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These Hilarious Quarantine Baking Fails Are So Relatable For First-Timers
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These Hilarious Quarantine Baking Fails Are So Relatable For First-Timers

People are finding creative ways to spend their spare time while quarantining during the novel coronavirus pandemic. In addition to virtual game nights and happy hours, people have been trying their hand at baking. More specifically, people are baking bread, and while there are plenty of successes, many amateur chefs have been sharing their unsuccessful attempts on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets about quarantine baking fails that'll remind you you're not the...
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The Cold, Hard Work of Delivering Oxygen to Ventilators
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The Cold, Hard Work of Delivering Oxygen to Ventilators

Two hospitals in Queens, New York moved 10 Covid-19 patients to a Navy hospital ship docked offshore last week, after their ventilators couldn’t supply as much oxygen as the patients needed. The problem lay not with the hospitals’ total oxygen supply or with the ventilators themselves, but with coils of aluminum in which oxygen changes from a liquid into a gas. And the fix came from the hoses of the New York Fire Department. As...
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The tiny premature baby who fought off coronavirus
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The tiny premature baby who fought off coronavirus

Tracy Maguire remembers the moment she saw doctors insert a swab into her three-week-old baby's nose to test for coronavirus. The new mother says it is one of the "worst things" she has seen. "It was the first time I'd seen my baby cry tears," she said. "I held her, I was crying and we were just trying to get each other through the situation". Born prematurely at just 3lbs 5oz (1.5kg), baby Peyton was...
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How To Throw A Virtual Bachelorette Party That Isn’t Sad
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How To Throw A Virtual Bachelorette Party That Isn’t Sad

There’s no way around it: Coronavirus is f*cking things up. Between healthcare, the economy, and mental wellbeing, this sh*t is, as Kelly Kapoor would say, “B-A-N-A-N-A-S.” In addition to all of the terrible things everyday folks are dealing with, couples who had spring and summer (and maybe fall?) weddings planned are having to change the biggest day of their lives. While it’s heartening to see couples making the best out of a god-awful situation with...
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Will Chinas coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?
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Will Chinas coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?

Rocio Wu is a venture partner at F-Prime Capital who focuses on early-stage investments in software/applied AI, fintech and frontier tech investments. For the past month, VC investment pace seems to have slacked off in the U.S, but deal activities in China are picking up following a slowdown prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to PitchBook, “Chinese firms recorded 66 venture capital deals for the week ended March 28, the most of any week in...
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Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one
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Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one

Michael Ovitz didn’t invent the idea of a talent agency, but one might argue that he perfected it. He founded the CAA in 1975, and grew it into the world’s leading talent agency, serving as chairman for 20 years. Now, Ovitz is investing in a brand new type of talent agency called Human Capital. Human Capital is a hybrid organization, one part VC fund, one part recruiting business and one part creative agency. (Human Capital...
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Rock star tour buses transformed for NHS workers
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Rock star tour buses transformed for NHS workers

Music fans won't need reminding there are no live gigs happening at the moment. As well as empty venues and festival fields, the tour buses that would normally ferry stars around the country are also out of action. But when Tarrant Anderson found himself armed with a fleet of vacant "hotels-on-wheels" he wanted to "do some good". Despite his business being "decimated" by the lockdown he set out to hand them over to the NHS....
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Precursor Ventures Charles Hudson on the conversation no one has during an upmarket

For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, we’re entering a period where stresses are amplified and outlooks are unpredictable. In light of the new market conditions, a harder fundraising market and slower expected growth, Charles Hudson (founder and general partner of Precursor Ventures) is urging his portfolio companies to reassess their futures...
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COVID-19 Has the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee on the Ropes
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COVID-19 Has the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee on the Ropes

As of Friday, the 2020 Democratic National Convention was still theoretically on for August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But to say it remained to be seen what kind of in-person confab could feasibly be held in the city during the coronavirus pandemic would be putting it lightly. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told ABCs George Stephanopoulos on April 5 that the party may have to do a virtual convention, which as The Daily Beast previously reported,...
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Silicon Valley needs a new approach to studying ethics now more than ever
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Silicon Valley needs a new approach to studying ethics now more than ever

Lisa Wehden is an investor at Bloomberg Beta, a VC fund focused on the future of work; previously she launched Entrepreneur First in Berlin. Next month, Apple and Google will unveil features to enable contact tracing on iOS and Android to identify people who have had contact with someone who tests positive for the novel coronavirus. Security experts have been quick to point out the possible dangers, including privacy risks like revealing identities of COVID-19-positive...
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The Wikipedia of COVID-19 has launched a crowdfunding drive to keep going
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The Wikipedia of COVID-19 has launched a crowdfunding drive to keep going

At the end of March, a coalition of grassroots UK tech initiatives came together to coordinate the key groups of tech industry people supporting the UK’s response to the coronavirus. The Code4Covid.org initiative came out of a milieu of other projects such as Covidmutualaid.org and Covid Tech Support, but it was the CoronavirusTechHandbook (CTH), an initiative by political technology college Newspeak House which pioneered the whole movement and quickly become a global resource and community in...
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The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One
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The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

Three months into the global coronavirus pandemic, there are growing signs that the long marriage between China and the US—indeed between China and the developed world—is coming apart. The virus shut Chinese factories in January and February; then it exposed how dependent the US and Europe had become on China for everything from drugs to medical equipment. That’s prompted “a rethink of how much any country wants to be reliant on any other country,” in...
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Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa
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Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has frozen much of the world’s aviation system, grounding fleets, shredding balance sheets, and stopping production lines as passenger demand craters. But in Ghana, a new fleet of aircraft took flight on Friday in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. These small drones, operated by US startup Zipline, are transporting coronavirus test samples from more than 1,000 health facilities to laboratories in the cities of Accra and Kumasi....
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The expansion of mass surveillance to stop coronavirus should worry us all
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The expansion of mass surveillance to stop coronavirus should worry us all

No matter how much we want to return to normal, we must be wary of additional for-profit use of our dat Hunkered down in our homes for weeks on end, we long to be free. We nostalgically imagine our lives before the pandemic recalling what it was like to live in a social world: to dine with friends at a neighborhood restaurant, to visit our elderly parents. Those of us lucky enough so far to...
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Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible
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Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible

Mark Mills is the author of the book, “Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era,” and is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, and a partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund. An epic number of citizens are video-conferencing to work in these lockdown times. But as they trade in a gas-burning commute for digital connectivity, their personal energy use for each two...
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Was That Cold I Had in November or December Coronavirus?
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Was That Cold I Had in November or December Coronavirus?

It is a comforting thought at a time of mass death from a historic and unpredictable pandemic: What if I had it already maybe even that time I felt sick a few months ago? After all, while antibody testing is only now being rolled out in any significant numbers and its reliability remains in doubt the hope is that having recovered from the illness might offer some measure of immunity to reinfection. And the documented...
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“No Evidence” People With Covid-19 Antibodies Are Immune From Second Infection, Says WHO
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“No Evidence” People With Covid-19 Antibodies Are Immune From Second Infection, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned there is “no evidence” that people with antibodies to Covid-19 have necessarily acquired immunity to the disease and are protected against a second infection. Some countries, such as Germany, are looking to roll out “immunity passports” that would allow people to be free from some lockdown measures if they can prove they have recovered from Covid-19. However, the WHO has warned governments against this idea as the effectiveness of...
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Virus response scheme sees 33 prisoners released
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Virus response scheme sees 33 prisoners released

Thirty-three out of 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales eligible for early release to help tackle coronavirus have so far been freed, ministers have said. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said progress on a scheme announced at the start of the month had been "slow". But he said other measures, such as requiring inmates to spend more time in their cells, had so far helped to prevent an "explosive outbreak". But Labour's David Lammy warned of...
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Emerging Evidence Indicates The Heart Plays A Key Role In The Severity Of Covid-19
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Emerging Evidence Indicates The Heart Plays A Key Role In The Severity Of Covid-19

Heart disease has been listed among the comorbidities for Covid-19 – that is, pre-existing conditions that can worsen the outcome of the disease. Emerging evidence indicates that around 10 percent of hospitalized Covid-19 patients have heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure compared to patients with lung disease, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who make up just 6 percent. This trend towards patients with heart disease having worse outcomes compared to those with lung disease...
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Coronavirus ‘will hasten the decline of cash’
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Coronavirus ‘will hasten the decline of cash’

  Coronavirus will hasten the decline in the use of cash as people make a long-term switch to digital payments, experts say. The lockdown has led to a 60% fall in the number of withdrawals from cash machines, although people are taking out bigger sums. Payment card use has risen with online shopping, particularly for groceries. Experts say the long-term future of cash could be at risk, before the UK is ready to cope with...
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Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary
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Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary

If you’re one of the 12.3 million people who watched Travis Scott perform on Fortnite this past week, you’ll agree: The sky’s the limit right now when it comes to cheering people up. One kid, per our commenters, said Scott’s performance was better than Star Wars. The popular multiplayer game Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is just one example of tech finding a creative way to continue business as usual amid this pandemic. And it...
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Cheetah, a restaurant wholesale app that pivoted to consumers for COVID-19, nabs $36M
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Cheetah, a restaurant wholesale app that pivoted to consumers for COVID-19, nabs $36M

A lot of restaurants have shuttered in the wake of stay-at-home guidance and government orders for non-essential businesses to close down, so a startup called Cheetah that provided a wholesale delivery service for them pivoted to selling to consumers, and now it’s raised a round of funding, both to expand its business and to help it stay the course through the novel coronavirus pandemic. Today, the San Francisco startup is announcing that it has closed...
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Child Cases Of Covid-19 Associated With Toxic Shock Syndrome And Rare Inflammatory Disease
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Child Cases Of Covid-19 Associated With Toxic Shock Syndrome And Rare Inflammatory Disease

A rising number of European Covid-19 cases suggest a possible link between childhood cases of the respiratory disease and two rare, potentially life-threatening conditions. Over the last three weeks, European pediatricians are reporting a growing number of Covid-19 cases in children presenting with a multi-system hyperinflammatory state that overlaps with features of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and Kawasaki disease, according to a post shared by the UK Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS). No such links...
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New coronavirus data shows London ethnic breakdown
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New coronavirus data shows London ethnic breakdown

New NHS data has revealed ethnic breakdowns among the patients in London hospitals who have died with coronavirus. Black people account for 13% of the city's population but 16% of deaths. Epidemiologist Dr Shikta Das said there was a high rate of ethnic minority people among front line workers, who were exposed to greater risk. But Dr Das said it was difficult to draw conclusions as data needed to be more specific to areas of...
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Four out of five COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors homes.
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Four out of five COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors homes.

What went wrong? What can Canada do to fix it before the next wave hits? This look at the tragedy in Canada’s long term care homes and the emergency measures to protect the most vulnerable is part of the Post’s ongoing Lessons from a Pandemic series. From the first COVID-19 outbreak in British Columbia to the devastation in Ontario and Quebec, seniors in long term care have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The...
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New COVID-19 test developed in Singapore detects past infection within an hour
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New COVID-19 test developed in Singapore detects past infection within an hour

A new COVID-19 test that can rapidly assess if a person has been previously infected with the coronavirus is now available to hospitals in Singapore. Launched on Friday (May 15), the cPass serology test detects antibodies - formed by the body to fight off infections - in the blood or serum of patients. It is not used to check for active infection. Its main purpose rather, is for contact tracing, detecting asymptomatic cases and assessing herd immunity. Such serological...
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35% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic
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35% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic

DETECTING cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease could be harder than expected, as a number of persons are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show signs of the disease. Public health authorities reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 moved from 113 to 116 over the past 24 hours, but over 35 per cent or over 40 persons are asymptomatic. “You should note that over 35 per cent of our COVID-19 cases were actually asymptomatic –...
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Morocco Approves Creation of 5 New Higher Education Institutions
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Morocco Approves Creation of 5 New Higher Education Institutions

Morocco’s Government Council approved the creation of five new higher education institutions across the country during a video conference meeting on Thursday, May 14. The institutions include three Higher Schools of Technology (EST) in Nador, Ouarzazate, and Dakhla, a Faculty of Economics and Management in Guelmim, and an Institute of Sports Professions in Kenitra. The Ouarzazate and Dakhla ESTs, along with the new faculty in Guelmim, will be created under the Ibn Zohr University of...
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Cameroon to open schools in orderly fashion amid epidemic prevention
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Cameroon to open schools in orderly fashion amid epidemic prevention

Cameroon’s Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on Friday issued technical guidelines for schools nationwide to reopen in an orderly manner, depending on the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the Central African country. Only examination classes in primary and secondary schools will resume classes on June 1, Ngute said in a statement, adding the students will be “properly distributed” among classrooms to observe social distancing rules. Sanitary kits with hand sanitizers, thermoflashes, and hand-washing basins...
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Malawi’s presidential campaign amid virus
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Malawi’s presidential campaign amid virus

Malawi’s presidential campaign is in full swing despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal cleared the last hurdle on the road to the 2 July presidential election, campaigns were intensified with total disregard of measures prescribed by health experts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Last week, crowds gathered around opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera in the streets of the capital Lilongwe, to celebrate the decision of the Supreme Court...
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Egypt to install thermal scanners at Cairo International Airport to detect COVID-19 cases
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Egypt to install thermal scanners at Cairo International Airport to detect COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation will operate flights to return stranded Egyptians in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE amid the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following direct orders by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.Airports have also begun installing high-resolution thermal cameras to detect COVID-19 cases upon their arrival, according to exclusive statements provided to Egypt Today's media office at the Cairo International Airport. This will be considered the first operation for the Sphinx...
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Meet Raj Kumar Meena, Bank of Baroda’s new Managing Director in Uganda
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Meet Raj Kumar Meena, Bank of Baroda’s new Managing Director in Uganda

Bank of Baroda, Uganda’s 6th largest bank, has a new Managing Director- Mr. Raj Kumar Meena. R.K Meena who joined the bank in April 2020 comes into Uganda with more than 28 years of banking experience. He started his career in 1992 in Baroda’s parent bank; Bank of Baroda, India- the $3 billion Indian banking giant. Prior to joining as Managing Director of Bank of Baroda (Uganda) he was working as the Regional Head of...
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From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties
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From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties

Hard-liners are calling on Beijing to be more defiant, emboldened by the Trump administration’s efforts to blame China for the mounting death toll in the United States. Moderates are warning that Beijing’s strident responses could backfire, isolating the country when it most needs export markets and diplomatic partners to revive its economy and regain international credibility. “I have a very good relationship, but I just — right now I don’t want to speak to him,”...
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Germany Says No to Greek Orthodox Holy Communion due to Coronavirus
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Germany Says No to Greek Orthodox Holy Communion due to Coronavirus

The German government has decided to ban Holy Communion in the form it is given to Orthodox Christians in fear that it is conducive to the spread of coronavirus and endangers public health. Even though the Divine Liturgy in Orthodox churches can recommence as of Saturday,  German Metropolitan Augustine sent a circular to priests, informing them that the faithful can not receive the Holy Communion. “In view of the opening of the holy churches in...
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The Coronavirus Shows Why We Have to Tackle the Obesity Crisis
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The Coronavirus Shows Why We Have to Tackle the Obesity Crisis

Every critical care specialist attending COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit where I have been filling in as an intensive care physician for the past two weeks makes the same observation: Our patients seem almost universally obese, while most ill but stable patients elsewhere in the hospital have lower body masses. Critical care doctors in other parts of the country, as well as my colleagues in Europe, report seeing the same thing. New research...
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Eritrea says all COVID-19 patients have recovered
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Eritrea says all COVID-19 patients have recovered

The Eritrean Ministry of Health on Saturday said that all of the 39 COVID-19 patients in the Horn of African country have recovered from the infectious disease. The Eritrean Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Saturday, disclosed that all 39 COVID-19 patients in the country have recovered from the virus after the last patient “has recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and was released from hospital.” “This result means that...
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UNZA creates holding company to maximize self-sufficiency
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UNZA creates holding company to maximize self-sufficiency

In a statement, Thursday, UNZA acting head of communication and marketing Dr Brenda Bukowa explained that the newly-established holding company would function as an umbrella for all business ventures at the University. “UNZA, in a bid to maximize its potential and attain self-sustainability, has set up a holding company registered with PACRA as UNZA Holdings Limited to work as an umbrella for all business ventures at the institution. The University, in addition to its teaching...
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Laval mother desperate to bring home teens stuck in Nigeria since start of COVID-19 pandemic
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Laval mother desperate to bring home teens stuck in Nigeria since start of COVID-19 pandemic

For the past two months, Amara Onyebuchi has been able to think about how to get her children home from Nigeria. "It's very, very stressful," said the Laval, Que., woman. "I go to my bed crying. I wake up crying. I miss my babies. It's really killing me." Her three children, Canadian citizens aged 12, 13 and 15, were getting to know their roots by spending time with family and friends in eastern Nigeria when...
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Mass testing won’t happen in Mexico. That’s the way the government wants it
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Mass testing won’t happen in Mexico. That’s the way the government wants it

"I don't think testing is a must," Lopez-Gatell said when asked if the country could re-open safely without more tests. "This doesn't mean we're resistant to testing, we will use testing but in a carefully planned manner." As of May 11, Mexico had only conducted 89 tests per 100,000 people, according to health ministry data. By contrast, the US tested at a rate nearly 32 times higher than that, according to the COVID Tracking Project....
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Botox Doc Busted in COVID-19 Scam Peddling Trumps Favorite Drug
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Botox Doc Busted in COVID-19 Scam Peddling Trumps Favorite Drug

A California Botox doctor is charged with fraud after his spa sold a magic bullet coronavirus treatmentwhich included Xanax and antimalarial drugs touted by President Trumpto an undercover FBI agent last week. Jennings Ryan Staley, 44, faces one count of mail fraud for allegedly peddling a COVID-19 Treatment Pack that included chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which Trump has advanced as a cure for the coronavirus. (The drugs are undergoing clinical trials for COVID-19, though one Brazilian...
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Look towards agric to boost economy, farmer advises FG Features
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Look towards agric to boost economy, farmer advises FG Features

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to look towards agriculture as he aims to rebound the Nigerian economy, which has largely been affected by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Shuiab Mubarak, an agricultural investor, said, “The coronavirus outbreak has made farming and other agro sectors grow more than ever before and the need for food is increasing daily. The prices of products and other staples are getting higher every day, as there is no more room...
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Kenya Association of Health Administrators sue SRC over Covid-19 allowances
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Kenya Association of Health Administrators sue SRC over Covid-19 allowances

Kenya Association of Health Administrators has moved to court seeking orders to suspend the payment of the Covid-19 medical allowance and benefits to frontline health workers in the national and county government. The association accuses SRC of omitting them from the list of Covid-19 medical allowance without offering any explanation despite them being on duty in hospitals and being critical essential services providers and among the critical cadres in healthy care. “This court do issue...
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EXIM tweaks terms for Mozambique LNG loan
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EXIM tweaks terms for Mozambique LNG loan

The US’ Export-Import Bank has tweaked the loan it is providing to the Mozambique LNG project to include work offshore. The scale of the facility was also reduced, from $5 billion to $4.7bn. The debt will help support 16,700 jobs in the US over five years, EXIM said. It will also nearly double the number of US suppliers involved, to 68, up by 31. The bank had first approved a loan for the Mozambique project...
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Foreign Affairs Minister explains why returning Nigerians have to pay
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Foreign Affairs Minister explains why returning Nigerians have to pay

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the Federal Government has no resources to foot the bill of returning Nigerians. Onyeama said this on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the media briefing by the Presidential task Force on COVID-19. The minister while addressing complaints about the directives that returning Nigerians from abroad have to pay N290,000 for their isolation and feeding ahead of their evacuation, said the government would have evacuated all Nigerians...
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Cuba and Jamaica Could be the First Countries to end Their National COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Cuba and Jamaica Could be the First Countries to end Their National COVID-19 Outbreaks

Jamaica and Cuba are two Caribbean countries that are close to ending their respective national COVID-19 outbreaks. The International volunteer coalition, End Covid-19 listed the two countries recently. End Covid-19 compiled data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and John Hopkins University, before they listed the Caribbean islands among the 32 countries that seem to have done exceptionally well to control the spread of the covid-19, as they are close to a gradual flattening of the...
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Ethiopia to respond to Egyptian complaint on Nile dam
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Ethiopia to respond to Egyptian complaint on Nile dam

Ethiopia has prepared a comprehensive response to a complaint by Egypt about the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a top government official said. Seleshi Bekele, the minister of water, irrigation and energy, briefed senior government officials on Monday about recent developments surrounding the dam, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported. Egypt submitted the complaint to the UN Security Council last week as part of a massive international campaign to stop Ethiopia from...
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Total Deal Catalyst for Uganda Oil! COVID-19 Should Not Delay Upstream final investment decision
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Total Deal Catalyst for Uganda Oil! COVID-19 Should Not Delay Upstream final investment decision

On 23 April 2020, Total announced it had signed a deal with Tullow Oil to acquire its long-standing stakes in the Uganda Lake Albert project for USD$575 million Hosted under the theme ‘Taking Advantage of Opportunities in Uganda’s Oil & Gas Sector,’ an Africa Oil & Power (https://www.AfricaOilandPower.com/) webinar Wednesday highlighted the domestic and regional opportunities associated with the Uganda Lake Albert project, oil and gas exploration, and associated services and infrastructure including the $3.5-billion...
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Image of a weeping Rampukar Pandit becomes symbol of India’s migrant worker tragedy
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Image of a weeping Rampukar Pandit becomes symbol of India’s migrant worker tragedy

Rampukar Pandit, who became a snapshot of India’s migrant tragedy with his photograph sobbing by a road in Delhi, is back in Bihar, broken at not being able to see his son before he died. “We labourers have no life, we are just a cog in the wheel, spinning continuously until we run out of life,” the 38-year-old said. The construction labourer, who worked at a cinema hall site in Delhi, was spotted weeping as...
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Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says
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Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says

The healthcare system in Brazil’s largest city is on the verge of collapse due to coronavirus, its mayor has said. Bruno Covas, mayor of Sao Paulo, said public hospitals in the city of 12 million people had already reached 90 per cent capacity, and could run out of space within two weeks. “It is hard to believe that some prefer the population to be subjected to Russian roulette. Indifference in the face of death is...
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Italy sees its daily coronavirus death toll fall below 100
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Italy sees its daily coronavirus death toll fall below 100

Italy has seen its daily coronavirus death toll fall below 100 for the first time in more than two months - with new infections also at their lowest since early March. Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic climbed by 99 on Monday, against 145 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, registering the first tally of below 100 since March 9. New cases increased by just 451 against 675 on Sunday, the lowest daily figure...
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Who speaks for Canada? Not Trudeau, and maybe no one at all
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Who speaks for Canada? Not Trudeau, and maybe no one at all

It is hard to remember what it was like before time froze, but 2020 was already shaping up to be a very bad year on the national unity front. The post-election anger and alienation in the West was still on a slow boil, while the biggest story in February was the #ShutCanadaDown movement, the series of cross-country blockades and protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who were trying to stop the Coastal GasLink...
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Brazil overtakes Britain to become country with third-highest number of Covid-19 cases
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Brazil overtakes Britain to become country with third-highest number of Covid-19 cases

Brazil has registered 16,792 Covid-19 deaths, the sixth-highest toll in the world. But experts say under-testing means the real figures could be 15 times higher or more. The giant South American country of 210 million people is torn by a political battle over how to respond to the virus. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro compares the virus to a "little flu," condemns the "hysteria" surrounding it and is urging the country to get back to work...
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10 deaths and 64 new Coronavirus cases in Ireland confirmed
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10 deaths and 64 new Coronavirus cases in Ireland confirmed

THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has this evening confirmed a further 10 deaths from Covid-19 along with 64 new cases of the virus in Ireland. It brings the total number of deaths in Ireland to 1,543. The total number of confirmed cases in Ireland has now reached 24,112. Tomorrow, Phase One of the roadmap to ease the current Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland will commence. The number of new cases will be watched closely by public health officials to...
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Queensland border could stay closed until September as 12 Victoria McDonald’s shut
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Queensland border could stay closed until September as 12 Victoria McDonald’s shut

So we have to get this relationship right and it’s incumbent upon the government to do so. No one’s arguing that there shouldn’t be a Covid inquiry and by the way this relationship has been deteriorating for the last three years, not just since Covid emerged … [inaudible] rebuild the relationship and ensure we normalise our trading relationship. China will be an important market for us for decades to come, it will become increasingly a...
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Coronavirus: Mauritius, Eritrea, Cambodia among countries with no active cases
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Coronavirus: Mauritius, Eritrea, Cambodia among countries with no active cases

Coronavirus might have plagued about 213 countries and territories in the world, but no fewer than six of these countries currently do not have any active cases. These countries have either discharged all their patients or discharged most while recording few deaths. Global coronavirus cases, this week, crossed 4.7 million, a quarter of whom have recovered, and over 300,000 have died. This has left global active cases at more than 2.6 million, with only 44,798...
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Puppy scammers rob people looking for company in COVID-19 lockdown
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Puppy scammers rob people looking for company in COVID-19 lockdown

Puppy scammers have been making a killing during the COVID-19 lockdown, with the consumer watchdog reporting a five-fold increase in complaints in April alone. More than 300 Australians have collectively lost almost $300,000 to puppy scammers already this year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says. That compares to a $360,000 loss recorded for the entire year of 2019. ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said people were throwing caution to the wind while in...
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Why Africa is least affected by deaths from COVID-19’Nigeria
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Why Africa is least affected by deaths from COVID-19’Nigeria

The predictions were sombre and the statistics scary. A calamity of immense proportion would hit the continent, leaving it worse off than other regions of the world. But months since COVID-19 struck, Africa with its notorious poor health infrastructure has recorded the least deaths. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) had in April predicted: “Anywhere between 300,000 and 3.3 million African people could lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19.” The...
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Brazil passes Spain and Italy for confirmed Covid-19 cases
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Brazil passes Spain and Italy for confirmed Covid-19 cases

Brazil's confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus now exceed those of Spain and Italy, which was once the epicentre of the pandemic, making Brazil's outbreak the fourth largest in the world, according to official figures. A mother and son wear special masks for the hearing impaired made to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil's Health Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24 hours, taking the total...
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Huge FGM rise recorded in Somalia during coronavirus lockdown
Africa Global Healthcare

Huge FGM rise recorded in Somalia during coronavirus lockdown

Somalia’s coronavirus lockdown has led to a huge increase in female genital mutilation (FGM), with circumcisers going door to door offering to cut girls stuck at home during the pandemic, according to Plan International. The crisis is undermining efforts to eradicate the practice in Somalia, which has the world’s highest FGM rate, with about 98% of women having been cut, the charity warned. “We’ve seen a massive increase in recent weeks,” said Sadia Allin, Plan...
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COVID-19 crisis could push over 60 million people into extreme poverty
Africa Financial Services Global

COVID-19 crisis could push over 60 million people into extreme poverty

The World Bank Group has again raised an alarm that the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy and shutdown of many advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty. The World Bank Group President, David Malpass, said the situation erases much of the recent progress recorded in poverty alleviation around the world. He said these prospects were what compelled the World Bank Group to move swiftly...
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Give Us Your Farm Throw-Aways; We’ll Give Back Black Gold
Africa Agriculture Global

Give Us Your Farm Throw-Aways; We’ll Give Back Black Gold

Mwea Ngurubani County, Kenya — Whether volunteering at local high schools in her community, educating boys about the importance of speaking out and building self-confidence or taking a summer course at Oklahoma State University in the United States as a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow – Kenyan social entrepreneur Joyce Kamande is passionate about supporting farmers and young people in rural areas. Her dreams are large; she wants to expand from converting agricultural waste into high-yield organic...
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COVID-19: WHO begins clinical trial of vaccine in Nigeria as cases cross 6,000 mark
Africa Global

