In other news of the day: a congressional report argued that the meat industry and the Trump administration put production above the health of workers in the first year of the pandemic.
The head of the elected subcommittee, Democrat James Clayburn, said the factories remained open and 269 workers died. The industry said the report ignored the company’s efforts to re-equip plants and acquire protective equipment.
North Korea recognized the first outbreak of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and imposed a nationwide closure. State media reported 350,000 cases and one death. Meanwhile, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un first appeared on state television in a public mask. He filmed it to speak at a meeting.
Hours after the announcement of the COVID outbreak, North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles. They landed in the Sea of Japan in the 16th missile test this year and the first test since South Korea’s new president took office on Tuesday. There were also signs that the North was preparing its first nuclear test in almost five years.
Today, Palestinians mourn Shirin Abu Akle, a Palestinian-American reporter shot dead on Wednesday. Journalists who were with her say that the Israeli military fired on the group, killing Abu Akle. Today the guard of honor laid a wreath at her coffin in Ramallah.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected Israel’s call for a joint investigation.