Donegal Put Under Level 3 Restrictions
Donegal is set to be put under Level 3 restrictions by midnight tonight following it’s increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. Most notably the county recorded a rate of 122.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 which has risen since it’s early 106.2 per 100,000 which is the sharpest increase recorded in any county to date. The lockdown is set to be lifted on the 16th of October. Donegal TD and Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue said that putting Donegal into Level 3 restrictions was "a very difficult but necessary decision" made by Cabinet. Sinn Féin and Donegal TD Pearse Doherty noted that the restrictions will have a serious impact on Donegal and that people will have to “dig deep” and follow the public health advice.
Covid-19 Deaths in the US pass 200,000
The John Hopkin’s University have again this week released the USA’s recent Covid data with over 6.86 million confirmed cases and over 200,000 deaths. The recent data shows that while the US only accounts for 4% of the world’s population it is responsible for 20% of the world’s recorded deaths from Covid-19. Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden said in a statement "Due to Donald Trump's lies and incompetence in the past six months, (we) have seen one of the gravest losses of American life in history."
EU Says No to Lukashenko
"His secret inauguration is an attempt to seize power," those were the words of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Alexander Lukashenko’s main opposition. Mr Lukashenko earlier this week held an abrupt inauguration which saw him sworn in for his sixth term as President of Belarus. In a statement High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said "The European Union does not recognise their falsified results. On this basis, the so-called 'inauguration' of 23 September 2020 and the new mandate claimed by Aleksander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy." Currently the USA and the EU are drawing up sanctions to impose on the state of Belarus.
Protests Break Out Over Breonna Taylor Shooting Charges
Following the announcement that none of the three officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged with causing her death hundreds of people took to the streets in Louisville, Kentucky in protests with two police officers being shot and wounded. The sentence comes six months after police shot Ms Taylor in front of her unarmed boyfriend after forcing their way into Taylor’s home on suspicion of drug trafficking. US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his prayers to the officers shot on the day whilst Democratic rival Joe Biden stated that the grand jury had failed to deliver justice for Ms Taylor.
Republics to Guarantee Peaceful Transition of Power
Following Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the Presidential Election in November President Trump when speaking to reporters this week said he did not believe an “honest” election could go ahead “with this whole situation, unsolicited ballots.” US Senator Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans have assured that should President Trump lose the election in November a peaceful transfer of power will occur. They also assured the American public that Republican politicians would respect the result of the November election regardless of outcome.