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EU asylum claims drop to lowest level in 12 years amid COVID-19 border closures

Asylum applications in the European Union have dropped to their lowest level in over a decade after countries went into lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Only 8,730 asylum applications were made in April according to the European Asylum Support Office(EASO), an 87 percent drop compared to January. The EASO said this was the lowest level registered since at least 2008.

Human rights advocates have said border closures and travel restrictions across the continent have worsened the challenges of people fleeing war and poverty.

Most applicants were from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey.

“In many cases, the drop in applications is due to member states and countries in Europe actually limiting access to their asylum systems, and not allowing individuals to lodge asylum applications,” said Catherine Woollard, Director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), a pan-European alliance of NGOs defending the rights of displaced people.

“This was either due to the health emergency, or in some cases, countries used COVID to justify restrictions that they were already planning, or restrictions that were already in place,” she told Euronews.

— Euronews

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A woman accused of killing her 19-year old son with rat poison, gives reason for her action

A woman accused of killing her 19-year-old son with rat poison has given reasons for her action.

The  mother of five, Mrs Elizabeth Iweniyi, now in police custody, committed the crime  at Egbeta Community, Ovia North-East local government area of Edo State, Nigeria

The woman and her husband Mr Isaac Iweniyi, 50, were among 56 suspected criminals paraded by the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo in Benin City, recently.

She told newsmen that she has  five children and  the deceased, known as Marvis  was  the eldest child, adding that Since he  was born he has been sick.

She disclosed that the boy falls unconscious regularly as well as  suffering from mental illness.

“I have never known peace since he was born and i have taken him to several places for treatment  but the situation seems to be getting worse.

“I am tired, I can’t continue like that again, so I have to give him rat  poison to kill him and save us the stress he has brought to the family,” she lamented.

According to her: “That fateful day, I was in the farm when they called me that my son was down again around the neighborhood.   When I returned home, I went to look for him and took him back to the house.  I immediately went out to buy the  rat poison  which i gave to  him.

” I was fed up with  his condition and i had no choice than to kill  my son,” the woman narrated to newsmen at the police headquarters amid tears.

— Eubaldus Enahoro. The Observer

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June 15: More Non-Essential Businesses Re-Opening On the Covid-19 Lockdown Aftermath

United Kingdom!

A variety of non-essential shops and services can reopen under conditions that they adhere to social distancing measures.

These include the following:

Fashion shops

Charity shops

Betting shops

Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers

Auction houses

Antique stores

Retail art galleries

Photography studios

Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites

Mobile phone stores

Indoor markets

Craft fairs

Similar types of retail

However, other businesses, including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers – will remain shut until at least July.