COVID-19: WHO begins clinical trial of vaccine in Nigeria as cases cross 6,000 mark

The World Health Organization (WHO) has begun a clinical trial of available drugs/vaccines for COVID-19 in Nigeria. This was confirmed by the Country Representative of the WHO, Fiona Braka, while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday. Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Ogun, Kaduna and Sokoto states had recently signed up to participate in the solidarity trial. “The solidarity trial is a large multi-country effort that is going...
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Nigerian Startup, SabiTeach Partners UK’s LearnCube To Foster Virtual Learning In Africa
Education Startups

Nigerian Startup, SabiTeach Partners UK’s LearnCube To Foster Virtual Learning In Africa

SabiTeach, a Nigerian edtech startup notable as a tutoring marketplace that assists learners to find and connect to trained and better tutors for both online and in-person learning engagement has recently partnered with LearnCube. The partnership is to foster virtual learning in Africa. LearnCube is a UK based online classroom designed for teaching, tutoring, and training. Its online school software is equipped with a high-definition virtual classroom, a cloud-based Course Builder with unlimited course creation....
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4×4 was supposed to be Castro and I – Captain Planet
Arts

4×4 was supposed to be Castro and I – Captain Planet

Captain Planet, Member of the Ace hitmaking music duo, 4×4 has revealed how Castro would have initially been his better half in the group. He made this assertion in an Instagram live session he was being interviewed on and further called for service towards the seniors in the game. He replied when asked if he missed his close friend Castro, “Of course. Apparently people don’t know the story. It was supposed to be me and...
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Scots asked to help little boy with cancer fulfil final wish by sending postcards to Canada
Global Healthcare North America

Scots asked to help little boy with cancer fulfil final wish by sending postcards to Canada

Scots are being asked to help a talented young cancer sufferer see as much of Europe as possible - by sending postcards to him in Canada. Zac Connolly, who is bilingual, was due to visit the UK and Europe but his trip had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown and his poor health. He first beat the disease after being diagnosed with fourth stage high rush neuroblastoma as a two-year-old toddler. But he...
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Coronavirus: British crew who flew ‘illegally’ into Nigeria quarantined
Africa Global Healthcare

Coronavirus: British crew who flew ‘illegally’ into Nigeria quarantined

The Nigerian government said it has placed crew members of Flairjet, a British airline company under a 14-day quarantine. Following the ban on commercial flights in the country, Flairjet was given the approval to operate only ‘humanitarian’ flights during the lock down. The airline, however, flouted the licence, according to the federal government. The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, had announced on Sunday via his verified Twitter handle, @hadisirika, that the aircraft belonging to the...
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How Water Scarcity Adds to Women’s Burden in Northern Ghana
Africa Utilities

How Water Scarcity Adds to Women’s Burden in Northern Ghana

Attaining universal and fair access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by the year 2030 is considered basic in attaining the Sustainable Development Objective 6. However about 4 billion individuals, nearly two-thirds of the population of the world, face severe water shortage and over 2 billion individuals reside in countries experiencing high water tension. Water system is not equitably dispersed across the globe. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 40%of the population lacks safe drinking...
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How Nigeria’s First Logistics Marketplace, Dellyman Pulls Monthly Double-Digit Growth
Africa Global Retail Startups Transportation

How Nigeria’s First Logistics Marketplace, Dellyman Pulls Monthly Double-Digit Growth

At a time that many businesses are battling the unfavorable effects of COVID-19, Nigeria's leader asset-free logistics marketplace, Dellyman, is taping double-digit growth, evidence that aggregating logistics properties is the right service to the difficulty of same-day shipment in Nigeria. The marketplace has seen an uptick in all major indices, including a 45 per cent spurt in the variety of active customers to 1,586 between March and April 2020-- a 91 per cent growth from...
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Without RoW tariff slash, telecoms infrastructure gaps will remain
Information Services Startups Technology

Without RoW tariff slash, telecoms infrastructure gaps will remain

The Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), has restated the call for further slash in Right of Way tariffs across the country. While commending the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for reviewing downward the RoW tariff from N4500 to N145 per linear meter, ATCON beckoned on other governors to follow suit. ATCON President, Olusola Teniola, responding to Ekiti state’s move to slash RoW tariff, described the move as very progressive. Teniola recalled that...
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Who’s financing deforestation in Papua New Guinea? A new report follows the money.
Africa Financial Services

Who’s financing deforestation in Papua New Guinea? A new report follows the money.

Papua New Guinea has one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest on the planet. But in recent years the island nation just north of Australia has seen a surge in deforestation from logging and mining, which has threatened to release large stores of carbon into the atmosphere. Deforestation has left behind patches of bare land across the country, and indigenous communities bear the brunt of the environmental consequences. Many are wary of companies that...
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Providing mental health support to those affected by COVID-19 in Africa
Africa Global Healthcare

Providing mental health support to those affected by COVID-19 in Africa

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt life around the world, the toll on our mental health is enormous. At a time when there are calls for social distancing and isolation, StrongMinds’ number one priority continues to be ensuring the women and adolescents we serve in Uganda and Zambia have adequate support. We remain constant in our purpose to provide treatment for depression so women can lead healthy, productive and satisfying lives. Our work is...
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Demolished hotel owner, manager convicted by Court
Africa Global Management

Demolished hotel owner, manager convicted by Court

A Magistrates Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has founded guilty the owner of the destroyed Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Gogorobari Needam and his manager, Bariledum Azoroh over defiance of state government's COVID-19 lockdown order.The Court also fined the parties N50,000 each for contravening Guv Nyesom Wike's Executive Order. Governor Nyesom Wike had last week demolished Prodest Hotel in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne, both in Eleme Resident Federal Government Area of the state....
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Oil Crash: Is Nigeria’s Economy in ‘Soup’?
Oil and Gas

Oil Crash: Is Nigeria’s Economy in ‘Soup’?

Can we agree less with Wall Street Journal (WSJ)? The American-owned and world-famous media organisation, in a current report said, as economic discomfort ripples to the establishing world, Nigeria's dependence on oil puts its economy under extreme hazard. The story, which was titled, "Oil Depression, Coronavirus Create a Perfect Storm for Nigeria's Economy," was released on Monday April 27, 2020. Authors of the story, Joe Parkinson and Benoit Faucon, noted that the crash in oil...
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Sierra Leone’s former minister of education Minkailu Bah has died
Education

Sierra Leone’s former minister of education Minkailu Bah has died

Dr. Minkailu Bah, who served as minister of education, science and technology in the APC government led by Ernest Bai Koroma,  passed away at his home in Magburaka, Tonkolili district in the early hours of this morning. Dr Bah also served as National Advisory Committee member of the country’s main opposition APC party – the party’s most powerful decision-making organ, as well as Chairman of its Tonkolili District branch, since 2009. In a short statement...
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Texas county judge’s coronavirus mask order faces court challenge, hundreds of protesters
Global North America

Texas county judge’s coronavirus mask order faces court challenge, hundreds of protesters

“Folks have been fantastic, but we did want to make them enforceable,” Hidalgo said of the rules and the possible fines. She said police have discretion regarding enforcement. Assistant Harris County Attorney Seth Hopkins spoke in support of Hidalgo's order. “There’s no constitutional right not to wash your hands; no constitutional right during a pandemic to be allowed to spread a deadly virus to other people," Hopkins told Houston's to KTRK-TV. Robert Soard, the first...
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A worker infected 533 others with coronavirus at a factory in Ghana
Africa Global Healthcare Manufacturing

A worker infected 533 others with coronavirus at a factory in Ghana

A worker at a fish-processing factory in Ghana’s Atlantic seafront city of Tema infected 533 other workers at the facility with the coronavirus, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a broadcast late on Sunday. Health authorities reported the outbreak late on Friday but did not provide details. “All 533 persons were infected by one person,” Akufo-Addo said. He did not say how the disease spread in the facility or if safety measures had been in...
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Safi Organics Turns Farm Waste into Black Gold and Poor Farmers into Entrepreneurs
Africa Agriculture Global

Safi Organics Turns Farm Waste into Black Gold and Poor Farmers into Entrepreneurs

Mwea Ngurubani County, Kenya-- Mary Rigo has actually been a spinach and tomato farmer for the past years a couple of minute's drive from here in Kirinyaga county, where she owns a two-acre farm about one hundred kilometres (simply over 60 miles) northwest of Nairobi, Kenya's capital. Rigo did not use fertilisers, relying rather on whatever fertility the land might offer to her veggie crops. She has meager resources, so utilizing fertilisers to increase her...
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“OMG” New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern refused entry by cafe to follow COVID-19 social distancing norms
Australasia Global

“OMG” New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern refused entry by cafe to follow COVID-19 social distancing norms

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was turned away by a cafe on Saturday because it had reportedly reached its full capacity due to the ongoing social distancing norms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world. A Twitter user informed on the microblogging site how Ardern was not allowed entry after she reached there with her partner Clarke Gayford. The Twitter user wrote, “Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected...
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Magufuli says God has responded to Tanzania’s prayers with massive reduction in Covid-19 cases
Africa Global

Magufuli says God has responded to Tanzania’s prayers with massive reduction in Covid-19 cases

Speaking during a Sunday Service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania at his Chato hometown on Sunday, May 17, 2020, President Magufuli said the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has dropped to low levels so much so that he was considering to reopen colleges if the situation remains unchanged until next week.
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Petroleum minister checks on Misr Petroleum depot in Badr City
Africa Energy Global Oil and Gas

Petroleum minister checks on Misr Petroleum depot in Badr City

Petroleum minister checks on Misr Petroleum depot in Badr City The minister said the newly-automated depot comes as part of the ministry's efforts to develop storage, transport and distribution of petroleum materials. In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said Molla instructed all workers at the depot to apply precautionary measures adopted by the government to curb the outbreak of Covid-19. He said the depot was set up away from residential areas and traffic congestion...
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Church continuing to sell fake Covid-19 cure
Europe Global

Church continuing to sell fake Covid-19 cure

A church in London has continued selling a fake Covid-19 cure, despite being under investigation by the charity watchdog. The Charity Commission launched a probe into the Kingdom Church, in south London, earlier this month for selling coronavirus "protection kits". But instead of stopping the sale, the church renamed the kits and is now selling "divine cleansing oil". The church said it was "convinced" the oil cured Covid-19. Bishop Climate Wiseman, of the Kingdom Church...
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Heres How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases
Global North America

Heres How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

One of the many unknowns about the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is how we might become immune to it. When you get infected with viruses, along with other baddies like bacteria, your immune system fights back by producing proteins called antibodies. These stick around for the long haul, and your body is prepared to churn out more of them if you come into contact with the pathogen again. It's how vaccines work: By introducing a dead...
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Covid-19 Stalls Clinical Trials for Everything but Covid-19
Global North America

Covid-19 Stalls Clinical Trials for Everything but Covid-19

Doctors cut out part of her lung. They delivered radiation, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. But Rose Fraenza’s stage 4 lung cancer proved to be stubborn. In search of a new treatment, her doctors’ testing zeroed in on ulixertinib, an experimental drug designed to strike at genetic changes in her tumor. She volunteered for a clinical trial at Smilow Cancer Hospital, the clinical arm of Yale Cancer Center, to try ulixertinib. In March, doctors planned to enroll...
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A Vital Hack Could Turn Medical Devices Into Ventilators
Global

A Vital Hack Could Turn Medical Devices Into Ventilators

As infections from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continue to climb, hospitals around the world are struggling with a potentially fatal shortage of ventilators, the bedside machines that help patients breathe when they’re unable to do so on their own. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of lower-grade breathing devices known as continuous positive airway pressure machines sit idle in closets or warehouses because their manufacturers say they can’t perform the same life-saving functions. ARS TECHNICA This story...
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9 Famous Art Posters Adjusted To Quarantine
Global North America

9 Famous Art Posters Adjusted To Quarantine

Nowadays, there’s a new surge of art emerging in the world, and they’re all related to you-know-what. New music, comics, graphics, even movies are being created about coronavirus, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Nor it shouldn’t. It appears that the quarantine has created at least one positive side-effect, that the creativity of humankind seems to be at an all-time high. We too have tried our hand in it. During...
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What You Need To Know About Canceling Trips Because Of The Pandemic
Global

What You Need To Know About Canceling Trips Because Of The Pandemic

Raise your hand if you’ve felt personally victimized by COVID-19. Now raise your hand if this pandemic caused you to miss out on a long-awaited vacation. (You can’t see them, but both my hands are raised right now.) If you’re like me, you might be wondering WTF our rights are when trips get cancelled for any reason, whether it’s coronavirus related or not. Do we pull a Karen and ask for the manager? Should we...
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Bridal Face Masks: Cute Or Tone-Deaf?
Global North America

Bridal Face Masks: Cute Or Tone-Deaf?

There’s a lot to be upset about when it comes to this pandemic, like how states have to fight with the federal government for necessary supplies and people have to fight with each other at the grocery store for toilet paper. If you want something else to get mad about, I’ve found something that may rile you up. During my routine midnight scrolling through alerts, I stumbled upon a story about Haute Couture Wedding Masks,...
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Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen
Global North America

Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen

Three major takeaway chains in the UK have announced limited reopening programmes after closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have or will open certain restaurants around the country for delivery only. Government guidelines state that while restaurants and pubs have to close, they can prepare food for collection or delivery. The chains had decided to temporarily close as the lockdown took effect. 'Lifting spirits' Burger King is to reopen...
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What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?
Global North America

What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is often compared to its close genetic cousin SARS-CoV-1. And for good reason: The virus responsible for the early 2000s SARS outbreak is, in many ways, the closest parallel to what we’re dealing with now. Researchers look to it when studying how long the new virus survives on surfaces and whether it makes sense for us to wear masks. It provides a guide for how the curve of cases and deaths...
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The businesses crowdfunding to survive
Europe Global

The businesses crowdfunding to survive

"Running a small business is touch and go at the best of times," says Rachel Ho, director of an independent coffee shop in Tottenham, north London. And these, it seems fair to say, are far from the best of times. Ahead of warnings the UK's economy could shrink by 35%, the Treasury set aside billions to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. But for many, access to that funding is proving too difficult or...
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State Alliances Are Leading the US Fight Against Covid-19
Global North America

State Alliances Are Leading the US Fight Against Covid-19

A couple of weeks ago, states from coast to coast were racing to find personal protective equipment and ventilators so their hospitals would be ready for Covid-19. “It was at the height of what seemed like the Hunger Games, everybody out there fighting for their life, people buying orders out from under you,” says David Postman, chief of staff to Washington governor Jay Inslee. Then a phone call between staffers for the governors of Washington...
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‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis
Global North America

‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis

UN calls for international solidarity to ease effects of Covid-19 on food security   Vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while humanitarian relief efforts are being hindered by lockdowns and travel restrictions, according to the UN. Experts raised the spectre of unrest similar to that seen in 2007-08 when food price rises sparked riots around the world, destabilising...
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The Fallacious Fantasy of Doomsday Prepperism
Global North America

The Fallacious Fantasy of Doomsday Prepperism

What makes a person a prepper? Is it how many rows of cans are stacked in their basement? Intimate familiarity with the finest brands of water purification tablets? Or is it the glint in their eye when they talk about the impending collapse of civilization? Mark O’Connell has a theory. “Preppers are not preparing for their fears: they are preparing for their fantasies,” he writes in his new book, Notes From an Apocalypse, a tour...
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Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet
Global North America

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

A California woman in her seventies was dreaming of a grocery store. Her cat had instructed her to buy a specific brand of chicken, but it was too expensive. When she got to the register with her cheaper chicken in tow, the cashier told the woman she’d have to submit the proper paperwork for the chicken later because the system couldn’t find the correct part number. The woman apologized for her stupidity but had to...
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Botswana deportees: Minister sends SOS
Africa Global

Botswana deportees: Minister sends SOS

BULAWAYO Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube has appealed for assistance on behalf of 400 locals recently deported from Botswana and placed under 14-day quarantine in the city for Covid-19 monitoring. The deportees, among the 450 initially placed at Plumtree High School have been moved to Bulawayo for decongestion purposes. They started arriving in the city on Sunday while some arrived on Monday with the last batch expected to arrive yesterday. The deportees spent six days...
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Tanzania Covid-19 cases rise to 46, Uganda flat at 54
Africa Global

Tanzania Covid-19 cases rise to 46, Uganda flat at 54

After a quiet Easter weekend, Tanzania has confirmed 14 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 46, while Uganda reported that there were no new cases of the disease. In a briefing by Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu yesterday, the country said the patients that tested positive were in Dar es Salaam and Arusha. She further said that all the patients were receiving treatment at designated hospitals, but didn’t mention their ages as has been the...
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Governors make demand from Buhari
Africa Global

Governors make demand from Buhari

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) on Monday demanded a special fund from the Federal Government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State made the plea in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham in Jos, after members’ meeting via teleconferencing. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Northern Governors met to discuss issues...
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EU donates N21 billion to Nigeria
Africa Europe Global

EU donates N21 billion to Nigeria

Related News The European Union has donated N21 billion to help Nigeria in the fight against coronavirus. This was disclosed Tuesday by the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, in a statement. Mr Adesina said President Buhari thanked the EU for the donation and commiserated with EU Member States for the losses suffered from COVID-19. Read the full statement by Mr Adesina below. COVID 19: PRESIDENT BUHARI LAUDS EU DONATION OF N21 BILLION President...
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IntelBrief: Coronavirus Exacerbates Growing Conflict and Insecurity in Africa
Africa Global

IntelBrief: Coronavirus Exacerbates Growing Conflict and Insecurity in Africa

Even as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, devastating entire nations and regions in its wake, it is still in the early phases of breaking out across the African continent. At least initially, what insulated certain African countries from exposure to the virus was some of their airports’ lesser international connectivity. In addition, a number of African countries had preparedness and training  in preventing infectious diseases from prior experience countering Ebola. The...
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Africans Called The Shot When They Started Calling Chinese People In Africa Coronavirus
Africa Global

Africans Called The Shot When They Started Calling Chinese People In Africa Coronavirus

Can Africans boldly say they are not racist? Over the past few days, African officials have reacted strongly to recent reports of discrimination against Africans in China by Chinese nationals but who is to blame? The development comes amid claims that Africans are being barred from places such as hospitals and shopping malls, are being forced out of their homes and hotel rooms, and face violence in the streets. African countries’ ambassadors in China sent a joint...
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Why Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears slower than anticipated
Africa Global

Why Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears slower than anticipated

When Africa’s first case of coronavirus was detected in Egypt in February, the rest of the continent prepared for the brunt of a pandemic that has engulfed Europe and spread to the United States, infecting more than 1.6 million worldwide. Health experts warned of the devastation the deadly virus could cause in Africa, where most hospitals are desperately short of equipment and trained staff. Coronavirus has since spread to 52 African countries, but despite a...
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Coronavirus: Anger in Africa over virus ‘stigma’ in China, East Asia News & Top Stories
Africa Global

Coronavirus: Anger in Africa over virus ‘stigma’ in China, East Asia News & Top Stories

ABUJA (AFP) - African countries are seething over accounts that Africans are battling stigma and discrimination in China over the coronavirus pandemic, apparently linked to a cluster of cases in the Nigerian community in the southern city of Guangzhou. The African residents say they have suffered forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus tests and face discrimination in restaurants and hotels. "We saw images of Nigerians in the streets with their possessions and this was...
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The doctors from Africa saving British lives
Africa Europe Global

The doctors from Africa saving British lives

In this FT series people in many different situations share their experiences of this extraordinary time. The Coronavirus Diaries are published every Tuesday and Thursday. You may have been surprised to learn that the first and second hospital doctors to die of coronavirus in the UK were both of Sudanese origin. I was not. I was born in Sudan — I came to London aged two — and I have lost count of the number...
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Woman Wears Bizarre Costumes While Walking Her Dog During The Quarantine And He Looks Embarrassed
Europe Global

Woman Wears Bizarre Costumes While Walking Her Dog During The Quarantine And He Looks Embarrassed

Dancer Clare Meardon from West Cornwall in the UK has been dressing up in different jaw-dropping costumes to walk her dog Hendrix. She’s been doing this since the start of April after her friend dared her to mix it up and step outside in unusual clothes. Now, Clare’s making all of us smile with video clips filmed by her husband Aidan. Some of the costumes that the 40-year-old dancer has tried out include dressing up...
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As US Post Office Revenue Drops During Coronavirus Outbreak, One USPS Worker Explains Why We Should Care
Global North America

As US Post Office Revenue Drops During Coronavirus Outbreak, One USPS Worker Explains Why We Should Care

COVID-19 has hit the United States harshly, with the confirmed cases in the country topping the charts. According to the data provided by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of April 13, there are 557,590 confirmed cases in the US along with 22,109 deaths. With so many cases and a staggering amount of casualties, it’s small wonder that the lives of millions of people are affected all...
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The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test
Global North America

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

Nadia had a cough. A dry cough, to be specific, and it wasn’t just her. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger lives in an exhibit in the Bronx Zoo with her sister, Azul, who had also started coughing at the end of March. Altogether, seven of the zoo’s big cats appeared ill, two Amur tigers and three African lions in addition to Nadia and Azul. They neglected their meals. They wheezed. And they worried their keepers. Fears...
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China coronavirus infections rise as some Spanish companies prepare to restart work
Global North America

China coronavirus infections rise as some Spanish companies prepare to restart work

Largely imported new Chinese cases prompts Wuhan-style restrictions near border with Russia China has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases along its northern border with Russia, as some Spanish factories and construction sites are preparing to resume work amid other continuing restrictions. On Sunday Chinas national health commission reported 108 new infections, the highest number in more than five weeks, surpassing Saturdays 99, which was nearly double the 46 reported on Friday. All but 10...
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Bernie Sanders political outsider savviness was his strength  and weakness
Global North America

Bernie Sanders political outsider savviness was his strength and weakness

If Sanders is right about winning the ideological argument, then that's where his supporters must continue organizing if Biden wants their vote. A democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders campaign amplified and projected ideas that radical grassroots organizers have been demanding for centuries in this country. His surrogates gave fiery, mesmerizing speeches at rallies that featured crowds larger than 25,000. Now, he has suspended his presidential campaign. This was his second run for the Oval Office. Sanders...
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Trump advisers doubt swift reopening as WHO official says virus will ‘stalk human race’
Global North America

Trump advisers doubt swift reopening as WHO official says virus will ‘stalk human race’

Fauci warns of resurgence if restrictions dropped too soon, after president tells Fox News he will act on facts and instinct   Senior US public health officials have pushed back on Donald Trumps eagerness to reopen the country quickly, as a senior World Health Organization (WHO) figure warned that Covid-19 is going to be a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time to come. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University,...
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How Adobe shifted a Las Vegas conference to executives living rooms in less than 30 days
Global North America

How Adobe shifted a Las Vegas conference to executives living rooms in less than 30 days

Adobe was scheduled to hold its annual conference in Las Vegas two weeks ago, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the company to make alternate plans. In less than a month, its events team shifted venues for the massive conference, not once, but twice as the severity of the situation became clear. This year didn’t just involve Adobe Summit itself. To make things more interesting, it was also hosting Magento Imagine as a separate conference within...
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Apple opens access to mobility data, offering insight into how COVID-19 is changing cities
Global North America

Apple opens access to mobility data, offering insight into how COVID-19 is changing cities

Apple is providing a data set derived from aggregated, anonymized information taken from users of its Maps navigational app, the company announced today. The data is collected as a set of “Mobility Trends Reports,” which are updated daily and provide a look at the change in the number of routing requests made within the Maps app, which is the default routing app on iPhones, for three modes of transportation, including driving, walking and transit. Apple...
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UK could be country hardest hit by coronavirus in Europe, experts warn, as death toll passes 10,000
Europe Global

UK could be country hardest hit by coronavirus in Europe, experts warn, as death toll passes 10,000

The UK has endured a “sombre day” in its battle against coronavirus as the death toll soared beyond 10,000 amid warnings the UK could be the worst-hit country in Europe. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, confirmed that some 737 people had died in hospital from the virus, taking the tally of UK deaths from Covid-19 to 10,612 on Sunday. The news came as one of the government’s most senior scientific advisers warned that the UK was “likely...
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After coronavirus: how will Europe rebuild?
Europe Global

After coronavirus: how will Europe rebuild?

Europe is at the centre of the global pandemic but solidarity among European governments has been strikingly absent. Political fault-lines have reopened and it’s now feared that tensions over the cost of the looming economic depression could feed nationalism and far-right populism. Despairing Italian and Spanish leaders have warned that the EU itself is at risk of falling apart. We asked experts how governments might still come together to reconstruct a hopeful post-lockdown future for...
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Argentina’s Fernandez extends coronavirus lockdown through April 26
Global South America

Argentina’s Fernandez extends coronavirus lockdown through April 26

Argentina will extend until April 27 the lockdown it imposed last month to control the spread of the coronavirus, President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised address on Friday, adding that the measure would be applied only in major cities. Most Argentines live in metropolitan areas like Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Cordoba. The country has wide expanses of sparsely populated agricultural area including the Pampas farm belt, which has made Argentina a top world food...
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Argentina includes Falkland Islands’ coronavirus figures in their own
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Argentina includes Falkland Islands’ coronavirus figures in their own

Argentina is including cases of coronavirus in the Falkland Islands' as its own. The South American nation's claim to sovereignty over the British Overseas Territory has extended to listing the confirmed island figures as part of the overall statistics from its southernmost region of Tierra del Fuego. Argentinian health chiefs have already included the five cases from RAF base Mount Pleasant in the national caseload. The Falkland Islands Government confirmed on Thursday there were five confirmed...
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Lagos starts house-to-house coronavirus s
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Lagos starts house-to-house coronavirus s

Lagos state’s health commissioner for has warned residents to be ready to answer questions from health workers who are going house-to-house asking about coronavirus symptoms. The health workers will “make inquiries about symptoms of cough, cold and fever”, Prof Akin Abayomi is quoted as saying in a tweet by Lagos state government. Coronavirus infects the lungs. The two main symptoms are a fever and a dry continuous cough, which can sometimes lead to breathing problems. Prof...
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Coronavirus pandemic creates US-China ‘derby’ over Africa
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Coronavirus pandemic creates US-China ‘derby’ over Africa

In the last 20 years, it has spent $100 billion (Sh10 trillion) on health in Africa (or $900 million annually) according to the State Department. That amount includes $7 billion (Sh700 billion) in Kenya, where it has funded some 279 labs under an anti-HIV programme known as [President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] PEPFAR. “The WHO is a proxy target for great power rivalry amidst the global pandemic. In the realist view, the great powers...
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South Africa’s big drop in active coronavirus cases explained
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South Africa’s big drop in active coronavirus cases explained

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that of the 2,003 people in South Africa who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, 24 have died and 410 have recovered. This represents a significant jump in the number of recoveries in South Africa. It also means that the number of active cases in South Africa appears to have declined from 1,871 on 9 April to 1,569 on 10 April. However, while it may appear there was...
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Why Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears slower than anticipated – The Citizen
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Why Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears slower than anticipated – The Citizen

Health experts warned of the devastation the deadly virus could cause in Africa, where most hospitals are desperately short of equipment and trained staff. Coronavirus has since spread to 52 African countries, but despite a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases, the continent continues to lag behind the global curve for infections and deaths. Still, the World Health Organization last month warned Africa faced a dramatic evolution of the pandemic even as governments...
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South Africa’s R40 billion coronavirus fund is not working as it should: unions
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South Africa’s R40 billion coronavirus fund is not working as it should: unions

South Africa’s biggest intervention to alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a R40 billion ($2.2-billion) fund for laid-off workers, is being thwarted by an inability to get money to people, the nation’s biggest labour group said. The Unemployment Insurance Fund, the body through which the relief is being channeled, hasn’t done enough to advertise the benefit to employers and workers, said Matthew Parks, the parliamentary coordinator for the Congress of South African Trade...
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The narrative of coronavirus has begun to shift to one of “was this worth it?”
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The narrative of coronavirus has begun to shift to one of “was this worth it?”

