Indigenous Groups in Brazil Protest Gov’t Inaction on Coronavirus; South Korea Outbreak Grows

HeadlineAug 18, 2020

In international news, another 684 people have died in Brazil from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to nearly 109,000 — the second highest in the world after the United States. On Monday, dozens of Indigenous protesters blocked a major highway in the Amazon to push the Brazilian government to do more to protect Indigenous communities during the pandemic.

South Korea is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak in five months. More than 400 cases have been linked to a church run by a conservative pastor who tested positive just days after he took part in an anti-government protest in Seoul.

Meanwhile, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Masbate province in central Philippines earlier today, killing at least one person, caused significant damage to a coronavirus quarantine center. The Philippines, which has the highest caseload in Southeast Asia with nearly 170,000 cases, is easing a second lockdown on its capital Manila starting this week.

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