Top 10 world news today: COVID-19 mutation, Singapore slammed for death sentence, and more

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 20, 2020, 07.43 PM(IST)

Workers from US auto parts maker Aptiv Plc arrive at the plant during the coronavirus outbreak in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Photograph:( Reuters )

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Here are top stories that made rounds in the world arena today.

New cluster of cases shows coronavirus may be mutating

Scientists, however, are still doubtful over this delayed onset. Few believe the differences Chinese doctors are seeing could be due to the fact that they’re able to observe patients more thoroughly and from an earlier stage than in Wuhan. 

Singapore slammed for death sentence via Zoom app

Rights groups have criticised the use of video-calls for capital punishment verdicts, including a case in Nigeria earlier this month.

NASA finds evidence of parallel universe where time runs backward

And if there are any inhabitants of a possible parallel universe, they’d consider this universe the backward one.

US President Donald Trump views highest COVID-19 cases as 'Badge of Honour'

"So when we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better."

No guidelines for content that goes against China: TikTok to Wion

In an apparent clarification to Wion, TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has said their community guidelines are holistic, and that they do not have any specific rules for content that goes against China. 

New age of air travel post-lockdown to witness half-empty aircraft, temperature checks at airports

Half-empty aircraft and temperature checks at airports using thermal scans to spot people with fever, temperature checks rolled out for passengers and crew will be some of the new measures. 

Russia reports highest single day death toll as Dagestan becomes new epicentre

Moscow which was considered the epicenter of the virus has now been replaced by Dagestan region which has 3,600 cases and 36 deaths due to coronavirus.

Covid-19 drives commercial world war: China and US consumers turn on each other's goods

A recent survey by Deutsche Bank's big data platform dbDIG showed 41 per cent of Americans would not buy a "Made in China" product again and 35 per cent of Chinese would avoid buying products ".

Thailand’s film industry told not to shoot love scenes, fighting or acts that involve close contact

Under guidance issued by Yupha Thawiwattanakit Bowon, deputy permanent secretary of culture, filmmakers must work in well-ventilated spaces, with no more than 50 crew members present.

Global coronavirus cases near 5 million, death toll rises to 323,413

The United States has recorded the most deaths at 91,179. It is followed by Britain with 35,341, Italy with 32,169, France with 28,022 and Spain with 27,778.