You can feel the mood has shifted. Politicians and governments, ones that are not friendly toward the current president, are now starting the spin machine, fully realizing that the mother of all pandemics has been nothing more than a flu season. They know they’ve been duped by the authors of models which predicted unthinkable death tolls. So, the spin now is that the actions they took are responsible for the numbers coming in much lower...
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Coronavirus: What we know now – JOHN NAISH analyses the findings of the world’s best brains
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Coronavirus: What we know now – JOHN NAISH analyses the findings of the world’s best brains

JOHN NAISH analyses the findings of the world’s best brains as they start to unpick the lethal secrets of Covid-19 The world’s best brains are starting to unpick the lethal secrets of Covid-19 to work out what makes us vulnerable and how we can best defend ourselves.  Here, JOHN NAISH analyses their findings.  France‘s chief advisor on coronavirus has confirmed that being overweight or obese greatly increases your chance of dying from the infection.  The...
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Delhi chief minister says India set to extend nationwide lockdown to tackle coronavirus
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Delhi chief minister says India set to extend nationwide lockdown to tackle coronavirus

The chief minister of Delhi state said on Saturday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but the federal government did not confirm this decision. People wearing face maks ride motorcycles as a municipal vehicle decontaminates a road during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease. Modi’s government said only that it was still considering states’ requests and...
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Spain sets out back-to-work guidelines as coronavirus death rate slows
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Spain sets out back-to-work guidelines as coronavirus death rate slows

Spain’s government on Saturday set out guidelines for people returning to work under a loosening of lockdown restrictions, while the country reported its lowest one-day increase in deaths from the coronavirus since March 23. People walk along Triana bridge during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. Most Spaniards have been confined to their homes since mid-March with only businesses in sectors deemed strategically important allowed to operate normally. However,...
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Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.
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Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.

Political leaders and health experts urged Americans celebrating Good Friday and the Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus to avoid church gatherings and observe the holidays at home as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 18,600. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and other health officials pointed to declining rates of coronavirus hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units - particularly in hard-hit New York state - as signs that...
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Funeral director fights for dead as coronavirus ravages New York
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Funeral director fights for dead as coronavirus ravages New York

Jesus Pujols has fetched the deceased from emergency rooms. He has stepped over bodies in refrigerated trailers. The funeral homes he serves are storing remains by the dozen, often in chapels chilled by cranked-up air conditioners.   The 23-year-old funeral director is sleeping some nights in his minivan — the same one he uses to transport the dead. He thinks he worked nearly 80 hours last week, but he hasn’t really kept count. “Right now,...
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Coronavirus crisis is ‘exposing critical gaps in the UK’s welfare safety net’
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Coronavirus crisis is ‘exposing critical gaps in the UK’s welfare safety net’

Up to 5.6 million workers are at high risk of losing their jobs or hours and being unable to access the support they need, according to new analysis published by the New Economics Foundation today. Within this number, 1.6 million workers are at especially higher risk as they work in industries that have been directly affected by the government shutdown, such as restaurants and non-food retail shops. The analysis looked at the number of people...
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The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings
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The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings

It’s all about the lever of balance.  Laws made for public protection, within which public health features prominently, provide grounds for derogation authorities can exploit.  Like plasticine, the scope of power during times of an emergency extends.  But at what point does a state of public health become a police state?  In time, we may find these to be not only indistinguishable but synonymous; the body will be the site where liberties are subordinate to...
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Coronavirus: It’s A Shame To Eat If Your Pastor Has Not Eaten
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Coronavirus: It’s A Shame To Eat If Your Pastor Has Not Eaten

Controversial Ghanaian pastor, Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt popularly known as Counselor Lutterodt has admonished Christians to ensure that they provide for their pastors in these times of global pandemic. According to the pastor, it is biblical for Christians to provide for men of God instead of insulting them and questioning what pastors use church offerings and tithes for. “It is not by force but I am reminding you of what your duty is, have you...
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Rouhani urges Iranians to respect health protocols as coronavirus curbs ease
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Rouhani urges Iranians to respect health protocols as coronavirus curbs ease

President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to respect health protocols to guard against the new coronavirus as “low-risk” economic activities resumed in most of the country on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.  So-called low-risk businesses will resume across the country from Saturday with the exception of the capital Tehran, where they will restart from April 18. Iran is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the highly infectious COVID-19 respiratory disease.  “Easing restrictions does not mean...
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Senior British academics share coronavirus conspiracy theories online
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Senior British academics share coronavirus conspiracy theories online

British academics including a former disgraced lecturer accused of whitewashing the Syrian regime have shared conspiracy theories about the coronavirus online.  The Organisation for Propaganda Studies, co-founded by Piers Robinson, tweeted a YouTube interview last week entitled 'Is Coronavirus The New 9/11?' In that video, Dr Robinson called Covid-19 a 'low fatality virus' with 'no indication that it's significantly different from what we see with major flu outbreaks every year'. He alleges that 'propagandistic information'...
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South Korean coronavirus patients start voting at dedicated stations
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South Korean coronavirus patients start voting at dedicated stations

SEOUL • Early voting in South Korea's parliamentary election kicked off yesterday, with coronavirus patients casting ballots at designated stations and candidates adopting new ways of campaigning to limit the risk of contagion. The National Election Commission has set up eight polling stations to be used by more than 3,000 coronavirus patients receiving treatment as well as 900 medical workers at treatment centres in hard-hit areas, including the capital Seoul and Daegu city. The election...
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Coronavirus Pandemic Brings Hundreds Of U.S. Clinical Trials To A Halt
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Coronavirus Pandemic Brings Hundreds Of U.S. Clinical Trials To A Halt

Rene Roach fired off a quick email in late March for an update on a colorectal cancer clinical trial for which she hoped to qualify. Worried about the coronavirus, she asked, almost as an afterthought, whether the study had been put on hold because of the pandemic.The answer crushed her: It had been. "That's when COVID-19 shut down everything," says Roach, 50, of Germantown, Md. Roach assumed that there would be workarounds for patients like...
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The Queen tells the nation ‘coronavirus will not overcome us’ in first Easter address
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The Queen tells the nation ‘coronavirus will not overcome us’ in first Easter address

The Queen has delivered what is believed to be her first Easter address as she stressed the importance of maintaining the coronavirus lockdown during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.   With the Covid-19 outbreak making church services impossible, the Queen has said in a pre-recorded speech: “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us.” The speech offered support to those marking Easter privately and the wider country, and she said: “But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed,...
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Governors Call For $500 Billion Bailout Amid Standoff Over Coronavirus Relief Funds
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Governors Call For $500 Billion Bailout Amid Standoff Over Coronavirus Relief Funds

National Governors Association Chairman Larry Hogan, R-Md., and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, the top Democrat on the Association are issuing a joint call for Congress to approve $500 billion in direct aid to states, signaling a deepening budget crisis caused by the coronavirus as Congress battles over the next round of funding. "In the absence of unrestricted fiscal support of at least $500 billion from the Federal government, states will have to confront the prospect...
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A sudden coronavirus lockdown could be the end of Port Kembla steelworks
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A sudden coronavirus lockdown could be the end of Port Kembla steelworks

An enforced shutdown of its Port Kembla steelworks could cost BlueScope hundreds of million of dollars - and may signal the end of steelmaking in the Illawarra. ' The steelmaker's New Zealand operations have been put on hold due to that country's one-month lockdown on March 25. The company's operations were not deemed to be an "essential service" and were unable to continue working during the lockdown. The steelmaker is lobbying the Australian and NSW...
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Nurse dies after developing Covid-19 symptoms
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Nurse dies after developing Covid-19 symptoms

A "much-loved" nurse has died after developing symptoms of coronavirus, a hospital trust said. Julie Omar had been working as a sister on Ward 14 at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said. The 52-year-old had been self-isolating at home but her condition deteriorated and she died at home on Friday, it added. The trust said books of remembrance would be made available at its sites. Mrs Omar, who was married...
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UFC 249 canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney intervene
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UFC 249 canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney intervene

UFC 249 was canceled Thursday after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC president Dana Whites plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. After defiantly vowing for weeks to maintain a regular schedule of fights while the rest of the sports world halted, White confirmed the decision to cease competition in a text to the Associated Press. I was ready to go on Saturday, but Disney and ESPN asked me to step down, White...
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‘We’ve sold more Easter eggs than last year’
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‘We’ve sold more Easter eggs than last year’

Upmarket chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat closed all its UK stores three weeks ago. The firm was forced to "turn on a sixpence" reorganising the warehouse to make it safe for staff. But it has paid off. "As it turns out, we've sold more Easter eggs than last year," says boss Angus Thirlwell. Online sales of Easter eggs are surging as UK consumers turn to the internet during the coronavirus lockdown. Thorntons too said it had...
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Covid-19 from the West Wing: ‘History’s verdict will be unforgiving’
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Covid-19 from the West Wing: ‘History’s verdict will be unforgiving’

I'm heading to the White House in the middle of a global pandemic not a phrase I ever imagined writing when I was a schoolboy in Britain thinking about a career in journalism. Downtown Washington resembles a deserted film set these days, most of its famed monuments and museums closed. At the White House gates, a white tent has been set up; a medical worker zaps me with a device that takes my temperature and...
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Gantz and Netanyahu squabble as gridlocked Israel set to miss government deadline
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Gantz and Netanyahu squabble as gridlocked Israel set to miss government deadline

A proposed unity government deal involving Israels prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and opposition leader, Benny Gantz, appears to be in jeopardy as initial progress stalls and a deadline this week looks set to be missed. The pair who have battled for more than a year in three inconclusive elections had both expressed a desire to come to an understanding as the country faces the coronavirus pandemic. Talks to join forces and end the crippling political...
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Your Mask May Not Be Enough if COVID-19 Is in the Air
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Your Mask May Not Be Enough if COVID-19 Is in the Air

When Donald Trump suggested people besides himself wear cloth masks in public last week, it reignited a festering debate about whether the 2019 novel coronavirus is airborne. For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took the same position that the World Health Organization (WHO) currently hasthat masks for healthy people arent necessary, as long as they practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from each other. The agencies have...
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Michael Avenatti Out of Jail After He’s Granted Temporary Release Due to COVID-19
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Michael Avenatti Out of Jail After He’s Granted Temporary Release Due to COVID-19

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels who is serving time for trying to extort Nike, has been granted temporary release from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City amid fears he might contract COVID-19, according to a court order signed by a California judge late Friday. Avenatti will have to spend 14 days in quarantine at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility to make sure he is not infected with...
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917 new coronavirus deaths as UK told to stay home
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917 new coronavirus deaths as UK told to stay home

The UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital with the virus to 9,875. The figure is slightly down from Friday, which at 980 exceeded the worst daily figures seen in Italy and Spain. It comes as the UK spends the Easter weekend under lockdown, with the public being told to stay at home. Meanwhile, some NHS staff say they still do not have the...
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5 year old Sends An Adorable Letter To Her 93 year old Neighbor Asking If Hes OK, He Replies
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5 year old Sends An Adorable Letter To Her 93 year old Neighbor Asking If Hes OK, He Replies

Paradoxical as it sounds, it sometimes appears that social distancing is bringing people together. No matter how often we read about the society that has become divisive, we also have seen more than enough examples of quarantine bringing out the best in people. You’re about to read one such heartwarming example below. This week, 22-year-old teacher Louisa May shared a tweet in which she says that her grandfather, who is 93 years old and therefore in isolation,...
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Coronavirus cases in Ghana explode, lockdown extended – P.M. News
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Coronavirus cases in Ghana explode, lockdown extended – P.M. News

Confirmed cases for coronavirus in Ghana have shot up by 65, bringing the total to 378, according to President Nana Akufo-Addo. In his sixth national address since the outbreak in the country, Akufo-Addo said there was one more recovery. This increases recovered patients to four. However, six persons have died. Because of the rising cases of the virus, President Akufo-Addo has extended the lockdown period by another week. The president said evidence from the ground...
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Airbnb restricts UK bookings due to coronavirus
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Airbnb restricts UK bookings due to coronavirus

Home rental firm Airbnb is to temporarily restrict UK bookings to key workers and “essential stays” because of the coronavirus crisis. The firm said that the measure would last until at least 18 April. Key workers - such as NHS and social care staff, and transport and food retail employees - can still book through a programme called Frontline Stays. The decision comes after the government criticised opportunistic hosts. The BBC had reported on Monday...
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Wage bailout plan to save jobs may cost up to 40bn
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Wage bailout plan to save jobs may cost up to 40bn

The UK's Job Retention Scheme may cost £30-40bn over three months, three times the size of initial estimates. That is according to an analysis by the Resolution Foundation, using the latest figures on take-up of the scheme from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). While initial Treasury estimates suggested a 10% take-up, fresh figures from the BCC suggest that far more firms are planning to use it. It found nearly a fifth of smaller firms...
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PM ‘responding to treatment’ in intensive care
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PM ‘responding to treatment’ in intensive care

Boris Johnson is "responding to treatment" for coronavirus as he approaches the fourth night in the hospital. The prime minister was being kept in St Thomas' Hospital in London "for close monitoring" and remained clinically stable, his official spokesman said. Downing Street said he was not working but could contact those he needed to. No 10 said a review of lockdown rules would go ahead next week, but the public must "stick with" the measures...
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Virus lockdown for ‘several more weeks at least’
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Virus lockdown for ‘several more weeks at least’

The coronavirus lockdown will remain for "several more weeks at the very least", Wales' health minister says. Vaughan Gething told the BBC "we need to give a much clearer message that this isn't going to end anytime soon". But a UK government source accused Welsh ministers of jumping the gun ahead of a meeting where a review of the arrangements is to be discussed. First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed on Wednesday that the measures in...
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NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Housesand Soon They Will Be Counted
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NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Housesand Soon They Will Be Counted

The coronavirus death count in New York City, already unfathomable, is expected to surge in the coming days as officials begin including people who have been dropping dead at home without an official diagnosis. Emergency Medical Service data first reported by Gothamist suggests the undercount of individuals who have likely died from the virus is massive. On Tuesday alone, 256 people were pronounced dead at home across the five boroughs. Until this month, about 25...
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Man City Coach Guardiola’s Mother Dies After Coronavirus Infection
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Man City Coach Guardiola’s Mother Dies After Coronavirus Infection

Post Views: 22 The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting coronavirus, aged 82. Dolors Sala Carrio was diagnosed with coronavirus after showing symptoms in Barcelona, with the Premier League club announcing her tragic death on Monday afternoon. A club statement read: “The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. She was  82. “Everyone associated with the club sends their most...
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China must step up on African debt relief amid coronavirus pandemic
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China must step up on African debt relief amid coronavirus pandemic

China must do more to help ease the debt burden of African countries facing economic calamity from the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana’s finance minister said. Africa accounts for just a fraction of global cases of the disease, but the continent’s economies are expected to contract, putting about 20 million jobs at risk. “My feeling is that China has to come on stronger,” Ken Ofori-Atta said during a conversation on Monday with Masood Ahmed, president of the Washington-based...
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Government To Distribute 3.6 Million honemade Masks To Help Fight Coronavirus In Ghana
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Government To Distribute 3.6 Million honemade Masks To Help Fight Coronavirus In Ghana

The government of Ghana is set to distribute 3.6 Million Ghana-made masks government to help fight against coronavirus in Ghana. According to the government, they will start the distribution of the locally produced nose masks on Wednesday, 8th April 2020. This was made known to the public by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman during a press briefing on COVID-19. “The President is making all efforts to resource the Ministry to ensure that we have...
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“We Shall Not Allow Online Exams” President Museveni Advises UCU to Wait until the Coronavirus Crisis Is Over
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“We Shall Not Allow Online Exams” President Museveni Advises UCU to Wait until the Coronavirus Crisis Is Over

On 8th/04/2020 evening during the presidential address to the Nation on COVID 19(corona) updates, H E Yoweri Museveni advised all Universities planning to organize online exams for student to wait until the coronavirus crisis is over. Emphasis was majorly put on Uganda Christian University (UCU) which was planning to administer take-home examinations between 6th and 18th April. Each student was to be availed data regardless of whether or not they have access to the internet or cleared...
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Ferrari to pilot ‘Back on Track’ employee screening for coronavirus By Reuters
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Ferrari to pilot ‘Back on Track’ employee screening for coronavirus By Reuters

 Ferrari (MI:RACE) said on Wednesday it was piloting a project to conduct voluntary screening of employees and their families for coronavirus once the supercarmaker's factories in Italy reopen. In a statement, Ferrari said its "Back on Track" plan, developed with a pool of virologists and experts, was designed to create a safe working environment for when its operations restarted. In March the luxury carmaker closed its factories in Maranello and Modena, in the northern Italian...
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Dorsey donates billion dollars to fight coronavirus
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Dorsey donates billion dollars to fight coronavirus

St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter and the founder and CEO of Square, is donating a billion dollars’ worth of his Square holdings to help the world fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. Dorsey announced Tuesday via Twitter that he was moving a billion dollars of his Square equity, about 28 percent of his wealth, to #startsmall LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief. “After we disarm this pandemic, the focus will shift to...
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Portugal suspends water, electricity shutoffs and releases some prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak
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Portugal suspends water, electricity shutoffs and releases some prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Portugal's parliament temporarily suspended electricity, water and gas shutoffs and granted partial pardon to some of its prisoners on Wednesday as the country moved to contain the economic and social damage of the coronavirus outbreak.   Until a month after the end of the state of emergency, called on March 18 to prevent the spread of coronavirus and extended last week to at least April 17, electricity, water, and gas cannot be shut off, easing...
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Nursing During Coronavirus Crisis – How Nurses Are Dealing With Covid-19
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Nursing During Coronavirus Crisis – How Nurses Are Dealing With Covid-19

A patient on the third floor Covid-19 unit is tugging at her oxygen mask, trying to yank it off. She is 60, with a fever of 102.7, and her lips and mouth are dry from inhaling through the plastic. But every time nurse Emily Rostkowski quickly removes the mask to give the woman water or medicine, her oxygen levels plummet to perilous levels. It is a little after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at...
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Here’s How Pro-Beijing Outlet Phoenix TV Made It Into The White House Coronavirus Press Briefing
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Here’s How Pro-Beijing Outlet Phoenix TV Made It Into The White House Coronavirus Press Briefing

A reporter from a Hong Kong outlet aligned with the Communist Party of China is a member of the White House Foreign Press Group and has rotating access to White House press briefings. That is how the Phoenix TV reporter was able to push pro-Beijing talking points, touting Chinese aid to other countries, during the White House coronavirus task force’s press briefing on Monday. Her question prompted President Donald Trump to question if she was working for...
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Coronavirus lockdown limits casualties as bridge in north Italy collapses
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Coronavirus lockdown limits casualties as bridge in north Italy collapses

A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy has collapsed, but, with virtually no traffic due to the coronavirus lockdown, only two truck drivers suffered minor injuries. Key points: The local fire brigade said the 260-metre bridge on the SS330 road near the town of Aulla, roughly midway between Genoa and Florence, collapsed on Wednesday morning. Although casualties were limited, the collapse highlighted the poor state of Italy's road network. In 2018...
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How bad could a second wave of coronavirus infections be, and where could they strike?
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How bad could a second wave of coronavirus infections be, and where could they strike?

How bad could a second wave of coronavirus infections be, and where could they strike? It is highly likely the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak will shift multiple times around the globe until a vaccine is found. Key points: That is according to public health experts, who are warning that returning to normal life too quickly could risk a new wave of infections. Even countries previously praised for their success containing the initial outbreak, such...
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As coronavirus sparks anti-Chinese racism, xenophobia rises in China itself
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As coronavirus sparks anti-Chinese racism, xenophobia rises in China itself

As people of Asian descent face xenophobic attacks worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, foreigners in China are also increasingly reporting incidents of hostility and discrimination. Key points: A comic posted to the popular social media platform Weibo last week, entitled An Illustrated Handbook on How to Sort Foreign Garbage, depicted foreigners being thrown into waste bins and disinfected by people in hazmat suits for supposedly breaching China's strict lockdown restrictions. One vignette depicts a...
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Kentucky Doctor Charged With Strangling Teen Girl Over Social Distancing
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Kentucky Doctor Charged With Strangling Teen Girl Over Social Distancing

A Kentucky doctor has been charged for strangling a teenage girl and shoving her friends because they werent practicing social distancing, police said. John Rademaker, a 57-year-old physician, was charged Tuesday with first-degree strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact for the April 3 altercation at the North Commons Amphitheater, the Louisville Metro Police Department told The Daily Beast. Rademaker, a physician for Southern Indiana Anesthesia Consultants, has been placed on administrative leave...
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Democrat Groups Begin Digital Assault of Trump Over Coronavirus
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Democrat Groups Begin Digital Assault of Trump Over Coronavirus

Swing state voters are being targeted with political ads hammering President Donald Trumps response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the organizations behind the ads are taking steps to ensure that they and their funders remain shrouded from public view. This week, Not In Our America, a new Facebook advertiser, began buying up promoted space on the platform to attack the administrations coronavirus response in the key 2020 states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona....
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Mexico president shifts tone on coronavirus; states seek restrictions
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Mexico president shifts tone on coronavirus; states seek restrictions

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is taking a more serious stance in his approach to the coronavirus pandemic, asking Mexicans to stay home, but only after several weeks of intense criticism as he continued to dismiss recommendations by public health experts to curb the spread of the virus. "This is a passing crisis, we will move forward," he told reporters on Friday during his televised daily briefing. "It's a bad moment, we will recover, we will be safe and sound,...
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Coronavirus in South America: What the Death of a Maid Means for Brazil
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Coronavirus in South America: What the Death of a Maid Means for Brazil

In order to prevent a humanitarian emergency, the national favela association CUFA published a catalogue of 14 demands. One of them was that residents of the slums be provided with free soap for the duration of the crisis. Internet access should also be free, they argued, so that people could keep informed. Support is also needed for the owners of small shops. And those who have been hardest hit should be receiving regular food packages....
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Bucking the global coronavirus lockdown trend
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Bucking the global coronavirus lockdown trend

As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis. At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180km off mainland China. Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools,...
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Cuba: US embargo blocks coronavirus aid shipment from Asia
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Cuba: US embargo blocks coronavirus aid shipment from Asia

Cuban officials say that a shipment of coronavirus aid from Asia’s richest man, Jack Ma, has been blocked by the six-decade United States embargo on the island. Carlos M. Pereira, Cuba’s ambassador to China, said on his blog last week that Ma’s foundation tried to send Cuba 100,000 face masks and 10 COVID-19 diagnostic kits last month, along with other aid, including ventilators and gloves. Cuba was one of 24 countries in the region meant...
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Asia stands to lose 68 million jobs if coronavirus is not contained in six months
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Asia stands to lose 68 million jobs if coronavirus is not contained in six months

About 68 million jobs could be lost in Asia due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned.  China will see the highest number of workers affected, with about 52.8 million workers potentially losing their jobs by the end of September in the “worst case scenario”, if the pandemic is not contained by then, according to the ADB’s Covid-19 Economic Impact Assessment Template rolled out last week. The template calculates the overall impact...
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Alibaba promises ‘spring thunder’ to support SMEs during the coronavirus crisis
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Alibaba promises ‘spring thunder’ to support SMEs during the coronavirus crisis

Alibaba group chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang has launched the “2020 Spring Thunder Initiative” to help small and medium businesses ride out the coronavirus pandemic.  “We will … create new supply chains, stimulate new demand, and promote new trade through a series of aggressive measures,” he promised in a letter to staff.  Zhang says Alibaba will work to help export-focused SMEs expand into new markets through AliExpress, Lazada and Tmall World, offering some companies resource...
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Coronavirus in Africa: what happens next? | Global development
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Coronavirus in Africa: what happens next? | Global development

Just seven weeks after Africa recorded its first case of Covid-19 – an Italian national in Algeria – the virus is creeping across the continent, infecting more than 10,000 people and causing 487 deaths. Three of the region’s 54 countries – São Tome and Principe, Comoros, and Lesotho – remain apparently virus-free. “Case numbers are increasing exponentially in the African region,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa. “It...
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Africa Facing ‘Complete Economic Collapse’ Due to Coronavirus, UN Official Claims
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Africa Facing ‘Complete Economic Collapse’ Due to Coronavirus, UN Official Claims

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns across the African continent could trigger an economic collapse, according to one United Nations (UN) official, who spoke with Associated Press (AP). Ahunna Eziakonwa, the UN Development Program regional director for Africa, warned that the pandemic would likely result in job losses for millions of people, many of whom are already low-income, have no savings, and have no access to proper healthcare. “We’ve been through a lot on the continent....
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What Africa Must Do To Mitigate the Damaging Effects of Coronavirus
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What Africa Must Do To Mitigate the Damaging Effects of Coronavirus

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the globe, Nigeria spent 42% of her earnings on debt servicing. We have arrived at a new reality today: even if we devote 100% of our income to rebuilding our economy, it still will not be enough. COVID19 has wreaked such damage to the world’s economy, and this is now very evident in the West. But we should not take solace in any false sense of security that nations...
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It’s a hangover from colonial mentality – WHO slams call for Africa to be testing ground for new Coronavirus vaccines
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It’s a hangover from colonial mentality – WHO slams call for Africa to be testing ground for new Coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organization has angrily reacted to some French doctors’ suggestion of Africa being the test ground for new Coronavirus drugs. Media reported earlier that Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht who spoke on a live TV interview, insisted that Africa is the best place to conduct such test as they recalled how an experimental treatment for AIDS was carried out in Africa. However the international health agency’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the comment as “racist” and...
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As coronavirus spread through Asia, Atlantic Natural Foods prepared for US impact
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As coronavirus spread through Asia, Atlantic Natural Foods prepared for US impact

When J. Douglas​ Hines, chairman of Atlantic Natural Foods, recently saw the CEO of Nestlé warning employees of an upcoming storm because of the pandemic, he thought the executive must have been listening to his thoughts because he's been saying that for two months.  "I've been in the food business for over 40 years and we've never had this before. This is a global situation. This isn't local; it's not a hurricane or an earthquake. It's a...
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Could nitric oxide treat coronavirus? US doctors are testing the gas that gave us Viagra
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Could nitric oxide treat coronavirus? US doctors are testing the gas that gave us Viagra

Doctors from around the world are seeing if the gas that gave us the 'little blue pill' will also help treat the novel coronavirus as it continues to spread. Nitric oxide is a colorless gas helps blood vessels dilate, which in turn leads to increasing the amount of oxygen flowing throughout the body. It's been used to treat newborns with heart defects and led to the development of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.  Now, scientists...
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US appeals court allows Texas coronavirus abortion restrictions
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US appeals court allows Texas coronavirus abortion restrictions

A US appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Texas can enforce limits on the ability of women to obtain abortions as part of the state's policy requiring postponement of non-urgent medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals on a 2-1 vote threw out a federal judge's order issued last week that had blocked the state's action. The appeals court had earlier temporarily put...
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Britain’s flexible constitution will help us through this coronavirus crisis – Reaction
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Britain’s flexible constitution will help us through this coronavirus crisis – Reaction

John Nance Gardener found the Vice Presidency of the United States “not worth a bucket of warm piss”. He would have been even more disappointed with being Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Vice President at least has a clear role and purpose: to wait. Divine Providence will decide whether they become the most powerful person in the world, or a footnote in political trivia. The US Constitution decrees that in the death...
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Overwhelming Number Of Nigerians Residing In China, US, UK, Are Registering For Evacuation
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Overwhelming Number Of Nigerians Residing In China, US, UK, Are Registering For Evacuation

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM has stated that an overwhelming number of Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom, United States, China and in West Africa, have been registering with the Nigerian missions for evacuation to Nigeria following the globalCoronavirus pandemic. Recall that the Federal government last week, announced that a directive has been issued to all the Nigerian Embassies to compile the names of Nigerians who would want to be evacuated to Nigeria. According...
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US Donates USD 2.9 Million Package To Help India Battle Coronavirus
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US Donates USD 2.9 Million Package To Help India Battle Coronavirus

US Donates USD 2.9 Million Package To Help India Battle Coronavirus The United States has donated $2.9 million assistance package for India to help the Narendra Modi government brace itself against the coronavirus as countries across the world are coming together to combat the outbreak. On March 28, the US government, via US Agency for International Development, announced $2.9 million to support India in its response to COVID-19. "It builds on a foundation of over...
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‘The whole world should send China a bill’
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‘The whole world should send China a bill’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told "Hannity" Monday that China should pay — literally — for its response to the coronavirus that enabled the contagion to spread around the world. "If it were up to me, the whole world should send China a bill for the pandemic," Graham said. "This is the third pandemic to come out of China and they come from these wet markets where they have bats and monkeys with the virus — carrying the virus — intermingled...
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Virologist’s Tweet Explains Why The COVID-19 Coronavirus Is Worse Than SARS
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Virologist’s Tweet Explains Why The COVID-19 Coronavirus Is Worse Than SARS

Since the SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 first began to circulate at the end of 2019, there has been much debate as to how its symptoms and efficacy at spreading compared to previous outbreaks such as flu, the common cold, and historic coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS. For a short while many were falsely claiming that the death rate and symptoms likened the COVID-19 disease to flu, a dangerous assumption that led...
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How To Make A Face Mask At Home
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How To Make A Face Mask At Home

Health experts are bumping up protective measures in the fight against COVID-19. New recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that people should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain, like grocery stores or pharmacies. Recent studies (here, here, and here, to name a few) show that a number of people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19,...
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Hospital Asks For Peoples Help And This Boy Scout Delivers
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Hospital Asks For Peoples Help And This Boy Scout Delivers

In light of the novel coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, the famous saying “not all heroes wear capes” applies to more and more people every day. The doctors and the rest of the medical staff fighting the virus on the frontlines, all the people who can’t stay home and are going to work every day, keeping our civilization intact and functioning as it’s supposed to – shopkeepers, cashiers, electricians, plumbers, garbagemen, you name it. We also...
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Wait, Was Joe Exotic Hospitalized For Coronavirus?
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Wait, Was Joe Exotic Hospitalized For Coronavirus?

