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Brazil has now recorded the second highest number of deaths from coronavirus after the United States. The Brazilian Health Ministry says more than 900 people died from the infection in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 41800. Katy Watson says the country's President continues to be criticized for his cavalier attitude to the pandemic. Jair Bolsonaro has continued to downplay this virus. He has said very little this week. In fact, I think now it's got to such a point that people here, you've got Sao Paolo, you've got Rio, you got these cities that are starting to reopen at the time of crisis. People here are deeply concerned about where this is going and we hear very little from the top. We don't know where we are in terms of the curve. Brazil tests very little and the belief is that the real numbers are much, much higher than the official figures are giving out.
Health officials in the United States have issued new safety guidelines as the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures continues across the country. They urge people to maintain social distancing and wear cloth face covers. There are concerns that steps to reopen the economy could lead to a new wave of infections. The governor of New York state's Andrew Cuomo has signed a series of police reforms after weeks of anti-racism protests across the United States over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The measures include making chokeholds a felony and abolishing a controversial rule restricting access to police disciplinary records. But Rashad Robinson, the President of the Color of Change Organization, said often police reforms were never implemented in the US. We've been in places where reform has been put on the table, and reform has even passed and been signed into law, but actually hasn't done the job of actually changing the experience that black communities have with law enforcement. And so how we will judge this is not on the words, but on the action on the implementation and on the results.
Protesters have clashed with police in Lebanon for a second night, furious at the economic plight of the country where the currency has crashed. Economic hardships have been compounded by the coronavirus. James Read has this report. Lebanon is in the grip of a financial crisis that has seen the national currency lose 70% of its value since October. This has caused deepening economic misery as the cost of living has soared and tens of thousands have lost their jobs. On Friday, the government promised to feed dollars into the market to stabilize the exchange rate, but this has done nothing to assuage the anger on the streets. In Beirut and other cities, protesters clashed with security forces and attacked shops and banks. Many have lost confidence in a political elite that appears incapable of rescuing the economy.
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