The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 7th, 2020 evening edition

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is coming under some of the greatest pressure it has experienced in its 72-year history – to force the closure of live animal markets to prevent future pandemics.

The new joint letter calls on the WHO to recommend to governments worldwide that they bring in permanent bans on live wildlife markets and close down or limit trade in wildlife to reduce the threat to human health.

In February, the Chinese government temporarily banned such markets, although there is evidence some sellers have started up again or are dealing online.

The experts also want the use of wildlife, including from captive-bred animals, to be “unequivocally” excluded from the organisation’s definition and endorsement of traditional medicine.

Last year the WHO added traditional Chinese medicine, which uses animal body parts, to its influential global compendium.

The United Nations’ biodiversity chief has also added her weight to demands for a global ban on wildlife markets.

Markets selling live animals – both captured from the wild and bred in captivity – are popular in southeast Asia but also exist in Africa and South America. »

Landlord changes locks on California church after pastor said he'd continue to hold services

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But within the past week, the landlord of the Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi, Calif. changed the locks, so congregants couldn't enter the building for Palm Sunday services.

Church vs. coronavirus: California pastor says stay-at-home orders violate freedom of religion.

His brother, Pastor Jon Duncan, had continued to hold in-person services despite the coronavirus outbreak. »

Dana White Securing Private Island for UFC Fights, 'Fights Every Week'

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Play video content Exclusive Dana White tells TMZ Sports he's thiiis close to closing a deal to host UFC fights on a private island -- where he would fly in fighters on private planes.

The UFC boss tells us he's laser-focused on keeping the business alive during the COVID-19 pandemic -- starting with UFC 249 on April 18.

White says people should stop blaming Khabib for being out of the fight, there's nothing he could have done. »

Coronavirus: Doctors and nurses will need PTSD treatment after Covid-19 virus peaks in hospitals, warn health leaders

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Doctors and nurses will need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after working in harrowing conditions on wards during the coronavirus crisis, health leaders warn.

The strain on their mental and physical health is already unprecedented and the virus has not yet reached its expected peak, they say.

“We are used to dealing with emergencies, but we have never been exposed to this sort of demand. »

UK rejects Trump's offer to help with Boris Johnson's coronavirus treatment

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman has rejected President Donald Trump's offer to help with Johnson's COVID-19 treatment.

The UK government has rejected President Donald Trump's offer to help with the COVID-19 treatment of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson's spokesman rejected the offer on Tuesday, saying "any treatment he receives is a matter for his doctors.". »