This is your June 19, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday that marks the end of African American slavery in the US. Activists have planned protests, speeches, and events across the country. Al Sharpton will attend an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one day before President Trump’s campaign event in the city.

Police officers in Atlanta were given a $500 bonus to boost morale after an alleged “sick out.” According to several reports, many police officers called in sick after the prosecuting attorney filed murder charges against the officers who shot Rayshard Brooks.

Pandemic – June 19, 2020, Daily Update

Tuesday and Thursday held the highest number of new global cases reported since the pandemic began with 140,000 and 166,000, respectively. In the last two weeks, 77 nations saw a surge in new cases, 43 countries saw a decline.

global hot spots June 19, 2020, Daily Update
Pandemic global hot spots in the last 24 hours. June 19, 2020, Daily Update

India re-imposed lockdown in its sixth-largest city Chennai after a surge of new cases. India has the fourth-highest case count in the world, with more than 382,000 confirmed cases. The mortality rate has remained relatively low in India’s pandemic experience, but new evidence suggests the government underreported nation’s coronavirus deaths.

Britain reduced its COVID-19 alert level. Japan lifted its domestic travel ban.

California implemented a statewide mask order. The sheriff of Orange County, California, said he would not enforce the rule.

California and Florida both reported their highest day of new cases yesterday. Texas crossed the 100,000 coronavirus case mark.

Refugees and Aid

A new report from the United Nations said that by the end of 2019, there were more than 80 million refugees and displaced people around the world. This record number represents 1% of humanity and almost double the amount record a decade earlier in 2010.

The World Food Program warned an emergency aid service that maintained deliveries throughout the pandemic could end next month if a new injection of funds is not provided. The WFP shipments include both food and medicine supplies for some of the most impoverished nations in the world.

Afghanistan 

US soldiers in Afghanistan have reduced to 8,600. The US has continued its phased down withdrawal from the country even while other aspects of agreements with the Taliban fell through. At its peak, the US had more than 100,000 soldiers in the country.

Venezuela

A new report says secret detentions nearly tripled in Venezuela last year as Nicolas Maduro sought to defeat his political opponents. The report added to allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings employed by the Maduro government.

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