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2020-05-27 06:19:31

Britain proposes to delay international climate talks by a year.

Like the Tokyo Olympics and other major events, international negotiations designed to address the threat of climate change will quite likely be delayed by a full year because of the pandemic.

“Given the uneven spread of Covid-19, this date would present the lowest risk of further postponement and the best chance of delivering an inclusive and ambitious” conference, British officials said.

The gathering is meant to rally world leaders to chart ways to avert the worst effects of climate change, including heat waves and flooded coastal cities.

Delaying the talks by a full year could worsen the problems, some diplomats say. Countries and international financial institutions may now feel freer to enact economic recovery plans without paying much heed to their climate implications.

More than 20 such conferences were held before countries agreed on the landmark 2015 Paris pact, under which they pledged to keep the increase in global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with preindustrial levels.

Indonesia’s president said on Wednesday that he would deploy troops and police officers across hard-hit parts of the country as part of a “new normal” protocol meant to slow the coronavirus while reviving the economy.

Even as the country’s coronavirus caseload continues to rise, President Joko Widodo hopes to put people back to work while requiring that they take preventive measures, including mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.

The police and soldiers would be deployed in four provinces, including Jakarta, the capital, and 25 cities and regencies.

“If this is effective, we will expand to other provinces, other regencies and cities,” Mr. Widodo said in a brief statement to the nation.

Many millions have been put out of work, and Mr. Joko is concerned that the economic losses pose as much of a threat to the public as the virus. Re-elected a year ago on a platform of economic growth, he is gambling that he can revive the economy while reducing the infection rate.

Initially slow to act, Indonesia has closed schools and malls in some areas and limited public gatherings, and it banned people from returning from cities to their villages for the recent Ramadan holiday. But many Indonesians have flouted the rules.

The president’s directive will increase the role of the police and military, which had previously assisted in enforcing the travel ban and mobilizing the virus response.

The president of El Salvador joined President Trump on Tuesday by saying that he, too, takes the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in hopes of warding off the coronavirus.

Mr. Bukele told reporters on Tuesday that his government was no longer promoting the drug as a treatment, following the W.H.O.’s advice, but that patients could still opt to take it as a preventive treatment. El Salvador has just over 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

Millions of workers were laid off or furloughed while China battled the coronavirus outbreak. Many of those who kept their jobs have seen their pay cut and future prospects narrow.

China’s youngest workers, in particular, have entered perhaps the country’s toughest job market in the modern era. The pressure is about to intensify: Nearly 8.7 million more college graduates are waiting in the wings this year.

“When it was April and I still couldn’t start my job, I started to feel worried,” said Huang Bing, 24, who graduated last year from a prestigious Chinese drama school. Her new job, set to begin this past January, ended before it began.

“I began worrying that I may not be able to work this year at all,” Ms. Huang said. “I can’t just keep waiting.”

Grandparents choking on food because they were fed lying down. Residents left in filthy beds and soiled diapers for hours, in rooms with “significant fecal contamination” and cockroaches. Residents screaming for help for more than two hours before anyone answered.

Canadians knew the coronavirus had shred a deadly path through the country’s long-term-care homes, but a report drafted by the Canadian military adds new layers level of horror to the shocking tale.

“It’s appalling, it’s disgusting,” Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, said on Tuesday as he released the confidential report to the public and demanded justice for families.

While nursing homes have been pummeled by the pandemic in many countries, in Canada they seem to have suffered an especially severe blow. Earlier this month, more than 80 percent of the country’s coronavirus deaths were reported to have been tied to long-term-care homes. (That figure has now passed 6,500.)

In the country’s two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, many centers were so badly hit and so understaffed that the federal government sent in the Canadian armed forces to help last month.

The new report, which pertains to five homes in Ontario, is heart-wrenching.

It cites not just a lack of infection control, but also burned-out employees who worked in a “culture of fear to use supplies because they cost money.” Essential items like wipes and linens were kept under “lock and key,” the report says.

In one home, staff members reported that patients had not been bathed for weeks, and in others, residents were not fed regularly and food was left out of reach.

Calling the report “deeply disturbing,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I had, obviously, a range of emotions of anger, of sadness, of frustration, of grief.”

“We need to take action as a country,” Mr. Trudeau said.

About a dozen U.S. states are seeing an uptick in new virus cases, bucking the national trend of staying steady or seeing decreases — and at least half of the states seeing more infections were part of an early wave of reopenings in late April and early May.

Bucking the national trend of plateaued or decreasing cases, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are among the states that have seen recent increases in newly reported cases, several weeks after moving to reopen.

The new numbers could reflect increased testing capacity in some places, though they also indicate that the virus’s grip on the country is far from over. Experts have warned that opening too early could lead to a second wave.

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Reporting contributed by Jenny Gross, Catherine Porter, Somini Sengupta, Alexandra Stevenson and Keith Bradsher


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