Tuesday, 11 February 2020 Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 11: Voting underway for New Hampshire primary; Heavy rain, flooding hits South; Quarantine ends for some China evacuees; South Africa marks 30 years since Nelson Mandela's release from prison.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday asked for the US Elections to be delayed. "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" Trump said. The date of the presidential election — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. One Republican governor, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, quickly shot down Trump's idea: “Make no mistake: the election will happen in New Hampshire on November 3rd. End of story. Our voting system in NH is secure, safe, and reliable. We have done it right 100% of the time for 100 years – this year will be no different."
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Two Florida Keys residents ignored orders to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Now, they have ended up in jail as of Wednesday night, reports Newser. Jose Freire Interian, 24, and Yohana Gonzalez, 26, were charged with violating isolation rules. Quarantine and violating emergency management disaster preparedness rules were in place. A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says Interian and Gonzalez were kept isolated.
Zindzi Mandela, daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59. Zindzi, who was Nelson and Winnie Mandela's youngest daughter, died early Monday morning. She was born in 1960 to Nelson, South Africa’s first black president, and Winnie, an anti-apartheid activist. The 59-year-old woman was a political activist and South Africa's ambassador to Denmark. Zindzi Mandela is survived by her husband and four children. Her cause of death has not been released.
Mourners have commemorated the life of George Floyd in central London on the day of his funeral in the US. Around 50 activists, some with “Black Lives Matter” signs, knelt at the foot of Nelson Mandela’s statue in Parliament Square, Westminster, on Tuesday.
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A critical Covid-19 vaccine trial is underway in South Africa. The initial results for the Oxford developed vaccine have been promising. Researchers however say that the real test for the experimental vaccine will come in South Africa. According to CNN, scientists in Johannesburg are trying to enroll 2,000 participants in the vaccine trial. South Africa has reported over 381,000 cases of COVID-19, with a death toll of 5,368.
Countries including the US, South Africa and India are struggling to hold down rising rates of coronavirus as global deaths from Covid-19 surged past 600,000.Concerns are rising that the pandemic has found fresh legs over the past few weeks, with Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organisation (WHO) both recording daily highs in newly reported infections.The Department for Health and Social Care said on Friday it was “pausing” publication of daily death figures for the whole of the UK after Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered a review into claims by researchers that there were “statistical flaws” in the way they are calculated.
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Africa this weekend as the first U.S. cabinet official to visit in more than 18 months, and he... SeattlePI.com Also reported by •TechCrunch