GUESS WHAT, MOTHERF*CKERS!!! Our Tiger King, Joseph Maldonado-Passage—or, as he is known to the world, Joe Exotic—may have contracted coronavirus in prison. At least, if you believe what the Daily Mirror reports, then he has. (And if you believe that, I’ve got a tiger cub to sell you.) This, the Mirror claims, is based on a site called Texomashomepage.com, which reported that Joe was transferred to a prison medical center after “multiple fellow inmates at the jail where he was...
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Finding Love In A Hopeless Place: Dating Stories From The Pandemic
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Finding Love In A Hopeless Place: Dating Stories From The Pandemic

When Jillian Trubee first saw the now-ubiquitous Instagram memes about virtual dating in the midst of coronavirus quarantine, she wondered who out there was actually going on FaceTime first dates or having a movie night via Netflix Party. As an avid dater in New York City, she thought she’d seen it all, but it wasn’t until a few days later that she would experience this new phenomenon first-hand. “I go on dates all the time,...
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Michigan Nurse Demonstrates How Easy Coronavirus Cross-Contamination Can Be
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Michigan Nurse Demonstrates How Easy Coronavirus Cross-Contamination Can Be

Recently, one trip to the grocery store for this former emergency room nurse made her see just how little some people know about cross-contamination. While shopping, she saw many people wearing gloves, which she thought was great. However, despite wearing gloves, they were still not exactly adhering to the recommendations of the health officials. So Molly decided to take it to Facebook and record a short “rant” explaining the process of germ spreading in the...
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Lessons of a Hero From the Plague for Surviving the Coronavirus
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Lessons of a Hero From the Plague for Surviving the Coronavirus

Naturally, comparisons to the Black Death are echoing around now. The bubonic plague was a highly contagious bacterial disease that came and went throughout Europe and beyond for three centuries. In its first explosive visitation in the mid-1300s it might have led to the deaths of one-third of Europe's population in under a decade. Some say we shouldn't draw comparisons as too alarmist. The plagues mortality rate was at least 50 per cent as compared...
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To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel and Get on the Right Track
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To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel and Get on the Right Track

It started with the California forest fires. Ariella Granett lives in Berkeley, and stapling a paper smoke mask to fit her 8-year-old daughter's face made the planet's ills feel personal. Then, last spring, her son came home from school and announced the world was ending. His seventh-grade class was told that by 2030 the harm done by climate change could be permanent. “I couldn't soften that,” Granett says. Granett rode her bike, ate little meat,...
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Landlady’s ‘regret’ over lockdown ‘lock-in’
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Landlady’s ‘regret’ over lockdown ‘lock-in’

A landlady whose pub was shut down after police were called to a "lock-in" during the coronavirus lockdown said she "wished she'd kept the door shut". Mandy Mallinson said she had been celebrating her husband's birthday at the Blue Bell Inn in Nottinghamshire. She admitted six regulars had turned up uninvited but insists it was not a planned "lock-in". A councillor said the pub had been visited on successive weekends over concerns it was "flouting"...
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Capt. Brett Crozier Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Capt. Brett Crozier Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Capt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after he wrote a letter outlining his concerns of COVID-19 spreading on the ship and the Navys failures to properly address the matter. Two of Croziers Naval Academy classmates told The New York Times that Crozier started having coronavirus symptoms before he was fired and escorted off the ship on Thursday. His dismissal followed The San Francisco Chronicle publishing his letter...
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Fear that US exports clampdown could hamper SA’s effort to ramp up testing
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Fear that US exports clampdown could hamper SA’s effort to ramp up testing

An unofficial clampdown by the US government on the exports of test kits crucial to South Africa's plans to ramp up coronavirus testing, is raising fears that local efforts to combat the disease may falter. South Africa does not manufacture machines or kits capable of testing for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and as a result is reliant on imports from companies in the US, China, South Korea and Switzerland, among others....
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The Queen’s coronavirus speech branded her ‘finest moment’
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The Queen’s coronavirus speech branded her ‘finest moment’

The Queen's historic televised address to the nation was a "calming message at a time of crisis", a royal expert has said.   Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the monarch made a "touching and heartwarming" reference to children's rainbows being the symbol of the national spirit. He described the rare address as history repeating itself, with the Queen delivering the message from Windsor Castle, just as she did 80 years ago as...
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BREAKING: Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests after contracting coronavirus
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BREAKING: Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests after contracting coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests ten days after he tested positive for coronavirus. A spokeswoman for Downing Street insisted the move was a 'precautionary step' as Mr Johnson's symptoms have persisted. According to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, the Prime Minister was admitted to hospital earlier on Sunday evening for what are described as 'routine tests'. He is expected to stay in overnight and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair...
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NHS coronavirus nurse, 23, dies after 12-hour shift ‘without right protective kit’
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NHS coronavirus nurse, 23, dies after 12-hour shift ‘without right protective kit’

A third NHS nurse has died after caring for patients sick with coronavirus. John Alagos, 23, is believed to be the youngest medic in the UK to succumb to the devastating virus after he collapsed. His mother, Gina Gustilo, said her son fell ill during a 12-hour shift at Watford General Hospital but was allegedly not allowed to return home due to short-staffing. She says that instead, he remained at work because his ward was...
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Paedophile who raped boy, 12, is freed early after cellmate dies of coronavirus
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Paedophile who raped boy, 12, is freed early after cellmate dies of coronavirus

A convicted child rapist has been freed from jail after his cellmate died from coronavirus. Glenn Christie, 54, was serving time at the Massachusetts Treatment Centre in Bridgewater, USA, after he repeatedly raped a 12-year-old boy. The Massachusetts man, who suffers from kidney disease and is being tested for cancer, had already completed a prison sentence for the crime but was in custody for violating the terms of his 10-year probation period. He had been...
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Billy McFarland Launches COVID-19 Effort in Prison, Swears Its Not a Scam
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Billy McFarland Launches COVID-19 Effort in Prison, Swears Its Not a Scam

Remember Billy McFarland, the scam artist behind the spectacular disaster that was Fyre Festival? If hes to be believedand even he admits thats a big ifprison and the novel coronavirus pandemic have helped him turn over a new leaf. In fact, hes even launched a new endeavor from behind bars: crowdfunding money to help inmates call their loved ones amid the pandemic. McFarland has named his new effort Project-315. In a letter posted to the...
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Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large U.S. study of hydroxychloroquines
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Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large U.S. study of hydroxychloroquines

Despite false assertions by the President to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment with special individual case authorizations, and small-scale clinical examinations. Nothing so far has approached the level of scrutiny needed to actually say anything definitively about their actual ability to treat COVID-19 or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, but the first large-scale U.S. clinical study...
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Zoom freezes feature development to fix security and privacy issues
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Zoom freezes feature development to fix security and privacy issues

Zoom has been widely criticized over the past couple of weeks for terrible security, a poorly designed screensharing feature, misleading dark patterns, fake end-to-end-encryption claims and an incomplete privacy policy. Despite that, the video conferencing service has attracted a ton of new users thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns around the world — the company reached 200 million daily active users last month. Zoom, an enterprise product designed for boring corporate meetings, has become a mainstream...
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Encores musical messages let you commission a video performance to send to loved ones
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Encores musical messages let you commission a video performance to send to loved ones

Encore, the U.K. marketplace that lets you find and book a musician or band online for your event, is launching a new online product to help musicians find an additional revenue stream during the coronavirus pandemic, and bring a little joy to all of us. Dubbed musical messages, the new offering lets you pay one of Encore’s musicians to create and send a personalised musical message to loved ones, or anyone you cannot be with...
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Biologist Is Surprised To See Yeast Being Hoarded, Decides To Teach People How To Make It At Home

COVID-19 has managed to bring out the best in us as millions donate their money, time, and efforts to helping those in need. It also brings out the worst in some as they continue to ridiculously hoard things. And while hoarding toilet paper and non-perishables at least seems somewhat logical, people are greatly surprised to see yeast, of all things, vanish from store shelves due to the hoarding pandemic. Never fear, as not all heroes...
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This Is What The South Korean Government Comfort Package For Quarantined People Looks Like
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This Is What The South Korean Government Comfort Package For Quarantined People Looks Like

In light of the recent events regarding the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people are speculating whether the crisis has been dealt with well enough, what could have been done better, and so on. People are taking to social media to share their own experiences and also to discuss what measures the governments of their countries have taken. Despite international health organizations’ global efforts to help countries in need deal with the crisis equally as...
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3 Mild Symptoms Could Predict Which Coronavirus Patients Develop Severe Lung Disease
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3 Mild Symptoms Could Predict Which Coronavirus Patients Develop Severe Lung Disease

The coronavirus pandemic has forced doctors to make difficult decisions about which patients get immediate medical care. In New York City, where more than 38,000 cases have been reported, hospitals are reserving tests for patients with severe illnesses, while people with mild cases — which can still be painful and long-lasting — have been told to stay home. But doctors still know very little about the symptoms that serve as warning signs of a severe...
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Sports icon’s death awakens Senegal to coronavirus threat
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Sports icon’s death awakens Senegal to coronavirus threat

Senegal is in mourning following the death of one of its foremost sporting icons from coronavirus, as the government struggles to impose health restrictions in the West African state. Former Olympique de Marseille president Pape Diouf died late on Tuesday aged 68 in the capital Dakar after contracting Covid-19. The first ever black president of a top European football club, a one-time journalist, was idolised in his native Senegal. Diouf was the first to die...
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Guinea, Burkina Faso ‘reject their citizens with coronavirus’ in Ghana
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Guinea, Burkina Faso ‘reject their citizens with coronavirus’ in Ghana

Burkina Faso and Guinea have refused to take in their citizens who tested positive for coronavirus in Ghana. On Monday Ghana announced plans to deport 8 Guinean nationals and 2 Burkinabes who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the city of Tamale, North of the country. According to officials they arrived in Ghana before the country’s borders were closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The government’s joint committee on health and security got...
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Rwanda extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks
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Rwanda extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

The government in Rwanda has extended rigid lockdown restrictions imposed last month to 19 April. The lockdown that begun on 21 March banned people from leaving their homes unless going out to shop for food or buy medicine. The government deployed police to enforce the restrictions. The lockdown was to end this weekend but was extended by the cabinet on Wednesday after the number of confirmed cases climbed from 17 to 82 in two weeks....
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Nigeria imposes harsh restrictions for journalist movement and access during coronavirus lockdown
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Nigeria imposes harsh restrictions for journalist movement and access during coronavirus lockdown

Authorities in Nigeria must ensure that measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic do not prevent journalists from covering the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed said that journalists would be required to carry a valid identity card to move around in the two southwestern states of Lagos and Ogun, as well as in the capital Abuja, as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lockdowns in...
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We regret asking US billionaire for help – Nigerian government
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We regret asking US billionaire for help – Nigerian government

The Nigerian Government on Thursday said it regrets demanding ventilators from a US billionaire, Elon Musk. The government has consequently withdrawn the plea made by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to help provide treatment for the Coronavirus patients within Nigeria. On Thursday, Musk, who is the founder and Chief Engineer, SpaceX, had, via his official Twitter handle said that his firm had extra ventilators that had been approved by the Food and...
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Fury in Kenya over police brutality amid coronavirus curfew
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Fury in Kenya over police brutality amid coronavirus curfew

Nairobi, Kenya - Since November, Emily Nyambura had been running a thriving mobile coffee business in Mathare, a densely populated settlement in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. With a growing customer base, she would earn on good days up to 1,500 Kenyan shillings ($15) - but all that changed last week.  On the evening of March 27, Nyambura was, as usual, walking the streets of Mathare, selling to her customers who drink tea in the morning and...
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Coronavirus causes Kenya to decongest prisons by releasing 4800 prisoners
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Coronavirus causes Kenya to decongest prisons by releasing 4800 prisoners

The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) after multi-agency consultations has resolved to release 4800 prisoners who are serving time for petty offences. The decision was informed by the need to decongest Kenyan prisons in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. In a statement sent out to the media, NCAJ, however, noted that new prisoners are being isolated for the requisite 14 days. This is in strict adherence to the safety...
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Unity in South Africa  is fleeting under lockdown
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Unity in South Africa is fleeting under lockdown

But the national unity and common purpose that Ramaphosa sought to encourage lasted less than 24 hours before old ethnic suspicions within the populace and authoritarian tendencies within government started to reassert themselves.   An immediate point of contention was the new Solidarity Fund that the president announced and charged with an array of ambitious goals: combating and tracking the spread of Covid-19, caring for the ill, and supporting small businesses and their employees.  ...
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These economies will be hardest hit by the coronavirus – including South Africa
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These economies will be hardest hit by the coronavirus – including South Africa

JP Morgan Chase & Company has outlined how the world’s economies will be impacted by the coronavirus, with South Africa forecast as one of the five countries which will be hardest hit. In a weekly research note, the group forecast that the country’s economy will contract by 7% this year  – well above some of the estimates which have been provided by local analysts and Treasury. The group cited the fact that more than half...
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Coronavirus: South Africa ramps up testing in townships

South Africa’s government has mobilised 10,000 volunteers to roll out coronavirus screening nationwide, as it ramps up efforts to contain the spread of the disease in rural areas and densely-populated townships ahead of the coming flu season. On Wednesday the first of 67 new mobile sampling and testing clinics began working in Alexandra in Johannesburg, South Africa’s oldest township, where cases of Covid-19 have recently been confirmed. Over the coming days thousands more community health...
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Somalia’s ex-prime minister dies of coronavirus
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Somalia’s ex-prime minister dies of coronavirus

Somalia‘s former prime minister, Nour Hassan Hussein Nour Adde, has died of coronavirus in Britain, his family has said. His son, Mohamed Nour Adde confirmed the death of his father in a statement on Wednesday. He said the former prime minister died in King’s College, London, where he had been receiving treatment in recent weeks. Nour Adde’s family said he will be laid to rest in Britain in a traditional Islamic burial. He served as...
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Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response
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Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response

Kushner’s group, which some have characterized as an “all-of-private-sector” operation in contrast to Vice President Mike Pence’s “all-of-government” task force, has had its successes – including airlifting emergency medical supplies to the United States, crowdsourcing mask and glove donations, and rapidly devising a last-ditch plan for hospitals to maximize ventilators. But the behind-the-scenes working group has also duplicated existing federal teams and operations, and its focus on rapid, short-term decisions has created concern among some...
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Coronavirus in Indiana: Hundreds attend prayer vigil at IUHBMH
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Coronavirus in Indiana: Hundreds attend prayer vigil at IUHBMH

Hundreds of cars with blinkers flashing lined the parking lot of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for a prayer vigil on Monday night. The vigil was dedicated not only to those with coronavirus, but also for healthcare workers who are fighting it. Cars were decorated with red hearts and signs saying, "We support our doctors and nurses," and "Stop corona." Despite a few who decided to wander around and take photos, most followed guidelines for social distancing, remaining in their...
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Coronavirus second wave feared in Henan province, China, Jia county in lockdown

Residents in a region of central China have been ordered back into their homes and are only being allowed to leave with a special permit, over fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in the region. The South China Morning Post has reported that about 600,000 people have been affected by the sudden lockdown in Jia county in the Henan province, adjacent to the Hubei province where the virus originated in December. The Hong Kong-based...
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After Threats, Anthony Fauci to Receive Enhanced Personal Security
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After Threats, Anthony Fauci to Receive Enhanced Personal Security

One anti-Fauci Twitter post last week said, “Sorry liberals but we don’t trust Dr. Anthony Fauci.” The hashtag #FauciFraud has been used by more than 70 Twitter accounts, some posting hundreds of times a day, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Criticism of Dr. Fauci has also come from leading conservative voices and supporters of Mr. Trump, including Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group; Bill Mitchell, the host...
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Philippines president warns people violating coronavirus lockdown will be shot dead
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Philippines president warns people violating coronavirus lockdown will be shot dead

People who don't obey coronavirus lockdown rules in the Philippines should be shot dead, the country's president said. In a chilling televised speech, Rodrigo Duterte urged the military to open fire on anyone who "causes trouble". He said: "My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there's an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead. "Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble,...
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Asia may have been right and the rest of the world is coming around
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Asia may have been right and the rest of the world is coming around

That same week, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared before lawmakers. Asked if people should wear masks, he had a straightforward answer: "No."   Now he's not so sure. On Monday, Redfield said told NPR that the CDC was reviewing its guidelines and may recommend general mask use to guard against community infection. It's likely only a matter of time before other mask holdouts, most prominently the World...
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Mask Wars – France Behaves Badly To Spain, US Behaves Badly To France

In the mask war, anything goes. There are no friends. On March 5, the French authorities requisitioned an order for 4 million masks from a Swedish company that was circulating in France. After 15 days of diplomatic tension and pressure from the Nordic government, Paris allowed half of the shipment to reach its final destinations, Spain and Italy. The news has been revealed by LExpress. The product, which is critical in the fight against the...
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Ethiopia postpones general elections due to coronavirus
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Ethiopia postpones general elections due to coronavirus

Ethiopia’s highly anticipated general elections in August this year have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s electoral board said it will announce a new date for the polls when the pandemic comes down. According to the the board planning for the general elections has become difficult in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It said obtaining election materials on time and training staff for the elections would be challenging at this moment....
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Wuhan doctor who went public over spread of coronavirus ‘goes missing’
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Wuhan doctor who went public over spread of coronavirus ‘goes missing’

A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus has disappeared sparking concerns that she has been detained, reports suggest.  Dr Ai Fen said she faced 'unprecedented, extremely harsh reprimanded' by officials at Wuhan Central Hospital after she shared a picture of a patient report labelled 'SARS coronavirus'.  The image was widely circulated and made its way to whistle-blower Li Wenliang who raised the alarm about the bug, which has killed...
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Coronavirus could travel 27 feet, stay in air for hours: researcher
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Coronavirus could travel 27 feet, stay in air for hours: researcher

Social-distancing guidelines to stay 6 feet from others may be woefully inadequate, one scientist warns — saying the coronavirus can travel 27 feet and linger for hours. MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, who has researched the dynamics of coughs and sneezes for years, warns in newly published research that the current guidelines are based on outdated models from the 1930s. Rather than the assumed safety of 6 feet, Bourouiba warns that “pathogen-bearing droplets of all...
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Captain of Aircraft Carrier Pleads for Help as Virus Cases Increase Onboard
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Captain of Aircraft Carrier Pleads for Help as Virus Cases Increase Onboard

A senior Navy official on Sunday sought to play down the urgency of the situation on the Roosevelt, saying that while it was unfortunate, most of the reported symptoms at that point among the sickened sailors and other crew members had been mild. Last week, Thomas B. Modly, the acting Navy secretary, told reporters that three cases of the virus had been reported aboard the Roosevelt, marking the first time a U.S. Navy ship had...
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McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat
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McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat

“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment,” McConnell said in an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” Trump has come under sharp criticism for the nation’s slow response to the spreading pandemic, especially for the shortage of coronavirus testing kits when the virus first spread to the United States. More than 160,000...
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New Zealanders stuck in Peru axed from charter flight lifeline
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New Zealanders stuck in Peru axed from charter flight lifeline

About 20 Kiwis trapped in Peru have been told they cannot board a charter flight, operated by an Australian adventure company, to get home. Jack Jones and Johnny Hirst, both aged 22 and from Auckland, were in the small southeastern town of Puno when government travel restrictions were announced in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. They managed to get as far as the city of Cusco on an eight-hour bus journey, but they could get no further.  Jack...
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. Bolsonaro says his response to the disease matches that of President Donald Trump in the U.S., but the Brazilian leader has gone further, labelling the virus as “a...
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“In Favour of Life”: Brazil’s Northeastern Governors go it alone against Coronavirus Pandemic
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“In Favour of Life”: Brazil’s Northeastern Governors go it alone against Coronavirus Pandemic

Northeastern Brazil’s predominantly left-wing Governors have issued a strongly worded letter in what they describe as “deep indignation” at the stance of Jair Bolsonaro’s Federal Government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, Fernando Haddad beat Bolsonaro 2/1 in the Northeast, now its Governors are attacking the covid-19 crisis without him. Letter from the Governors of the Northeast March 27, 2020 IN FAVOUR OF LIFE. We, Governors of the Northeast, in a videoconference held...
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Prince Charles has recovered from coronavirus
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Prince Charles has recovered from coronavirus

Prince Charles is now out of self-isolation and in “good health” after testing positive for coronavirus.  On Monday, a spokesperson for the royal issued an update regarding the 71-year-old’s health, saying: “Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, The Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation”.  The prince was in isolation for a total of seven days and is now said to be in “good health” and “operating under the...
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The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.
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The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

In 2014, with no ventilators having been delivered to the government, Covidien executives told officials at the biomedical research agency that they wanted to get out of the contract, according to three former federal officials. The executives complained that it was not sufficiently profitable for the company. The government agreed to cancel the contract. The world was focused at the time on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The research agency started over, awarding a...
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A New York’s Nurse’s Harrowing Photo Of Reality For COVID-19 Victims
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A New York’s Nurse’s Harrowing Photo Of Reality For COVID-19 Victims

The 38-year-old registered nurse at a Manhattan hospital was nearing the end of his shift Sunday morning when he stepped toward the building’s ambulance bay. There, a giant refrigerator truck was sitting, ready to carry away those who had died from complications of COVID-19. He walked up to the truck, opened the latch, and snapped a picture. “I took it to show to people,” said the emergency room nurse. “It is the ghastly reality of...
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Dr. Zelenko has treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success
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Dr. Zelenko has treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success

Last Wednesday, we published the success story from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in New York, after he successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients with 100 per cent success using a cocktail of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak.  Now, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko is providing updates on the success of the treatment. Since he posted a Facebook video message to Trump calling on the president to “advise the country that they should be taking this medication,” Dr. Zelenko was...
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Florida Megachurch Packed with Worshipers During Coronavirus Pandemic
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Florida Megachurch Packed with Worshipers During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Pastor boasted his place was white-glove clean, saying, “We brought in 13 machines that basically kill every virus in the place, and uh, if somebody walks through the door it’s like, it kills everything on them. If they sneeze, it shoots it down at like 100 mph. It'll neutralize it in split seconds. We have the most sterile building in, I don’t know, all of America.” The scariest part ... all these people showed...
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Coronavirus: Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30
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Coronavirus: Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30

President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the national social distancing guidelines to April 30 in effort to keep the projected coronavirus death toll in the U.S. from reaching a catastrophic, worst-case scenario.  Trump's announcement walked back his previous remarks that he wanted the country to reopen for business by Easter. Public health experts have warned that loosening restrictions by Easter, on April 12, would result in unnecessary death and economic damage.  "Nothing would be worse...
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New Zealanders’ ‘absolutely desperate’ plea for help

Alax Robinson, a Kiwi based in Brisbane, is worried he’s going to end up homeless without help from the Australian Government after losing his casual job last week “I have no money. I don’t know how I’m going to survive,” he told news.com.au. “So many Kiwis are going to end up on the street because they’ve got nowhere to go. We’re absolutely desperate.” Mr Robinson, 35, has worked in Australia since September 2017, contributing to...
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Australia coronavirus infection rate halved in past few days
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Australia coronavirus infection rate halved in past few days

Half as many Australians are catching coronavirus as a week ago with the borders, pubs, and restaurants shut, Scott Morrison claims.  The Prime Minister said the rate of virus infections was 25 to 30 per cent a day, but slowed to about 13-15 per cent in the past few days. 'They are still strong rates of increase, there's no doubt about that,' he said on Sunday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a week ago the rate of...
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Govt to crackdown on foreign investments amid pandemic

All foreign investments in Australia will now require approval regardless of how much they’re worth under temporary changes to the foreign investment framework. The Federal Government says the move will protect Australia’s national interest and assets from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, foreign investors had to apply for approval before purchasing land or assets in Australia if the value is over a certain threshold. For private investors from free-trading agreement partner...
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Modelling suggests Australia will run out of ICU beds on April 5
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Modelling suggests Australia will run out of ICU beds on April 5

NEW modelling, published online today by the Medical Journal of Australia, suggests that Australian hospitals do not currently have the capacity to accommodate possible demand and, as a result, the future mortality rate of COVID-19 may be much higher than expected. They estimated that, given Australia has around 2200 ICU beds currently, “Australia's ICU capacity will be exceeded at around 22 000 COVID-19 cases sometime around 5 April, 2020 … if public health measures fail...
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Why are UN and UNHRC scared of naming & shaming China for Covid19 pandemic?
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Why are UN and UNHRC scared of naming & shaming China for Covid19 pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world, taking a toll on human lives and forcing 40 countries to lockdown with almost 2.2 billion people under house arrest. Spain and Italy have been the worst hit in Europe and America is in for hard times with New York emerging as the new epicentre. The whole world is in turmoil with over 22,000 deaths and close to 500,000 cases with the numbers increasing every minute. Wuhan, China...
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Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies crashes and explodes into fireball
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Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies crashes and explodes into fireball

A plane carrying emergency medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic crashed during takeoff before exploding into a fireball.   The jet crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines and it is believed all eight people on board were killed. The flight was bound for Haneda, Japan. It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus. Footage from the crash...
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Africa is two to three weeks away from height of coronavirus storm
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Africa is two to three weeks away from height of coronavirus storm

Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs an emergency economic stimulus of $100 billion to bolster preventative measures and support its fragile healthcare systems, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Almost half of the funds could come from waiving interest payments to multilateral institutions. That would give countries the fiscal space needed to impose social-distancing measures, widen social safety nets and equip hospitals...
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“Africa’s window for containment is narrowing!,” – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala alerts
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“Africa’s window for containment is narrowing!,” – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala alerts

Nigeria’s former Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed worry over increased cases of coronavirus recorded across Africa in the last few days. In a tweet she shared, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala stated that Africa’s window for containing the virus is narrowing. She also expressed dismay over people congregating in mosques and churches in spite of over 4,106 coronavirus cases and 124 deaths recorded in 46 countries across the continent. Okonjo-Iweala tweeted; This content was...
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Africa ‘unfortunately’ last in queue for life-saving ventilators amid global shortage
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Africa ‘unfortunately’ last in queue for life-saving ventilators amid global shortage

As South African hospitals and healthcare workers brace for a likely avalanche of critically ill Covid-19 patients, they may soon be faced with a disastrous shortage of life-saving ventilators. The grim reality of a global undersupply of ventilators means many who could have been saved by being placed on one, will die. Africa, and by extension South Africa, is not currently on the top of supply lists. Supply chains are focusing on getting machines to...
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Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against #COVID19
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Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against #COVID19

Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against #COVID19 The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on behalf of the Bankers’ Committee and in partnership with the private sector led by Aliko Dangote Foundation and Access Bank have come together to form the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19. This was disclosed by CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in a press statement, in Abuja on Thursday. According to him, the Coalition was created out of the urgent need to combat...
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Trump indefinitely suspends environmental protection laws during coronavirus pandemic
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Trump indefinitely suspends environmental protection laws during coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration introduced this week a sweeping relaxation of environmental laws and fines during the coronavirus pandemic. According to new guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), companies will largely be exempt from consequences for polluting the air or water during the outbreak.  In a letter to all government and private sector partners on Thursday, the EPA's Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Susan Parker Bodine said that the agency does not expect...
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Bank of Canada ventures into uncharted territory to fight coronavirus fallout
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Bank of Canada ventures into uncharted territory to fight coronavirus fallout

Surprise interest-rate cuts by central banks have become so commonplace over the last few weeks that they no longer shock. The Bank of Canada slashed its benchmark interest rate by a half point on March 27, dropping the benchmark to 0.25 per cent, the lowest the central bank thinks it can go without disrupting the proper functioning of financial markets. At the start of the month, the policy rate was 1.75 per cent. Never has...
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‘Just damage containment’: Cost of the coronavirus shutdown keeps rising
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‘Just damage containment’: Cost of the coronavirus shutdown keeps rising

"The Federal Reserve and Congress are helping avert for now a massive self-feeding economic and financial decline that threatens a devastating combination of a 1930s-like depression and a 2008-like global financial crisis. That’s the good news," said Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz. "There will definitely be a need for a phase four." The timeline for more action would be “dependent on how long it takes for health policy to get its arms...
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Halifax and Barclays scrap new mortgages below 40% deposit
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Halifax and Barclays scrap new mortgages below 40% deposit

Two of Britain's biggest banks have pulled new mortgages for all but those with the biggest deposits or sizeable equity in their homes. Barclays and Halifax's intermediary brands have stopped selling mortgages above 60 per cent loan-to-value this week, as the housing market grinds to a halt amid the coronavirus outbreak.   The move triggered by the coronavirus outbreak is the biggest shake-up to the market since the credit crunch and echoes bank and building societies'...
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Chinese-Americans Fear For Their Safety
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Chinese-Americans Fear For Their Safety

“We’ve never received this many news tips about racism against Asians,” he said. “It’s crazy. My staff is pulling double duty just to keep up.” He said he was hiring two more people to help. In the San Fernando Valley in California, a 16-year old Asian-American boy was attacked in school by bullies who accused him of having the coronavirus. He was sent to the emergency room to see whether he had suffered a concussion....
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COVID-19 can survive on the soles of shoes for up to five days
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COVID-19 can survive on the soles of shoes for up to five days

Infectious disease specialists have warned that COVID-19 can live on the soles of shoes for up to five days, with footwear more likely to carry coronavirus if it has been worn in busy areas like supermarkets, airports or on public transport. The sole of a shoe is the main breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and viruses, but respiratory droplets carried in the air from a person infected with coronavirus can still land anywhere on the...
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Beijing News Outlet Risks It All, Says China Is ‘Faking Coronavirus Recovery’
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Beijing News Outlet Risks It All, Says China Is ‘Faking Coronavirus Recovery’

Months after the novel coronavirus first appeared and spread like wildfire across the People’s Republic of China, the communist nation has seemingly made a miraculous recovery. A herculean effort that saw mass mobilization, rapid hospital construction and downright draconian enforced quarantines soon resulted in a drastic decline of reported COVID-19 cases, giving hope to the rest of the world — at least from official reports. According to one Chinese news outlet, however, the country is...
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Singapore to donate 3,000 coronavirus test kits to Philippines
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Singapore to donate 3,000 coronavirus test kits to Philippines

Singapore will donate thousands of testing kits the Philippines to aid health officials in responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said on Sunday, March 22. Locsin made the announcement on Twitter, saying Singapore pledged to donate 3,000 coronavirus testing kits and one PCR machine, which is needed process the kits and look for the virus’ genetic material. "Thank you so much. Memoing the President about this right...
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Government coronavirus advisor warns the next two weeks will be ‘very difficult’
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Government coronavirus advisor warns the next two weeks will be ‘very difficult’

One of the government's top coronavirus advisors said the UK's epidemic will get worse before it gets better but the peak of it could pass by Easter. Professor Neil Ferguson added that around a third of people dying from the disease could be considered healthy. But he thinks the NHS will now be able to cope with the outbreak thanks to the nationwide lockdown that was put in place this week. Despite fears over a...
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Ventilator firm says ‘nothing happened’ after it offered to help Government
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Ventilator firm says ‘nothing happened’ after it offered to help Government

A medical equipment manufacturer has criticised the slow pace of the Government's attempts to increase the supply of ventilators, saying it should be relying on upscaling current manufacturing rather than turning to groups of well-known engineering firms to produce new models. Andrew Raynor, managing director of MEC Medical, said that he had been contacted by officials some weeks ago and was asked to fill in information about the equipment he could supply, but said he...
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U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before coronavirus outbreak
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U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before coronavirus outbreak

Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned. The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases of the new coronavirus may have emerged as early as November, and as cases exploded,...
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How do communities fight coronavirus when they don’t have water?
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How do communities fight coronavirus when they don’t have water?

The river in Petorca, Chile, is completely dry. The small, poor settlements that line Petorca's River Ligua once relied on the river for its source of water. But for the past 15 years, residents here have turned to delivery trucks that bring water from elsewhere. Unlike the running water they once enjoyed, the communities' water now is stagnant, limited and often contaminated. The problems brought by the continuing drought have only been compounded by the...
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Brazil coronavirus cases top 600, diplomatic spat with China bubbles
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Brazil coronavirus cases top 600, diplomatic spat with China bubbles

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil surged past 600 on Thursday, more than doubling in two days, as a diplomatic spat over the disease’s origins between President Jair Bolsonaro’s son and the Chinese ambassador threatened relations with Brazil’s top trading partner. A general view of Ipanema beach during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes The president sidestepped this and other controversies in...
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Guyanese urged to practise social distancing
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Guyanese urged to practise social distancing

THOUGH social distancing is one of the primary measures in preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), many Guyanese are failing to take heed to this advisory, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle, said on Sunday. Many religious halls of worship have remained open as well as recreational facilities such as bars, though the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has advised against large gatherings. Social distancing entails persons keeping safe distances between themselves...
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As the world battles coronavirus, fresh case of deadly hantavirus reported in China
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As the world battles coronavirus, fresh case of deadly hantavirus reported in China

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create panic across the world, a man in China tested positive for hantavirus after he died in a bus on Monday, creating fear of the spread of yet another deadly virus. In a tweet on Tuesday, China’s Global Times said the man from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. The 32 other people on the bus were...
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Canada to send 3 flights to Peru to help citizens stranded by COVID-19
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Canada to send 3 flights to Peru to help citizens stranded by COVID-19

Canada will send three planes to Peru to repatriate citizens left stranded abroad by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s foreign affairs minister says. In a tweet on Monday, François-Philippe Champagne said the government has secured authorization to operate three flights “this week.” ADVISORY TO CANADIANS IN PERU: We have secured authorizations for @AirCanada to operate 3 flights this week. — François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 23, 2020 Story continues below advertisement On Saturday,...
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Venezuela Suspends Rent Payments, Protects Wages as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 77
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Venezuela Suspends Rent Payments, Protects Wages as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 77

Mérida, March 23, 2020 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government announced a series of measures on Sunday in attempts to protect the population from the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. Speaking on a live televised address, President Nicolas Maduro instructed that all commercial and residential rent, as well as all capital and loan interest payments, are to be suspended for six months. Public- and private- sector workers will receive a special government bonus, and wages...
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B.C. doctors call for stricter coronavirus measures, say province on track with Italy
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B.C. doctors call for stricter coronavirus measures, say province on track with Italy

Doctors from Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., have called on the provincial health officer to introduce stricter measures to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus in the province. In the letter sent to Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday, the physicians say the closure of non-essential businesses and the enforcement of social distancing measures are critically needed to avoid a “catastrophic number of preventable deaths” and strain on the health care system. “At...
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Venezuela, already in crisis mode, struggles to fight coronavirus
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Venezuela, already in crisis mode, struggles to fight coronavirus

Even before the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, healthcare professionals in Venezuela contended with an endless shortage of medicine and equipment. The worst nightmare of Venezuelan healthcare professionals came true earlier this month when COVID-19 was detected in the country. Since then, at least 70 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Venezuela, increasing anxiety in a crisis-stricken country where the healthcare system lacks infrastructure and resources to treat basic diseases. "We are...
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China hid coronavirus, admonished whistleblowers
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China hid coronavirus, admonished whistleblowers

Communist China told the world in early January there was no evidence that its Wuhan coronavirus spread human-to-human even as medical whistleblowers were warning of an epidemic and authorities shut down a wild animal market. “No new cases have been detected since January 3, 2020,” the Wuhan Health Commission said on Jan. 10. “At present, no medical staff infections have been found, and no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission has been found.” The World Health...
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Flights from Italy, Iran and China still landing in Britain despite UK coronavirus lockdown
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Flights from Italy, Iran and China still landing in Britain despite UK coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus chaos at UK borders as up to 7,500 visitors arrive in Britain from the three nations with highest death tolls in last week... and flights from Italy, China and Iran are STILL landing Flights carrying thousands of passengers from the worst-hit coronavirus areas are still landing in Britain. Passengers from Italy, China and Iran have arrived a Gatwick and Heathrow this week, even as the UK went into lockdown, shutting bars, cafes, restaurants and...
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McDonald’s closing all UK and Ireland restaurants in Covid-19 fight
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McDonald’s closing all UK and Ireland restaurants in Covid-19 fight

McDonald's is closing all its restaurants in the UK and Ireland over the coronavirus outbreak. The company plans to shut its branches by 7pm tomorrow, while also working with community groups to distribute food and drink in the coming days. Bosses decided to close the restaurants in part because of concerns about 'safe social distancing' during takeaway and drive-thru collections. The fast food chain plans to offer free food and drink to all frontline health...
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US Now Has Third-Highest Number Of Cases In The World, Surpassing Spain
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US Now Has Third-Highest Number Of Cases In The World, Surpassing Spain

As the US becomes the third worst country for coronavirus in the world, countries like Japan warn ... [+] against travel to the US. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and the total number of cases globally surpasses 300,000 with more than 13,000 deaths, the United States has become the third worst place in the world for the disease. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of March 22 the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in...
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New coronavirus cases drop in Italy for second day
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New coronavirus cases drop in Italy for second day

Italy recorded a lower day-to-day increase of coronavirus cases for the second day in a row Monday, officials said. Italy’s Civil Protection agency documented 4,789 new cases Monday, 700 less than the 5,560 new cases reported Sunday, The Associated Press reported. But officials cautioned that it’s too early to know if the worst is behind the country that has experienced the most deaths due to the virus. The day-to-day death count also fell to just over...
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‘Tens of thousands’ of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response
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‘Tens of thousands’ of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response

Tens of thousands of National Guard troops could be activated in states across the country in the next several weeks to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the National Guard said Thursday. "It's hard to tell what the exact requirement will be, but I'm expecting tens of thousands to be used inside the states as this grows," National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told reporters at the Pentagon. "I think that this could...
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What God told me about coronavirus – Pastor Adeboye
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What God told me about coronavirus – Pastor Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday said the current outbreak of COVID-19 across the world will soon subside but will not be ‘completely eradicated’. Mr Adeboye, who addressed his congregation across the globe via a live broadcast on Sunday, also said God had revealed to him earlier in the year that the world would experience a ‘compulsory holiday’, hence his earlier call to church members to...
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Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg?
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Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg?

"The director-general of WHO said 'test, test, test,'" Dr. Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization's representative in Russia, told CNN Thursday. "Well, Russia started that literally at the end of January." Vujnovic said Russia also took a broader set of measures in addition to testing. "Testing and identification of cases, tracing contacts, isolation, these are all measures that WHO proposes and recommends, and they were in place all the time," she said. "And the social...
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At current rate, India can see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May, no hospital bed by June
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At current rate, India can see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May, no hospital bed by June

It took India forty days to reach the first 50 cases, five more days to reach 100 cases, three more days to reach 150 cases and then just two more days to reach 200 cases. From here on, the juggernaut is going to roll fast. The number of confirmed cases in India is now doubling in five days or less, down from six days earlier this month. This puts India in line with trajectories of...
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Grandma, 95, is oldest woman to recover from coronavirus in Italy
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Grandma, 95, is oldest woman to recover from coronavirus in Italy

A 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest woman in Italy to recover from the coronavirus, according to a new report. Alma Clara Corsini, of the northern province of Modena, was diagnosed with the virus and admitted to the hospital in Pavullo on March 5, Italian-language outlet Gazzetta Di Modena reported. Doctors and specialists treated her at the facility until she made a full recovery last week without “antiviral therapy,” according to the report. “Yes, yes, I’m...
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Drastic reduction in pollution due to COVID-19
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Drastic reduction in pollution due to COVID-19

WITH continents around the world grappling with the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19), scientists have noticed that, even in such terrible times, one positive emerges: there has been a significant reduction I n pollution and Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. China and over 81,000 infections or the 2,978 deaths in Italy and 35,713 infections. The first case of the virus was reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. CLEANER ATMOSPHERE...
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Georgia gets rare plaudits for coronavirus response
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Georgia gets rare plaudits for coronavirus response

Along with coronavirus, Georgia has had an outbreak of something the country hasn’t had in years: public confidence in the government. Nearly a month after COVID-19 first arrived in Georgia, the number of confirmed cases had reached only 43 by March 20, with no fatalities. To many observers, even long-time critics, this is evidence that the government is doing something right: stepping back and letting the health professionals take control. “The immediate countermeasures to contain...
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Coronavirus UK: Prince Charles tests positive, Camilla is clear
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Coronavirus UK: Prince Charles tests positive, Camilla is clear

The Queen and Prince Philip face weeks in self-isolation together at Windsor Castle after Prince Charles today revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus. The Prince of Wales, 71, has a 'mild' form of the illness and is on the Balmoral estate with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested negative and is without any symptoms of the virus, which has killed 435 and infected 8,200 more in the UK so far.  A royal source said...
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Texas official suggests elderly willing to die for economy

The lieutenant governor of Texas argued in an interview on Fox News Monday night that the United States should go back to work, saying grandparents like him don’t want to sacrifice the country’s economy during the coronavirus crisis. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, 69, made the comments on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after President Donald Trump said he wanted to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months. Patrick also said the elderly population, who the Centers for...
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Why Congress considered a digital dollar in its coronavirus response
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Why Congress considered a digital dollar in its coronavirus response

The coronavirus stimulus package has resurrected calls for the U.S. government to offer a central bank digital currency, public mobile wallets and postal banking—controversial ideas that are hard to pull off, but exist outside the U.S. and could dent interchange fees and private stablecoin projects like Facebook’s Libra. The $2.5 billion House coronavirus package proposal from Democrats initially included a “digital dollar” to distribute the government payments designed to support small businesses and their workers....
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US Sanctions Undermine Coronavirus Response In Iran and Venezuela
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US Sanctions Undermine Coronavirus Response In Iran and Venezuela

While the world is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has decided to intensify its sanctions against countries such as Iran and Venezuela, dealing a serious blow to those countries with regard to their ability to cope with the disease. When it comes to the number of coronavirus cases, Iran is in third place in the world after China and Italy, with 18,400 reported cases as of this Thursday. Over a thousand new...
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Coronavirus medical supplies donated to Africa by Jack Ma land in Ethiopia
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Coronavirus medical supplies donated to Africa by Jack Ma land in Ethiopia

Millions of medical supplies donated by Alibaba CEO and billionaire, Jack Ma, destined for various African countries to assist in the fight against coronavirus have landed in Ethiopia. An Ethiopian Airlines cargo flight loaded with 5.4 million face masks, kits for 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields arrived in the East African country on Sunday. The supplies will be transported on and distributed throughout the...
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Meet the doctor who suspected 1st case of coronavirus in Nigeria
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Meet the doctor who suspected 1st case of coronavirus in Nigeria

A young doctor has been hailed as the HERO after she suspected the index case of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The Ogun State government released a statement appreciating the effort of the female doctor, Dr. Amarachukwu Karen Allison who suspected the 1st coronavirus case in Nigeria. Dr. Amarachukwu Karen Allison works for Lafarge Nigeria and her swift action led to the early diagnosis of the disease in the Italian man causing a rapid containment of coronavirus...
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No more sex, nightclubs till further notice – Nigerian prostitutes declare
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No more sex, nightclubs till further notice – Nigerian prostitutes declare

The National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes, NANP, has called on its members to suspend their bed-to-wealth business till further notice. This follows the widespread cases of coronavirus in the country. As at Sunday, March 22, over 20 cases have been recorded in Abuja, Oyo, Ekiti and Lagos. President of the group, Tamar Tion, in a telephone chat with DAILY POST on Sunday, urged members to desist from engaging in any sexual intercourse for now until...
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Coronavirus advice from Mexico’s president: ‘Live life as usual’
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Coronavirus advice from Mexico’s president: ‘Live life as usual’

From a bountiful table filled with culinary delights from Oaxaca, Mexico’s president offered unusual advice for a country facing the coronavirus crunch: keep dining out. “We’re going to keep living life as usual,” a relaxed Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted in an online video shot during a weekend tour of the southern Mexican state. “I’ll tell you when not to go out any longer,” the left-wing populist said, explaining that the pandemic was still only...
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Iceland scientists found 40 mutations of the coronavirus: report
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Iceland scientists found 40 mutations of the coronavirus: report

Scientists in Iceland found 40 mutations of the coronavirus among people with the deadly bug in the country — and that seven infections came from people who attended the same soccer match in the UK, according to a report. The researchers discovered the mutations — or small changes in the genome of the virus — by analyzing swabs of COVID-19 patients in the country, where nearly 648 cases had been reported as of Tuesday afternoon,...
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Prince William takes royal lead as queen seeks refuge at countryside Windsor Castle
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Prince William takes royal lead as queen seeks refuge at countryside Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth seeks refuge at countryside Windsor Castle and Prince Charles remains in isolation after meeting with Prince Albert of Monaco, who tested positive for the new coronavirus. This content was originally published here.
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White House, Senate reach deal on massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill
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White House, Senate reach deal on massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill

WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate leaders reached an agreement early Wednesday on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill aimed at alleviating the economic impact of the outbreak. “At last, we have a deal. After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced from the Senate floor shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. "In effect, this...
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India should have taken coronavirus threat more seriously

The Congress on Tuesday alleged that the government is criminally culpable of not defining specifications of personal protection equipment for doctors and health workers till March 2, with party leader Rahul Gandhi saying the country should have taken the coronavirus threat more seriously. Mr. Gandhi had said on February 12 that the government should take the coronavirus threat seriously and must address the issue immediately, failing which the country and its people may suffer. “I...
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Kentucky coronavirus party has left at least one person infected
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Kentucky coronavirus party has left at least one person infected

And the virus seems to be affecting young people in the United States more than it has in China. A report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that up to 20% of people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States are between the ages of 20 and 44.   "So far the demography definitely seems to be very different in the United States versus in other countries that saw...
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asthma patients should cut down on socialising to avoid coronavirus
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asthma patients should cut down on socialising to avoid coronavirus

Millions of asthma patients and any Britons who get the flu jab on the NHS should cut down on socialising to avoid serious illness caused by the coronavirus, a top doctor has warned.  The NHS deems adults with long term conditions, including respiratory diseases, necessary to receive a free flu jab every winter. Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, said the advice to social distance for those high risk groups was 'very strong'. ...
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Greta Thunberg has symptoms and is self-isolating
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Greta Thunberg has symptoms and is self-isolating

Greta Thunberg says she may have contracted coronavirus and has self-isolated at home with her father. The teenage climate activist said she appeared to have been infected along with her dad, actor Svante Thunberg. Both began having symptoms after a recent train tour of Europe together and so have been in isolation for the last weeks, she said. They were travelling in Europe before lockdowns were imposed by many governments across the continent in a bid to halt...
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Africa mourns Manu Dibango
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Africa mourns Manu Dibango

The Cameroonian star was one of the pioneers of Afro-Jazz, known for fusing funk, soul, Congolese rumba with traditional Cameroonian music and even French chanson. Africans and music-lovers around the world mourn his death. Also on the show, we look at the continent's growing response to the coronavirus pandemic - 43 out of the 54 states on the continent now have confirmed cases. Africa CDC says that more than 2,000 people have tested positive so far. As...
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Uganda confirms first coronavirus case
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Uganda confirms first coronavirus case

Uganda has confirmed its first positive coronavirus case. According to the Daily Monitor, the country’s Health Minister Jane Aceng made the announcement on Saturday night. “The confirmed case is a 36 year old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00 am today, Saturday 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airlines. He presented with symptoms of high fever and poor appetite,” the Ministry of Health said on Twitter. “During the screening process at the airport, his...
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Army will enforce coronavirus restrictions in South Africa if things get worse
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Army will enforce coronavirus restrictions in South Africa if things get worse

The South African government could deploy the army to enforce restrictions if there is a large spike in coronavirus cases, says health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. If that does not work, the government will look at area-specific lockdowns to contain epicentres of the virus. And if still unsuccessful, a national lockdown will be the last resort before a state of emergency, he said in an interview with the Sunday Times. “Right now it is restrictions....
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European Champions Cup semi-finals and final postponed
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European Champions Cup semi-finals and final postponed

The European Champions Cup semi-finals and final have been postponed by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) amid the coronavirus pandemic. Matches at the same stages of the Challenge Cup have also been postponed. The EPCR Board held a conference call on Monday to discuss the move and confirmed their decision on Tuesday. They remain committed to completing the two competitions despite the COVID-19 outbreak, which has had a devastating impact on global sporting schedules. But...
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European Federation Makes Appeal for Booksellers
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European Federation Makes Appeal for Booksellers

As bookshops are shuttered in many parts of the world in the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the booksellers’ federation asks for help, as Wales’ Hay Festival continues raising funds to cover its losses. At a bookstore in the Noordeinde district of The Hague in the Netherlands, a photo made prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. Image – iStockphoto: Wallpaper-101 By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Bookstores’ ‘Already Fragile Economic Situation’ The full text of...
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Africa records near 2000 cases
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Africa records near 2000 cases

As at 12:31 PM, Tuesday, there is a total of 1998 confirmed cases, 62 deaths, and 132 recoveries in Africa, according to Worldometer. A total of 43 countries in the continent now have confirmed cases of Covid-19. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a national lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown is expected to last for three weeks. While addressing the nation, Mr Ramaphosa said the government “has decided to enforce a...
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Africa needs $100bn economic stimulus
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Africa needs $100bn economic stimulus

Africa needs an immediate emergency economic stimulus to the tune of $100 billion, owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the African Finance Ministers have said. This is contained in a statement by the Communication and Media Relations Department of the group, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). It explained that it was part of the decisions of the African Finance Ministers who met on March 19, in a virtual conference...
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Woman forced to self-isolate with Hinge date shares hilarious updates
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Woman forced to self-isolate with Hinge date shares hilarious updates

We're all being urged to distance ourselves from others as much as we possibly can to stop the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. For most of us, this means we'll all be spending a lot of time with our families or housemates for the next few weeks - but one woman found herself stuck indoors with a rather unusual companion. Thea de Gallier ended up having to self-isolate with her Hinge date just five days after...
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South African army officially preparing for coronavirus deployment
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South African army officially preparing for coronavirus deployment

South Africa’s army is readying troops to help the police curb the spread of coronavirus, one of a series of measures President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering to deal with the outbreak. A week after he declared a state of national disaster, the number of cases of the disease has more than quadrupled to 274 in South Africa. Ramaphosa will address the nation later on Monday, a day after meeting business leaders and members of the...
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Researchers warn 1 million people could contract COVID-19 in 40 days in SA

A team of researchers is warning that one million South Africans could contract COVID-19 within the next 40 days unless the government takes drastic action. The National Health Department on Sunday night said there were 274 coronavirus infections in South Africa. According to Business Day, the teams modelling work shows aggressive containment is essential for slowing the spread of the virus. They're warning government needs to intervene to prevent the country from reaching a tipping point...
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Nigerian Cross Rivers State Govt not shutting down schools, public or private
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Nigerian Cross Rivers State Govt not shutting down schools, public or private

The Cross River State Ministry of Education has faulted the announcement by the Ministry of Health, ordering that all schools in the state be closed down over the novel coronavirus. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, in a press on Friday, had ordered the closure of all schools and banned every public gathering that has over 100 people including political rally. Dr Edu said that the order was in obedience to the directives from...
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Islamic Scholar Who Called Coronavirus ‘God’s Punishment’ Gets Infected
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Islamic Scholar Who Called Coronavirus ‘God’s Punishment’ Gets Infected

Prominent Iraqi Shia scholar, Hadi Al-Modarresi has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. This happened weeks after he claimed the deadly disease was undoubted “an act of Allah” against the Chinese for their treatment, mockery, and disrespect towards Muslims and Islam.” The 63-year-old cleric who is one of the most prominent Shia leaders in Iraq and comes from a long line of active scholars was quoted in parts, saying in February 2020; “It is obvious...
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Nigeria shuts all courts
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Nigeria shuts all courts

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed has ordered the suspension of all court sittings except in matters that are urgent, for 14 days because of COVID-19. This announcement was made in a communique issued by the CJN on Monday. In an earlier directive last week, the CJN had ordered that anyone who refuses to undergo temperature screening at every court entrance should be asked to go back. The notice, pasted at the court...
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‘Work from home’ – Union Bank tells workers as cases increase in Nigeria
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‘Work from home’ – Union Bank tells workers as cases increase in Nigeria

Amid the scare of Coronavirus, Union Bank of Nigeria has shut down its daily operations. The bank directed its staff to work from home in a bid to tackle the Coronavirus scourge. In a statement obtained by DAILY POST, on Sunday, Union Bank directed its workers to comply with the directive starting from Monday 23rd March, 2020. The bank also gave safety procedures which its staff members should abide by while they are working at...
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Trump halts most traffic on U.S. border with Mexico

The U.S. and Mexico have reached an agreement to restrict all non-essential travel across their shared border in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said Friday, adding that he was invoking the Defense Production Act to increase output of badly needed medical supplies. The tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15, Trump added, noting that people who have refunds due can still file early. “Both...
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Why it’s so difficult to get tested for COVID-19 in Canada
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Why it’s so difficult to get tested for COVID-19 in Canada

