Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid-19 is ‘easily the most severe’ crisis it has faced

Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid-19 is ‘easily the most severe’ crisis it has faced

July 28, 2020

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Anti-racism protesters plan to demonstrate in downtown Sydney on Tuesday despite court rulings that the gathering is illegal due to the pandemic threat, AP reports.

Organiser Paddy Gibson said the gathering would be safer than going to a crowded shopping mall or many Sydney workplaces.

“We all must be Covid-safe but we need to stand together to … say that Black lives matter in Australia,” Gibson told Nine Network television.

Gibson had organised the demonstration with the family of David Dungay, a 26-year-old Indigenous man who died in 2015 while being restrained in a Sydney prison after repeatedly saying: “I can’t breathe.”

The demonstrators have gathered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for his prison guards to be charged.

A New South Wales state Supreme Court judge on Sunday accepted a police submission that the possibility of community transmission of Covid-19 made the demonstration too risky to proceed.

Related: Black Lives Matter organisers say they’ll call off Sydney rally if premier seeks Dungay death investigation

Youth climate activists are to advise the UN secretary general on the climate emergency as part of a new effort to bring young people into decision-making and planning on the crisis.

Seven young people, aged between 18 and 28, will take on roles to “provide perspectives, ideas and solutions” to the secretary general, António Guterres, aimed at helping to scale up global climate action in the recovery from the coronavirus crisis and ahead of a crunch summit next year on the climate.

Related: UN calls on youth activists to advise on climate crisis and Covid-19 recovery

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