Apple joins #Blackouttuesday

In the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death, Apple Music is the latest company joining awareness campaign #Blackouttuesday, to show support for Black Lives Matter.

Cancelling its usual Beats 1 radio schedule, instead it is directing all iOS and macOS users to a single streaming station, celebrating the best in Black music.

Apple also switched the Apple Music front page with an anti-racism message.

Curfew resulted in less looting

Reports suggest that the curfew in evidence last night reduced incidences of looting in the U.S., while the Pentagon sees itself in peril, Reuters reports, as Trump threatens a military response.

With US elections not far around the corner, echoes of historic racist remarks saw Iowa’s nine-term House Republican, Steve King, lose his bid for renomination, in what the New York Times dubbed one of the biggest defeats of the 2020 primary season in any state.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives his daily COVID 19 press briefing at Downing Street on March 22, 2020 in London, England. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives his daily COVID 19 press briefing at Downing Street on March 22, 2020 in London, England. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Herd immunity controversy rolls on

An explosive TV documentary from Channel 4’s Dispatches has revealed that UK prime minister Boris Johnson told Italy’s president “he wanted to defeat coronavirus with herd immunity.”

This comes at a time when Italy reopens to tourists from Europe, three months after the country entered lock-down.

With officials saying new covid-19 cases in western Europe are in steady decline, Germany has eased its travel ban and cafe culture has returned to Paris.

Get a grip

In the UK, Keir Starmer warns prime minister Johnson to get a grip or risk a second coronavirus wave, accusing Johnson of having caused a collapse in public confidence.

With the handling of Dominic Cummings‘ lock-down breach still causing rancour, Boris is being forced to ‘take more control’ over the crisis after weeks of chaos.

With China being told by prime minister Johnson “we’ll not walk away from the people of Hong Kong”, it seems we’re heading yet for another busy week in the UK, especially if we add a renewed ‘appetite’ for Brexit talks between UK and the EU to the mix.

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