"Test, test, test." That's the first rule in the war against COVID-19, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). "You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected," Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, said in on Monday. But right now, Canada does not know who is infected. Or how many people are infected. And some Canadians might never know if...
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Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to leave Turkey for Ghana over Coronavirus
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Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to leave Turkey for Ghana over Coronavirus

Former Ghana international player, Kevin Prince Boateng is planning to leave Turkey for Ghana over Coronavirus concerns according to an exclusive report by Ghanasoccernet.com. The Besiktas forward is reported to have had a private meeting with the leaders of his Club to have him leave the country for Germany but they’re reluctant in granting his request since the Coronavirus is even more serious there. The 33-year-old player then proposed Ghana but again the Basiktas are...
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Ogboni cult leader offers to cleanse coronavirus in Nigeria
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Ogboni cult leader offers to cleanse coronavirus in Nigeria

The head of the Aborigine Ogboni worldwide, Oba Abdul Olakisan Adetoyese has disclosed that he is ready to proffer solution to the ravaging coronavirus in Nigeria. The spiritual leader revealed that he is willing to seek solution to the disease by appeasing the gods. He added that offering propitiation to cleanse the land would eliminate the pandemic, which has defied scientific solution. In a press statement signed by the spiritual leader of the Ogboni cult...
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Venezuela faces COVID-19 outbreak with hospitals that at times lack soap and water
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Venezuela faces COVID-19 outbreak with hospitals that at times lack soap and water

Experts from Venezuela are warning that an already-crippled health care system makes it likely the country will be hit hard by COVID-19, which will, in turn, affect the entire Latin American region. According to a report from the World Health Organization on Tuesday, there were 33 confirmed cases in Venezuela — all imported, or coming from those infected overseas — which signalled a sharp increase from Monday’s report of just two cases there. Venezuela’s number...
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At least 18 priests are killed by coronavirus in Italy
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At least 18 priests are killed by coronavirus in Italy

At least 18 priests have died of coronavirus in Italy, where clergymen are exposing themselves to the illness by comforting sick patients. The Pope has encouraged Catholic priests to 'have the courage to go out and go to the sick people', but their visits to intensive care units have brought them into contact with some of the most serious virus cases. At least 10 priests have died of Covid-19 in the diocese of Bergamo near...
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No new coronavirus cases in Wuhan, China, where global pandemic began
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No new coronavirus cases in Wuhan, China, where global pandemic began

There were no cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Hubei Province, China, including the city of Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 was first discovered, per a post on the local health department's website Wednesday. Why it matters: Chinese authorities introduced unprecedented measures in January in an effort to contain the virus, including suspending all travel in and out of all cities in Hubei province and preventing the province's 59 million people...
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Suburb-by-suburb shutdown could be possible as the next step to tackle coronavirus

Suburbs in New South Wales and Victoria could face being shut off and put into lockdown as the government prepares for the outbreak to worsen. The prime minister, state and territory leaders will meet next week to consider how to implement lockdowns on virus hotspot suburbs. It comes after Scott Morrison announced new social distancing measures on non-essential indoor gatherings on Friday. In addition to the existing limit of no more than 100 people in...
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South Africa to build 40km fence along Zimbabwe border
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South Africa to build 40km fence along Zimbabwe border

South African authorities have said they will build a 40km fence along their country's border with Zimbabwe to prevent illegal migrants from entering and spreading coronavirus. The planned fence is to be erected on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry to "ensure that no undocumented or infected persons cross into the country". President Cyril Ramaphosa has already ordered 35 of 53 land entry points closed. "This measure will ... not be effective...
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Many defy Health Chief’s suggestions to remain indoors

Many today defied suggestions made by the health Superintendent this morning to remain indoors, and took to public places and beaches in groups in spite of knowing how easily Coronavirus spreads. Malta so far has 53 cases and we have not reached the peak, health chief Charmaine Gauci said today. The worst is still to come, she added, urging people to stay indoors and avoid socialising as much as possible. Go on the roof, in...
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Elderly woman becomes seventh person to die from coronavirus in Australia

An 81-year-old woman has become the seventh person to die from coronavirus in Australia. The elderly woman contracted the virus after being in close contact with another confirmed case in NSW and passed away on Thursday night, health authorities said on Friday morning.to Sydney’s Ryde Hospital. Another 46 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in NSW, bringing the state total of cases to 353. One of the new cases is a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Port...
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British Embassy in Peru tells stranded tourists to pay £3,000 each to get home
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British Embassy in Peru tells stranded tourists to pay £3,000 each to get home

British travellers stranded in Peru are being asked by the UK government to pay over £3,000 each to be flown home. The South American nation has declared a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew between 8pm and 5am daily. All normal scheduled flights to and from Peru are currently banned. The only available terrestrial transport permitted are buses and official taxis within – not between – cities. The British Embassy in Lima has...
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Liberia Confirms Third Coronavirus Case, Contacts Tracing Underway
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Liberia Confirms Third Coronavirus Case, Contacts Tracing Underway

Liberia has confirmed a third Corovavirus case. Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe confirmed to FrontPageAfrica that a third person has tested positive for the Coronavirus disease in the country. The new case is 63-year-old Linda Ross, who was immediately taken to the 14 Military Hospital to be treated. Her contacts are being traced. In the wake of this development, Health Minister Wilhelmina Jallah will convene an emergency meeting of the Incident Management Team (IMT) on...
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Australians stuck in Peru amid Covid-19 outbreak try to raise $300,000 for charter flight home
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Australians stuck in Peru amid Covid-19 outbreak try to raise $300,000 for charter flight home

Labour is calling for an “urgent response” from the foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, to help hundreds of Australians stranded in Peru who are frantically seeking to raise $300,000 for a commercial charter flight out of the country. Following a call from the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday night for Australians to return home, thousands of travellers abroad are grappling with closed borders, airport shutdowns and cancelled flights aimed at curbing the spread of...
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New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment
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New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment

Earlier today, we published a story about a new study published by NIH which shows that Hydroxychloroquine has been found to be more effective and potent than chloroquine in vitro treatment of coronavirus. While the media is focused on the vaccine race and leaving the discussion of THERAPEUTICS almost completely neglected, a recent well-controlled clinical study conducted by Didier Raoult​ M.D/Ph.D, et. al in France showed that 100% of patients that received a combination of...
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Unprecedented 500,000 jobless claims send Canada’s labour market into freefall
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Unprecedented 500,000 jobless claims send Canada’s labour market into freefall

Speaking outside his residence in Ottawa, Trudeau said Service Canada has received more than 500,000 applications this week, 20 times the number recorded in the same week a year ago. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development’s office confirmed Trudeau was referring to applications for unemployment insurance. The speed of the meltdown in the labour market has no precedent. The largest number of jobless claims for a whole month was 499,200 in 1957, according...
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Coronavirus in Australia: Renters experiencing hardship will be protected by a relief model

Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference in Canberra today where he flagged that help for tenants is coming. “Further work will be done on identifying how relief can be provided for tenants in both commercial and residential tenancies to ensure that in hardship conditions, there will be relief available,” Mr Morrison said. “That work will be done by states and territories, as it is a state and territory matter, and that work will...
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Israel sends El Al flight to return Israeli backpackers stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus
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Israel sends El Al flight to return Israeli backpackers stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus

An El Al flight is headed right now to Lima to retrieve around 1,000 Israeli backpackers stranded after Peru announced the closing of its borders. Peru has prevented some 600 Israeli backpackers from leaving the city of Cusco to head to the country’s capital of Lima so they board El Al planes back to Israel. The city is under closure, the airport is closed and no one, including foreign nationals, are allowed to leave. Some...
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Why are schools still open in Australia when coronavirus is prompting closures overseas? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Why are schools still open in Australia when coronavirus is prompting closures overseas? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Why are schools still open in Australia when coronavirus is prompting closures overseas? The Government says it has a solid health case for keeping schools open, but teachers and parents remain worried. In the face of rising absenteeism — some schools are reporting plummeting attendance rates as parents keep their children home — Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a firm message for parents: keep your heads and send your kids to school. The states have...
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Angola confirms first cases as coronavirus spreads over Africa
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Angola confirms first cases as coronavirus spreads over Africa

NAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Angola on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, while Mauritius recorded its first death as the virus spreads across Africa. The continent has been slower to feel the impact than Asia or Europe, and most of its reported cases have been foreigners or people who have returned from abroad. But confirmed infections have started to accelerate, with more than 830 across Africa, according to a Reuters tally, and concerns are...
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Coronavirus cases in Ghana increase to 11
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Coronavirus cases in Ghana increase to 11

The number of Coronavirus cases in Ghana has risen to 11. The Ghana Health Service’s website dedicated to updating Ghanaians on COVID-19 cases confirmed the case, saying the first case involves a 59-year old woman, resident in the United Kingdom who recently returned to Ghana and currently living in Kumasi. The website said she “reported to a private hospital with the history of fever (temp of 39.1c), general malaise, cough and runny nose. Her condition...
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Australian border ban leads to farm labour gaps

Australian farmers are worried about who will harvest crops amid a ban on foreigners entering the country. The agricultural sector is working to forecast how many people it will need to pick crops and take on other jobs once the foreign workers it relies on are blocked by a border closure from Friday night. “We will get all of our crops harvested one way or another,” Richard Shannon of horticultural body Growcom told AAP on...
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King City students stranded in Lima after Peru closed borders amid COVID-19 pandemic
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King City students stranded in Lima after Peru closed borders amid COVID-19 pandemic

Patricia Sun's daughter, along with 18 of her classmates, flew to Peru on March 4 for a school trip. A week into the trip, the World Health Organization classified the novel coronavirus as a pandemic, triggering a chain reaction that would see countries close down borders and implement lockdowns. With Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra issuing a 15-day nationwide state of emergency and closing its international borders Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students of...
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Cruise ship from New Zealand arrived in Sydney with coronavirus

Three passengers and one crew member on a cruise ship deemed “low risk” by NSW health authorities have tested positive for COVID-19, the NSW government confirmed on Friday. And the cruise ship operator says a fifth suspected case is now being investigated. At least one of the passengers infected onboard the Ruby Princess is now in a serious condition in a Sydney hospital, the state’s chief health officer Kerry Chant said. The crew member remains...
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Coronavirus is devastating Italy, but one town says its testing regime is containing the outbreak – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Coronavirus is devastating Italy, but one town says its testing regime is containing the outbreak – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

COVID-19 has killed more people in Italy than any other country. The death toll is now higher than China's, and the number of infections continues to grow. Hospitals are now so overloaded that Italian doctors have been forced to choose who they treat. The military had to move coffins from the cemetery in Bergamo to neighbouring provinces because there was no room left to bury them. Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a nationwide lockdown...
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Whitby family stranded in Ecuador during COVID-19 gets no help from feds
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Whitby family stranded in Ecuador during COVID-19 gets no help from feds

A Whitby woman stranded in Ecuador while backpacking with her two teen daughters amidst COVID-19 says the Canadian government told them they were “not a priority” because the number of Canadian travellers in that country wasn’t enough to warrant sending help. Susan Parsons said she arrived in Ecuador on March 11 and a few days later the Canadian government released an advisory for travellers to get home. The family was due to fly back March...
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Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths
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Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths

SINGAPORE - Two patients died from Covid-19 on Saturday morning (March 21) due to complications, the first deaths the Republic has seen. A 75-year-old Singaporean woman with a history of chronic heart disease and hypertension died at 7.52am. Known as Case 90, she was linked to the cluster at The Life Church and Missions Singapore. She had been admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on Feb 23 for pneumonia and was confirmed...
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Qantas, Jetstar to suspend international flying, cut two-thirds of staff

The Qantas Group will suspend international flying from late March following a drop in demand triggered by the coronavirus crisis and the government’s advice not to travel. Two-thirds of employees will be temporarily stood down in the move to “preserve as many jobs as possible longer-term”. Flights will continue until late March to “assist with repatriation” before being suspended until at least the end of May. “As the national carrier, Qantas is in ongoing discussions...
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Amid growing coronavirus threat, Mexico’s president says he’s putting trust in good-luck charms
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Amid growing coronavirus threat, Mexico’s president says he’s putting trust in good-luck charms

In recent weeks, as Mexico’s neighbours to the north and south have restricted air travel and closed schools and businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has nonchalantly portrayed his country as one on the sidelines of the global health crisis. “Pandemics ... won’t do anything to us,” he said on Monday while accusing the media and his political opponents of exaggerating the threat of the virus. He...
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Sikh Volunteers Australia rallies around community in need

With self-isolation, panic buying and financial hardship leaving many struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Sikh community in Melbourne’s outer suburbs is rallying around those in need. Sikh Volunteers Australia has stepped up in times of crisis, working tirelessly to deliver free meals to those who are struggling. For the past three years, the group has been offering help to those in need twice a week. Since the virus’ outbreak, they realised there was a...
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2-year-old boy confirmed to have virus in South Africa travelled from New Zealand
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2-year-old boy confirmed to have virus in South Africa travelled from New Zealand

A 2-year-old boy who recently travelled from New Zealand is reportedly among those confirmed to have coronavirus in South Africa. The boy is one of the youngest to have recently contracted the virus in the region, according to South Africa's Health Department. Other confirmed cases include another 2-year-old and a 3-year-old both with no travel history. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi A 2-year-old boy who recently returned from New Zealand is among the confirmed cases in South Africa....
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Coronavirus: 28 cases in New Zealand after 8 new positive tests | Stuff.co.nz
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Coronavirus: 28 cases in New Zealand after 8 new positive tests | Stuff.co.nz

There are eight new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 28 confirmed cases in New Zealand. One person had been hospitalised for the virus, and the remaining seven were recovering in self-isolation, Ministry of Health director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said during a Thursday press conference. Two of the new cases are in Southland, two in Taranaki, one in Rotorua, two in Auckland, and one in Northland. These new cases related to overseas travel, with people returning...
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Starbucks is officially closing all of its cafes across Canada
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Starbucks is officially closing all of its cafes across Canada

Starbucks Canada has announced that effective immediately, all cafés will be closed and stores will move to drive-thru and delivery services only. The news was released Friday in a letter from Starbucks Canada President Lori Digulla, who said that some exceptions will be made for those cafés serving in or around hospitals and health care centres. “Today, we are making the decision to close access to our café’s altogether for two weeks and limiting our...
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Nigeria confirms ten new cases of COVID-19
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Nigeria confirms ten new cases of COVID-19

The Honourable minister of health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire MD, has announced 10 new cases in Nigeria. According to tweets from the government officials Abuja now joined Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti as infected states in Nigeria. The tweets reads; “Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of #COVID19 in Lagos and FCT. That is a total of 22 cases in #Nigeria: Lagos 16, FCT 3, Ekiti 1 & Ogun 2. 2 have been discharged. All cases are clinically...
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Australia Stress, anxiety high among teachers as schools remain open despite pandemic
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Australia Stress, anxiety high among teachers as schools remain open despite pandemic

An inability to practice social distancing, poor hygiene, contradictory information and anxiety about infecting loved ones. These are among the concerns of teachers as they soldier on in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Educators are growing increasingly concerned about their well-being as the COVID-19 crisis escalates in Australia. While other workplaces have closed as authorities warn against large gatherings, all but a small number of schools remain open. “We’ve been told kids are carriers...
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Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria now negative
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Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria now negative

The Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria now tests negative. He said this at a press conference on Thursday, The PUNCH reports. According to him, the Italian will be tested one more time and will be released if he tests negative again. Coronavirus was first recorded in Nigeria on February 27 when the Italian businessman, who was on a visit to Lafarge Africa Plc, Ewekoro,...
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Republican senator unloaded as much as $1.56 million in stocks after publicly downplaying the risk of the coronavirus, Business Insider – Business Insider Malaysia
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Republican senator unloaded as much as $1.56 million in stocks after publicly downplaying the risk of the coronavirus, Business Insider – Business Insider Malaysia

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina unloaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks shortly after publicly downplaying the enormous risk of the novel coronavirus, ProPublica reported. According to the investigation, Burr dumped between $582,029 and $1.56 million in holdings shortly after reassuring the public that the US was well prepared to respond to the coronavirus. Burr is the chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, which has access to the federal government’s most...
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Canada now has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus
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Canada now has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

Canada reached a grim milestone Friday as the country surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with at least 12 of them fatal. Three provinces recorded new increases in their totals Friday afternoon: British Columbia reported 77 new cases, while Alberta confirmed 49 more. Shortly after those two press conferences, Ontario — which had already reported 50 new cases — announced another 10. That brings the national total to 1,044. British Columbia, Ontario and...
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Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in biggest single-day increase since outbreak began
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Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in biggest single-day increase since outbreak began

Italy has announced 627 more coronavirus deaths, the biggest day-to-day increase in the country's four-week epidemic. The Mediterranean nation has been the worst afflicted country in the world for fatalities related to the Covid-19 virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people in the region. The total number of infected people also experienced a significant jump, increasing by 4,670 by 37,860. There are reported to be 16,020 people hospitalised, according to Il Giornale...
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Americans stuck in Peru over coronavirus fears urge U.S. to bring them home
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Americans stuck in Peru over coronavirus fears urge U.S. to bring them home

When Federico Capasso, 70, and his wife Paola, 68, booked a 10-day trip to Peru it was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. But in the middle of their getaway, the country declared a state of emergency — closing its borders in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Now Capasso and other Americans stuck in the South American country are urging the U.S. government to help bring them home. “We’re urging the State...
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Bondi Beach to close after hundreds seen ignoring social distancing guidelines
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Bondi Beach to close after hundreds seen ignoring social distancing guidelines

Sydney’s most iconic beach will close after thousands of people were seen enjoying the sun and ignoring social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands flocked to Bondi Beach on Friday amid temperatures in the high 30s, with pictures of packed beaches going viral online. Photos of beachgoers ignoring social distancing measures were harshly criticised on social media and by politicians, on the same day the government announced tighter social distancing measures. NSW Police David...
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Doctor explores COVID-19 preparedness in Ghana
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Doctor explores COVID-19 preparedness in Ghana

A monster is on the loose. An illness called COVID-19. Wall Street has eyes on the beast and its prospective to turn a bull market into a bearish market. Like a beast with a fire-lit tail, it is going from country to country lighting up fires that devour human lives. The smoke of symptoms of contaminated clients is the first clue about its existence. By the time firefighters get there to quench the fire, there...
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How prepared is Africa for an outbreak of deadly coronavirus? |  News | Al Jazeera
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How prepared is Africa for an outbreak of deadly coronavirus? | News | Al Jazeera

Countries across Africa are ramping up measures to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 250 in China and spread to several Asian countries, and as far afield as the United States, Europe and Australia. As scientists race to find a vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared a public health emergency of international concern amid rising fears the virus could reach countries with weak healthcare systems. In...
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New study shows Type-A blood people MORE prone to coronavirus – Africa Feeds
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New study shows Type-A blood people MORE prone to coronavirus – Africa Feeds

Chinese scientists have said that people with Type A blood are significantly more likely to catch coronavirus than those with Type O. The Chinese academics have revealed that their study was gathered from work in Wuhan – where the outbreak was first reported. People with Type O blood make up 32 per cent of people in Wuhan and 25 percent of deaths from Coronavirus were those with this blood type. However the researchers found out...
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African artists are creating catchy songs to spread awareness about coronavirus  – CNN
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African artists are creating catchy songs to spread awareness about coronavirus – CNN

"There are already many dangerous myths and misunderstandings about the Coronavirus/Covid-19. We would like to assist by sharing a short video where we explain some basic guidelines," the group tweeted about the music video. "Wash your hands, don't touch your face...we will beat corona. Don't panic. Don't spread rumours," the lyrics of their song say. The choir is famous for its colourful performances at the 2019 America's Got Talent, where they made it to the...
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Should COVID-19 Patients Avoid Taking Ibuprofen?
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Should COVID-19 Patients Avoid Taking Ibuprofen?

Adding to the extant confusion swirling about the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic in March 2020, the French government, including Health Minister Olivier Véran, issued warnings advising that infected persons should avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen: Serious adverse events related to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been reported in patients with COVID19, possible or confirmed cases. We remind you that the treatment of a poorly tolerated fever or pain...
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Teva to send US millions of malaria pills with potential to help COVID-19 | The Times of Israel
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Teva to send US millions of malaria pills with potential to help COVID-19 | The Times of Israel

Israeli generic drug giant Teva announced Friday that it will provide ten million doses of its anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which could potentially prove effective in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, to US hospitals free of charge. The company said six million doses will be delivered to US hospitals by March 31, and more than ten million in a month. “We are committed to helping to supply as many tablets as possible as demand for this treatment...
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Coronavirus: Trudeau says irregular migrants will be turned away at Canada-U.S. border  | Globalnews.ca
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Coronavirus: Trudeau says irregular migrants will be turned away at Canada-U.S. border | Globalnews.ca

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that irregular migrants crossing on foot from the U.S. will be turned away when they reach Canada as part of a wider border shutdown amid the new coronavirus pandemic. “Canada and the United States are announcing a reciprocal arrangement that we will now be returning irregular migrants that attempt to cross anywhere at the Canada-U.S. border,” Trudeau said outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa The move comes amid security concerns...
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Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue debuts gripping tribute to COVID-19-stricken countries
Global South America

Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue debuts gripping tribute to COVID-19-stricken countries

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil has lit up in honor of the countries struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak on Wednesday night. Officials closed the tourist attraction earlier this week in order to stop the mass gathering of people. What are the details? The statue in Rio de Janeiro, which stands approximately 118 feet tall, was lit up with world flags of the countries across the globe that have been impacted by COVID-19. The Christ the...
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Four cruise ships given special permission to dock in Australia
Australasia Global

Four cruise ships given special permission to dock in Australia

The NSW Government has hit back against criticism of its handling of cruise ship arrivals, insisting it has a strict compliance regime, despite almost 2,700 passengers being allowed to disembark in Sydney in the face of a national coronavirus crackdown. Key points: Four cruise ships have been given special permission to dock in Australia, despite the nationwide 30-day ban, but the Federal Health Minister insists they are arriving under "strict conditions". Greg Hunt has also...
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China reports zero new local coronavirus cases for first time since outbreak began
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China reports zero new local coronavirus cases for first time since outbreak began

Chinese officials say they have “seen the dawn” of an end to the coronavirus epidemic after the country reported zero new cases of local infection for the first time since the outbreak began. Figures for Wednesday showed there were no new cases at all in Wuhan or the wider Hubei province, where the virus now known as Covid-19 is believed to have first transmitted among humans. Authorities warned the risk was still not over, though,...
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Australia: Drastic new restrictions on indoor gatherings
Australasia Global

Australia: Drastic new restrictions on indoor gatherings

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced drastic new restrictions on non-essential indoor gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition to the existing limit of no more than 100 people in an indoor space, Morrison announced there should be no more than one person per four square metres. “If you have a meeting room or something like that, that is 100 metres, you can have 25 people in that room,” Morrison...
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Senator Sold Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Stocks After Suggesting U.S. Was Prepared for Coronavirus
Global North America

Senator Sold Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Stocks After Suggesting U.S. Was Prepared for Coronavirus

As the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Burr receives regular briefings on threats to the United States, including the coronavirus. He is also a member of the Senate health committee, which in January hosted a briefing with top Trump administration officials open to all senators. The record of Mr. Burr’s stock transaction shows he and his wife sold 33 different stocks on Feb. 13, which were collectively worth $628,000 to $1.7 million, according...
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Younger Adults Comprise Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S.
Global North America

Younger Adults Comprise Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S.

The age groups of 55 to 64 and 45 to 54 each included 18 percent of the total. Only 5 percent of cases were diagnosed in people 19 and younger. The risk of a patient requiring hospitalization or dying of the infection caused by the coronavirus increased with age, as has been the pattern in other countries. The report included no information about whether patients of any age had underlying risk factors, such as a...
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Matthew McConaughey delivers the coronavirus message America needed to hear
Global North America

Matthew McConaughey delivers the coronavirus message America needed to hear

In my year-long attempt to ignore my enjoyment of Hollywood in an attempt to stop supporting the radical progressives in Tinseltown, I’ve found a handful of actors and even a couple of directors who I simply cannot ignore. It’s not their skills; I love Robert de Niro’s acting but I hate his politics, for example. But one actor who has remained on my radar even in my self-imposed entertainment exile is Matthew McConaughey. I wasn’t...
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Brazil cuts growth, sees coronavirus quickly ravaging health system – Reuters
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Brazil cuts growth, sees coronavirus quickly ravaging health system – Reuters

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil began to process the accelerating horrors of the spread of the new coronavirus on Friday, slashing economic growth outlooks, warning of a healthcare collapse and announcing new measures to fight a crisis that has also taken a toll on President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity. A general view of an empty street during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in downtown Brasilia, Brazil, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado The senate on Friday signed...
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COVID-19 Italy: Military fleet carries coffins of coronavirus victims out of overwhelmed town | National Post
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COVID-19 Italy: Military fleet carries coffins of coronavirus victims out of overwhelmed town | National Post

MILAN, March 19 (Reuters) — Italy ordered the army to move bodies from a northern town at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak where funeral services have been overwhelmed as the government prepared to prolong emergency lockdown measures across the country.Video shot by local people in Bergamo, northeast of Milan, and shown on the website of the local newspaper Eco di Bergamo, showed a long column of military trucks driving through the streets overnight and...
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China reports no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for first time since start of epidemic
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China reports no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for first time since start of epidemic

Phil Helsel and Leou Chen4h ago / 5:17 AM UTCChina reports no new domestic cases for first time since start of epidemicFor the first time since the outbreak began, China’s National Health Commission on Thursday morning reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19.The numbers from Wednesday on mainland China include 34 new confirmed cases, but the health commission lists those as “newly diagnosed imported cases.” Those were mainly in Beijing, but also in...
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Australia blocks arrival of all non-residents in expanded coronavirus travel ban
Australasia Global

Australia blocks arrival of all non-residents in expanded coronavirus travel ban

Key points: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the enhanced border measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It applies to all non-citizens and non-residents. Australians will still be able to return from overseas but they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The Government had previously banned foreign nationals from coming to Australia from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. New Zealand had already announced plans to close its borders to foreign nationals from...
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Economists Demand Trump Immediately Lift Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela Sanctions That Are ‘Feeding the Coronavirus Epidemic’
Global South America

Economists Demand Trump Immediately Lift Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela Sanctions That Are ‘Feeding the Coronavirus Epidemic’

A group of economists and policy experts on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to immediately lift the United States' crippling sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and other countries, warning that the economic warfare—in addition to being cruel in itself—is "feeding the coronavirus epidemic" by hampering nations' capacity to respond. "This policy is unconscionable and flagrantly against international law. It is imperative that the U.S. lift these immoral and illegal sanctions to enable Iran and...
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Coronavirus: Hokkaido to end state of emergency, schools to reopen as epidemic gets ‘under control’ in Japan | South China Morning Post
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Coronavirus: Hokkaido to end state of emergency, schools to reopen as epidemic gets ‘under control’ in Japan | South China Morning Post

Japan shut schools on March 2 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: KyodoJapan shut schools on March 2 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: KyodoThis content was originally published here.
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Brazil coronavirus cases top 600, diplomatic spat with China bubbles
Global South America

Brazil coronavirus cases top 600, diplomatic spat with China bubbles

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil surged past 600 on Thursday, more than doubling in two days, as a diplomatic spat over the disease’s origins between President Jair Bolsonaro’s son and the Chinese ambassador threatened relations with Brazil’s top trading partner. A general view of Ipanema beach during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes The president sidestepped this and other controversies in...
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Tasmania shuts down
Australasia Global

