in the state after the killing of George Floyd could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, and urged protesters to get tested.

‘I’m not a nervous Nellie. I’m just looking at the numbers’, said Cuomo, nothing that an estimated 30,000 people have protested in the state. ‘Many wear masks. But there is no social distancing. Police are in their face…If you were at a protest, get a test, please’.

Officials in Chicago this week expressed similar concern, and asked protesters to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Cuomo took time in his daily coronavirus briefing to sympathize with the protests, calling Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis while in police custody a murder and adding, ‘I share the outrage’.

‘It is a metaphor for the systemic racism and injustice that we have seen’, he added.

Following protests not only in New York City, but in the upstate cities of Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse, Cuomo said the state would observe a ‘symbolic moment’ of silence at the 2 p.m. EDT (1800GMT) for sharing grief and understanding.

‘This is an injustice that should never happen again’, he said.

Cuomo said his concern about increased spread of the virus during the demonstrations would not impede the state’s regionally phase reopening, which is set to allow New York City to open on Monday for limited economic activity. A second phase of activity, which New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said could start as early as July, will include outdoor restaurant seating.

With more people wearing face covering, the state has made significant progress in halting the spread, as reflected in a drop in the rate of people testing positive for the virus over the past six weeks to 2% from 26%, he said.


NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Romania’s President On National Day

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulation to President Klaus Iohannis of Romania on the anniversary of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wished the President constant good health and happiness … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Romania’s President On National Day

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ranked 6th among the world safest travel destinations, in light of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and the only one in the Middle East. This come according to an article published on the Wego Travel Blog website, entitled ‘Safe Placed to Travel During Covid -19 Pandemic”. The classification was … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders et high hopes the U.S. President – elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solutions to the decades – old Arab – Israeli conflict, officials said. In a palace statement after meeting with Abbas in the Red Sea … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

NEWS ALERT | Trump Senior Aide Kushner And Team Heading To Saudi Arabia, Qatar

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NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. The Council said in a statement that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risk. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

RIYADH – – Across town one ice rink has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital, but some Moscow residents took to the ice late on Friday as the city’s biggest outdoor rink opened for winter during the pandemic. The rink in the Soviet – era VDNKh amusement park in northern Moscow opened its doors despite … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

MILAN – Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a phone call on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Jawad Zarif, a ministry statement said. Al-Thani extended Qatar’s condolences to the government and the people of Iran and called for self-restraint following Friday’s killing which … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

Seven – times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a record lap in Saturday’s qualifying session, ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas who completed a front – row lockout for Mercedes. The Briton lapped the 5.4 – kilometre floodlit Sakhir desert track in one minute 27, 264 seconds, … Continue reading SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

NEWS ALERT | Montenegor Declares Serbia’s Ambassador Persona Non Grata

BELGRADE – Montenegro on Saturday declared Serbia’s ambassador persona non grata for interfering with the country’s internal affairs, the ministry of interior said in a statement. Following the announcement, Serbia declared non grata the Montenegrin ambassador to Serbia and gave him 72 hours to leave the country. In the statement, Montenegro’s ministry said that despite … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Montenegor Declares Serbia’s Ambassador Persona Non Grata

NEWS ALERT | Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Escort U.S. Spy Plane Over Black Sea: RIA

Milan – – Russia scrambled an SU-27 fighter jet to intercept a U.S.RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over neutral waters in the Black Sea, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Saturday. Russia said its warplane returned to its base after the U.S. reconnaissance aircraft turned away from Russia’s border. Similar incidents … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Escort U.S. Spy Plane Over Black Sea: RIA

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