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COVID-19, variant discovered in India, protests in Colombia … Monday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

May 11, 2021

The WHO classifies the variant of the coronavirus discovered in India as “of global concern”

The World Health Organization has classified the coronavirus variant B.1.617, first identified in India, as of “global concern.”

After analyzing the information from India, the Organization has updated the listing from “variant of interest” to “variant of concern”.

“There is certain information available that suggests more transmissibility. There is an unpublished study, which has not yet been peer reviewed and with a limited number of patients, that suggests reduced neutralization. We classify it as a variant of global concern, ”said Maria Van Kerkhove, the epidemiologist leading the technical response to the pandemic.

The specialist insisted that more information is needed both on genetic sequences and epidemiological data from India and other parts of the world to better understand the functioning of this variant.There are no data on diagnosis, therapies and vaccines. For the moment there is nothing to suggest that they do not work. This is important ”, he insisted.

On the other hand, the Director General of the Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, He said that the number of cases in the world is stabilizing, but at an “unacceptably high” level. Tedros recalled that this scenario has already been seen on other occasions and caused many countries to relax measures “too soon” and people Let your guard down by making cases resurface.

UN News / Laura Quiñones

Cali, Colombia, the capital of the department of Cauca

In Colombia, this weekend the social mobilizations have continued. The Human Rights Office in the country participated in meetings between the Cali Mayor’s Office and young people to achieve a humanitarian corridor.

There will be a humanitarian corridor for 24 hours. This is a first step to guarantee the rights of all people. We urge the authorities to privilege dialogue with the indigenous minga gathered in Univalle, ”wrote the representative of the Office on Twitter.

UN Human Rights also asked that “the attack be investigated and punished” that leaves for less 8 indigenous people injured, including several women leaders and defenders. UN Women has also condemned these events and in a joint statement with the organizations of the ProDefensoras initiative, rejects “the threats and violence that women leaders and human rights defenders have experienced and continue to experience” within the framework of the social mobilizations of recent weeks and they call “to stop all kinds of violence” and to be guaranteed that they can do their job. “Women in Colombia lead and support the defense of human rights for all people,” they say in the statement.

Condemnation for the murder of journalist Benjamín Morales in Mexico


UNESCO calls for an end to impunity for the murders of journalists.

UNESCO has condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Benjamín Morales Hernández, in the state of Sonora, where his body was found on May 3, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day.

“I ask the Mexican authorities to investigate and prosecute this crime with the full weight of the law. Journalists must be able to carry out their vital work of informing the public without fear for their lives. Crimes against the media are a threat to the freedom of expression of the entire society and should not go unpunished ”, says the general director of the organization, Audrey Azoulay

Benjamín Morales Hernández, founder and director of the news website Xonoidag, was kidnapped from his car near his home on the night of May 2. He had reported that he received death threats. His body was found riddled the next day.

Yahya Arouri

The Dome of the Rock Mosque, in East Jerusalem, a day after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians broke out on Friday, May 7, 2021.

The Security Council has met, behind closed doors, to address the violence in Jerusalem.

According to press information, this Monday nearly 300 people were injured, mostly Palestinians, in new clashes with Israeli police on the Esplanade of the Mosques after a week of unrest in the city.

The General secretary has expressed concern about the violence and the possible eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods. In a statement, António Guterres urges the Israeli authorities to stop demolitions and evictions and to exercise maximum restraint.

According UNICEF, 29 Palestinian children were injured in East Jerusalem and eight were arrested. Among the injured is a child as young as one year old. “UNICEF has received reports that ambulances were unable to arrive to assist and evacuate the injured and that the local clinic was repeatedly attacked and searched,” the agency says in a statement calling on Israel to release the detained children and do not use violence against minors.