Tasmania shuts down

The Tasmanian government has declared a state of emergency and placed tough new restrictions on mainland Australians seeking entry. Introducing the toughest border control measures in the country, Premier Peter Gutwein announced on Thursday that anyone seeking entry to Tasmania from anywhere else in Australia from midnight Friday would now be required to self-isolate for 14 days. “Only essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania without going into quarantine,” he said. The declared state of...
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More than 2,600 medical workers have been infected with coronavirus in Italy | Daily Mail Online
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More than 2,600 medical workers have been infected with coronavirus in Italy | Daily Mail Online

Five more Italian doctors have died from coronavirus, bringing the death doll among medics in the country to 13 as it was revealed 2,629 health workers have been infected.Initially three new fatalities were named as Luigi Ablondi, former general manager of Crema hospital, Giuseppe Finzi, a hospital doctor in Cremona and a general practitioner in Bergamo called Antonino Buttafuoco.Then later today it emerged another two medical workers had passed away from the illness, the Italian national...
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The Man Making Rwanda Into a Hub for Physics
Education Technology

The Man Making Rwanda Into a Hub for Physics

Omololu Akin-Ojo was constantly reluctant to go to the United States. "I felt I might do a lot of things in Africa," he informed me in his workplace at the new East African Institute for Essential Research (EAIFR) in Kigali, Rwanda. "Unfortunately, I was incorrect." As a university trainee in his home country of Nigeria in the late 1990s, Akin-Ojo discovered to write computer system code by hand, without ever having the opportunity to put...
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Kenya Re eyes block chain technology to curb fraud
Technology

Kenya Re eyes block chain technology to curb fraud

Block chain technology is an automated process that is a cryptographically secured form of record-keeping, which makes verification of data easier. According to surveys recently released by McKinsey, automation can reduce the cost of fraudulent claims by as much as 30 per cent. The company seeks to expand into other countries as it eyes to cover more insurers against risks. “Expansion to different markets and tapping into different segments is instrumental in unlocking the potential...
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Startups Technology

Pantami Inaugurates 30-Member Committee For Digital Economy Blueprint

The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, has inaugurated Expert Review Committee Member of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). The inauguration of the 30-member committee took place this week in Abuja to review the draft of the document already unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 28, 2019. The NDEPS is a draft document aimed at strategizing on how to digitise the economy of the country. The Policy...
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India-South Africa to reinforce cooperation in scientific technology and research study
Energy Technology

India-South Africa to reinforce cooperation in scientific technology and research study

India and South Africa joined hands to reinforce cooperation in Astronomy, Renewable Energy, Advanced Materials & & Production, and Indigenous Understanding System domains throughout the 12th Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Innovation held at Pretoria, South Africa from February 17-20. Dr SK Varshney, Consultant & & Head of International Bilateral Cooperation led a four-member scientific delegation from India whereas, the South African delegation was led by Daan Du Toit, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation...
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Digital banking, key to realising financial inclusion targets
Financial Services Fintech

Digital banking, key to realising financial inclusion targets

As digital innovation positions as the future of payments, opportunities abound for organisations and financial institutions to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and enhance large-scale productivity. Indeed, digital banking in Nigeria has evolved significantly to become an integral part of our daily activities, driving financial inclusion, e-commerce, utilities and effective daily solutions. For innovations around digital banking, these are being powered Fintech firms, and as traditional banks stand on the sidelines, Fintechs (most of which...
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You have big function to play NITDA Boss challenges e-commerce companies
Financial Services Fintech Information Services Technology

You have big function to play NITDA Boss challenges e-commerce companies

The Director General, National Infotech Development Firm (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, yesterday challenged Nigeria's leading e-Commerce business to sign up with hands with Federal government in its tactical implementation of National Digital Economy Policy. The NITDA boss made the call while receiving Chairperson of Jumia Group, Ms Juliet Anammah in his workplace. He stated it is time for the e-Commerce business in Nigeria to come together and form a strong and viable entity that can...
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Chad Hallert Joins Foundry as Chief Digital Officer
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Chad Hallert Joins Foundry as Chief Digital Officer

Foundry, an acclaimed full-service marketing agency, has revealed the expansion of its digital services with the addition of digital marketer Chad Hallert. As Chief Digital Officer, Hallert will manage the digital, social and web departments and will partner directly with clients to reimagine and enhance their digital abilities and performance. This is a new position for the company. "We constantly want to offer our clients with expert-level work throughout all of our service lines. Beyond...
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Russia lends Egypt $25 billion for Dabaa nuclear power plant
Energy Financial Services Utilities

Russia lends Egypt $25 billion for Dabaa nuclear power plant

CAIRO-- Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation, or Rosatom, announced Feb. 17 that 3 Egyptian business were granted a tender offer for constructing the first phase of Egypt's Dabaa nuclear reactor. The 3 Egyptian business, completing amongst 10 others, are Petrojet, Hassan Allam and the Arab Specialists. The Egyptian federal government intends to start negotiations within the next couple of days with the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority to acquire approval...
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Dubai-based last-mile delivery startup iMile raises $10 million, to expand to Egypt, Kuwait and Morocco
Startups Transportation

Dubai-based last-mile delivery startup iMile raises $10 million, to expand to Egypt, Kuwait and Morocco

Dubai-based last-mile delivery startup iMile has raised $10 million in a Pre-Series A round, it announced in a statement to MENAbytes today. The startup did not disclose the name of the investor but said it is a leading Chinese VC that’s active in the country’s logistics ecosystem. Founded in 2017 by Rita Huang who was previously Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba and Meeras’ joint venture in the United Arab Emirates, iMile offers different B2B and...
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Consolidated Bank Ghana prepares to pay Savings & Loans/Micro-Finance customers
Financial Services

Consolidated Bank Ghana prepares to pay Savings & Loans/Micro-Finance customers

Management of Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) on Monday said it is ready to commence full payment of funds to depositors of collapsed Microfinance, Microcredit, Savings, and Loans as well as Finance House companies. A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mr Daniel Wilson Addo, the Managing Director of CBG, said the payment of funds, which takes effect from Monday, February 24, was announced by the President in his 4th State of...
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NAPTIP charges director, 2 others to court over alleged sexual exploitation of minor
Management

NAPTIP charges director, 2 others to court over alleged sexual exploitation of minor

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has charged to court a director and two others from Sokoto State over alleged sexual exploitation of a minor. NAPTIP said this in a statement by Mr Adekoye Vincent, of the Press and Public Relations Unit, on Tuesday in Abuja. The agency said the accused were Mr Ahmed Yahaya, Director of Finance, Sokoto State Urban and Regional Planning Board, Mr Ibrahim Isah, the...
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Group urges NCAA to probe Qatar Airline extortion of Nigerians via stop-over programme
Aerospace

Group urges NCAA to probe Qatar Airline extortion of Nigerians via stop-over programme

Leadership Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Network, on Tuesday, urged the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to investigate alleged Qatar Airlines extortion of Nigerians through its stop-over programme. The Executive Director of the group, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, made the call in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the undiplomatic practice of the airline that extort at least N100,000 from each Nigerian on a stop-over programme Nigerians are ineligible. According to Okenwa, the NGO wishes to draw your attention...
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Illegal Mining Polluting Water in Liberian Grand Cape Mount County
Agriculture Mining

Illegal Mining Polluting Water in Liberian Grand Cape Mount County

Fula Town in Grand Cape Mount County is famously known for illegal mining activities. The town has a population of more than 500 inhabitants, but that number usually doubles or triples when there is the discovery of a deposit of gold or diamond according to locals. According to them, the area is gradually being depleted of the gold and diamond minerals as a result of the illegal mining activities which are mainly been done by...
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No Arrests Yet After Saturday’s Mine Invasion In Mozambique
Mining

No Arrests Yet After Saturday’s Mine Invasion In Mozambique

The Mozambican police have not yet arrested anybody in connection with last Saturday's attack against security guards at the ruby mine operated by Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM), in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Interviewed by the independent newssheet "Carta de Mocambique", the spokesperson for the Cabo Delgado provincial police command, Augusto Guta, confirmed that a group of illegal miners attacked five security guards at about 05.00. The security guards were inspecting part of the...
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Nigeria Partners AfDB for Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones
Agriculture Financial Services Manufacturing

Nigeria Partners AfDB for Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones

The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the government of Nigeria, has held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss details around Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones in Nigeria. A workshop was held in Abuja from February 17 to 18 to address the categorisation and location of the SAPZs, which are meant to kickstart the agriculture sector. Speaking at the event, Nigeria's Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, lauded the efforts of the African Development...
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South Africa’s new university has a name: Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology
Education

South Africa’s new university has a name: Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology

Gauteng premier David Makhura has unveiled the name of the new South African university planned for Ekurhuleni in east Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology. President Cyril Ramaphosa officially announced plans for the new university during his 2020 State of the Nation Address, after a strong push for the institution from the City of Ekurhuleni, which first discussed it in 2017. “This university is a great value proposition and a boost to advancing the...
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Israel to cover up revenue data for sale of gas to Jordan and Egypt
Oil and Gas Utilities

Israel to cover up revenue data for sale of gas to Jordan and Egypt

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has decided to keep information about gas sales from the Leviathan field to Jordan and Egypt secret, Arab48.com reported on Sunday. This approach is very different from revenue data from the Tamar field, which is run by the same companies. According to economic media outlet The Marker, the decision is related to commercial secrecy. It reported the CBS as saying that it would change its policy regarding the announcement...
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Can Morocco Use Social Media to Address Mental Health?
Healthcare Technology

Can Morocco Use Social Media to Address Mental Health?

The notion of mental health in Morocco is one that is continuously evolving. It is a concept that is deeply entrenched both in the Moroccan cultural paradigm, as well as its rich folklore.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report in 2017 stating that there are only 0.84 psychiatrists in Morocco per 100,000 members of the population with only 11 mental hospitals. The report also highlighted that Morocco had no strategy in place to...
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People Do Not Eat GDP Lumumba Tells Dar es Salaam Mining Forum
Financial Services Mining

People Do Not Eat GDP Lumumba Tells Dar es Salaam Mining Forum

Kenya law professor, Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba wants Africa to have a common perspective when it comes to negotiating with investors in the mining sector. All of the continent's 54 countries must have conditions that are similar when it comes to negotiating with investors in the mining sector, Prof Lumumba, who once served as the director of the anti-corruption commission in Kenya, said at a meeting in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. He told...
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Ghanaian Celebrities Call the Bluff of FDA Over Alcohol Advert
Advertising Arts

Ghanaian Celebrities Call the Bluff of FDA Over Alcohol Advert

Dancehall musician, Shatta Wale is among some celebrities who have reacted to the restrictions the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has placed on them when it comes to promoting alcoholic beverages through advertisement. They claimed their appearance in such adverts does not in any way affect the country negatively and called on the FDA to review that law. The FDA forbids celebrities or popular persons in the country from publicly endorsing alcohol and this according...
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Liberian Identification Registry Director Stresses Significance of Biometric Enrollment
Information Services Management Technology

Liberian Identification Registry Director Stresses Significance of Biometric Enrollment

Director of the National Identification Computer Registry (NIR), J. Tiah Nagbe states a well-structured, and established, biometric program in the Mano River Union basin would assist in closing financial gaps in crucial locations and ensure trustworthiness in the governance systems of the member states. Nagbe stated biometric enrollment of people would help minimize financial concern on member states in several locations consisting of national censors, citizens' registration and the appropriate identification of residents as they...
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Unease in Kenya over Somalia’s new oil and gas law
Oil and Gas

Unease in Kenya over Somalia’s new oil and gas law

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has signed a law that gives the central government powers to sell the country’s oil blocks for commercial drilling, giving his administration full control of the unexploited crude deposits. The new Petroleum Act paves the way for creation of a state-owned oil company with authority to sign exploration deals with foreign entities that have been lining up for the country’s more than 200 petroleum blocks. The law also raises a...
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Fort Saskatchewan designer who appeared in New York Fashion Week also employs workers in Nigeria
Fashion

Fort Saskatchewan designer who appeared in New York Fashion Week also employs workers in Nigeria

A Fort Saskatchewan woman has found a way to give back through fashion. Jibs Abitoye designs her clothing line in Fort Saskatchewan, but the items are produced in Nigeria. Abitoye immigrated to Canada from Nigeria eight years ago. When she went back to visit family a few years ago, she said her former home had changed. “Certain areas looked really poor compared to five years before when I’d visited. I thought, ‘I have to do...
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Amaokpala youths embrace campaign against Lassa fever, Coronavirus
Healthcare

Amaokpala youths embrace campaign against Lassa fever, Coronavirus

Youths of Amaokpala in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have joined in the campaign against Lassa fever and Coronavirus. Amaokpala youths came out en mass during public enlightenment outreach on the prevention of Coronavirus, Lassa fever and other infectious diseases, organised by the Special Adviser Governor Willie Obiano to on Public Orientation and Special Duties, Mrs Ify Obinabo. The event also featured intensive training on Digital and knowledge-based economy. Speaking at the...
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Air Zimbabwe Plans On Leasing Out Its Boeing 777s
Aerospace Transportation

Air Zimbabwe Plans On Leasing Out Its Boeing 777s

Air Zimbabwe only recently acquired two older Boeing 777s from Malaysia Airlines. However, it already has plans to lease out the two Boeing widebodies in order to raise much-needed funds. The airline eventually has plans to fly these aircraft to destinations in China and the U.K. but this will have to wait until the leased aircraft are returned. The airline’s administrator, Reggie Saruchera of Grant Thornton, broke the news this weekend. Saruchera added that nine...
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African Development Bank Loans Morocco $204 million for Social Protection Improvement
Financial Services Healthcare

African Development Bank Loans Morocco $204 million for Social Protection Improvement

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has granted Morocco a loan of $204 million to finance the Social Protection Improvement Support Program (PAAPS). “This is a loan agreement of $204 million dollars (about MAD 2 billion) spread over 4 years whose aim is to accompany an integrated support program for the improvement of social protection in Morocco,” said Minister of Economy, Finance and Administration Reform, Mohamed Benchaaboun on Friday in Rabat, Benchaaboun said the aim...
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AfCFTA offers opportunity for Nigeria but manufacturing sector to bear the brunt —MAN
Manufacturing

AfCFTA offers opportunity for Nigeria but manufacturing sector to bear the brunt —MAN

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has said the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offers enormous opportunities for Nigeria, but the association admitted the country’s manufacturing sector will be hard hit owing to the poor competitiveness of many firms. Speaking at the zonal sensitisation workshop on AfCFTA organised by MAN for local manufacturers, Mansur Ahmed, MAN president, described the trade treaty as a symbol of the commitment of African Union to free trade on...
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Nigerian Startup, DevCareer Gets $6,000 Boost From Twitter’s Jack Dorsey To Train Developers
Startups Technology

Nigerian Startup, DevCareer Gets $6,000 Boost From Twitter’s Jack Dorsey To Train Developers

DevCareer, a nonprofit tech company which says it is supporting the rising tech community in Africa has actually raised ₤ 16,000 ($ 20,599), with a ₤ 5,000 ($ 6,437) contribution from Twitter's Jack Dorsey. DevCareer's starting is equivalent parts providence and pragmatism. After its founder, Sultan Akintunde, a Nigerian software developer offered free software application development courses on Twitter, he found that tracking progress for receivers was hard. Beyond providing people with access to training,...
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Ghana’s Agripool is the newest crowd-farming platform wanting to make an effect
Agriculture Financial Services

Ghana’s Agripool is the newest crowd-farming platform wanting to make an effect

Crowdfunding of agriculture, or crowd-farming, is very much in style across the continent, and Ghana's Agripool is the current entrant to the marketplace. The startup aims to separate by means of its training modules, nevertheless. Launched in 2018, Agripool was formed to take on two significant concerns within the farming space. "Rural farmers did not have appropriate skills and proper contemporary farming methods which lead to low yields after every farming season and lower returns...
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Students donate pints of blood to support MTN “Save a Life” campaign
Advertising Healthcare

Students donate pints of blood to support MTN “Save a Life” campaign

Students of the Sunyani Senior High School (SHS) last weekend, rushed to participate in a blood donation exercise, organised by MTN Ghana, a mobile telecommunication service provider to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration. But to their surprise most of them were denied the opportunity to show their love by donating pints of blood because they were below 17 years and or weighed less than 50 kilogrammes. The Ghana News Agency (GNA) learnt the interest...
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Solutions To Challenges Facing Agriculture In Kenya
Agriculture

Solutions To Challenges Facing Agriculture In Kenya

The modern world takes food for granted. Historically the struggle to find or produce sufficient food to consume was the focus for living and used up most of our time. 2 billion of the world's 7.3 billion people still do not get enough to eat. Starvation still stalks Africa. Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (previously the breadbasket of Africa ...) still depend on food hand-outs, and countless African still experience malnutrition. By 2050 the World's population...
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Mahraganat “more harmful than coronavirus,” states Egyptian parliament spokesperson
Arts

Mahraganat “more harmful than coronavirus,” states Egyptian parliament spokesperson

"This type of music is based on promiscuous and immoral lyrics, which is entirely prohibited, and as such the door is closed on it." There might be more to this. Whenever I note that Islamic law prohibits music (aside from nasheeds, a cappella tunes encouraging jihad), I am excoriated as a greasy Islamophobe, but it's however true: Hadith Qudsi 19:5: "The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to ruin all the musical instruments, idols, crosses...
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Regatta Festival can produce Olympic gold medalists for Nigeria Says Gbajabiamila
Tourism

Regatta Festival can produce Olympic gold medalists for Nigeria Says Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the Regatta Annual Fishing Festival in Yauri Emirate has the potential of producing Olympic gold medalists for the country. The speaker said this in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State on Saturday at the 2020 Yauri Annual Regatta Festival. “In the few minutes that I have been here, I have seen two events of water sports: board racing and calabash swimming....
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Akufo-Addo says Failed Savings and Loans, Microfinance Institutions will payout on Monday
Financial Services

Akufo-Addo says Failed Savings and Loans, Microfinance Institutions will payout on Monday

"I wish to repeat that all depositors of the savings and loans and microfinance institutions, consisting of DKM which collapsed in 2015, will get 100% of their deposits, too, once the recognition workout is concluded, and I am informed that the Receiver of the Cost Savings and Loans and Microfinance organizations will begin, on Monday, 24th February, paying to their clients, this cash, totalling five billion cedis, being in addition to the thirteen billion cedis...
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Stop social media abuse – Kafwaya
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Stop social media abuse – Kafwaya

TRANSPORT and communications minister Mutotwe Kafwaya has warned citizens against abusing social media saying it can spark confusion, especially now that there is tension in the country. And Kafwaya says he will soon convene a driver’s conference on road safety in light of the many people that are dying in accidents. Speaking when he made an impromptu visit to Kulima Tower bus station, Sunday, Kafwaya also urged journalists to be truthful and factual in their...
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South Africa’s average dam levels increase by almost 2%
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South Africa’s average dam levels increase by almost 2%

Recent consistent rainfalls in large parts of the country have increased the average dam levels by almost 2% in the past week, a Department of Water and Sanitation report said on Tuesday. Gauteng, which recorded the highest levels recently, has seen its levels drop from 103% to 98.9%. South Africa’s dam levels soared from 62.4% last week to 64%. There are an average 20,486,3 cubic metres of water that is stored in reservoirs, the report...
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Daikin Eyeing Kenyan Market
Technology

Daikin Eyeing Kenyan Market

 Indian technology firm Daikin will launch their energy efficient products in the Kenya market early next month as prevailing peaceful conditions in the country continue to attract foreign investments, a representative of the company has said. Daikins India Air Conditioning private limited's entry into the market is also a strong pointer to projected growth in the real estate industry in general and especially commercial buildings. Vice President, Exports at DIAPL Manoj Agarwal says Daikin Industries...
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University of Ghana dedicates three bungalows as coronavirus isolation centres
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University of Ghana dedicates three bungalows as coronavirus isolation centres

The University of Ghana has dedicated three of its bungalows to serve as isolation centres when suspected cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are detected. The University in a notice said the move is part of detection and diagnosis containment actions it is undertaking amidst the outbreak. “UG has allocated three (3) bungalows for quarantining of suspected cases… Students and staff coming from China and those with travel history will be screened at the hospital...
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Only ‘fair distribution’ can end Libya oil blockade, Haftar-linked diplomat says
Oil and Gas

Only ‘fair distribution’ can end Libya oil blockade, Haftar-linked diplomat says

The Tobruk government's top diplomat has stated the country's oil wealth must be shared by the UN-recognised federal government in Tripoli. The top diplomat allied with rogue Libyan basic Khalifa Haftar states the shutdown of vital oil centres in the country would concern an end" when Libyans are ensured of the reasonable circulation of their resources ". The closures happened when effective tribal groups devoted to Haftar in January seized numerous large export terminals along...
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Uganda: Govt Obtains Aircraft to combat Desert Locusts
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Uganda: Govt Obtains Aircraft to combat Desert Locusts

Uganda response group on desert locusts has actually gotten an aircraft from the Desert Locust Control Organisation of East Africa (DLCO-EA) to assist battle swarms of locusts that have actually attacked the country. The aircraft landed in Moroto airstrip on Friday evening after going through maintenance in Nairobi the day in the past, according to authorities on the team. Mr Evarist Magara, the Uganda representative for DLCO-EA, said the aircraft will be used for monitoring...
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Buhari devoted to making Nigeria Africa’s industrial hub

Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President, Initiative for Leadership Development and Modification (ILDC) lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to make Nigeria Africa's industrial centre through excellent policies. Nnam said in an interview in Abuja that Buhari had a clear vision of repositioning the nation to attain quality global competitiveness. He determined the number of policies of the President, especially the visa policy as a roadmap to have an economically feasible Nigeria with guaranteed task and...
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We urgently need US leadership to help end Libya oil embargo: NOC chairman Sanalla
Oil and Gas

We urgently need US leadership to help end Libya oil embargo: NOC chairman Sanalla

Libya's state National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, called for urgent U.S. intervention to assist end the Libyan oil embargo. The call came last Wednesday throughout Sanalla's conference with U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland in Tunis. The NOC stated the conference discussed the financial and humanitarian effect of recent attacks on Tripoli port and the oil blockade. It priced quote Sanalla saying: "The occasions of the last couple of days and weeks suggests that the...
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Osinbajo Urges Nigerians to Add Value Through Creativity, Innovation & Use of Technology
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Osinbajo Urges Nigerians to Add Value Through Creativity, Innovation & Use of Technology

*Says university should not just be an incubator of ideas, but also provide solutions to the nation's challenges *Adds university curricula must be versatile and dynamic to prepare students for the future to solve problems *Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies will change the way we work and our economies "Abundance of natural resources, even talents mean little or nothing unless we use those resources, knowledge and talents innovatively, to create wealth and opportunities. In other...
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Odili: Lawyer raises alarm, says Judges no longer safe in Nigeria
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Odili: Lawyer raises alarm, says Judges no longer safe in Nigeria

An Abuja-based human rights lawyer and gender activist, Esther Uzoma, has raised the alarm that judges are no longer safe given the tendency of politicians to politicize decisions of the court, especially those of the Supreme Court. Ms. Uzoma, who is also the founder of Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), on Saturday in Abuja warned that the relentless assault on judicial pronouncements and  homes of judges was a dangerous signal of clear descent to anarchy. Daily...
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Zambian Kalumbila Minerals Ltd awards a 6.5 percent salary increment
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Zambian Kalumbila Minerals Ltd awards a 6.5 percent salary increment

THE labour movement has commended Kalumbila Minerals Ltd (KML) management and employees for successfully concluding salary negotiations leading to a pay rise. KML General Manager Morris Rowe has pledged to “always honour the documents that are signed with mineworkers’ unions.” KML has awarded a 6.5 per cent salary increment across the board for 2020 to its employees, a year after work stoppage disrupted operations in January last year. This follows the successful conclusion of salary...
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Nigeria to overhaul N-Power, school feeding, other NSIPs
Education

Nigeria to overhaul N-Power, school feeding, other NSIPs

The federal government has actually started the process of overhauling the N-Power scheme, school feeding programme and other National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs). This development was communicated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Management and Social Advancement. It kept in mind that the overhaul is to ensure maximum openness, higher effectiveness and more sensible application of resources. According to a declaration by Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, the ministry's Assistant Director (Details), the process of revamping...
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How N2.59b calibration aircraft failed, forced airlines to divert Business
Aerospace

How N2.59b calibration aircraft failed, forced airlines to divert Business

Even though flight services have actually considering that resumed in the country's airspace, the last has not become aware of penultimate week's extensive flights' disturbances and attendant losses to airline companies. While lots of have actually continued to blame bad weather for the disturbances, the examination has actually revealed that the main reason for the turmoil was the faulty calibration airplane released. The Beechcraft Super King, Air 350 (B350) calibration aircraft was recently bought by...
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Egypt to host Israeli electronic music festival in restive Sinai province
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Egypt to host Israeli electronic music festival in restive Sinai province

Egyptian authorities have agreed to provide security for the festival, as well as medical assistance, as relations with Israel enter a golden-era. Egyptian authorities have given an Israeli music festival organiser the go-ahead to host a four day electronic music event in the country's restive Sinai province. Amid the gradual normalisation of social and cultural relations between Israel and Arab countries, Hashmaliko's organisers desribe the participation of Israeli and Arab musicians as creating an "experience that goes...
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All Hands on Deck to Implement Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones in Nigeria
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All Hands on Deck to Implement Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones in Nigeria

The African Development Bank in collaboration with the government of Nigeria has held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss details around Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) in Nigeria. A workshop was held in Abuja recently to address the categorization and location of the SAPZs, which are meant to kickstart the agriculture sector. Speaking at the event, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, lauded the efforts of the African Development Bank and...
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Farmer/herder conflicts require real-time, practically-oriented solution Says Malami
Agriculture

Farmer/herder conflicts require real-time, practically-oriented solution Says Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, states that the farmer/herder disputes need a real-time, practically-oriented service. Malami stated this on Saturday at the AB Dikko memorial seminar keeping in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi. In a declaration by Dr Umar Gwandu, SA Media and Public Relations Workplace of the Attorney-General provided in Abuja, Malami required stakeholders' engagement to resolve the drawn-out farmer-- herder dispute in the nation. "The much better method towards...
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Illegal mining polluting underground water sources in Ghana – CWSA
Mining

Illegal mining polluting underground water sources in Ghana – CWSA

The activities of illegal miners are not only affecting surface water quality but underground water as well, Mr. Wolanyo Kwadjo Siabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency has indicated. “Underground water which over the years have been described as the safest, had had its quality compromised with traces and the continual rise of minerals such as arsenic, manganese and fluoride particularly in mining communities”. The CEO who made this known...
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NIRSAL facilitates N102b to stimulate agric, creates 400,000 jobs
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NIRSAL facilitates N102b to stimulate agric, creates 400,000 jobs

The Nigerian Incentive-Based Danger Sharing System for Agricultural Financing (NIRSAL) has validated that it has actually helped with over N102 billion as loans from industrial banks because its inception across the numerous farming value chains in the nation. NIRSAL Plc, a wholly-owned corporation of the Reserve bank of Nigeria (CBN), is a $500 million non-bank monetary institution specifically designed to redefine, measure, re-price and share agribusiness-related credit threat. By its mandate, NIRSAL is not a...
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No govt financial transactions will be done in secret – Buhari
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No govt financial transactions will be done in secret – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that with the various reform agenda implemented by his administration, very soon, all government financial transactions will be done in the open. The President gave this assurance Tuesday in Kaduna at the Passing-Out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). “My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds...
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4 Tips For Boosting Your Ecommerce Sales In Kenya
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4 Tips For Boosting Your Ecommerce Sales In Kenya

Since the advent of the Internet, practically all trading activities have an element of the online area included in them. This has actually resulted in the rise of eCommerce websites particularly here in Kenya where a majority of the population has access to smartphones and web protection. So with this modification gradually sweeping through, how do you benefit from this and increase your sales on eCommerce websites such as Jumia, Jiji, Skygarden and Kilimall? Keep...
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Polish University Signs Exchange Agreement With University Of Kigali – Taarifa Rwanda
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Polish University Signs Exchange Agreement With University Of Kigali – Taarifa Rwanda

