Redaction Weekly: Covid-19 exists, as a matter of fact

CORONAVIRUS, Covid-19, the “China Virus” – however the virus is referred to, millions of his supporters are now unsure where to look after President Donald Trump contracted it.

Trump has downplayed the disease for months and insisted as many parts of the economy reopen as soon as possible.

“It [the coronavirus] affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” he said last month.

“If they have other problems. That’s what it really affects. That’s it. … Below the age of 18, like, nobody.

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“They have a strong immune system, who knows? You look. … Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”

All three leaders of the nations worst-hit by coronavirus – Boris Johnson in the UK, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and now Trump in the US – have now contracted Covid-19.

It’s a stark reminder that, until a vaccine is produced or effective systems are put in place to minimise transmission, that the virus is here to stay – and can affect anyone.

One country that has successfully nullified the coronavirus is New Zealand – and Jacinda Ardern’s response means Labour are likely to be re-elected in this month’s elections.

But can they govern alone, after three years of compromise with New Zealand First? We spoke to Professor Robert Patman to analyse the coalition.

Jacinda Ardern can finally rid her coalition of Winston Peters and New Zealand First

Here’s some of our other top stories this week:

CANADA

Liberal hero Justin Trudeau is continuing to prop up the military-industrial complex in Canada by purchasing even more fighter jets. Some Canadians are finally putting their foot down, Scott Costen reports.

Peace activists to protest as Canada plans to spend billions on new fighter jets

NEW CALEDONIA

The French colony will go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether they want to be independent from France – our guest writer analysed the chances.

How would New Caledonia’s culturally diverse population factor into independence?

LOOKING FORWARD

As the New Zealand election creeps ever closer, look forward to more exclusive interviews with Professor Patman.

We will also have special coverage on the ongoing Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.


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