Students and faculty personnel from the University of Kigali and a Polish University; Byggoszcz University, will quickly be taking advantage of an exchange program as a result of an arrangement got in into between the 2 institutions. On Wednesday, February 19, authorities from the two universities signed an arrangement that will permit their trainees and faculty personnel to go to and get exposed to a brand new and broad variety of concerns that will improve...
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Sierra Leone signs MoU with Liberia for joint management of Gola Rain-forest National Park
Agriculture

Sierra Leone signs MoU with Liberia for joint management of Gola Rain-forest National Park

The Governments of Sierra Leone have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Liberia to jointly manage the protection of the Gola Rainforest National Park on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at the C. Cecil Dennis Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liberia. Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Samking Koihinah Braima, signed on behalf of Sierra Leone, and Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbezhongar Findley signed on behalf of Liberia. The management agreement is an amended Memorandum of...
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Fighting Two Major Cassava Diseases in Burundi with Nuclear Technology
Agriculture Technology

Fighting Two Major Cassava Diseases in Burundi with Nuclear Technology

“The average fresh yield of cassava in Burundi is 9.9 tonnes/ha, which lags behind yields of 15–40 tonnes/ha achieved elsewhere,” said Ernest Vyizigiro, Head of the Institute of Agronomic Sciences (ISABU). The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is supporting Burundian scientists in using nuclear technology to develop high-yielding varieties of cassava resistant to these diseases. Some existing cassava varieties in Burundi are resistant to CMD, but...
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Buhari govt committing ‘electricity terrorism” on tariff hike – HURIWA calls for action
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Buhari govt committing ‘electricity terrorism” on tariff hike – HURIWA calls for action

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the Federal Government and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, of committing what it called “electricity terrorism.” HURIWA, a prominent civil rights advocacy group made the remark while urging Nigerians to publicly protest the proposed hike in the electricity tariffs as proposed by NERC to commence on April 1st 2020. It accused NERC of conniving with shylock and corrupt private sector operators in the electricity...
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The challenging path to accountability: Lessons from Gwanda mining community
Mining

The challenging path to accountability: Lessons from Gwanda mining community

HUGE strides, in the previous years, have actually been made by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign to improve the extractive sector transparency landscape the world over. The outcomes are rather telling. Fifty-one nations are now implementing the Extractive Industries Openness Effort (EITI)-- an international finest practice on promoting open and liable management of the extractive sector. In addition to EITI, Canada, EU and Norway now have mandatory disclosure guidelines which force extractive companies listed...
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What pharmacy students in Ethiopia can do with supply chain education
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What pharmacy students in Ethiopia can do with supply chain education

What might pharmacy students at Addis Ababa University learn from an MIT supply chain course? The answer is quite a lot. Research Scientist Alex Rothkopf of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab recently taught a blended course to the Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia. “I’ve never taught pharmaceutical students,” he says. “They’re used to a different way of learning.” Learning about analytics in global health supply chains The entire course, adapted...
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New ECG AI Job will end electricity theft in Ghana
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New ECG AI Job will end electricity theft in Ghana

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has actually revealed that the Electrical energy Business of Ghana (ECG) is piloting an Expert system (AI) system which when fully functional will entirely get rid of electricity stealing in the entire nation. Attending to an event at the ECG head office to officially launch the ECG Mobile Application (ECG POWER), the Vice President noted that the greatest challenge in the energy sector is its failure to collect earnings due...
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Nigeria’s cooperative real estate effort for informal sector starts in Abuja
Real Estate

Nigeria’s cooperative real estate effort for informal sector starts in Abuja

The very first of the federal government's prepared cooperative real estate initiative to reach the casual sector in the country began stream Monday as the Minister of Functions and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, commissioned the AKACARE Cooperative Real Estate Scheme, the Woodhill Estate, at Kuje, in the Federal Capital Area (FCT) Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari had, in his address at the Ministerial Retreat held in September 2019, declared that a person of his administration's NEXT LEVEL...
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Olamide Badoo and Fireboy Land Music Deal With American Music Distribution Company Empire
Arts

Olamide Badoo and Fireboy Land Music Deal With American Music Distribution Company Empire

Nigerian indigenous rapper Olamide Badoo has taken his record label YBNL to the next level as he signed a music distribution deal with Empire Record Label in California, United States of America. The excited rapper took to Instagram on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to share pictures showing where he was putting pen to paper to seal the music distribution deal with the music company. Olamide captioned the pictures with “@empire @ybnlmafiafamily JV 🌎 = time...
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Land reform in South Africa – is there a right and a wrong?
Real Estate

Land reform in South Africa – is there a right and a wrong?

While South Africans have until the end of February to share their comment on the draft national policy for beneficiary selection and land allocation, Prof Brian Ganson, head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) argues that “the land reform debate largely remains a dialogue of the deaf”. He said that many spend their energy shouting about how they are right and others are wrong. Ganson proposes...
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Iwo royal rumble: Kings in my domain are land grabbers Claims Oluwo
Real Estate

Iwo royal rumble: Kings in my domain are land grabbers Claims Oluwo

As scuffle between Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Olawale Akanbi and Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhikirulahi Akinropo lingers, Oluwo has actually alleged that monarchs in his domain are land grabbers. He said what transpired between him and the Ogbaagba King was a fallout of a brave carry on his part to put a stop to financial oppression versus the downtrodden by kings in his environment. Akanbi revealed dissatisfaction over what he described misstatement of his intention,...
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Governor Ayade, Nigeria Navy, at loggerheads over land in Cross River
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Governor Ayade, Nigeria Navy, at loggerheads over land in Cross River

A piece of land belonging to the Nigerian Navy and meant for the construction of a Navy Hotel has become a cause of friction between the Navy and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State. The land which originally housed the Navy officers mess was being prepared for construction when the state government reportedly ordered the Navy to withdraw from site, insisting that the land belonged to the state government. The government further warned the...
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Technology and the future of political adjustment in Nigeria
Information Services Technology

Technology and the future of political adjustment in Nigeria

In the wake of the Facebook scandal, the story of 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg explaining Harvard students who offered him their details as dumb were consistently composed by experts, authors and viewpoint columnists. But the trainees weren't dumb as the boasting teen expected. The author of the best selling "Hello World "argued that they trust the algorithm lord with their information as part of the exchange to return them with totally free service to connect with...
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Nigeria Fintech Eyowo Hopes to Ease Business Operations in Nigeria with its Retail/Business Workshop Series
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Nigeria Fintech Eyowo Hopes to Ease Business Operations in Nigeria with its Retail/Business Workshop Series

Running a smooth and efficient business remains a major challenge in Nigeria. And despite best efforts from the government as well as private stakeholders, solutions which address core small scale business operations still remain few. Eyowo, a financial solutions platform, is looking to solve this challenge. Eyowo Integrated Payment Limited is a bank whose objective is to give everyone access to basic financial services. And you don’t even need an internet network to access its...
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Born Free Launches Campaign To Protect Lions In Kenya
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Born Free Launches Campaign To Protect Lions In Kenya

It’s no secret that lion populations are declining. In fact, in just the last century, the population across Africa has declined by nearly 97%, with many reports suggesting that wild lions would be extinct by 2020. Lions are already extinct in 26 African countries, but while the species may have survived that imminent deadline, with just 20,000 remaining, Born Free is urging the public to help turn these horrifying statistics around. If their decline continues at...
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Malawi’s Hip-hop artist Phyzix rescues Mangochi hospital
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Malawi’s Hip-hop artist Phyzix rescues Mangochi hospital

After failing to provide some services to patients due to unavailability of some critical hospital equipment, two executive members, a Hip-hop artist Phyzix in conjunction with Galaxy Pharmaceuticals donated three boxes of blood collection tube and laundry soap all worth MK600 000 to support Mangochi District Hospital. The Managing Director for Galaxy Pharmaceuticals, Tarang Makhecha said they chose Phyzix among other artists because he has been doing a lot of things empowering youths. “Phyzix has...
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Shanta Gold purchases West Kenya potential customers from Barrick for $14.5 m in shares and cash
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Shanta Gold purchases West Kenya potential customers from Barrick for $14.5 m in shares and cash

SHANTA Gold is to purchase gold expedition homes in Kenya from Barrick Gold for $14.5 m in money and shares in an effort to introduce geographical variety to its possession base. The business, noted on London's Option Investment Market (GOAL), currently mines at the New Luika gold mine in Tanzania. The offer increases Shanta's gold resource inventory to over three million ounces of consisted of gold with the possibility of future growth, it stated. In...
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In Nigeria Lekki Coastal Refutes Allegations But Families Insist On Justice
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In Nigeria Lekki Coastal Refutes Allegations But Families Insist On Justice

As the battle for the ownership of the large expanse land arising from the Lekki Free Trade Zone project by the Lagos State Government rages on, the Lekki Coastal Area Development Association has refuted in strong terms, allegations leveled by families of the Oluwo (Sanni – Gbadamosi) of Oshoroko and the Otu of OriganriganNla Village, Ibeju-Lekki in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Council. At a media briefing, which had in attendance Alhaji Wasiu Olaomo Aiyeola, the chairman...
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Africa must choose renewables over coal
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Africa must choose renewables over coal

AFRICAN heads of State and government recently convened at the annual African Union (AU) summit, and issues related to the continent’s economic growth and development were at the centre of their discussions. But leaders also must ensure that their growth agenda is linked to the global challenge of urgent action on climate change. This is particularly critical for Africa, which is disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of global warming: more frequent and severe tropical storms,...
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World Bank Reports Strong Jump in Uganda’s Manufacturing, Projects 6% GDP Growth
Manufacturing

World Bank Reports Strong Jump in Uganda’s Manufacturing, Projects 6% GDP Growth

Uganda’s economy grew by 6.5 per cent in financial year 18/19, maintaining the rebound in economic activity over the last two years, according to the latest edition of the Uganda Economic Update released by the World Bank. The 14th Uganda Economic Update report released Thursday was themed on strengthening social protection investments to reduce vulnerability and promote inclusive growth. It shows that the economy was boosted by strong consumer spending, and sustained levels of public...
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Research by World Bank Officials Reveals $190m Rwanda Help is Transfered to offshore Havens
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Research by World Bank Officials Reveals $190m Rwanda Help is Transfered to offshore Havens

Former World Bank primary economist and associates from 2 European universities have actually published a long-awaited research study in which they show that worldwide help to poorest nations like Rwanda, is rather being retransferred to offshore sanctuaries. The research study was done by Cent Goldberg, a World Bank chief economist, who resigned two weeks earlier from her task when the leaks about the research study emerged. The other colleagues are-- Jørgen Juel Andersen of BI...
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NTV Uganda unveils Raymond Mujuni as Shawn Kimuli quits NBS Television
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NTV Uganda unveils Raymond Mujuni as Shawn Kimuli quits NBS Television

NTV Uganda has unveiled investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who has made a return to the station two years after he had quit for Next Media Service’s NBS Television. NTV Uganda in a brief graphic said: “East or West, NTV is best”. Mujuni, one of the best Investigative journalists in the country, last week penned an emotional letter to Next Media staff. He said he has enjoyed working and building this dream mostly with the Investigations...
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South Africa’s “CEO-less” Insurtech Start-up For Gadgets & Gears Secures Funding From Santam
Financial Services Startups

South Africa’s “CEO-less” Insurtech Start-up For Gadgets & Gears Secures Funding From Santam

One of South Africa's most prominent short-term insurers, Santam, has made an undisclosed financial investment in JaSure, a "CEO-less" insurtech start-up that is barely 2 years of ages. Yes, you read it right: JaSure is an insurtech start-up that has dropped the CEO function and the charter member appear to be making it work. Founded in late 2017 by Jaclyn Prior, Bradley Smith, Richard Heslop, Jason Puidoussi and Abigail Schilperoort. JaSure is aiming to sculpt...
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Farming commissioners require restriction on usage of paraquat in Nigeria
Agriculture

Farming commissioners require restriction on usage of paraquat in Nigeria

Some commissioners for farming have gotten in touch with the National Company for Fda (NAFDAC) to prohibit the usage of paraquat for weed control in the country. Paraquat is a chemical herbicide or herbicide that is extremely harmful and used all over the world. It is likewise understood by the brand name Gramoxone. The call for the restriction of paraquat for weed control came at the end of the conference held at the International Institute...
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How to Protect Your Farm From Locusts
Agriculture

How to Protect Your Farm From Locusts

As several millions of locusts tear through Turkana wilderness to advance to greener grasslands in Uganda, emotions are high among local farmers across the country. Uganda is no new territory to locusts. Seventy years ago, they were devouring crops and feasting on the last tree leaf at the edge of the country. No one can pinpoint what exactly caused the return of locusts, but experts say the heavy rain experienced last year around the Horn...
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Kenya agriculture leaders set for first-of-its-kind summit to tackle sector challenges
Agriculture

Kenya agriculture leaders set for first-of-its-kind summit to tackle sector challenges

More than 400 high level farming sector leaders are set for a first-of-its-kind event in Kenya as industry gamers take a look at ingenious ways of invigorating farming development and strengthening their dedication to leave nobody behind across the worth chain. The two-day workshop dubbed National Farming Summit and gathering representatives from nationwide and county federal governments, farmer organizations, research study institutions, economic sector, NGOs and advancement partners is slated for 26 and 27 February...
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Digital innovators are trying to plug gaps in Nigeria’s broken education system
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Digital innovators are trying to plug gaps in Nigeria’s broken education system

There’s an easy way to check how much of a priority education is to the Nigerian government: look at the national budget. Last year, the allocation for education stood at less than 10% of the entire $29 billion budget—much less than the 26% recommendation for developing countries by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Years of perennial underfunding of education has seen infrastructure whittle while teaching standards and quality continue to fall...
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Makers of Indomie, Tolaram Group to Venture into Digital Banking in Nigeria
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Makers of Indomie, Tolaram Group to Venture into Digital Banking in Nigeria

Tolaram Group makers of popular noodle, Indomie is planning to leverage its African distribution network to launch into Digital Banking. Founded by a Singaporean family, the Tolaram Group has grown to become a $1.8 billion empire through the production of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) like Indomie noodles, Power Oil, Power Pasta, Hypo Bleach, and Dano Milk. The group is now looking towards the burgeoning fintech market in Africa. According to Bloomberg, the group is...
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Waste Management

Dunbar Primary multi-age class takes on water well project in Uganda

The very first and 2nd graders in the multi-age class at  Main are at it again. They are believing globally and this time they are thinking about water wells in Uganda. The students have actually been discovering about fresh water, filters, ground water, layers of the earth and far more. Today's lesson was more about being grateful for what you have and how we can bless others. To bring that message very first hand was...
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Sierra Leone start-up tackling power problems with hybrid option
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Sierra Leone start-up tackling power problems with hybrid option

Sierra Leonean start-up Light Salone Innovation is providing rural neighborhoods with access to economical renewable resource systems built utilizing recycled products. Released in September 2018 after its team fulfilled at a United Nations Advancement Program (UNDP) youth development competitors, Light Salone designs and fabricates small-scale sustainable hybrid energy plants that integrate solar and wind. Its item, which it calls Sowind Technology, consists of a plastic lantern, little scale hydro generator, solar book, and charging telecentres,...
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South Africa starts building of garbage disposal facility in Cape Town
Waste Management

South Africa starts building of garbage disposal facility in Cape Town

Building and construction works has started on the first of nine new regional garbage disposal centers in Cape Town province South Africa. Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell verified the report and stated the department and district municipality went through a consultation procedure with residents and towns for more than ten years for the task to come to fruition. "South Africa has a serious waste issue. We are running out of landfill...
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Dangote Group Joins Airbus, Volvo, Ali Baba On Global Executive Council Of PMI
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Dangote Group Joins Airbus, Volvo, Ali Baba On Global Executive Council Of PMI

Dangote Group has been inducted into the influential Global Executive Council (GEC) of the Project Management Institute, the very first African business organization to become a member in history. Consequently, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL)’s Group Executive Director, Capital Projects, Mr. Devakumar Edwin has pledged the commitment of the company to participating as a part of the PMI Global Executive council. Thus Dangote Group is joining on the Council, over 80 other global businesses and organizations...
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Egypt’s “Uber-For-Last-Mile-Deliveries” Start-up, Bosta, Raises 7-Figure Series A From Global Delivery Giant
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Egypt’s “Uber-For-Last-Mile-Deliveries” Start-up, Bosta, Raises 7-Figure Series A From Global Delivery Giant

The Egyptian start-up which has developed a platform for effective last-mile shipments, Bosta, has actually reportedly raised Series A financing from European parcel shipment champ, DPDgroup. The Series A round also drew participation from a previous Bosta investor, Fawry, the Egyptian payments company that went public in 2015. MENAbytes, which declared to have gotten a statement from the start-up, reports that the specific amount raised was not divulged though the startup stated that the round...
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Pollution Takes Toll On Lake Victoria
Waste Management

Pollution Takes Toll On Lake Victoria

As you sit at home or in a hotel, drinking that glass of water, you could be putting your life at risk since some of it, whose source is Lake Victoria, may be contaminated. For more than three months, a combined team of NMG journalists from Uganda and Kenya, accompanied by scientists from University of Nairobi, combed different parts of the lake right from the border with Tanzania down at Rakai where Kagera River pours...
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Telecoms firms fume as Boko Haram destroys masts in YobeNigeria
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Telecoms firms fume as Boko Haram destroys masts in YobeNigeria

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents in five gun trucks attacked Babangida and destroyed telecom masts in their move to infiltrate Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Sunday. It was learned that the terrorists burst into the town from Sasawa Forest to overrun the local council headquarters before targeting Damaturu through Gashua road. Babangida, which is 50 kilometres north of Damaturu, was attacked with the emir’s palace four times in October 2018. Confirming the incident yesterday in...
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Agriculture Retail

Agricultural Marketing Board’s 18th Retail Outlet Inaugurated in Rivière Du Rempart

The 18th retail outlet of the Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB) was inaugurated, yesterday afternoon, in the northern part of Mauritius, at Rivière du Rempart. The aim is to market high-quality products at reasonable costs and to satisfy consumer demand in that region. Present at the event, the Attorney General and Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin, spoke of Government's determination in bringing a paradigm shift by making the AMB reach out directly...
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Gold Fields shuns South Africa exit following South Deep turnaround
Mining

Gold Fields shuns South Africa exit following South Deep turnaround

Gold Fields won’t be rushing to join AngloGold Ashanti in exiting South Africa, after its last mine returned to profit. The South Deep operation generated $15mn of net cash in 2019, after a decade of losses, reports Reuters. Profitability will improve this year as output climbs at the mine that sits on the world’s second-biggest known body of gold-bearing ore. For Chief Executive Officer Nick Holland, the mine has the potential to be a “shining...
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State Planning to Kill Dj Evolve – Babu Owino’s Lawyer
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State Planning to Kill Dj Evolve – Babu Owino’s Lawyer

Lawyer to Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, on Thursday, February 13, filed a complaint at the High Court against the government, which he claimed was conspiring to instigate murder charges against the legislator. Speaking to the media outside the courts, the lawyer claimed that the state’s move to apply for the revocation of Owino’s bond terms was part of a grand scheme to nail the legislator who is accused of the attempted murder of Felix Orinda alas DJ Evolve....
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Vendor killed, musician injured after police attack opposition supporters in Oromia
Arts

Vendor killed, musician injured after police attack opposition supporters in Oromia

Police in Ethiopia launched an attack on opposition party supporters in the Oromia Region on Saturday, killing one person and arresting and injuring scores more. Just hours after the date for Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections was announced, the Oromia Liyu police raided the inauguration of an Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) office in Welenchiti, firing live bullets and tear gas, killing one OLF supporter who was a clothes vendor. Later that day, police arrested around 30 guests...
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The Evolution of Egypt’s Advertising Industry
Advertising

The Evolution of Egypt’s Advertising Industry

Driving through a sea of billboards day after day has just become a staple part of daily life in Cairo. Giant billboards, endless celebrity-driven television advertisements and hours on end of social media pop-ups have slowly taken over our lives in both direct and indirect manners. This bombardment of advertising brings in to question a number of things: has advertising in Egypt gotten to be too much? Do these advertisements work? Do advertisers, clients and...
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“Buhari Could Not Achieve More Because Nigeria Does Not Have Money” – Niyi Akinsiju
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“Buhari Could Not Achieve More Because Nigeria Does Not Have Money” – Niyi Akinsiju

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said Nigeria does not have money. BMO Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, stated this on Sunday at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. He stated that due to the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari was only implementing important policies that will positively affect the poor. Akinsiju said: “We have a President that is considerate that for every policy, the important thing to him would be the consequence to Nigerian...
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Rwanda inaugurates special centre for children to learn robotic engineering
Manufacturing

Rwanda inaugurates special centre for children to learn robotic engineering

Rwanda and government of Japan have inaugurated the first integrated science and innovations children’s centre- known as Keza Learning centre, which will groom and mould Rwandan kids into little engineers and future innovators in robotic engineering The Rwf50million centre located in Gikondo sector-Kigali city and named after the famous dream child-Keza was launched by Japan’s new envoy to Rwanda, Ambassador Masahiro Imai as public private partnership with ten private sector investors in education and sciences....
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Founder Of El Distro Network. Has Actually Transformed the Tunisia Music Industry– Amer Nejma
Startups

Founder Of El Distro Network. Has Actually Transformed the Tunisia Music Industry– Amer Nejma

Amer Nejma, an Irish-Tunisian musician, manufacturer, and promoter is assisting young artists in Tunisia to get their music out there. El Distro Network is assisting young artists to spread their music with their circulation and promo platform. Irish-Tunisian artist, producer, and promoter Amer Nejma has actually revolutionized the Tunisia music industry with his company El Distro Network. The computer system engineer who has a passion for music saw how young artists were struggling to get...
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Turkish Fashion Retailer, LC Waikiki to Open Store in Kampala this Year
Real Estate Retail

Turkish Fashion Retailer, LC Waikiki to Open Store in Kampala this Year

According to Knight Frank's Head of Retail, Marc Du Toit, the style brand name; which is also Europe's fastest-growing metropolitan fashion chain will inhabit 1900 m2 of space at the Acacia Shopping mall when they open in the third quarter of 2020. Du Toit states LC Waikiki's opening at Acacia Mall will seal the Kisementi-based shopping plaza position as Kampala's way of life destination. "LC Waikiki's entry into the Acacia shopping mall diversifies and more raises...
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Airtel Africa Sells 2.2bn Shares in Malawi IPO
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Airtel Africa Sells 2.2bn Shares in Malawi IPO

Airtel Africa Plc on Friday announced it sold a total share of 2,200,000,000 during its Initial Public Offer (IPO) in Malawi. The telecommunication giant with operations in 14 African nations said the total sold shares represented 20 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares. While each share was sold at MK 12.69 (USD 0.02), the company raised MK27.92 billion (USD 37.5 million). In a statement signed by the Group Company Secretary, Simon O’Hara, and released...
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African Development Bank to approve $14 million for innovative farming in Sierra Leone
Agriculture Financial Services

African Development Bank to approve $14 million for innovative farming in Sierra Leone

Last Sunday, 9th February 2020, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, held talks with President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone on the margins of the AU Summit, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where both leaders discussed ways to improve farming in Sierra Leone, scale up nutrition and defeat stunting in children. “Mr President, malnutrition accounts for at least 11 per cent of Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. We have...
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Nigeria’s Thank U Cash joins Canva and Udemy At 500 Startups
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Nigeria’s Thank U Cash joins Canva and Udemy At 500 Startups

500 Startups, a San Francisco based seed accelerator programme company for innovative firms, has listed Nigeria’s Fintech startup Thank U Cash among other international startups to join its 26th seed accelerator programme. Thank U Cash, from the pile of 29 successful startups, listed as the only African-founded company in the rounds of about 3000 startups that earlier applied to be considered. This is how Thank U Cash, a connected analytical company, providing clients with real-time...
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Nigeria’s healthcare credit facility startup, Anyi, secures N36m investment to help stranded patients.
Fintech Healthcare Startups

Nigeria’s healthcare credit facility startup, Anyi, secures N36m investment to help stranded patients.

  Nigeria’s healthcare and fintech company, Anyi Health, has secured N36 million from global startup accelerator, Antler, to foot the bills of stranded patients. With Anyi’s belief that a healthy life is a basic human right, the fund's from Antler is expected to address some of the financial constraints patients face when they need to pay their health bills. This way, Anyi Health, will ensure that patients with financial challenges have access to basic primary...
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Lucrative Businesses To Do In Nigeria In 2020
Startups

Lucrative Businesses To Do In Nigeria In 2020

Financially Rewarding Companies In Nigeria In 2020-- High Paying Profitable & & Low Startup Capital Organisation Concepts The days of prepared made white-collar jobs in Nigeria are gone. This is no thanks to the bad economy management by the various federal governments. In all of this, those who know their onus will step up their video game and make a profitable living. No one needs to believe the issue is particular to Nigeria. It is...
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Nigeria Government tasks mining officers on enforcing regulations
Mining

Nigeria Government tasks mining officers on enforcing regulations

The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, has charged Federal Mining Officers to ensure strict compliance with mining regulations by operators in mining in the states. This was contained in a press release signed by Tine-Iulun, M. A, for Director, Press & Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and forwarded to DAILY POST on Monday morning. The Minister who gave the charge when he visited the Federal...
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Malawian State Lawyer Taulo Sues Own Government
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Malawian State Lawyer Taulo Sues Own Government

Legal minds are questioning the move by a government lawyer, who is legal counsel for the office of the vice president to drag his own boss, the Attorney General, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to court. Oscar Taulo is representing Peter Bvalani and Jessie Kabwila and other former members of parliament in a case they want the High Court to annul the May 21, 2019 parliamentary election. This...
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$26 Billion To Be Spent By South Africa On Technology In 2020
Information Services Technology

$26 Billion To Be Spent By South Africa On Technology In 2020

Technology related spending in South Africa is expected to reach a reported $26.4 billion in 2020 alone, according to findings from the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. This estimate is a...
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Ghana must maintain double-track system to benefit African countries
Education Management

Ghana must maintain double-track system to benefit African countries

By Stephen Asante/Gideon Ebbah, GNA The Executive-Secretary of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr George Sarpong, has appealed to Ghana’s educational policy-makers not to phase out the double-track system. “I suggest that we keep the double-track, and use the second-track for students from other African countries yearning for quality Ghanaian education at premium rates,” he noted. According to the NMC Executive-Secretary, proceeds from this initiative could be channelled towards sustainable financial support for the ‘Free...
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Fans of Shatta Wale discredit the integrity of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards with the #VGMAisaBigScam
Arts

Fans of Shatta Wale discredit the integrity of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards with the #VGMAisaBigScam

Vociferous fans of Reggae cum Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale have launched an integrity inspection on the board of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards on Twitter. The award ceremony which is expected to come off in May of this year has seen the board refuse the inclusion of Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy in any of the categories. This decision comes as a result of a ban placed on these two acts for their abysmal display of...
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Morocco’s Hicham Lasri Produces Louis Vuitton Campaign
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Morocco’s Hicham Lasri Produces Louis Vuitton Campaign

Moroccan director, producer, and screenwriter Hicham Lasri is the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s latest advertising campaigns for the spring-summer 2020 men’s collection. “Non-conforming and unapologetic,” Louis Vuitton dubbed the collection on Instagram. “Virgil Abloh’s latest campaign highlights the multiplicity of global youth against the unique backdrop of Chefchaouen, Morocco.”e is accompanied by melodies from Moroccan singer Oum.  He shared four short clips of the campaign to his personal Instagram, each showing colourful scenes of...
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